Student Life

Student Conduct

The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators.

Code of Conduct

Admission to Cornish College of the Arts carries with it the presumption that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the College community; will obey the law and comply with rules and regulations; will maintain high standards of integrity and honesty; will respect the rights, privileges and property of other members of the College community; and will not interfere with legitimate College affairs. Cornish College of the Arts may take appropriate disciplinary action when student conduct interferes with the personal rights or privileges of others, or with the College’s educational responsibilities, or when a student commits any offense of conduct described herein. Read Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Code of Student Conduct.

Grievances (Non-Academic)

The purpose of the Grievance Procedures are to provide a process for students to grieve perceived violations of College Policy. If students feel they have been dealt with in a capricious or unfair manner, they may resort to the steps outlined in this procedure Grievances can be brought against Faculty, Administrators, staff or other students.

Sexual Harassment

Cornish believes that all students are entitled to study in an environment free of harassment, and expects that all employees and students will treat each other with courtesy, dignity, and respect. We take our obligation to maintain a learning environment free of harassment very seriously. Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct that constitutes a serious offense and may subject offenders to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

In cases of sexual harassment of one student towards another student, a student may file either an informal or formal grievance directly with the Director of Student Affairs pursuant to the grievance procedures, (an official copy of the Grievance Procedure may be obtained from Student Affairs).

In cases of sexual harassment by a Cornish College of the Arts employee (faculty, administrator or staff) towards a student, a student may file a grievance informally or formally directly with the Director of Student Affairs, who will in turn refer it to the Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources will then conduct an investigation into the matter.

Student Handbook

The Cornish Student Handbook contains information about Cornish policies, programs and services. It provides students with information on how to find the right office to answer your questions, what to do in an emergency and referrals to numerous resources in the nearby neighborhood and in the greater Seattle area. Learn more about the Student Handbook.