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Student Code of Conduct

Cornish College of the Arts expects and requires all of its students to develop, adhere to, and maintain high standards of scholarship and conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is the guiding document for Cornish community standards and outlines all rights and responsibilities afforded to Cornish students. All students are responsible for reading and understanding the information in this document found at www.cornish.edu/student_support/student_conduct.

For further information, please refer to the above link or contact the Office of Student Life at 206.726.5003.

Academic Freedom

Students have the following rights regarding academic freedom: 

  • Students are guaranteed the rights of free inquiry, expression, and assembly upon and within College facilities that are generally open and available to the public. 
  • Students are free to pursue appropriate educational objectives from among the College’s curricula, programs, and services. 
  • Students shall be protected against prejudicial or arbitrary and capricious academic valuation. At the same time, students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established by each of their instructors as outlined in the course syllabus. 
  • Students have the right to a learning environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, inappropriate, and disrespectful conduct, and any and all harassment. 
  • Students are protected against improper disclosure of their views, beliefs, and political associations that instructors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisers, and counselors. Such information is considered confidential. 
  • Students have the right to privacy of all student records according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. 

Academic Integrity

All members of the College community are expected to maintain the highest levels of integrity. Earning a degree should represent genuine learning, and how students learn is as important as what they learn. This is why the College expects all students to demonstrate the highest level of integrity in their academic pursuits and abide by its Academic Integrity Policy.  For more regarding the Academic Integrity policy, please see the Student Handbook.

Attendance

Students are responsible for meeting the faculty’s expectations for class attendance and punctuality. It is the student’s responsibility to become aware of and follow the attendance policies set within individual courses or by the department in which they are enrolled. In the United States and the State of Washington, many holidays are recognized as legal holidays. Cornish College of the Arts recognizes these legal holidays and does not hold classes on these days. For the dates of holidays observed by Cornish, please review the Academic Calendar printed on page 16 or on the Cornish website.

Cornish recognizes that our community is diverse in background and religious affiliation and wants to ensure that our students are supported in the practice of their personal religious faith. Students are excused on the major holidays of their faith should they wish to observe such holidays. These include, but are not limited to: the Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter; the Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and the evening of the first night of Pesach; and the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Students who observe religious holidays during class times are responsible for informing their teachers in advance and for making up any missed class work.

Directory Information

Cornish College of the Arts will release to any third party inquiry information that is defined as “Directory Information.” Directory Information consists of: name, telephone number, email, major, class level (e.g, sophomore), image/credits in photographs and video, printed name on event programs and posters, degrees and awards, dates of attendance, and enrollment status (e.g, full-time).  Students may request that Directory Information remain confidential from internal and/or external constituencies by submitting the request in writing to the Registration & Records Office or online using Compass. See also Student Privacy/Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in this section.

Change of Name

Students who request that their legal names be changed on academic and financial records must provide the Registrar with an original social security card, passport, marriage certificate or court order that certifies that the student has legally changed his/her/their name. Records will be amended after the Registrar has reviewed and approved the appropriate documentation. The Registration & Records Office will be responsible for notifying College staff of the name change. Copies of the name change documentation will be retained in the student’s academic file.

Change of Gender

Students who request that their gender be changed on college records must provide the Registrar with an original social security card, driver’s license reflecting changed gender, passport or court order that certifies that the student has legally changed her/his/their gender. Records will be amended after the Registrar has reviewed and approved the appropriate documentation. The Registration & Records Office will be responsible for notifying College staff of the gender change. Copies of the gender change documentation will be retained in the student’s academic file.

Students may request at any time that their preferred name be made the primary name used on Compass, the College’s student information system, and/or that their email address be changed to reflect their preferred name.  Students should contact the Registration & Records Office for details.

Freedom of Assembly and Association

Students shall have the right of assembly on College property, provided that such assembly shall:

  • Be conducted in an orderly manner.
  • Not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Not interfere with classes, schedules, meetings, ceremonies or with educational and administrative functions of the College.
  • Not interfere with the regular activities of the College.
  • Not cause damage or destruction to College property or private property in college facilities.

For more information about Freedom of Assembly and Association, please see the Student Handbook.

Freedom of Expression

Students are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They are free to support causes, provided they do so in an orderly manner that does not disrupt the regular operation of the College or violate the Code of Student Conduct. It is essential for students to understand that they speak only for themselves, and not the College, in any public expression and demonstration. Class instructors should encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression relative to the course subjects. Students are free to take exception to the information or views offered and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion. However, they are still responsible for learning the content and completing all assignments of any course taken for credit.

For more information about Freedom of Expression, please see the Student Handbook.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Cornish expressly prohibits all forms of sex-based discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and intimate partner violence, (collectively, “sexual misconduct”) committed by anyone on property owned or controlled by Cornish or at Cornish sponsored activities, events, or programs. This policy applies to all members of the Cornish community including faculty, staff, students, trustees, contractors, volunteers, and guests. This policy applies regardless of sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Sexual misconduct and retaliation will be promptly and fairly addressed and remedied according to the applicable Cornish resolution process.

For more information about the Sexual Misconduct Policy and reporting options, please see the Student Handbook.

Equal Opportunity

Cornish College of the Arts does not discriminate in education or employment on the basis of: gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. This policy is consistent with relevant federal regulations and statutes, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Cornish College of the Arts has designated Tiffany Davis, Esq., Chief Equity Officer, responsible for coordinating the College’s Title IX compliance.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact the Title IX coordinator Tiffany Davis, Esq., Chief Equity Officer at 206.726.5099 or tdavis@cornish.edu.

Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Privacy/Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The right to privacy, as provided by the Buckley Amendment (the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act or FERPA), requires that Cornish College of the Arts refrain from disclosing a student’s academic information to a public or private person or agency without prior permission from the student. Students may review their educational records, excluding recommendations, evaluations, and other privacy notices, by contacting the Registration & Records Office. The College is allowed to define which administrators, faculty, staff and outside agencies will be allowed access to student records. Students can obtain a copy of the Educational Privacy Statement from the Registration & Records Office, along with the procedure for requesting to inspect educational records. This procedure is also printed in the Student Handbook. Students have the right to file complaints concerning any alleged failures to comply with this act.

Solomon Amendment

In accordance with the Solomon Amendment, Cornish College of the Arts is required to disclose the name, address, phone number, date of birth, major, and class level of all enrolled students upon request of any branch of the military. The 1996 Solomon Amendment provides for the Secretary of Defense to deny federal funding to institutions of higher learning if they prohibit or prevent ROTC or military recruitment on campus.

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Clery Act)

As part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified as Title 20 U.S.C. §1092 (f), on or by October 1st of each year, post-secondary educational institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Campus Security Report to current and prospective students and employees. This report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.

Additionally, the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act requires higher education institutions to annually report fire safety information to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Specifically, campuses are required to publicly provide:

  • Statistics for each on-campus student housing facility, including the number of fires and causes; the number of injuries and deaths related to fires; and the value of property damage caused by fires
  • Descriptions of each on-campus student housing facility’s fire safety systems
  • The number of mandatory, supervised fire drills
  • Policies or rules on portable electronic appliances; smoking and open flames; evacuation procedures; fire safety education and training programs provided to students, faculty, and staff
  • Plans for future fire safety improvements, if needed, and
  • An annual report to the campus community.

This information is published through Campus Security and is available to interested parties at any time upon request. The annual campus security report is also posted on the college website under the caption 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.