The Office of Student Affairs, led by the Associate Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, oversees Student Handbook and Student Policy implementation, Student Life, Academic Honesty and Student Conduct issues. The Center for the Student Experience (CSE), Enrollment Services, Student Life, Health and Wellness, International Student Advising and Counseling Services are also housed in this office. The Associate Provost for Student Affairs also advises ArtCenter Student Government (ACSG), co-chairs the Student Policy Committee, and sits on Senior Staff.
The Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the CSE functions as the College’s Student Conduct Officer, with primary responsibility for coordinating responses to any reports alleging violations of College policies, including the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Conduct Officer also co-chairs a collegewide committee convened for the purpose of providing additional outreach and resources for students whose behaviors require targeted support.
The Center for the Student Experience (CSE) fosters a meaningful ArtCenter education by engaging students in opportunities for learning, success and happiness, through programs and services that encourage character and identity development, personal health and wellness, social and civic engagement, lifelong learning, and the search for life purpose and meaning. The CSE provides assistance in areas that affect the overall well-being and life of students throughout their education at ArtCenter. It assists students in areas such as advocacy, student health insurance, health and wellness programs, international travel insurance, mental health counseling, student clubs and organizations, off-campus housing information and disability support/accommodations. The CSE also advises international students, administers the Student Code of Conduct (included in the Student Handbook and which includes academic policies, academic and creative integrity policies, and the College’s behavioral expectations of its students), provides care and concern outreach to students who need additional assistance to succeed, and works with ArtCenter Student Government and the Student Activities Board to enhance campus life.
Enrollment Services, led by the Director of Enrollment Services and Registrar, oversees the maintenance of all Student Academic Records, coordinates all Programs of Study, works with academic departments to schedule courses and classrooms, enforces student academic policies, upholds legal and regulatory obligations such as student privacy rights defined by FERPA, produces transcripts and assists with general academic advising. Enrollment Services also produces ID cards for students in degree programs, works with Admissions and Financial Aid as students enroll for courses and works with other College staff to coordinate each graduation ceremony.
An Associate Director of the CSE coordinates a full calendar of educational, cultural and social activities for the ArtCenter community to enhance student Life at the sollege. These activities are free, open to all students and are frequently hosted in collaboration with ArtCenter Student Government (ACSG), the ACSG Student Activities Board or one or more of the many registered student organizations that are active throughout each term. Further enhancing student life at ArtCenter, the CSE also coordinates a number of leadership opportunities on campus and in the local community.
The CSE also provides International Student Advisement to the approximately 30 percent of our student population who come to ArtCenter from countries outside of the United States. International student advisors assist international students from orientation through graduation (and sometimes beyond). In addition to processing official records that maintain an international student’s status within the U.S., the international student advisors also assist international students with questions about getting acculturated to the United States, getting settled in the local area, managing academic expectations to achieve success, exploring options for gaining practical and professionally relevant work experiences, and learning more about being an artist and designer in a globally interconnected world. Additional programs and activities that address the international learning experience and diversity in general are also offered to students throughout each semester.
The CSE provides Counseling Services on campus. Each student enrolled in a degree program is eligible to schedule up to five appointments per semester with a licensed mental health counselor. All sessions are voluntary and take place in private spaces with a staff counselor. Students may request appointments in person, by telephone call or through their online College account. ArtCenter’s counselors can also refer students a network of off campus clinicians and health care providers, if that arrangement is better suited to assist the student.