Student Life Policies

Disciplinary Policy

All members of the CalArts community are expected to observe commonly accepted standards of conduct. Violations of these standards can result in the imposition of discipline. Generally, discipline will be imposed only when violations of standard conduct occur on CalArts premises or at CalArts functions. However, a student whose misconduct has a direct and/or distinct adverse impact on the CalArts community, its members, and/or its educational objectives will be subject to discipline regardless of where or when the conduct occurred. Discipline may be imposed for violation of CalArts standards of conduct, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • All forms of academic misconduct (including but not limited to, cheating, fabrication and plagiarism) and facilitating such misconduct.
  • Dishonesty, including but not limited to fabricating information or knowingly furnishing false information or reporting a false emergency.
  • Forgery, unauthorized alteration or unauthorized use of any official CalArts document, record or instrument of identification.
  • Theft or the attempted theft of CalArts property or services or the property of others on CalArts premises or at CalArts functions, or knowingly possessing stolen property.
  • Intentionally or recklessly mutilating, defacing, damaging or destroying CalArts property or the property of others (including works of art) on CalArts premises or at CalArts functions.
  • Abuse or misuse of CalArts computer equipment, system, services, program, data or communications networks.
  • Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, duplication of, or use of, any CalArts property (including CalArts name, logo or symbols), equipment, resources, or services.
  • Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, hazing, harassment (including but not limited to sexual harassment), sexual contact without permission, stalking, coercion, and any other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of a student, faculty member, administrative officer, staff member or guest of CalArts.
  • Intentionally or recklessly interfering with normal CalArts or CalArts-sponsored activities, including but not limited to classes, instructional sessions, performances, exhibitions, and meetings.
  • Willfully failing to comply with the directions of CalArts officials, including security officers or housing staff members, acting in accordance of their duties, or failing to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
  • The possession, use of or threat to use explosive, incendiary materials, dangerous or noxious chemicals, or other dangerous materials, instruments, ammunition or weapons, including but not limited to real or facsimile or toy weapons, functioning or non-functioning weapons, loaded or unloaded weapons, and gas or spring loaded guns, on CalArts premises or at CalArts functions. Students who wish to use weapons or instruments described above in their performances or as part of an art piece are directed to consult with the Risk Management Administrator in Facilities Management regarding Institute procedures for such uses. This consultation and approval must occur before any weapon or dangerous instrument is brought on campus.
  • Violation of the CalArts Alcohol and Drugs Policy.
  • Entry, attempt to enter, or remaining without authority or permission in any CalArts office, residence hall room, studio, classroom, facility or event.
  • Violation of other established CalArts policies, regulations or rules, including but not limited to residence hall rules, parking and traffic regulations, policy on scheduling events
    and receptions, and computer policy.
  • Inducing, coercing, or assisting another to do any act that violates CalArts standards of conduct.
  • An act or omission that constitutes a violation of federal, state, or local laws.
  • Violations of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this policy.

Procedures for Handling Misconduct Cases/Policy Violations

  • All cases of academic misconduct shall be referred to the Associate Provost or designee, who in consultation with the appropriate School Dean, shall determine what disciplinary sanctions, if any, shall be imposed. The sanctions of suspension and dismissal shall not be imposed unless the Provost concurs.
  • All cases of nonacademic misconduct shall be referred to the Dean of Students, or in the case of violation of housing rules, to the Director of Housing, who shall determine what disciplinary sanctions, if any, are appropriate. In a case involving a violation of housing rules, the Director of Housing will determine the appropriate disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the terms of this policy and the Housing License Agreement. In certain cases, the Dean of Students may exercise discretion and delegate responsibility to the Schools for determining what disciplinary sanction(s), if any, are appropriate. The sanctions of Disciplinary Probation, Suspension and Dismissal shall not be imposed unless the student’s School Dean and the Associate Provost or designee concurs.
  • The disciplinary sanction(s) shall not begin until either the time for appeal as set forth below has expired without an appeal, or until the appeal process is exhausted. Nothing contained herein, however, shall preclude the Vice President/CFO or designee from suspending a student from CalArts for an interim period pending disciplinary, appeal, or criminal proceedings or medical evaluation relevant to such proceedings. The interim suspension will be effective immediately without prior notice whenever, in the judgment of the Vice President/CFO or designee, the continued presence of the student at CalArts poses a substantial and immediate threat to others, or the stability and continuance of normal CalArts’ functions. Interim suspension may, in the discretion of the Vice President/CFO or designee, be limited to exclusion from CalArts residence halls. Interim suspension excludes a student from CalArts premises and other privileges or activities. A student suspended on an interim basis will be given a prompt opportunity to appear personally before the Vice President/CFO or designee in order to discuss the following issues only:(a) the reliability of the information concerning the student’s conduct; and (b)whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate that the continued presence of the student on CalArts premises poses a substantial and immediate threat to others, or to the stability and continuance of normal CalArts functions.

Consequences of Violating CalArts Standards of Conduct

When a student is found to have violated a CalArts standard of conduct, any of the following types of disciplinary action may be imposed. Any discipline imposed should be appropriate to the violation, taking into consideration the context and seriousness of the violation and the past disciplinary record of the student.

Warning
Written notice to the student that a violation of a CalArts standard of conduct has occurred and that continued or repeated violations of CalArts standards of conduct may be cause for further disciplinary action, normally in the form of disciplinary probation, loss of privileges and exclusion from activities, suspension, or dismissal.

Disciplinary Probation
A status imposed for a specific period of time in which a student must demonstrate conduct that conforms to CalArts standards of conduct. Conditions restricting the student’s privileges or eligibility for activities may be imposed. Misconduct during the probationary period or violation of any conditions of the probation may result in further disciplinary action, normally in the form of suspension or dismissal.

Loss of Privileges and Exclusion from Activities
Exclusion from participation in designated privileges and/or activities for a specified period of time. Failure to adhere to the limitations imposed on privileges in activities or violation of CalArts policies during the period of the sanction may be cause for further disciplinary action, normally in the form of suspension or dismissal.

Suspension

Termination of student status at CalArts for a specified academic term or terms with reinstatement thereafter certain, provided that the student has complied with any conditions imposed as part of the suspension. Violation of the conditions of suspension or of CalArts policies during the period of suspension may be cause for further disciplinary action, normally in the form of dismissal.

Dismissal
Termination of student status for an indefinite period. Readmission to CalArts shall require the specific approval of the student’s School Dean and the Provost. Readmission after dismissal may be granted only under exceptional circumstances.

Restitution
Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of CalArts property or the property of others may be imposed either exclusively or in combination with other disciplinary action. Such reimbursement may take the form of monetary payment or appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.

Other
Other disciplinary actions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified above, including but not limited to community service, holds on requests for transcripts, diplomas, or other student records to be sent to third parties.

Proceedings Disclosure

Upon written request to the Dean of Students, CalArts will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, or to the alleged victim’s next of kin if appropriate, the final results of any disciplinary proceedings dealing with that crime or offense.

Appeal Process for Disciplinary Sanctions

  • The student may appeal a disciplinary sanction. To do so, the student must submit, in writing, a notice of appeal. In the case of a notice to vacate housing based on a violation of the Housing License Agreement, the student must use the appeal procedures described in the Housing Brochure. In the case of sanctions imposed for academic misconduct, the notice shall be submitted to the Provost. In the case of sanctions imposed for non–academic misconduct, the notice shall be submitted to the Dean of Students. The notice of appeal should provide a brief statement of the basis for the appeal and must be submitted within ten calendar days of the date on which the disciplinary sanction is imposed.
  • Upon receipt of a notice of appeal, an Appeals Committee shall be formed as soon as is practical. Persons eligible to serve on the Appeals Committee shall be current members of the faculty, staff and student body. One member of the Appeals Committee shall be appointed by the Associate Provost or designee, one by the Dean of Students, and one member by the student. Together, these members of the Appeals Committee shall decide who from among them shall serve as Chairperson. No person shall participate as a member of the Appeals Committee who has been involved in the events upon which the disciplinary sanction has been imposed or who is biased.
  • The Director of Human Resources or designee will provide administrative support to the Appeals Committee, including but not limited to supplying copies of pertinent documents, scheduling meetings, arranging for a scribe to take and prepare minutes, and the preparation of the final report.
  • Within ten calendar days of the date the Appeals Committee is formed, or as soon thereafter as practical, the Appeals Committee shall meet in closed session to consider the appeal. The members of the Appeals Committee shall respect the confidentiality of the proceedings. The student and the CalArts official(s) who imposed/recommended the disciplinary sanctions shall be provided with an opportunity to meet with the Appeals Committee, but shall otherwise be present at a meeting of the Appeals Committee only at the request or with the permission of the Appeals Committee. As it deems appropriate, the Appeals Committee shall interview other persons and shall consider written materials and other items pertinent to the appeal. When the student appears before the Appeals Committee, he or she may only be accompanied and advised by any current member of the CalArts community, (i.e. student, staff member, or faculty member) who is not an attorney, but such person may not address the Appeals Committee unless requested by it to do so.
  • At the completion of its review, the Appeals Committee shall prepare a written advisory report consisting of findings, conclusions and recommendations, and shall submit it to the Provost. A determination by the Appeals Committee that a student has engaged in conduct that violates CalArts standards of conduct shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the student engaged in such conduct. Copies of the report should also be furnished to the student and to the CalArts official(s) who imposed/recommended the disciplinary sanctions. Under separate cover, the Appeals Committee shall also forward to the Provost copies of any written material or items that it considered in connection with the appeal process. The Provost or designee shall consider the report and at his or her discretion take whatever action he or she deems appropriate. Prior to taking such action, the Provost or designee may discuss the report with the members of the Appeals Committee, the student or any other person. The Provost or designee shall transmit his or her decision in writing to the student, the CalArts official(s) who imposed/recommended the disciplinary sanctions, and the members of the Appeals Committee. The decision of the Provost shall be final.
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