Student Rights

What you need to know

We encourage you to know your rights as a student. This section outlines the policies that were designed to protect you, so that your time at FIDM is satisfying and rewarding.

Grade Appeal

Students may appeal a final grade during the subsequent quarter and not beyond such time. The student schedules a meeting with the instructor to discuss how the final grade was determined. If no resolution is achieved, the student should go to the Education Department to fill out the Grade Appeal Petition form. The appeal will be reviewed, and he/she will be notified of the petition results within two weeks. 

Student Grievance

The student grievance process aims to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for any student who believes a college decision or action was unfair or has adversely affected his/her status, rights, or privileges.  The student must make a reasonable effort to resolve the issues on an informal basis.  Within 30 days, the student must meet with the Department Chairperson or the Director of Education and may be required to complete a written statement about the grievance.  If there is no satisfactory resolution, the student then forwards the written statement to the Vice President of Education, who will submit the statement to the Ad Hoc Committee on Student Concerns.  This committee acts as advisor to the Vice President of Education, who is responsible for final resolution of the problem.  For further information or copies of the Student Grievance Procedures, contact the Office of the Dean of Academic Development.

Student Housing Grievance

The student housing grievance process aims to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for any student who believes a college decision or action has adversely affected his/her status, rights, or privileges.  The student must make a reasonable effort to resolve the issues on an informal basis.  Within 30 days, the student must meet with the Department Chairperson or the Director of Education and may be required to complete a written statement about the grievance.  If there is no satisfactory resolution, the student then forwards the written statement to the Vice President of Education, who will submit the statement to the Committee on Student Concerns.  This committee acts as advisor to the Vice President of Education, who is responsible for final resolution of the problem.  For further information or copies of the Student Grievance Procedures, contact the Office of the Dean of Academic Development.

Student Work

FIDM is proud of the work produced by its students and reserves the right to photograph, publish, display, or retain work done by students and alumni. Final projects must be picked up no later than the end of the quarter in which the project was assigned. After that time, the projects become the property of FIDM.

Students' Education Records (Non-Directory Information)

All FIDM student records are kept private in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Schools are permitted to disclose education records without the students' consent in some circumstances, for example:

  • When the student has violated a federal, state, or local law; or the school's policies governing substance abuse
  • When the information is needed to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals
  • When there is a legitimate educational interest, student education records may be shared between departments within FIDM

 

As of January 3, 2012 regulations also allow for disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), without student or parent consent, where institutions have contracted with organizations to conduct studies or audits of the effectiveness of education programs.

 

Written consent from the student is required for release of records to outside parties, except for those agencies authorized by law. FIDM keeps a record of the disclosure and provides it upon request to students who wish to know if their parents or an outside party has been notified. Under this act, students may:

  • Review their educational records
  • Challenge information (not including grades) they believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or not in accord with their right to privacy
  • Contact the U.S. Department of Education if they feel that the FERPA policy is not being administered correctly
  • Exercise limited right to refuse

 

Questions about this policy should be directed to the Vice President of Education at the Los Angeles campus.

Policies & Services for Students with Disabilities

FIDM does not discriminate on the basis of a student's disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), either in the admissions process or after admission. Each FIDM campus has staff representatives designated to assist students with academic accommodations. Students are required to provide verification of a disability and consult with the campus representative to develop a plan of reasonable accommodations upon matriculation to FIDM.

In order to receive reasonable accommodations, students diagnosed with a learning, psychological, or physical impairment are required to meet with the campus representative to verify the disability. Examples of documentation accepted by FIDM for a learning or psychological disability are an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a 504 Plan, a Psycho-educational Evaluation or a Psychological Evaluation. Accommodations cannot be provided unless verification is provided directly to the campus representative. Students requesting accommodations receive the How to Request Accommodations form from the campus representative. Once verification is established, the student and the campus representative discuss options for reasonable accommodations and complete the Student Academic Accommodations & Instructor Guidelines form. The student then distributes the form to his/her instructor(s).  The documentation remains confidential for a period of seven years with the designated staff representative and is only released with student's signed consent. Questions concerning FIDM's policy, procedure, and accommodations should be forwarded to the campus representative.

Consumer Information

Any questions or unresolved problems concerning the college or its faculty and staff should be forwarded in writing to the FIDM Vice President of Education at 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Directory Information

FIDM may release directory information, including the student's name, address(es), telephone number(s), major, current enrollment status, dates of attendance, degrees (including date and level of distinction), details about participation in officially recognized activities, and name of the most recent school attended by the student. This information may be released to prospective employers, in media releases, in announcements of scholarships and awards, and for purposes approved by the college administration. The student may request that directory information be withheld by notifying the Vice President of Education in writing.

Rights of Expression

Students are expected to acknowledge the existence of different opinions and to respect the right of others to hold those views, specifically:

  • To hear, discuss, and study any issue related to the academic content of the class in an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • To have easy access to all academic information.
  • To receive competent instruction in an atmosphere of respect, free from favoritism, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.
  • To form and express opinions on issues without  jeopardizing his or her relationship with the instructor.
  • To be evaluated in accord with academic merit and performance and not on matters irrelevant to that performance.