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.


Mitchell Gustin

I’m Mitchell, a senior studying music composition. I have one project before the semester gets rolling, and it’s to guide you through a smooth transition into this wonderful school. As president of the Cornish Student Leadership Council (CSLC), my role in Cornish Connection is so important. I want to meet you, get to know you, and be here for you when there are questions that need answering. See you soon. Let’s get connected.

Margaret Johnson

Hi I’m Margaret! I am a ginger from Portland, Oregon and I am a dance major here at Cornish. I love Kristin Wiig impressions and meeting new people! I had an amazing first year here full of dancing, creating, new friendships, working and more! It is very nice to meet you all. LET’S HAVE A BLAST!

Melisa Jones

Hello! I’m Melisa and I’m a sophomore in the Design Department. I draw a lot in my free time. I also eat a lot in my free time. I like meeting new people and I’m very friendly, so come talk to me!

Julia Kusanagi

Hello! My name is Julia. I am a dance major student. I am happy to be an OL to welcome you to Cornish and introduce you to this art community. I am looking forward to knowing you all! I am also a transfer student and international student from Japan so if you need me for anything about transition, come talk to me. Welcome to Cornish, and it’s going to be a great year!

Anna Claire Laush

Hey! I’m Anna Claire and I’m a sophomore musical theater major. I’m vice president of the Cornish Student Leadership Council and have worked with a variety of theaters in the greater Seattle area. I can’t wait to meet you. Welcome to Cornish!

Carly Lennstrom

Hi! My name is Carly and I am a sophomore design major. Attending Cornish has been an amazing experience so far. The Cornish community offers a great network of opportunity that I am excited to share with the incoming freshmen. Chyeah, go Cornish.

Khadijah Lindo

Hi my name is Khadijah. I’m a dance major here at Cornish. I’m from Orlando, Florida and I enjoy meeting new people and smiling. Orientation for me was a blast and I want the new students to have the experience that I had, or even better. Cornish is a very accepting school and I want you to be a part of it with me.