Policies

Academic Policies

Continued registration at the Delaware College of Art and Design is contingent upon regular attendance, quality of work and proper conduct. Students are responsible for the satisfactory completion of all course work as required by the school to fulfill graduation requirements. They are expected to attend class regularly, complete all assignments and participate in the activities considered necessary by the faculty.

Students must be present for all regularly scheduled examinations and submit completed assignments when they are due unless excused in advance. Failure to take examinations or submit work on time without prior notification may result in reduced grades or loss of partial or total credit for the course in question.

  • Attendance

    Students are expected to attend all of their classes regularly for the full duration of the class period. Faculty members inform students concerning attendance requirements at the beginning of each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to inform instructors when they expect to miss a class. Students anticipating an extended absence should notify instructors, as well as their Area Coordinator.

    Absences, as well as tardiness, early departures and inappropriate classroom behavior, will be considered by faculty members when determining the final grade. Excessive absences may result in a failing grade and may affect financial aid eligibility and student loan repayment obligations. Students absent from classes are still responsible for the prompt completion of all assignments.

    Students are responsible for the satisfactory completion of all course work as required by the school to fulfill graduation requirements. They are expected to attend class regularly, complete all assignments and participate in the activities considered necessary by the faculty. Students must be present for all regularly scheduled examinations and submit completed assignments when they are due unless excused in advance. Failure to take examinations or submit work on time without prior notification may result in reduced grades or loss of partial or total credit for the course in question.

  • Scheduling & Credits

    Fall and spring degree program semesters are 15 weeks long; the optional summer semester is 14 weeks long with three-week intensive classes. Generally, a three-credit studio class meets for four and a half hours per week, and students should expect to work an equal amount of hours outside of the scheduled class meeting time. A three-credit academic class normally meets for three hours per week, and students should expect to do an additional six hours of work outside of class.

  • Course Load

    Students are expected to carry a full course load (a minimum of 12 credit hours) and enroll in the correct number of studio and academic courses each semester, as outlined by each major’s requirements. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will result in probation. If, during the following semester, minimum standards are not attained, dismissal and cancellation of financial aid may result.

  • Graduation Requirements

    To receive the Associate of Fine Arts Degree (AFA) students must have completed all course requirements for their major; been enrolled for a minimum of 39 to 41 credits in residence at DCAD; satisfied all outstanding bills, charges and accounts; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Candidates for the Associate of Fine Arts Degree must complete the requirements within eight years of beginning the program; credits taken after this eight-year period cannot be applied to the original degree program.

  • Graduating with Honors

    Students earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the completion of their Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program are eligible to graduate with honors. This is noted on the transcript and becomes part of the permanent record.

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Institutional Policies

The Delaware College of Art and Design is dedicated to providing an academic environment that is racially and culturally diverse. Intellectual, artistic and professional growth is enhanced in an atmosphere that supports and encourages mutual respect for individual differences.

  • Non-Discrimination

    The Delaware College of Art and Design is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all educational activities, admissions, scholarship and loan programs, and employment. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical disability, marital status, veteran status or other protected status is prohibited at the Delaware College of Art and Design. Acts of discrimination that limit or deny access to the educational process and that create a hostile environment are not consistent with the philosophy or mission of the Delaware College of Art and Design

  • Sexual Misconduct

    DCAD has a zero-tolerance policy for any act of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct can include any form of an actual or attempted sexual offense perpetrated upon a person without that person’s consent including, but not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, voyeurism, intimidation and retaliation; or any other unwelcome physical contact (e.g., fondling, touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, rubbing, or inappropriately brushing up against someone’s body). Photographs, video, or other visual or auditory records of sexual activity made without explicit consent constitutes sexual misconduct, even if the activity documented was consensual. Similarly, sharing such recordings without explicit consent is a form of sexual misconduct. All alleged acts of sexual misconduct will be investigated and expeditiously adjudicated.

    Victims and witnesses always have the right to and are encouraged to share information with local law enforcement.  The College will provide support services throughout this process for both witnesses and victims.  Students seeking support or who wish to discuss the incident confidentially may contact a Title IX Coordinator.  Students also have the right decline to notify local authorities.

    More information is available in the Student Conduct Handbook under general conduct violations and in Appendix A.  In addition, the Delaware College of Art and Design publishes an annual, comprehensive report detailing the policies and procedures pertaining to sexual misconduct, and campus safety and security.  Copies are located in the Library, on the website, and are available by request in the Student Services office.

  • Students With Special Needs

    The Americans with Disabilities Act , Section 504 mandates that “no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

    The Delaware College of Art and Design adheres to this law and, whenever possible and appropriate, will make reasonable physical or instructional accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

    To qualify for any accommodation, the student must provide the College with written documentation from a qualified medical professional, within the last three years, clearly stating the diagnosis and recommendations for accommodation. If a student requires a physical adaptation of learning facilities, documentation from a qualified physician is required. If a student requires instructional accommodation, documentation and educational testing results from a qualified psychologist are required. High School Individual Education Plans (IEPs) do not qualify as documentation, but may be sent to the College to supplement a formal psychological evaluation.

    It is the responsibility of the student to request the accommodations and properly complete all associated paperwork. Once the proper documentation has been received, the director of student services coordinates a meeting between the student and the instructor of the course for which the accommodations are requested. The instructor determines with the student what accommodations can be reasonably provided. Accommodations are provided on a per course basis and must be requested every semester. Students with appropriately documented disabilities who have made specific accommodation requests to which they deem to have received an insufficient response can appeal through the Student Grievance Process as outlined in the Student Handbook.

    It is strongly recommended that students request accommodations prior to matriculation but at least within the first two weeks of class, as per syllabi. Accommodations cannot be provided before the proper documentation has been received nor can accommodations be applied retroactively to courses, exams, or assignments that have occurred.

  • Alcohol and Illegal Drug Policy

    The Delaware College of Art and Design policy regarding alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs has been established for the well-being of faculty, students, and staff. It is intended to promote and maintain a safe environment that is conducive to learning and to protect individuals and the institution from liability. The Delaware College of Art and Design does not condone the violation of Delaware and federal laws pertaining to the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. All students, faculty and administrative staff are expected to be familiar with and abide by these laws and regulations. Violations of the alcohol and/or illegal drug policy will be cause for suspension or dismissal from the College. In addition, violators are subject to criminal charges and prosecution for violation of Delaware laws and ordinances. DCAD reserves the right to require participation in an alcohol or illegal drug counseling program for any student whose substance abuse problem affects his or her education or that of other students. In the event that the student is classified as dependent by the IRS, Delaware College of Art and Design also reserves the right to contact a parent in the event of alcohol and drug violations.

  • Disciplinary Policy

    Violations of any Delaware College of Art and Design policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action, depending on the nature of the offense. Disciplinary action may result in one or more of the following sanctions: administrative sanctions; restitution; suspension from housing; suspension from the College; or expulsion. Please refer to the Student Conduct Handbook for definitions, explanations and full policies and procedures relating to student conduct.

     

  • Visitors & Children

    Visitors to the school are limited to those people who are formally accompanied by staff, faculty or students, and to those who come to see exhibitions. Visitors should sign in with the security guard prior to meeting with faculty, staff or students. Anyone who expects a visitor should meet them at the school entrance. Visitors may not enter studios unaccompanied while classes are in session. Children of students are not permitted in the studios while classes are in session.

  • Retention of Student Work

    The Delaware College of Art and Design reserves the right to photograph, exhibit or publish any student work, and the right to retain any student work for such purposes. DCAD is not responsible for any loss or damage to student work under any circumstances.

  • Policy Changes

    The faculty and administration of the Delaware College of Art and Design reserve the right to alter policies and practices pertaining to courses, fees, credit structures and other notices in this publication deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the School.

  • Museum Visits

    Participation in museum visits is a required part of the Delaware College of Art and Design curriculum. Travel arrangements for students are the sole responsibility of the individual students, unless the arrangements are made for the entire group by the school. The Delaware College of Art and Design and its agents accept no responsibility or liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident or any other irregularity occurring during any portion of, or in relation to, a student’s participation in field trips. It may be required that students sign a “Liability Waiver Form,” provided by the faculty member sponsoring the field trip prior to departure.

  • Institutional Information & Documents

Handbooks

Each handbook provides important information regarding policies and procedures at Delaware College of Art and Design.

By enrolling, working or teaching at DCAD, each person agrees to subscribe to the rules, regulations and policies found in their respective handbook. It is each student, faculty or staff member’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with this material.