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 first two weeks of the next quarter. 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. Signing FIDM’s enrollment agreement provides written consent authorizing FIDM to release information from the agreement to individuals and entities necessary to secure payment of any obligation arising from the enrollment agreement. 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 complies with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 amended in 2008 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act at 29 U. S. C. § 794 (Section 504), and any other federal, state and local law regarding students and applicants with disabilities.  It is college policy that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability, shall, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the college.

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 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 the student’s signed consent.  Questions concerning FIDM’s policy, procedure, and accommodations may be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator at 213.624.1200 x3034. 

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.

 

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.  Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and prohibited by Title IX.

FIDM‘s Title IX Coordinator oversees the centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of non-discrimination and sexual harassment.  The Title IX Coordinator ensures the college’s compliance and fulfillment of its obligations with regards to policies, procedures, and relevant state and federal laws, inclusive of VAWA, The Clery Act, Campus SaVE Act, and California SB 967 (Affirmative Consent). Refer to Affirmative Consent under FIDM’s Student Conduct Policies.
 

Further information regarding Title IX and college policies may be found in the Annual Security Report on FIDM.edu, ePortal/Faculty Channel, FIDM Portal, or contact the Title IX Representative on your campus.

Accreditation

Students may review letters of accreditation. Students seeking such a review should contact the college Vice President of Education. Additional information is available at: http://www.wascsenior.org/institutions/fashion-institute-design-merchandising

Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number 888.370.7589 or by fax 916.263.1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

Enrollment Agreement and Performance Fact Sheet

Prospective students are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. Prospective students are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you them prior to signing an enrollment agreement.      
 

Required Consumer Disclosures

College Information as reported to the U.S. Department of Education may be accessed at the College Navigator site at http://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/. The site has a large amount of statistical information about expenses, financial aid, enrollment, admissions, retention rates and much more.  The site allows consumers to compare information from different colleges.