Apr 03, 2020  
2016–2017 Student Handbook—New York campus 
2016–2017 Student Handbook—New York campus [ARCHIVED]

General Information

This section includes additional information that will be helpful to you during your time as a student at The Culinary Institute of America.

Admissions Recruitment Opportunities for CIA Students

The Admissions Department employs students between their sophomore and junior years as admissions seasonal demonstrators who conduct admissions presentations and culinary demonstrations to prospective students in high school culinary classes around the country. Seasonal demonstrators are paid an hourly wage and awarded a scholarship for their junior and senior years. If you’re interested, contact the Admissions Department for details.

Also, if you are interested in sharing your experiences at The Culinary Institute of America with a high school or group in your home town, please let the Admissions Department know and you’ll be provided with literature to distribute to prospective students.

Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices

The respectful use of cell phones and other electronic devices is an important element of your CIA education as you prepare for success in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Therefore, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines concerning use of these devices on campus:

Use in Laboratory Classes

With your instructor’s approval, you may use cell phones and other electronic devices in laboratory classes for the following purposes:

  • As a timer
  • As a clock
  • As a calculator—for class only; not for tests
  • For research—only if it is part of class
  • To take photos to use for building your portfolio
  • To take videos—of demos only
  • In emergency situations

Examples of inappropriate use of electronic devices in class include:

  • Playing games
  • Using social media sites or apps
  • Sending or reading personal e-mail
  • Talking
  • Texting
  • Reviewing course guides or timelines
  • Reading or consulting recipes
  • Taking or watching videos other than of demos, as above
  • Walking and texting at the same time
  • Anything else that the instructor considers disruptive to the class

In addition, at the instructor’s discretion, you and your classmates may be asked to refrain from using or to keep your cell phones face down on your desk during lecture.

Use in Lecture Halls

Electronic device use is never appropriate in lecture halls. The only exceptions will be for emergency situations or specific educational need with prior instructor approval.

Use Outside of Classes

When you are not in class, you may use these devices:

  • In common areas, while you are stationary
  • In dining areas, while you are stationary

Use of Earbuds and Headphones

For safety reasons, no earbuds or headphones are allowed in kitchens, bakeshop areas, or hallways of academic buildings. This includes times when you are cooking or transitioning through a kitchen or bakeshop for the purpose of a meal.  

Consequences for Inappropriate Use

Any violation of these guidelines may result in dismissal from class, a recorded absence, and/or reduction of your daily grade at the discretion of your instructor. You will be referred to Student Affairs for violations outside of the classroom environment.

CIA Professional Development

The CIA is here to support you throughout your career, with custom educational programs and materials designed to further your professional development. Through the college’s custom education programs, you can:

  • Contact CIA Consulting to design or participate in custom courses in areas such as culinary arts, baking and pastry, culinary technology, menu R&D, foodservice management, and professional wine studies at foundation, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
  • Put your skills to the test by earning CIA ProChef® Certification at one of three levels of industry-recognized achievement.
  • Follow your passion, enrich your understanding of beverages, and add a credential and industry connections that can give you a competitive career advantage during the two-semester Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program.
  • Participate in conferences for industry professionals.
  • Reinforce your skills or train your team with a wide range of educational materials from the CIA. Available in a variety of media—from DVD and online to print publications and apps—these training materials cover knowledge areas as diverse as cooking methods, confectionery arts, front-of-the-house management, and more.

Please visit www.ciachef.edu/academics or call 1-800-888-7850 to learn more.

Copy Center

Printed versions of course guides, PowerPoint presentations, and recipes are available through the Copy Center (adjacent to the mail room) for five cents per printed side. You can e-mail requests to copycenter@culinary.edu if required items are not stocked at the center. Color prints are available for 10 cents per printed side as well, but must be course-related and on Moodle. Due to the volume of requests, orders may take a day to a few days to complete. Only Culinary Cash is accepted as payment.

Club leaders and bachelor’s degree students making copies for their dining event should always have faculty approval and know their club’s or event’s account number to charge before bringing any jobs to the Copy Center. Please provide originals that are ready to copy or print and allow at least 24 hours for us to work on your job. For your convenience, you can e-mail your jobs to copycenter@culinary.edu.

Copy Stations

There are three self-service printer/copier station locations on campus. Print from our labs as well as your own devices, including laptops and desktops, smartphones and tablets, Google Drive, Dropbox, and flash drives. Collect your prints when you’re ready using Culinary Cash at the Hilton Computer Center, library reference area, and St. Andrew’s computer lab (a 24/7 location). For information on using PrintMe, please go to the ITS Student Printing page on CIA Main Menu under the Resources tab of the Information Technology Services page, or visit us in the Hilton Computer Center.

Culinary Cash

Culinary Cash is a cash debit system placed on your student ID card. A minimum deposit of $25 is all that is needed to get started in the program. Culinary Cash is mandatory for all students who wish to print any material from the student computer labs. In addition to student computer labs, the library, all restaurants, and The Egg accept Culinary Cash. It can also be used to buy tickets from the Student Activities Office. After each transaction, the remaining dollar amount appears on each receipt, making it easy to monitor the balance. As an added convenience, students and their families may add funds to their Culinary Cash account using our online deposit system—GET Funds. This deposit system is available 24/7 and accepts MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or debit cards as payment options.

At the end of your academic career, any balance on your Culinary Cash account will be transferred to your tuition account and applied to outstanding financial obligations. If the remaining balance is over $10, a refund must be requested via Student Financial and Registration Services. Unclaimed balances will be transferred to the Student Activities account.

Dining Services

Student dining at The Culinary Institute of America is much more than a typical college meal plan. It’s an important part of the campus culture at the CIA, fostering community and teamwork by preparing and sharing meals together. Most important, student dining is a vital part of a CIA education, both for those students preparing the meals and those partaking in them. The college’s unique dining program is driven by the curriculum and provides the campus population with a vast array of menu options each class day.


The CIA’s standard meal plan provides a predetermined number of points for every regularly scheduled class day as part of your board fee. A set number of points may be deducted as an education requirement at a specific location or part of the class you are taking. You may purchase additional Gold Points  that will allow for more meal options throughout the entire semester and may be used during the week, on weekends, and on other days when there are no scheduled classes. Meals are nontransferable. You must have your valid student ID card to be served. You should not give your ID card to another student for the purpose of obtaining a meal; this is a code of conduct violation subject to disciplinary action. You also must be in uniform or following the proper dress code to be served in Roth Hall. Uniform/proper dress code is not required in the Student Commons. The meal program may be modified in the event of severe weather or power outages.

Dietary Restrictions

Understanding that some students may have medical restrictions—including food allergies and sensitivities—that affect their diet, the college’s Learning Strategies Center (LSC) staff is available to assist in addressing these limitations as they apply to the technical requirements of the curriculum. If you have a dietary restriction, you must provide medical documentation of that restriction to LSC staff. For information about reasonable accommodations for class assignments, product handling, and/or student dining options as related to medical dietary restrictions, please contact the Learning Strategies Center at 845-451-1288.

If you have non-medical dietary restrictions or other dietary needs, contact Dining Services at 845-905-4517.

Delivery of Meals to Room-bound Students

If you’re unable to leave your residence hall room due to illness, a meal may be brought to you. You must observe the following procedures:

  1. You must first be on file with Student Health Services as being ill and absent from class.
  2. You must initiate the request for a meal delivery from Dining Services. You should ask a classmate, roommate, or friend to assist you as the “runner” of your meal.
  3. The chef and the kitchen will handle the meal just like any other order, except that the meal is served to the “runner.”
  4. The “runner” should not miss a class to deliver a meal.

Under no circumstances are non-disposable plates, utensils, or equipment to leave Roth Hall, the J. Willard Marriott Education Center, or The Egg. Students who violate this policy will be assessed a $25 fine.

E-Mail and Student Portal Responsibility

Students are responsible for checking their e-mail accounts and CIA Main Menu (the student portal) on a regular basis. The faculty and administration communicates with the student body through the college-issued e-mail account and CIA Main Menu. Additionally, you may access your grades, class schedules, housing information, billing, and other important information on CIA Main Menu. The college recommends that you check both resources often.


The CIA has high-quality kitchen, bakeshop, and dining room equipment for use as teaching tools. It is important for these items to be available for student use during all class times. As a result, no one is allowed to borrow CIA equipment. China, flatware, and glassware are not to leave the kitchen or dining room to which they are assigned. You will face disciplinary action if you’re found to be in unauthorized possession of CIA equipment without proper approval documentation.

Exhibition and Showpieces

CIA students frequently prepare food displays and centerpieces to be exhibited at off-campus functions and shows. If you prepare an item for a show, you will create your artwork under the supervision of a CIA instructor. The results are entered as CIA showpieces and may not be used for personal functions.

Identification Cards

Identification cards are issued to all students and you must carry yours at all times. If you lose your card, you can get a replacement from the Student Affairs Office. A $15 nonrefundable fee will be placed on your student account when a replacement card is issued to you.

Students are warned that the alteration or forgery of any information contained on a CIA-issued ID card, or of the card itself, is a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct and New York State Penal Law. You are not permitted to give your identification card to anyone under any circumstances. Such actions may result in sanctions ranging from demerits and fines to suspension. New York State considers this to be a crime punishable by fines and imprisonment.

Location of Information

Information pertaining to subjects important to CIA students is available online and in campus offices and publications. Please see Location of Information in the CIA Academic Catalog to assist you in finding the information you may need.


The mail room is located on the ground floor of Roth Hall, adjacent to Student Health Services.

Every student is issued a key and required to have a campus mailbox. Please be sure to memorize your box number and to always have your key with you to pick up mail. When leaving the college for reasons such as externship, graduation, or withdrawal, return your mailbox key to avoid a $25 charge.

The mail room cannot check boxes or give mail over the counter. To help speed up mail delivery, please communicate your correct address to all correspondents. Failure to do so will delay your mail. The correct mailing address is as follows:

Your Name

Campus Box Number (CBN)

The Culinary Institute of America

1946 Campus Dr.

Hyde Park, NY  12538

All mail and packages will be ready for pickup each day by 5 p.m. You will be notified of package receipt through your culinary email and will receive a reminder email daily until package is collected. A valid photo ID is required to pick up your package.

The CIA mail room is not a post office, nor is it affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service. For your convenience, stamps may be purchased at the Barnes & Noble (Craig Claiborne) Bookstore. If you need to ship large and/or international packages, please use the local Hyde Park Post Office, located north of the college on Route 9, or visit the websites of UPS, FedEx, or USPS for shipping options.

Outside Employment

If you accept part-time or occasional employment to perform culinary services for outside organizations, you do so as a private individual and not as an agent of the CIA. Any request from an outside organization for the donation of services intended to represent the CIA or on behalf of the CIA should be forwarded to the special events and community relations manager, for review and approval by the appropriate division head to determine if the CIA will participate. In all cases, the CIA reserves the right to control the use of its name in connection with any services performed by its authorized agents, and proposed uses must be approved by the vice president—marketing and strategy.

Photography, Videos, and Intellectual Property

Periodically, photographers and videographers will be on campus to take photographs or videos that may be used in CIA advertising, in publications, or on our website. As a condition of your enrollment, you grant The Culinary Institute of America the right to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast, distribute, and create derivative works of college-related photographs, videotapes, or other electronic media that include your image or your participation in classes for use in promoting, publicizing, or explaining the college and its activities. If you do not wish to have your image or class projects used by the CIA in this way, please see the director of creative services in Roth Hall.

Also, you are not allowed to use any intellectual property of The Culinary Institute of America (including, but not limited to, CIA photography, videos, and logos) without the permission of the director of creative services.

Required Information

All CIA correspondence is sent to your CIA e-mail address.

Students must provide the Registrar’s Office with the following information: permanent address and current phone number, emergency address and phone number, and—if you are living off campus—a local address. Everyone must supply a current cell phone number (or land line) at which they can be reached. Each semester, it is your responsibility to update this information with Student Financial and Registration Services.


American Bounty Restaurant

With a focus on the seasons and products of the Hudson Valley, contemporary and traditional regional dishes are brought to life at the American Bounty Restaurant in an honest and flavorful way. Rounded out with a first-class American wine list and comfortable warm service, this casually elegant restaurant sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Tavern at American Bounty is a casual section of the restaurant. Enjoy tavern fare and specialty beers from The Brewery at the CIA. No reservations necessary for The Tavern experience.

Apple Pie Bakery Café

Featuring baked goods and café cuisine in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, the café offers everything from savory items to fresh artisan breads and from elegant pastries to luxurious confections that tempt the palate. As assortment of cold and hot beverages complete the café experience.

The Bocuse Restaurant

Sleek and strikingly contemporary, this French restaurant is named for the most famous chef in France, Paul Bocuse. The Bocuse Restaurant re-imagines the execution of classic French cuisine through the lens of ultra-modern cooking techniques, brings a new style of casual yet sophisticated service, and offers a breathtaking architectural interior design. With an exceptional French wine list and innovative cocktail program, The Bocuse Restaurant is a unique and exciting world-class dining experience.

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici

Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden. Enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Discounts and Reservations

With the exception of The Egg on the New York campus, all CIA students receive a 10% discount at all CIA restaurants at all times. In all circumstances, the student must be dining with any guests to whom this discount will apply. This discount does not apply to special events or special dining series events unless otherwise advised.

Each student will receive an invitation from the president to dine with a guest in one of the public restaurants. These invitations are not transferable and not replaceable. To help prevent misplaced or lost invitations we encourage you to use them towards the beginning of your educational experience. The invitation may be used Monday through Thursday, excluding the month of October or the night before graduation.

Make reservations for lunch or dinner by calling 845-451-6608 or by visiting our restaurant website at www.ciarestaurantgroup.com.

Service Charge

A key component of the education process at the CIA is learning how to deliver outstanding service. As an enrolled student in a restaurant class or as a student worker in a restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America, you are not permitted to accept tips. This is in accordance with IRS regulations and the CIA Student Code of Conduct (Section 7 ). If you are registered for a restaurant class and are found to be taking a tip in that class, you will fail the class. If you are an employed student working in a restaurant and are found to be taking a tip, you will lose your privilege to work on campus for the remainder of your stay at the college. The CIA’s adherence of this no-tipping policy as a campus-wide directive allows for the best possible customer service at all times.

In light of this policy, and to keep your experience focused on education, we have included a 17% service charge on each restaurant check. All monies from the service charge are returned to students through scholarships, support of student activities, and the purchase of graduation jackets.

Telephone Messages

We suggest you let your family and friends know your cell phone number. The CIA isn’t equipped to handle a large volume of telephone messages, so only emergency calls will be taken through the switchboard, Student Affairs Office, Residence Life Office, or Safety Department.

Use of the Elevator

Please remember that a medical permit is required for students to ride the elevator in Roth Hall. Students can apply for a medical permit to ride the elevator at Student Health Services. Certain restrictions may apply. An exception is made for students delivering heavy materials required for a class that could only be transported via the elevator.


Due to the large number of students living on campus, classes will rarely be canceled as a result of bad weather. If you miss classes, you will be marked absent for the class sessions for which you are not present. If you live off campus, use your own judgment before attempting to drive. Our Inclement Weather Policy provides for possible delays in AM classes, early closing, or complete closing for the day. Delayed openings will be announced by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. If weather is such that the breakfast portion of the Non-Commercial Foodservice and High- Volume Production class needs to be delayed or canceled, a decision will be made by midnight. Any closings or delays will be posted on our home page at www.ciachef.edu, and are available via our weather hotline (845-905-4444) and on the following radio stations:

Dutchess/Ulster Counties
WPDH—101.5, 106.1 FM
WRRV—92.7, 96.9 FM
MIX 97—97.7 FM
WPBM—94.3 FM

In addition, you’ll be notified through our Mass Notification System on campus. All students are urged to register for this free service. An invitation to join will be sent to your CIA student e-mail account.