As members of the CIA community, students are responsible for maintaining its expectations and standards. This includes abiding by the policies and regulations established by the Institute. If a student violates these policies and regulations, it will result in disciplinary action.

Who is responsible for the Student Conduct Process

The Institute’s system for fostering appropriate student conduct is staffed by the Director of Student Life and Housing as the Chief Judicial Officer. The procedures of criminal and civil courts shall not govern Institute disciplinary procedures. In these proceedings, formal rules of evidence shall not be applicable, nor shall deviations from prescribed procedures invalidate a proceeding or decision, unless significant prejudice to a party involved would result.


The following violations are subject to disciplinary action, as provided for in this Code:

  1. Violation of the law: violation of state, federal, or local laws on Institute premises or at Institute sponsored activities.

  2. Smoking in an undesignated area.

  3. Failure to comply with a reasonable request of authorized College personnel or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

  4. Violation of the College's Title IX Policy.

  5. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.

    1. Furnishing false information to any College instructor, official, or other office with an intent to deceive.

    2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, instrument, or identification.

    3. Submitting the same studio or academic work to more than one class in any given semester.

  6. Unauthorized entry to, or use of, Institute facilities.

  7. Physical, written, verbal, electronic, or mental abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, or emotional well-being of one’s self or others to include: 

    1. Bullying: a pattern of behavior when an individual repeatedly uses power in an intentional manner, including verbal, physical, or written conduct directed at another individual.

    2. Cyberbullying: the use of electronic communication to harm or harass others in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

    3. Intimidation: Subjecting an individual to intentional action that significantly threatens and induces a sense of fear and/or inferiority.

    4. Coercion: the improper use of pressure to compel another individual to initiate or continue action.

    5. Threats: Physical, written, verbal, or electronic conduct which reasonably expresses an intention to cause an individual injury, harm, or damage.

    6. Physical restraint, assault, or any other act of physical violence, or use of physical force against an individual.

  8. Theft of, damage to, or unauthorized use of Institute property, or the property of a campus visitor.

  9. Fire/Fire safety: setting a fire, causing a false fire alarm, or causing a fire safety hazard.

  10. Violation of any Institute, state or federal drug or alcohol laws or policies, or improper actions resulting from the use of alcoholic beverages or drugs. 

  11. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other Institute activities, including its public service events or other authorized activities of the Institute.

  12. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace.

  13. Violation of any Institute, state or federal drug or alcohol laws or policies, or improper actions resulting from the distribution and/or sale of alcoholic beverages or drugs. 

  14. Theft and/or vandalism

  15. Parking and traffic violations

  16. Gambling or possession of gambling devices. Operation of lotteries and/or promotion of gambling is prohibited, with the exception of CIA-sponsored lotteries.

  17. Disruption of CIA events

  18. Disorderly conduct is conduct that is disruptive, lewd or indecent.

  19. Violation of Institute policies regarding bicycles,skateboards, other small vehicles, and wheeled shoes on school property.

  20. Illegal or unauthorized use, possession, or distribution of any firearms, weapons, fireworks, explosives or ammunition, or abuse of flammable substances, on Institute property.

  21. Harassment, which is defined as (a) unwelcome conduct based on a legally protected class, including: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law; and (b) that is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

  22. Furnishing false information to an Institute authority, including forgery, alteration or misuse of institutional documents, records or identification.

  23. Unauthorized possession or use of keys to any College door or facility, unauthorized operation of any locking mechanism; unauthorized entry to or use of College facilities.

  24. Abuse of the Conduct System, including:

  25. Failure to respond to a summons of the Conduct Board or the student conduct officer.

    1. Initiation of a conduct proceeding knowingly without cause.

    2. Attempt to influence the impartiality of a member of the Conduct Board prior to or during the course of conduct proceedings.

    3. Failure to complete or comply with a disciplinary sanction assigned by the Conduct Board/Hearing Officer.

    4. Verbal, physical, or mental harassment or intimidation of any member of the conduct body, witnesses, complainants, or respondents prior to, during, or after a conduct proceeding.

Each time a student does sanctioned community service, we will ask them to fill out the Community Service Verification form.


You can find it by CLICKING HERE!

The Institute reserves the right to notify a student’s parent, guardian, or emergency contact, regardless of the student’s age, status, or conduct, in health or safety emergencies, including hospitalizations or when, in the Institute’s judgment the health or well-being of the student or others may be at risk. In accordance with federal legislation, the Institute may also contact parents or guardians of dependent students under the age of 21 who violate federal, state, or local law and/or the Institute’s policies that govern the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances.

Students have the right, upon request, to review and inspect their educational records. Federal law permits the Institute 45 days within which to comply with any request to review records. Please see the section on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a copy of which is also on file in the Office of Student Life and Housing and in the Registrar’s Office.

In cases involving physical injury, threat, intimidation or force, including sexual misconduct, assault or abuse of the complainant, the complainant will be informed of the decision and the sanction imposed.

Generally, CIA jurisdiction and disciplinary processes apply to student conduct that:

occurs on Institute premises or occurs during the course of off-campus activities related to CIA, or violates federal, state, or local laws on or off the CIA campus, or adversely affects the Institute community, Institute’s reputation and/or the Institute’s pursuit of its educational mission.

Those subject to jurisdiction and discipline under the policy include:

  • all persons taking courses at CIA

  • all those who reside in Institute housing

  • students whose guests violate CIA policy

  • student organizations and their officers

Students who are charged with an off-campus violation of federal, state, or local laws will participate in the Institute’s judicial process and may have sanctions imposed regardless of other legal or civil penalties. In some cases, interim suspensions or restrictions may be imposed even before the student has been found guilty in a court of law. Institute judicial proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

In all cases, the Institute will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, faculty and staff, acting in their personal capacities remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

Accused students who do not agree with the outcome of the meeting/hearing do have the opportunity to appeal to the Dean of Student Affairs within 48 hours of receiving their outcome letter. Students may appeal based on the following reasons:

  1. Availability of new evidence that was not heard at the hearing that may have a  bearing on the outcome.

  2. The hearing was conducted in a manner that deviated from written procedures that impacted the fairness of the hearing.

  3. Belief that the sanction(s) imposed was grossly disproportionate to the severity of the offense.

  4. The finding does not accord with the evidence.

  5. Belief that there was bias on the part of a hearing board member that deprived the process of impartiality.