student handbook - Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

student handbook - Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
STUDENT HANDBOOK
2014-2015
Version 2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT
1
VISION1
VALUES1
ACCREDITATION1
DIVERSITY: AN IMPERATIVE FOR CULTURAL EVOLUTION
1
STUDENT RIGHT-TO-KNOW INFORMATION
2
SECTION 1: GENERAL COLLEGE POLICIES
2
SECTION 3: COLLEGE RESOURCES
13
3.1
THE DOME
13
3.2
BOOKS + SUPPLIES
14
3.3
THE RECEPTION DESK 14
3.4
CAREER + ALUMNI SERVICES
14
1.1
ADDRESS CHANGE
1.2
ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
3.5COMMENCEMENT
15
3.6COUNSELING
15
2
3.7
15
2
3.8EMAIL
1.3ATTIRE
3
3.9
1.4BICYCLES AND OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORTATION
3
3.10GALLERIES
16
1.5
CAMPUS SAFETY AND THE CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT
3
3.11 GEAR BOX PROGRAM
16
1.6
CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY
3
3.12 HEALTH INSURANCE/MEDICAL SERVICES
16
1.7
CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE AND
3.13 NOTARY SERVICE
17
GRIEVANCE AND APPEALS COMMITTEE
3
3.14 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
17
1.8
DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
4
3.15SAFETY
17
1.9EMERGENCIES
5
3.16 STUDENT ACTIVITIES
18
1.10 EMERGENCY CLOSINGS
6
3.17 STUDENT IDENTIFICATION 19
1.11
THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) 6
3.18 STUDENT LOUNGE 19
1.12
FIREARMS, EXPLOSIVES, WEAPONS
8
3.19 THE STUDENT PORTAL
19
1.13GAMBLING
8
3.20 STUDENT STUDIOS IN SPIVAK
19
1.14
8
3.21RMCADGO/TECHBAR/TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
19
1.15 MODELS
8
3.22TRANSPORTATION
21
1.16 PARENT AND GUARDIAN INFORMATION/STUDENTS’ PRIVACY
8
3.23 THE UNDERGROUND CAFÉ
21
1.17PARKING
8
3.24VISITING ARTIST, SCHOLAR AND DESIGNER PROGRAM
21
1.18PETS
9
3.25 VOTER REGISTRATION
21
1.19PUBLICATION, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & PERPETUAL LICENSE 9
1.20PUBLICITY, POSTING AND LITERATURE DISTRIBUTION
9
1.21RECORDING OF CONVERSATIONS OR IMAGES
9
SECTION 4: STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
+ STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS 21
1.22 SEXUAL HARASSMENT 9
4.1
22
HEALTH HAZARDS IN THE ARTS
DISABILITY SERVICES
STUDENT BANKS
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
15
15
1.23 SHOP SAFETY
10
4.2STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT – STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
22
1.24SMOKING
10
4.3
26
1.25 SOCIAL MEDIA
10
1.26SOLICITATION
11
SECTION 5: STUDENT SERVICES
29
1.27 STUDENT EXPRESSION
11
5.1
ACADEMIC ADVISING
29
1.28 STUDENT WORK
12
5.2
STUDENT LEARNING CENTER
29
1.29 TELEPHONE MESSAGES
12
5.3
STARFISH EARLY ALERT
29
1.30VISITORS
12
5.4 STUDENT SUCCESS AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE
THE STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
29
5.5
THREAT ASSESSMENT SCALE AND BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION
29
SECTION 2: RMCAD ONLINE 12
5.6
ACADEMIC CHOICES FOR EXCELLENCE (ACE) 30
2.1
12
5.7
CLASSROOM DISRUPTIONS
30
2.2TECHNOLOGY
RMCAD’S ONLINE CLASSES AND PROGRAMS
12
5.8
INSTITUTIONAL AND DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT 30
2.3
STARTING OUT
12
5.9
GRADES AND RECORDS 30
2.4
PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE
13
5.10LIBRARY
31
2.5ATTENDANCE
13
5.11REGISTRATION
31
2.6
DISCUSSION FORUMS
13
2.7
SYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATION
13
2.8
CAMPUS CLOSURES
13
This Student Handbook is a general guide to students’ rights,
responsibilities, and resources. As members of the RMCAD
community, all students are responsible for reading, understanding,
and adhering to the policies and procedures listed in this Student
Handbook. The RMCAD Student Handbook serves as a companion
to the RMCAD College Catalog, which details academic policies
and procedures. The policies, regulations, procedures and
fees published in the Student Handbook are subject to change
without prior notice. The College reserves the right to change
the regulations, policies, fees, and any other requirements stated
herein without prior notice. It is not assumed that the information
presented in this Student Handbook is complete or designed to
serve indefinitely. Additions and amendments will be made as
changes in circumstances and practices may dictate. Similarly the
courses stated In the RMCAD college catalog are subject to change
without prior notice and the College reserves the right to change the
offered courses. This Student Handbook replaces and supersedes
all Student Handbooks previously issued by Rocky Mountain
College of Art + Design.
COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an innovative, rigorous,
and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires
passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of
change in the creative industries, our communities and the world.
VISION
RMCAD will be a premier university known as a destination for a
diverse student body who impact the world.
VALUES
Our ten value statements guide us in achieving our mission:
- Our students come first
- We are a campus of professionals, innovators and educators
- We welcome individuality and self-reflection
ACCREDITATION
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is accredited by
The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North
Central Association (HLC)
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Telephone: 800.621.7440 or 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
www.ncahlc.org
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an accredited
institutional member of National Association of Schools of Art
and Design (NASAD). RMCAD’s degree offerings in Art + Design
are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and
Design (NASAD).
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Telephone: 703.437.0700
Fax: 703.437.6312
Email: [email protected]
The campus Interior Design Program leading to the BFA is
accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
206 Granville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: 616.458.0400
Fax: 616.458.0460
www.accredit-id.org
The Online Interior Design Program is not accredited by CIDA
at this time.
The Art Education Program leading to the BFA is approved by
Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) and Colorado
Department of Education (CDE)
State Office Building
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80203-1799
CDE Main Phone: 303.866.6600
CDE Main Fax: 303.830.0793
www.cde.state.co.us
- We appreciate and celebrate our community
- We communicate our campus pride and excitement
-W
e are committed to consistent business processes and
systems while fostering innovation
-W
e work toward creating a financially sustainable
model of higher education that considers the interests
of our multiple stakeholders
- We embrace a culture of leadership, trust and communication
-W
e understand the importance of risk-taking and being
adaptable to change
- We value professionalism & role modeling
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DIVERSITY: AN IMPERATIVE FOR
CULTURAL EVOLUTION
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) maintains a
policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values, and reflects the
diversity of the community it serves. As an academic institution,
the college fosters a dynamic learning and working environment
that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of
ideas. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including but
not limited to race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas,
beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender
identity and expression, disability, and age. Rocky Mountain
College of Art + Design continually strives to build an inclusive and
welcoming community of individuals with diverse vision, talents
and skills from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to
creativity, academic excellence, societal and cultural evolution and
betterment, civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and
open exchange of ideas. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
commits itself to these tenants of change, growth, and action,
which embrace diversity as an integral part of the academic and
professional community.
STUDENT RIGHT-TO-KNOW INFORMATION
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design complies with the
federal legislation known as the Student Right-To-Know Act.
The following list provides an overview of the information
that institutions are required by law to provide to current
and prospective students and interested parties. Much of the
information is contained in this student handbook, college catalog,
or on the website, with links to sections that contain more specific
information. If you would like to receive a paper copy of any of the
following information please contact the Registrar at 303.225.8556.
Accreditation and Licensing
Alcohol and Drugs
Campus Security Report
Degree Programs
Disability Services
Educational Costs
Rights with Respect to your Educational Records (FERPA)
Financial Aid
Graduation Rate
Refund Policy
Withdrawal Policy and Procedures
SECTION 1: GENERAL COLLEGE POLICIES
*N
otwithstanding Sections 5.13 and 5.14 all other provisions
documented within this Handbook apply equally to
undergraduate and graduate students.
1.1
ADDRESS CHANGE
It is the student’s responsibility to update any change of name,
address, telephone number or billing address by notifying the
Registrar’s Office as soon as possible. Students may submit these
changes via the student portal.
1.2
ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
RMCAD is committed to creating and maintaining an environment
that fosters responsible attitudes and behaviors. In recognition
of this commitment and by upholding federal, state and local
mandates, as well as College policies, the College prohibits
persons under the age of 21 from possessing or consuming
alcohol or marijuana on campus or at College events and actively
discourages persons 21 and over from abusing alcohol and
marijuana. The following are prohibited on campus or at College
functions held off campus:
-T
he possession of alcohol or marijuana by those under the age
of 21, unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase or use
(or misuse) of a controlled substance (alcohol or illegal drugs), or
legal drugs used illegally.
-T
he possession, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase or use
(or misuse) of marijuana of any kind, nature or description used
for medicinal purposes.
-V
erbal threats or disruptive, disorderly or threatening behavior
while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
-B
eing in an intoxicated condition.
-T
he possession, unauthorized manufacture, distribution, sale,
purchase or use (or misuse) of a controlled substance while in
classrooms, studio spaces or on campus grounds.
-A
ny federal, state, or local law pertaining to alcoholic beverages
or controlled substances, including those governing the
transportation, possession, and consumption of alcohol, marijuana
and/or controlled substances.
Student(s) appearing to be in an intoxicated condition on campus
or at College events may be asked to leave and/or subject to
intervention by law enforcement to ensure their safety and the
safety of the general populace.
1.2.A College Sponsored Events Held Off Campus,
Where Alcohol May Be Served
The College sponsors social, cultural and educational programs for
students as well as curricular and extracurricular field trips to events
where alcohol may be served legally by the venue (community events,
galleries, entertainment venues, etc.). The College requires students
to adhere to College policies and state, local and federal law. Behavior
at these events which is irresponsible or which poses a threat to the
health or safety of the student or others will be subject to disciplinary
action and addressed through the College’s conduct process.
Additionally, faculty or staff chaperones have the authority to require
students to refrain from use while participating in the event.
1.2.B Disciplinary Sanctions
Related to Alcohol or Other Drugs
The College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students who
violate the College policy relating to alcohol, marijuana and/or
controlled substances. Violations will be addressed through the
College’s conduct process. Sanctions may include, but are not
limited to: warning, probation, fines, loss of privileges, suspension,
or expulsion and referral for prosecution. Violations of the College
policy by employees may result in warning, termination and
referral for prosecution. The College may require completion of a
rehabilitation program as part of a disciplinary sanction. Failure to
comply with or adhere to RMCAD imposed sanctions may result in
further punitive action or intervention by law enforcement.
1.2.C Legal Sanctions
Related to Alcohol or Other Drugs
The acquisition, possession, transportation and consumption of
alcoholic beverages are governed by RMCAD policy, statutes of the
state of Colorado, regulations of the Colorado Liquor Enforcement
Code, and federal regulations. Applicable state and federal laws are
available for examination in the Liquor Enforcement Division of the
Department of Revenue and the Division of Highway Safety offices.
Important legal provisions include:
-The minimum age in Colorado for the purpose of purchase,
consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is 21 years. It is
illegal to furnish or serve alcoholic beverages to any person under 21.
-Local law prohibits carrying or consuming alcoholic beverages in
open containers while operating a motor vehicle, regardless of age.
-No group that is not licensed by the Liquor Enforcement Division,
Department of Revenue, may sell alcoholic beverages.
-Driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal drugs if
they impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle is illegal.
1.2.D Health Risks Associated with
Use of Controlled Substances
Alcohol abuse and drug use problems have become a national health
concern. Both alcohol and drugs are chemicals, and potentially
harmful to a person. Some of the health risks associated with alcohol
and drugs are specified in the list below. In order to obtain additional
information about health risks associated with the use of controlled
substances, you may contact the Student Life Coordinator, a College
Counselor, or community, state and federal agencies and organizations.
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Risks include:
1. S
lowing down of brain function, judgment, alertness,
coordination and reflexes.
2. A
ttitude and/or behavioral changes such as uncharacteristic
hostility, or increased risk taking such as driving recklessly.
Alcohol taken with other drugs can intensify the drug’s effects;
alter the desired effect of the drug; and cause nausea, sweating,
severe headache and convulsions.
3. Addiction or chemical dependency.
4. Memory blackout.
1.2.E Resources And Programs
The problems associated with abuse of alcohol and drugs are
preventable and treatable. The College is concerned about
students’ physical and mental health and welfare. Treatment
settings may vary from an individual outpatient setting to a
therapeutic inpatient community. Medical attention may be
necessary to address acute and chronic, mild and/or potentially
fatal complications of substance abuse. In order to assist students
with alcohol and drug counseling, treatment, and assistance, the
College provides information on available resources through
the Student Life Division, The Dome, and the Counseling Office.
Students are also encouraged to make an appointment with the
Counseling Office to discuss treatment and additional community
resources. Students may contact the Provost at 303.567.7303,
the Director of Student Affairs at 303.999.5468 or the College
Counselor at 303.225.8573 with questions, concerns or the need
for assistance with the aforementioned.
1.3ATTIRE
Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. Shoes with wheels
may not be worn in any part of the College.
1.4BICYCLES AND OTHER MODES OF
TRANSPORTATION
Without RMCAD prior approval, bicycles, skateboards, scooters,
and other modes of transportation with an outside use purpose
are not permitted inside College buildings. The College
encourages those who bring these items to campus to lock them
on the racks provided. The College is not responsible for lost
and/or stolen bicycles, skateboards, scooters or other modes of
transportation. Individuals with mobility restrictions or concerns
that require use of such modes of transportation in College
buildings are required to self-identity as a person with a disability
and request accommodations through the Student Disability
Services Coordinator (303.578.8475).
1.5
CAMPUS SAFETY AND THE CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT
A Campus Safety Report is created annually and submitted to
relevant parties. The report contains information regarding all
instances of crime on campus, including but not limited to: theft,
vandalism, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence,
and stalking, wherever applicable (see definitions of Sexual
Misconduct in section 4.2.Q).
The college offers support services in the event any of the
aforementioned is experienced by a member of the RMCAD
Community (theft, vandalism, sexual assault, domestic violence,
dating violence, or stalking). Any of the aforementioned should
be reported to college officials (contact the Provost at
303.567.7303, the Director of Student Affairs at 303.999.5468,
the Reception Desk at 303.753.6046 or Campus Security
at 303.567.7271) and local law enforcement by dialing 911.
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Additionally, the college hosts regular workshops regarding
self-defense, sexual assault awareness and prevention and
personal protection through the office of Student Services.
In the event a sexual assault, domestic violence dating violence,
and/or stalking occurs on campus or is experienced by a member of
the RMCAD Community, the college, once made aware, will follow
the established investigation procedure (as detailed in section 4.3
below). Additionally, the college may contact law enforcement.
The RMCAD Community shall be made aware of any crime that
occurs on campus via Safety and Awareness Bulletin sent via
email by Campus Operations. This is intended to help members of
the community protect themselves through awareness and
the sharing of information.
1.6
CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY
RMCAD is committed to environmental sustainability throughout
our 23-acre campus and within our academic departments.
We are proud that RMCAD has been certified as a sustainable
campus by the Association for Advancement in Higher Education:
https://stars.aashe.org/.
RMCAD’s Sustainability Mission guides this effort:
“The natural and built environments within and beyond RMCAD
are fundamental aspects of our unique campus community. As
a local and global environmental citizen, RMCAD recognizes its
responsibility to lead by example by sustainably developing and
maintaining our campus environments to provide safe, healthy,
inspiring learning and working conditions for students, faculty
and staff. “RMCAD believes that understanding and concern
for sustainability issues and environmental responsibility
provide the foundation for a dynamic sense of campus cohesion
and community. The College is committed to promoting
environmental awareness through its academic programs as well
as through its activities on campus and beyond, enabling RMCAD
to become an institution where all students, faculty, and staff
are provided opportunities to become environmentally literate
and where environmental leadership is seen as a continuous,
participatory process of learning. Achieving these goals will
be an ongoing challenge that will evolve as we become more
environmentally aware and educated as a community.”
1.7CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE AND
GRIEVANCE AND APPEALS COMMITTEE
RMCAD is committed to providing the best possible educational
environment for its students. We encourage an open and frank
atmosphere in which any conflict, complaint, suggestion or
question receives a timely response from RMCAD staff and/
or faculty. RMCAD strives to ensure fair and, honest, and equal
treatment of students. Students, faculty and staff are expected to
treat each other with mutual respect at all times. When students
have issues of concern that do not fall under the discrimination or
harassment policies or the grade appeal procedure in the Student
Handbook, they should follow the Conflict Resolution procedure
to resolve any other issues that occur between them and the
faculty or staff of the College.
1.7.A Conflict Resolution Procedure
If a situation occurs when a student believes they have been
treated unfairly or a decision affecting them is unjust or
inequitable, they are encouraged to do the following:
1. T
he student presents the concern to the faculty or staff member
with which the issue is of concern, after the incident occurs.
If the faculty or staff member is unavailable or the student
believes it would be inappropriate to contact that person, then
the student should present the conflict to the Director of Student
Affairs (for general issues at 303.999.5468) or to the Provost (for
faculty issues at 303.567.7303) or to Human Resources (for staff
issues at 303.225.8552).
2. S
tudents may present the issue to the Director of Student Affairs
and the Provost, although RMCAD encourages students to
present issues as promptly as possible so administration may
take appropriate remedial or investigatory measures, if required.
3. W hichever party is contacted—Director of Student Affairs,
the Provost, or Human Resources—would then apprise the
other of the situation.
4. If the issue of concern is with a faculty member, then the
Provost will bring the issue to the Department Chair and notify
Human Resources of the concern. Human Resources will work
with the faculty member, Department Chair, and Provost as
needed to resolve the issue. The Director of Student Affairs and
the Provost will be kept apprised of the progress and involved
on an as-needed basis to best resolve the issue.
5. If the issue of concern is with a staff member, then Human
Resources will apprise the staff member’s supervisor of the
situation and work through the situation with the staff member
and the supervisor as needed. The Director of Student Affairs
and the Provost will be kept apprised of the progress and
involved in an as needed basis to best resolve the issue.
6. If the issue concerns college policy or procedure and/or other
issues/complaints regarding any aspect of the college it will be
addressed by appropriate administrators overseeing relevant
departments in concert with the Provost and Director of Student
Affairs. The resolution of the Conflict Process will be finalized in
written form and sent to the student.
1.7.B Grievance Committee
In the case that a student is dissatisfied with the resolution, he
or she may submit the grievance in writing, including all relevant
documentation/evidence as applicable or requested by the
committee, to the Registrar, who Chairs the Grievance Committee.
The Grievance Committee also hears Exception to Policy Petitions.
1. T
he committee reviews all documentation and renders a
decision to the student in writing.
2. If the student is dissatisfied with the resolution, he or she has
one opportunity to appeal the decision. The Registrar submits
the grievance or petition to the Executive Committee for review.
This decision is final and binding.
Not every conflict can be resolved to everyone’s total satisfaction,
but only through understanding, open communication and
discussion of mutual conflicts can students, faculty and staff
develop confidence in each other. This confidence is important
to the operation of an efficient and harmonious educational
environment. The student, where appropriate, will be notified of
the conclusion of the conflict resolution process.
1.8
DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
RMCAD does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any
member of its community against any individual on the basis
of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital
status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any
other protected class recognized by local, state, or federal law
in matters of admission, employment, or services or in the
educational programs or activities it operates.
Harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based
on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. This
includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits,
interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work
performance, or creating what a reasonable person would
perceive as an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and
sexual violence, discussed in more detail in Sections 1.22 and
4.2.Q, respectively.
Examples of discrimination may include:
-R
efusing to hire or promote someone because of the person’s
protected status
-D
emoting or terminating someone because of the person’s
protected status
- Teasing or practical jokes directed at a person based on his or her
protected status
-D
isplaying or circulating written materials or pictures that
degrade a person or group
-V
erbal abuse or insults about, directed at, or made in
the presence of an individual or group of individuals in
a protected group
1.8.A Investigation and Confidentiality
All reports describing conduct that is inconsistent with these
policies will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Complaints
about violations of these policies will be handled discreetly,
with facts made available only to those who need to know to
investigate and resolve the matter; the college cannot ensure
confidentiality, but may ensure privacy.
1.8.BRetaliation
RMCAD prohibits retaliation against someone for registering a
complaint pursuant to these policies, assisting another in making
a complaint, or participating in an investigation under these
policies. Anyone experiencing any conduct that he or she believes
to be retaliatory should immediately report it to of the individuals
in Section 1.8.F, below.
1.8.CResolution
If a complaint of harassment, discrimination, or sexual
harassment is found to be substantiated, appropriate corrective
action will follow, up to and including separation of the offending
party from RMCAD, consistent with RMCAD procedure.
1.8.D Your Responsibility
All members of RMCAD community are responsible for creating
a working, learning, and living environment that is free of
discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. It is
important to contact one of the individuals in Section 1.8.F below,
if any of the following occurs:
- You believe you have been subjected to conduct or comments that
may violate these policies;
- You believe you have been retaliated against in violation of
these policies; or
- You hold a supervisory, management, or teaching position and have
been told about or witnessed conduct that may violate these policies.
1.8.E Vendors, Contractors and Third Parties
RMCAD’s policies on discrimination, harassment, and sexual
harassment apply to conduct of vendors, contractors, and third
parties. If a member of RMCAD community believes that he or
she has been subjected to conduct by a vendor, contractor, or
third party that violates these policies, the community member
should contact one of the individuals in Section 1.8.F, below.
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1.8.F Reporting Harassment and Discrimination
To report any instances of Harassment and/or discrimination
you may contact
Provost - 303.567.7303
1600 Pierce Street - Robinson Building
Lakewood, CO 80214
The Director of Student Affairs - 303.999.5468
1600 Pierce Street - Robinson Building
Lakewood, CO 80214
The Mental Health/Personal Counselor - 303.225.8573
1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 802141.8.G
1.8.G Title IX Statement
It is the policy of RMCAD to comply with Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including
sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in the
RMCAD’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits
retaliation for asserting claims of sex discrimination. In addition to
contacting the individuals in Section 1.8.F, above, a person may also
file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil
Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting
www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocrcomplaintintro
RMCAD is committed to creating and maintaining a community
in which all members can work and learn together in an
atmosphere free of unlawful discrimination. Discrimination on
the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability,
creed, religion, veteran status or sexual orientation is not
tolerated. The College reserves the right to take all necessary and
appropriate action to prevent, correct and, if necessary, discipline
individuals engaging in unlawful discrimination. Complaints
of discriminatory behavior by employees (faculty and staff)
should be reported to the Director of Human Resources, who
will determine the appropriate next step for investigation and
resolution. Complaints of discriminatory behavior by students
should be reported to the Director of Student Affairs, Director of
Human Resources (who serves as the Title IX Coordinator) and/
or Provost, who will initiate the appropriate student discipline
process to address the complaint (See section 1.5 Campus Safety
and the Campus Safety Report).
1.9EMERGENCIES
Any member of the RMCAD community encountering an
emergency situation should call the appropriate authorities
immediately. Dial 9-911 from any campus phone for police,
paramedics, fire or other emergency service referrals. Also
contact the Reception Desk (dial 0 from any campus phone) to
apprise staff of the nature of the emergency situation. For all
other emergencies or for an escort to your vehicle, please call
our security team directly at 303.567.7271 or the Reception Desk
(303.753.6046) during posted business hours.
1.9.A Action And Authority
In the event of an unforeseen emergency situation or disaster, it is
imperative that all persons adhere to guidelines and instructions
for the safest response. All RMCAD classrooms and administrative
buildings are equipped with instructions on how to proceed in a
variety of emergency situations. Faculty, who are acting on behalf
of the College, serve as the authority on response action within
a classroom setting until the appropriate community emergency
response unit has arrived on the scene. In the interest of safety,
all students are expected to comply with instructions given from
faculty, College staff or emergency response units.
1.9.BTransportation
Ambulance
a. A
ny student, staff, faculty member or campus visitor may call for
an ambulance to respond to an emergency situation.
b. The Reception Desk (303.753.6046) should be notified when
a call for an ambulance is made, or to assist in calling for an
emergency vehicle.
c. Sometimes it is necessary for the officers of a group, RMCAD
faculty or Staff to seek assistance from emergency officials. The
College reserves the right to initiate a call for an ambulance on the
campus or at College events held off campus.
d. Individuals refusing ambulance transportation to a medical
facility will be responsible for their decision. The College does not
assume responsibility for consequences resulting from refusal of
ambulance transportation.
e. Individuals refusing ambulance transportation are responsible
for their own transportation to a medical facility.
f. T
he College may require individuals refusing ambulance
transportation to vacate the premises until appropriate medical
treatment is sought.
g. T
he College will not assume payment for ambulance
transportation.
1.9.C. RMCAD Crisis Intervention Protocol for
Mental Health Emergencies
1. R
ocky Mountain College of Art & Design (RMCAD) constituent
identifies a student who has posed a threat of harm/danger to
self/others (e.g., self-mutilation, suicide attempt, evidence of
psychosis, etc.). First responder contacts Campus Security.
2.C ampus Security assesses situation and (if necessary) consults
with Director of Student Affairs or Mental Health Counselor to
determine whether to:
a) Transport student to Emergency Room
b) C
ontact EMS for transport
c) C ontact on-call clinician services for consultation (Metro Crisis
Line 888.885.1222)
3. On-duty Campus Security staff/Student Affairs Staff facilitate
transport to hospital and notifies Mental Health Counselor if
call has not already been made by Campus Security.
4. Director of Student Affairs and Mental Health Counselor check
in and exchange information about situation and student.
5.Mental Health Counselor serves as key contact for RMCAD
regarding student mental health crisis.
6. M
ental Health Counselor will check in with student as soon as
possible and remain updated on student situation.
7. M
ental Health Counselor and Director of Student Affairs will
manage other student concerns if students and friends of
effected party are in attendance at hospital.
8. Mental Health Counselor seeks updates as the situation evolves.
Mental Health Counselor will share info from student/hospital
staff with Director of Student Affairs, who will relay pertinent
information to relevant Executive Team personnel.
9. Director of Student Affairs will make decisions regarding
contacting parents and updating them about student if a
decision has to be made by the college.
10. M
ental Health Counselor authorized by the Director of
Student Affairs will discuss parent/guardian notification
plan with student.
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11. S
tudent Affairs personnel will be available to answer parent/
guardian questions.
12. If student is not capable of calling parents, or refuses, Director
of Student Affairs determines by whom contact will be made to
parents/guardians to update them of current situation. Director
of Student Affairs gets them in touch with relevant college
resource (Student Affairs staff, member of Executive Team) to
address questions and facilitates explanation of basic RMCAD
policies regarding follow-up care and procedures to parents/
guardians. Mental Health Counselor works to understand
immediate treatment plan and to communicate college
procedures to student.
13. O
nce the student is out of immediate danger and a plan has
been established, Student Affairs personnel work together to
assess whether someone should remain at the hospital (with
a purpose for staying, e.g., meet parents who are on the way
soon, wait for parents if still in the process of being contacted,
student is not out of immediate danger and parents are not
on site yet, friends are in the reception area and are in need
of support, or student waiting for student to be transported to
alternate aftercare facility.
14. M
ental Health Counselor keeps Director of Student Affairs
updated as the situation evolves.
15. M
ental Health Counselor initiates communication with
treating professionals as needed as part of assessment and
consultation process for the college.
16. Upon request, Mental Health Counselor will notify faculty
of medical emergency. Student is responsible for contacting
faculty when able and arranging how and if work may be
made up, etc.
17. T
he Student Success and Outreach Committee (SSOC)
(consisting of various college units and including the
Director of Human Resources and Chief of Campus Security
on an as-needed basis) convenes prior to providing student
with a written explanation regarding next steps for student
enrollment status following the event. Student is to return
to College Mental Health Counselor for an assessment upon
release from the Emergency Room or hospital. The student
will be placed on the Threat Assessment and Behavioral
Intervention Scale (See section 5.5) and scheduled for regular,
mandated sessions with the Mental Health Counselor in
the event they remain enrolled with the College. A safety
plan is put in place.
18. Once student is released from hospital, student should remain
in care of parents until:
- Student has been assessed by the SSOC or documentation from
other medical professionals, hospital, etc. has been received.
-A
safety plan addressing the impact on community in
addition to harm to self and ongoing campus status has
been discussed by the SSOC.
-C
ollege professionals have met with student/parent(s)/
guardian(s) to discuss status of student, facts of situation,
concern for student and safety plan.
- If
there is concern regarding student remaining on campus,
Crisis Management Team makes recommendations/discusses
situation with Executive Team.
- If decision is that student is not safe to remain in school, Provost,
upon conferring with SSOC, relays decision to student and remains
available for a discussion of facts, status, community implications,
safety plan and resources associated with administrative mandate
for student to be medically withdrawn from school.
19. If a medical withdrawal is not recommended and the
student remains on campus, the SSOC follows up with
student regarding general wellbeing, progress and safety
plan concepts.
20. Member(s) of the SSOC follow(s) up with friends, community
impacted by behavior as needed.
21. If student does not remain in school, Crisis Management Team
sends letter (authorized by Provost) summarizing concerns, as
well as criteria to be met prior to re-enrollment at a later time.
1.10
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS
Notices of campus closures will be placed on the College’s
website. In the event that inclement weather, power/utility failure,
fire, flood or some other “Act of God” keeps the College from
operating, the College’s website and voice mail recording will be
updated to reflect closures. Students are encouraged to call the
campus, 303.753.6046, and check the website for updates.
1.11THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND
PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords
students certain rights with respect to their education records.
FERPA rights apply to students who are in attendance at RMCAD,
as well as former students. Students are “in attendance” the day
they first attend a class.
These rights include:
1. T
he right to inspect and review education records within 45
days of the date the College receives a request for access.
Students should submit written requests to the Office of the
Registrar (1600 Pierce Street - Robinson Building, Lakewood,
CO 80214) that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The
Office of the Registrar will make arrangements for access and
notify the student of the time and place where the records may
be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College
official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall
advise the student of the correct official to whom the request
should be addressed.
2. T
he right to request the amendment of their education records
if the student believes them to be inaccurate.
Students may ask the College to amend a record that they
believe is inaccurate. They should write the College official
responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record
they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the
College decides not to amend the record as requested by the
student, the College will notify the student of the decision and
advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding
the request for amendment. Additional information regarding
the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when
notified of the right to a hearing.
3. T he right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable
information contained in the student’s education records,
except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
without consent.
EXCEPTION 1: One exception, which permits disclosure
without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate
educational interests.
A school official is a person employed by the College in an
administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff
position (including law enforcement unit personnel); a person
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or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an
attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the
Board of Trustees or the Board of Directors; a student serving
on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance
committee; or a student assisting another school official in
performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the
official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his
or her professional responsibility.
EXCEPTION 2: Upon request, the College may disclose
education records without consent to officials of another school
in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
EXCEPTION 3: Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
may release the educational records of a student to a
parent, provided the student is claimed as a dependent for
tax purposes and the individual seeking education records
meets the definition of “parent” under FERPA. Under FERPA,
a “parent” is defined as “a parent of a student and includes
a natural parent, a guardian, or an individual acting as a
parent in the absence of a parent or guardian.” Parents are
required to submit a copy of their most recently filed federal
income tax return. Copies must include the signature of one
or both parents and the student’s name must be indicated as a
dependent on the return. A new release will be required each
term; the release must be obtained from, completed and filed
with the office of the Registrar 1600 Pierce Street - Robinson
Building, Lakewood, CO 80214.
EXCEPTION 4: In accordance with FERPA, the College will
disclose to third parties information from the educational
records of a student provided the information is disclosed due
to an “articulable and significant threat to the health and/or
safety of the student or other individuals.”
EXCEPTION 5: As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department
of Education’s FERPA regulations expand the circumstances
under which your education records and personally identifiable
information (PII) contained in such records — including
your Social Security Number, grades, or other private
information — may be accessed without your consent. First,
the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the
U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education
authorities (“Federal and State Authorities”) may allow access
to your records and PII without your consent to any third
party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a
federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation
may relate to any program that is “principally engaged in the
provision of education,” such as early childhood education
and job training, as well as any program that is administered
by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and
State Authorities may allow access to your education records
and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain
types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or
do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities
must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises
from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the
Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities.
In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data
Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently
retain, and share without your consent PII from your education
records, and they may track your participation in education
and other programs by linking such PII to other personal
information about you that they obtain from other Federal
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or State data sources, including workforce development,
unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice,
military service, and migrant student records systems.
4. Federal law permits a student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
to be informed regarding the student’s use or possession
of alcohol or a controlled substance if there has been a
determination by RMCAD that the student’s use or possession
of alcohol or a controlled substance constitutes a violation of
RMCAD rule or regulation and the student is under 21 at the
time of the disclosure to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
5. T he right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply
with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
What is DIRECTORY INFORMATION?
Under the terms of FERPA (section 99.37) “an educational agency
or institution may disclose directory information if it has given
public notice to parents of students in attendance and eligible
students in attendance at the agency of institution of:
1. T
he types of personally identifiable information that the agency
or institution has designated as directory information;
2. A
parent’s or eligible student’s right to refuse to let the agency
or institution designate any or all of those types of information
about the student as directory information; and
3. The period of time within which a parent or eligible student
has to notify the agency or institution in writing that he or she
does not want any or all of those types of information about the
student designated as directory information.”
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design has established the
following as directory information:
1. Student’s name
2. Student’s address
3. Student’s phone number
4. Student’s home town
5. Student Identification Number
6. Name of student’s academic advisor
7. Full-time/part-time status
8. Number of credit hours enrolled
9. Dates of attendance
10. Academic class
11. Photographs
12. Email address
13. Previous institutions attended
14. Major field of study
15. Awards
16. Honors
17. Degree(s) conferred
18. Past and present participation in officially recognized
sports and activities
PLEASE NOTE:
Students are given the opportunity to restrict directory
information. As a result, it is RMCAD’s practice not to release any
information, directory or non-directory, without first checking
with the Office of the Registrar.
The student should carefully consider the consequences of any
decision to withhold directory information. Regardless of the effect
upon a student, RMCAD assumes no liability that may arise out of
its compliance with a request that such information be withheld.
It will be assumed that the failure on the part of a student to
request the withholding of directory information indicates the
student’s consent to disclosure. A student may request the
withholding of directory information at anytime by submitting
a written request to: RMCAD/Office of the Registrar 1600 Pierce
Street-Robinson Building, Lakewood, CO 80214.
College personnel may use a student’s records only in
conducting their normal business. They may not disclose
non-directory information to third parties without written
consent from the student.
Financial aid providers and auditors may see student records only
to determine and enforce the terms of financial aid.
In the case of an emergency, confidential records may be released
to protect the health and safety of students and others.
1.12
FIREARMS, EXPLOSIVES, WEAPONS
Possession of firearms, explosives or other weapons, and
unauthorized use of dangerous chemicals or substances on
College premises, is prohibited. Possession of weapons, including
concealed weapons for which a permit has been obtained, is
prohibited on RMCAD premises. This includes parking lots, offcampus College events or while representing the College.
1.13GAMBLING
Gambling, for money or stakes, is not permitted on College
premises or off campus at College events. Using College-owned
or -controlled technology equipment for gambling is prohibited.
Students and student organizations involved in gambling-related
incidents may face legal and disciplinary actions.
1.14
HEALTH HAZARDS IN THE ARTS
Health hazards are inherent in some art-making processes.
Students should be aware of the health hazards involved in
the use of certain art materials and take measures to protect
themselves from hazardous materials. Information on specific
artist materials can be found at http://ww.ci.tucson.az.us/
arthazards/medium.html. Studio coordinators maintain and
update Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for substances and
materials that the Health Department provides. For all other
substances, students must provide the Instructor with an MSDS
for any material or substance that the student brings on campus.
These sheets describe the health hazards as well as recommended
safety precautions for each substance.
1.15MODELS
Models being utilized or photographed on campus, including
use in classrooms, studios or the Documentation room must be
18 years of age and are required to complete a RMCAD model release
form at the TECHBAR. The model is required to provide the TECHBAR
with a government issued ID which will be photocopied and filed
with the completed release form. This policy also applies to RMCAD
students being used as models. For sensitive material (such as
nudity ) a “Model in session. Do Not Enter” sign must be displayed
on the exterior of the Documentation Room door (sign provided by
the TECHBAR). For models under 18, the parent or guardian must
complete the release form and must be present for the duration of the
Documentation Room usage. Violation of the model policy will result
in having Documentation Room privileges revoked.
1.16
PARENT AND GUARDIAN INFORMATION/
STUDENTS’ PRIVACY
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is committed to protecting
the privacy rights of its students, and communicates directly with
students on matters that affect their college careers.
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
affords students certain rights with respect to their educational
records. FERPA requires that the College not release protected
information, including grades and other academic records, to a
third party, including parents or guardians, without the student’s
written and specific permission. In addition, RMCAD policy requires
that both the College and parents or guardians communicate with
students directly, rather than through intermediaries.
Sometimes parents or guardians have concerns about their
student. In such cases, RMCAD personnel may discuss general
policies and procedures, as well as suggest questions they may
wish to ask their student. RMCAD personnel can also let the
student know of the concern.
If parents or guardians have questions or concerns about a
student’s academic record they should contact the Director of
Academic Advising or the Registrar; College policy precludes
parents or guardians communicating directly with members of the
faculty or Department Chairs. Questions about financial concerns
should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office or the Business
Office. Other questions about a student’s life and progress at
RMCAD should be directed to the Director of Student Success.
1.17PARKING
RMCAD, one of the most intimate campuses in Colorado, provides
free student parking in three designated lots.
Tickets are issued for unauthorized vehicles and for vehicles
parked in unauthorized areas, parking lots or parking spots.
Parking areas designated as “reserved” or “faculty/staff” are
reserved for faculty and staff only. RMCAD visitor parking areas
are also off limits for student parking. Work Study participants do
not qualify for parking in faculty/staff lots.
All student vehicles must display a valid RMCAD student parking
pass on the lower right hand corner of the front windshield. Student
parking passes do not expire and are transferable to other vehicles.
Students must stop by the Reception Desk in the Texas Building
during the first week of each fall term, or the term in which they
begin at RMCAD, to complete a vehicle registration form and to
pick up their RMCAD student parking pass. Students must update
their vehicle record when they change vehicles. Students may
register up to two vehicles.
Vehicles not displaying a valid parking pass after the first week of
the term may be ticketed. A parking ticket represents a violation of
the RMCAD parking policy and will be added to the student’s bill.
Multiple unpaid parking tickets may result in the student’s account
being placed on administrative hold for non-payment.
To appeal a parking ticket, e-mail [email protected] and our
parking committee will review your appeal and contact you with
the result. Vehicles with multiple unpaid parking tickets are subject
to towing. The vehicle may be towed off campus at the owner’s
expense by a third party towing company.
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Temporary, date-specific “visitor” passes are available for
RMCAD guests. RMCAD visitors should pick up and display a
date-specific visitor parking pass at the Reception Desk when
they arrive on campus and sign in. Visitors to the Philip J. Steele
Gallery and the Rotunda will receive special visitor parking pass
that are valid for that lot only.
Any vehicle parked in the fire lanes may be towed by the City
of Lakewood. Any vehicle parked in handicapped spaces not
displaying a handicapped placard or plate may be ticketed
by the City of Lakewood.
1.18PETS
For health and safety reasons, pets of any kind are prohibited
on College property. Service animals for individuals with
disabilities are permitted.
1.19PUBLICATION, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY &
PERPETUAL LICENSE
STUDENT agrees to grant Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
(RMCAD) perpetual license to all materials including but not limited
to art, i.e.: paintings, drawings, design, illustration, animations,
character design, images, video, film, computer media, audio
recordings, and other creative work created in the course of a
school project or activity. Use of these materials by RMCAD will be
limited to promotional and education activities for the benefit of the
school and its students and not for any commercial use whatsoever.
STUDENT furthermore agrees to grant RMCAD the right to use his
or her likeness and/or voice in RMCAD advertising or promotional
pieces. Students who do not wish to have their likeness and/or voice
in RMCAD advertising or promotional pieces must submit advanced
written request to the Office of Registrar located at: 1600 Pierce
Street - Robinson Building, Lakewood, CO 80214.
Throughout the year, the College also photographs campus
activities for publication and public relations purposes. Students
who do not wish to have their photographs published must notify
the Office of the Registrar in writing.
1.20PUBLICITY, POSTING AND LITERATURE
DISTRIBUTION
RMCAD requires that posting of promotional materials (poster,
fliers, etc.) and/or distribution of literature on campus conform to
the following guidelines:
1. N
otices posted in RMCAD buildings may promote RMCADsponsored activities, educational opportunities and
employment only.
2. N
otices promoting the sale of goods or property, or services
that compete with the College, are not permitted.
3. Notices of “general student interest” (e.g., room for rent,
bicycle for sale, etc.) may be posted on the bulletin boards near
the student lounge and/or near the Underground Café.
4. Notices must be posted on bulletin boards only and a limit of
one notice per bulletin board is permitted. Notices are not to be
taped or tacked on doors, mirrors, elevators, painted walls, fire
escapes, windows, fences, lampposts or trees.
5. Notices are not to be left on desks, on the Reception Desk
counter or affixed to vehicles parked on RMCAD premises.
6. A
ll notices must be removed by the posting organization/
department within 24 hours after a scheduled event, with the
exception of weekend events. In the case of weekend event, the
notices must be removed by 5 pm on Monday.
7. N
otices that are defaced may be removed from bulletin boards
at the discretion of staff or faculty.
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8. T he sponsoring organization/department assumes the
responsibility that all its notices will be posted and removed
according to these regulations. Notices must clearly state the
name of the sponsoring organization/department.
9. Posters, fliers or emails advertising any activities at bars,
restaurants or other establishments serving alcohol are
not allowed to be posted on campus; unless it is an event
sponsored by a club or organization and the event is
recognized by the College.
10. D
istribution of handbills, newspapers, fliers or publications not
produced by RMCAD is not allowed on campus unless prior
permission is given by the Campus Operations Department.
RMCAD reserves the right to remove any items not in keeping
with the institution’s goals, philosophies, or policies and
procedures. RMCAD further reserves the right to remove any
items which violate any local, state, or federal law. Questions
about this policy should be directed to the Senior Manager of
Operations at 303.962.7916.
1.21RECORDING OF CONVERSATIONS
OR IMAGES
The tape, video or digital recording of any conversations,
including those in person or otherwise, that occur between faculty,
staff, students or visitors to the College, is prohibited unless
all parties agree to the recording. The use of electronic devices
(such as cell phones) for the purpose of photographing images or
people is prohibited without the person’s prior consent. Utilizing
these devices in a manner which violates the academic integrity
policy is prohibited. Photographing individuals in secured and/
or private areas is prohibited. Recording in the online learning
environment without the awareness and consent of all involved
individuals is prohibited.
1.22 SEXUAL HARASSMENT
RMCAD’s ability to achieve its mission and provide quality
educational services is dependent on the cooperative efforts
of its staff, faculty and students. For cooperation to exist, an
atmosphere of professionalism, marked by mutual trust and
respect, is essential. It is imperative that members of the RMCAD
community be able to pursue their scholarly, creative and
occupational endeavors in reliance on those common attributes.
That atmosphere is damaged whenever the expectation of trust
and common interest is abused in pursuit of personal interests
that are not in concert with the interests of the College or the best
interests of co-workers and fellow students.
In addition to Section 1.8 above, It is the policy of RMCAD
that no member of the RMCAD community - students, faculty,
administrators, staff, vendors, contractors, or third parties - may
sexually harass any other member of the community. Sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical,
or visual conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when
any of the following occurs:
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ubmission to such conduct is made or threatened to be made,
either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s
employment or education;
-S
ubmission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual
is used or threatened to be used as the basis for academic or
employment decisions affecting that individual; or
-S
uch conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially
interfering with an individual’s academic or professional
performance or creating what a reasonable person would
perceive is an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment,
educational, or living environment.
Some examples of sexual harassment may include:
- pressure for dating, romantic, or intimate relationship;
- touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging;
- pressure for forced sexual activity;
- unnecessary references to various parts of the body;
- remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation;
- sexual innuendos or humor;
- obscene gestures
- sexual graffiti, pictures, or posters;
- sexually explicit profanity;
- stalking or cyberbullying;
- email and Internet use that violates this policy;
- sexual assault.
Any person or entity that engages in sexual harassment will be
subject to discipline or sanction, in accordance with the policies
and procedures of the institution.
Students are required, as a condition of their enrollment at
or participation in activities of RMCAD, to abide by this policy
statement and prohibitions against sexual misconduct contained
in the Student Code of Conduct. Students have the right to be free
from sexual harassment during the pursuit of their educational
and social activities at RMCAD. Students are encouraged to
report incidents of sexual harassment to the Director(s) of
Student Life and Student Affairs.
Individuals who believe they have been the subject of sexual
harassment may obtain redress through the established
procedures of the College. Complaints about sexual harassment
will be responded to promptly. Confidentiality will be provided
to the extent possible.
Clubs, associations and other organizations (and their members)
affiliated with or partaking of the benefits, services or privileges
afforded by the College are required to abide by this policy in the
conduct of their College-related programs and activities.
1.22.A Reporting
To report any instances of Harassment and/or discrimination you
may contact:
The Provost - 303.567.7303
1600 Pierce Street - Robinson Building
Lakewood, CO 80214
The Director of Student Affairs - 303.999.5468
1600 Pierce Street - Robinson Building
Lakewood, CO 80214
1.23 SHOP SAFETY
ALL students must pass a written safety exam and follow
all shop rules.
Students taking vital medications, which may affect their ability
to use shop tools and machines safely, are strongly encouraged to
volunteer a list of these medications. To ensure privacy, students
are asked to place and seal the list in an envelope with his or her
name written on the outside. Students may give the envelope
directly to the shop manager, course instructor, or place it in the
Carpenter drop box.
The information in this envelope will be revealed only to a first
responder/paramedic and faculty and/or shop manager in the
case of a medical emergency.
1.24SMOKING
Smoking is prohibited in RMCAD buildings. Smoking on campus
is ONLY permitted in the two designated smoking spots, one
behind the EPiC building and the second next to the Texas
building. Smoking on campus anywhere outside of the designated
smoking areas is prohibited. Smoking is also permitted in
personal vehicles, however, no cigarette butts may be thrown on
the ground in parking lots or any other part of RMCAD property.
Please be sure to always dispose of all cigarette remains in
appropriate waste areas.
Tickets will be issued to any student, faculty member, staff or
guest who does not comply with the smoking policy. A tobacco
use ticket represents a violation of the RMCAD smoking policy
and will be added to the student’s bill. Multiple unpaid tobacco
use tickets may result in the student’s account being placed
on administrative hold for non-payment in compliance with
RMCAD’s requirements on payment as outlined in more detail
in Section 6.3, below.
1.25 SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media are media for social interaction using electronic, web
based technologies to communicate user-generated content and
interact with others engaged in the same or similar activities. Social
media include, without limitation, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook,
YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Vine, and MySpace. Students must
follow the same behavioral standards online as they would in other
forms of communication. The College Code of Conduct, laws, ethical
rules, professional expectations, and guidelines apply online. The
following guidelines must be observed at all times:
COPYRIGHT: Recognize and respect others intellectual property
rights, including copyrights. Never use more than short excerpts
from other’s work, and always attribute content to its original source.
RMCAD IMAGE: Do not use RMCAD’s logos or any other university
images on personal social media sites. Do not use RMCAD’s name
to promote a product, cause, or political party or candidate.
RMCAD AFFILIATION: If you identify yourself as a member of the
RMCAD community on any site, either directly or by implication, do
not state or imply that you speak for the College unless you have
been given express permission to do so. In any communications
in which your affiliation with the College is apparent, you must
state explicitly that any views you express are your own and do not
represent the views of the College.
RMCAD PROPERTY: College computers are considered a college
resource; any posts you create, including posts on personal
or pages unrelated to the college and/or accounts, using
college property or while on college grounds must adhere
to the College Code of Conduct.
OBJECTIONABLE OR INFLAMMATORY POSTS: Do not post
anything profane, obscene, threatening, harassing, discriminatory,
abusive, hateful or embarrassing to another person or entity.
Such conduct is subject to RMCAD’s Code of Conduct and antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policies.
NON-DISPARAGEMENT: Do not make false, misleading or
defamatory statements about RMCAD, its faculty, staff,
students or competitors.
DISCLOSURE OF PRIVATE MATTERS: Do not disclose private facts
about RMCAD or its faculty, staff, students or competitors. This
includes conversations or statements the parties intended as private,
and disclosure of internal management, operational and personnel
discussions communicated to limited audiences in the course of
operating the College.
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TERMS OF USE: Read, know and comply with the terms of use of
any sites you use.
Any violations of this policy may, in the discretion of the College
lead to disciplinary action, up to, and, including expulsion.
1.26SOLICITATION
In order to preserve the integrity and enhance the mission
of the College, this policy has been developed to clarify and
provide guidelines for any activities that may be interpreted
as solicitation on campus.
As used in this handbook, solicitation is defined as any form of
communication or distribution of material that is a request
to buy, sell or rent anything; a request for a gift or contribution;
any form of political campaigning; or an appeal to support
or join an organization other than an officially recognized
College organization.
Officially recognized College organizations include those that
have been approved by the Student Government (SG); those that
are a department within the College; the Alumni Association; the
Philip J. Steele Arts Education Foundation; and those professional
organizations that are recognized and supported by a specific
academic department. Only officially recognized College
organizations may solicit on campus for causes that advance the
mission of the College as a whole, support their own activities
or support specific charitable community events. All solicitation
materials must be approved by the Marketing Department and
clearly indicate which officially recognized College organization is
supporting that cause or event.
Organizations with a mission and purpose related to the visual
or performing arts may request that their events be advertised
at RMCAD. The event must be related to and support education
in the arts. These organizations must request approval from the
Campus Operations Department.
Members of the campus community may request that items that
they have for sale, lease or rent be advertised only on specific
College bulletin boards designated for this purpose.
The College reserves the right to monitor and remove postings or
other forms of solicitation which do not comply with the parameters
listed here, or at the discretion of the marketing department.
1.27 STUDENT EXPRESSION
As a community dedicated to visual art and design, RMCAD
places great value on free expression and discourse. Through
its curriculum and related programs, the College seeks to create
an atmosphere that encourages and supports intellectual and
artistic freedom; both outside of the classroom and gallery setting
as well as within. Therefore it is the purpose of this policy to
provide a guiding framework for student expression outside of the
classroom and gallery setting, where the capacity of faculty and
staff to maintain direct oversight is lessened.
To this end, the College fosters ongoing discussion about the larger
ethical and legal issues related to artistic and creative expression,
and looks to resolve conflicts over the application of this and any
related policy through established resolution procedures outlined
in this section. The College seeks to balance individual freedom of
expression with the need to maintain a safe, secure and productive
community that is conducive to fulfilling its educational mission.
1.27.ADemonstrations
RMCAD, as an educational institution, strongly supports the tenets
of free speech by all members of the College community. Students
are free to express opinions publicly and privately so long as the
expression does not disrupt classes, special events or other normal
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functions of the College and surrounding community. RMCAD
strives to promote intellectual and artistic inquiry and exchange
in a respectful and civil manner. The safety of all demonstration
participants, College community members and other involved
persons is of the utmost importance.
Students may not demonstrate during any special events, including
but not limited to Student Activities, On Campus Exhibitions, Student
Organization Events and other College Community or Academic
Events. Demonstrators may not threaten or inflict harm or violence
to themselves or others; may not make personal physical, verbal or
emotional attacks on members of the RMCAD community; and may
not conceal their identity. Demonstrations may not inflict damage to
College or personal property. Participation is limited only to current
members of the RMCAD community.
When expected participation exceeds 20 people, the demonstration
organizers are responsible for notifying the Director of Student Affairs
in advance so that appropriate safety precautions can be taken.
1.27.B Art, Installations and
Performance Art In Public Space
Student work that is created in or for a RMCAD class must be
displayed or installed in the classroom spaces according to the
Department Chairs’ direction. All interior and exterior installations
that are not part of a RMCAD class, or installations or art that may
be placed on buildings or on the grounds, must be approved by the
Student Installation Committee through the Student Installation
Application process.
The “Student Installation Application” can be found on The Dome,
or by contacting your Department Chair or the Gallery Director.
The application is for submission of a proposal to install artworks
on the RMCAD campus in a public space. Public space is defined
as any space on the RMCAD campus - inside or outside of
buildings - that is not contained as classroom, student studio or
gallery space. This includes, but is not limited to, hallways not
designated for a specific department; space within buildings not
designated for classes, restrooms, lounges, fields and grounds;
building exteriors; the Café; the network and shared computer
systems; and parking lots.
The Student Installation Committee meets weekly to review
applications. All approved projects must abide by the student
handbook guidelines as well as American with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and Lakewood Fire Code.
Please note that:
a. A
ll proposed installations must have a faculty sponsor. Faculty
sponsors acknowledge this role by signing the signature page on
the application.
b. In addition to the application form, a complete application must
include an image or sketch.
c. All proposals must be typed; no handwritten applications will
be accepted.
d. E
valuation of the applications includes health issues, safety issues,
the potential for property or environmental damage, building, fire,
ADA, student handbook codes, and any other relevant local, state,
or federal law or regulation.
g. T
he piece must be removed by the date approved. The space is to
be restored in as good, or better condition than you found it. Pieces
left after the indicated end date will be discarded by maintenance
and you will be billed for time and materials.
i. A
flat fee of $75.00 will be imposed upon students who fail to clean
up their belongings by the agreed date. Any work abandoned
in campus buildings or on campus grounds for over 7 days will
become the property of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.
Additionally, any student who fails to fully de-install their work from
a campus space will be fined $35 per day for the labor necessary to
remove the belongings and/or restore the space to its original state.
j. S
tudents must allow for two weeks to process your paperwork in
light of the following Process:
Process for requesting a Student Installation at RMCAD:
1. Fill out the application on the following application and sign.
2. Obtain faculty sponsorship and approval.
3. Submit to [email protected]
4. You may be contacted via email if any questions or conflicts come
up in examination of your proposal application.
5. Once your proposal is approved by the committee you and your
faculty sponsor will receive an email of acceptance with installation
and de-installation dates.
6. P
ick up required Student Installation display label from the
Reception Desk in Texas
7. Install your art!
The College reserves the right to regulate work displayed in public
space and remove work at the discretion of the institution. Student
work may also be subject to disciplinary action for any violations
of the Student Code of Conduct outlined in this handbook in
Section 4.2, below.
The following are not permitted in public spaces: profane language;
pornography; violence or work depicting violence; physical, verbal
or emotional attacks on members of the RMCAD community;
work that victimizes individuals or groups based on gender, race,
ability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other legally protected
class; or work that could be perceived as harassing or hostile.
Additionally, work is not permitted in public space that exposes
others to hazardous or offensive materials or creates a disruption or
disturbance to normal College functions.
For information on student exhibition in the RMCAD Student Gallery
or the Rude Gallery, please see Galleries 2.8.
1.27.C The RMCAD Student Expression Wall
To be bestowed annually upon the incoming spring class, the
Expression Wall serves as a perpetual collaborative art piece for
the student body. Each spring, summer, and fall, students may
create works of art on the wall, which will be photo documented
as testament to their time at the college. Then, each spring the
wall will be painted white once more, in a symbolic passing from
upperclassmen to the new incoming students.
Students must adhere to the RMCAD Student Code of Conduct and
respect the work of fellow students. Material must be non-toxic
and environmentally safe. Work must be two-dimensional and rest
flat against surface of the Expression Wall. The RMCAD Student
Expression Wall may not be damaged or dismantled.
1.28 STUDENT WORK
A flat fee of $75.00 will be imposed upon students who fail to clean
up their belongings by the last day of each term. Any belongings
abandoned in campus buildings or on campus grounds for over
7 days will become the property of the Rocky Mountain College
of Art + Design.
Additionally, any student who fails to fully de-install their belongings
from a campus space will be fined $35 per day for the labor necessary
to remove the belongings and/or restore the space to its original state.
1.29 TELEPHONE MESSAGES
The staff at the Reception Desk will take messages if calls
are received for students and then will attempt to reach the student
through the RMCAD email system. Only in emergency situations will
staff attempt to locate students on campus to deliver a message.
1.30VISITORS
All visitors to campus must sign in and out and obtain a visitor
badge at the Reception Desk located in the Texas Building. Visitors
wishing to park on campus must comply with the visitor parking
policy (see Section 1.15 of this handbook). Students hosting
visitors on campus take responsibility for the actions and
conduct of their guests.
SECTION 2: RMCAD ONLINE
2.1RMCAD’S ONLINE CLASSES AND
PROGRAMS
RMCAD holds its online programs and classes to a high standard
and expects online students to meet the same learning outcomes
for online as for ground classes. While there are some specific
guidelines for students taking online classes or enrolled in an
online program, the rules, policies, and procedures detailed in this
handbook apply equally to online and ground.
All classes are situated in different media; just as ground classes
taught in different rooms on campus create different logistical
demands, online classes are contextualized in a different medium.
All classes at RMCAD are held to high academic standards
regardless of where and how they are taught. As such, online
programs and online classes should not be thought of as easier or
less involved than any other type of class context.
2.2TECHNOLOGY
RMCAD’s online classes are housed in a software system called
a Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS is a system that
organizes courses, houses the content for courses, and provides
a space for students to interact with faculty and other students. In
a sense, the LMS is the building in which the classes are held. The
access point for the LMS is a secured webpage that requires all
users to log in. Once in, students are able to see their classes and
the content of the classes.
While a great deal of communication between students and
faculty happens in the LMS, other software will sometimes be
required for communications. RMCAD’s email system is the most
important one and students must be able to access their RMCAD
email (@rmcad.edu) to communicate with faculty. Occasionally
other software such as Citrix GoToMeeting will be needed for
presentations and web conferencing.
The ability to work with a group of geographically dispersed
people is an important skill in today’s workplace, and to help
develop students’ skills in this area some online classes have
group assignments. Students are encouraged to use whatever
additional software they need to facilitate group meetings and
communication, such as Skype, G-Chat, or Google Hangouts.
2.3
STARTING OUT
2.3.A.Orientation
Before incoming students can take online classes they must
complete the online orientation class. This class runs prior to
the start of every term and helps students learn to navigate the
LMS and other systems. Students only have to take this class
once. Any problems with online orientation should be addressed
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immediately. Technical issues should be reported to RMCAD GO
and questions about content should be directed to the facilitator
of the orientation class.
2.3.B. Technical setup
Students must be able to meet the minimum technical
requirements listed in the Catalog in order to participate
in online classes.
Technical Requirements:
- A secure, reliable, broadband internet connection;
- A download speed of 15 Mbps or higher;
- A short ping time to prevent pages from timing out;
- The Gearbox computer or a computer that meets the technical,
software, and hardware requirements of the program of study.
2.7
SYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATION
Students are encouraged to talk to their instructors live whenever
possible. Faculty post office hours in their classes and will be
available for calls and web conferencing during those times and by
appointment. Sometimes synchronous sessions are required, such
as capstone presentations, and these will be scheduled at a mutually
acceptable time.
2.8
CAMPUS CLOSURES
RMCAD’s online campus does not observe the same campus
closure schedule as the ground campus; events that may close the
ground campus do not necessarily close the online campus. When
in doubt, students should contact their instructors about course
requirements if a question arises about a campus closure.
Students should contact RMCAD GO for any technical issues they
experience in the LMS. Issues that prevent a student from completing
assignments and discussions should be reported to RMCAD GO first,
and if they cannot fix the problem immediately, the student should
contact their instructors and apprise them of the situation.
2.8.A.Holidays
During the American national holidays of New Years Day, Martin
Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), Labor
Day and Thanksgiving plus the Friday after, online students
should assume that their instructors are unavailable for those
days. Likewise, faculty should expect students to be away
those days and adjustments to assignment deadlines will be
communicated by the faculty members to the students. Students
should also expect campus resources (academic and financial aid
advisors, registrar, department chairs and heads, and others) to
be limited or unavailable during these holidays.
Technical issues are not excuses for missing assignments. It is the
responsibility of the student to work to resolve issues quickly using
RMCAD’s resources. Keeping in contact with the faculty will help
ameliorate concerns about late work. Students must understand
that resolving problems such as these requires effort on their
part and a willingness to work professionally and constructively
with the technical support team, faculty, and staff. In online
communication and problem solving, students must adhere to all
tenants of the Code of Conduct.
2.8.B. Campus Closures Due to Weather
Snow, extremely heavy rain, storms, and other acts of nature
will sometimes close the college campus (see Section 1.10
Emergency Closings). Students should consider RMCAD’s online
campus open during these times, but be understanding of delayed
responses from the services located on campus (SLC, Registrar,
Advising, Financial Aid, Counseling). Faculty will be available for
students during these types of campus closures but may have
delayed responses as well.
2.4
2.8.C. System Outage
No computer system runs perfectly all the time and as such
some RMCAD services, such as the LMS, may experience
planned and unplanned outages. Planned outages are typically
scheduled at times when students are least likely to use the
systems. Unplanned outages do happen and in these cases
RMCAD staff will work diligently to resolve the issue. Students
should pay close attention to their emails for notifications and
updates about the outage.
Sometimes technical issues with the LMS or other software can be
easily solved by updating plugins like Flash and Java or by trying a
different web browser. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari all work well with
the LMS and other RMCAD systems.
PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE
Learning is a social process and only by participating in discussions
and groups will students develop their critical thinking skills. The
same rule applies for ground and online courses; in the online
courses, participation in class is marked particularly in the
discussion boards. Lack of participation will lower students’ grades
and reduce the likelihood of passing the class.
2.5ATTENDANCE
Attendance in online classes is taken differently than in the ground
classes. Faculty enter attendance for a week at a time. Substantial
posts in the classroom discussion forum count towards attendance.
Students must post in the discussion boards to be marked present
for the week. During the first week of classes, students must post
their introduction before Wednesday or they will be administratively
dropped from the class.
2.6
DISCUSSION FORUMS
The discussion forums in the LMS are the main source of studentstudent and student-faculty interaction and are a key part of the
online learning experience. The forums are asynchronous meaning
that people do not have to check into the forums at a schedule time.
For undergraduate classes, students must make one substantial
post to the discussion forum by Tuesday and reply to at least two
other students by Saturday.
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Students should not assume a system outage if they cannot log
in to the LMS or other services. Closing the browser completely
(not just the window) and trying to log in again will sometimes
help. If this does not work and the problem persists longer than 30
minutes students should call RMCAD GO.
SECTION 3: COLLEGE RESOURCES
3.1
THE DOME
The Dome (dome.rmcad.edu) is an internal website that serves
as the communications hub for RMCAD students, faculty and
staff. This password-protected site contains information
regarding student services, campus facilities, and other college
resources. In addition, users will find important announcements,
details on upcoming events, contact information, news stories,
frequently used forms and documents, and much more.
Departmental communities, blogs and message boards are
also available to facilitate interaction between all members
of the RMCAD community.
3.2 BOOKS + SUPPLIES
3.2.A RMCAD Bookstore Website
Textbooks are provided for RMCAD students as a student service
included in the cost of tuition. As we are a green campus, many of
the books provided will be in e-book format.
Textbooks orders are confirmed on the RMCAD bookstore website
(https://www.edmapbookstore.com/index.php/validation/login/
RMCVS), which is also accessible via link on The Dome. The
bookstore website is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and
books are shipped directly to the student or to the address of
the student’s choice.
Visit https://www.edmapbookstore.com/index.php/validation/
login/RMCVS, to validate shipping information and order the
required books for courses, up to two weeks before classes start.
Please note, if the address information is incorrectly validated,
the student is responsible for any additional shipping cost due to
undeliverable packages. Books are pre-loaded into student carts,
based on current registration information. If expedited shipping
is selected for physical books, additional shipping costs are the
responsibility of the student.
To access e-books students will log in to coursesmart.com, using
the log in information provided via email from Edmap. E-books
are located in the “My Rentals” section of the website.
3.2.B Spectrum, the On-Campus Supply Store
The on-campus supply store, Spectrum, carries the majority of
supplies necessary for classes. The Spectrum team will be glad to
assist students with any questions regarding art supplies. Some
items not carried in the store may be special ordered. A 75%
deposit is required for all special orders. The Spectrum team takes
into consideration frequently requested items and may begin
to carry an item based on such requests. Not all items carried
in the store are visible; please ask store associates if there is an
item that can’t be found.
Spectrum accepts the following forms of payment: cash; personal
checks from enrolled students in good standing; and MasterCard,
Visa, Discover or American Express. Prepaid Student Store
Accounts are also available. For details, contact the student
accounts/ Bursars office at 303.567.7285. The Bursar’s office is
located in the Robinson Building.
Most supplies required for the first day of class can be found at
Spectrum. Instructors will inform students of additional materials
needed for projects or assignments and labs. The hours of
operation are posted on the doors of Spectrum. Spectrum is on
the first floor of the Texas building.
3.2.C Books And Supplies Only - Return + Refund Policy
Textbooks: The bookstore will accept returns within 30 days of
original shipment for unopened and undamaged books ordered
from the bookstore website. If a student drops a class within the
30 day period and chooses to keep the textbook, their student
account will be charged for cost the book. Shipping charges for
returned books are the student’s responsibility, except in the case
of class cancellations or incorrect book shipments.
Merchandise purchased at Spectrum: A one week return period
applies for clothing and other non-course related merchandise. A
full refund will be given in original form of payment if supplies
are returned with the original detailed receipt within 30 days.
No refunds without a receipt. Merchandise must be in original
condition – Original package unopened, if applicable. Spectrum
reserves the right to decline returns on items that do not have
seals or are not easily discernible if the product has been used.
3.3
THE RECEPTION DESK
The Reception Desk is located inside the north entrance on the 1st
floor of the Texas building and is staffed during normal business
hours. The Reception Desk is the central hub for information and a
variety of student and employee services.
Students can drop off pre-stamped mail, pick up lost and found
items, communicate with Security or gather current information
such as events, galleries and directions. Students can pick up
booklets, pamphlets and other RMCAD and local information
at the desk. Students are urged to approach the desk with
any questions. Students may also drop off class assignments
and projects for their instructors. However, it is the student’s
responsibility to inform their instructor that a class assignment/
project has been dropped off at the Reception Desk. All
assignments/projects must be in an envelope or properly labeled
with the student’s and instructor’s names. These assignments/
projects will be placed in an internal mailbox or on a shelf in the
mailroom by the Reception Desk staff member. Students may not
access the campus mailroom.
The Reception Desk is staffed during normal business hours as well as
limited hours on weekends during the academic year. To communicate
with the Receptionists, chat or email [email protected]
3.4
CAREER + ALUMNI SERVICES
The Career + Alumni Services Office coaches, empowers,
and motivates student and alumni engagement, development,
and employment in the arts community. The office also
collaborates with employers developing relationships
and providing career services resulting in internships and
employment opportunities (part-time and full-time) for students
and alumni. In addition, the office maintains a student’s
connection with RMCAD after graduation through Alumni
Association services, programs, events.
3.4.A Career Empowerment
The following is an overview of just some of the lifelong services
offered to RMCAD graduates free of charge. RMCAD students may
also use any of these services while attending the college.
- Personalized one-on-one career coaching
- Cover letter and resume reviews
- Interview tips and evaluations
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areer services software tools, including Optimal Resume Suite
and CareerShift
- Job search tips, strategies, and planning
- Links to a network of employers and professional organizations
- Updated job openings, locally and nationally
- Networking events and speakers
- Career-related programming and workshops
- Internship opportunities
- Long- and short-term career planning tools
Please contact Career + Alumni Services to set up an appointment
at [email protected]
3.4.B Alumni Association
Membership in the RMCAD Alumni Association and related
benefits are automatically granted once a student successfully
attains graduate status.
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Benefits Include:
- Free admission to all on-campus career workshops and events.
- Discounts at the RMCAD Supply Store and the bookstore
- Website (currently 5% off books and 10% off other supplies).
-A
bility to audit (not for credit) RMCAD courses in your
major with no tuition fees through the RMCAD Renew Program
(some restrictions apply; please contact Career + Alumni
Services for details).
- Access to RMCAD Research Library (some exclusions apply).
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MCAD email address and access to the Alumni Dome, a
community where you can get information on the Alumni
Association, upcoming events and fellow alumni.
- Continued or new access to Digication, a type of online portfolio.
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ontinued or new access to Optimal Resume and CareerShift.
(See the “Job Resources” tab on the Alumni Dome for directions
on logging into these sites.)
- Participation in alumni social media pages.
-Limited access to RMCAD computer labs for portfolio
development. Access is only available during regular RMCAD
business hours and a RMCAD Alumni ID ($10 one-time fee) is
required. Campus access and attainment of the Alumni ID must
be coordinated through the Office of Career + Alumni services.
Please note, NO work can be done on campus for commercial
purposes, financial gain, or professional outcomes; and alumni
are not able to check out any equipment from the TechBar. Alumni
are no longer permitted to work in the woodshops, ceramics
studios (including work in the kilns), and printmaking studios.
RMCAD is working to create partnerships with local companies so
our Alumni will have those resources available again in the future.
- Opportunity to exhibit work in the alumni gallery.
3.5COMMENCEMENT
The College holds Commencement Exercises following each
academic term to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating
seniors. Participation in the ceremony is optional, but strongly
recommended. All graduates must meet the criteria for graduation
(Section 4.13 of this handbook) and have the privilege of
participating in the Graduation Exhibition (upon approval).
Valedictorian:
One Valedictorian will be chosen to represent their graduating
class as the student who best symbolizes RMCAD, academically.
The Valedictorian will be a student who has achieved a
4.0 GPA, or who has achieved the highest cumulative GPA
among their graduating class.
In the event there are multiple students who fit these criteria, the
student with the most work completed at RMCAD will be awarded
the honor. Should multiple students have the same cumulative
GPA and credits earned at RMCAD they will share the honor.
The College has several traditions on graduation day. Student
participants are required to wear the designated cap and gown
and applicable honors cord. The College reserves the right to
charge a commencement fee to participants. All graduates receive
a standard number of invitations for the Graduation Exhibition/
Commencement Exercise and tickets (if required by selected
venue) for the ceremony based on the size of the class and the
number of seats available. Graduating students are expected to
participate in mandatory meetings relating to their graduation
that include career counseling, their Gallery exhibition, an exit
interview, and (if applicable) Financial Aid counseling. Graduating
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seniors must regularly check their RMCAD e-mail account in
order to receive information pertaining to their graduation and
commencement, including the location of the commencement
exercise and an itinerary for the ceremony.
3.6COUNSELING
The College offers personal counseling to currently enrolled
students on campus and online. Counseling is private and free
of charge. The Counseling Office can refer students to external
mental health facilities. Students should call the Counseling office
to make an appointment, 303-225-8573.
3.7
DISABILITY SERVICES
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
and Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, the College affirms
its commitment to seek to achieve reasonable accommodations
for students who have documented disabilities. Prior to
admission acceptance, the College will provide general
information upon request. Once enrolled, students are
responsible for initiating a request for accommodations by
disclosing their disability to the Student Disability Services ([email protected]
rmcad.edu, ext. 22009) and providing the required supporting
documentation. The Student Disability Services will provide
additional information to students requesting accommodations,
such as standards for required documentation and specific
policies regarding use of accommodations. An individual’s needs
must be communicated to the Student Disability Services before
accommodations will be made.
3.8EMAIL
All students are assigned a RMCAD email account. Official college
communication is conducted via the RMCAD email system, and
students are required to check and use their RMCAD email
account regularly. RMCAD email is accessible at gmail.rmcad.edu
or from The Dome.
Each student is included in the RMCAD On-Campus or Online
Student Body email list and in the appropriate major department
list. Email addresses are the first name, a period, and the
complete last name. The only exception to this would be in cases
which would result in duplication. Assigned passwords are the
first four characters of their email address followed by the last
four digits of each student’s ID number. Students should not
correspond with faculty or administration using email accounts
other than RMCAD’s.
Students should not ever give out a username or password
via email. The RMCAD IT Department will never ask for this
information via email. Students who are unable to use or are not
receiving RMCAD email should contact the TECHBAR immediately
at 303.225.8529. RMCAD reserves the right to monitor emails for
troubleshooting and violations of College policy, and by request
from law enforcement.
3.9
STUDENT BANKS
3.9.A Food Bank
The College operates a food bank for all enrolled students. Students
may select up to 5 items a week. Food items are free and the service
is confidential. Students needing access to the Food Bank should
see the Student Life Coordinator (303.753.6046, ext. 22050).
3.9.B Supply Bank
The college operates a supply bank for enrolled students.
Students may exchange art supplies and materials. Art supplies
and materials are free and confidential. Students needing access
to the Supply Bank should see the Student Life Coordinator
(303.753.6046, ext. 22050).
3.10GALLERIES
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design maintains four gallery
spaces on campus, which provide the continuous display of diverse
artwork for students, faculty, staff and the public. These exhibition
spaces are open to RMCAD students, the regional art community
and the general public.
The Philip J. Steele Gallery is located in the historic Mary Harris
Auditorium Building on the east end of the RMCAD campus. The
mission of the Philip J Steele Gallery is to enhance RMCAD’s
position as a place for current dialogues, using contemporary art
as a vehicle for critical discourse. The Gallery presents exhibitions
of challenging, educational, and historically significant art. As
a publically open space, the gallery’s exhibitions bridge the gap
between the RMCAD community and the public. By providing
direct connection to original artworks and focusing on relevant
contemporary artists and their work, the exhibitions enliven
the visual environment on campus, and foster a culture of
experimentation and change.
The Philip J. Steele Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 11 – 4 pm,
except on major holidays and during school breaks. Hours during
the summer term are subject to change - please phone ahead to
confirm. No admission is charged and group tours are available
if arranged in advance by contacting the gallery director or the
gallery assistant. The exhibitions provide a public venue for learning
by experience. Gallery talks often supplement the exhibitions by
giving the public and the RMCAD community an in-depth look at the
process and philosophy behind the work.
The Rude Gallery is located at the top of the stairs in the Rude
building. This petite gallery showcases installations as well as small
works from regional artists and rotates at least three times per term.
The third place to find rotating exhibitions on campus is the Alumni
Gallery. The Alumni Gallery is located in the Texas building lobby.
This gallery exhibits the exemplary talent that springs from RMCAD
and rotates three times a year.
Students are encouraged to apply for exhibition space in the
RMCAD Student Gallery which is located in the EPiC building on
the East end of campus. To apply, email a proposal to the Student
Gallery Committee ([email protected]). The proposal
guidelines can be found on The Dome under Form + Documents:
Galleries. Additionally, the hallways of Shore, TriBoro, Neusteter,
and the basement of Rude can be reserved through the sign-up
wall in Neusteter. The Gallery Directors and Gallery Assistant are
also available to provide additional information about any of the
College’s gallery spaces or to answer questions.
Graduation Exhibitions
Each term all on ground students graduating with a Bachelor in
Fine Arts degree have the opportunity to participate in an oncampus exhibit. This group exhibition is open to all of the college’s
departments (including animation, art education, commercial
photography, fashion design, fine arts, game art, graphic design,
illustration, and interior design). The Graduation Exhibition is
college tradition and a privilege that brings all students, faculty,
staff, and community together for a celebration of the talent and
hard work of the students graduating with a BFA.
The graduation exhibition opens with a reception that is free
and open to the public. The exhibition is open to the public for
approximately two weeks. Gallery hours are Monday through
Saturday from 11am – 4pm (summer hours may vary, please check
rmcad.edu/ exhibitions for the most updated information).
Students must attend the Mandatory Graduation meeting that
is scheduled for the 2nd week of their graduating session and
turn in all paperwork by assigned deadlines to participate. Please
contact the Gallery Director or your Department Chair for the BFA
Graduation Exhibition Handbook and/ or additional information.
The Annual Student Exhibition
The Annual Student Exhibition brings all students, faculty, staff, and
departments together once a year for a celebration of the talent and
hard work of our students each March. The Annual Student Exhibition
is a College tradition that has happened each spring since the College
was founded in 1963.
All students who are enrolled are eligible and strongly encouraged
to submit work. It is our largest exhibition of the year, consisting
of work representing a wide diversity of media, content, and
scale. It fills our entire Gallery spaces on campus and the Rotunda
Pavilion. Each Department is responsible for installing their own
work in their allotted space.
The exhibition is a juried competition; student work is juried in
categories against other work of the same level. Department Chairs
with their respective faculty identify a panel of jurors and select the
Best of Department Awards. Professionals working in the field who
are not immediately affiliated with the College select the Gold, Silver,
and Bronze Award winners.
Information about the process to participate in the exhibition is
emailed to the Student Body each spring term. Please keep an eye on
your inbox for details.
3.11 GEAR BOX PROGRAM
RMCAD offers a GearBox Program that provides students with
a Macbook Pro or HP Laptop, degree-specific software and
additional hardware. This program allows students more flexibility
within their degree program, in study and work time. Students are
informed during the admissions process of the materials required
for their degree program and these items must be purchased
through the GearBox program. A list of the current bundles by
major can be viewed at http://rmcad.edu/admissions/gearbox.
While RMCAD makes every effort to ensure the list is up to date,
as technology is constantly changing, the items included in the
bundles may change with or without notice.
All incoming students must sign a GearBox Confirmation Form.
This form confirms the student’s understanding of the program
and the student’s financial options and obligations. A promissory
note must also be signed that includes the full amount of the
GearBox will be owed to RMCAD upon withdrawal or dropping
classes. RMCAD does not provide refunds for purchases made
toward the GearBox program once the equipment has been
opened or 30 days after purchase on unopened equipment. The
GearBox will be distributed after the student has successfully
completed 4 months worth of course work. RMCAD provides
students with hands-on software training.
The Gear Box Confirmation form can be accessed on the Achieve
site, from your admissions counselor or from the GearBox and
Retail Services team ([email protected]). For more information
regarding this program and financing options, please contact your
Admissions or Financial Aid Counselor.
3.12 HEALTH INSURANCE/MEDICAL SERVICES
RMCAD requires that all students enrolled in nine or more
on-campus credits carry medical insurance coverage. Unless
the online Health Insurance Waiver Form (http://www.
collegiateinsuranceresources.com/sip/health_ins_registration.
asp?assnid=816 ) and accompanying information about current
external insurance coverage is provided annually, students
enrolled for nine or more credits are automatically enrolled in the
College-sponsored plan. Students who carry their own external
medical insurance may waive the College-sponsored plan by
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submitting the online Health Insurance Waiver Form, along with
the policy information about their external coverage. The waiver
form must be submitted annually to waive the College-sponsored
plan. All students enrolled in the College-sponsored plan are
billed automatically in the fall and spring term for 12 months of
coverage. Students registered for less than nine credits at the end
of the add/drop period during the fall and spring terms may be
ineligible for the health insurance plan and their student account
will be adjusted accordingly. Refunds for health insurance fees
will be subject to the College’s tuition and health insurance refund
policy, as published in this handbook.
Detailed information about the College-sponsored plan, including
plan benefits and exclusions, is available on the student portal, The
Dome, or through the Office of Student Accounts.
Nearby area hospitals and emergency rooms include:
ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL-CENTRAL
11600 West 2nd Place
Lakewood, CO
720.321.0000
Just off Union on 2nd
EXEMPLA LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER
8300 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO
303.425.4500
Between Wadsworth and Kipling on 38th Avenue
3.13 NOTARY SERVICE
Notary service is provided to all enrolled students at no
charge. The staff at the Reception Desk will assist students
who are interested in this service. Students must present a valid
photo ID for notary services. Documents to be notarized must
not be signed until the signatory is in the presence of the
authorized notary.
Faculty and staff members who accompany student groups
on field trips, cultural tours, and some social/cultural events are not
responsible for the actions of students, personal injury
or loss of property during a RMCAD sponsored/ approved trip
or gathering or in any of the same that might occur in transit to
or from the above.
All too often, people fall victim to crimes that could have easily been
prevented by taking simple precautions. Below are several safety
suggestions which the College encourages all to consider.
- Be aware of your surroundings. A confident, purposeful attitude may
lessen the chance of being victim.
- Avoid dark streets. Walk on busily traveled and well-lit streets.
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
- Maintain a secure grip on your belongings.
- Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to shrubbery, dark
doorways and other places of concealment.
- Have your keys ready so that your house or car door can be opened
immediately.
- If accosted by someone driving a vehicle, leave the area in the
opposite direction. Use a cell phone to call police or immediately go
to the nearest residence or business to call for help.
- Do not post personal information, such as addresses and schedules,
online on public websites
- Hitchhiking is extremely dangerous. Don’t do it.
3.15.A Emergency Call Boxes
There are six emergency call boxes located on campus.
They are located:
- In the Student Parking Lot
- In the Staff and Faculty Parking Lot
3.14 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- Behind the Rotunda Building
RMCAD students have the opportunity to belong to a variety
of professional organizations. Students are encouraged to be
involved with the following groups, as applicable for the individual
program of study. Many of these organizations visit campus at the
beginning of the fall term as part of the annual resource fair, or
throughout the academic year.
- Behind the Boiler Room
Association Internationale du Film d’Animation
American Institute of Graphic Arts
American Society of Interior Designers
Art Directors Club of Denver
Colorado Alliance of Illustrators
Colorado Art Education Association
Colorado Council of the Arts and Humanities International
International Interior Design Association
Museum of Contemporary Arts
Denver Art Museum
3.15SAFETY
RMCAD faculty and administrators exercise great care in regards to
student safety and health. However they are not responsible
for personal injury or contact with contagious illness that may occur
on College property or in connection with a College sponsored event/
activity, or in transit to or from a RMCAD scheduled class or event.
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- In the Texas Building Elevator
- In the Epic Building Elevator
*Call boxes should be used for emergency purposes only—they will
ring directly to the Lakewood Police Department.
3.15.B Safety Escort
The College provides a walking safety escort for students who are on
campus after dark. To take advantage of this service, students should
contact the Reception Desk or Campus Security to arrange for an
escort to a vehicle parked on campus, another campus building, or
the RTD bus stop located at the corner of Pierce and Colfax.
3.15.C Safety Reporting
Upon observing suspicious or potentially dangerous behavior or
persons, any member of the College community should call the
authorities. Likewise, a report should also be made immediately
with the Reception Desk or Campus Security.
The victim or observers should formally report all crime or safetyrelated incidents to the College. Students should contact the
Campus Operations department to file an Incident Report. The
College’s Safety Committee reviews the Incident Reports.
In compliance with Public Law 10-542, the Federal Campus Security
Act, RMCAD reports campus crime statistics annually and publishes
the report on the College’s website. Paper copies are also available
to interested parties from the Campus Operations department.
(See section 1.5 Campus Safety and the Campus Safety Report)
3.15.DThreats
Students who are the victims of threats, or who observe threatening
behavior, in emergency situations should dial 911. In addition,
students should make a report immediately to the Reception Desk
or Campus Security. Threats will be referred to the Student Success
+ Outreach Committee (SSOC), which will assess the situation and
make recommendations regarding the safety concerns present.
Consultation may also be sought from legal, health, and safety
professional on a case-by-case basis.
3.16 STUDENT ACTIVITIES
The Office of Student Life actively pursues the development of a
positive, supportive and inclusive sense of campus community at
RMCAD. Through programs, activities, events and organizations,
the Office of Student Life strives to meet the social, intellectual
and cultural needs of current students. To meet this goal, activities
offered provide a diverse range of experiences for students.
Students are highly encouraged to get involved and share their
ideas for programs and activities. Students interested in providing
input or planning activities should speak with the Student Life
Coordinator. The Office of Student Life is located on the second
floor of the Texas building. The student will be eligible to receive a
documented Accolade in the Starfish system when participating in
student events, activities, cultural events, philanthropic, community
service and civic engagement activities as well as attending or
participating in VASD lectures. A Starfish Accolade is a measurable
commendation that benefits the student in Merit & Memorial
Scholarship competitions, pursuit of employment with the College,
placement in the Student Ambassador program and receipt of a
Spivak Studio Space. Students may also receive Accolades for
academic performance, visible work ethic and pursuit of academic
betterment, and/or leadership qualities.
3.16.A Student Government
The Student Government is composed of all students attending
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, represented by an elected
Executive Cabinet and Senate. The Student Government works
to support and improve the academic and social experience for
the RMCAD student body. Executive Cabinet representatives are
elected each spring and the Senate is elected in the fall to serve as
the voting membership of the Student Government. The elected
students represent their peers on matters that are brought to the
attention of the Student Government including proposed programs
and policies, departmental concerns, campus facilities and
technology, and much more. The Student Government encourages
all current RMCAD students to attend meetings and to bring ideas
and concerns to the attention of the Student Government. Students
interested in obtaining information about Student Government
meeting times and locations, or who have other questions related
to the Student Government, should contact the Student Life
Coordinator, or visit the Dome.
3.16.B Student Organizations
Students sharing common interests or hobbies can come
together as recognized student organizations at RMCAD. Student
organizations may be eligible to receive funds from the RMCAD
Student Government and may plan events or programs for
fellow RMCAD students. Organizations must be established
for purposes that are legal, consistent with the educational
aims of and mission of the College, and in accordance with the
regulations, guidelines and policies of Rocky Mountain College
of Art + Design and the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Student Government. Recognition of a student organization does
not, however, imply College endorsement of the organization’s
purposes, nor does the College assume sponsorship of any of the
group’s activities on or off College property.
Student organizations which receive or utilize College resources
(including, but not limited to, funding, technology and
advisement) must operate and conduct themselves in line with
all College policies, as stated in this handbook. Likewise, student
organizations must operate in accordance with the mission and
values of the College and may not intend to or actually do harm to
the interests or reputation of the College.
Any RMCAD student can start working on the formation of a
new student organization. Students who would like to start this
process should meet with the Student Life Coordinator or attend a
Student Government meeting to inquire.
Student Organization Event and Attendance Policy
Any on ground RMCAD sanctioned student club or organization
planning an event or activity for fellow RMCAD students must
present their proposal before the Student Life Coordinator for
approval. Outside visitors are not permitted to attend any student
run club or organization, including alumni, and former employees,
during the club or organizations regular weekly meetings, events,
or activities, unless otherwise notified.
Alumni:
A lumni wishing to participate in a RMCAD club or organization’s
event or activity must seek approval from the Student Life
Coordinator prior to the event. Alumni will only be considered
for approval providing they are in possession of a valid Alumni ID,
and are in good standing with the college.
Guest Speakers:
Guest speakers and educators may only be permitted to
attend a student run club or organization if approved prior to the
event or program in question, on the condition that they are hired
from a professional outside resource and are considered a key
component in the case of an event, presentation, or activity for
educational purposes.
3.16.C Student Ambassadors
Student Ambassadors are current students hired to serve as
peer mentors to new students during Orientation and throughout
the first year. They also work to create community amongst the
diverse group of artists and designers at RMCAD by planning
events for the entire student body, as well as within the academic
departments. Additionally, Student Ambassadors plan and execute
several community service projects throughout the school year to
support and give back to the surrounding communities. Students
interested in learning more about the Student Ambassador
program, or who would like information about the application
process, should speak with the Student Life Department.
3.16.D Community Service
Service to the surrounding community is important to RMCAD at
many levels. Students are encouraged to participate in volunteer
work that appeals to their specific interests and passions. Volunteer
work is an excellent way to become involved with the College as
well as the community outside of our campus. Volunteer work is an
extremely rewarding experience that often leads to strong personal
and professional connections. The Office of Student Life serves
as a resource for students who have an interest in participating in
community service projects. The Office of Student Life provides
information about a variety of service projects; from a single day
spent working to preserve Colorado’s environment, to ongoing
placements working with needy children. Additionally, the Office
of Student Life sponsors group trips to local agencies that serve
the Denver Metro community. These trips are designed to expose
students to the diverse range of volunteer possibilities. Interested
students should look for information about such projects via
campus communication or inquire with the Student Life Coordinator.
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3.17 STUDENT IDENTIFICATION
All enrolled on-ground students are issued a RMCAD student
identification (ID) card. Photographs for student ID cards are initially
taken during New Student Orientation and students are expected
to retain the card for the duration of their enrollment at the College.
Onground students should expect a $10 replacement fee for new
ID cards, which may be ordered through the TECHBAR. At the start
of each academic term in which they are enrolled, students must
obtain a validation decal from the TECHBAR to be affixed to the ID
card. Students in financial arrears with the College may be denied
the validation decal, and subsequently the privileges associated
with the student ID card. A valid student ID card is necessary to
check out technology materials from the TECHBAR and checking
out books or other materials from the Library/Resource Center.
Additionally, several art supply stores, museums, sporting venues,
movie theaters and other business offer reduced rates or discounts
for individuals presenting a valid student ID card.
3.18 STUDENT LOUNGE
There are two student lounges on campus. The main student lounge,
located on the second floor of the Texas building, provides students
with a place to spend time between classes while on campus. This
lounge is furnished with comfortable furniture, a ping-pong table,
television, microwave, refrigerator, vending machines, and matcutting area for student use. A second, smaller student lounge is
located on the second floor of the EPC building.
Students should check the Student Activities Board, located in
the main lounge, for information about College events happening
on and off campus. Student groups wishing to hold meetings
or events in the main lounge should notify the Student Life
Coordinator. Reservations for student groups will be made on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
Students are encouraged to submit their artwork for display in
the main student lounge. Students must see the Student Life
Coordinator before displaying any work in the lounge. Hanging
supplies will be made available (if needed) and all work will be
labeled to ensure proper return of the work at the end of the
display period. Work may not be adhered directly to the walls
or surfaces of the lounge or placed in the lounge without going
through the Student Life Coordinator. Work may be on display in
the Student Lounge for 30 days, at which time it may be removed
and available for pick up with the Student Life Coordinator. Work
that is not picked up after 7 days becomes the property of RMCAD
and may be discarded.
3.19 THE STUDENT PORTAL
All enrolled students have an online account with the College’s
student portal. The RMCAD student portal is accessible at
studentportal.rmcad.edu. An initial registration is required.Students
are responsible for reviewing the information stored in the student
portal. Students are able to view and print many portions of their
student records. The following is a list of information currently
available to students:
-A
cademic forms
- Class schedule
-G
rades (current and past terms; midterm and final grades)
- Billing
information (current and past terms)
-A
ccount holds
-A
dvisor assignment
-F
inancial aid award letter
-F
inancial aid missing documents
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- RMCAD
unofficial transcripts
Additionally, students will work with their assigned Advisor to
register for classes using the student portal.
3.20 STUDENT STUDIOS IN SPIVAK
All students are eligible for a Spivak studio space. The application
and information is announced prior to the start of each term
through student email and on The Dome.
3.20.A Spivak Studio Clean-Up
At the end of each term, students must return their Spivak studio
space and common areas to the condition they were in at the time
of initial occupancy. Students who do not return their studio and/or
common areas to the condition it was at the time of initial occupancy
may be fined $150.00 to their Student Account, or charged more
if repairs for damages exceed $150.00; their account may be put
on hold, which may prevent registration for the next term and
other restrictions; and they may not be recommended for future
occupancy of Spivak studios.
3.21RMCADGO/TECHBAR/TECHNOLOGY
SUPPORT
Students have access to multiple methods of technology
support on campus.
Students enrolled in online courses are assigned the RMCADGO
support network. RMCADGO supports RMCAD’s learning
management system (LMS), as well as provide support for
laptops and front-end applications. They can be contacted by
calling 888-RMCADGO (888.762.2346), or by email at:
[email protected]
Students enrolled in hybrid or onground classes can utilize
the TECHBAR. The TECHBAR is designed to be the first point
of contact for hybrid or onground students requiring technical
assistance with digital technology, software questions, wireless
connectivity, email, student portal access, printing and any other
technical needs. The TECHBAR is staffed during all open hours.
Technical support is available by calling 303.225.8529, by email at
[email protected] or on the web at: support.rmcad.edu.
The TECHBAR also provides digital items such as digital cameras
and digital video cameras on loan for hybrid or onground student
checkout on a first-come, first-served basis. A current student
ID must be shown, students must not have fines greater than
$30.00 and their account must also be in good standing. Fines are
incurred for items turned in late.
3.21.A Technology Policies and Procedures
The following technology policies are to be followed by ALL
Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Guests of RMCAD. You will
be held accountable for following these policies so it is important
that you read and understand our policies regarding technology
as you start your school year.
Emergency Notification:
All campus emergency notifications are sent via email,
broadcasted over the phone system, and displayed on lab
computer screens across the campus.
Students and Faculty may optionally have text messages sent
to their cell phone by request. You can sign up for this service
by signing into the student portal and clicking on
MY INFORMATION > SMS.
Computer Labs:
There are many computers on campus for student use. If you
encounter a class in session, please ask the instructor if you may
work on a vacant workstation without disturbing the class. It
is up to the instructor to allow you to work. Please respect the
instructor’s wishes. Students are welcome to use the labs with
some recommendations and restrictions.
Do not attempt to access secure areas of RMCAD’s
information network.
Library and Resource Center (Tri-Boro): No restrictions (Mac
stations + 1 Windows Station)
Viewing content deemed offensive and which falls under RMCAD
policy or local, state, or federal law as harassing or discriminatory
to others is prohibited at RMCAD.
Shore Annex: Recommended for Illustration and Fine
Arts Majors (Mac)
It is unlawful for any person enrolled at RMCAD to use academic
software to create for-profit media of any kind.
Rude Garden Level: Recommended for Fine Art Majors (Mac)
Data on Windows computers is cleared when the machines are
turned off. Data on Macs is cleared weekly. Students must back
up their files on a portable hard drive or Galba.
Rude Overflow Lab (RD003): Windows and Mac
Animation Lab (TX006, TX004): Recommended for Animation
Students (Windows)
Stop Motion Lab (TX007): Stop Motion Animation Students
(Windows)
Game Art Lab (TX107): Game Art Students (Windows)
Texas Overflow Lab (TX108): No restrictions Windows and 1 Mac
Interior Design Lab (TX104): Restricted to Interior Design Majors
Graphic Design Lab (TX204, TX205, TX222, TX223):
Recommended for Graphic Design Majors (Mac)
CAD lab (TX115, TX112): Restricted to Interior Design
Majors (Windows)
Epic lab (Epic205): No Restrictions (Mac)
Personal projects or belongings are collected from labs at the end
of each week and either discarded or placed in “Lost and Found”
located at the Campus Resource Center.
Computer Lab Files:
Personal onground student files for classroom use may be stored
on the public data server “Galba.” No files are “secure” since this
is a public server. The address for Galba on Windows is \\galba
using Windows Explorer or on a Mac at smb://galba from the
Finder using GO > CONNECT TO SERVER.
Students who use the “Student Data” Storage on Galba are
required to use their folder created with their full name.
Loose files or folders outside of students’ designated folders are
deleted regularly.
Personal files stored on the school’s server must not exceed 10 GB
(Gigabytes) in size.
You are encouraged to always make a personal backup of your
work onto an external hard drive of your own purchase.
The Data Server Galba is wiped clean of student data at the end of
every term so please plan accordingly.
Computer Lab Software:
Some software is specific to course work. This includes animation
software and AutoCAD software. These are enrollment-based
applications that become available upon a student taking and
completing the necessary classes. Please see the TECHBAR for details.
Installing software OF ANY KIND is strictly prohibited as is uninstalling existing software on Lab machines as well as booting a
machine using a personal hard drive.
Computer Lab and Campus Guidelines:
Lab computer equipment is not to be modified. Do not unplug or
change hardware in any way. This includes but is not limited to: power
cables, monitor cables, keyboards, mice, network cables, speakers,
and scanners. Do not remove chairs from labs.
Food and Drinks are not allowed inside of computer labs except on
designated tables.
Computer labs and key areas of campus are under monitored and
recorded surveillance.
The acquisition, downloading, and illegal viewing of copyrighted
material/content (i.e. illegally streaming movies, video, BitTorrent,
etc.) using any RMCAD resources is prohibited. Violators will be
subject to punitive action, up to, and, including expulsion.
Equipment Checkout:
The TECHBAR offers many digital devices for onground student
checkout, including digital and analog video cameras, digital SLRs,
audio recording devices, lighting kits, tripods and more.
Game Art equipment is only checked out to select students in the
appropriate onground Game Art classes.
Students must have a Student ID and current term TECHBAR sticker
and have less than $30 in late fines from the TECHBAR.
By checking out any device, Students assume replacement/
repair costs if the device is damaged, lost, stolen or missing
any components.
Items that are not returned within 15 days after their due date will
incur a full retail replacement charge plus a service fee.
Fines are $5 dollars a day each day beyond checkout duration.
Alumni actively enrolled in the RMCAD Renew Program are eligible
to check out TECHBAR equipment with a special Alumni ID.
Printing:
Printers are located throughout the campus and computer labs,
maps are located at each printer.
RMCAD provided printing is considered an “at cost” printing
solution. Initially all students are given $1.00 for printing.
Printing allotments carry over to the next semester.
Additional money for printing can be added at Spectrum,
the RMCAD Store.
Students are required to enter a username and password to print.
Fonts are the property of the College. Do not copy fonts. Do not
add fonts from home to a RMCAD workstation.
RMCAD does not currently support color accuracy for color printing
on any of the printers offered on campus. Please take this into
account when designing and preparing final projects.
Using school equipment for gaming, online gaming and
questionable entertainment use is strictly prohibited. (Exceptions
will include curriculum-based game design classes, schoolapproved LAN parties and gaming events approved by RMCAD IT
Admin staff and Campus Operations.)
At the end of the term printing gets very heavy and Murphy’s Law
takes effect. Allow time to use a service bureau like OfficeMax or
Kinko’s as a backup for final output. RMCAD has a discount with
OfficeMax—see the TECHBAR for details.
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The TECHBAR offers 42” wide-format color printing and 36” wideformat color printing on Canvas. We require 72 hours for all orders.
Students may pick up a printing form at the TECHBAR.
Printing flyers on RMCAD copiers for non-RMCAD related events or
for profit is prohibited.
Sound Recording Studio and Turn-Key Stage:
The sound recording studio and Turn-Key Stage are reserved
for scheduled classes and reserved use through the TECHBAR.
Students who wish to use either location outside of scheduled
classes must complete the TECHBAR’s training requirements.
Laptops:
Student and faculty use of laptops is encouraged with the
following guidelines:
-A
ll laptops must include current antivirus software and/or current
security software updates to access RMCAD’s network.
-L
aptops may be used in labs but not at computer workstations
during class time. Some classrooms have appropriate provisions
for their use.
-S
tudents may not use equipment or cables from a lab workstation
for their laptops.
-T
he TECHBAR can answer questions regarding proper
laptop etiquette.
-R
MCAD is not responsible for the theft, loss or damage to personal
equipment. Do not leave laptops or other possessions unattended.
We recommend purchasing anti-theft / recovery software to protect
your investments.
RMCAD Laptop Loaner Program:
This program is discontinued effective Fall 2014. Students enrolled
prior to Fall 2014 may be considered “grandfathered” and eligible,
pending situational circumstances.
Wireless Internet:
The entire campus is setup with WiFi or Wireless Access.
Students and Faculty who own a laptop can visit the TECHBAR to
get configured to access the wireless network.
Alumni, Family, Friends and Co-Workers Usage:
Alumni Association members have limited access to computers
when not enrolled in the Renew Program. Contact Alumni
Services for details: 303.225.8569.
Family, friends and non-RMCAD co-workers are not authorized
to use school equipment.
Visitors and Students may be asked to show a valid student ID
at any time.
Failure to follow the RMCAD Technology Policies and Procedures
outlined above will result in fines and disciplinary action as
defined in the RMCAD Student Handbook, Employee Handbook
and school policies. Software, hardware, or equipment theft is
enforced by RMCAD, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department
and the Lakewood Police Department.
3.22TRANSPORTATION
All students are provided with an all-access pass to use
on Denver’s public transportation system, the Regional
Transportation District (RTD). The College Pass program provides
local, regional, light rail, and SkyRide (airport shuttle) service
to RMCAD students at no charge. Students must pick up an
electronic RTD ID for which they are enrolled to access RTD
services using the College Pass program.
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RMCAD offers a free shuttle service between the College and
events or activities located off campus. Those interested in signing
up for an event and the shuttle service should sign up at the
Student Activities Board or contact the Student Life Coordinator, as
space is sometimes limited.
3.23 THE UNDERGROUND CAFÉ
The Underground Café, located in the basement of the Texas
building, is RMCAD’s very own restaurant. The Café offers a variety
of healthy, inexpensive options for busy students including coffee,
pastries, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. The Café buys organic
and local food whenever possible, composts food waste and uses
environmentally friendly serving pieces.
The relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the Underground Café
is the perfect place to study, chat or simply hang out between
classes. Students can often be seen meeting with instructors,
collaborating on projects, or simply sketching new ideas in the
Café. The Underground Café accepts cash and major credit cards.
3.24
V ISITING ARTIST, SCHOLAR AND DESIGNER
PROGRAM
The Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer Program fosters creativity
and innovation in the classroom by bringing leading national and
international artists and designers to campus.
This program provides RMCAD students access to successful
artists from a variety of disciplines, regions and ethnic
backgrounds, and creates a forum for diverse and challenging
artistic visions. Each term, several artists and designers of national
prominence spend a few days on campus. Activities range from
lectures to small sessions focused on specific topics.
Additional opportunities may include hands-on workshops,
informal round table discussions and critiques. The Visiting Artist,
Scholar and Designer Program is integrated into the classroom
whenever possible to enhance the curriculum. The Visiting Artist,
Scholar and Designer Program has included environmental
installation artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, figure sculptor John
DeAndrea, architect James Wines, illustrators Murray Tinkelman,
John Gurche and Gary Kelley, sculptor and foundry expert
Julius Schmidt, ceramicist Richard Notkin, international graphic
designers Yossi Lemel and Xiao Yong, RMCAD graduate and
Simpsons illustrator Tim Decker, Pixar animator Carols Baena, and
New York gallery owner Ivan Karp.
3.25 VOTER REGISTRATION
Voter registration information and materials are available through
the Office of Student Life and online. On election years, resources
are made available to students on campus through specialized
programs and voter registration drives.
SECTION 4: STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
+ STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
The general principles governing community life at Rocky Mountain
College of Art + Design are shaped by the Mission Statement of
the College and the College’s core values. The following Student
Code of Conduct and subsequent conduct process is designed to
create a responsible intellectual community; to promote the respect
of the College and individual property; to treat all members of the
community with respect and dignity; and sustain an environment
that facilitates personal, intellectual, artistic and creative growth
and development.
The Student Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures
are developed to foster each student’s freedom to learn and to
protect the rights of all College community members. RMCAD
is committed to creating an interactive, supportive campus
environment that is conducive to education, work, study and
artistic development. When you enroll at the College, you assume
the responsibility of observing the policies outlined in the
Student Code of Conduct. A “student” includes all individuals
taking courses at the College, either full-time or part-time, both
on-ground and online, and includes those individuals who are
not seeking a degree. Persons who withdraw from the College
after allegedly violating the Code of Conduct, who are not
officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing
relationship with the College, or who have been notified of their
acceptance for admission, are considered students.
4.1GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE STUDENT
CODE OF CONDUCT
4.1.A Personal Integrity
RMCAD is committed to creating a learning community in which
all members participate in the free pursuit of truth and honesty.
The College has established an atmosphere of mutual trust in
which members of the community abide by ethical standards in
conduct and in the exercise of responsibilities.
4.1.B Respect for the Rights and Concerns of Others
RMCAD strives to provide an environment that nurtures the growth
and development of students, demonstrating respect for one
another, sensitivity to differences, and fair and just interactions
with one another. All members of the College community are
entitled to and responsible for maintaining an environment of
civility that is free from disparagement, intimidation, harassment
and violence of any kind. Students, faculty and staff are expected
to treat each other with mutual respect at all times.
4.1.C Respect for Property
College community members are expected to respect College
property, the property of other members of the College community,
and the property of the global community in which we live.
4.1.D Respect for the Law and College Policies
RMCAD operates within the boundaries of federal and state laws, in
addition to governing itself. Members of the College community are
expected to demonstrate respect for the laws of the State of Colorado,
federal laws and regulations, as well as respect for College policies,
regulations, procedures, their administration and the processes for
changing those laws, policies and regulations and procedures.
4.2STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT –
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
The Student Code of Conduct reflects the College’s commitment
to creating and sustaining an environment that fosters the
academic, creative and personal development of students and
other members of the College community, and to promote a safe
and civil campus environment.
RMCAD expects students to maintain standards of personal
integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the
College; to assume responsibility for their actions; to observe
national, state and local laws and College regulations; and to
respect the rights, privileges and property of the College. To
protect these privileges and opportunities, the student assumes
the personal responsibility for upholding standards reasonably
imposed by the College relevant to its mission, processes and
functions. Foundational principles of academic honesty, personal
integrity, tolerance, respect for diversity, civility, freedom from
violence, and pursuit of a lifestyle free of alcohol and drug abuse
are examples of these standards.
The Director of Student Affairs and the Provost are responsible
for administering the Student Code of Conduct and will represent
the College in student disciplinary matters. Violations of these
standards of conduct may result in disciplinary action. Likewise,
assisting or encouraging another person to engage in violations
of these standards is grounds for disciplinary action. Failure to
report a violation when one has direct or indirect knowledge of
circumstances may be considered endorsement of misconduct
and may also be subject to disciplinary action. The following
definitions are not designed to be an exhaustive list and must
not be interpreted to include all potential violations. Any student
that engages in the following misconduct may be subjected to
disciplinary proceedings and sanctions outlined in section 4.3.
4.2.AAbuse
Abuse includes, but is not limited to, physical fighting, sexual
harassment, sexual abuse (including, but not limited to, violent
sexual misconduct), verbal or emotional abuse, threats of violence
or other inappropriate conduct, intimidation, stalking, coercions
and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the physical or
mental health, well-being or safety of another person or oneself.
4.2.BAlcohol
Possession, use, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcoholic
beverages as an individual or recognized College organization
in violation of the local, state, or federal law or College policies
is prohibited. See the College’s complete alcohol policy for
details in Section 1.2 above.
Students exhibiting intoxicated behavior will be asked to leave
the campus. Students suspected of intoxication will not be
permitted to operate a vehicle and must instead use the college
issued RTD pass, request a taxi (student will be responsible for
fees), or phone a contact to transport them off premises. Law
enforcement may be contacted on an as-needed basis depending
on the specifics of the situation.
4.2.C C ollege Policies
The violation of published College policies, rules and regulations
found in, but not limited to, the Student Handbook and the College
Catalog may result in disciplinary action.
4.2.DDishonesty
Academic dishonesty is conduct or behavior including, but not
limited to: cheating; plagiarism; unauthorized possession or
disposition of academic materials; falsification; collusion; or other
forms of dishonesty affecting the academic environment. Other
forms of dishonesty include, but are not limited to: furnishing
false information to any College official, faculty member or office;
and forgery, alteration or misuse of any College document, record
or instrument of identification.
Such conduct also includes intentionally initiating or causing
to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire,
explosion, or other emergency. Additionally, the use, possession,
manufacturing, and or distribution of identification cards or
devices that are false or fraudulent or that misrepresent any
individual’s identity, age, or other personal characteristic,
including using another individual’s identification is prohibited.
4.2.E Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct is defined as any act or summary of actions
that is disruptive, lewd, indecent or otherwise breaches the
peace; regardless of intent. Disorderly conduct includes, but is
not limited to yelling, shouting, or cursing, when such conduct
is disruptive to others. In addition, such conduct shall include,
obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration,
hearing procedures, or RMCAD activities or of other authorized
activities, including studying, learning, and emergency services.
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4.2.FDrugs
The use (or misuse), possession, manufacture or distribution
of illegal drugs, drug-related paraphernalia, narcotics or other
controlled substances (except as expressly permitted by law) is
prohibited. The abuse or sale of prescription drugs for persons
or purposes other than for which the substance has been
prescribed is prohibited. Likewise, the misuse or abuse of legal
over-the-counter drugs or medicine is prohibited. A student may
be removed from class in the event of excessive or irresponsible
substance/drug use; the use of prescription, legal or illicit drugs
in an excessive or irresponsible manner may result in disciplinary
action and/or removal from classes and suspension pending
investigation. Irresponsible and excessive drug use may be
defined as, but not limited to, the student appearing to be in an
intoxicated or altered state, or exhibiting conduct or behaviors
which disturb or disrupt the learning environment or campus
culture and community. In the event of disciplinary action and/or
suspension the student may be expected to submit to a toxicology
test or provide documentation of their treatment for drug/
substance use at their expense.
Students exhibiting intoxicated behavior or in situations where
drug use may be suspected will be asked to leave the campus.
Students suspected of being intoxicated or in an altered state
will not be permitted to operate a vehicle and must instead
use the college issued RTD pass, request a taxi (student will be
responsible for fees), or phone a contact to transport them off
premises. Law enforcement may be contacted on an as-needed
basis depending on the specifics of the situation.
For more information, see Section 1.2, above.
4.2.G Failure to Clean Up and Remove Belongings
A flat fee of $75.00 will be imposed upon students who fail to
clean up their belongings by the last day of each term. Any
belongings abandoned in campus buildings or grounds for
over 7 days will become the property of the Rocky Mountain
College of Art + Design.
Additionally, any students who fail to fully de-install their
belongings and/or work from a campus space will be fined
$35.00 per day for the labor necessary to restore the space to
its original state.
4.2.H Failure to Comply
Failure to comply or cooperate with RMCAD officials or law
enforcement officers acting in their official capacity within
established guidelines (provided that no students shall be required
to furnish information that would be self-incriminating), including
to provide identification when asked or to surrender, upon request,
one’s RMCAD identification card until an incident is resolved.
4.2.IFalse Reporting and Disruption of Disciplinary
Proceedings
False reporting is defined as intentional falsification, distortion
or misrepresentation of information in reports or information
presented as part of a student disciplinary proceeding or otherwise
reported to the Director of Student Affairs and/or the Provost.
Disruption of disciplinary proceedings is defined as disrupting or
interfering with the student disciplinary process or failure to obey a
notice to appear for an administrative meeting related to disciplinary
proceedings or a meeting with the Conduct Review Board.
4.2.JFirearms, Explosives, Weapons, Dangerous
Substances and Devices
Possession of firearms, explosives or other weapons, or
unauthorized use of dangerous chemicals or substances and
devices (including ammunition, air or pellet guns, paintball guns,
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slingshots, knives, weapons of any description, firecrackers,
fireworks, or any other object designed to inflict a wound or cause
injury, or imitations or replicas of any such item) on College
premises, including RMCAD sponsored activities, is prohibited.
Possession of weapons, including concealed weapons for which
a permit has been obtained, on RMCAD premises, including
parking lots, or in public while representing the College, or while
attending campus events or trips off campus is prohibited.
In addition, use of brandishing any firearm, explosive or other
weapon, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms,
threatens or causes fear to, or otherwise endangers others is
strictly prohibited.
4.2.KGuests
Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests.
Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct or College policies
by a guest may result in a complaint and sanction against the
hosting student.
4.2.L Harassment and Discrimination
Harassment is behavior or conduct that objectifies a personal
attribute, singling it out for ridicule, attack or disparagement.
Students may not engage in conduct or behavior that serves
to degrade the status of another person. The attributes of such
behavior or conduct include, but are not limited to, degradation
or objectification related to the following: race or ethnic origin;
gender; physical or mental disability; age; religion; economic class;
and sexual orientation. Conduct indicative of harassment includes,
but is not limited to, conduct that would place a reasonable person
in fear of his or her personal safety through words or actions,
physical contact, written or verbal comments, or suggestions
expressed through email, posting or other mediums, hostile or
threatening gestures or other forms of degradation. See Sections
1.8 and 1.22 for additional information.
4.2.M Interference, Obstruction, or Disruption
Interference, obstruction and disruption includes behavior that
interferes with, obstructs or disrupts any normal College activity
such as teaching, recreation, meetings, public events, disciplinary
proceedings, the freedom of expression, and movement of students
or other members of the College community and their guests.
Participation in activities that threatens the safety of the College
community and/or infringes on the rights of its members is prohibited.
4.2.N
Models in the Classroom
RMCAD hires models to pose for studio classes, and in many
instances the models work nude. As per course syllabus, instructor
direction and the Code of Conduct, students are required to treat
models in a professional and respectful manner. Students under
the age of 18 will be required to submit written permission from
their parent or guardian allowing them to attend classes in which
nude models are utilized.
4.2.OOnline Conduct Written communication
(Specific to discussion boards)
All written communication between students and faculty must be
professional, respectful, and urbane. Students should avoid using
sarcasm and jokes as interpretation may vary based on recipient/
viewer. Emails to faculty must adhere to basic grammatical
tenets and be free of spelling errors. Students may not use
crass language and abbreviated spelling in a collegiate email;
institutional emails are not text messages and should not be
treated as such.
As is custom with many forms of written communication over the
Internet, words and sentences written in all caps (E.g. LIKE THIS)
will be considered aggressive and as such are inappropriate in
written communication with RMCAD faculty, staff, and students.
Students who wish to emphasize a point must use grammatically
appropriate methods such as italics or quotation marks.
4. Presenting the visual media, intellectual property or creative
efforts of another as your own.
Students should neither post nor reply to written communication
designed to incite angry responses. This type of intentional
provocation will be considered a violation of the Code Of Conduct.
Students should always be respectful and realize that written
communication and sent email cannot be edited or recalled. If
a student is upset after reading a post, draft your response in a
private medium (such as a word processor or similar medium)
and pause before replying or reacting. Ensure that you are calm
and contemplate your response before sending or posting and
remember that the person who wrote the original comment may
not have intended it to be offensive or inciteful.
4.2.Q Sexual Misconduct
In the event sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence,
and/or stalking occurs on campus or is experienced by a member
of the RMCAD Community, the college, once made aware, will
follow the established investigation procedure (as detailed in
section 4.3). Additionally, the college may contact law enforcement.
Discussion boards
Discussion boards are the online equivalent of a live classroom
discussion. The policies detailed throughout Section 4 (Student
Code of Conduct) also apply to the online discussion boards.
Students should exercise more caution in the discussion boards,
as tone gets lost in written communication, and posts are
immediately discoverable, documentable communications.
Students should only post messages to the class discussion
forums that are germane to the topic of the class. Communication
about personal topics should be discussed outside of class. The
Q&A discussion forum (if used) is for topics related to the class’
procedures, assignments, topics, and other information that
might be helpful for other students. Students are prohibited from
posting criticism of RMCAD faculty, staff, policies, procedures,
or other subjects not related to the class in the discussion
forums. Criticisms such as these need to be brought through the
appropriate venue--typically the Department Chair (See section 1.7
CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE).
Faculty have the right to censor students’ posts to the discussion
forum if they feel the post violates the policies in this handbook
or are otherwise inappropriate for class. Properly cited, outside
sources such as current articles and stories about the topic are
welcome but may be censored by the faculty member at his/her
discretion. Students can contest a censored or deleted post with
the faculty member in private communication realizing that the
instructor makes the final decision.
4.2.PPlagiarism
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. To plagiarize is “to steal and
pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own, use a created
production without crediting the source, commit literary theft, or
present as new and original an idea or product derived from an
existing source” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 1993).
Plagiarism is intellectual theft, a serious academic offense with
serious consequences.
Plagiarism may be considered but is not limited to:
1. C
heating, which is defined as the giving or taking of any
information or material with the intent of wrongfully
aiding oneself or another in academic work considered in
the determination of a course grade or the outcome of a
standardized assessment;
2. P
lagiarism, which is defined as the act of stealing or passing off
as one’s own work the words, ideas or conclusions of another
as if the work submitted were the product of one’s own thinking
rather than an idea or product derived from another source; or
3. A ny other form of inappropriate behavior which may
include but is not limited to falsifying records or data, lying,
unauthorized copying, tampering, abusing or otherwise
unethically using computer or other stored information,
and any other act or misconduct which may reasonably be
deemed to be a part of this heading.
Definitions:
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omestic Violence: an act or threatened act of violence upon a
person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate
relationship. Domestic violence also includes any other crime
against a person or against property or any municipal ordinance
violation against a person or against property, when used as
a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or
revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has
been involved in an intimate relationship.
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ating Violence: the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional
violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can
occur in person or electronically and may occur between a
current or former dating partner
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exual Assault: any act, attempted act, or threatened act of
unlawful sexual behavior.
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talking: an individual directly, or indirectly through another
person, makes a threat, physical action, or repeated conduct
that causes you to be in fear for your safety or the safety of
your immediate family or intimate partner. As a way of making
you fearful, the stalker must do one of the following to you,
your immediate family or intimate partner: repeatedly follow,
approach, contact or put under surveillance; or repeatedly make
any form of communication (i.e., phone calls, texts, emails). Note:
it does not matter if any words are spoken or not – for example,
the stalker can keep calling and hanging up. An individual
directly, or indirectly through another person, repeatedly follows,
approaches, contacts, places under surveillance, or makes
any form of communication with you, your immediate family
or intimate partner that causes you, your immediate family or
intimate partner to suffer serious emotional distress (pain).
Consent in Reference to Sexual Activity:
Circumstances in which a person, CANNOT, by law, give consent
(no matter what s/he might verbalize):
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he person is severely intoxicated or unconscious as a result of
alcohol or drugs
- The person is physically or mentally disabled
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nce a person says “no”. It does not matter if or what kind of
sexual behavior has happened previously in the current event,
early that day, or daily for the previous six months. It does
not matter if it is a current long-term relationship, a broken
relationship, or marriage. If one partner says, “NO,” and the other
forces penetration it is rape.
If consent is not obtained prior to each act of sexual behavior
(from kissing leading up to intercourse), a student risks violation
of the College Sexual Misconduct Policy.
What does consent mean in intimate relationships?
Consent is when one person agrees to or gives permission
to another person to do something. It means agreeing to an
action based on your knowledge of what that action involves, its
likely consequences and having the option of saying no. The
absence of “no” does not mean “yes”. When it comes to sex in
your relationship, consent is really important. You both have a
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responsibility to make sure you both feel safe and comfortable
every step along the way. Remember, your actions towards the
person you’re with can greatly affect the way they feel about you,
themselves, the relationship and sex in general. Consent is an
important part of healthy sexuality and both people should be
involved in the decision to have sex.
The age of consent in Colorado is 17, a close in age exception
to Colorado’s age of consent law allows those aged 15 and 16
to engage in acts with those less than ten years older and those
younger than 15 to engage in acts with those less than four
years older. However a 17-year-old can not legally consent to a
person that is in position of trust. Any actor who inflicts sexual
penetration or intrusion on a victim commits sexual assault if the
victim is less than fifteen years of age and the actor is at least four
years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim;
or at the time of the commission of the act, the victim is at least
fifteen years of age but less than seventeen years of age and
the actor is at least ten years older than the victim and is not the
spouse of the victim.
Consent is:
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voluntary, sober, imaginative, enthusiastic, creative, wanted,
informed, mutual, honest, and verbal agreement
- Do not be antagonistic
- Avoid using violence
- Be honest and direct whenever possible
- Recruit help if necessary, contact the Reception Desk at
303.753.6046 or Campus Security at 303.567.7271
- Keep yourself safe
- If things get out of hand or become too serious, contact the police
Please remember that any situation that threatens physical harm to
yourself or another student should be assessed carefully. Contact
Campus Security if needed to assist to defuse the situation.
It is important to preserve any evidence in sex related offenses, this
evidence may be tested to substantiate guilt and protect the victim.
Any instance of Sexual Misconduct may be reported to Student
Services (The Academic Dean, Assistant Dean of Students and/or
The Director of Student Services), Campus Security, or any college
resource the victim feels comfortable with. The College encourages
the victim to contact law enforcement to document the situation.
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process, which must be asked for every step of the way; if you
want to move to the next level of sexual intimacy, just ask
The college may also contact law enforcement on behalf of the
student or in tandem with the student, depending on situational
specifics and/or the student’s wishes. If the victim chooses, they
may decline to contact law enforcement, however a no-contact
order may be issued between the victim and alleged perpetrator,
and other necessary action taken.
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ever implied and cannot be assumed, even in the context of
a relationship. Just because you are in a relationship does not
mean that you have permission to have sex with your partner
In the event of an official College investigation, the College will follow
established procedures and will make every effort to ensure the
confidentiality of the event and of those involved in the proceedings.
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n active agreement: Consent cannot be coerced
Bystander Intervention:
Suggestions and strategies to stop these incidents before they occur.
1. B ystander Notices the Incident - Bystanders must first notice the
incident taking place. Obviously, if they don’t take note of the
situation, there is no reason to help.
2. Interpret Incident as Emergency - Bystanders also need to
evaluate the situation and determine whether it is an emergency
- or at least one in which someone needs assistance. Again, if
people do not interpret a situation as one in which someone
needs assistance, then there is no need to provide help.
3. A ssume Responsibility - Another decision bystanders make
is whether they should assume responsibility for giving help.
One repeated finding in research students on helping is that
a bystander is less likely to help if there are other bystanders
present. When other bystanderes are present, responsibility for
helping is diffused. If a long bystander is present he or she is
more likely to assume responsibility.
4. Attempts to Help - Whether this is to help the person leave the
situation, confront a behavior, diffuse a situation, or call for
other support/security.
The best way bystanders can assist in creating an empowering
climate free of interpersonal violence is to diffuse the problem
behaviors before they escalate.
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ducate yourself about interpersonal violence and share
this info with friends.
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onfront friends who make excuses for other peoples
abusive behavior.
- Speak up against racist, sexist and homophobic jokes or remarks.
Tips for Intervening:
- Approach everyone as a friend
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The College shall work with students who experience acts of
Sexual Misconduct to address class scheduling, studio use, workstudy location and scheduling concerns where possible and
applicable. The College shall provide, in writing, documentation of
any solutions of the aforementioned.
A member of the RMCAD Community who experiences Sexual
Misconduct will be provided with a written explanation of the
Student’s rights and options.
4.2.R Social Media
Any postings, comments or interaction on college media including
but not limited to forums, email, text, critique zone, online
learning environments and the college’s sanctioned or official
social media pages must adhere to all aspects of the college Code
of Conduct (see section 1.25 for more details).
4.2.STheft/Damage
Theft, attempted theft of, or unauthorized use or possession of
property, services or software owned or controlled by the College
or an individual is prohibited. Damage includes, but is not limited
to: vandalism and graffiti to property of the College; property that
belongs to a member of the College community; or other personal
or public property.
Theft or attempted theft from the college supply store is subject to
disciplinary sanctions detailed herein. Law enforcement may also
be called, in which case the college reserves the right to pursue
prosecution to the fullest extent applicable.
4.2.T Abuse of the Student Conduct Process
Abuse of the student conduct process includes, but is not limited
to, failure to obey the notice to appear for a meeting or a hearing;
falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information;
disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a hearing;
failure to comply with any requirements or sanctions agreed to in
a disciplinary action; harassment or intimidations of any person
involved in a conduct proceeding.
In addition, the institution of a frivolous or malicious student
conduct proceeding, the unauthorized release or disclosure of
information related to a student conduct proceeding, and any
failure to comply with any sanction(s) or outcome(s) imposed
for violations of this Code or other RMCAD rules, regulations, or
policies is strictly prohibited.
4.2.U Violation Of The Law
Violation of any federal, state or local law is prohibited.
4.2.V Unauthorized Use or Entry of RMCAD Facilities
Accessing, entering, or using RMCAD facilities, property, systems,
or services without authorization is prohibited.
4.2.W College Computer, Network, and Telecommunications
The unauthorized use of facilities, services, equipment, account
numbers or files is prohibited. Additionally, it shall be a violation
of this Code for any student to read, copy, change, delete, tamper
with, or destruct any other user’s files, software, programs and
accounts without permission of the owner.
4.2.XHazing
RMCAD forbids hazing and all other activities that interfere with
the personal liberty of an individual. RMCAD defines hazing as
any action taken or situated created, whether on or off RMCAD
property, to produce physical or mental discomfort, embarrassment,
harassment, or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation
with, or admission to, or as a condition for continued membership in,
a group, team, club, or other organization.
Acceptance of an activity on the part of a new member or Individual
does not justify participation in or sponsorship of the activity.
Any violation of this policy should be reported to: The Provost at
303.567.7307 and/or the Director of Student Affairs at 303.999.5468.
4.3 THE STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
4.3.A Authority and Jurisdiction
The Director of Student Affairs and the Provost are responsible
for administering the Student Code of Conduct, and will
represent the College in student disciplinary matters. However,
the authority to enforce College policies, rules and regulations
rests with the Director of Student Affairs and the Provost, as well
as other College administrators, faculty, students, committees
and organizations. All members of the RMCAD community are
responsible for upholding the Code of Conduct and for holding
others accountable to its principles by reporting violations in
a timely fashion. The ability of the College to take appropriate
remedial action is limited by the timeliness of a reported
incident or violation, the comprehensiveness of the report, and
the willingness of those involved to assist in all stages of any
investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
The Student Code of Conduct applies to any person taking a course
at the College on a full- or part-time, on-campus or online, or noncredit basis. Disciplinary actions may affect anyone who partakes
in the benefits and privileges of the College. Disciplinary action
may be initiated as a result of conduct which occurs on the College
premises in any capacity, as well as at off-campus events and
activities sponsored, organized or participated in by the College
or College-recognized student organizations or student groups.
RMCAD may also address off-campus conduct through the student
conduct process when the reported behavior may adversely affect
the interests of the College community. This includes, but is not
limited to, posting information in violation of College policies
on websites, journals or blogs. The College reserves the right
to report any perceived violations of civil or criminal law to the
proper authorities. Students may be held accountable to both civil
authorities and the College for violations of law that also violate
the College’s policies. The College may pursue disciplinary action
at the same time as criminal proceedings and encourages the
reporting of any criminal activity to the local police department.
The College views the conduct process as a learning experience
that can result in growth and personal understanding of one’s
responsibilities and privileges within the College community.
It is not intended to be a substitute for civil or criminal legal
proceedings, so therefore outside legal representation of a
student by counsel is not permitted. This process is designed to
provide a fair evaluation of whether or not a student has violated
College policies. Formal rules of evidence do not apply in the
College’s conduct process. The College uses the preponderance
of evidence when determining responsibility for alleged violations
of the Code of Conduct. A preponderance of evidence means that
what is alleged to have happened is, more likely than not, what
actually happened. This shall be the standard of proof used in all
conduct proceedings under this code.
In an emergency situation, the College reserves the right to take
administrative action, apart from the student conduct process.
Such action may be taken when conduct poses an unreasonable
threat to the student(s) engaged in the conduct, or other
individuals or the College. The Director of Student Affairs and
the Provost or designee must approve all such administrative
action. Possible dispositions may include, but are not limited to,
mandatory evaluation, temporary or indefinite withdrawal from
the College, and/or other administrative action.
In cases of non-consensual, forcible or non-forcible sexual
conduct, students are advised to seek medical attention
immediately in order to preserve any physical evidence in case
the individual wishes to prove criminal sexual assault. Students
are also advised to obtain counseling support from campus or
community resources.
4.3.B Initiating a Complaint
Any member of the College community may file a written
complaint against a student for an alleged violation of the
Student Code of Conduct to the Director of Student Affairs.
All complaints must be in writing. Anonymous complaints and
informal reports will be accepted primarily for informational
purposes and will be acted on to the extent necessary and
appropriate under the circumstances.
The complaint should include:
-T
he name of the student(s) alleged to have violated the code
-A
clear statement surrounding the nature and circumstances of
the complaint (date, time, place, witnesses)
- The identification of the specific part of the code allegedly violated
- The
names, addresses and telephone numbers of those filing the
complaints
Upon receipt of the written complaint, the Director of Student
Affairs and the Provost decide whether there is substance to
the complaint; whether the complaint falls within the jurisdiction
of the Student Code of Conduct; and whether to charge the
student(s) with a violation. The College will forward the complaint
to the appropriate Hearing Officer.
In some cases, alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation,
may be offered by mutual consent of the parties involved and on
a basis acceptable to the Director of Student Affairs, the Provost,
and Hearing Officer. A written summary of these agreements
are provided to all parties. These agreements are binding and
once entered are not subject to appeal. Failure to abide by the
agreements could result in the situation being returned through
the conduct process for possible disciplinary action.
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4.3.C Notice of Charges
Students will be given written notice of charges of alleged
violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The notice will describe
the alleged policy violations and will inform the student of the
requirement of an administrative conference. As needed to
protect any involved parties, the letter of notice may also contain
certain restrictions, pending the resolution of the matter through
the hearing process. If the student fails to schedule a conference,
the College reserves the right to make a decision in the case
without the benefit of the student’s participation.
4.3.D Administrative Conference with Hearing Officer
An administrative conference is a preliminary meeting between
the Hearing Officer and the accused. The following may occur
during an administrative conference:
-A
n explanation of the discipline process
-A
discussion of the student’s rights
-A
review of the charges with the student
- The
accused student will be given an opportunity to respond to
the charges. The accused student must submit information to the
Hearing Officer within five business days of the Administrative
Conference; failure to respond within the aforementioned
timeframe will result in the College making the decision.
The Hearing Officer decides to hear the case and render a decision
or refers the matter to a Conduct Review Board hearing. In every
case, the facts are to be reviewed and decisions made based upon
a preponderance of evidence.
After reviewing the information contained in the letter of notice
and following the conference with the Hearing Officer, the student
has the following options:
- Accept responsibility for the charges, and the Hearing Officer will
determine the appropriate level of discipline and other sanctions
or restorative resolution outcomes. In cases where academic
dishonesty is the infraction, the Hearing Officer will consult
with the Dean of Academic Affairs to determine the appropriate
level of disciplinary action.
- Dispute
the charges, and request a hearing with the Conduct
Review Board. The Hearing Officer may also refer the case to the
Conduct Review Board for adjudication.
4.3.E Disposition By Hearing Officer
Following an administrative conference, the Hearing Officer may
investigate the incident further when information is insufficient,
or when the student does not agree with the charges and elects to
request a hearing with the Conduct Review Board.
After a decision has been rendered, the student will receive a
notice in writing summarizing the findings of the conference, and
informing the student of subsequent actions in a timely manner.
4.3.F Conduct Review Board
The Conduct Review Board (CRB) will hear cases referred to it
by Hearing Officers and any appeals from the administrative
conference. It will also consider appeals following a disposition
by the Director of Student Affairs. Reports of behavior that may
result in suspension or expulsion may be referred to the Conduct
Review Board. The Board is comprised of the Provost, student
ombudsman, faculty ombudsman, and one staff member. A
minimum of four members must be present to hear a case.
4.3.G Proceedings of the Conduct Review Board
The Chair of the Conduct Review Board (Provost) will convene the
panel, have all in attendance introduce themselves, and explain
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proceedings. All proceedings shall be conducted in a manner
which is informal and at the same time assures fundamental
fairness. The proceedings shall be closed to the public.
Cases of a sensitive nature will be reviewed by the Provost and
the President + Provost.
The student may be accompanied by a Senior Student
Ambassador, who is not the aforementioned Student Ombudsman.
Since the direct interaction with the students involved is essential
to the educational relationship with the College, the role of the
advisor (additional Senior Student Ambassador) is limited to
ensuring the conduct review process is conducted in a fair and
objective manner.
Comments/statements must be restricted to matters directly
relevant to the case. Formal rules of process, procedure or
evidence, as established and applied in the civil or criminal justice
system, do not apply in this process.
In every case, the facts are to be reviewed and decisions made
based upon a preponderance of evidence.
Preponderance of Evidence and Standard of Evidence:
The preponderance of the evidence is a standard of evidence, or
standard of proof, used in the conduct process.
Situations that include criminal, sex-related or violent and/or
aggressive violations of the Code of Conduct involve a standard
of evidence that is beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a more
stringent evaluation of evidence because these cases may result
in suspension or expulsion from the College, or the referral of
student(s) to, or intervention of law enforcement.
Under the College’s preponderance of evidence standard, more than
fifty percent of the evidence should support the allegations made.
Any person disrupting, interfering with or not abiding by
the rulings of the Chair may be dismissed. The Chair will be
responsible for reading the complaint and stating the charges
against the accused student. The Director of Student Affairs and
the Provost or a designee directs the presentation of the College’s
evidence and witnesses. The Chair will ask the accused student to
respond to the charges, present evidence on his/her behalf, and
call any witnesses. The CRB may ask questions of or recall any
hearing participants to address specific issues or questions at the
request of either the accused student or a CRB member.
The Chair will conclude the hearing and dismiss the accused
student and advisor, if applicable, prior to the CRB entering a
closed-session deliberation. During deliberation the CRB will
decide whether or not the accused student has violated the
Student Conduct Code, and render an appropriate sanction; or in
the case of an appeal, will decide to uphold, modify or reverse the
original sanction. The Conduct Review Board has the authority
to determine the appropriate level of disciplinary action taking
into consideration the severity of the infraction, impact on
individuals or the community, and the past record of discipline.
In addition to the sanctions detailed in 4.3.K, the CRB may place
limits or conditions, require relocation, restitution, community
service, and/or specify participation in educational programs
and interventions including, but not limited to, those related to
alcohol or drug use, ethical decision making, personal counseling,
and restorative justice. The student will receive written notice
of the CRB’s decision in the case within three business days of
the hearing or appeal. Decision letters that include information
identifying persons listed as victims may not be released by the
student to unauthorized third parties. Failure to comply with this
requirement could result in additional disciplinary charges.
4.3.H Rights of Accused Students
Throughout his or her involvement in the conduct process, the
accused student has the following rights:
Right to Notice: The student shall receive written notice of
charges. This notice may be sent via email.
Right to Prepare: The student shall be given reasonable time to
prepare for a hearing or appeal by the CRB.
Right to an Advisor: The accused student may be accompanied by
an additional Senior Student Ambassador. The role of the advisor
(Senior Student Ambassador) is limited to ensuring the conduct
review process is conducted in a fair and objective manner.
Right to Present Information: The student will have the opportunity
to present information by witness, affidavit, and/or personal
testimony that he/she feels is important for consideration with
regard to the complaint. All information must be submitted to
the Director of Student Affairs within five business days of the
Administrative Conference with the Hearing Officer.
Right to Hear Testimony: The student has the right to hear all
information presented at a hearing and to be involved in the entire
hearing except for the period of deliberation.
Right to Disciplinary File: The student has the right to review
the contents of his/her disciplinary file at any time, as well
as request copies.
Right to Appeal: The student has the right to request an appeal if
circumstances meet the conditions outlined in the appeal process
of Section 4.3.J.
4.3.I Rights of Victims
Throughout his or her involvement in the conduct process, the
victim of any alleged student misconduct has the following rights:
Right to Be Informed: The victim shall be informed of the progress
and outcome of the conduct proceedings, subject to requirements
imposed by the Campus Security Act, as amended by the Higher
Education Amendments of 1992.
Right to an Advisor: The victim may be accompanied by an
additional Senior Student Ambassador. The role of the advisor
(Senior Student Ambassador) is limited to ensuring the conduct
review process is conducted in a fair and objective manner.
Right to Provide a Statement: The victim may provide a
written statement in place of or in addition to giving testimony
at the hearing, for consideration during the disciplinary
proceedings. The statement shall describe the circumstances
attendant to the harm that the victim sustained as a result
of the alleged misconduct.
Right to Reasonable Efforts to Ensure Safety: A victim has the right
to demonstrate that steps should be taken to prevent unwanted
contact or proximity with the accused student(s).
4.3.J Appeals Process
A decision reached by a Hearing Officer or the CRB may be
appealed by the student within five business days of the date of
the decision letter. Accused students are entitled to one stage of
appeal. Request should be made in writing and submitted to the
Director of Student Affairs. The basis for appeal is limited to: a
significant procedural error to the rights of the student; compelling
new evidence not available at the time of the hearing, which when
considered, may alter the decision; or the imposition of a sanction
that was arbitrary and capricious.
The CRB will hear appeals of administrative conferences. Appeals
of the CRB will be heard by the Director of Student Affairs. The
possible outcomes of an appeal are:
- Denial of the appeal
- Remand the case back to the original hearing officer to reconsider
the new information and/or sanction
- Hear the case and uphold, modify or reverse the original sanction
4.3.KSanctions
RMCAD is concerned with the individual student and will consider
all of the circumstances in a particular case when assigning
sanctions. This includes past disciplinary record, nature of the
violation, and severity of damage, injury or harm. Sanctions are
intended to be educational in nature, with a goal of preventing
future violations from occurring. One or more of the following
sanctions may be imposed for violating the College policies.
No Action
It may be found that the charges against the student are
unsubstantiated and the student is exonerated. In this case, the
decision letter specifies that the charges are cleared and no
disciplinary action is taken.
Warning
A warning is a written or oral communication that further
misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Probation
As a result of several minor violations, or a more serious violation
of the College policies, a sanction of disciplinary probation may be
imposed. The student is given a specific time period in which to
show changes in behavior. Violations of the terms of probation or
subsequent misconduct are grounds for further disciplinary action,
including suspension or expulsion.
Restitution or Fines
Fines or restitution may be imposed as a sanction to offset
damage caused or potentially caused by misconduct. The student
is required to make payment, either in money or services, to the
College or to other persons, groups or organizations that may be
affected by the misconduct.
Discretionary Sanctions
These include, but are not limited to, alcohol or drug
education, recommendation for counseling, required mental
health assessment, or a special educational project designed
to assist the student in better understanding the overall impact
of his/her conduct.
Loss of Privileges
The student may be denied specific privileges for a specific period
of time. Privileges may include, but are not limited to, guests,
computer use or participation in activities.
Interim Suspension
The Director of Student Affairs,, or a designee, may suspend
a student for an interim period prior to a CRB hearing or
administrative conference. An interim suspension will be effective
immediately, without prior notice, when the Director of Student
Affairs or their designee(s) determines that the continued
presence of the student on the campus poses a substantial threat
to himself/herself, any member of the community, or the stability
and continuance of normal College functions.
A CRB hearing or administrative conference will take place
as soon as reasonably possible following an interim suspension.
If the student requests a meeting with the suspending authority
prior to the scheduled hearing, only the following issues will
be discussed:
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- Whether the information concerning the student’s conduct is reliable
5.3
-W
hether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably
indicate a threat as described above
Starfish Early Alert is a tool used by RMCAD faculty and staff
to help promote the academic and personal success of RMCAD
students. The main goal for using this software program is to
identify student concerns early on and provide the student with
supportive, helping resources before the concern impedes the
student’s ability to be successful at RMCAD. Concerns raised
in Starfish Early Alert are wide-ranging and include, but are not
limited to: academics, personal health and well-being, conduct and
behavior, careers, and student dissatisfaction. Starfish Early Alert
has been configured intentionally with regard to student privacy
laws (FERPA), so information in Starfish Early Alert is only shared
with other faculty and staff who have a “legitimate educational
interest” in the given concern.
Suspension
Suspension is separation of the student from the College for a defined
period of time, after which the student is eligible to re-enroll or reapply for admission. Re-admission or re-enrollment is not guaranteed.
Specific criteria may be imposed during the conduct process as
conditions for re-enrollment or re-admission. During a period of
suspension, the student may be barred from visiting campus or
participating in College-sponsored events and programs off campus.
Expulsion
In the case of expulsion, the student is required to permanently
leave the College. The student will be denied access to the College
campus or designated portions of campus.
Grading Penalty
When a student is found responsible for engaging in academic
dishonesty, the faculty member may impose a grading penalty, which
could include failure for the assignment in question, a reduction in
grade, or failure in the class. If the faculty member reduces a grade
based on the finding of academic dishonesty, that action would be
reported and kept on file in the Office of the Registrar.
Other Sanctions
Other sanctions may be imposed instead of, or in addition to, those
specified above. For example, students may be referred to the
Counselor for evaluation or restricted from certain College buildings.
Refund Policy
In the event of suspension, expulsion or removal from enrollment
at the College for cause, tuition is forfeited.
4.3.L Record Of Discipline
Student disciplinary records will be maintained in keeping with
the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
(FERPA) and subsequent amendments and the guidelines for
implementation. The record of disciplinary actions will be kept
in file in the Office of the Director of Student Affairs Disciplinary
records are maintained for a period of seven years from the date
of the last decision. Information regarding a student’s disciplinary
record is available to persons or offices internal to the College,
who have a demonstrated need to know.
SECTION 5: STUDENT SERVICES
5.1
ACADEMIC ADVISING
Undergraduate and Graduate Advising
The Office of the Registrar and Academic Advising can help
students understand program requirements, course sequence,
prerequisites, Foundations, and Liberal Arts. Academic advising is
a collaboration between the student and the advisor, designed to
assist students in reaching their academic goals.
5.2
STUDENT LEARNING CENTER
The Student Learning Center is a student-oriented academic support
resource that offers course content assistance for all departments
on campus or online. Trained peer tutors are available on an
appointment, walk-in or online basis to assist students with writing,
math, art history, academic success strategies (note-taking strategies,
time management, etc.) study sessions, computer programs
(Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) or other academic issues. There is no
charge to RMCAD students for any of the services. The SLC also helps
coordinate the Academic Choices for Excellence program (ACE).
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STARFISH EARLY ALERT
Additionally, Starfish is used to document and track students
placed on the College’s Threat Assessment scale.
Starfish also documents and tracks exceptional student
performance and engagement through the use of the Citizenship
Accolades. An Accolade may be received when a student
participates in College events and activities, external cultural
events, philanthropic, community service and civic engagement
activities that compliment their role as a member of the College
Community, as well as attending or participating in VASD lectures.
A Starfish Accolade is a measurable commendation that benefits
the student in Merit & Memorial Scholarship competitions,
pursuit of employment with the College, placement in the Student
Ambassador program and receipt of a Spivak Studio Space.
Students may also receive Accolades for academic performance,
visible work ethic and pursuit of academic betterment, and/or
leadership qualities.
Although Starfish Early Alert helps faculty and staff to ensure that
each and every student is getting the help they need, the ultimate
responsibility lies with the students to take advantage of the
resources and help being offered to them.
5.4 STUDENT SUCCESS AND OUTREACH
COMMITTEE
The Student Success and Outreach Committee (SSOC) is
comprised of a small group of faculty and staff from across the
College who are committed to the academic and personal success
of RMCAD students. The SSOC meets weekly to confidentially
discuss student concerns and collaborative outreach strategies,
to proactively reach out to students with low attendance, and to
contact students with strategies for low grades at midterm. The
Provost, Director of Student Affairs and Mental Health Counselor
comprise the College’s Threat Assessment Team and act in concert
with the SSOC, intervening as necessary for the safety and wellbeing of the RMCAD community.
5.5THREAT ASSESSMENT SCALE AND
BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION PROCESS
The Student Services Division utilizes a nationally recognized level
system for flagging, documenting and responding to threats and
behavioral disruptions. The system is based on the NaBITA Scale
(National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). The Director
of Student Affairs, Provost and Personal/Mental Health Counselor
comprise the Threat Assessment team, within the structure of
the SSOC. Students who violate the Code of Conduct in relevant
capacities, exhibit aggressive and/or disturbed/disturbing
behaviors or are perceived as a threat to themselves or the campus
will be placed on the College’s Threat Assessment scale; they will
be required to meet with the College’s Personal/Mental Health
Counselor throughout the duration of their time with the college
and their progress will be appropriately documented, adhering
to privacy standards where possible and appropriate. Further
action (additional assessment measures, suspension, expulsion,
additional safety measures, collaboration with outside resources
and involvement of law enforcement) may be taken.
5.6ACADEMIC CHOICES FOR
EXCELLENCE (ACE)
2.0 or a GED score below 500 will be required to participate in
the Academic Choices for Excellence Program (ACE). Students
participating in Academic Choices for Excellence Program (ACE)
will create an individualized plan with their Academic Advisor
and the Academic Mentor from the Student Learning Center to
assist in their success at RMCAD. Students admitted under the
requirement to participate in Academic Choices for Excellence
Program (ACE) are considered admitted in probationary status and
may be suspended at the end of the term if they do not achieve a
cumulative G.P.A. of 2.000 or better.
5.7 CLASSROOM DISRUPTIONS
If a classroom disruption is due to specific student behaviors,
Faculty have the right to dismiss the student(s) from the class
session. If the student(s) refuse to leave upon request, security
will be called to escort them from the classroom. Faculty are
not authorized, however, to remove a student from the course
entirely. Student dismissals from a class session will be treated
as absences by the Faculty. Faculty has the authority to enforce
consequences for the student’s absence(s), in accordance with the
class syllabus. This does not, however, limit the ability of Faculty
or a fellow student from reporting or filing formal complaints
concerning disruptive behavior occurring within the classroom.
Institutional Outcome 2: Communication Competence
Communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed
to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote
change in the listeners’, viewers, and/or participants’ attitudes,
values, beliefs, or behaviors.
Institutional Outcome 3: Design Competence
Design Competence is the application of technology, tools, and
skills as they relate to art and design. It includes the ability to
identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use
technology, tools, and skills for sustainable practice
Institutional Outcome 4: Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is a practice characterized by the comprehensive
exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting
or formulating an opinion or conclusion. It includes the ability
to challenge assumptions, contextualize information, identify
problems, and conceptualize responses.
5.9 GRADES AND RECORDS
Students are graded on the basis of prompt and satisfactory
completion of assignments, attitude, attendance and individual
progress. Students are expected to have materials and supplies
necessary for the successful completion of assignments. Grade
reports reflect standard letter grades. RMCAD uses a 4.0 scale to
calculate grade point averages.
Letter Grade
A+
GPA Value
4.0
A
4.0
All communications with Faculty or other students, whether in
class, face-to-face, on paper, or by telephone, email or other
electronic means, are subject to the same standards of conduct,
behavior and discipline as classroom behavior. All Standards of
Conduct outlined in this Handbook apply with equal force.
A-
4.0
B+
3.0
B
3.0
B-
3.0
5.8INSTITUTIONAL AND DEPARTMENT
ASSESSMENT
C+
2.0
C
2.0
C-
2.0
D+
1.0
D
1.0
D-
1.0
F
0.0
R (repeat)
0.0
W (withdraw)
0.0
I (incomplete)
0.0
AU (audit) 0.0
P (pass)
0.0
TR (portfolio/transfer)
0.0
LiveText is an assessment tool used by RMCAD for internal
evaluation of curricula and planning. Assignments uploaded
into the system by students will not be disseminated or used for
purposes other than assessment.
As such, each student is required to submit work as directed by the
Instructor in order to support this process of curricular assessment.
Failure to provide work as required jeopardizes individual student
success and limits the College’s ongoing mission to improve the
educational opportunities it provides students.
Failure to submit required assignments to LiveText as indicated
will result in a grade of F for the assignment.
Institutional Outcomes
RMCAD developed the following Institutional Outcomes to set
undergraduate and graduate standards. These outcomes are
derived from the Mission of the College and used as guiding
principles for program and course level outcomes. In this way,
RMCAD ensures that learning is guided by the Mission.
Institutional Outcome 1: Cultural Competence
Cultural competences includes fostering collaboration in a diverse
community, integrating ideas sensitive to cultural foundations
and a global context, contextualizing knowledge to stimulate
awareness of ethics and diverse viewpoints, and incorporating
sustainable practices.
N*
0.0
*grade not received from instructor; not computed into GPA
Students who are unable to access their grades via the student
portal by the end of the first week of the following term should
contact the Office of the Registrar.
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5.10LIBRARY
The On-Campus Library:
The Library is located in the Tri-Boro Building and has electronic
resources accessed online through the RMCAD Dome, under
“Library + Academic Research”. It provides services, materials,
and equipment to support and enhance the curriculum and
learning needs of the RMCAD community. Services include
individual and group training in locating and using appropriate
materials and information. Materials include books, courserequired textbooks and reserve readings, print magazines and
journals, visual images, and DVDs. Our electronic print catalog
and online subscription databases can be accessed through the
“Library Catalog” and “Academic Databases” areas of our library
website in The RMCAD Dome.
To use Library materials and equipment, students must present
a valid RMCAD student identification card. All our Library
policies are specified under the library website areas of “Library
+ Academic Research” and then “Library Policies”. There are
specific fines established for late and replacement materials.
Student grades and transcripts will be held until fines are paid and
materials are returned or replaced.
The Online Library:
The RMCAD Library is committed to providing
state-of-the-art information and online services to all of our
students, faculty, and staff.
Our main electronic resources include subscriptions to many
scholarly full text databases specific to art and design, business,
current electronic books, education, interior design, instructional
video tutorials and the liberal arts.
To assist with completing writing assignments and course work,
the Library’s online resources offer assistance in the research
and writing process with many helpful tips and guidelines from
University Writing Centers through the website area of “Writing
Guidelines” and “Research Resources”.
There are helpful visual image websites links located in the
“Images, Sounds + Films” section. The Library has gathered
carefully chosen recommended websites to support each of our
departments located through “Website Recommendations”.
We also now offer 24/7 reference assistance via our
Ask a Librarian chat service as well as support using email
or phone systems.
To contact us use our [email protected] email address.
5.11REGISTRATION
All new students register through the Admissions Office. Thereafter,
all students register for classes with their Academic Advisor each
term. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis by class.
Students who do not register early may find that the classes they
want or need are full. Prior to enrolling in online courses, students
must complete and pass the Online Student Orientation.
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ACADEMICS
Animation
Sean Brown, Chair
[email protected]
720.284.9824
Art Education
Theresa Clowes, Chair
[email protected]
303.225.8592
Commercial Photography Randy Brown, Chair & Head of Photo/Video
[email protected]
Design Strategy + Innovation
Robb Fladry, Acting Chair
[email protected]
303.225.8557
Education, Leadership + Emerging Technologies Dr. Samuel Helms, Chair
[email protected]
Fashion Design Darlene Ritz, Chair
[email protected]
Fine Arts
Theresa Clowes, Chair
[email protected]
Foundations
Jaime Carrejo, Chair
[email protected]
Game Art
Sean Brown, Chair
[email protected]
720.284.9824
Graphic Design
Robb Fladry, Chair
[email protected]
303.225.8557
Illustration
Paul Yalowitz, Chair
[email protected]
Interior Design
Nancy Bohnett, Chair
[email protected]
Liberal Arts
Neely Patton, Chair
[email protected]
ext. 23025
Online Education
Julie Puma, Chair
[email protected]
303.882.7597
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CAMPUS DEPARTMENTS
Academics
Dr. Kiki Gilderhus
Provost & Vice President of Academics
[email protected]
303.567.7307
Online Education
Julie Puma
[email protected]
ext. 23026
Phillip J Steele Galley
[email protected]
Academic Advising
Jason Dill
Office: TX 322
303.567.7292
[email protected]
President
Maria Puzziferro
[email protected]
303.567.7293
Beth Hesterman
Office: TX 334
303.567.7298
[email protected]
Registrar + Director of Student Advising
Rebecca Corbin
Office: TX 335
Office 303-225-8556
Fax: 303-225-8615
rc[email protected]
Jennifer Katzung
Office: TX 323
303.567.7295
[email protected]
Sara Rodriguez
Office: TX 322
303.567.7299
[email protected]
Admissions
Dave Hoblick
[email protected]
303.567.7294
Bursar
Heather Russ
[email protected]
303.567.7285
Campus Operations
Shelley Fladry
[email protected]
303.962.7916
Assistant Registrar
Jonathan Eves
Office: TX 323
Office:303-567-7302
Mobile: 303-522-4776
Fax: 303-225-8615
[email protected]
Transcripts Services
Richard Sanchez
Office: TX 323
Office: 303-225-8567
Mobile: 303-522-1763
Fax: 303-225-8615
[email protected]
Student Affairs
Yves Navant, Director
[email protected]
303.225.8554
303.999.5468
Student Disability Services
Lisken Seader
Office: TX 215
Campus Resource Center
[email protected]
ext. 22009
303.753.6046
[email protected]
Campus Security Office
303.567.7271
Student Gallery
[email protected]
Career + Alumni Services
Jami Hoblick
Student Learning Center
[email protected]
[email protected]
ext. 22401, 22402, 22403
ext. 22106
Lisa Spivak
Counselor
Gregory Keppler
[email protected]
Rotunda Building
ext.22404
303.225.8573
Student Life Coordinator Mel Kern
[email protected]
[email protected]
303.225.8599
ext. 22050
Financial Aid
Michael Dulay
Student Success
303.225.8540
ext. 22108
SPECTRUM Supply Store
Melissa Fritz
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
ext. 22005
303.225.8533
[email protected]
Human Resources
Carrie Brancheau
303.225.8529
[email protected]
Underground Cafe
Jasmine Lucas
303.225.8552
[email protected]
Library
Hugh Thurlow
ext. 22004
[email protected]
ext. 22405
Marketing
Marc Stith
[email protected]
303.567.7279
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1600 Pierce Street | Denver CO 80214
800.888.ARTS | www.rmcad.edu
COVER ART: Melinda Pacheco, Class of 2014
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