Apr 12, 2021  
2020-2021 Student Handbook 
    
2020-2021 Student Handbook

Student Code of Conduct



The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) strives to provide a quality of life and an environment that helps students grow both personally and professionally. The CIA requires students to conduct themselves in ways that exemplify the mission statement of the college and upholds the core values of the college. The Student Code of Conduct promotes the necessary order, safety, and security of the college community and safeguards the individual and collective rights of everyone on campus. Actions by individuals or groups that interfere with the orderly functions of the CIA or actions that endanger any member of the college community will not be tolerated.

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Article I: Judicial Authority

  1. The associate vice president and dean of student affairs in New York or his or her appointed conduct officers at each campus location have judicial authority to assess penalties and sanctions found in Article III, Section B in accordance with this code.
  2. Any member of the CIA community may report violations of the code directly to an appropriate conduct officer at each CIA campus location or through the online reporting form. Violations of the code will also be considered when information is provided from one who is not a member of the college community.
  3. Appeal: See Article III, Section A (3).

Note: Violations involving harassment, sexual misconduct, or discrimination must follow the process outlined in the Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination Policy  to address, adjudicate, and appeal such violations.

Article II: Jurisdiction and Proscribed Conduct

A. Jurisdiction of the CIA

Any student who engages in conduct contrary to the CIA’s Student Code of Conduct either on or off a CIA campus, including criminal activity for which they may or may not be arrested, may be subject to disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct is applicable to a student during the time of admission through the awarding of a degree or certificate and applies to all behavior while on any CIA campus; during CIA-sponsored programs, trips, or events; off campus; and during externship, internship, or intersession periods. When a violation of a standard of conduct occurs in a classroom, the student may be subject to sanctions under academic policies and/or the Student Code of Conduct. The code of conduct remains in effect in situations in which a student withdraws from the CIA while a disciplinary matter is pending.

Students who register to participate in a semester-away or study-abroad opportunity are subject to a disciplinary review and clearance prior to the trip.

B. Conduct: Rules and Regulations

Violations of the code include, but are not limited to, the behavior outlined below. The administration may, at its discretion, bring charges against any student whose conduct violates the CIA’s rules or regulations. Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in  Article III, Section B:

Section 1: Endangering Behavior. Verbal or physical conduct or any form of retaliation that threatens or endangers the health or safety of oneself or others, whether actual or implied, or results in personal injury to oneself or others.

Section 2: Weapons or Contraband. Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of any type of firearm, including, but not limited to, BB or other pellet/air guns, paintball guns, explosive fireworks, martial arts weapons, combustibles, open flames, Tasers, or knives (except for small pocket knives and knives specifically required by the CIA for laboratory classes) or the possession of any other weapon or instrument that could be used to inflict injury, or that might cause a person to believe there may be a danger of being harmed. Novelty or collectible items that simulate or imitate weapons are also prohibited.

Section 3: Drugs. Violation of the campus Alcohol and Drug Policy, including, but not limited to, the following: the possession, solicitation, sale, distribution, or use of any illegal drugs or substances on campus, even in cases where a student may have a medical prescription for the use of such drugs or substances (e.g., medical marijuana); the possession of drug-related paraphernalia (e.g., bongs, pipes, syringes) or the use of hookahs; the use of legal substances and/or paraphernalia in an illegal manner; being in the presence of paraphernalia or anyone using illegal drugs or legal substances in an illegal manner; or arrest for drug-related activity on or off campus. Regardless of any local or state laws, and in compliance with federal law, the use, possession, manufacture, or cultivation of an illegal drug or substance, or being under its influence, is not permitted in or on any CIA campus, facility, or property; nor is it permitted at any CIA-sponsored event or activity that takes place in an off-campus environment.

Section 4: Damaging CIA Reputation. Behavior, on or off campus, that would tend to damage the reputation of the CIA or its students, or that may cause any injury or hardship to anyone. 

Section 5: Theft/Unauthorized Use. Attempted or actual theft of CIA property or property of a member of the college or local community. This includes theft of services or unauthorized use (see Property Pass Policy ) of CIA property, equipment, facilities, or services.

Section 6: Vandalism or Misuse of Property. Vandalism, defacement, or misuse of, or damage to, any part of CIA premises/property or the personal property of any member of the college community.

Section 7: Violation of Law. Violations of any federal, state, or local law or regulation. These may result in prosecution and sanctions by civil authorities. However, violations that adversely affect the interests and reputation of the CIA may result in disciplinary action being taken against any student by the college itself, independent of civil authorities. (Please refer to Article II, C, for additional information.)

Section 8: Alcohol. Violation of the campus Alcohol and Drug Policy , including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Consuming alcohol in a public or communal area (e.g., parking lots, gazebos, athletic fields, halls, lounges, kitchens, alcohol-free CIA-sponsored events, etc.)
  2. Providing someone under 21 with alcohol
  3. Consumption of alcohol by a student under 21
  4. Possession of alcohol by a student under 21
  5. Engaging in inappropriate behavior involving alcohol including, but not limited to, public intoxication or any intoxication resulting in a transport to the hospital
  6. Possession of, or being in the presence of, a beer keg/tap system, or drinking games (e.g., beer pong, flip cup, funneling), or being involved in any activity that promotes mass consumption of alcohol
  7. Consuming or possessing an excessive amount of alcohol (not to exceed twelve 12-ounce containers of beer or pre-mixed beverage alcohol [144 oz], or two 750ml bottles of wine, or one-fifth of distilled alcohol) per resident; guests may not bring additional alcohol that would exceed the permitted amount for a resident
  8. Students over 21 may not be in the presence of a person under 21 if alcohol is being consumed (open container); the exception is if one roommate is under 21, as long as the other roommate(s) are the only people in the room at the time the alcohol is present
  9. Students over 21 may not consume alcohol if there is a person under 21 present
  10. Students under 21 may not be in the presence of alcohol, except if one roommate is over 21 as long as both roommates are the only two people in the room at the time the alcohol is present
  11. Hosting a party (defined as more individuals than permitted by fire code) in campus housing in which alcohol is present
  12. Possession of empty containers of alcohol
  13. Other violations of alcohol policies not outlined within this code

Section 9: Fire Safety System. Tampering with or damaging any mechanism that is part of the fire alarm or fire suppression system (fire extinguisher, smoke detector, sprinkler, etc.), including willfully, or through negligence, causing a fire alarm to sound, or failing to immediately evacuate the building when an alarm sounds; and willfully or maliciously causing a fire. (Please note: the violations listed above are very serious, potentially endangering all campus residents. Thus, sanctions can include fines as high as $2,000, expulsion from the college, and criminal prosecution by civil authorities.) If applicable, please see Residence Hall Fire Safety .

Section 10: Providing False Information/ Withholding Information. Furnishing false information to the CIA or making false statements or false reports to CIA officials; engaging in forgery, alteration, or improper use of any CIA record, key, identification card, or other document; or withholding information a student knew or reasonably should have known to disclose to the college, or information that has been requested by a member of the CIA community who is authorized to request such information. The use of false identification may be a crime under state law.

Section 11: Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with directions of, or interference with, any CIA official, faculty member, or staff member, including the failure to properly identify oneself or to produce an identification card when requested to do so; failure to complete required programs as assigned; unauthorized attendance at or attempting to obtain access to a CIA-sponsored event (e.g., conference, commencement, or reception) without a CIA-issued ticket or permission to do so.

Section 12: Housing/Residence Hall Violations. Violation of the Residence Hall License Agreement or code of conduct violations found within this code whether the student is present or not present in the student’s CIA contracted or controlled housing, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Possession of contraband items (e.g., official street signs, CIA owned furniture or equipment, dishware, etc.) prohibited by law or CIA policy; the presence of such items in a student’s room is considered possession
  2. Violation of guest policy   
  3. Violation of quiet hours and/or disturbing others during courtesy hours both inside and/or outside of housing
  4. Unauthorized alterations of a room including, but not limited to, painting, construction of lofts, installing hooks in the ceilings or walls, or use of a personal door lock
  5. Possession of pets not otherwise permitted by the CIA
  6. Unauthorized refrigerator or microwave
  7. Failure to attend a mandatory meeting
  8. Violation of a CIA policy by a guest (student hosts are responsible for ensuring their guests’ compliance with CIA policy)
  9. Violation of Residence Hall Fire Safety  regulations
  10. Having a dart board with steel-pointed darts in campus housing
  11. Improper disposal of trash and recycling including, but not limited to, accumulation of bottles, boxes, trash, or other debris
  12. Failure to prepare room for incoming student(s) or occupying both sides of the room
  13. Participating in hall or courtyard sports
  14. Unauthorized room change or failure to complete scheduled room change
  15. Failure to follow proper check-out procedures
  16. Tampering with and/or damage to room, facility, or personal or CIA-owned property
  17. Engaging in commercial activities in a residence hall or solicitation on behalf of an outside party, such as distribution or posting of leaflets or flyers
  18. Failure to follow proper closing policies  for approved college breaks, including but not limited to, summer, winter, or spring (for bachelor’s students) breaks
  19. Failure to maintain appropriate cleanliness in your housing or bathroom (see Housekeeping )
  20. Other violations of Residence Life policies not outlined within this code (Including but not limited to violation of the Emotional Support Animal Policy)
  21. Possession of alcohol by any student, regardless of age, in an alcohol-free residence hall

Section 13: Dress Code. Violations of the Professionalism, Uniform, and Hygiene Policy in the CIA Academic Catalog.

Section 14: Unprofessional Conduct. Unprofessional conduct, including, but not limited to, the use of foul language, bullying, demeaning, rude, or insulting behavior, or other personal conduct (such as spitting in public areas, or discarding cigarette butts or litter on the ground, in wooded areas and ponds, or otherwise not in proper receptacles) that would tend to demean the reputation of CIA students, staff, faculty, visitors, or guests. 

Section 15: Obstruction. Participation in a campus activity or demonstration that disrupts the normal operations of the CIA and infringes upon the rights of other members of the college community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; or intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus. Students are encouraged to work with the Student Government Association or CIA administration regarding clarification or grievances of campus policies and procedures.

Section 16: Computer or Phone Violations. Theft or other abuse of computer time or phone service including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Unauthorized entry into a file for any purpose, including to use, read, or change its contents
  2. Unauthorized transfer of a file
  3. Unauthorized use of another person’s identity, password, and/or personal access code number
  4. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or college official
  5. Use of computers or personal electronic devices to send inappropriate messages or view inappropriate content
  6. Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the CIA computing system
  7. Fraudulent use of phone service

Section 17: Building Security. Tampering with, damaging, or compromising any equipment that is part of the door access system or campus surveillance system (doors, card readers, locks, closed-circuit TV cameras, etc.). These systems are in place to help protect the safety and security of all residents. The college considers some violations of Section 17 to be the equivalent of “breaking and entering” as defined in most criminal codes. Students are cautioned to not allow access to residence halls by any person they do not know personally. Immediately report all suspicious persons or activities to Campus Safety or Security. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Improper entry or exit into or out of a building without permission, or without using properly issued keys or ID card access (see Identification Cards )
  2. Improper use of an access card or key (your own or one belonging to another person)
  3. Propping open a door to prevent it from closing and/or locking properly
  4. Forcing open a door or window by any means other than proper use of a door access card or key

Section 18: Impeding the Conduct Process. Abuse of the conduct process, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Failure to respond to a summons of a CIA official
  2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information during a conduct meeting
  3. Disruption or interference with an orderly conduct proceeding
  4. Initiating a conduct proceeding without just cause
  5. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the conduct process
  6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a CIA official prior to, and/or during, the course of the conduct proceeding
  7. Engaging in inappropriate verbal or physical conduct towards a CIA official prior to, during, and/or after a conduct proceeding
  8. Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed under this code
  9. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the conduct process

Section 19: Campus Policy Violations. Violation of any college policy not outlined in this code, including, but not limited to: Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination Policy ; Campus SaVE Act Addendum ; Service Charge (Tipping) Policy ; Smoking and Tobacco Policy ; Traffic and Parking Violations and Fines ; Student Employment Policy; Student Guest Policy ; and Hazing Policy .

C. Violations of Law and CIA Discipline

  1. If a student is charged with an off-campus violation of a federal, state, or local law or regulation, but not with any other violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disciplinary action may be taken and sanctions imposed for misconduct that demonstrates a disregard for the college or local community.
  2. The CIA’s disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law or regulation that is also a violation of this code. Proceedings under this code may be carried out regardless of outcome, prior to, simultaneously with, or following any civil or criminal proceedings off campus.
  3. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the CIA will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding under this code, however, the college may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of this code and of how such matters will be handled within the CIA community. The college will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the punishment and/or rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students and faculty members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with government representatives as they deem appropriate. The CIA reserves the right to defer or pursue any disciplinary proceeding during a related criminal or administrative proceeding.

D. Amnesty from Drug, Alcohol, and Other Conduct Violations

The health and safety of the CIA community is of utmost importance. The CIA recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The CIA strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to CIA officials. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith who discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to CIA officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the CIA’s code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

In addition to amnesty for alcohol and drug violations, an individual who participates in good faith as a complainant, a witness in an investigation, or a bystander in relation to an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for any violation of the CIA’s student conduct policy at or near the time of the incident, unless the institution determines that the violation was egregious, including, but not limited to, an action that places the health or safety of any other person at risk or involves plagiarism, cheating, or academic dishonesty.

Further, when a student assists an individual who is intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol/drugs in procuring medical or safety assistance, that student may be granted amnesty, at the discretion of the conduct officer, from formal disciplinary action by the college for violating the alcohol or drug policy.

Article III: Student Conduct Processes

A. Charges and Hearings

  1. Any member of the CIA community may file charges against any student for misconduct. Charges will be prepared in writing and directed to an appropriate CIA official/conduct officer. Any charge should be submitted within 30 calendar days of CIA awareness and/or discovery of the alleged violation, exclusive of holidays. This time limit does not apply to charges that result from criminal charges that are filed by off-campus law enforcement authorities or if existing laws prohibit this time limit.
  2. An assigned conduct officer will direct an investigation to determine whether the charges merit sanctions. The finding of violations is rendered on the basis of a more likely than not, or preponderance of evidence, where a reasonable belief exists that a violation has occurred and is deemed sufficient to issue sanctions. If this is found to be the case, the conduct officer will issue a finding and/or sanction. The college does not operate under the auspices of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This legal precept is reserved for the criminal courts of the local, state, and federal judicial systems. No college official may promise that a sanction will be reduced or modified if a student cooperates with the official or provides any additional information when asked. Cooperation from students is expected. Disciplinary sanctions are issued according to the particular violation, severity, and past practice. All decisions related to a charge or charges against a student will be presented to the accused student in writing. At any point within the investigation, if additional information arises which results in new charges and/or modification to sanctions, students will be made aware in writing
  3. Appeals
    1. A decision reached by a conduct officer may be appealed by the adjudged student(s) within three business days, exclusive of holidays or breaks, of the issuance of the sanction. Such appeals must be submitted in writing.
    2. An appeal officer(s) will decide whether an appeal will be granted. If the appeal is not granted, the student can take no further action to amend the sanction unless the sanction includes loss of campus housing, suspension, or expulsion from the college. In such cases only, the student may file a written appeal of the appeal officer(s) recommendation to the associate vice president and dean of student affairs in New York or designee, the final step in the appeal process.
    3. There are three justifications upon which an appeal will be considered. If a student fails to justify the appeal, it may be denied without review. An appeal officer(s) will decide whether or not one or more of these criteria have been met:
      1. The decision reached regarding the adjudged student was based on substantial evidence, that is, whether the facts of the case were sufficient to establish that a violation of this code occurred and the adjudged student committed the violation.

      2. The procedures were properly followed.

      3. New evidence is available to alter the original determination.

    4. If an appeal request is accepted by the original conduct officer, a student(s) will be notified of the date, time, and place of the scheduled appeal proceeding. If the student fails to appear, the evidence in support of the findings will be presented, considered, and adjudicated in the student’s absence.
    5. Written warnings, residence hall closing violations, announced room inspections, and administratively issued demerits for not completing a required educational program cannot be appealed.
  4. An appeal officer is empowered to recommend to the original conduct officer, or the supervisor of the original conduct officer, the elimination or alteration of the findings and/or sanctions previously decided. The supervisor or conduct officer will review the recommendation(s) made by the appeal officer and either uphold the findings and/ or sanctions, or make changes. Any amended findings and/or sanctions will be sent to the student appellant in writing.
  5. An appeal proceeding will be conducted by an appeal officer and/or the associate vice president and dean of student affairs or designee according to the following guidelines:
    1. Unless otherwise provided in this code, an appeal proceeding will be conducted in private. No one outside the appeal officer or board, with the exception of a faculty, staff, or student observer, will be allowed to be present at the hearing without the consent of the appeal officer. No one may inspect the records of the appeal officer. The presence of an observer is a courtesy extended by the appeal officer at the request of the adjudged student.Therefore, it is not mandatory that an observer attends an appeal proceeding. The observer will be allowed to ask questions for clarification purposes only but will not be allowed to participate in appeal deliberations.
    2. At an appeal proceeding involving more than one adjudged student, the appeal officer, at his or her discretion, may conduct the proceeding concerning each of the students separately.
    3. The adjudged may have access to evidence, upon review of the CIA, that supports the charges and conduct officer’s findings as long as personally identifiable information of other students is not compromised.
    4. The adjudged has the right to be accompanied by an advisor, at his or her own expense. The adjudged is responsible for presenting his or her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any proceeding before an appeal officer(s). Attorneys are only permitted to serve in the role of advisor when the charge is related to a criminal charge filed against the accused student.
    5. The adjudged will have the opportunity to challenge any appeal officer prior to the commencement of the proceeding whom the adjudged believes may be prejudiced about his or her case.
    6. The adjudged will have the right to present witnesses, subject to interview and/or discretion of an appeal officer(s).
    7. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by an appeal officer.
    8. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the assigned appeal officer.
    9. After the appeal proceeding, an appeal officer(s) will determine, by majority vote if applicable, to uphold the conduct officer’s findings or recommend a modification to those findings.
  6. Any record, written or otherwise, of the appeal proceeding is considered sole property of The Culinary Institute of America.
  7. An adjudged student will be presented with the outcome of the appeal in writing.

B. Sanctions

  1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated this code or as an interim measure pending the outcome of any charge(s) brought pursuant to this code. Any combination of sanctions listed in this section may be imposed for any single violation.
    1. Verbal Warning: A verbal warning may occasionally be given to allow a student to correct a violation in a timely manner.
    2. Written Warning: A notice in writing informing a student that the student is violating or has violated college regulations, and warning that repeat violations will result in more severe disciplinary sanctions. 
    3. Demerits: One to 12 demerits may be assessed for verified violations of this code. A student is subject to suspension or expulsion from the CIA for an accumulation of 12 demerits within a 12-month period. Demerits may disqualify a student from becoming a resident assistant, participating in the Manager-in-Training (MIT) program, living in specific residence halls, participating in intercollegiate athletics, or holding certain student offices.
    4. Probation: Probation for a designated time may be assigned. Probation may include specific directives that the student is instructed to follow, a warning that additional sanctions may be assigned for further violations, and a signed behavioral contract agreement. An accumulation of nine demerits will result in a period of probation.
    5. Loss of Privileges: There may be a denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. This includes, but is not limited to, any and all privileges pertaining to campus housing, operating and parking motor vehicles, campus visitation, student employment, or use of any campus facility or service.
    6. Fines: Fines may be assessed. The amount will reflect the degree of seriousness of the violation. All fines are considered legitimate debts to the CIA, and non-payment may result in any of the stated penalties, dis-continuation of classes, and/or not attending the commencement ceremony, not receiving the diploma, and/or not receiving copies of student transcripts and records. 
    7. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury may be required. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary payment or material replacement.
    8. Community Restitution: Work assignments for a specified number of hours may be given to provide a useful service to the college or local community.
    9. Residence Hall Suspension: There may be a separation of the student from the residence halls for a defined period of time. Students with serious disciplinary records are not permitted to reside in or visit residence halls as deemed appropriate.
    10. Loss of Housing: Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls may occur. Students expelled from the residence halls are not allowed to visit the residence halls or the grounds adjacent to them.
    11. Completion of an Alcohol Education or Rehabilitation Program: Successful completion of an approved alcohol or substance abuse rehabilitation or educational program may be required as a condition for continued matriculation if the violation(s) involves alcohol, illegal drugs, or the abuse or misuse of any legal drugs. The CIA may require drug testing by a treatment facility.
    12. Required Assessment or Educational Sessions: A completed assessment or educational session by a licensed counselor or medical doctor may be required for students exhibiting behavioral concerns that compromise the safety of oneself or others.
    13. Involuntary Separation: Significant concerns regarding health and wellness may require the college to place a student on an involuntary withdrawal or leave of absence, per college policy, until said concern is addressed.
    14. Suspension: Suspension from the CIA is often for 15 weeks to one year, but may be for lesser or greater periods of time. Suspension may take effect immediately and includes suspension from classes, residence halls, and all campus visitations, unless specifically authorized. Any student arrested by the civil authorities and charged with a felony may be immediately suspended from classes, pending further decision by the CIA. Suspension may result in the same loss of privileges as listed under Article III, Section B (1)(c): “Demerits”.
    15. Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the CIA. Note: prior to June 1, 2016, disciplinary “Dismissal” is equivalent to “Expulsion”.
    16. No Contact Orders: No Contact Orders (NCOs) are temporary directives issued by a conduct officer prohibiting communication between or among designated students when, in the judgment of the CIA, there is reason to believe that such an order would be in the best interest of all parties. NCOs prohibit all forms of communication between students: direct or indirect, written, electronic, or through a third party. NCOs are not similar to court-imposed orders of protection and do not guarantee that designated parties will avoid sightings or interactions in class, on the campus, or in the local community. In some circumstances, an NCO may restrict a student from parts of the campus where the student would not have to engage in required academic activities. Measures may be enacted to prevent or limit contact between designated students.
    17. No Trespass or Persona Non Grata Order: An official notification that an individual is not permitted on The Culinary Institute of America property or campus. This directive includes all campus buildings, grounds, parking lots, and roads.  If violated, law enforcement will be notified and the individual may face charges of criminal trespass pursuant to state law. This notice shall remain in effect for a specific time period at the discretion of the conduct officer.
    18. Registration Hold: A restriction placed on a student’s account that prevents future registration for classes until other sanctions or requirements are met.
  2. Following are those sanctions that may be imposed upon groups or organizations:
    1. Those sanctions listed above in Article III, Section B (1) (a, b, d, e, g, h, n, o)
    2. Deactivation: loss of all privileges, including CIA recognition, for a specified period of time
  3. NOTE: Other than suspension or expulsion from the CIA, disciplinary sanctions will not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record. All disciplinary sanctions, however, are a part of the student’s confidential record maintained electronically with final oversight by the associate vice president and dean of student affairs. After a period of six years from the student’s date of last enrollment in any degree program, all sanctions—except loss of campus housing, suspension, and expulsion from the college—are removed from the confidential record.

C. Immediate or Interim Suspension or Expulsion

Under the following circumstances, the associate vice president and dean of student affairs or designated conduct officer may impose an immediate or interim CIA suspension, expulsion, residence hall suspension, or loss of housing.

  1. Immediate or interim suspension or expulsion may be imposed only:
    1. To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community or preservation of property
    2. To ensure a student’s physical or emotional safety and well-being
    3. If a student poses a threat of disruption to, or interference with, the normal operations of the college
    4. If a student has additional violations of this code while engaged in the appeal process for an earlier sanction of loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion.
  2. During a suspension or following an expulsion, students will be denied access to the residence halls, the campus (including classes), and/or all other CIA activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as a CIA official may determine to be appropriate.

Article IV: Interpretation and Revision

  1. Any questions of interpretation regarding this code will be referred to the associate vice president and dean of student affairs or his/her designee for final determination.
  2. This code of conduct will be reviewed annually under the direction of the associate vice president and dean of student affairs or his/her designee.

 

Article V: CIA SAFE Addendum

The Culinary Institute of America is committed to safeguarding the health and overall well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and minimizing the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 within our community. As a member of the CIA community, it is essential students adhere to the below policies and guidelines, which have been integrated into the 2020-2021 Student Code of Conduct and the CIA SAFE pledge through publication of this addendum. Students are called to act and make decisions in the best interest of the community. Please note, the policies in this addendum take precedence over any existing policies in the student handbook.

Adherence to the CIA SAFE Pledge

The Culinary Institute of America is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. It is imperative students recognize that as a member of the CIA family, students will need to act and make decisions that are in the best public health interest of the community. As part of the campus-wide effort to protect the health and safety of its community, each semester students are required to sign the CIA SAFE Pledge to maintain their health and to consider the health, safety and well-being of peers, faculty, staff and guests in daily decisions.

By signing the CIA SAFE Pledge, students agree to:

  1. Follow the detailed protocols outlined in the CIA SAFE Plan and understand their responsibility to maintain awareness of changes in that plan as they are introduced based on the shifting course of the pandemic
  2. Wear a mask responsibly, whenever and wherever required and follow all recommended public health guidelines
  3. Practice physical distancing guidelines by:
    • Staying at least 6 feet from other people in all settings
    • Not gathering in groups of 10 or more (on or off campus), unless part of a class or sanctioned college activity
    • Staying out of crowded places and avoiding mass gatherings both on and off campus
    • Not hosting overnight guests or visitors
    • Adhering to all maximum occupancy requirements in elevators, smoking gazebos, etc.
  4. Participate honestly in the daily health checks
  5. Always carry CIA identification cards  and be prepared to produce identification card to any staff member upon request
  6. Stay in their assigned residence hall room/suite or off campus residence if ill or suspect to have been exposed to someone who is ill
  7. Use gloves in kitchens and foodservice locations in accordance with local Health Department requirements
  8. Follow all classroom and kitchen cleaning protocols
  9. Maintain hygienic conditions in my living space
  10. Sanitize their academic tool kit, laptop/tablet and personal mobile device upon entry to kitchens and classrooms
  11. Remain on campus, when possible, and not travel to areas with high rates of COVID-19 infection or any state on the New York State quarantine list
  12. Not travel in a vehicle with more than two people (including the driver) and wear a mask if traveling with another driver or passenger
  13. Not travel off campus between 11 PM and 5 AM, unless waiver has been approved by the college
  14. Follow the guidelines for self-quarantine or self-isolation if recommended by the Department of Health or other healthcare provider, or CIA’s Student Health Services, due to a COVID-19 exposure or positive COVID-19 test
  15. Notify Student Health Services if they have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, or if they are exposed to COVID-19, so that the medical staff can provide proper support and further direction 
  16. Hold themselves, fellow students, and other members of the CIA Community accountable for maintaining the CIA SAFE Pledge

Prior to entering the CIA community or participating in any CIA-sponsored event, students are required to confirm their understanding of the protocols above. Students are also expected to understand the above protocols will be updated from time to time based upon guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) or other federal, state or local authorities. Students are expected to re-commit to the pledge by signing at the start of each semester. An updated copy of these Protocols will be available at all times on the CIA Main Menu and that it is the responsibility of the student to stay aware of updates, as students will be held responsible for them.

Mask Regulations

Masks are an essential tool in the CIA campus-wide effort to protect the health and safety of its community. It is essential students adhere to the following mask regulations:

  1. Students are required to wear a mask properly in all indoor public areas: hallways, stairwells, kitchens, classrooms, restaurants, meeting rooms, common areas, etc. In kitchens, all faculty, students, and staff are required to wear both a face mask and a face shield.
    • Please note, the only exceptions are as follows:
      • When seated for a meal and socially distanced from others,
      • In a residence hall with roommate or suite mates, unless a guest is in my/our room. In that situation, everyone present must be properly wearing a face mask. “Guest” must be another CIA student, and must also be a resident of the same residence hall, lodge, or townhouse.
  2. Students are required to wear a mask in all outdoor public areas at all times. 
    • Please note, the only exceptions are as follows:
      • If students are walking or exercising outdoors without other individuals present. However, in these situations, a student must possess a mask, visible around their head or neck, and able to be quickly and properly place it over their nose and mouth when others are in their proximity. 
  3. Students are required to wear a mask in the designated smoking areas visibly but are permitted to adjust the mask when inhaling. Please note, students are not permitted to enter the gazebo if more than one person is already present and are not permitted to congregate and/or smoke outside of the gazebo.
  4. Students are required to wear a mask when traveling off-campus, unless seated eating in a socially distanced location or maintaining six-feet distance from others. 
    • For students supporting the travel of peer, or sharing a ride, occupants of the vehicle are expected to be properly masked.  Students are only permitted to be in a car with one other person at any given time.

Please note, students are required to care for their face shield. If a face shield is damaged or lost, a new one may be purchased in The Egg or at the Bookstore. If a face shield is damaged in class, please inform the Chef of the kitchen.

Daily Health Screenings

All students returning to campus receive a pre-entry screening questionnaire through their CIA e-mail 14 days prior to the entry date. This questionnaire is completed in its entirety and submitted for review by the Health Services team.  A healthcare provider clearance letter and COVID-19 testing may be required if the screening indicated a potential case of, or exposure to, COVID-19. 

All students will participate in a daily health screening prior to entering classes or utilizing campus facilities.  The health screening will consist of a symptom check and temperature reading. In accordance with CDC guidelines, a temperature on or above 100.4° may be indicative of a COVID-19 infection.  Therefore, employees and students will be admitted to campus if their temperature is 100.3° or below. 

Any students who are not cleared at the daily screening will need to have a medical evaluation and possible COVID-19 testing.  They will need to present a letter of clearance from a healthcare provider prior to attending in-person classes or utilizing campus facilities.

Students are required to respond accurately and quickly to any contact tracing requests received. 

Physical Distancing

All students are required to maintain physically distance to the extent possible in all campus locations. Physical distancing encompasses the following: 

  • Staying at least 6 feet from other people in all settings
  • Not gathering in groups of 10 or more (on or off campus), unless part of a class or sanctioned college activity
  • Staying out of crowded places and avoiding mass gatherings both on and off campus
  • Not hosting overnight guests or visitors

Adhering to all maximum occupancy requirements in elevators, smoking gazebos, etc.

Residence Life Regulations

In an effort to safeguard our residential campus community, the following restrictions have been implemented:

  • The residence hall kitchens, study rooms, and lounges re-openings will be evaluated weekly. 
  • Swipe access is only available to the building in which students reside.  
    • Students are prohibited from entering any residence halls other than their own. 
    • Commuters are not permitted in the Residence Halls.
  • The guest policy is suspended until further notice. No overnight guests are permitted.  
    • Students may have one guest per room, as long as they are a building resident, and all parties are required to must wear a mask and socially distance.
  • Food delivery is permitted as long as the delivery person is met outside.  Food should be dropped at an external location, such as a bench, rather than accepted directly from the delivery person to limit close contact.

Failure to Comply with CIA SAFE Addendum

Violations to the CIA SAFE Addendum to the Student Code of Conduct or the CIA SAFE Pledge, and any protocols therein will be adjudicated under the Student Code of Conduct process. Any violation to the CIA SAFE Addendum or the CIA SAFE Pledge threatens the collective health and safety of the college community and will result in the following sanctions:

 

COVID-19 Student Code of Conduct Violations

Pledge Submission Violation 

·      Failure to submit CIA SAFE Pledge prior to start of each semester will result in: ​

o   Denial of access to move into Residence Hall

o   Deactivation of student CIA identification card​

o   Registration Hold

Level I Violation

Violation

  • Improper wearing, or not having a mask, in indoor or outdoor public space
  • Non-compliance of physical distancing protocol
  • Failure to comply with maximum occupancy requirements, signage and floor markings posted in all campus spaces
  • Failure to participate in daily health screening
  • Gatherings of four or more people, except in cases of classes and college sanctioned events 
  • Violation of guest policy
  • Traveling with more than 2 people in a car, or traveling off campus between the hours of 11PM and 5AM
  • Not swiping to leave or enter campus
  • Sneaking off or onto campus including, but not limited to hiding in a back seat or trunk of a vehicle.

Sanction

  • 1st Violation: Written Warning
  • 2nd Violation: 6 Demerits and 14 hours of community service, within 10 days
  • 3rd Violation: Probation, minimum of 15 weeks with no additional violations and 20 hours of community service, within 14 days                      
  • 4th Violation:  Suspension (time frame to be determined by conduct officer) 

Level II Violation

Violation

  • Failure to report positive test result to Institute 
  • Lying on health screening
  • Violation of quarantine and/or isolation restrictions
  • Hosting large gatherings (10 or more people), i.e., parties on or off campus 
  • Attending large gatherings (10 or more people), i.e., parties on or off campus
  • Failure to cooperate with testing or tracing protocols

Sanction

  • 1st Violation:  Automatic suspension (time frame to be determined by conduct officer)
  • 2nd Violation: Expulsion

 

Article VI: CIA SAFE Pledge

 

January 2021 Revision


CIA SAFE PLEDGE

[SAFE = Shared Accountability For Everyone]

The Culinary Institute of America remains committed to safeguarding the health and overall well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. I recognize that as a member of the CIA family, I will need to act and make decisions that are in the best interest of our community.

 

As part of the campus-wide effort to protect the health, safety, and vitality of this community, I PLEDGE, in this time of COVID-19 risk, to maintain my own health and to always protect the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff in the daily decisions I make, by adhering to the following practices:

 

Health and Safety Screening

  • Complete a daily health/temperature checks on both class and non-class/weekend days, and respond to the screening questions honestly and accurately using the Everbridge App
  • Leave the Everbridge and Contact tracing App running in my smart phone’s background to support contact tracing efforts, if needed
  • Notify Student Health Services (or Campus Safety on evenings and weekends) if I have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), if I am diagnosed with COVID-19, or if I become exposed to COVID-19, so that the medical staff can provide evaluation and determine follow up actions
  • Remain in my residence hall room/off-campus residence and notify Student Health Services and comply with further instructions if I believe I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if I am experiencing symptoms, which could result in self-quarantine or self-isolation as determined by the situation
  • Follow the guidelines and timeline for quarantine or isolation if recommended by the Department of Health or other healthcare provider, or CIA’s Student Health Services, due to a COVID-19 exposure or a positive COVID-19 test
  • Participate in any contact tracing and testing that is asked of me by the Student Health Services office.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Always wear my mask properly in all indoor spaces, except when in my own residence hall room or suite
  • Always wear my mask properly in all outdoor spaces, unless I am walking or exercising without others around – and then, being sure my mask is on my face and clearly visible
    • Outdoor mask wearing Includes the soccer field, tennis courts, and plazas
    • Outdoor mask wearing is necessary even when I am with classmates or roommates
  • Always wear my mask when approaching and within dining settings, except when I am seated and actively eating/drinking
    • Refrain from lingering at the table when a meal is complete

 

Physical Distancing

  • Practice physical distancing guidelines by:
    • Staying at least 6 feet from other people, except where not possible
    • Not gathering in groups of 10 or more on or off campus, unless part of a class or sanctioned college activity
    • Staying out of crowded places and avoiding mass gatherings on or off campus
    • Not congregating in hallways while waiting for meals or classes to start
    • Abiding by space limitation signs on benches, dining tables, and other seating areas
    • Abiding by space and distancing limitations inside and around the smoking gazebos and stone gazebo

 

Guest Access

  • Never bringing an external guest to campus, nor hosting an external guest
  • Not hosting any students overnight, and not allowing a CIA student from a different residence hall or lodge into my room
  • Never allowing more than one visitor from the same residence hall in my room, and with each of us wearing a mask

 

Leaving & Returning to Campus

  • Not traveling in a car with more than one other person, including the driver
  • Always wearing my mask in a car, unless I am alone
  • Abiding by an 11 PM curfew on travel into or out of campus, unless I have applied for an employment waiver
  • When returning to campus, only entering through the North Gate
  • Remaining local to campus whenever possible, only traveling for essential purposes, and following New York State guidelines for state entry if I leave New York, including:
    1. Filling out a NYS Travel Form if leaving the state for more than a 24-hour period, and notifying Student Affairs in advance
    2. Abiding by pre-return testing, re-entry quarantine, and return test protocols if traveling to a state that does not border New York

 

Kitchen and Dining Guidelines

  • Follow the CIA’s standard food safety culture and all kitchen cleaning protocols
    • Use gloves in kitchens and foodservice locations in accordance with Dutchess County Health Department requirements
  • Sanitize my tool kit, laptop/tablet and personal mobile device upon entry to kitchens and classrooms
  • Wear my mask and face shield while in a lab class
  • Consume food only in designated dining areas or my residence hall room, not in hallways or other non-dining spaces

 

Additional Campus Guidelines

  • Carry my ID with me at all times and show it to any staff member upon request
  • Maintain hygienic conditions in my living space
  • Hold myself and the CIA Community accountable for maintaining the CIA SAFE Pledge, including notifying Student Affairs of any instances I observe of others not following the Pledge and putting the community at risk.

 

Violation of any of parts of this pledge may result in conduct sanctions (see Appendix).  This may include removal from housing and/or academic suspension, as your failure to adhere to the contents of the pledge puts the health of others at risk.

 

I understand that these Protocols will be updated from time to time based upon guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) or other federal, state or local authorities, and I will be expected to re-commit to the pledge by signing again at the start of each semester. I understand that an updated copy of these Protocols will be available at all times on the CIA Main Menu. Should there be any significant changes in the Protocols that would affect this Pledge, I will be notified by e-mail and be provided with a link to the updated Protocols.