Dec 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED]


The policies described here and outlined in the Student Handbook specific to the student’s campus have been established to enhance each student’s overall educational and social experience at the CIA.

About This Catalog

This catalog does not constitute a contract between the college and its students on either a collective or individual basis. An enrollment agreement, signed by the student, constitutes a contract between the CIA and that student.

The student should be aware that some information in the catalog may change. It is recommended that students considering enrollment check with the school to determine if there is any change from the information provided in the catalog. In addition, a catalog will contain information on the school’s teaching personnel and courses/curricula offered.

Changes in policies or programs will be provided as an addendum to the catalog in August and December.

The information contained in this catalog is true and correct to the best of the college’s knowledge.

California Campus

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by this institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, 916-431-6959, or fax: 916-263-1897.

Campus Climate and Inclusiveness

The Culinary Institute of America is committed to providing an encouraging, safe, and inclusive campus and classroom experience for all students, faculty, staff, and guests. The CIA welcomes and is enriched by ideas, cultures, and personal identities of the campus community. Inclusiveness and respect align with the mission of the CIA and allow the college to support a diverse society as well as a diverse foodservice and hospitality industry.

All members of the CIA community are responsible for contributing to a campus environment where everyone is encouraged, is valued, and receives fair and equitable treatment, regardless of personal expression, identity, belief, and status.

Student Code of Conduct

Students are responsible for becoming familiar with the CIA’s policies and regulations governing student life. The Student Code of Conduct promotes the necessary order, safety, and security of the CIA 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 college or actions that endanger any member of the community will not be tolerated. The CIA requires students to conduct themselves in ways that exemplify the mission statement of the college and to follow the policies described in their Student Handbook.

Student Responsibility

The Culinary Institute of America provides a realistic learning environment for each of its students. Students will be required to participate in a variety of “hands-on” experiences on and off campus, consistent with training in the culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or food and beverage field. All CIA students assume the risks and responsibilities inherent in the educational process.

Observation and application experiences may at times involve dangers and hazards to which professionals in the foodservice field are exposed. The CIA assumes no responsibility for any of these risks. However, we do attempt to provide a safe environment and to instruct students in safe practices and procedures. None of us are immune to injury in the course of our daily lives, work, or field of study, so students should conduct themselves with due and reasonable care in their actions.

If a particular educational experience is a course, degree, or certificate requirement, or a voluntary extracurricular activity, students must decide whether or not to participate and expose themselves to its possible hazards. If a student chooses not to participate in a required activity, however, the student may fail to satisfy the course, degree, or certificate requirements. Students may wish to discuss the risks noted above with the faculty or staff supervisor of the activity in which they are participating.

Student Questions

Many times when students have a question, they can resolve it on their own by speaking with the party involved. If, however, after speaking with the student or employee about the question, a student does not feel the matter is addressed, or if a student has a question about an administrative process or procedure, the student may see the following college officials:

Civil Rights Questions

Refer to the full text of the Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination Policy on the Consumer Information page at (All U.S. campuses)

Curriculum and Faculty Questions

  • Deans—Education (NY)
  • Director—Education (CA)
  • Managing Director (SG)
  • Associate Dean—Degree Programs (TX)

Financial Questions

  • Director—Student Financial Planning in Hyde Park, NY (All U.S. campuses)
  • SIT (SG)

Registration and Course Scheduling Questions

  • Registrar in Hyde Park, NY (All U.S. campuses)
  • Associate Registrar (CA)
  • Student Services Manager (TX)
  • Managing Director (SG)

Residence Life Questions

  • Associate Dean—Student Affairs and Housing (NY & CA)  or Assistant Dean—Student Conduct and Community Engagement (NY)
  • Residence Life and Housing Coordinator or Assistant Director—Student Affairs (CA)

General Student Questions

  • Associate Vice President and Dean—Student Affairs in Hyde Park, NY (All U.S. campuses)
  • Associate Dean—Student Affairs and Housing (NY & CA)
  • Associate Dean —Campus Life and Student Development (NY)
  • Assistant Dean—Student Conduct and Community Engagement (NY)
  • Assistant Dean—Student Affairs (CA)
  • Managing Director (SG & TX)

For information visit the Consumer Information page at

Student Complaints Policy and Procedures

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has established processes for use by students to make complaints; for the timely, prompt, and equitable review, investigation, resolution, and appeal of such complaints; for communications with students who make complaints; and for related record-keeping. The CIA requires students first to try informal means to resolve their concerns with the appropriate CIA employee. If the outcome is not satisfactory, students should use the appropriate channel available under the Student Complaint Policy for the type of complaint to be addressed. The CIA will communicate the results of its review of a complaint with the student in a timely manner, within 60 days of receipt of the complaint. The CIA complies with related periodic reporting requirements. The CIA Student Complaint Policy does not govern student complaints about grades or student conduct; these are governed by the Student Code of Conduct and academic policies.

Students in the online Master’s of Professional Studies program (except those living in California) wishing to pursue a complaint about the online MPS program must first follow the usual CIA Student Complaint Policy. In the event that the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome, a complaint (excluding those about grades or student conduct matters) may be appealed within two years of the incident to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) portal entity in the CIA’s home state of New York at the following:

Supervisor, Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Students of the online MPS program residing in California should follow the usual Student Complaint policy as described above.

For information on the Student Complaint Policy, including notices with instructions for filing complaints with higher education authorizing entities in California, New York, and Texas, visit the consumer information page at  You may also contact the Director—Compliance and Information Privacy at 845-451-1429 with any questions.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) is a U.S. federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and gives students who reach the age of 18 or attend a postsecondary institution the right to inspect and review their own education records.

The Privacy of Education Records-Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found on the Consumer Information page at

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The CIA is committed to providing a campus environment free of discrimination and harassment. The Non-Discrimination Statement can be found on the Consumer Information page at

Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination Policy Statement

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from harassment. Members of the CIA community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from any form of harassment (which includes sexual misconduct and sexual harassment) or discrimination; all are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.

The Culinary Institute of America prohibits harassment against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin, or any protected group or classification under federal or state laws. These principles also apply to admissions, financial aid, academic matters, career services, counseling, housing, employment policies, scholarship programs, medical services, and all other programs and activities available at the CIA.

Members of the CIA community, guests, and visitors who believe that he or she has been or is being subjected to a form of harassment is strongly urged to use the resolution procedures described in this policy.

The Culinary Institute of America’s Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination Policy is consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008, and other applicable state or federal law. In some instances, this policy will be amended to extend beyond federal protections when state laws or statutes (such as California’s Leonard’s Law) provide compelling reasons to do so.

Complaint, Reporting, and Resolution Procedures

Procedures for reporting, filing a complaint and resolution are outlined in the Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination Policy, which can be read in its entirety at on the Consumer Information page.

Alcohol and Drugs

The Culinary Institute of America is committed to creating and maintaining a campus and work environment that is free of drug and alcohol abuse and complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing the service and consumption of alcohol and the use and possession of illegal substances.

The CIA prohibits:

  • The unlawful use, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, transportation, purchase, or possession of any non-prescription drugs or controlled substances on its owned, operated, or controlled property or any other location,
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia,
  • The unlawful service, distribution, sale, possession, consumption, or other unlawful use of alcoholic beverages,
  • Unlawful behaviors involving alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances including, but not limited to, underage drinking, public intoxication that impacts the CIA, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and manufacturing, distributing, or using false identification,
  • The unlawful use, purchase, and distribution of medication including, but not limited to, prescription and over-the-counter medications,
  • The reckless or intentional a) acts that endanger mental or physical health, or b) conduct that creates a substantial risk of injury, to a person in the course of initiation or affiliation with any organization, club, or institution, and
  • Any activities involving the forced consumption of alcohol or drugs, including activities encouraging consumption of large amounts of alcohol or repeated consumption of alcohol in a confined amount of time.

The CIA imposes sanctions for illegal alcohol or drug use and violation of this policy. In addition, individuals violating the law with the use of alcohol and drugs may be subject to criminal charges as applicable under local, state, or federal law. The CIA will cooperate fully with all civil authorities and enforcement agencies.

The Alcohol and Drug Policy may be found in the Student Handbook and on the consumer information page at, and the full policy is disclosed annually to students and staff.

Weapons Policy

The Culinary Institute of America is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment that is free of violence. This obligation includes eliminating recognized hazards from the campus community that may contribute to violence or serious harm.

No individual (student, staff, or faculty member or member of the general public) is permitted to bring a weapon or replica of a weapon of any kind onto U.S. college properties. Additionally, no student, staff, or faculty member may carry a weapon or replica of a weapon of any kind during college business travel. A weapon includes any device defined in this policy that in the manner used or intended is capable of producing death, harm, intimidation, or bodily injury to a person or property. This policy applies to all situations, whether the weapon is licensed or not. Only law enforcement officials acting within their official capacity shall be considered exempt from this policy.


Weapons include but are not limited to knives, firearms or guns (including starter pistols, paintball guns, and guns that shoot projectiles such as pellets, BBs, and airsoft beads), machetes, bombs/explosives, ammunition, slingshots, clubs/bludgeons, chuka sticks/martial arts weapons, plastic or metal knuckles, electronic devices intended to stun or incapacitate (e.g., Taser), and bow and arrow combinations (including crossbows).


a. A firearm or other weapon in the possession of a law enforcement officer who is authorized to possess same, either on or off duty, by the employing law enforcement agency.

b. Kitchen knives and other kitchen-related equipment used to support the educational process.

Questions may be directed to the director of campus safety or the director of compliance. The full CIA Weapons Policy, including prlecdures for reporting incidents, may be viewed from the Policies and Procedures page (under Campus Resources) at CIA Main Menu.

Computer and Network Usage Policy

The use of The Culinary Institute of America’s network and computer systems by any party should always be legal, ethical, and consistent with the CIA’s mission. The CIA grants access to its networks and computer systems subject to responsibilities and obligations set forth in this Computer and Network Usage Policy and subject to all local, state, and federal laws. Should it be determined that network or computer activity being generated from any user or user’s device is drastically inhibiting or interfering with the performance of the CIA’s network and computing resources, the CIA reserves the right to immediately terminate that user’s access and devices without notice.

Users of the CIA network and computing resources must realize that receiving access is a privilege provided by the CIA and should be treated as such. Enforcement of this policy and established procedures for all CIA campuses will benefit all users.

The full CIA Computer and Network Usage Policy may be viewed from the Policies and Procedures page (under Campus and Student Life) at CIA Main Menu.