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  • Center for the Student Experience

    The Center for the Student Experience (CSE) fosters a meaningful ArtCenter educational experience by engaging students in opportunities for learning, success and happiness through programs and services that encourage character and identity development, personal health and wellness, social and civic engagement, lifelong learning, and the search for life purpose and meaning. The CSE provides assistance in areas that affect the overall well-being and life of students throughout their education at ArtCenter. It assists students in areas such as advocacy, health insurance, health and wellness programs, international travel insurance, personal counseling, student organizations, off-campus housing information, and disability support and accommodations. The CSE also advises international students. General programs, activities and services provided to ArtCenter students are included below.

    We are located in Room 200B, across from the Library.
    Contact: 626.396.2323 (tel) | 626.683.7614 (fax) |
    Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

    CSE Staff:
    Ray Quirolgico - Associate Provost, Student Affairs & Dean of Students
    Kendra Stanifer - Assistant Dean of Students/Director, CSE
    Cecilia Lopez - Senior Coordinator & Assistant to the Dean of Students
    Jeonghan Ryu - Associate Director, International Student Programs
    Diana Yung - International Student Advisor
    Celeste Guerneri - Associate Director, Leadership Programs
    Dr. Kalea Chapman - Mental Health Counselor
    Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald- Mental Health Counselor
    Mari Hashimoto, L.C.S.W - Mental Health Counselor

    • Non-Discrimination and Policy Statement and Reporting Procedures

    • Academic and Creative Integrity Policy

      Link to Report a Violation of Academic and Creative Integrity
      Academic and creative integrity is essential to personal and educational growth of students, which all members of the Art Center community are expected to uphold.  This value maintains the standards of excellence of the College and creates a meaningful learning environment.  Academic misconduct is a violation of the Policy that creates an unfair or unearned academic advantage to a student.   This Policy is intended to assist students in understanding the academic and creative expectations of the Art Center community and what would constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
      The following constitutes academic misconduct:
      1. Plagiarism. Using another person’s language or idea without proper acknowledgment. When using the exact words of another in the presentation of written material, those words must be placed in quotation marks, with attribution to the original source, including proper citation of the source.  Referencing or appropriating ideas may be part of an assignment, but it is always the student’s responsibility to properly acknowledge the source of the original material.
      2. Creative dishonesty. Using another person’s words, ideas, or images, borrowed or stolen, in whole or in part, without appropriate permission and acknowledgment. Artists and designers commonly draw on others’ works, such as for reference or inspiration or a conceptual use of an appropriated image. This type of exploration is encouraged and expected; however there is an important distinction between drawing inspiration from a piece and copying it, which may vary by discipline. Within individual departments and classes, while students are ultimately responsible for the creative integrity of their work, chairs and faculty should make efforts to clarify what practices do and do not constitute creative dishonesty.
      3. Submission of the same work in two courses without explicit permission. Presenting all or part
      of work done from one course or independent study to another Art Center course requires permission of the instructor in the current course.
      4. Unauthorized collaboration. In many course activities collaboration is permitted and encouraged. Course syllabi and in-class instructions will usually identify situations where collaboration on assignments is allowed.  The student shares responsibility for ascertaining whether collaboration is approved by seeking clarification from the instructor.
      5. Cheating. This is a very broad category encompassing a variety of forms of misrepresentation and fraud. Cheating includes accepting or giving aid to another during a written exam or for a written report unless authorized by the instructor, or accepting or giving aid to another for an individual studio project unless authorized by the instructor.
      6. Misrepresentation of experience or ability. This includes providing false information concerning
      academic and creative achievement or background. For example: falsely reporting the substance of an internship or omitting transcripts or other academic information on the application for admission.
      7. Falsification of records. This includes any attempt to change grades or written records pertaining to assessment of a student’s academic and creative achievement; influencing, or attempting to influence, any College official, faculty member or employee responsible for processing grades, evaluating students or maintaining academic records through the use of bribery, threats, or any other means of coercion in order to affect a student’s grade or evaluation; and alteration or misuse of College documents pertaining to academic records by means of computer resources or other equipment.
      8. Sabotage. Destruction or deliberate inhibition of progress of another student’s work related to a
      course is prohibited. This includes the destruction of shared resources such as library materials, lab materials, and computer software or hardware.
      9. Complicity concerning any of the above. Any act that assists academic or creative dishonesty is itself a violation of the academic and creative integrity Policy.
      B. Statement of Academic and Creative Integrity Policy
      A statement on academic and creative integrity is outlined in each course syllabus.  This statement identifies the responsibility of students to demonstrate integrity in all academic endeavors used in the work submitted for grading in each course.  This statement is a contract that the student enters into by enrolling in the course.
      C. Academic and Creative Integrity Review Committee
      The Academic and Creative Integrity Review Committee (“Committee”) should be notified of all suspected violations of the Policy.  The Committee will consist of the College designated conduct officer, faculty representatives from Humanities and Sciences and the studio departments, and a student representative.  The Committee will appoint a member to chair the Committee each year. The Committee will review all cases to make recommendations of the academic sanctions to the reporting faculty member and department chair, determine disciplinary sanctions and provide guidance for consistent policy implementation.
      D.  Procedures for Processing a Policy Violation
      The procedures for processing a violation of the Policy shall be as follows:
      1. The faculty member should notify the student of the alleged violation of the Policy and determine if the student is responsible.  The faculty member will provide the student with documentation of the alleged dishonesty and when applicable, the faculty should provide the source of the original work to the student.  
      1a. In the case that a faculty member is uncertain if a violation has occurred, the faculty member can consult with their Department Chair, the Committee, the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs or the Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students prior to bringing the suspected violation forward to the student.   The Committee will periodically review the cases that were consulted on to ensure consistency of policy communication.
      2.  Following notification of the student, the faculty should report the incident by submitting an Academic and Creative Violation Form (“Report”), which can be found at within 10 days of the identified violation.  Any supporting materials should be submitted to the Committee along with the Report.  Faculty should provide the recommended academic sanction on the Report for the Committee’s review (e.g. no credit in the course, no credit on assignment, resubmit assignment or exam, reduced credit on final grade).
      2b. If someone other than a faculty member suspects a violation (such as a staff member or student) the violation should be brought to the attention of either the faculty of the course that the specific violation took place, the chair of the department the student in question is enrolled, or submit a Report to the Committee for further investigation.
      3.  The Committee will review all materials and request in writing that the student appear before the Committee to represent their case and answer questions of the Committee. The student is permitted to bring an advisor to the committee hearing as outlined in the Student Conduct Hearing Board Procedures. The faculty member may also be asked to appear before the Committee to supply additional information if needed. Should the violation occur in a studio course, the Committee will request the corresponding department chair address the standards of appropriation in the discipline.  
      4.  Initiating a recommendation for an academic sanction is the responsibility of the faculty member.  However, the Committee may support and/or make additional recommendations to ensure consistent interpretation of the policy and appropriate sanctions. The Committee will decide upon any disciplinary sanctions (such as probation or suspension from the college) based on the severity of violation and any past academic misconduct violations. 
      5.  Students awaiting action on a case of academic or creative integrity violation are not permitted to drop the course in question.
      6.  The Committee’s recommendations for academic sanctions and disciplinary action will be communicated to the reporting faculty and the chair of the department in which the student is enrolled in.  The student will receive written notification of the outcome of the Committee’s review.  The academic and disciplinary sanctions will be recorded in the student’s conduct record.  The student is allowed 5 business days following the notification of sanctions to appeal the decision.  The appeal process is outlined in the Student Code of Conduct section of the Student Handbook.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    • Disability Accommodations

      Art Center College of Design complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.

      Accommodations can be arranged for students requesting academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids through the Center for the Student Experience office (Room 274). Students who require disability-related accommodations are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Services coordinator immediately upon acceptance to Art Center or after being diagnosed with a disability.

      For questions regarding student disability support, required documents, and the student disability policy, please see the disability policy section of the student handbook or make an appointment with the student disability services coordinator at 626.396.2323.
    • Health & Wellness

      As you may already know or have possibly heard, studying at ArtCenter is rigorous,challenging, and sometimes stressful. The CSE sponsors health & wellness workshops throughout the year, as well as free yoga courses, discounted gym memberships, open prayer/meditation hours, resources and informational brochures on relevant health topics. The numerous resources available on and off campus are designed to provide you with the tools to manage your health and wellness effectively and develop good habits for a lifetime.
      Throughout the year we offer varied activities, workshops and vendor booths focused on increasing awareness and educating ArtCenter\'s campus community on health related topics.

      Weekly Yoga Classes - offered 2x per week!
      From Week 1-12, an hour-long yoga class is offered on campus led by a certified yoga instructor. The class is free and open to all. Mats are provided for all participants. Wednesday classes are hosted at 12-1pm in the Sinclaire Pavilion and Thursday classes are hosted from 1-2pm in the 870 Lobby.

      Frisbees and a bocce ball set are available for students to check out from the Prop Room downstairs. (HILLSIDE CAMPUS)
      Basketball nets are set up at both campuses. If the nets are not up, please contact Facilities at 626.396.2200 and ask for Hillside Campus Facilities or South Campus Facilities for assistance. Balls are available for check out from the CSE. (HILLSIDE & SOUTH CAMPUS)

      Discounted Fitness Memberships (various gyms)
      Discounted gym memberships are available for students through Global Fit (a partner of Aetna Student Health insurance plan). All enrolled students are eligible for these rates at time of registration, unless he or she has specifically opted out of the school\'s health insurance plan. Reduced rates for varied gyms such as 24-hour-fitness, Curves etc. are offered at multiple locations. For information and registration, create an account on under Aetna to get quotes. Call Global Fit (800) 294-1500 to register. Memberships are activated on the next business day.

      Occidental College Gym Privileges
      You may also use the sports facilities at Occidental College for free (Fall & Spring terms only). Less than 10 miles away, Occidental facilities include a weight room, athletic field, swimming pool and tennis courts. Use of all facilities is subject to specified rules and restrictions. Call Occidental Card Office at (323) 341-4482 to update your ACCD Student ID to gain access.
      Students should call the Occidental Athletic Department at 323.259.2608 to confirm hours of operation.

      Summit Swim School
      Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has an Indoor Heated Pool. Located at 3230 East Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
      For class registration or more information call: 626.325.8028 or email or


      Confidential on-campus short-term counseling services for mental health is available at no cost to all enrolled students. Depending on specific needs, students are eligible for up to five sessions/term for Individual or Couples' Counseling. Counselors are also available to see students for urgent walk-in appointments within 24 hours or one business day. Our licensed counselors work with students on a variety of topics ranging from adjustment, academic to personal issues. For students that need ongoing counseling, have a serious mental illness or require medication management, off-campus referrals are made to community providers. We also provide Crisis Intervention appointments. All appointments are available Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30am-4:30pm). We do NOT offer after-hours/weekend sessions. 

      For immediate assistance after-hours or on the weekends, please call 877-7-CRISIS hotline or go to your nearest Emergency Room. Also note that we do NOT provide consultations on academic projects (i.e. no interviews for academic projects nor academic counseling). All appointments are strictly within the boundaries of personal or couples'' psychological counseling support. 

      To schedule an initial appointment, students should contact the Center for Student Experience office at 626-396-2323 or visit the office, across from the Library. Students can also request an appointment online on Inside ArtCenter here. *Note- counselors do not maintain access to emails and such online requests 24/7.

      It is recommended that students schedule appointments as early as possible, to ensure that they are seen by one of our mental health counselors in a timely fashion. All counseling appointments and communications are maintained in confidence and in accordance with federal and state healthcare privacy laws. Off-campus mental health benefits are also available through the student health insurance plan, Aetna student health. CSE and counselors can provide referral list of in and out-of-network therapist and psychiatrists, as well as their office locations and any specialties provided. Please ask us for the most current list.

      You can also locate an in-network therapist of doctor by yourself by log onto and type Art Center College of Design in the box "Search Your College". Click on "Find a Doctor" in the side bar to search various providers, treatment facilities and pharmacies.

    • Off Campus Housing Resources

      OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING: Although ArtCenter does not offer on-campus housing, incoming students may need help in locating affordable, acceptable living accommodations. To help assist students with locating housing and roommate matching the Center for the Student Experience coordinates information regarding local housing options. This resource is available for admitted and current students and includes a variety of living arrangements including rooms within homes, guest houses, apartments and houses for rent, as well as information about the utilities, amenities, available dates, rental costs, and landlord contact information for each listing. 

      ArtCenter provides access to this website as a service to help students find housing in and around the Pasadena area. However, ArtCenter does not investigate the quality or safety of the housing options available on the website, nor does it involve itself in disputes between landlords and students.
      Off Campus Housing Website:
      Current students may login using their ArtCenter username and password. To sign up as guest user please contact the Center for the Student Experience office at (626)396-2323.

      For questions regarding housing visit the Center for Student Experience, email or call (626)396-2323.
      UNIVERSAL HOUSING PROGRAM: International students and out of state students can also utilize the Universal Housing Program for short and long term housing with a host family. Visit for more information.
      FACEBOOK: We also encourage you to join the ArtCenter Housing Facebook page to help with your housing search and to connect with other current and new students who may also be looking for housing and/or roommates.

    • Transportation

      ARTCENTER EXPRESS SHUTTLE: ArtCenter now offers a shuttle for ArtCenter students between the Hillside Campus and the South Campus. Additional shuttle stops are the 950 Bldg, 870 Bldg, Del Mar Metro Station, and Memorial Park Metro Station. Please view the schedule for specific times and locations. 
      PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Are you going to ride the Pasadena Arts Bus or Los Angeles Metro Train? If so, tickets and tokens can now be purchased at two locations on campus - the Center for the Student Experience office (room 200B) or downstairs near the film office with Linda Estrada. Both are open from 8:30 to 4:30 M-F. 
      RIDESHARE OPTIONS: Are you interested in saving gas, time and money? If so, check out the rideshare program Art Center has partnered with to assist students in making rideshare connections. You have the option to register on the Ride Links site to find a ride or rideshare partner at Click on Create New Account then enter the code word creative into the Company Access Code section.

      • International Students

        F-1 students are non-immigrants pursuing a full course of study towards specific educational or professional objectives at academic institutions in the U.S. An F-1 student is admitted to the U.S. for a period known as "duration of status"(D/S). Upon entry to the U.S. as an F-1 student, the individual accepts responsibility to abide by the conditions of the non-immigrant status. Failure to maintain F-1 non-immigrant status is grounds for removal from the U.S. under the Immigration & Naturalization Act. The information provided here should serve as a guide to keeping legal F-1 student status throughout your stay in the U.S.

        a) Must be enrolled full-time each term
        • Undergraduate Full-Time = minimum 12 credit hours per term
        • Graduate Full-Time = minimum 12 credit hours per term
        b) Exceptions to full-time enrollment requirement:
        Exceptions must be submitted and approved by the International Adviser in advanced)
        • Initial difficulty with the English language
        • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods
        • Improper Course Level Placement
        • Illness or Medical Condition
        • Final term of program
        • Concurrent Enrollment, arranged in advance (still maintaining total of 12 credits or more)

        Annual Vacation (term-off, ACL or Internship Term):
        Due to the year-round schedule that Art Center has, 3 equal terms per year, F-1 international student can take annual vacation any time of the year as long as you have completed two consecutive full-time terms prior to the term on Leave of Absence (LOA), ArtCenter Light (ACL) or Internship Term.
        Stay in a good academic standing and make a progress each term


        3. VALID I-20
        a) F-1 status is valid until the Program Completion date on your I-20
        b) Report to the International Adviser any change to the original academic program; including
        • Major
        • Education level
        • Program Completion date
        c) Report to the International Adviser any change of address within 10 days of move

        If you need more time than the Program End date on your I-20 (on Page 1) in order to complete your program with legitimate reasons, please apply for program extension at least 30 days prior to the I-20 Program Completion Date.

        5. EMPLOYMENT
        Students who have maintained F-1 status may work on and/or off-campus WITH prior proper authorization from International Student Advisor at CSE or USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).

        On Campus Employment.  Students maintaining F-1 status may work for ArtCenter a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session and more than 20 hours per week during the Breaks and holidays. On-campus employment is a benefit of F-1 status and needs a letter from International Student Advisers letter to apply for social security number to work.

        Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is an off-campus employment benefit available to students in F-1 status when the experience is considered to be an integral part of the established curriculum and directly related to the student's major. "Training" refers to a paid or unpaid internship, practicum, or other work experience that is required for the degree program, or for which course credit is awarded, or for institutionally sponsored cooperative education internships or research projects. Students are required to submit an application and receive an updated I-20 endorsed for CPT prior to beginning employment. Please submit an employment offer letter and a completed CPT recommendation form to CSE at least two weeks prior to your anticipated employment start date.

        Optional Practical Training (OPT).  OPT is an employment benefit that is available to students in F-1 status. OPT requires an application to, and authorization from, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to beginning any employment. OPT applications may be received by USCIS a maximum of 90-days prior to completion of your academic program and must be received within 60-days after program completion. Contact CSE to schedule an OPT application appointment.

        STEM OPT extension.  F-1 students currently on post-completion OPT based on a prior Bachelor or Master degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field on the DHS STEM-Designated Degree Program List, can apply to USCIS for a 24-month extension of OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 36 months). The following majors at ArtCenter are qualified for the 24-month STEM OPT Extension: Entertainment; Environmental; Interactive; Product; Transportation; Grad Environmental; Grad Industrial; Grad Media; Grad Transportation. Detailed information will be found at Study in the States (

        Severe Economic Hardship Employment. Students experiencing serious, urgent, and unforeseen economic circumstances during their academic program may qualify for special permission to work off campus. Contact CSE to determine if you are eligible to apply.

        6. TRAVEL

        a) Necessary Document:
        - Valid passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)
        - Valid F-1 visa (unexpired, and multiple-entry: exempted for Canadians)
        - I-20 signed for travel by International Adviser (travel signature is valid for 6 months)
        b) New F-1 Visa Issuance
        Travel to U.S. Consulate in Canada, Mexico, or the home country for new F-1 visa issuance will be required. Consult the International Adviser prior to travel and visa application!
        Must maintain valid passports for student and student's dependents.
        Passport must be valid at least 6 months into the future.
        Passport extensions and renewals may be arranged with the home country embassy or consulates in the U.S.

        8. DEPENDENTS (F-2)
        Maintain separate I-20; Duration of Status is same as the primary student (F-1)
        May travel abroad and re-enter without the primary; Must obtain travel signature by International Adviser.
        May NOT be employed within the U.S.
        May NOT enroll in a degree program / May enroll in part-time study for vocational or recreational purposes
        9. GRACE PERIODS
        a) 60 day grace period after program completion. During the 60 day grace period, the individuals may:
        • Remain in the U.S. to prepare for departure Transfer to another school or degree program
        • Apply for a change of status
        • Caution: no travel abroad and U.S. reentry on the same I-20
        • Caution: no employment is permitted during the 60-day grace period
        b) 15-day grace period after withdrawals authorized and approved by the International Adviser:
        Remain in the U.S. to prepare for departure
        No employment permitted during the 15-day grace period
        c) Unapproved withdrawals or terminations: No grace period if failed to maintain status, withdrew from school, or otherwise interrupted studies

        10. TRANSFER
        Transfer is defined by USCIS to describe the process by which an international student leaves one U.S. institution (before or after completion of studies) and begins attendance at another U.S. institution. School transfer, in this situation, does not refer to the transfer of academic credits or records between institutions.
        A student who has failed to maintain status may apply to be reinstated to lawful F-1 status at the discretion of USCIS. Students must consult the International Adviser if reinstatement is needed.

        The International Student Adviser holds drop-in office hours from 1:30-4PM, Monday - Thursday so that you can walk in without an appointment.
        You can also schedule an appointment between 9 am - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday. Please contact the International Student Adviser for availability at, or at 626.396.2370 (tel.).
      • Health insurance and Travel Assistance

        Art Center provides health insurance for all students enrolled in degree programs, whether full-time or Art Center Lite. The student health insurance plan is a benefit of the college and may not be waived. If a student has an existing insurance policy, the student health insurance plan becomes secondary. Students with a dependent (spouse, child, or domestic partner) may apply for dependent coverage. Dental and visions coverage is not included in the student health insurance plan, however, students can enroll for this additional coverage.

        Student health insurance coverage begins on the first Saturday of each academic term and continues through each official school break. Those who enroll from term to term will not experience a lapse in coverage. Students who are not enrolled in the insurance by the college are:

        1. Students taking a Leave of Absence

        2. Exchange students paying tuition to their home institution

        3. Students on internship not-for-credit

        4. Graduate student enrolled in 0 unit thesis completion course

        These students can purchase the insurance for one term per plan year (September - August)

        Center for the Student Experience staff is available to assist students with understanding policy coverage, how to find a doctor, as well as billing and claims procedures.

        Please visit purchase the coverage or for information on using your insurance. For additional questions regarding the student health insurance plan, email, call 626.396.2323, or pick up a brochure.

        HTH Travel Insurance:
        Art Center provides a health insurance plan for students who travel abroad on school-sponsored educational programs. This insurance program provides medical assistance, international healthcare, safety and security services, and outsourced customer care for travelers. To learn more about HTH Travel visit or contact??the Center for the Student Experience at or (626) 396-2323.

      • Student Involvement Opportunies

        Students graduating from ArtCenter will work in settings requiring not only strong art and design skills, but also leadership skills and the ability to collaborate with others who do not always share similar life experiences, values, or histories. The CSE supports student learning of these complementary skills by offering educational opportunities that better prepare students for successful careers and meaningful lives.

      • Orientation

        The full orientation program integrates all offices and academic departments, as well as student leaders, incoming students and their families. Orientation addresses the following topics linked to student success: knowledge of services and academic rigor, policy and procedure, financial literacy, social networking and integration, diversity, technology, experiential learning, time management, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and communication skills. for more information see: 

        New Student Orientation
        All new students are required to attend a three-day orientation to ArtCenter during the week before classes begin. The CSE coordinates this program each term to assist undergraduate and graduate students with their transition to the academic and community life of ArtCenter. Supplemental testing opportunities, a mandatory International Orientation and Family Orientation take place in the days prior to New Student Orientation.

        The Orientation Leader Experience:
        Orientation Leaders provide the peer-to-peer experience between current students and new students. In addition to providing incoming students with needed support and friendship as they adjust to a new academic and social environment, the relationships that new students establish with the Leaders will give them a first-hand, authentic, and guided ongoing orientation to ArtCenter''''s values, student and academic culture, social and academic expectations all from a current student perspective.

        All hired Leaders are required to attend training prior to Orientation. As a Leader you are responsible for leading a group new students along with another Leader throughout Orientation. Specifically, you will be involved in several components of the program including the opening session, lunches, classroom workshops, tours and additional sessions to assist students in the adjustment to ArtCenter.

        As a member of the team, all Leaders are expected to provide their email and phone contact information to the incoming class. This allows incoming students to continue the dialogue at Orientation throughout the semester.

        Applicants are required to be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate Art Center degree program, in good academic standing (2.5 or higher cumulative GPA) and good disciplinary standing (not on disciplinary probation, suspension, or serving sanctions for any Student Code of Conduct violations).
        Decisions will be made by a selection committee no later than of week 8 of each term.
        To apply, please complete the Online Application, via Survey Monkey, between WK3 and Wk6 of each semester. The link and supporting information is emailed to all students before week 3.


          Grievance Procedure for Students 

          ArtCenter strives to be in compliance with College policies and all applicable federal, state and local laws. If any student or applicant believes that the College or members of its community may have acted in violation of its policies or may have failed to comply with applicable legal requirements, he or she is encouraged to file a grievance with the College. It is the goal of the College to handle all grievances in a lawful, fair, consistent and confidential manner via informal resolution. However, provisions for formal resolution are also available, if necessary. The grievance procedures outlined here are not intended for use by students to challenge grades issued for courses; these issues should addressed through the Department Chair of the class in question. Unless otherwise specified, grievances will be handled as described below. 


          Sexual harassment (including sexual violence) should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator (please see section on Title IX policies and reporting), and undergo special reporting and investigation procedures. All other College policy violations, and Student Code of Conduct violations should be reported to the Assistant Dean of Students.


          Students who believe they have been mistreated or treated unfairly by other students, staff or faculty may file a grievance with the Assistant Dean of Students. 


          No student or employee will be discriminated against or retaliated against for reporting what he or she, in good faith, believes to constitute a violation of any College policy or legal requirements. 


          Students must file the grievance in writing or by filing an online form: Report a Grievance

          Include what allegedly happened, when and where it occurred, name the parties involved (if known), and what policy or regulation was violated (if any). 

          Grievances should be submitted within 90 days from when the alleged incident occurred, or within 90 days after the complainant may have known about the alleged incident or violation. If there is reasonable cause, the Assistant Dean of Students may extend the time limitation for up to 365 days from the alleged incident. Civil rights violations may be reported within the time limitation imposed by statute. 

          Informal Grievance Procedure 

          1. Upon receiving a complaint or grievance, the Assistant Dean of Students will serve as conciliator. If the grievance is against the Assistant Dean of Students, the Associate Provost for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students will appoint an alternate conciliator. The conciliator will assist the student in resolving the problem informally. 

          2. The conciliator shall refer the student to the appropriate person(s) at ArtCenter to try to work out the problem in an informal way. If appropriate, the conciliator will also initiate contact with any other party involved to try to resolve the grievance. The conciliator will keep the student informed of developments during these preliminary stages. If involvement to resolve the grievance is requested from other departments or individuals at ArtCenter, the conciliator will request written updates or responses from those parties within 21 business days of when the grievance was filed by the student. These reports will be shared with the student. 

          3. If the student is satisfied with the results of the informal efforts at resolution, the conciliator will close the case. If the student is not satisfied with the results, he or she has the option to file a formal, written request to be heard by the Grievance Committee. The request must be filed no later than seven business days after the student has received the written outcome of informal mediation. 

          2. The conciliator shall refer the student to the appropriate person(s) at ArtCenter to try to work out the problem in an informal way. If appropriate, the conciliator will also initiate contact with any other party involved to try to resolve the grievance. The conciliator will keep the student informed of developments during these preliminary stages. If involvement to resolve the grievance is requested from other departments or individuals at ArtCenter, the conciliator will request written updates or responses from those parties within 21 business days of when the grievance was filed by the student. These reports will be shared with the student. 

          3. If the student is satisfied with the results of the informal efforts 

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