To enhance the experience of all FIDM Students, we have established guidelines for student conduct, which are summarized below.
All students must conform to federal, state, and local laws. They must respect the rights of others and conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the educational mission of the college. Below are important policies, which FIDM must enforce in order to maintain a safe and compliant environment for all faculty, staff, and students.
FIDM is committed to providing a workplace and school environment free of alcohol, illegal drugs, un-prescribed drugs, or paraphernalia used for these substances. Violation of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from academic programs or college-related employment. All FIDM campuses are smoke-free environments. Smoking includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, nicotine-delivering devices, chemicals or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances; and any other tobacco innovation. Information on substance abuse programs, prevention awareness, and all other counseling services is available upon request and accessible on the FIDM Portal.
All academic work submitted by a student must be original work. Cheating or academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, all forms of giving or getting unauthorized help or using unauthorized materials on examinations and projects. This includes work that duplicates, in whole or part, that of another student when the assignment explicitly calls for individual expression. Plagiarism, a form of cheating, involves obtaining or attempting to obtain academic credit by copying the words or ideas of another (from a book, magazine article, or website, for example) and passing them off as one's own without documentation – that is, without acknowledging the source with quotation marks, footnotes, and lists of works cited. Cheating and plagiarism are cause for formal counseling. Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive a "0" on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action. Violations of the academic honesty policy are reported to the Coordinator of Student Affairs (LA) or the Education Department (SF, OC, SD).
FIDM is committed to a collegiate environment in which respect for others and proper conduct is demonstrated. Hateful language – including profanity, racial, gender, or religious slurs – is unlawful and in direct opposition to an education environment. FIDM promotes a professional environment free from hostility and will not tolerate harassing, bullying, intimidating, or threatening behavior or communication. Any violation will result in disciplinary action including suspension of services and/or privileges, or dismissal.
Students are responsible for conducting themselves as professionals while in the classroom and on the campus. Eating and drinking are not permitted in FIDM’s classrooms, computer labs, halls, Library, or elevators. Excessive talking, rudeness, or class disruptions will not be tolerated. Electronic devices (mp3 players, cellular phones, etc.) are considered disruptive and must be turned off during class time and in any environment in which other students are studying, researching, or gathering for educational purposes, unless permitted by an instructor or designated staff member. In addition, FIDM respects the student’s right to express themselves through what they wear to campus, however we ask that they will exercise discretion in regard to their appearance choices to reflect a manner which suits a professional college student that does not cause undue attention or interfere with the educational process.
FIDM is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for students and employees that is free of all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. In keeping with this commitment, FIDM maintains a strict policy prohibiting all forms of unlawful harassment based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, or any other characteristics or conditions protected by state or federal law. This policy applies to all FIDM staff, faculty, students, and agents. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that can undermine the foundation of trust and mutual respect that must prevail for the college to fulfill its educational mission. Every member of the campus community should be aware that the college strongly opposes discrimination and that such behavior is prohibited both by law and FIDM’s conduct policy. Violations of the non-discrimination policy or sexual harassment policy will not be tolerated and corrective action up to and including disqualification may be taken. For the complete policies or to file a complaint, information is available on the FIDM Portal (under the Sexual Harassment, Non-Discrimination Policy).
In alignment with California statute, FIDM’s policy concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, includes an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. “Affirmative consent” means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.
FIDM is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, and staff. Students are prohibited from bringing firearms onto any FIDM campus. Students are prohibited from bringing firearms onto any FIDM campus. Illegal weapons or threatening gestures with an object that can be used as a weapon will lead to immediate dismissal. Students are required to wear their valid FIDM Student Photo Identification cards where visible while on FIDM premises. FIDM Student Photo ID cards may not be altered, copied, or forged and are non-transferable. If a student is discovered loaning or altering a FIDM Student Photo ID card, that card will be confiscated and the student will face a mandatory appointment with the Coordinator of Student Affairs (LA), or Director of Education (SF, OC, SD). Campus access is restricted to posted hours of operation. Please see FIDM Portal for hours of operation. Only registered students are permitted in the classroom. Authorized guests/visitors are not allowed on campus with prior approval and notification to Security from FIDM Staff for college business purposes (i.e., guest presenter, authorized vendor, campus meeting, etc.). All authorized visitors are required to check-in with the Security desk (LA)/Building Security (SF)/front desk (OC, SD) to obtain a guest/visitor pass. Students and faculty are not permitted to bring family, friends, or business acquaintances on campus.
Any student who defaces, vandalizes, or destroys FIDM property (including but not limited to library materials, computers, elevators, restrooms, parking structure, etc.) will be dismissed from the college. All types of spray mount adhesive and spray paint are prohibited from being used on all FIDM campuses.
The solicitation and distribution to students of non-FIDM materials and the use of the college facility for non-FIDM business purposes is prohibited. Posting flyers, pamphlets, posters, or other means of advertising on the walls or bulletin boards and selling products on campus is not allowed.
FIDM values the importance of learning, preparation, and study. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up with the assigned readings and homework and to manage his/her time. A minimum of two hours preparation for each hour in class is recommended for research and study time outside of class.
FIDM requires students attending the college to make reasonable progress toward the completion of their educational objective. All students are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and complete a specified minimum number of units each quarter. Students who fail to meet FIDM’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements may lose their eligibility for financial aid and/or veterans benefits. Additional information is available from the Student Financial Services Department.
It is the students' responsibility to provide current contact information to the college. Students can make the following changes:
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Board of Administration formally approves institutional policies. FIDM’s approved policies are available in print and/or on the ePortal.
FIDM has maintained a practice of policy review by the Board of Administration for over thirty years. All policy development is originated by staff, faculty, and students; those arising out of state/federal regulations; issues on one or more branches; or an idea of how to improve FIDM. These policies are presented to supervisors and/or the Board of Administration for review. If the policy is approved, it is then implemented.
All FIDM policies and the procedures for implementing the policies are reviewed annually or as needed.
FIDM requires students who participate in college-related activities that necessitate travel within the United States to complete and submit the following:
· Confidential Emergency Information form
· FIDM Code of Conduct document
· Proof of Medical Insurance*
*Students without existing medical insurance will be required to purchase short-term medical travel insurance in order to participate.
Students traveling on FIDM sponsored Study Tours, outside the United States, will be required to attend all pre-trip meetings and to comply with the Study Tour procedures.
In an effort to provide FIDM Students with a quality education which keeps pace with our rapidly changing world, we have found it essential to implement new technology standards for email, Internet, and access to a computer.
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has invested substantial assets in order to provide students with the most updated versions of technology software to help prepare students for their prospective industry. Students are expected to exercise good judgment to ensure that all of their electronic communications reflect the high ethical standards and convey mutual respect and civility. In accordance, the following terms and provisions state the Student Technology Use Policy for the college.
Students may not:
Violating this policy in whole or in part could result in restrictions to computer resources access or further disciplinary action by the college (such as dismissal from school) and/or criminal prosecution by appropriate legal authorities.
The computer labs are designated for students working on academic projects. Out of consideration for all students, recreational computer use is not allowed at busy times when students with academic work are waiting. Use of computers for recreational purposes is not permitted within the classroom when the class is in session.
For more detailed information, please visit the FIDM Portal at http://myfidm.fidm.edu. Recommended computer specifications by department can be found under the FIDM Resources tab.
The FIDM Portal website offers the following essential online tools, services, and information for students:
Students need a PIN number to register for their FIDM Portal account. A PIN number is given to each student upon acceptance into the college. Students have 90 days to register for an account before it expires. Once students register for an account, they will no longer need a PIN number. If the pin number has expired or is lost a new PIN may be requested through the FIDM Portal. If the 90-day registration period has expired students should see a Student Advisor.
The FIDM web-based email system for students is provided by IBM SmartCloud™. Your email account username will in most cases be your first initial and last name. For example, Jane Doe’s username is jdoe, and her email account would therefore be firstname.lastname@example.org. This may be a different username than your FIDM Portal or eLearning username.
To log in to your FIDM Email:
1. Go to http://us.fidm.edu
2. Enter your FIDM Email address in the Address field
3. Enter your Password in the Password field.
4. Click the Log In button to sign in.
Note: If you don’t remember your password, click the Forgot password to reset your password and enter in your FIDM Email address. An email will be sent to your personal email account.
Forward your FIDM Email to your personal email account:
1. Log into your FIDM Email.
2. Click the Preferences tab at the top of the page.
3. Click the Forwarding link in the left menu.
4. Select “Forward all incoming messages to” and enter your personal email address.
5. Check the box next to “Save a copy to my inbox” to save a copy of all your emails in your FIDM Email account.
6. Click the Save button to save these changes to your account.
7. You will receive a confirmation email at your personal email account, follow the link in this email to activate forwarding.
For questions or support email email@example.com.