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 Harassment

    Sexual harassment is not simply inappropriate behavior, it is against the law. It is a form of discrimination and is specifically addressed in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”

    Sexual harassment can occur in situations where one person has power over another or can provide benefits or negative consequences to another, but it can also occur between equals. Fundamentally, it is inappropriate for anyone in an educational or professional situation to behave in any way that causes embarrassment, intimidation, hostility or a psychologically uncomfortable environment. Suspected incidents of sexual harassment should be immediately reported to the Director of Student Services or President.

    While extremely sensitive to the issue of sexual harassment, the Delaware College of Art and Design has limited jurisdiction to act on these matters unless the student involved is willing to report such incidents to the proper authorities. The DCAD administration will facilitate this process in whatever way possible. Information of this nature will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

  • Students With Special Needs

    The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in July of 1990. Section 504, referred to as the “Civil Rights Act” for people with disabilities, 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. Although DCAD does not have a special program for students with learning disabilities, every effort will be made to provide appropriate teaching strategies to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. 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. Please contact the Office of Student Services for assistance in this area.

  • 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 the Delaware College of Art and Design Illegal Drug and/or Alcohol Policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action, depending upon the nature of the offense. Disciplinary action may result in suspension or dismissal from DCAD.

  • 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 the 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.