Adroit operates as a year round semester based enrollment term. Students may enroll on a term by term basis as follows.
For all Adroit courses bearing academic credit, the "credit hour" is in accordance with WSCUC’s Credit Hour Policy and is defined as the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:
One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
For design studio or laboratory classes, 1-credit hour may be awarded for every 2-hr of class and 1-hr of out-of-classwork by student on class assignments each week; or
At least an equivalent amount of work as required in above paragraph of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory, work, internships, practice, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
A credit hour is assumed to be a 50-minute (not 60-minute) period. In courses in which "seat time" does not apply, a credit hour may be measured by an equivalent amount of work, as demonstrated by student achievement. A substantial component of any course at Adroit is time spent outside of class on assignments. Adroit’s expectation is that students will spend two hours on “out-of-class” work (homework) for every one hour of contact classroom time each week. For example, a three-credit lecture course meeting three hours per week would require six hours of out-of-class time spent on reading, papers, projects, and other assignments each week. The same time ratio applies to design studios and other non-lecture-based courses. As the combined total of contact and out-of-class time for a full-time student may be considerable, students must strike a careful balance between academics, employment, and other activities in order to succeed
Due to the professional nature of architecture education, students are expected to attend all classes and studio sessions. The attendance requirement is intended to insure that students gain the necessary knowledge and guidance about the course material. Students are expected to complete out of class assignments, participate in discussions, reviews, critiques, and seminars. Instructors will routinely call roll to determine attendance. Poor attendance is grounds for reduced grades, or withdrawal from the course. Two late arrivals of more than 10-mins equal an absence. Two absences will lead to dismissal and drop from class.
A student must attend a minimum of 90% of scheduled class hours in each course to be eligible for graduation. Students with attendance problems may be advised, reassigned, placed on probation, failed, or dismissed. Any student whose cumulative attendance falls below 90% will be put on attendance probation until the end of the following quarter. If, at the end of the probation period, the student’s attendance is still below 75%, the student may be terminated from his/her program. Students may follow the student appeals policy in this publication if they wish to appeal their attendance record.
Students who are absent due to an extenuating circumstance may submit documentation (e.g., doctor’s note) in support of the request for an excused absence. Excused absences do not count against the minimum 75% attendance requirement.
A student who is absent from an exam is required to provide the instructor with documentation that includes detailed information (e.g., dates of a conflicting event, a doctor’s note stating “the student should be excused due to medical issue”) as evidence of the student’s inability to complete the exam on the original prescribed date. The instruction has discretion about permitting the student to make up the exam or review.
All students must complete at least their last 30 credits at Adroit to fulfill residency requirements for a degree. Students with extenuating circumstances may file a petition with the Dean in order to complete a limited number of these final credits outside of Adroit.
Distant Learning (Online Courses)
The School provides options for online degree through remote or distant learning using Google Open Online Education:
Real-Time Live Instruction
Classes are held live in real-time at scheduled class times with a live instructor. Students access the lecture by logging in online with an access code using Google Open Online Education.
Self-Pacing Virtual Instruction
Self-pacing courses provide student access 24hrs a day. There is no scheduled classes or live instruction. Coursework is pre-recorded for student viewing using Google Open Online Education.
Students have login access to the School’s online education portal 24-hours a day.
Course syllabus will be available for downloading from the portal by the first day of class.
Assignments are available for downloading from the portal 14-days prior to due date.
Students can upload homework to be graded by human instructor.
Examinations are held online by logging into the school’s online education portal.
All assignments and exams grades will be posted on the education portal within seven days of submission date.
Students may request a leave of absence (LOA) in emergency situations. An emergency situation is defined as a personal or family illness or military duty that prevents a student from attending for one or more semesters.
Generally, only one LOA may be approved in a 12 month period. A Leave of Absence may not exceed 180 calendar days. If the student does not return to classes following the LOA, he or she will be withdrawn from school. The student will be required to re-apply for admission (except for students whose Leave was for military reasons) and will be treated as a new student.
Any other break in attendance (that does not meet the above criteria) will be considered a withdrawal with intent to return. To request a leave of absence or a withdrawal with intent to return, the student must apply in writing to the Registrar’s Office. Students who do not return from a leave of absence or a withdrawal with intent to return as scheduled will be considered to have withdrawn from the School.
Students who have excessive absences and have not filed a written request for a leave of absence or students whose leave of absence requests have not been granted will be considered to have withdrawn. Students who do not maintain continuous attendance are subject to current tuition rates at the time they re-enter.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA is computed by multiplying the value of the letter grade by the number of units for the course. The sum of the grade points earned for all courses is divided by the number of units attempted for which a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or WF was assigned.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in total courses attempted is required for undergraduate graduation.
Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required in total course attempted is required for graduate program graduation.
The assignment of final course grades is a basic responsibility of each faculty member, which begins with a clear statement in the course syllabus and by describing the criteria upon which grades will be determined. Specifically, instructors will identify the components and the weight of each that make up the final grade. Common components include:
Performance on quizzes and examinations
Performance on projects, reports, and/or papers
Performance on presentations and other class exercises
Attendance, including minimum requirements to complete the class
Any changes in criteria listed on the course syllabus that occur during the term will be announced in class in a timely manner.
In addition to defining the criteria, instructors are responsible for applying the criteria consistently and carefully, using professional judgment for their assessments, and in all cases, being fair to reflect student performance in the context of Adroit’s expectations for student achievement and the established grading scale. Grades are earned for each course in which a student is officially enrolled. Adroit uses a 4-point grading scale. GPA is determined by letter grades A through F using the designated points assigned to each. The grade points assigned to the letter grades are as follows:
Fail (F) Grade
The grade “F” is assigned when the student has:
Failed to meet the minimum requirements for a course, or has
Failed to remove an incomplete (INC) within the allowable time limit, or
Discontinued attending a course after the first 25% of the term without officially withdrawing.
Repetition of Failed Courses
A student may repeat a failed course one time to improve his or her grade. The Dean must approve all course repetitions beyond the first attempt. Each attempt is recorded on the student transcript but only the highest grade is reflected in the cumulative GPA. Each attempt at the course would be counted as a “course attempted” in the calculations for successful course completion and maximum time frame. Repeating a course in a program will result in the assessment of tuition charges at the current credit hour rate. A course may be taken a maximum of three times.
Withdrawal (W) Grade
The grade “W” is assigned if a student withdraws following the first week of a course. The grade “WP” is assigned only if a student officially withdraws from a course for nonacademic reasons up to the eighth week of the term. The student’s assignments must be current and he or she must have had passing grades in all work assigned to date. The “WP” will not be computed in the grade point average, but will count as units attempted. Withdrawals after the twelfth week of the term shall normally be recorded as “WF.”
Incomplete (IN) Grade
An instructor may assign an IN grade to a student who, through no fault of his or her own, is unable to complete all assigned work in the class. These situations are normally due to illness, death in the family, or other very unusual circumstances. IN grades may not be assigned in cases where a student simply runs out of time, or where there were other controllable factors that impeded their ability to complete all the work.
IN grades must be accompanied by a Completion Plan, signed by the student and instructor, which details the work that must be completed to be awarded a grade in the class.
IN grades must be made up by the end of the following term. The IN grade automatically converts to an “F” if it is not made up within that period.
Grade change requests are available from the Registrar.
A student may choose to audit a class on a space available basis. An auditor is not required to fulfill any class assignments or to take any examinations. Any student who audits a course pays the same tuition and fees as one who takes a course for credit. The auditing student receives no college credit for such courses and receives no grade. Therefore, the auditing of courses does not apply toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. No change from audit to credit status, or from credit to audit status, may be made after the beginning of the class.
Grade Appeals Process
Students who desire to appeal a grade must pursue the following process within one quarter from the time the final grade was issued to seek resolution.
The allowable bases for grade appeals include:
Inconsistent or arbitrary application of criteria.
The application of criteria not included on the syllabus for the course. Attendance record errors, when appropriately documented.
Accounting errors regarding all work or assignments turned in (e.g., misplaced work).
Adroit acknowledges the subjective nature of some of the major components included in a design curriculum. Instructors are selected, in part, because of their ability to render informed judgments about work processes and products. Accordingly, the Instructor’s professional judgment regarding the quality of a student’s work is not subject to appeal.
It is Adroit policy that, in all but very rare cases, no grade will be changed by anyone other than the Instructor of Record, and only after the appeal process is appropriately carried out following the steps outlined below.
The student must first speak with the Instructor to confirm the basis on which the grade was assigned and review the computation of it. Instructors must make themselves available for such consultations in a timely manner.
If the student is unsatisfied with this outcome, he/she must speak with the Course Leader, or, if there is no designated Course Leader, the Dean. The student must document in writing the reasons for his or her disagreement with the final grade prior to that meeting. The Course Leader or Dean may either: a) accept the student’s reasons for the appeal and refer the matter back to the Instructor for reconsideration, or b) reject the student’s request.
If the student is dissatisfied with the Dean’s rejection, the student may request that an Appeal Committee review the case.
The Appeal Committee is convened at the request of the Dean and consists of three faculty and/or staff members, none of whom has instructional responsibilities in courses which the appealing student is enrolled. The committee will convene and begin consideration within five days of the Dean’s request The committee will review the grading criteria and learning outcomes for the course and hear commentary from the student, the Instructor, and at its discretion, Dean.
The committee is expressly prohibited from reviewing matters of professional judgment exercised by the instructor unless it finds significant evidence of arbitrary or capricious application of the course grading criteria and/or the application of criteria not included on the syllabus for the course.
The committee then determines if an error, mistake, or attendance issue has been made that would influence and cause a change in the final grade. The committee’s responsibilities are to forward their recommendations in writing and nothing more, the committee is not able to make changes to an official grade. If the committee decides that a grade change is in order, it will advise the Dean and President, who will consult with the Instructor about the committee’s conclusion, and expectation that the grade be changed,
The Instructor of Record can accept or reject the committee’s recommendations and a) change the student’s grade, or b) do nothing; however the Instructor must indicate his or her position in writing to the student, committee members, and the Dean of Adroit.
The Instructor may change the grade by filing the appropriate Grade Change Form with the Registrar, who will subsequently notify the student about the change. The Registrar will distribute a form that appropriately documents the student’s compliance with the process described above and act as an official recording of the outcome of that process.
If the Instructor is no longer affiliated with Adroit or is not able to be contacted within the required timeframe indicated below to discuss the matter further, the decision of the Appeal Committee, with the concurrence of the Dean, will be final.
Supplemental Academic Credit
Students may be placed into a course by demonstrating necessary knowledge and skill level by a portfolio review conducted by the Admissions faculty. When a course requirement is waived, the student may need make up the units with an optional studies course as required to achieve total graduation credit hours. Detailed instructions for portfolio submissions are provided by the Admissions Office. There are no fees for transferring of credit from other institute.
Transfer placement in course or grade level at entry will be based on review of official transcripts and submitted portfolio.
No more than 60 semester credits completed at other institutions will be transferred towards B Arch program.
No graduate level transfer credit is permitted towards M Arch II program.
No more than 15 semester credits taken at graduate level at other institutions is permitted towards M Arch I program.
Transfer students who have completed 45 or more semester credits of IGETC with a minimum grade of C or better will have satisfied the General Education requirement.
Independent study is defined as a one faculty member to one student educational experience. Independent study may be authorized for up to 3-credit hours towards optional studies. Independent Study requires approval of the Dean. Approval maybe granted for the following options:
When a student wishes to pursue a special interest or focus not offered at the school.
Local or National student competitions.
Upon recommendation by a Faculty that the one to one study would benefit student learning on a specific topic.
Credit by Examination
Students who can document achievement or competency in a course subject area may wish to challenge a course by taking a competency examination in the first week of enrolled semester. There is a non-refundable fee required to take a challenge examination. Adroit may award credit to students who pass the college challenge exam. The competency examinations must be completed and scored prior to the end of the first week of the semester. Credit received will be treated similar to transfer credit (with a grade of CR being assigned to the course). When a course requirement is waived, the student may need make up the units with an optional studies course as required to achieve total graduation credit hours.
Adroit recognizes the College Level Examination Program of the College Board. Students may be awarded up to six semester credits for each of the Examinations for a score of 50 or above. A score of 52 on the 2003 scale (or 520 on any exams administered on scales from 1986 through 2002) is required in the English Composition (essay version) examination. A maximum of three semester credits may be granted for extra-institutional learning. Duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case. Students should contact the Admissions Department before registering for any of the CLEP examinations.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
A minimum grade of C- or better is required in each course to be considered towards graduation. All students, including VA students, must progress satisfactorily toward meeting graduation requirements. Academic progress is measured in two ways: (a) grade point average, and (b) course completion. The academic progress of each student will be reviewed at the end of every term. A student is considered to be making academic progress if his or her grade point average is above the minimum requirement and the student has successfully completed at least 67% of the credits attempted, otherwise known as the completion rate standard.
Students who do not meet SAP standards are sent certified informative letters regarding their SAP status. The Veteran’s Administration will be notified of students utilizing veteran benefits who do not achieve SAP, and veteran benefits may be cancelled.
Students will be notified when their quarter GPA falls below minimum requirements (2.0 for undergraduates) when they complete fewer than 67% of the credits attempted for the quarter even when they continue to meet cumulative GPA and progress toward 1.5 maximum time to completion.
The purpose of the notification is to help students maintain SAP compliance. The notification will ask students to meet with their academic advisors to discuss how to help the students improve their GPA. The goal of the notification is to prevent students from SAP warning.
Students are placed on SAP Warning status when their CGPA falls below the minimum requirements (2.0 undergraduate) and/or fewer than 67% of the credits attempted on a cumulative basis are complete.
If “I” grades are satisfied during the next quarter to restore the cumulative GPA to the required minimum, the warning is withdrawn for that quarter.
Students have one quarter to return to good standing without jeopardizing financial aid eligibility.
To re-establish SAP a student must achieve an undergraduate CGPA of 2.0 and be able to complete the program of study within the 1.5 maximum time to completion.
Students who do not achieve minimum cumulative GPA standards for a second consecutive quarter or who no longer are able to complete their programs in the maximum time to completion are placed on probation, become ineligible for financial aid, and can be dismissed from Adroit.
Students may submit a written appeal to the Registrar for one additional quarter of enrollment in the program and/or financial aid eligibility if extenuating circumstances such as student injury or illness, death of a relative, or other special conditions exist. (Please note that the SAP appeal process does not apply to veteran’s aid).
Enrolled students may add or drop courses within the first week of the term without penalty.
Classes cannot be added after the first week of the term unless the instructor and Dean give approval.
Following the first week of classes a student who drops a course will be assigned a “W” grade.
After eight weeks of class a student who drops will be assigned a grade of “WP” or “WF” based on their performance to that point in the term.
Students who stop attending after twelve weeks of the term will earn the grade of the last date of attendance in the class, usually a failing grade.
Extended Enrollment Plan
Students who have failed to meet the CGPA requirements for SAP but who remain within the 1.5 maximum time to completion may petition to remain in the academic program on an extended enrollment plan. The plan allows students to continue their programs of study but does not reinstate financial aid for private funds, or veteran’s benefits. Students may regain financial aid eligibility only upon meeting the minimum SAP standards.
Students apply for an Extended Enrollment Plan by completing the Academic Appeal Form, available in the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar conducts an evaluation and advise the Dean about the student’s status. The application for extended enrollment will include an interview and a review of the academic record, including GPA, progress toward degree, ability to complete the program within 1.5 times the usual program length, no outstanding financial balance, and portfolio review, if applicable.
The student’s plan for improving academic performance may extend no more than two semesters. Meeting all the conditions would return the student to good academic standing. Continued enrollment is at the discretion of Adroit. Students who do not meet the standards of the Extended Enrollment Agreement will be dismissed from School.
Maximum Time to Complete
Students must complete their program within one and one half times the credit hours required to complete the program.
Adroit academic graduation requirements are divided into ABA study areas: General Education, Design Studio, Professional Practice, Engineering and Construction Lab. Courses are offered on a two semester system with some summer term classes. Students must complete all academic requirements and meet total semester units required to graduate. During the term of final enrollment for completion of these requirements, a student can apply for a graduation review.
General Education: This requirement is fulfilled through many different areas: communications, history, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, foreign languages, and mathematics, either as an admission requirement or as part of the curriculum.
Applying to Graduate
Students must do the following for application to graduate:
Meet with an academic Counselor to determine if all degree requirements are met.
Students must then file a graduation application for school review no later than the filing date. There is a fee with this application.
Graduation Filing Deadline: February 1 of each academic year
Students must complete an exit survey for State of California documentation requirements of the School Performance Fact Sheet (SPFS)
Adroit maintains transcripts which record each student’s credits and grades in perpetuity. Students may receive two official transcripts at no charge. Students may apply for additional transcripts for a $5 charge each. Transcripts are permanently retained by and are available from the Registrar.
Transferability of Credits
NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION
The transferability of credits you earn at Adroit School of Architecture is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Adroit School of Architecture to determine if your credits or degree will transfer.
Academic Freedom Policy
Adroit values the rights of expression pertaining to the teaching and research of its faculty. The School encourages academic freedom in the classroom within the parameters of its mission, Adroit core educational standards, academic policies and procedures. The faculty will be afforded freedom in the classroom to express professional points of view and conclusions supported by relevant evidence in the following manner:
The faculty is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing the subject, but may not claim as a right, the privilege of discussing controversial matter that has no relation to the subject.
The faculty is entitled to full freedom, within the law, of inquiry and research and in the publication of the results, but not at the expense of adequate performance of other academic duties.
The faculty is a citizen, a member of a learned profession and representative of an educational institution. When speaking, writing, or acting, within the law as a citizen, the teacher shall be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but our unique position in the community imposes special obligations. As persons of learning and as representatives of an educational institution, we should remember that the public might judge our profession and our institution by our utterances and our actions. Hence, we must at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinion of others, and indicate that we are not speaking for our institution.
The faculty must adhere to professional ethics.
Adroit students are expected to exhibit the highest standards of academic propriety. Academic misconduct prejudicial to the academic integrity of the student, fellow classmates, and/or school will lead to disciplinary action that may include suspension or dismissal. Academic misconduct is defined as the following:
Cheating includes attempting to receive or receiving assistance from persons, papers, or other material without the permission of the instructor; or the acquisition of an examination and/or quiz prior to the examination date.
Plagiarism is defined as taking and using as one’s own the ideas and writings of another without giving appropriate credit through proper documentation. Providing assistance to a student attempting to cheat or plagiarize is also considered academically dishonest.
School Identification Cards (ID Cards)
Students, Faculty and Staff are required to obtain a photo ID card. One card per student is provided with first term enrollment at the School. Replacement cards are provided by the Registrar for a fee of $30 per card. These cards are valid thru the end of enrollment or graduation from the School.
Access to Campus (Smart Card)
Students, Faculty and Staff are provided an keyless proximity access card called Smart Card. This card must be held up to the card readers provided at designated campus entry doors and gates. One Smart Card per student is provided with first term enrollment at the School. Replacement cards are provided by the Registrar for a fee of $30 per card. Students should return Smart Card at the end of enrollment or graduation for security of the School.
Visitors or prospective students must ring the door bell located at the north entry doors on 12th Street. Please ensure to ask for School ID for any unfamiliar persons or direct visitors to the Admissions Office for signing in. This will help ensure school safety and prevent theft on campus.
Use of School Property
Acceptable Use Policy for Computing Resources
In support of Adroit’s mission to prepare students for meaningful professional careers in information technology and business, the school provides computing, networking, and information resources to its students, faculty, and staff. These resources include access to local, national, and international sources of information in an atmosphere that encourages sharing of information, access to a rich variety of services, and open and free discussion.
Students and Faculty must assume responsibility for the privilege of using these resources. All existing federal, state and local laws apply, as well as all Adroit regulations and policies, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.
The School’s computers and networks provide the ability to communicate with other users worldwide. Such open access is a privilege, and requires that individual users act responsibly. Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations.
Adroit grants to members of the Adroit community free use of computing resources. As a condition of using these resources, users must observe the following guidelines:
Use the facility only for School-related purposes, or for purposes in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Respect the rights of other users to work in a growth-oriented environment, conducive to learning and research.
Respect the integrity and security of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and ethical obligations.
Make economical and wise use of the resources that are shared with others, thus enabling access to these resources by the greatest possible number of users.
Respect the rights of others to the privacy of their programs and data.
All computer use must conform to the spirit of these guidelines. Inappropriate use will be considered an offense to the University community.
Examples of Misuse
The following list, while not exhaustive, characterizes unacceptable behavior and misuse of computer resources, which may be subject to disciplinary action:
Violating applicable federal or state laws and Adroit regulations, including but not limited to the transmission of inappropriate material, copyright infringement, theft of or unauthorized access to or use of Adroit resources.
Giving other people access to a Adroit computer account without authorization.
Engaging in activities that compromise computer security or disrupt services on any Adroit network.
Altering Adroit system software or hardware configurations or circumventing resource control mechanisms.
Knowingly running or installing on any computer system or network, a program intended to damage or to place excessive load on a computer system or network.
Using Adroit facilities or equipment for non-academic or commercial purposes, or for personal financial gain.
Using school facilities for posting, distributing or viewing material that is illegal, inappropriate, sexual, promotes violent, threatening, or otherwise at variance with accepted codes of network etiquette.
Sending electronic junk mail or chain letters.
Wasting resources: leaving non-essential processes running when you are not logged in.
Consequences of Misuse
As in any disciplinary matter, students and staff receive fair and reasonable due process.
Misuse of computing, networking, or information resources may result in the loss of access to special Adroit privileges, probation, suspension or dismissal.
The School does not provide student parking on-campus. Student with mobility related disabilities, may request a parking space term by term if available. Parallel street parking is available off-campus on adjacent streets. Students may opt to use public transportation or bicycle to School.
Parking priority is given to School officers, full-time faculty, and full-time staff.
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to a copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing and the unauthorized use of the college’s information and its technology systems, may subject a student to civil and criminal liabilities and penalties of federal copyright laws. Adroit Core Standards, course objectives, student work, course syllabus and class assignments are the sole copyright of Adroit School of Architecture.
Students engaging in unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, including peer-to-peer file sharing, illegal downloading, or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the school’s information-technology system, may face termination from the institution. In addition, the student may face criminal penalties.
For more information, please see the web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially the FAQs at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.
The School does not prohibit students from concurrently attending other institutions. However, this agreement prohibits sharing, distribution, plagiarism, posting, duplication of School copyrighted information to persons or entities not enrolled as student or employed by the School.
Student information and record are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Student information includes but is not limited to: email address, physical address, school ID#, candidate ID#s, phone number, birth date, and grades. These items must not be left in sight or shared with other student, staff or faculty. When emailing the entire class or multiple students, faculty and students must use of bcc is required to protect student email addresses. Additional information of FERPA maybe obtained by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN or visiting the FERPA website.
Retention of Submitted Student Work
All student work submitted as part of the education program is owned by and sole copyright of Adroit School of Architecture. Student work may be used for exhibition purposes, documentation for accreditation, regulatory requirements, instruction, or advertisement. Students must photograph their work for their portfolio before the final jury of each quarter. Adroit is under no obligation to return student work. Work retained by instructors for accreditation must be submitted to the School staff. Faculty must not retain student work for personal interest.
Every student is required to maintain an updated digital portfolio each term. This must include student selected examples graphic and written work generated at the School. Students must present a digital portfolio at the end of each term to design studio faculty for entry into next studio level.
Adroit does not provide on campus housing for students. There are nearby apartments within walking distance, and housing options accessible to the Sacramento light rail line adjacent to the campus. Students are responsible for finding their own housing. Adroit is not responsible for providing, locating or enabling student housing.
Students are required to maintain health and accident insurance while enrolled. Proof of insurance for each enrolled term is required prior to class attendance.
Pets on Campus
Pets are not permitted on campus unless approved by Dean for medical reasons. When pets are permitted, student must be in responsible control of the pet and for cleanup of animal related waste. If it is deemed by the school, that the pet is disruptive to the educational environment, the permit will be revoked. Student can reapply for permit after submitting proof of pet replacement or behavioral training.
Visitors on Campus
All visitors on campus should be accompanied by an enrolled student, faculty or staff member. Other persons are not permitted on school property. Students should report suspicious persons to Dean’s office. Entry into the building requires a valid entry pass. Please do not prop doors open or open doors for visitors. Unaccompanied visitors, prospective students must present valid driver’s license as identification and sign-in with the Admissions Office staff.
Records Retention Policy
Adroit will maintain records of the name, address, and telephone number of students who enroll in a course of instruction, and of students who graduate from the course of instruction. This institution will inquire whether students who complete a course of instruction have obtained employment starting within six months of completing the program and continue in employment for a period of at least 90 days. This inquiry will be documented by a list indicating each student’s name, address and telephone number of the person who provided the information regarding the student’s employment to the institution; the name, title, or description of the job; the date student obtained employment; the duration of the student’s employment, and the amount of salary, if any salary claim has been made. This institution shall submit the above information in an annual report. Adroit maintains current student records for a period of not less than five years at the campus location.
In addition to the records above, the School will permanently retain student transcripts.
Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment Policy
Adroit is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other federal, state, and local laws, the college does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin, ethnic origin, or political affiliation in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid programs, and other college-administered programs and activities.
Adroit believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all helps create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas. Adroit seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest students, faculty members, and staff.
The Adroit President is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Equal Educational Opportunity Policy. Inquiries regarding these matters should be directed to the President.
Sexual harassment is an offense and is expressly prohibited at Adroit. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. If a student or employee has been the victim of any sexual offense, including sexual harassment, on campus or during a college-related activity, the offense must be reported at once to the President or Dean. An investigation will be conducted.
Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol and Crime Policy
Adroit maintains a drug‐free campus environment. Students, faculty, and employees are strictly prohibited from misusing controlled substances, intoxicants, alcohol, and prescription drugs while working, participating in the online classroom, or other university‐sponsored activities. Alcohol may be served at school‐sponsored events, only when faculty are present and only by prior approval of the President or Dean.
Smoking is prohibited inside all campus buildings. State law prohibits smoking within 25 feet of building entrances. Adroit prohibits smoking within 50ft of building entrances. Adroit does not have a designated smoking area on School grounds.
Crime Prevention and Safety Advice
Adroit’s goal is to provide a safe environment for study and to prevent crime. Adroit administration is concerned about the safety and welfare of its students and employees. Therefore, the following policy will be implemented for the protection of students, faculty, and staff. This policy is in compliance with the Student Right‐to‐Know and Campus Security Act (P.L. 101‐542), which requires colleges and universities to compile crime statistics (beginning with the 1991‐92 school year) and to make annual reports of crime statistics and all policies and procedures to current and prospective students, employees, and inquiring public.
The enforcement authority of campus security is limited to the enforcement of the school rules and regulations. Incidents that go beyond the scope of campus security personnel are referred to and investigated by the Police Department. Adroit does not recognize any off‐campus student organizations that would be covered under the Act.
All life threatening events or other emergencies must be reported to the Police Department immediately by dialing 911. To ensure the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes, authorized administrative personnel present will take a full witness statement from involved parties and witnesses at active all reported emergency or criminal incidents on the Campus Security Incident Form.
Any student, faculty, or staff member involved in any criminal behavior will be subject to disciplinary action. Such a violation could result in suspension, expulsion or termination, and if municipal laws have been violated, the incident will be reported to the local police.
Entrances and some other areas are equipped with security camera for video surveillance. Exterior and interior building lighting is provided to ensure visibility in dark hours. Each student and school employee is provided a school photo ID card and a campus access card. Campus entrances are locked at all times and access is only permitted by access card swipe. To ensure campus security, students must not permit piggy-backing or prop open doors.
Some classes are held in a shared studio environment. To prevent theft, students are encouraged to stow away drafting supplies after class. Do not leave valuables such as laptops or backpacks unattended.
Adroit does not tolerate assault in any form. Acts of violence, harassment, and any conduct that threatens to endanger the health or safety of any person at Adroit is prohibited. Those who violate the law or the Institution’s rules are subject to suspension, expulsion or termination.
In accordance with the Higher Education Act, if a Resident Student who is under 18 or not emancipated is determined to be missing, the college is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If you are 18 or older, you have the option to provide who you would like to be notified if you are determined to be missing.
Students age 18 and above and emancipated minors:
Students under the age of 18:
In the event a Resident Student who is under 18 or not emancipated is determined to be missing pursuant to the procedures set forth below, the college is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
Procedures for Reporting and investigating suspected missing Students
Any university employee who receives a report that a student is missing, or has independent information that a student is missing, must immediately report the information or evidence Police.
The School will attempt to contact the Student via his/her telephone, email, or social networking site. And will attempt to investigate with classmates, the where about of the student.
If the student is under the age of eighteen, the school will contact the student’s parents within 24 hours. If the student is eighteen or older, the school will contact student’s designated emergency contact within 24 hours.
If the school makes contact with the student, it will notify family and police immediately.
Code of Conduct
Students, faculty, and staff are expected to behave with standard professionalism in an academic setting. Adroit reserves the right to refuse educational services or products. Adroit expects professional behavior both in and out of class from our students towards other students, faculty and staff. As we hold education in high regard, we have little patience for disrespectful attitude. Come to class happy and eager to learn!
Students exhibiting disruptive behavior on phone, email, in class or any other communication medium will be subject to one warning then disciplinary action in form of removal from class, probation or dismissal from school if behavior continues.
Disruptive behavior during class consists of but is not limited to yelling, swearing, slamming the table, display of anger, argumentative behavior, mocking, making fun, bullying, continuous lecture interruptions, continuous debates, debates on non-course related topics, private conversations, mobile device use, threats or anything else the School deems disruptive to the learning environment.
Faculty have the authority to warn then dismiss disruptive students from class if behavior continues. Dismissed students may be subject to loss of participation points that may impact academic performance.
Students must leave class peacefully if ordered by the instructor. Security is always available to remove any disruptive student out of class.
As part of classroom peace policy, we ask peaceful students not to interfere if a disciplinary action is being taken towards an unruly student. Let us handle it!
Only actively enrolled students are only allowed access on campus property. Students may not use any portion of school property for personal use outside of academic requirements. Students are not permitted to use administrative offices, copiers, or computers.
School facilities, property, and equipment is provided for academic use. Students are expected to use care in using school equipment. Reckless or destructive use of school property is prohibited.
Architecture studio classes are held in a shared studio environment. Students will be allowed to select a drafting table for use per term of enrollment in studio related classes. Each student is required to respect other students’ desk and work spaces. Students must not use other students personal supplies without permission.
Interruption or any manner of interference with the normal operation of the School;
Illegal possession, use, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages while on campus or while involved in School-related activities;
Illegal possession, use, or furnishing of drugs while on campus or while involved in School-related activities;
Physical or verbal abuse of another person;
Theft of another’s property occurring on School premises;
Academic cheating or plagiarism;
Commission of other offenses (including use of inappropriate Internet material) that in the opinion of administration may be contrary to the best interest of the College community.
The consequences of any such conduct are dependent on the seriousness of the offense that occurred, previous violations of policies and regulations by the student, and the student’s attitude and cooperation as determined by the instructor and/or program chair. Disciplinary action for verifiable academic dishonesty is at the immediate discretion of the instructor. The instructor, and/or Dean may take one or a combination of the following actions depending on the circumstances of the case:
The student will receive a zero on specific class assignment.
Student will receive zero for class participation points if any.
Student will be dismissed from class on day of incident or until dismissal from school is issued.
The student will receive an “F” in the course for the quarter. If an “F” results as the course grade, the student may be dismissed, or may not meet graduation or financial aid requirements.
Student will be placed on probation.
The student will be dismissed immediately from the school.
Student termination may result from unsatisfactory academic progress, unsatisfactory course completion, failure to achieve the appropriate proficiency level within the prescribed timeframe, use of controlled substances on campus, carrying of weapons on campus, conduct detrimental to the institution, failure to comply with financial aid regulations, if the student sues the school, or non-observance of other student regulations.
A student subject to disciplinary action may appeal to the Dean for final determination. The appeal must be done in writing within 10-days of disciplinary action and submitted in the form of a letter to the Dean. The letter must include the following:
Explain the reasons why the student was unable to meet the minimum standards of academic progress including any mitigating circumstances;
Provide documentation in support of any mitigating circumstances;
Describe what has changed that will allow the student to be able to meet the minimum standards of academic progress; and
Detail what the student will do moving forward to ensure that he or she will be successful in his or her program of study and will be able to achieve the requirements for graduation.
The appeal will be reviewed by an institution Appeals Panel. The student may be requested to meet with the Panel to discuss the appeal and provide additional information. Once the appeal letter and documentation are reviewed, the student will be notified if his or her appeal has been granted or denied.
If the appeal is granted, the student may be reinstated to his or her program of study. The student is placed on academic probation for one evaluation period, and during that time, access to financial aid is reestablished. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be allowed to reenter.
Student Grievance Procedure
The following grievance procedures are available to any Adroit student to resolve any grievance involving an alleged violation of any of the written policies of the School directly affecting that student by any member of the School community while acting in an official capacity while the student is enrolled.
Students wishing to grieve an alleged violation of School policy shall first contact, within 20 school days of any occurrence giving rise to the grievance or the time they could reasonably have learned of such occurrence, the person responsible for the matter being grieved (the respondent) and attempt to resolve the grievance informally. Students who are uncertain how to proceed may consult a member of the Student Services staff who shall identify the appropriate person. At the request of the student, any Officer of the School will arrange a meeting of the parties, attend that meeting, and attempt to aid in the resolution of the grievance.
If the grievance is not resolved within 10 school days after the grievant directly contacted the appropriate person to attempt an informal resolution, a student may obtain review by submitting a written complaint within 20 days of the first direct contact to the Dean. The complaint shall state the policy that allegedly has been violated, describe the facts and evidence supporting the alleged violation, indicate what redress the grievant seeks, and provide a brief history of the attempts to resolve the grievance. The Dean will meet with the complainant and with such other persons he or she shall deem appropriate for the purpose of ascertaining the facts and attempting to resolve the complaint; the Dean shall render a written decision regarding the complaint to the grievant and the respondent.
Upon written request, received no later than 10 days following the issue of the formal complaint decision by the Dean, the student may request an appeal hearing of a Grievance Committee, to be made up a designee of the Dean, a Student Services representative, and another member appointed by the President. This committee shall issue a written decision within three days of the hearing, and the decision is final.
During the review phase by the Grievance Committee, the student is entitled to speak directly to the Committee. However, other representatives (i.e., family members, legal counsel), are not permitted in the hearing room.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with 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.