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Lynn Powell Dougherty
Office of the Registrar
Second Floor, Dorrance Hamilton Hall
Office of Registrar email: Registrar@uarts.edu
The policies stated herein apply to all matriculated UArts undergraduate and graduate students unless otherwise noted.
The Office of the Registrar maintains the official academic record for each student and is responsible for certifying completion of requirements for graduation. Students who are formally admitted to the University, have paid all applicable tuition and fees, and have a program of courses approved by the required advisor(s) are allowed to register. All students are advised to obtain a copy of their curriculum requirements as soon as possible after admission to the University and to check them against their transcripts after each term. This can be done through the MyUarts Portal. Please note that course and program transactions and changes become official only when properly processed through the Office of the Registrar.
The following is considered directory information at the University of the Arts and will be made available to the general public unless the student submits a petition to the Office of the Registrar requesting to withhold this information prior to the end of the last day of registration.
- Telephone number
- E-mail address
- Major field of study
- Dates of attendance
- Current enrollment status (full-time/part-time)
- Class standing
- Last institution attended
- Participation in officially recognized activities
- Receipt or non-receipt of a degree
- Academic awards received (Dean’s list, honor roll)
Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 students have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information.
Please consider carefully the consequences of withholding directory information. Should you decide not to release directory information, all requests for such information from the University of the Arts will be refused. For example, organizations such as potential employers, scholarship agencies, members of the press, loan agencies, educational organizations and others will not be given access to the student’s directory information, and will not be able to contact the student. Opting out of directory information may mean that you will miss out on valuable employment, educational, cultural and other opportunities. Additionally, the University cannot notify your hometown newspaper about awards and honors you receive (e.g., Dean’s list).
To Request Directory Information to be Withheld
A signed petition from the student is required to process this request. Once processed directory information will not be released until a signed petition to rescind the request is received or until after the student has deceased.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In 1974, the Congress of the United States enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Public Law 93-380, as amended, setting out requirements designed to protect the privacy of students. Specifically, the statute governs 1) access to records maintained by certain educational institutions and agencies, and 2) the release of such records. In brief, the statute provides that such institutions must provide students access to official records directly related to themselves and an opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records; that institutions must obtain the written consent of the student before releasing personally identifiable data from records to other-than-specified exceptions; and that students must be notified of these rights.
- Student Rights. As such, all students of The University of the Arts have the following rights with regard to educational records maintained by the University:
- The right to review educational records that are maintained by the University.
These records generally include all records of a personally identifiable nature; however, they exclude the financial records of parents and confidential letters and statements of recommendation received prior to June 1, 1975.
- The right to inspect and review records.
Such requests may be made by completing an “Access Request for Educational Records,” which is available in the Office of the Registrar. Upon receipt of a request an appointment will be made to review records within 45 days.
- The right to appeal misinformation in the files.
If a student believes any information in the file is inaccurate or misleading, that individual may request, in writing, the custodian of the record to amend, delete, or otherwise modify the objectionable material. If said request is denied, the student may request that a hearing be held to further pursue the request. At this hearing, the student may be represented by a person of his or her choice, if so desired. If after the hearing the request to amend is again denied by the University, the student has the right to place in the file a statement or other explanatory document, provided that such statements or documents relate solely to the disputed information.
- The right to appeal violation of rights.
If a student believes that any of his or her rights hereunder have been violated by the University, he or she should make such facts known to the Dean of Students in writing. If the Dean of Students does not resolve the matter and the student still feels that his or her rights have been violated, he or she may so inform the Department of Education in writing.
- The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education.
Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University 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, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
- The right to select a physician or other appropriate professional, at personal expense, to review records on a student’s behalf, that have been created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional while an individual has been a student at the University, filed with The University.
- The Educational Record maintained by the University will consist of:
- Directory information as noted above
- Application for admission
- Applicant’s secondary school records
- Cumulative University of the Arts records of grades, credits, grade-point average, and academic actions
- Correspondence (or copies thereof) re: admission, enrollment, registration, probation
- Student petitions
- Disciplinary actions
- Departmental appraisals and evaluations of student progress
- The Educational Records do not include:
- Parents’ and students’ confidential financial documents
- Counseling psychologists’ files
- Health Office files
- Faculty and staff memoranda/files retained for personal/professional use
- Educational Records are maintained by the following:
- Office of the Registrar
- Office of the Dean of Students
- Financial Aid Office
- Finance Office
- Office of Continuing Studies
- A dependent student is defined as one who is declared a dependent by his or her parents for income-tax purposes.
- A student is defined as a person who attends or has attended the University. Persons who have applied to but who have not attended the University as an enrolled student are not covered under FERPA.
- University Rights & Responsibilities.
- The University may not generally release any information outside the University that is maintained in educational records without prior consent or waiver. However, the University does have the right to release the following information:
- Email address
- Telephone listing
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Participation in officially recognized activities
- Dates of attendance
- Degrees and awards received
- The most recent previous educational institution attended by the student.
- Enrollment status.
If a student does not wish any of this information made public, either in a directory of students or in any other manner, the student must inform the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the third week of classes each semester of the information not to be released.
- The University may disclose FERPA-related information without consent to school officials when there is a legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); or a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
- While release of information from educational records to outside parties requires the student’s explicit consent, the following exceptions do not require the student’s consent:
- Compilation of general enrollment data for reports required by U.S. Government and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania authorities;
- Participatory information-sharing with educational service associations such as the College Scholarship Service and the American Council on Education;
- Information about an individual student in the event of a personal emergency that is judged to threaten the health and/or safety of that student;
- Compliance with judicial orders and lawfully issued subpoenas;
- Reference by appropriate University of the Arts faculty and professional staff.
- In cases of violent crime, the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the University against an accused student to the alleged victim.
Any release of information as outlined above that identifies an individual student and requires that student’s consent will be recorded in his or her permanent record.
- The University reserves the right to inform parents/guardians of dependent students where it deems appropriate-specifically when it has cause to believe that a student’s status at the University may be in jeopardy due to disciplinary reasons.
- Requests for the records of a deceased student must be accompanied by a notarized statement from the executor of the estate of the deceased approving the release of records. Requests concerning students who have long been deceased will be evaluated by the University based on legitimate educational interest.
- Directory Information The University of the Arts has determined that the following information will be considered “directory information” and may release it without prior consent from the student:
- Telephone listing
- Email address
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Participation in officially recognized activities
- Dates of attendance
- Enrollment status
- Degrees and awards received
- Last institution attended
Verification of Enrollment
Students often need to send additional information concerning their enrollment to insurance companies, loan services, scholarship programs, and other outside parties. The student can either request an enrollment verification in writing or through the MyUArts Portal. Any request for verification of enrollment beyond the directory information listed above must be made in writing and signed by the student wishing to release the information. The request for verification must state exactly which information the student wants released and who is authorized to receive it. There is no fee for this service. The Office of the Registrar will verify enrollment for a future semester only after the student has registered in classes and has been cleared by the Student Billing Office. Normal service for other verifications of enrollment is three to five working days from the time the request is received. For immediate service (24 hours/7 days per week) - Enrollment verification requests may be made via to the National Student Clearing House secure Website to make your request. There is a small fee for each request made of $2.50. The Website address is: http://www.studentclearinghouse.org.
Transcript Request Procedures
“Unofficial” transcripts may be viewed and printed through the MyUArts portal or obtained from the Office of the Registrar at no charge.
Please note: These procedures apply only to undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Please visit the sections on the Continuing Education (CE) or Professional Institute for Educators (PIE) extension programs for their request procedures.
REQUEST ONLINE: You can order official copies of your transcript online in minutes the the National Student Clearing House. It’s easy to use and secure. All major credit cards are accepted.
- Go to the transcript ordering page.
- Create your user ID/password and profile (saves your information for future orders).
- Let Transcript Ordering walk you through placing your order,
- Check your email for updates on the status of your transcript order.
- Log on using the userID/password you created to obtain real-time order status and history whenever you want.
- Additional fees apply.
REQUEST IN-PERSON or BY MAIL: You may request a transcript by completing a transcript request form (available in the Office of the Registrar) or providing the following information:
- Name under which you attended the University or any predecessor institutions
- Current address and telephone number
- Social security number
- Date of birth
- Last date of attendance
- Major/Degree program
- Address where transcript is to be sent
- Signature: transcripts will not be released without the original signature of the requesting student
Transcript Fees for in-person or mailed requests:
- Regular Service: $5 fee for each transcript that you request. Checks should be made payable to The University of the Arts. Transcripts will be processed normally within three to five business days and then mailed via US Mail.
- Fax Service: Transcript requests received by fax will be subject to a $10 fee. They will be processed within three to five business days and sent via US Mail. Faxed requests must include a credit card number, expiration date and an authorizing signature. The University accepts Visa or MasterCard payments.
- Emergency Service: Available for a $12 fee. Transcripts will be processed within one day of receipt of request and sent out via US Mail. Not available for requests to the Continuing Education Program or Professional Institute for Educators.
- FedEx Service: Available for a $30 fee in the U.S. only. The transcript request will be processed within one day and sent via FedEx overnight service. Not available for The Continuing Education program or Professional Institute for Educators.
- International Service: Available for a $40 fee. The transcript request will be processed within one day and sent via DHL. Not available for The Continuing Education program or Professional Institute for Educators.
Transcripts will not be processed if there is a financial hold on the account of the student. Please allow three to five working days to complete requests.
Mail Requests To:
Office of the Registrar
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Attention: Transcript Requests
Fax Requests To:
Office of the Registrar
The University of the Arts
Attention: Transcript Requests
Academic Progress and Student Responsibility
Each student is responsible for observing all regulations in the UArts Course Catalog that may affect academic progress, financial obligations, relationships with University authorities, transferability of credits, acceptance of credits for graduation, and eligibility to graduate, as well as:
- Knowing regulations regarding withdrawals, refund deadlines, program changes, and academic policy.
- Registering each semester in accord with the posted schedule (see Academic Calendar). Failure to register will result in a late registration fee.
- Meeting any financial or academic requirements that have caused a hold to be placed on their student record. A student cannot officially register until clearance has been obtained from the Student Billing Office.
Academic advising at the University is designed to assist students in directing and completing their degree programs by providing guidance through contact with informed advisors and information available in various UArts publications. Students are expected to refer to the University Course Catalog and course bulletins for information on policies, procedures, and deadlines. Students are assigned a faculty advisor in their department and when in doubt about any College or University regulation should seek advice from their academic advisor or the Office of the Registrar.
Academic Integrity is a commitment to the core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility and their role in ensuring the health and vigor of the academic and creative community. Please note that students are encouraged to contact their instructors and/or the University librarians for guidance in maintaining academic integrity in their work.
Violations of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity are considered to be acts of academic dishonesty and include (but are not limited to) cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, denying others access to information or material, and facilitating academic dishonesty, and are subject to the policies and procedures noted within this catalog, including the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Judicial System. Please note that lack of knowledge of citation procedures, for example, is an unacceptable explanation for plagiarism, as is having studied together to produce remarkably similar papers or creative works submitted separately by two students.
Process for Addressing Violations of Academic Integrity
If an instructor suspects a student of any violation of academic integrity, the following process is to be followed:
- After an initial consultation with the Chair/Director/Dean of Liberal Arts where the infraction is identified and its seriousness assessed, the instructor must address the situation with the student, either in writing or in person. After having addressed the situation with the student, the instructor shall determine an appropriate course of action within his/her purview as a member of the teaching faculty. (Please refer to the “Sanctions” section of this policy for possible actions to be taken in such cases.)
- In the case of Assignment Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if s/he deems it to be warranted.
- In the case of Course Sanctions (see below), the instructor must prepare and submit a written summary of the infraction and its penalties to the department chair/director/dean of Liberal Arts of the department (in which the course was taught), to the students, and to the Associate Provost, who will have a copy placed in the student’s confidential Judicial Record.
- In cases where either the Associate Provost or the instructor determines that the offense merits consideration by the Campus Standards Committee, the instructor works in conjunction with the Associate Provost to formally refer the case to the Campus Standards Committee.
After consulting with the department chair/director/Dean of Liberal Arts, it is up to the instructor to determine how serious the offense is (based upon her/his academic standards and expectations) as it relates to the sanctions to be imposed within his or her course. Both the Associate Provost and the instructor have the right to determine whether the offense warrants advancement to the Campus Standards Committee. The Associate Provost must be kept apprised by the instructor of all actions taken. If it is judged that a student has violated the university’s standards for academic integrity, sanctions may include but are not limited to:
- Repeating the assignment or completing an additional assignment (Please note that when sanctions are imposed in this manner, students become ineligible for an Incomplete or a Withdrawal from the course in which the sanctions are imposed if it is pursued as a result of the sanction.);
- Failure of the assignment with no opportunity to repeat it. No points will be earned for the assignment (that is, an F will equal a “0”).
- Issuance of a warning or verbal reprimand with a written description of the interaction by the instructor. Copies of such reprimands must be kept by the instructor, and submitted to the Office of the Provost who will forward copies to the Student’s Judicial File and the student;
- Failure of the class;
- Referral to the Campus Standards Committee for possible actions that may include but are not limited to suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Such referral is likely in extreme or repeated cases involving a violation of academic integrity.
Students who wish to appeal the instructor’s sanction(s) should follow the procedure as outlined in the above under the Academic Policies section, “Academic Grievances.”
Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Campus Standards Committee should follow the procedure outlined in the “Student Judicial System ” section of this catalog.
Registration information can be found here.
Registering for Other Categories of Study
Registering for other categories of study can be found here.
Grading Policies can be found here.
Academic Grievance Procedure including requests for a Change of Grade
Students who have a concern or grievance regarding any academic matter, other than actions taken by the Academic Review Committee, may use the following process to address those concerns. If the concern or grievance is directly related to actions taken by the Academic Review Committee, please submit a letter of grievance directly to the Office of the Provost.
Grievances must be submitted no later than the end of the seventh week of the semester following the one in which the cause of the grievance occurred. This deadline has been set to allow time for the resolution of incomplete grades from the previous semester in accordance with the policies noted elsewhere in this catalog. Please also note that requests for a change of grade for graduated students must adhere to the guidelines noted at the end of this section.
Please note that a student may request the assistance of any staff member of the University at any stage of the grievance process.
- Students who have a concern or grievance regarding an academic matter are encouraged to discuss their concern directly with the instructor.
- If they are not comfortable presenting their concern in person, or are not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion, they should submit their grievance in writing to the instructor, and send a copy to the chair/director of the department in which the instructor teaches, and the dean of the college.
- The instructor must respond, in writing, to the student within 20 business days from the date in which a grievance is received. In the case of a grievance filed during winter, spring, or summer breaks, the clock will stop until the first day of the regular academic calendar. The department Chair or Director is available for consultation by either the student or the faculty member, and must be copied on the instructor’s response. The chair/director has the right to forward the concern to the Office of the Dean should he/she conclude that either the student or instructor’s concerns warrant further review or intervention.
- If the student believes that his/her concern requires further attention, he/she may submit the matter in writing to the Office of the Dean of the college in which the course is offered, or to the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts when applicable.
- The Dean/Director of Liberal Arts must either rule on the case or charge an Academic Grievance Committee within 10 business days. If the Office of the Dean/Director of Liberal Arts does not wish to rule on the matter, he/she may convene an Academic Grievance Committee or similar committee to review the concern. The composition of the Academic Grievance Committee is determined by the Dean/Dean of Liberal Arts.
- As a last resort, the Office of the Dean/Director and/or the student may forward concerns to the Office of the Provost for final resolution.
Change of Grade
An instructor may change a grade only if an error occurred in computing or recording the final grade, or if re-evaluation of previously submitted work is warranted. Extra work, beyond that required of other class members during the period when the class met, or work handed in after the completion of the course, may not be offered as reasons for a grade change.
In exceptional circumstances, a student may be granted an Incomplete, which is posted to the transcript as an “I.” Once the work for the course has been completed, a Change of Grade Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in order to convert the “I” to the earned grade. Please refer to the section of this catalog titled “Grade of Incomplete” for more information.
If a student questions the correctness of a grade, the student should address his/her concern in accordance with the Academic Grievance Procedures listed above. Any change of a final grade may be made only by the course instructor, who must personally submit the signed Change of Grade form, including the signature of the academic dean, to the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the semester following the one in which the grade was given.
Please note that graduated students who wish to seek a change of grade or file an academic grievance must do so no later than three days after the last grades required to fulfill degree requirements are posted.
Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Review Policies
Students who fail to meet these minimum requirements will be reviewed by the Academic Review Committee (ARC). The Committee evaluates the records of such students, determines their academic status, gives benchmarks for progress in order to assist their return to good standing, and, when appropriate, dismisses students, according to University policy. It is the duty of the Committee to determine appropriate forms of censure for any student who is considered by the committee to be in academic jeopardy. The determination of academic jeopardy may be made as necessary and determined by the ARC on a case-by-case basis. Inadequate progress in the pursuit of degree requirements and multiple non-sequential semesters on probation are criteria for additional censure.
Undergraduate Grade-Point Average Requirements
Undergraduate students who maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative and semester grade-point average (GPA) are considered to be in good standing. In some programs students must also satisfy minimum grade requirements in major coursework. (Please refer to the department sections of this catalog for more specific information on minimum grade requirements for certain majors.)
Students who have taken Incomplete’s will not be evaluated by the Academic Review Committee until the seventh week of the following semester, when final grades are due. Please note that, as a result, financial aid for the semester in progress may be adversely affected.
Graduate Grade-Point Average Requirements
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for good standing and for graduation for graduate students. If a student is unable to achieve a semester or cumulative GPA of 3.0, he or she will be placed on probation. If a 3.0 GPA and/or other conditions are not attained by the following semester, the student may be dismissed from the program. While on Probation, a student will be ineligible to hold a graduate assistantship or to receive a University supplemental grant-in-aid or scholarship.
The Academic Review Committee (ARC) places students who are no longer in good standing on Probation, in accordance with University policy. The Committee can also place additional requirements on students to encourage adequate progress towards completion of the degree and improved academic performance. These additional requirements may include repeating courses, meeting with advisors, limiting the number of credits taken in a given semester, tutoring, and/or counseling. Students placed on Probation will receive a letter from the dean’s office of their college on advisement from the Academic Review Committee, in which the terms and conditions of the Committee’s decision are explained.
While undergraduate students may be placed on probation three times prior to dismissal, the ARC may reduce the number of semesters that precede dismissal each time the semester GPA is below 1.5, or when the student fails to fulfill the requirements previously set by the ARC, or when the ARC determines that the student is in sufficient academic jeopardy to warrant additional censure.
The Academic Review Committee may also dismiss students:
- After three semesters on Probation
- After a single semester GPA below 1.0
- After continued failure to fulfill academic probationary requirements specified by the Academic Review Committee
Students who are being dismissed will receive a Letter of Dismissal from the Office of the Dean of their college. Guidelines for appeal of a dismissal, in the event of extenuating circumstances, are described in the Letter of Dismissal. Any student whose dismissal is overturned as a result of the appeal and who is permitted to enroll will automatically be placed on Probation until the stated conditions are met, and will not be eligible to appeal future dismissals
Academic Censure and Financial Aid
Academic censure imposed by the Academic Review Committee may have financial aid ramifications, including but not limited to the loss of need-based financial aid after two consecutive semesters on Probation, (or as the result of not completing the minimum number of credits per year). Students placed on academic censure face the loss of merit-based aid on their first incidence of academic probation. Please refer to the Financial Aid section of this catalog for more specific information.
Students who are dismissed may make an appeal to the Academic Review Committee regarding the dismissal. In order to request a hearing for an Appeal by the Academic Review Committee, students must contact the Dean’s office of their college by the date indicated in the Letter of Dismissal. Students must also deliver a written request for an appeal to the Committee at the time of the hearing, and will be notified of the Committee’s decision at the completion of the hearing.
Students who wish to contest the outcome of the Appeal, or who wish to file a grievance regarding the Academic Review proceedings, should write a letter directly to the Office of the Provost.
In addition to Academic Dismissal, the University may dismiss students for disciplinary reasons. In such cases, students will automatically receive the grade of “W” for all classes in which they were enrolled at the time of dismissal. For more information on disciplinary action, please refer to the Student Code of Conduct section in this catalog.
Students living in the University’s residence halls are not permitted to maintain vehicles (except bicycles) on campus. Any resident student found to be maintaining a vehicle (except a bicycle) on campus will be subject to disciplinary action. Students with disabilities may request parking from the Office of Disability Services.
Brian Hainstock, Director
Gershman Hall, Rm. 308
The Counseling Center at UArts provides individualized personal counseling and referrals to other professionals. Counseling Services encourages students who were receiving treatment prior to their arrival in Philadelphia to establish a relationship with a counselor on or near campus to provide a more immediate level of care and help to monitor symptoms and medications. All counseling conversations and records are confidential except in cases of emergency.
Neila Douglas, Director
Gershman Hall, Rm. 309
The University of the Arts is committed to providing equal educational opportunities and full participation for students with disabilities. Students who would like to access services must self-identify and provide appropriate verification of their disability showing that it currently substantially limits a major life activity. The University determines eligibility for appropriate and reasonable accommodations of either an academic or personal nature on an individual basis. The University of the Arts follows the documentation guidelines established by the Educational Testing Service.
Suzanne Scott, Director
Anderson Hall, Mezzanine and Terra, Rm. 401
The University’s Health Services office is open Monday through Friday and staffed with a registered nurse. The office renders first aid, treats minor illnesses, provides wellness/disease prevention counseling, and refers students to other professionals within the area. Jefferson Family Medicine Associates (JFMA) provides medical services free of charge for students with a referral from Health Services. Besides treating acute and chronic illnesses, JFMA also provides services for drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control and mental health. Students will be charged for specialists, X-rays, laboratory work, ambulance service, and emergency room visits; therefore, students are required to have adequate health insurance either through their own insurance company or through a plan offered by Academic HealthPlans and billed through UArts.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all colleges and universities screen first-time students for immunizations. Therefore, entering students must schedule a physical exam, have a physician fill out and sign the University of the Arts Health Information Form, and return it to Health Services. Students are also required by Pennsylvania law to fill out the Meningitis Waiver Form. The University is not able to allow students to complete registration, move into University housing, or attend classes without proper health information filed with Health Services.
In the event of an emergency after office hours, JFMA physicians are on call and may be reached at 215-955-7190. JFMA is located at 9th and Chestnut Streets.
In the case of inclement weather, there are a number of ways to determine if the University is open. Check status early and often, as information can be updated at a moment’s notice.
- Call (215) 717-6000 or (215) 717-6996.
- Visit http://www.uarts.edu
- Check your UArts email account.
- Tune in to any Philadelphia television station or visit their Web sites:
- To check the status of Continuing Education courses, call (215) 717-6095. A determination will be made by 2 p.m. for weeknight classes and 7:30 a.m. for weekends.
Please refer to the Academic Calendar for scheduled school closings and holidays. Regularly observed holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the following day, and Christmas.
Sexual Harassment and Other Prohibited Harassment
The University of the Arts is committed to maintaining an environment in which students, faculty, and staff can pursue academic, artistic, and professional excellence. This environment can be secured only through mutual respect and unconstrained academic and professional interchange among faculty, staff, and students. Faculty, staff, and students of the University are entitled to participate in and obtain the benefits of University programs, activities, and employment without being discriminated against on the basis of their sex, race, religion, creed, age, ethnicity, national origin, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, or military status. The University regards any act of sexual harassment or harassment because of race, religion, creed, age, ethnicity, national origin, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, or military status to be a violation of the standards of conduct required of all persons associated with the institution. The prohibition against sexual harassment and other forms of harassment applies to all interactions occurring on campus, in University facilities, or within the context of University-related activities. The rights defined by this policy apply to all faculty, staff, and students of the University, and the obligations are binding on all faculty and staff as part of their employment, regardless of tenure or years of service, and all students, regardless of academic status. Harassment constitutes a serious offense and the University will take all necessary disciplinary actions to eradicate it from the University. Those who commit harassment prohibited by this policy are subject to the full range of discipline, up to and including immediate dismissal from the University faculty or employment, or expulsion from the University, as appropriate. The prohibitions set forth in this policy include acts of retaliation against members of the University community who have filed complaints under this policy.
What is Harassment/Sexual Harassment?
Harassment can take many forms, and is not necessarily sexual in nature. It may be, but is not limited to, unwelcome physical contact, intimidation, words, messages and sometimes even jokes and pranks. Keys to determining whether conduct is harassment include (i) whether it is unwelcome or unwanted; (ii) whether it is of the type that a reasonable, objective person would find offensive, hostile, or abusive; and (iii) whether the harassment is based on a protected status such as gender, race, or religion. The term “sexual harassment” has a special meaning and refers to unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, advancement, or success at the University; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting such individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive working or educational environment, or otherwise unreasonably interferes with an individual’s terms and conditions of employment or enrollment as a student. Sexual harassment also may include:
- unwanted physical contact or conduct of any kind, including sexual touching, lewd gestures, or flirtation;
- unwelcome sexual advances or propositions;
- requests for sexual favors;
- verbal abuse, threats, or jokes of a sexual nature;
- demeaning, insulting, intimidating, or sexually suggestive comments about an individual or his or her dress or body;
- the display in the workplace of demeaning, insulting, intimidating, or sexually suggestive objects, words, or pictures, including nude photographs;
- the broadcast, publication, communication, or electronic mailing of demeaning, insulting, intimidating, or sexually suggestive written or recorded messages or images.
Although these examples of conduct may constitute harassment, it must be stressed that some of the types of conduct outlined above do not always rise to the level of prohibited harassment. Each situation must be evaluated in context. Similarly offensive conduct directed at an individual because of his or her race, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, disability, or military status also may constitute prohibited harassment.
Staff/Student Interaction -Additional Prohibitions
In addition to the general prohibitions against harassment of any type, the University imposes an obligation on its staff members with regard to their interactions with students. No staff member may ask for a date, make a sexual advance to a student, or in any other way become romantically or sexually involved with a student. This rule is for the protection of students, staff, and the University. If a staff member has any doubt or question about whether his or her relationship with a student violates this policy, the staff member should refrain from further interaction with the student and contact the Director of Personnel Services for advice. A staff member may not use, in any way, his or her status as a staff member to intimidate a student or advance a personal or sexual relationship.
Procedures for Reporting Sexual Harassment
A student, employee or faculty member who feels that he or she has been the victim of harassment, must promptly report, either orally or in writing, the harassment to the (i) the Director of Personnel Services, who also serves as the Equal Opportunity Officer for the University, or (ii) the Provost when the alleged harassing party is a member of the faculty; or (iii) the Dean of Students when the alleged harassing party is a student. The matter should be reported as soon as possible after the conduct has occurred, so that it can receive prompt and appropriate attention. If, for any reason, the student, employee, or faculty member is uncomfortable discussing such matters with one of the above officials, he or she must promptly report the matter to the President, or if they are unavailable, to the most senior available administrator. In the event that a complaint of harassment – formal or informal, written or oral, from the alleged victim or otherwise – is made to an administrator, faculty member, or staff supervisor other than those specifically identified above, that administrator, faculty member or staff supervisor must: (a) inform the person making the complaint that the matter will be referred to the Director of Personnel Services; (b) ask the person making the complaint to write down the conduct or event(s) believed to be harassment, or record the complaint and obtain the alleged victim’s agreement that the record is accurate; and (c) promptly report, either orally or in writing, such complaint to the Director of Personnel Services. Every University administrator, faculty member, and staff supervisor has a duty to maintain a workplace/educational environment free of any form of harassment.
In the event of any report, orally or in writing, of harassment, a prompt inquiry will be made to determine whether any harassment has occurred. If a preliminary inquiry into the matter indicates there may be validity to the charges, then the University will promptly proceed with a formal, thorough, and impartial investigation. If such a formal investigation proceeds, interviews and/or statements will be obtained from all available involved parties, including the accuser, the accused, and witnesses, if any. If applicable, documents and other evidence will be reviewed. During the investigation, intermediate measures- such as scheduling changes to avoid contact between the parties – may be taken to ensure that further harassment does not occur. The investigator(s), upon completion of the factual investigation, will reach factual conclusions, summarize them in writing, and report them to the Director of Personnel Services. Based upon the factual investigation and conclusions, and any other information that becomes available, the Provost, Dean of Students, or Director of Personnel, in consultation with the investigator(s), will reach a conclusion as to whether harassment occurred.
Remedial and Disciplinary Measures
If harassment is found, the University will take immediate steps to stop the harassment, implement appropriate corrective and disciplinary action, and initiate any necessary preventive measures to ensure the harassment does not occur again. Even if the University concludes that harassment did not occur, or that it is unable to determine one way or the other what occurred due to the lack of verifiable or credible evidence, the University may take disciplinary or preventive measures, such as training and monitoring, to ensure harassment does not occur in the future. Within 14 days of the complaint to one of the above officers (or after a longer period, if needed), the Director of Personnel Services, in conjunction with the Provost, or the Dean of Students, as applicable, has the authority, after investigation, to resolve the matter with or without the imposition of sanctions. A written record of the complaint, any investigation, and the resolution of the complaint will be kept in a confidential file in the Director of Personnel Service’s office. Any conclusion from the inquiry or investigation will be communicated to both the accuser and the accused, stressing the confidentiality and anti-retaliation provisions outlined in this policy. The accuser and the accused shall have the right to review the written factual findings and conclusions of the investigator.
If the complaining party or the accused party is not satisfied with the resolution of the matter, he or she may request a meeting with the President within seven days of being informed of the proposed resolution. The complaining party and the named harassing party have the right to appear before the President, or the President’s designated representative for the matter, to provide information and to answer questions. The Provost may provide additional information relating to the investigation and alleged harassment. At the conclusion of any such review, the President shall either affirm the prior conclusion or recommend alternative action. A written determination will be issued, and both the complaining party and the accused will be informed of this decision. No further University review is available. If a recommendation for dismissal is not upheld after exhaustion of the tenured faculty appeal process, the President shall nonetheless take remedial actions, including disciplinary actions short of dismissal, which are reasonably calculated to prevent any future harassment. Such actions are not subject to further review.
Retaliation or reprisal of any kind against anyone reporting allegations of harassment, or cooperating in an investigation of such a report, is strictly prohibited. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of this policy and shall be punishable by discipline up to and including termination, regardless of whether the charge of harassment is substantiated. Examples of prohibited retaliation include: threatening reprisals against the employee or student who complained or cooperated in the investigation; unfairly changing the evaluations, assignments, or working conditions of such a student or employee; or otherwise continuing any harassment against such person. If an employee or student is found to have intentionally lied about a claim of harassment, or brought the claim in bad faith, knowing that the allegation is false, then that employee or student may be subject to discipline.
Questions Regarding the Harassment Policy and Procedure
All questions regarding this Policy and Procedure should be directed to the Director of Personnel Services or to the Dean of Students.
The University of the Arts maintains a smoke-free environment. Smoking is permitted only out of doors.
In an effort to assure a productive and harmonious work environment, persons not employed by The University of the Arts may not make solicitations or distribute literature at the University at any time for any purpose.
The University recognizes that students and alumni may have interests in events and organizations outside the University. However, students and alumni may not make solicitations or distribute literature concerning these activities on the University campus or by electronic mail.
Student Assistance General Provisions
In accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, The University of the Arts has available, upon request, information regarding academic programs, financial assistance, and institutional policies and statistics. This information may be found in the University’s catalog.
The Student Assistance General Provisions report includes information on the following:
- Current degree programs including related facilities and faculty
- Tuition, fees, and other estimated expenses
- Withdrawal and refund policies
- Description of financial aid programs, including eligibility, award criteria, and application procedures, as well as students’ rights and responsibilities upon receiving financial assistance (such as continued eligibility, exit counseling, and options for payment deferral)
- Requirements for the return of Title IV grant or loan assistance
- Services available for students with disabilities
- Graduation rate
In addition, each October, the Public Safety Department publishes an annual report on the University’s security policies and crime statistics, which is available to all current and prospective students and employees.
To request a copy of the Student Assistance General Provisions report, please contact the Office of the Provost, The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102.
Substance Abuse Policy
The members of The University of the Arts community and their health and safety are of paramount concern. The University will not tolerate drug and alcohol abuse, as it imperils the health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, and threatens the operation of its educational programs.
The use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs and abuse of other controlled substances, in or out of class, or on University premises is inconsistent with law-abiding behavior expected of all students, and may result in discipline, up to and including expulsion.
The University prohibits the illegal and/or unauthorized manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding, offering for sale, possession, or use of any controlled substance as defined under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 P.S. Section 780-102, the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, the Uniform Narcotic Drug Act, or the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 301 et seq., on University property.
Such controlled substances for the purposes of this policy shall include but not be limited to alcoholic beverages, narcotics, hypnotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, stimulants, hallucinogens, and other similar known or habit-forming drugs and/or chemicals as defined under the aforesaid laws.
Tuition and Expenses
Tuition and Expenses information can be found here.
University Acceptable Use Policy (Email and Internet)
The University of the Arts (the “University”) maintains an electronic mail (“e-mail”) system and computer system (which term includes, without limitation, all University computers, laptops and related hardware, and electronic files of the University, whether or not connected to the University’s computer network), including access to the Internet, to assist its faculty, staff and students in their academic endeavors and administrative duties. All messages and information sent, received or stored on the University’s e-mail system or computer system are owned by the University and must be for valid University purposes only. The use of these systems for defamatory, obscene, sexually explicit, illegal, offensive, threatening or inappropriate communications is strictly prohibited. No user should transmit anything in an e-mail message that he or she would not be comfortable with writing in a letter or memorandum.
E-Mail Monitoring and Control; No Expectation of Privacy
Subject to restrictions imposed by applicable law, the University has the capability, and reserves the right, to access, review, copy and delete any messages or information sent, received or stored on its e-mail system or computer systems, for any purpose and to disclose same to any party (inside or outside the University) in its sole discretion. The e mail system is not the private mail of its users; it is the mail of the University and the University has the right to monitor all e mail. Establishing a password to safeguard personal information on your computer will not insure that such information remains private or that the University cannot or will not access such information. The use of passwords or encryption to avoid detection of violations of this policy shall itself be a violation of this policy.
Should users of the University’s e-mail system make incidental use of such system to transmit personal messages, or make incidental use of the University’s computer system to send, receive, view or store information in any manner, such messages and/or information will be treated as all other messages and information on the University e-mail or computer systems; that is, the University reserves the right to access, review, copy, delete or disclose such messages and/or information for any purpose in its sole discretion. Accordingly, users of the University’s e-mail system or computer system should not use such systems to send, receive, or store any messages or information that they wish to keep private. Subject to the above, reasonable personal use of the University’s e-mail and computer systems will be permitted. Excessive personal use of such e-mail and computer systems, as determined by the University, is prohibited.
Permanency of Communications
Deleting or erasing e-mail and/or computer files does not guarantee that the information contained therein is deleted from the University’s e-mail and computer systems or that it is otherwise not recoverable. The University maintains backup of data on the network and the ultimate privacy of messages, information or files cannot be ensured to anyone. In addition, in the case of litigation, technology may be used to restore deleted e-mail and computer files.
No e-mail messages should be sent, received or stored on the University’s e-mail or computer systems if such messages may constitute intimidating, hostile or offensive material on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference or handicap or disability. Harassment is broadly defined as anything which has improper content and is both unwelcome and offensive to a reasonable person. Please refer to the University’s anti-harassment policy.
The policies applicable to e-mail use described above apply also to use of the Internet on the University’s computer system. The University reserves the right to monitor all Internet usage including, but not limited to, all web sites or Internet addresses accessed, all files downloaded, all files sent, and any other information sent or received via the Internet or other external computer source, such as computer bulletin boards or proprietary on-line services. Users are not permitted, without prior authorization, to establish web pages which suggest University affiliation or other authorization by the University. The University’s Internet facilities and computer resources may not knowingly be used to violate in any material way the laws of the United States or any other nation, or the laws of any state, city, province or jurisdiction.
When making use of the university’s e-mail or computer systems, whether for university purposes or personal use, users should have no expectation that any communication or information transmitted over university facilities or stored on university-owned computers or other hardware or equipment is or will remain private. Students and employees have no expectation of privacy in any internet or computer activity.
This policy is subject to change and revision, at the University’s sole discretion, as circumstances and developing technology warrant. Violations of this policy will result in discipline, up to and including discharge.
The University is committed to maintaining a safe working, learning, and living environment for all members of the University community.
Threats, acts of aggression, and violence are unacceptable in the University community. Any such threat or violent act, regardless of intent, will be considered serious misconduct and may be the basis for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
In addition, the University prohibits the possession of firearms, explosives, and other dangerous weapons on campus and at University functions off-campus.