General Policies

The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter, a non-profit organization – promotes the Italian language and culture.



The Michigan Chapter is part of the worldwide Società Dante Alighieri, based in Rome, Italy. The society takes its name from the poet Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy and one of the fathers of the Italian language.



Dante Alighieri Society members have access to a wealth of rich cultural and networking events, discounts on participating structures in Italy, and other benefits. Membership, classes and activities are open to all who share an interest in the language and culture of Il Bel Paese without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, nationality and/or ethnic origin. 


The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter promotes Italian language and culture through Italian Language Courses for Adults and Children and cultural event, Il Mosaico newsletter, and other cultural resources. In addition to Italian courses, the Dante Alighieri Society maintains La Biblioteca Italiana, a substantial Italian-language collection held at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak for members and the community at-large and a DVD lending library for members.



DAS policies are intended to protect the rights and safety of students, members, and staff, and to preserve and protect its facilities and property. Any person who violates one or more of the set policies may be subject to immediate removal from DAS property, lose their membership privileges, be banned from DAS programs, and/or face legal action. DAS reserves the right to refuse a student’s registration, if his/ her acceptance would be a hindrance to the organization, its learners, members and/ or staff.

1. General policies/Membership/Enrollment /Refund Policy

The Dante Alighieri Society was established in Rome, Italy by Royal Decree in 1893, by King Umberto I di Savoia. La Società is named in honor of II Sommo Poeta Fiorentino, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), who created the pillars of Italian literature and language and profoundly affected Western civilization with the universality of his wisdom.
 The DAS, an international organization with over 500 chapters, presents the art, science, and literature, as well as the political, social, and economic life of contemporary Italy within the global context. The membership of La Società reflects all nationalities, vocations, and ages of persons interested in Italian culture.

The Dante Alighieri Society – Michigan Chapter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
 All member dues and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


— Soliciting or selling  “others” products or services is not permitted.

— Eating and drinking are tolerated at DAS officies but we ask that you leave the rooms as neat as you found it.
— A valid membership to the Dante Alighieri Society is required to borrow books and DVD’s from the library.
— Members are responsible of returning books or DVD’s within two weeks. DAS of Michigan reserve the right of requesting a  security deposit  fee.

— Students are not required to be members to enroll in classes. 
If a student want the discounted rate, he/she must become a DAS Member.
 Tuition costs do not include membership and books cost.


— Books are required to enroll to DAS classes. Books will be distributed on the first day of the session and cannot be returned.


— Payment for classes and books (for the entry levels ) must be made in full at time of registration.
 A $20.00 late Registration Fee will be applied

—Students should inform their teacher of any absence to allow the teacher to prepare for the class accordingly, and to receive homework assignments
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— Students can schedule a one-hour private class (to be purchased separately) with a teacher to make-up a missing class or to enforce a specific book unit.


— Registration is required in advance. Once the class has been scheduled and confirmed, no changes or refund are possible.

 Refund Policy: A full refund will be made if a course does not start.
– No refunds will be made after the course has started.

- DAS of Michigan reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a class if enrollment does not meet the minimum enrollment number.  Notifications will be sent to those enrolled by email and/or phone call.
– If the class does not start a full refund or credit (if requested by the student) will be applied.

– Credits may be applicable on a case-by-case basis:
– Credits cannot be issued if a student attended 2 sessions of a started class.

– Credit cannot be issued to a student that withdraw a class
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– Applicable Credits are valid for a period not exceeding six months from the last attended class.
– Applicable Credits will be processed based on the number of remaining hours in the course.
– PLIDA Exams enrollment are non-refundable.
– Books are non-refundable once they have been picked up by the student.
– Membership is not refundable  in the event of a course withdrawal.

DAS of Michigan reserves the right to request that the student repeats the course.


 DAS follows the common sense during inclement weather. Our regular business hours and classes take place at their regularly scheduled times unless otherwise indicated. Class cancellations and make-up classes are announced and scheduled by the teachers.
For children under the age of 5, we ask parents/legal guardians to attend the classes, unless  differently indicated from time to time.
For ages 6 to16: children can be dropped off.  
Parents are then welcome to wait for their child or come back once the class has finished.

CULTURAL EVENTS/Discounts:

The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
 Individual member: 1 ticket
Family membership: 2 tickets plus any children up to 16 years of age.

Senior Member: 1 ticket
Senior double: 2 tickets   
Patron: 1 ticket

Guests must pay the non-member price.

No refunds is issued to a participant if an event location is booked and full paid.