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  • Registration +

    Registration of classes occurs per term. Only individuals who are registered may attend classes. Previous AMDA financial responsibilities must be met before registration can occur. It is the student’s responsibility to make changes to their class schedule during the appropriate time frame and students may verify registered courses by viewing their official class schedule through the Student Portal. Students with holds on their account will not be able to register for classes. No petitions will be allowed for late registration after the first week of the term. Specific registration deadlines are announced per term via the student’s AMDA email address. Concerns should be reported to the Education Department. Check the Student Portal for specific dates for registration and Add/Drop Periods. Students are also responsible for textbooks and supplies required for each of their courses.

    • New Student Registration Process

      New students in all programs are automatically registered for their first term classes by the Education Department. Students are expected to review their registered credit load or clock hours for the term to ensure they have full-time enrollment status. Students who are AOS or Conservatory alumni and have been accepted to enroll for the BFA program will automatically be registered for their fifth semester classes.

    • Continuing Student Registration

      AMDA assumes a currently enrolled (active status) student will automatically continue into the consecutive term and follow the registration process guidelines and timelines. If there is a change in a student’s intent, the Education Department must be notified by the 10th week of the current term if a student will not be able to enroll for the upcoming term.


      Conservatory Certificate Programs

      Conservatory students must submit a “Second Year Application” form for review. Failure to complete the required form, by the deadline, may result in additional fees. Students who are ineligible to progress into second year will be notified. Students interested in transferring to AMDA’s Los Angeles campus may select that option on the “Second Year Application” form.


      AOS Degree Programs

      AOS programs are designed with a specific curriculum for each of the four terms of enrollment. The Education Department will register students in all of the prescribed courses. Each term, students in an active status who are enrolled in an AOS Program or who have been approved to readmit are automatically registered for their next term’s classes. However, when a particular AOS Program and term offers choice/elective course options, students are emailed to submit their elective course selection. Students who do not submit their selection are automatically registered in a course where space is available.


      BFA Degree Programs

      Course registration information is distributed via email to active status students during the current term for the next term’s registration of classes, this includes students attending the New York Experience (NYE). During this pre-registration timeframe, students are responsible for reviewing the “Course Outlines” to view the assigned and choice/elective courses as well as registering by the stated deadline date. Assigned courses will be automatically registered by the Education Department. For choice/elective courses, students self-register through the Student Portal during the registration period. Students in need of course/ credit advisement are recommended to meet with the Education Department.


      Students are emailed the add/drop reminder notification when the Add/Drop Period is open. The Add/Drop Periods occur during the final week (Week 15) of the current term and Week 1 of the consecutive term. Students access the Student Portal to add/drop classes within their choice/ elective course options. All assigned courses must be maintained on the student’s schedule.

      • Students do not add or self-register for dance, individual voice or vocal coaching classes. Those classes are assigned and registered by the Education Department.
      • If a student selected a dance discipline during the class pre-registration process (e.g., ballet, tap, jazz, etc.), dance class changes during the Add/Drop Period may only be permitted via the “Add/Drop” form.
      • Required courses can never be dropped. Students may register for any listed course as long as the prerequisites are met. Exception applies when a student has been cast in a production and registered the production for credits pertaining to that term.
      • Students are responsible to check their total credit load per term to ensure they are at full-time status.
  • Full-Time Enrollment (FTE) +

    To maintain full-time enrollment status, AMDA students must be registered for a minimum of:

    • 12 credit hours per term for the Bachelor of Fine Arts or Associate of Occupational Studies Programs
    • 24 clock hours per week for the Conservatory Program.

    For the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Occupational Studies Programs, enrollment status at full-time is considered a credit load of 12–15 (or as prescribed) credits per term, 9–11 credits are considered at three-quarter time, 6–8 credits are considered half-time and 6 credits or fewer is considered less than half-time (part-time)

    AMDA expects all students to maintain a full-time credit load for timely program completion.

    Students in the Conservatory Program are required to register for the entire term’s curriculum of 450 clock hours (or as prescribed) for each of their four terms and are considered full-time.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Occupational Studies students approved to enroll for less than a fulltime course load in any term during their course of study at AMDA must be aware they may not be making normal academic progress and must accept the consequences of a possible delayed graduation date. Students may petition to be part-time through the last day to drop classes (Week 1). After Friday of the first week of the semester, students may only withdraw from a class, thereby maintaining the same enrollment status.

  • Accelerated Enrollment +

    Students who will have 15-30 credits remaining for degree completion may apply for advanced standing. Within a student’s fifth term, students may apply for a credit evaluation review to determine their eligibility for accelerated enrollment by submitting the “Advanced Standing” form for evaluation (available via the Portal). An audit review will be conducted and the student will be notified. If applicable, the student’s following term will reflect their approved classification

  • Clock and Credit Hours +

    • Clock Hours (Two-Year Conservatory Programs)

      A clock hour is a measurement of one hour (50 minutes) of scheduled, supervised instruction or studio time (class time) and a minimum of one hour per week of independent student preparation and outside rehearsal time.

    • Credit Hours (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Occupational Studies Programs)

      A credit hour (50 minutes) of either lecture or seminar based course represents one hour per week of scheduled class or seminar time and at least two hours of student preparation. A credit hour (50 minutes) of studio or lab based course represents two hours per week of scheduled, supervised instruction and a minimum of two hours per week of independent student preparation and outside rehearsal time.

  • Class Schedules +

    Before each term begins, class schedules are made available to students via the Student Portal. Class schedules will change from term to term. In addition, there may be schedule changes during the term. Classes are typically scheduled Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Optional extracurricular courses, rehearsals and school projects are typically held after 5:30 p.m. Students in rehearsals and productions will be expected to be available for designated week days and weekends according to the needs of the production or academic schedule. Only currently enrolled students, faculty and staff are permitted to attend classes, rehearsals and demonstrations.

  • Course Add/Drop and Withdrawal Policy (BFA Programs) +

    • Course Add/Drop Policy

      Students process add/drops through the Student Portal within the Add/Drop periods of the semester without transcript notation or financial liability. Tuition charges are prorated based on a change in course load if the change in credit load is below 12 credits or increased over the prescribed credit load offering per semester. Withdrawing from a class requires the “Add/Drop” form.

      Students may register for any offered course as long as the prerequisites have been met, with the exception of dance, individual voice or vocal coaching classes. All original course fees and requirements are applied to the student until an add/drop has been fully processed.

      Regarding Dance and Musicianship levels, changes to levels may only be initiated by instructors and through departmental procedure.

    • Course Withdrawal Policy

      BFA Program students may withdraw from a course within the second to the fifth week of the semester start by submitting the “Add/Drop” form. A Withdrawal (“W”) will be recorded on the student’s official transcript record. Tuition charges are unaffected. The withdrawal policy is as follows:

    • Credit Load

      Full tuition charges are applied to students who are at full time enrollment status of 12–15 credits. Prescribed credits over 15 will not incur additional tuition charges. Students who register for more than the prescribed curriculum credits will incur additional tuition charges.

  • Program Change +

    Students who are interested in a change of program may initiate the request by completing the “Change of Program” form by the stated deadline. Forms (available at amda.edu/registrar and on the Student Portal) should be submitted to the Education Department for evaluation. A follow-up meeting may be set with the student; a thorough review with the student will be conducted to discuss all aspects pertaining to classes, potential enrollment extension, credit load, graduation requirements, etc. A meeting with the department chair may also be required. Although a program change may be approved, AMDA cannot guarantee course availability which may result in a delay in graduation.

  • Term Break or Summer Off +

    Students who are eligible and are completing an academic year may initiate a term break or Summer off by notifying the Education Department.


    New York students may request a Summer off only if they began the program during a Fall term. Students starting in either Spring or Summer must take four consecutive terms with no term break allowed.


    Los Angeles students may initiate a term break only at the end of their academic year if they plan to re-enroll in the term following their break. Those in term break or Summer off status maintain an active AMDA email account and receive all communication regarding the following term’s registration, housing, etc. Late enrollment fees will apply if not submitted by the stated term deadline dates.


    A term break or Summer off taken during the academic year — splitting the academic year of enrollment — is processed as a withdrawal, as is any term break or Summer off exceeding one term. Students in this category will need to submit a Readmission Application (available at amda.edu/registrar)for full review and evaluation. Students must be approved and cleared by all departments in order to be readmitted to AMDA. International students processed as withdrawn will have their F-1 visa status terminated and must submit a new I-20 Form application with the Readmission Application materials to reinstate their F-1 visa status.

  • Withdrawal and Leave of Absence +

    • Withdrawal

      Withdrawing from AMDA means discontinuing attendance in all courses and the program in which the student is enrolled. Students who intend to withdraw are required to meet with the following departments as part of the exit process: Student Affairs, Education Department (Registrar’s Office), Housing (if applicable), Financial Aid (if applicable) and Student Accounts. Students are to meet with the Education Department to initiate a withdrawal by completing a “Change of Status” form. Unofficial (administrative) withdrawals are processed by the Education Department for students who have not enrolled for their consecutive term and have not officially communicated with AMDA.


      It is important to note that students who withdraw are not automatically granted readmission. Any student whose status is withdrawn must apply for readmission (see Requirements for Readmission).

    • Administrative Withdrawal

      Students who are delinquent on their student accounts, do not register, or do not apply for a status change (if applicable) by the end of the term will be administratively withdrawn from AMDA. If the student’s plans are not clarified by the end of the term in question, the school will assume that the student has chosen to withdraw from the program. The student must respond within 14 business days of the date posted on the Withdrawal Notification letter.


      AMDA may withdraw a student under the following conditions:

      • Violation of Probation: Any student who is found responsible for academic or conduct violations while on probation will be withdrawn from AMDA.
      • There are occasions when AMDA may determine that a student is unable to engage in the basic required activities necessary to obtain an education. Such a situation may occur when a student is unable to achieve academic progress. It may also arise when a student impedes the progress of others with their behavior. In the event that such a situation arises, AMDA will conduct an individualized assessment of the student in order to determine whether the student may remain enrolled in the program. In exigent circumstances, AMDA may take immediate measures to dismiss or withdraw a student. If such an immediate measure is necessary, the student will immediately thereafter be given an opportunity to be heard and to present their position and any additional information.
      • AMDA reserves the right to request or require students to withdraw from the college and residential housing for reasons pertaining to mental or physical health when the student’s words or behavior exhibit a direct threat of harm to themselves or others or when a student’s mental or physical health related behavior significantly disrupts the ability of other students to participate in the educational programs offered by the college. Such withdrawal may include complete withdrawal from enrollment at AMDA and residential housing. AMDA further reserves the right to request that a student submit written medical clearance from a psychiatrist or applicable medical practitioner before returning to school or being allowed to live in AMDA residential housing. AMDA acknowledges that each situation is unique to the individual circumstances and therefore will act accordingly. Readmission after such withdrawal will be on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
    • Leave of Absence

      An approved leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption in academic attendance in an ongoing program for a specific period of time. Students must formally request an LOA with the Education Department to maintain enrollment status and complete the “Change of Status” form. Failure to request an LOA may result in loss of good standing with AMDA. For US citizens or permanent residents receiving Federal or private loans, funds already received by the student are to be returned to the lender, depending on the date of the student’s LOA. Federal grant awards such as FSEOG, Pell and Institutional awards (e.g., AMDA scholarships) may also be decreased.


      Leaves of absence for up to one term are granted to students who anticipate returning to AMDA to complete their studies. Students requesting an LOA must be in good standing and making satisfactory academic progress toward a program. Students are required to officially notify the Education Department in writing for reinstatement prior to resuming their studies at AMDA and to provide supporting documentation. Students who do not return to continue their studies within one term will be withdrawn from the program. The withdrawal date on record will be the last date of attendance.


      Leave of absences must fall into one of the following categories:

      • Medical Leave

        In the event that the student develops a health issue or injury that impacts attendance or class participation, the student is urged to consult with a member of the Education Department to discuss taking a medical leave of absence. Documentation from a physician or qualified medical practitioner is required for an approved medical leave of absence. Likewise documentation from a physician or qualified medical practitioner approving the continuation of studies is also required and should be submitted with the “Application for Readmission”. If there is sufficient information to suggest that, as a result of physical or psychological illness, the student is engaging in or is likely to engage in behavior that could lead to injury to self or others, AMDA may place the student on a medical leave of absence for reasons of personal or community safety.

      • Family Care

        If the student is presented with childcare issues, loss of family member or unexpected medical care of family, the student may request a leave of absence. Leave of absences for family care will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

      • Military Duty

        In the event the student is called to active military duty, a copy of their military orders must be provided to the Education Department to arrange for a military leave of absence. Military leave of absence is available only to students in receipt of US military active duty orders.

  • Readmission +

    Requirements for Readmission

    Readmission is only for students who have previously attended AMDA, are currently withdrawn and wish to return to continue their studies. Applying for readmission does not guarantee readmittance. Circumstances and qualifications change over time, therefore AMDA does not assume students are similarly qualified or prepared to return for study until the readmission process is completed. Readmission requires an application to be submitted and may require an audition.

    AMDA reserves the right to make changes in curriculum, requirements and procedures, therefore, any student who is readmitted must comply with the new guidelines. An evaluation of the academic record of a readmitted student will determine which level coursework to resume their studies.

    Candidates approved or denied readmission will receive an official notification from the Education Department. AMDA cannot guarantee space will be available in the term of readmission requested. To be considered for readmission:

    • All outstanding financial commitments to AMDA must be met.
    • The “Application for Readmission” must be received no less than four weeks prior to the beginning of the desired term for enrollment.
    • If any other institution was attended since leaving AMDA, official transcripts must be received as part of the reapplication process. Performance courses are ineligible as transferable credit; however, general education courses will be evaluated for possible transferability and upon approval may apply towards the BFA degree.
    • If withdrawal or non-enrollment was medical or mental health related, documentation from a medical professional must be submitted with the application verifying medical clearance to return to AMDA without restrictions.
    • AMDA may require additional documentation to be submitted to support qualifications for readmission.
    • Students with GPA’s less than 2.0 at the point of withdrawal will be placed on academic probation for the return semester. Students in this category must earn no less than a 2.0 GPA at the end of their return term to be eligible to maintain enrollment.
  • Academic Violations +

    • Academic Warnings

      Academic Warning status should be taken as a serious indication of a student’s failure to comply with standards. Students who earn a GPA below 2.0 are placed on Academic Warning for the consecutive term. Financial aid eligibility is maintained during the Academic Warning term.

    • Academic Probation

      During the consecutive term, failure to clear the Academic Warning status by not achieving a cumulative GPA higher than 2.0 results in Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation risk the loss of financial aid and may be ineligible to enroll for the next term. Each probationary period pertains to the current term’s enrollment unless otherwise stated. Students may also be placed on Academic Probation without prior notice when any initial act, omission or accumulated absences or tardiness are deemed grave enough to require such action by the administration. Students in this category may appeal their status.

    • Dismissal

      Students may be dismissed for reasons including, but not limited to the following:

      • Failure to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the program (cumulative GPA may not fall below a 2.0).
      • Failure to fulfill financial obligations in any student account, including tuition and housing.
      • Failure to meet AMDA’s professional standards and expectations as stated in the Catalog, including personal conduct in school and school-related facilities (e.g., housing). Appraisals of such behavior are at the discretion of AMDA staff and housing personnel.
      • Failure to meet attendance standards.
      • Failure to comply with AMDA’s Audition Policy.

      Students residing in AMDA housing are required to vacate immediately upon dismissal.

    • Appealing Academic Dismissal

      A student dismissed from a program may request reevaluation from the Education Department for reinstatement by filing a formal appeal in writing with supporting documentation. The written appeal must be received within two weeks of receipt of the notice of academic dismissal. All appeals must include the following and will be reviewed and evaluated by the Academic Committee:

      • Explanation of poor performance or failure to complete required coursework.
      • Description of plans to improve academic performance and complete any outstanding work.
      • Any other relevant information pertaining to the student’s academic history and potential.
  • Enrollment Verification +

    Students who are currently enrolled may request a verification of enrollment by completing the “Request for Enrollment Verification” form. Forms are located on the AMDA website at amda.edu/registrar and on the Student Portal.

  • Transcripts +

    • Permanent Record

      Student transcripts comprise academic information pertaining to the completion of degree requirements.

    • Official Records

      Official transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s Office by submitting the “Transcript Request” form. Transcripts are unable to be released to students who have outstanding obligations, financial or otherwise, to the institution. Official transcripts bear the institutional seal and the signature of the institution’s registrar.

    • Changes to Records

      The Registrar’s Office maintains and updates student records. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Registrar’s Office of all name, address, email and phone number changes via email or the “Change of Personal Information” form. The student’s legal name must be used on all institution records. The Registrar’s Office requires appropriate documentation in order to change any information on an official record.

    • Retention of Academic Records

      AMDA manages the retention, safety, and disposal of all student records in order to be certain that the information collected, stored, and disseminated is consistent with state and federal guidelines. AMDA manages all systems which contain personally identifiable information in order that each individual’s right to privacy is protected, that the information collected is used only for the purpose for which it was intended, and that every safeguard to protect that privacy has been made by each department which has access to that information. AMDA student academic records will be retained for five years after graduation or the last date of attendance. After five years, a student’s academic record will be archived into electronic format and retained on an offsite computer server.

  • Graduation Clearance Policies +

    • Academic Evaluation

      The Registrar’s Office conducts an initial audit review of each student’s academic record in accordance with graduation requirements. Students are accountable for tracking their degree or certificate status. Students who have grades of “I” (Incomplete) or “F” (Fail) on their official transcript will need to set an appointment with the Registrar’s Office during their penultimate term to ensure those classes are resolved or planned into the final term’s course schedule. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above in order to be eligible for graduation.

    • Graduation Procedures

      Students who are candidates for graduation and are enrolled in all remaining certificate or degree requirements during their last term will be permitted to participate in commencement.


      Prospective graduates must complete the “Application for Graduation” form during their final term in order to apply for graduation. Students’ names are printed on their certificate or diploma as specified on the “Application for Graduation” form and as listed on the student’s official record. Students are asked to notify the Education Department of any address changes to ensure receipt of the certificate or diploma. Graduates are mailed their certificate or diploma three-to-five weeks after the ceremony (pending verification of program completion and financial standing).

    • Honors Designation

      AMDA Los Angeles campus students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher will be listed in the commencement program as graduating with honors. The GPA is calculated as of the end of the student’s penultimate term (third term of the AOS and seventh term of the BFA Programs).

    • Final Academic Review

      The Registrar’s Office conducts a final review of each student’s academic record in accordance with graduation requirements. Students who do not meet final academic review standards will not be considered as candidates for graduation. Grades of “I” (Incomplete) or “F” (Fail) on official transcripts must be resolved prior to graduation. Otherwise, students jeopardize their eligibility to graduate.


      Students will be notified of their deferred graduation status if curriculum requirements have not been satisfied.

    • Financial Clearance

      The Registrar’s Office must verify that students do not have any financial holds on record in order to release official transcripts and certificates or diplomas. It is the student’s responsibility to clear any outstanding balances or holds with the Student Accounts and Financial Aid offices before graduation.

    • Withheld Diplomas

      Students who have not fulfilled their program requirements are not considered official graduates. Non-graduates and those who have failed to settle their financial obligations will have their certificates or diplomas withheld. Students may review their account balance on the Student Portal to determine if there are any unsettled obligations that may prevent receiving their certificate or diploma. Academic records and alumni privileges — including library use, tapings, and studio use — will be withheld until all academic and financial requirements have been met.

    • Residency Requirement

      Students enrolled in the BFA Program must complete a minimum of 72.0 of their degree credits in residence in order to qualify for graduation at AMDA. Students in the AOS and Conservatory Programs must complete 100 percent of their program in residency at AMDA in order to qualify for graduation. Courses that do not apply toward program requirements may not be used in the calculation of residency.

  • Attendance Policy +

    AMDA’s attendance policies are directly related to performing arts professional standards and industry expectations. Within the Performing Arts industry, any missed rehearsal or performance can affect the artist’s reputation, salary, and/or ability to procure future work. Likewise, a student’s development is critically dependent upon attendance and class participation, therefore, every absence counts. AMDA students are expected to attend all classes according to their class schedule. Missing class has a direct impact on student performance and class structure. Students are responsible for monitoring their own absences and understanding the impact each absence may have on their grade. When class is missed, the student remains accountable for the missed coursework and being fully prepared by the next class session. Delivery of previous class content may not be repeated based upon an individual’s absence. Advance notification regarding an absence is encouraged and considered a professional courtesy. However, advance notification does not eliminate grading consequences. It is important to note that students receiving financial aid are subject to a federal audit of attendance, and absences may delay or nullify Title IV funds and other financial aid. AMDA’s attendance policy establishes a threshold of absences intended to provide latitude when emergencies occur. As a general guideline, absences based on extenuating circumstances are evaluated for special consideration with regard to the impact on grading and total cumulative absences. Extenuating circumstances are defined as:

    • Hospitalization
    • Contagious disease (community health risk)
    • Concussion
    • Physical injury
    • Death of an immediate family member
    • Religious observance
    • Family emergencies

    To discuss circumstances listed above, schedule an appointment with the Education Department. To discuss physical injury, contact Accessibility Services. Communication should occur within five school days of the absence.

    • Punctuality

      Students must be on time to every class. Late arrival is not permitted and results in a posted absence. Students should arrive several minutes early to warm up and be prepared for class.

    • In the Event of an Absence

      Anticipated absences require students to submit a “Notification of Absence” form to the Education Department. This communication is a professional courtesy and does not remove or delete the absence from the student’s record.

      It is important to note the following:

      • Students taking individual voice or vocal coaching lessons must directly notify their instructor prior to their appointed lesson times if they will be absent.
      • Students are responsible for any missed class work or assignments.
      • Midterms, final exams and demonstrations, if missed, cannot be rescheduled. Refer to class syllabi for class attendance policies.
    • Leaving Class

      It is at the instructor’s discretion to establish the guidelines for class breaks or individual exit/return during class. Students may not leave class without the permission of the instructor. A student who walks out of class in a fashion contrary to what the instructor has established as policy will be dismissed from class and incur a recorded absence. If a teacher is delayed in starting class, students are to remain in class and be prepared to work. If a teacher is delayed more than 20 minutes after a published class start time, students are permitted to leave the class. It is requested that a student from the class notify reception of the faculty absence and provide a written list of class attendees.

    • Make-Up Classes

      In the event of an instructor’s absence, make-up classes Academic Policies A 2020 CATALOG 91 will be scheduled by the Education Department. Makeup classes will be scheduled around students’ normal class schedules. If a student has an AMDA conflict with the make-up class, the student must inform the instructor before the class occurs. The student’s first obligation is to attend their regularly scheduled class. Individual voice or vocal coaching classes are considered part of a students’ normal class schedule and must be attended.

    • Midterm and Final Exams/Demonstrations

      Evaluation of student work is a critical part of the training at AMDA. Midterms, final exams and demonstrations are typically held for each course. Midterm exams and demonstrations occur during Week 7 of each term; final exams and demonstrations occur at the end of each term. Missed midterms, final exams or demonstrations cannot be rescheduled. A schedule will be created to allow staff, department chairs and faculty the opportunity to view and evaluate students’ work at the end of each term. Students are required to attend each scheduled final demonstration and be available until 5:30 p.m. on the last day of the term. Failure to comply may result in course failure and dismissal from AMDA.

  • Discounted Absences +

    Absences due to extenuating circumstances (as defined under the Attendance Policy section) are classified as a “discounted” absence. The Education Department will notify faculty directly when this occurs and advise instructors to “discount” the particular absence when calculating the total number of cumulative absences as depicted in the chart above; however, “discounted” absences still may impact grades as related to points earned for daily class participation or with regard to fulfilling minimum curricular requirements.

  • Student Bereavement Policy +

    AMDA recognizes that a time of bereavement can be very difficult. Therefore, the institution provides a Student Bereavement Policy for those facing the loss of an immediate family member. AMDA’s bereavement accommodates up to a maximum of five consecutive days of absences to arrange, attend, or observe secular/non-secular traditions associated with the death of an immediate family member. Immediate family members include: parent/guardian, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or children.

    To request bereavement leave, a student must submit a completed “Notification of Absence” form to the Education Department (LA campus) or to Student Affairs (NY campus) for review. Students will remain accountable for missed course work. Therefore, the student is responsible for communicating with instructors and/or classmates in order to enact whatever steps may be necessary to effectively resume class participation.

  • Absences Related to Injury or Prolonged Illness +

    Students who cannot fully participate in class due to injury or prolonged illness are required to provide medical documentation. Based upon medical documentation, if a student must modify their participation, the modification is limited to a two week maximum. During that time, the CONTINUED » Academic Policies 90 A 2020 CATALOG student is required to attend and participate to the student’s maximum ability without risking additional harm. However, any injury or illness that prevents a student from fully participating in class work beyond a two week time period will require the student to withdraw from courses and meet with the Education Department.

  • Class Absence and Grade Impact +

    Since class attendance is of vital importance, all absences affect the student’s final grade. Participation and cumulative absences impact grading.

    • Any absence, regardless of reason, will impact the course participation points and overall course grade.
    • Cumulative absences are a contributor to the overall course grade and course status. AMDA’s established a maximum number of absences. Any absence above this maximum cap will result in course failure. The table below illustrates the correlation between the number of weekly class meetings per course and the effect of total cumulative absences.
  • Misconduct Regarding Attendance Policy +

    Students who misuse the attendance policy will be considered to have committed academic misconduct. Examples include:

    • Falsifying an illness or family emergency
    • Falsely claiming to an instructor that a particular absence is approved by AMDA administration
    • Falsely presenting an absence as “extenuating circumstance” as defined by AMDA
  • Grading Procedures +

    • Grade Point Average (GPA)

      GPA is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. AMDA students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 per term.

      Final grades of “I” (Incomplete) and grades of “F” (Fail) must be resolved. Students with unresolved fail or incomplete grades are ineligible to graduate. Grades of plus (+) or minus (-) may be issued and are included in both the term and cumulative GPA calculations. The following grades are computed in the GPA:

      The following grades are not computed in the GPA:

    • Grade Reports

      Official Grade Reports of midterm and final grades are available via the AMDA Student Portal. Students may also print unofficial transcripts via the Student Portal. Students with holds on their accounts will not be able to fully access their online account.

    • Course Grade

      Course grading is determined by the course syllabus’s listed requirements.

    • Grades of Incomplete

      As a general policy, grades of “I” are given only under special circumstances. If an “I” is granted, it is the student’s responsibility to fulfill the requirement to earn a passing grade by the stated time frame and no later than the midpoint of the following term’s enrollment. Earning a passing grade replaces the grade of “I”. If the “I” is unfulfilled, the “I” will revert to an “F” (see Failed Grade Policy). A grade of “Incomplete” does not impact the GPA but is calculated toward the total credits attempted.

    • Failing Grade (“F”)

      The AOS and Conservatory curricula are designed for students to take courses sequentially. Students earning a final grade of “F” (Fail) in a core course (Acting, Music Theatre or Dance Theatre) for each of the programs may be ineligible to progress to the next term. Students are required to repeat failed courses in the subsequent term, providing course scheduling availability. All courses must be successfully fulfilled to complete the program.

      BFA students who fail a course not designated as a core requirement may choose an alternate class selection to fulfill the requirement and earn the credits.

      Students are recommended to meet with an academic advisor for guidance through the course selection process. Students with failing grades may be dismissed and are ineligible to graduate. Additional tuition for repeating course(s) will be assessed.

    • Withdrawal-Fail Policy (BFA Programs Only)

      Students who opt to withdraw from a class after the fifth week will have a “WF” (“Withdrawal-Fail”) posted on their official record. A “WF” constitutes a grade of “F” in the determination of a student’s GPA and is calculated as attempted credits in the satisfactory academic progress calculation.

      The maximum number of times a course can be repeated in any program is until successful completion is acquired. Repeat courses will count toward program fulfillment.

      All grades are reflected on the academic transcript and are included in the overall GPA. Financial aid eligibility may not apply for multiple repeated courses.

    • Final Grade Inquiry

      Students who wish to have a final grade further evaluated may submit the “Final Grade Inquiry” form within two weeks after the term’s end. The form is to be submitted to the attention of the Education Department. The “Final Grade Inquiry” form will be forwarded to the course’s faculty for evaluation. Upon completion, a copy of the form will be provided to the student and retained on record. Forms are available on the AMDA website at amda.edu/education.

  • Grade Appeals +

    In general, grades represent the faculty member’s professional judgment of a student’s performance in a course and, as such, are final. However, after the final grade inquiry process is completed, students may appeal the grade if they believe that the final grade was biased or arbitrary. In those instances, students must follow the grade appeal process outlined below.

    • General Principles
      • Students are encouraged to seek advice in matters of concern about grades from their faculty or academic advisor.
      • Grade appeals can be made only in instances where procedural issues are in question, such as one of the following:
        • An error in calculation.
        • The instructor has applied more exacting standards to the particular student.
        • The grade was given on some other basis than performance in the course.
        • The grade represents a substantial departure from the instructor’s announced standards.
    • Grade Appeals Process

      In the event that the grade inquiry resolution is not satisfactory to the student, the student has the burden of proof to show that the grade was based on factors listed in General Principles (2) above. The student submits an academic petition for a grade appeal to the Registrar’s Office within six weeks of the official posting period. The student must include evidence pertinent to the General Principles in support of the grade appeal request. The Education Department will arrange a panel to review the appeal. The panel will reach a decision to either uphold the grade or change it. This decision is sent to the Registrar’s Office, which then informs the instructor and the student. Panel decisions are binding.

  • Continued Enrollment +

    AMDA desires to see students complete their academic goals, whether a conservatory certificate or a degree. However, students must also follow AMDA policies and achieve satisfactory academic progress in order to remain enrolled at AMDA. Registration signifies that the student agrees to abide by the rules, regulations and requirements of the institution. AMDA reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who does not comply. This agreement is in keeping with AMDA’s philosophy that students should be aware of the dimensions and constraints of the educational community in which they participate during the years of their enrollment.

    The following may affect a student’s eligibility to continue attending AMDA:

    • Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Program Standards
    • Registration Processes
    • Veterans Affairs Standards
    • Academic Integrity
    • Standards on Disruption to the Educational Environment
    • Standards on Harassment and Sexual Harassment
    • Illegal and Criminal Offenses
    • Attendance Standards
    • Audition Policy

    The above are explained in the sections that follow and the AMDA Student Handbook.

  • Failure to Meet Standards +

    When one or more of the above standards are not met, the following actions may be taken: warning status, probation or dismissal. Each policy area has a process for administration and appeal. Administrative actions may include, but are not limited to the following:


    Warning

    Warning status, with or without a remediation plan, can be instated when a student’s academic work, professional development or behavior falls below the institution or program standards and the infraction does not require more serious or more immediate action.


    Probation

    Probationary status is instated when a student’s academic progress or professional development or behavior has been inconsistent with AMDA requirements. A student is given a specific amount of time (usually one term) in which to remediate the cause(s) of probation or will otherwise face dismissal from AMDA. Students may also be placed on Academic Probation without prior notice when any initial act, omission or accumulated absences or tardiness are deemed grave enough to require such action by the administration.


    Dismissal

    A student may be dismissed from the academic program when conditions are judged to be of a serious nature and are not judged to be remediable; for example, insufficient grade point average, a serious violation of school standards of conduct and ethics or failure to remediate previously identified deficiencies within the specified time. Students may be dismissed from AMDA for the reasons including, but not limited to, the list of eligibility requirements under the “Continued Enrollment” section.

  • Appeals Process +

    A student has the right to appeal a decision to the relevant AMDA official. Appeals will only be considered when they are received in writing within the required deadlines stated in the decision letter. Appeals may be made only on the basis that one or more of the following factors have contributed to an unfair or unsupported decision:

    • The process deviated from applicable policy or procedures;
    • Serious violation(s) of other institution policies, rules or procedures;
    • Preponderance of facts or other evidence not consistent with the final decision;
    • New information is available that was not available at the time the matter was originally considered;
    • Bias or discrimination in the review process.

    When an appeal is made, all relevant institutional officials will cooperate fully in presenting and discussing the recommendations and actions. The original institution official decides the appropriate process for consideration of the appeal. Absent unusual circumstances, the appeals processes should normally be completed within 30 business days of receipt of the appeal. Appeal decisions made under this section are final.

  • Program Standards +

    Each program’s standards must be met to remain in the program. Unsatisfactory academic progress may be indicated by little or no progress on a project or culminating assignment or failure to meet program academic standards.

  • Deadlines +

    Students are required to respect the various academic and administrative deadlines listed in the academic calendar and other institutional announcements and publications. Failure to do so constitutes grounds for probation, suspension or dismissal from the program.

  • Active Enrollment +

    To remain on active status, students must enroll in consecutive semesters/terms or have an approved leave of absence on file. Students who have not enrolled in a class each semester/term and do not have an approved leave of absence will be administratively withdrawn.


    Readmitted students are required to meet any new program requirements in effect at the time of reentry. Students who plan to miss a semester/term must immediately notify the Education Department of their enrollment intention and follow the leave of absence policy.

  • Veterans Affairs Standards +

    AMDA is approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the training of veterans. All VA paperwork is handled by the VA Certifying Officer (CO) located in the Registrar’s Office. VA regulations require that postsecondary institutions maintain records that accurately reflect implementation of certain guidelines. The purpose of VA regulations is to ensure that the student is provided the opportunity to attend the school and complete the program best suited to his or her needs. VA regulations and the implementing procedures followed by each institution of higher learning cover three major areas:


    • Approval of curricula and programs of education
    • Evaluation of previous training and experience
    • Standards of attendance and progress
    • Responsibilities of Students Receiving Military Education Benefits

      Students must notify their Certifying Officer when any of the following occurs:

      • Dropping or adding course(s)
      • Withdrawing from course(s)
      • Discontinuing regular class attendance
      • Change in programs (academic majors)

      VA educational benefits are payable for regular attendance in courses that are part of the veterans’ program (major) curriculum. VA educational benefits are not payable for:

      • Classes not attended regularly
      • Repeating a course for which a passing grade was received
      • Classes for which credit is received through successful completion of a proficiency test or grade by examination
      • Classes taken on an audit basis
      • Classes that are dropped
      • Classes taken that are not part of the student’s academic program (major) curriculum
    • Student Role to Continue to Receive Benefits
      Online Certification of Enrollment

      Recertification for benefits is not automatic and must be requested each semester/term. To prevent overpayment and subsequent indebtedness to the federal government, it is important to notify the CO for the campus immediately of changes that may affect eligibility for benefits. It is the responsibility of each student to keep their CO apprised of the following:

      • Class Registration

        After registering, students should request VA-ONCE (ONline Certification of Enrollment) through their CO. The earlier a student registers and notifies registration information to the CO, the earlier certification can be transmitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

      • Changes to Schedule

        Any additions, drops, withdrawals or other interruptions must be immediately reported to the CO by the student.

      • Failure to Attend Class

        Routine class attendance is required for students receiving VA benefits. Students who are unable to attend class for an extended period of time should notify their instructors and their CO.

      • Change of Major

        The VA must be notified when a student changes a major. These changes may be approved if there is minimal loss of credit hours.

      • Change of Address
      • If a student’s address changes, both the Department of Veterans Affairs and AMDA must be notified.


        Students are responsible for notifying their CO of their registration each semester/term at AMDA. All students receiving VA benefits have a responsibility to notify the CO of any changes in clock or credit hours enrolled once the semester/term begins. Failure to notify the CO may result in incorrect payment for which the student may be held liable.

      • Role of a Student (for all VA Benefit Programs)

        The VA requires all students attending AMDA under Veterans Educational Assistance Benefits to make satisfactory academic progress and systematic advancement toward an educational objective or be liable for overpayments from the VA. Satisfactory progress and regular class attendance are expected.


        Most military students at AMDA meet the conditions for “satisfactorily pursuing” a program of study for receiving VA benefits by meeting the AMDA general catalog requirements. However, a few VA requirements are stringent and are as follows:

        • Regular Attendance: Students must be in regular attendance of all classes for which they are registered. AMDA makes routine attendance checks through the faculty to verify compliance.
        • Unsatisfactory Progress: AMDA must notify the VA that a student has made unsatisfactory progress if the student:
          • fails or withdraws from all classes or
          • is suspended by AMDA. Education benefits are terminated when a student makes unsatisfactory progress.
        • Classes Not Completed: Unless there are extenuating circumstances, students do not receive benefits for any portion of a class dropped after drop deadlines or for classes in which incomplete (delayed) grades are received and not resolved within stated deadlines.
  • Academic Integrity Policy +

    All of those participating in the educational process at AMDA are expected to exhibit honesty and integrity in all aspects of their academic work. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism and any attempt to obtain credit for academic work through fraudulent, deceptive or dishonest means. Students should presume that all of their written work may be checked against international electronic databases of student work and published sources to detect plagiarism. These electronic databases often add the submitted material to their sources to compare against other student work. By submitting assignments, a student agrees to these processes.

    • Definitions

      It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand what constitutes academic dishonesty and to seek guidance when in doubt about these matters.


      AMDA defines academic dishonesty as follows:


      Cheating

      Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids or extended assistance in any academic activity, exercise or exam.


      Fabrication or Falsification

      Altering or inventing any information or study aids in any academic exercise. This includes falsification or unauthorized modification of any academic records. This may also include attempting to gain advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise through such means as lying about the need for an extension on a paper.


      Plagiarism

      Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional misrepresentation of writings, works or ideas of another as one’s own. Both verbatim duplication of content (in whole or in part) and paraphrasing without proper attribution or citation of sources may be considered plagiarism.


      Sabotage

      Willfully damaging or impeding the academic work of another person. This has particular application to computer files, library resources and laboratory or studio work and may include software piracy, constructing and introducing viruses into a system or copying copyrighted programs. This may also include deliberately depriving others of necessary academic sources.


      Aiding and Abetting

      Helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty. For example, students may not duplicate work nor allow others to conduct research or prepare work for them without advance authorization of the instructor.


      Reuse or Resubmission of Work

      Submitting work or significant portions of some work for use in more than one course without the instructor’s knowledge and permission.

  • Academic Integrity Violations: Review and Disciplinary Actions +

    Faculty will take the lead in approaching students regarding perceived violations. Students are also encouraged to confront others when they become aware of academic dishonesty directed against their work or the work of other students.

    • Track 1
      A. First Offence

      When a concern about academic integrity arises, the concerned faculty member(s) will initiate a conference with the student(s) involved:

      • To clarify policy and determine whether an offense occurred.
      • To provide an opportunity for student acknowledgment of a recognized offense.
      • To discern an appropriate response for making things right, clarifying and committing to consequences and future behaviors that will lead to academic honesty and integrity and the restoration of relationship(s).

      The initial goal is to discern whether there is an offense and determine an appropriate response. If the result of the initial student-faculty conference determines that no offense has occurred, the process will not proceed further and no further action need be taken.

      Upon student acknowledgment of a recognized offense, the offense will be reported to and recorded by the Education Department, and an appropriate response will be mutually discerned by the faculty member(s) and student(s) together. That response will be shaped initially by determining whether the offense was intentional or unintentional; both are considered violations with consequences.

      For all recognized offenses, the student(s) and faculty member(s) will attempt to collaboratively determine an appropriate response. The typical consequence for a recognized first offence is a zero on the assignment.

      However, depending upon the nature of the violation, the response may be:

      • Redo assignment (e.g., paper or exam) with guidelines for resubmission.
      • Complete an additional substitute assignment.
      • Redo assignment for less credit.
      • Reduction of grade for an assignment.
      • Zero on the assignment
      • Reduction of overall course grade.
      • Withdrawal from or failure of course.

      All student and faculty mutually determined and agreed upon responses (and fulfilled agreements) will be reported to the Education Department, the student’s mentor or advisor, and the student’s program director.


      B. Multiple Offenses

      All second offenses of any kind will be treated as recognized and intentional (i.e., as known, willful violations) and dealt with by the administration. Multiple offenses may include:

      • second, third and subsequent offenses
      • different types of offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, etc.)
      • simultaneous offenses (e.g., in different courses)
      • unintentional followed by intentional offenses

      The typical response for a second violation will be failure of the course and loss of eligibility for honors. Other possible consequences are loss of financial aid and reduction or removal of scholarships at the discretion of AMDA.

      The typical response for a third violation will be disqualification. The Registrar’s Office will code the student as for being academically disqualified and receiving an academic integrity violation. This coding will put a hold on the student account so they cannot register for courses.

      Students can appeal their status within five business days following their notification of disqualification, during which time they are allowed to remain in class. The Education Department will submit the matter to the Academic Integrity Review Committee (see Track 2). If they do not appeal within five business days, they are academically disqualified. The decision of the Academic Integrity Review Committee is final.

      All disqualified students will have a hold on their account and be unable to register for at least one semester/term. After one semester/term, they may apply for readmission by petition to AMDA. Readmission is not automatic but will be weighed relative to the severity of the violation and appropriate response by the student. If a student who is allowed to re enroll commits another integrity violation, the student will be permanently disqualified.

    • Track 2
      Disputed Offense or Penalty

      If, as the result of the initial student-faculty conference, the faculty member believes that an offense has occurred, the matter will be submitted to the Academic Integrity Review Committee for resolution in any of the following instances:

      • the student does not acknowledge an offense;
      • the student and faculty member disagree on an appropriate response;
      • the student and faculty member are otherwise unable to mutually resolve the situation.
    • Track 3
      Unwilling to Participate

      Students who are unwilling to voluntarily participate in the above processes, willfully act in an uncooperative, abusive or destructive manner or intentionally undermine agreed-upon outcomes may be subject to academic disqualification, suspension or dismissal from the institution as determined by AMDA.

    • Reporting

      AMDA will record cases where academic integrity has been violated in order to discern individual and institutional student patterns and to help determine appropriate responses and outcomes. Similarly, all violations will be reported to the institution’s Academic Integrity Review Committee. Intentional violations will be permanently recorded in the student’s academic file. Unintentional violations will be kept in a temporary file until the completion of the student’s academic involvement at AMDA. Reports will conform to current legal expectations regarding student rights and responsibilities.

  • Educational Environment +

    AMDA endeavors to provide a safe and orderly environment, in which all students are able to pursue their academic, social and spiritual development. The institution reserves the right to implement a disciplinary process, which may culminate in the suspension or dismissal of any student who does not meet behavioral standards or comply with Institution policies. The institution also expects that the actions of any student not pose a threat to the health or safety of others and not unreasonably disrupt the educational environment of the institution.

  • AMDA Code of Conduct +

    Alcohol: Alcohol is prohibited on AMDA’s campus (including, but not limited to: residence halls, classrooms, rehearsal space, parking lots, offices, and any AMDA-affiliated buildings/property), regardless of legal age. The consumption, possession, distribution, sale or transfer of alcohol is prohibited. Any violation will result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal from school. Students who are knowingly present during the commission of such violation will also be subject to disciplinary sanctions. The use of alcohol containers as props (whether empty or full) is prohibited. For further detailed information about AMDA’s drug and alcohol policy, please refer to “Drug and Alcohol Abuse Information” in the Student Handbook Appendix.

    Animals: Animals are not permitted on campus. For information regarding service and emotional support animals, see “Accommodations for Students with Disabilities” in the Student Handbook Appendix.

    Anti-Bullying Policy: Bullying is defined as the aggressive and hostile acts of an individual or group of individuals intending to humiliate, mentally or physically injure or intimidate, or control another individual or group of individuals. Such aggressive and hostile acts can occur as a single, severe incident or repeated incidents, and may manifest in the following forms:
    • Physical bullying includes pushing, shoving, kicking, poking, or tripping another person; assaulting or threatening a physical assault; damaging a person’s work area or personal property; damaging or destroying a person’s work product.
    • Verbal and written bullying includes ridiculing, insulting or maligning a person; addressing abusive, threatening, derogatory or offensive remarks to a person; or attempting to exploit an individual’s known intellectual or physical vulnerabilities.
    • Nonverbal bullying includes directing threatening gestures toward a person or invading personal space after being asked to move or step away.
    • Cyberbullying is defined as bullying an individual using an electronic medium, including but not limited to the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones.

    Bulletin Boards: Distribution of Information: Students should read all announcements and other information distributed via emails and as posted on AMDA bulletin boards located throughout the campus. AMDA is only responsible for announcements regarding official events and activities. Any other announcements or postings must be approved in advance by the Education Department; unapproved postings will be removed.

    Campus Admittance: No one other than enrolled AMDA students, staff, faculty, approved alumni and those having official business with AMDA or the building are permitted on campus. (See “Guests,” page 15.) AMDA reserves the right to limit or deny access to its facilities or events at any time.

    Classroom Attire: Students must wear comfortable, non-restrictive and neutral attire. Attire considered inappropriate for classes includes but is not limited to: hats, bare feet, sandals, flip-flops, shorts, clothing with holes, rips, and tears, excessive jewelry and piercing studs; covering body artwork may also be required. Students who are not dressed appropriately may be asked to leave class and take an absence. Failure to comply with any of these polices may result in disciplinary action. Final Demonstrations often require specified attire as outlined in the course syllabus or per teacher direction.

    Confiscated Items: AMDA reserves the right to confiscate any and all illicit items and substances including, but not limited to, weapons, alcohol, drugs, and any related paraphernalia. Any and all illicit items and substances confiscated by AMDA will be properly disposed of, regardless of value or ownership.

    Damage: The damage, destruction, or abuse of personal or school property will be subject to disciplinary review and may be subject to criminal action. In addition, a damage fee may be charged to the student’s account. Refer to the respective term’s Housing License for a list of damage charges.

    Dangerous Objects: The possession, use, transfer, or sale of any object that may cause injury or death to oneself or others or the destruction of AMDA property, including but not limited to: firearms, knives, swords, spray paint, fireworks or explosives is strictly prohibited on AMDA’s campus and in housing areas. Violations of this policy may result in immediate expulsion from school.

    Disorderly Behavior: AMDA maintains a zero tolerance policy against disorderly conduct including public nudity on AMDA property, indecent behavior and conduct that is disruptive, offensive, or presents a risk of physical harm to self, property, or other persons at any time. Such behavior will result in disciplinary action and possible police investigation.

    Drugs: The consumption, possession, distribution, sale or transfer of controlled or illegal substances is prohibited on AMDA’s campus and housing (including, but not limited to: residence halls, classrooms, rehearsal space, parking lots, offices, and any AMDAaffiliated buildings/property). The possession or use of marijuana on AMDA’s campus or in AMDA buildings is prohibited under federal law and AMDA’s policies. Medical marijuana is prohibited on campus and in AMDA buildings under federal law and AMDA’s policies. Students with legalized medical marijuana cards are not permitted to consume, possess, or distribute any drugs or drug paraphernalia in AMDA residence halls. The college abides by the Drug Free Schools and Community Act. The possession or use of paraphernalia that can reasonably be linked to drug activity is also a violation of this policy. Violation of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from school, and may have legal ramifications. Students who are knowingly present during the commission of such a violation may also be subject to disciplinary sanctions. Proper use of and possession of medications prescribed by the student’s physician is allowed. For further information about AMDA’s drug and alcohol policy, please refer to “Drug and Alcohol Abuse Information” in the Student Handbook Appendix.

    Drug Testing: If an AMDA official believes that an instance of drug abuse has occurred, the school may require that students submit to a drug screening at their own cost.

    Electronic Devices: Cell phones, laptops and recording devices are not permitted for use in classrooms unless requested by a faculty member.

    Email: Students are responsible for checking their AMDA email every day as it is the primary method of communication. Class information including scheduling and room assignment changes will be emailed to students.

    Fire Safety Equipment: Modifying the intended use, intentionally misusing, disabling, or tampering with any lifesaving equipment or devices (i.e. smoke detectors, pull stations, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, etc) is strictly prohibited. Violations of this policy are serious offenses and will result in a minimum $200 fine and significant disciplinary and/or criminal action.

    First Aid and AED Equipment: Each reception or front desk area has basic first aid supplies for minor injuries, including but not limited to: ice packs, bandages, antiseptic cream, etc. Additionally, each AMDA building is equipped with at least one AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator). Tampering with these materials or devices will result in disciplinary and/or criminal action.

    Graduation Ceremony: AMDA’s Graduation Ceremony is a private event for students and invited guests which is held to celebrate the accomplishments of our students as they complete their studies at AMDA and begin their careers. The event is a celebration of academic success and therefore is held with the utmost decorum and dignity. Students and invited guests are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with AMDA’s Code of Conduct (as described in this handbook) and to conform with common sense standards of behavior, dress and speech. If a guest violates any of these standards during the ceremony, or if AMDA has a good faith belief (based on credible information) that a guest will violate any of these standards if he or she attends the ceremony, AMDA may, at its discretion, escort the guest out of the ceremony or prohibit the guest from attending the ceremony.

    While AMDA welcomes family, friends and other invited guests to take amateur pictures and video of the event with cameras, phones or other small, mobile recording devices from their seats and at appropriate times, such pictures and video are strictly for personal use.

    AMDA prohibits professional or documentary-style photography and/or videography at the ceremony by any individual or third party company, other than official AMDA contractors. All professional photography and/or videography is the sole property of AMDA and no other party, without prior express, written consent, has legal permission to photograph or video any portion of the ceremony for professional or documentary-style usage. Additionally, AMDA prohibits the use of any additional lighting or sound equipment by any student or invited guest, without prior express, written consent of AMDA.

    Gift Giving: Individual students should not give gifts to faculty or staff while they are enrolled. However, a small token of appreciation to a faculty member may be given provided it is given from the entire section of students.

    Guests: Immediate family members may visit, but the student must first obtain and complete a Family Visitor Pass Request. After receiving approval, visiting family members will be permitted. Family members may not visit classes or demonstrations and are not permitted to stay overnight in housing. Family Visitor forms must be completed and submitted to the Student Affairs Department at least 48 hours in advance of visit. Family Visitor forms are available online and are located in the Reception area and at Student Affairs. Visitor forms only need to be filled out once each term for each authorized guest. Students are not permitted to invite or escort any non-family guest into any school-related facility, including housing and academic facilities, at any time. Additionally, guests may not loiter in any area of the lobby or in the immediate vicinity of any housing facilities. Only AMDA students with proper student ID are authorized to enter.

    Harassment: Harassment is conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Threats to the health, safety, or welfare of others will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary and/or police investigation. See also: Sexual Harassment.

    Noise: When outside of the classroom, it is expected that students conduct themselves and speak in a quiet manner. Be aware that there are anti-noise ordinances governing public areas, particularly during nighttime hours. If a request is made to lower volume, students must comply in accordance with both Los Angeles law and AMDA policy.

    Non-Discrimination Policy: AMDA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, marital, parental, familial, veteran, or military service status, political affiliation, age, or disability. AMDA complies with all local, state, and federal laws barring discrimination.

    Non-Fraternization Policy: In order to avoid conflict of interest, misunderstanding, complaints of favoritism, supervision problems, morale problem, questions regarding academic achievement and sexual harassment, AMDA prohibits non-professional, personal relationships between students and AMDA staff. AMDA employees are prohibited from unethical or inappropriate fraternization with students, including, but not limited to, dating, pursuing a date, having or pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship with students. Relatedly, students are expected to observe this requirement and are not permitted to extend social networking invitations (such as friend requests) to faculty or staff while enrolled at AMDA.

    Non-Retaliation: AMDA has a strict policy of non-retaliation. Retaliation against members of the AMDA community who make good faith reports regarding potential school-related violations is prohibited. AMDA will review complaints of retaliation, and any attempted or actual retaliatory action may subject the violator to disciplinary action. Reports that are knowingly false, made with malicious intent, or with reckless disregard for or willful ignorance of facts are not good faith reports, are prohibited, and may be subject to disciplinary action.

    Personal Hygiene: It is imperative that AMDA students maintain proper personal hygiene at all times. This includes but is not limited to showering regularly, wearing deodorant, wearing clean clothes that have been laundered regularly and brushing teeth. Perfumes, lotions and scented oils, etc. are not permitted.

    Recording: Students must abide by all local, state and federal laws when recording another person using video, audio or both.

    Rehearsal Space: Rehearsal space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must leave their student ID card with the receptionist in order to reserve rehearsal space.

    Self-Injurious Threats/Behaviors: Behavior that threatens to injure or endanger the health, safety or welfare of oneself is unacceptable, will not be tolerated and will result in medical or psychological investigation that may lead to dismissal from AMDA.

    Sexual Misconduct: AMDA does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form and makes it a priority to enforce our policies in order to protect all members of the campus community including visitors to our school. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. AMDA offers support to any student, faculty or staff member impacted by sexual misconduct that occurs within the context of the school community to enable them to continue to pursue their academic or career goals. All victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged to report violations of AMDA’s policies to any AMDA Official or AMDA’s Title IX Coordinator, without fear of retaliation. Please see the “Sexual Misconduct and Assault Policies” in the Student Handbook Appendix for more information. AMDA Title IX

    Smoking: AMDA strongly suggests that students stop smoking prior to beginning their training. Smoking affects stamina and vocal health in critical ways. Since all classes, even dance classes, require the use of your voice, a healthy instrument is vital. AMDA is a nonsmoking facility and smoking is not permitted in campus housing or on campus premises. If a student must smoke, it is only allowed in designated areas. The use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking is prohibited is not allowed.

    Social Networking Between Students and Faculty/ Staff: Students are not permitted to extend social networking invitations (e.g., Facebook friend requests) to faculty or staff while enrolled at AMDA.

    Studio Usage: AMDA reserves the right to regulate the use of studio space and will institute disciplinary action for any use that is deemed inappropriate by AMDA administration. Studio space may not be used for individual profit-generating purposes. Studios must be returned to neutral after every use. Neutral studio standards are posted in each classroom.

    Weapons: While on campus or in housing, students are prohibited from possessing firearms, knives, mace or any other device that has the appearance or function of a serviceable weapon. Prop weapons may be used in classes and performances with approval of or supervision from AMDA faculty or staff. Personal Safety Device Exception: AMDA students are permitted to carry pepper spray in an amount equal to or less than 2.5 ounces for use ONLY as an instrument of self-defense and personal safety. Students who wish to carry pepper spray must inform the Student Affairs Office by emailing Debra Walsh for the LA campus (dwalsh@amda.edu) or Robert Manganaro for the NY campus (rmanganaro@amda.edu) to receive approval prior to bringing the product on campus. Students who choose to carry pepper spray are responsible for the safe and secure storage of the product.
  • Threat to the Health or Safety of Others +

    Threat to the health or safety of others means, for example, any act, planned act or threatened act that places another student, member of the faculty or staff or any campus visitor at an unreasonable risk of bodily harm, exposure to illness, loss of life or destruction of property. A threatened act includes overt threats, as well as threats reasonably perceived by the actions, interactions or conduct of a student. Further, a student may be considered to pose a direct threat to the health of others if current medical information indicates that the student’s behavior or medical condition could reasonably expose others to illness, disease or other bodily harm. This exposure risk must exceed that commonly found in community environments and would include a student’s possession of a presently contagious illness or disease or failure to maintain appropriate hygiene.

  • Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Policies +

    AMDA Title IX
    • Sexual Discrimination

      Sex discrimination is any decision, act, or failure to act that improperly interferes with or limits a person’s or group’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, privileges, or activities of the college, or otherwise adversely affects a person’s employment, education, or living environment when such decision, act, or failure to act is based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression) or marital status, (or based on a perception that an individual has such characteristics or associates with others who have, or are perceived to have, such characteristics).

      Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct constitute prohibited discrimination.


      Sexual Harassment

      Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome written, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature which interferes with an individual’s right to take full advantage of all that AMDA offers. Conduct may constitute sexual harassment when:

      • submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term for a reward;
      • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as punishment;
      • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s working or learning environment by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

      Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or behavior of a socially acceptable nature. (Remember, what is socially acceptable to one person may not be to another.) It refers to conduct that is unwelcome, personally offensive, or disrespectful of the rights of others. It applies to any harassment by AMDA faculty, staff, students, or third-parties on campus. The victim and harasser can be of any gender identification, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

      Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include sexual propositions, sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, suggestive jokes or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures, unwanted physical contact of any type, and conditioning of any academic decision upon consent to sexual contact or relationship. Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment should report this immediately to AMDA’s Title IX Coordinator or other AMDA Official. All complaints are handled in a serious and timely manner and investigated in accordance with AMDA’s Title IX Investigation protocols. While all matters are handled with discretion, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

    • Sexual Misconduct and Assault

      AMDA does not tolerate sexual misconduct or sexual assault in any form.

      DEFINITIONS:

      Sexual misconduct is the commission of a sexual act, whether by a stranger or non-stranger and regardless of the gender of any party, which occurs without indication of affirmative consent. Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behaviors that can create a hostile educational environment, including sexual assault and sexual harassment. Here are some of the behaviors that constitute and may accompany sexual misconduct:

      • Sexual Assault
      • Sexual Harassment
      • Non-consensual Sexual Contact
      • Sexual Exploitation
      • Harm to Others
      • Retaliation
      • Domestic Violence
      • Dating Violence
      • Stalking

      Sexual assault is any unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature that occurs by force or threat of force, without the affirmative consent of each person, or when a person is incapacitated or otherwise is unable to give consent freely. Affirmative consent means an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. A lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Relying solely on nonverbal communication may result in a violation of this policy. It is the responsibility of each person to ensure consent from their partner.

      Consent must be ongoing throughout the entire sexual experience. An existing dating relationship or past sexual relations does not automatically equal consent. Consent is revocable.

      Some examples of physical contact of a sexual nature are touching or attempted touching of another person’s breasts, buttocks, inner thighs, groin, or genitalia, either directly or indirectly, or sexual penetration (however slight) of another person’s oral, anal or genital opening. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, rape, sodomy, oral copulation, sexual battery, sexual penetration with an object, forcible fondling (e.g., unwanted touching or kissing for purposes of sexual gratification), or threat of sexual assault.

      AMDA attempts to protect members of the campus community, including visitors, from sexual assault and offers any student, faculty or staff member who survives a sexual assault that occurs within the context of the school community support to enable them to continue to pursue their academic or career goals.

      Sex crimes, including but not limited to sexual assaults and rapes represent violations of criminal and civil law, and constitute serious breaches of student conduct. All parties should explicitly agree to any sexual activity that occurs. Verbal communications of non-consent, non-verbal acts of resistance or rejection, or mental impairment of the victim due to any cause, including the victim’s use of alcohol or drugs, may constitute lack of consent. The use of alcohol or drugs will not be accepted as an explanation for the actions of any individual charged with a violation of this policy.


      Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship with partners of any sexual orientation or gender. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, or a combination.


      Domestic violence is abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship. For purposes of this subdivision, “cohabitant” means two unrelated adult persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship.


      Physical Stalking is committed when a person intentionally and for no legitimate purpose, engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and knows or reasonably should know that such conduct is likely to cause fear of material harm to the physical, mental, or emotional health, safety or property of such person, a member of such person’s immediate family or a third party with whom he or she is acquainted. This could include creating reasonable fear that such person’s employment, business or career is being threatened. This is typically accomplished by following someone or appearing at their home, school or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving messages or objects, or vandalizing the person’s property.


      Cyber Stalking is similar behavior as physical stalking through the use of the Internet or other electronic means to accomplish the same end.

  • Reporting Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct +

    AMDA encourages any individual who has been sexually assaulted to make a report to the college and to local law enforcement. AMDA also encourages any individual who has been sexually assaulted to seek assistance from a medical professional and law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual violence to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigation and initiate an immediate response. Students should refer to page 15 of AMDA’s Annual Security Report, located on the AMDA website, for sexual misconduct reporting procedures.

    AMDA is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal, identifiable information to the extent possible, subject to provisions of state and federal law. Other than as required by laws that guarantee public access to certain types of information, or in response to subpoenas or other legal instruments that authorize disclosure, personal, identifiable information will not be disclosed without the individual’s consent.

    To abide by state law, AMDA will report immediately to local law enforcement any willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, sexual assault, or hate crime committed on or off campus, as reported to campus security or other authority by the victim. Identification of the victim will remain confidential unless the victim consents to being identified after being informed of his or her rights.

    Students who have experienced or witnessed a sexual assault should contact the Student Affairs or Education Department to make a report and access support resources.

    • Title IX Grievance Procedures

      Title IX requires an educational institution to respond to sex-based harassment that is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the recipient’s education programs and activities (i.e., creates a hostile environment).

      When an educational institution knows or reasonably should know of possible sex-based harassment, it must take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. If an investigation reveals that the harassment created a hostile environment, the educational institution must take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.

      All reports of sexual harassment or misconduct are subject to the following protocols:

      Initial Assessment
      • Once a report is received the Title IX Coordinator will conduct a preliminary inquiry to determine an appropriate response which may include attempts at an informal resolution, a formal investigation and disciplinary review or dismissal for lack of reasonable cause to proceed. Interim measures may be implemented at any point in the process from the initial assessment phase, through informal or formal resolution to ensure, for the safety and continued access to educational opportunities for the parties.
      • If the matter is appropriate for informal resolution, the Title IX Coordinator or other AMDA official will work to facilitate a constructive resolution. Various conflict resolution approaches may be employed including mediation. The reporting party may opt to move forward with the formal resolution process at any time during or after this process.
      • If the matter is resolved through an informal resolution, then the case is closed. However, if the matter proceeds to a formal resolution process, an investigator will be assigned to investigate the allegations.
      • Interviews will be conducted with all parties, including any witnesses and any available evidence will be collected. All parties and witnesses have the right to have a support person, including an attorney, present during any interview or meeting conducted in conjunction with the resolution process.
      • Upon completion of the investigation, a Title IX Committee is formed to determine the resolution or outcome of the investigation. The committee will review all the evidence and witness statements submitted by the Title IX investigator. The Title IX Committee will provide a written determination of the findings to both parties upon completion of the investigation and review.
      • Investigations and resolution times can vary greatly depending on the nature and complexity of each case. AMDA will proceed in an expeditious manner to ensure a prompt and equitable process and will keep the parties apprised of anticipated timeframes.
      • The standard of proof applied in determining whether a violation occurred is the “preponderance of the evidence” standard, i.e. whether the evidence shows it is more likely than not that a violation occurred.
      • Students will be notified in writing of the committee’s determination. Such notice shall contain a brief communication of the factual findings and, if applicable, any sanctions to be imposed.
      Informal Resolution

      Before pursuing the Formal Resolution Process, every reasonable effort will be made to constructively resolve conflict with students. The Office of the Title IX Coordinator will facilitate such conversations and monitor them for safety. Various conflict resolution mechanisms are available, including mediation. Mediation will not be used when violent behavior is involved, when the Coordinator determines a situation is not eligible, or the parties are reluctant to participate in good faith. If informal efforts are unsuccessful, the formal resolution process may be initiated. Either party has the right to end the informal process and begin the formal process at any time prior to resolution.


      Remedial Actions

      In order to ensure the safety and protect the wellbeing of all parties involved, remedial actions may be offered to support students before, during and after an investigation. Following a report of an incident, both the complainant and respondent will be informed of accommodations that may be available to them. Students may request reasonable accommodations as needed. The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate any request for accommodations on a case-by-case basis. AMDA will provide information about the accommodations only to those who need to know in order to make the accommodations effective and to protect the confidentiality of the parties to the greatest extent possible.

      Under the appropriate circumstances, remedial actions may include:

      • Housing reassignment
      • Change or adjustment in class schedule or student partnerships, where possible
      • Change or adjustment in work schedule, where possible
      • No contact directive
      Sanctions

      As a result of the Grievance Procedure AMDA may impose the sanctions below in any combination (based on the conduct involved) upon any student found to have violated the Code of Conduct.

      The student‘s disciplinary record and any related aggravating or mitigating factors may also be considered. Multiple sanctions listed below may be imposed for any single violation.

      • Warning: A written notice to the student that the student has violated institutional rules or regulations.
      • Probation: A written reprimand. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to have violated any institutional rules or regulations during the probationary period.
      • Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
      • Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury such as appropriate service and monetary or material replacement.
      • Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, essays, service to AMDA or other related assignments.
      • Residence Hall Suspension: Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-admittance may be specified.
      • Residence Hall Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
      • Suspension: Separation of the student from AMDA for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
      • Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from AMDA.
      • Revocation of Admission, Degree or Certificate: Fraud, misrepresentation and other serious violations of AMDA standards conducted in the admissions process or in obtaining a degree or certificate from AMDA may result in their revocation by the school.
      • Withholding Degree or Certificate: AMDA may withhold awarding a degree or certificate otherwise earned until the completion of processes established in the Code of Conduct, including the completion of any sanctions.
      Appeals

      An appeal should be addressed to the Appeals Administrator and submitted to Student Affairs within seven days of the appellant’s receipt of the determination. The student must provide a detailed written request stating the basis for their appeal, with at least one of the following reasons:

      • There were procedural errors that had a material impact on the fairness of the investigation.
      • There is new evidence, which was previously unavailable, that could significantly impact the outcome of the case.
      • The sanctions imposed were substantially disproportionate to the findings.

      Disagreement with the findings or sanctions is not, by itself, grounds for an appeal.

  • Disciplinary Exclusions during Title IX Investigations +

    An individual who participates as a complainant or witness in an investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for a violation of the Code of Conduct at or near the time of the incident, unless the violation was egregious, including but not limited to an action that places the health or safety of any other person at risk or involves plagiarism, cheating, or academic dishonesty.

  • Disruption to the Educational Environment +

    Unreasonable disruption to the educational environment means, for example, any disruptive act that unreasonably impedes another student’s functioning within an academic or community life setting or unreasonably impedes the ability of faculty, administration or staff to fulfill their duties and obligations. A violation may include a single disruptive act or ongoing acts and may involve complaints from students, faculty or staff. In determining violations, an assessment will be made of the nature and extent of the disruption and the content and frequency of the complaints.

  • Outside Studies +

    Students may not take classes or lessons outside AMDA in any performance-related topic other than dance while enrolled at AMDA, only dance classes are permitted and may be taken without AMDA’s permission.

    • Semester/Term Performances

      AMDA does not guarantee that students will be cast in a featured role or solo number in any AMDA Performance. A student’s demonstrated level of performance skills and standard casting factors will determine each student’s casting. In many cases, students will participate in duets, trios or group numbers rather than solos.

    • Audition Policy

      AMDA’s educational programs have been designed to train students to become professional performers.


      AOS and Conservatory Programs:

      First, second and third term students are not permitted to audition (outside of AMDA) for performance work of any kind, salaried or unsalaried. Fourth term students are encouraged to audition (for productions that begin rehearsals after graduation), provided that no classes or rehearsals are missed in order to audition.


      BFA Programs:

      Students in terms one through six are not permitted to audition (outside of AMDA) for performance work of any kind, salaried or unsalaried. Seventh and eighth term students are permitted to audition (for productions that begin rehearsals after graduation), provided that no classes or rehearsals are missed in order to audition.

      Failure to comply with the Audition Policy may result in a student’s dismissal.

  • Institution Response +

    Violation of these or other policies may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal. The institution reserves the right to remove a student from particular settings or from all institution activity pending the outcome of the disciplinary process, depending on the nature and extent of the offense.

  • General Information +

    The mission of the Financial Aid Department is to offer a comprehensive financial aid program that attempts to meet the financial needs of all AMDA students. The office utilizes aid programs from all sources for which students are believed to be eligible. In addition, this office uses these programs in ways to assist students in achieving a quality education by supporting their academic and vocational objectives.

    The office maintains the following goals:

    • To seek funding for students from as many sources as possible.
    • To provide guidance in the application process.
    • To represent the needs of AMDA students who have documented financial need.
    • To provide financial aid counseling for students and their families.
    • To provide money management guidance.
    • To provide accurate and clear consumer information regarding financial aid at AMDA.
    • To ensure good stewardship of financial aid funds.
    • To provide the AMDA administration with the information it needs to make informed decisions about financial aid funding for AMDA students.
    • To maximize financial aid available to AMDA students within the limits of each source of funding

    For more information, visit Financial Aid

  • Student’s Right to Cancel +

    Incoming and readmitted students may cancel the enrollment agreement and receive a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session or the seventh day after enrollment (whichever is later) by providing a written notice to the Director of Academic Services, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, 6305 Yucca Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028. This notice may be provided by mail, email, hand delivery. If sent by mail (properly addressed with postage prepaid), the written notice of cancellation is effective as of the date of the postmark. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the enrollment agreement.

  • Student Account Policy Appeals +

    Appeals of student account policies may be made in writing to the Student Accounts Department. All financial appeals are reviewed by the Student Accounts Appeals Committee. Students are notified in writing once a decision is made.

  • Tuition Refund Information +

    Students who withdraw from the institution after instruction has started will receive a prorated refund for unused portions of the tuition and other refundable charges provided they have completed 60% or less of the instruction. If the school cancels or discontinues a course or program, the school will make a full refund of all charges. Refunds are paid within 45 days of cancellation or withdrawal. Return of federal funds is administered in accordance with United States Department of Education regulations. Students who received federal financial aid will be entitled to a refund of monies not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

    The amount of the refund shall be the amount paid for instruction multiplied by a percentage based on the number of weeks attended, less the $50 nonrefundable application fee.

    • Tuition Refund Policy: New York Campus

      A: A student who cancels within 7 days of signing the enrollment agreement receives all monies returned with the exception of the non-refundable registration fee.


      B. There after, a student will be liable for

      • the non-refundable registration fee plus
      • the cost of any textbook or supplies accepted plus
      • tuition liability as of the student’s last date of physical attendance.

      Tuition liability is divided by the number of terms in the program. Total tuition liability is limited to the term during which the student withdrew or was terminated and any previous terms completed.

      • First Term
      • Subsequent Terms
      • The student refund may be more than that stated above if the accrediting agency refund policy results in a greater refund.
    • Tuition Refund Policy: Los Angeles Campus

      Students who withdraw after completing the ninth week of the course (more than 60% of the course) will not be eligible for a refund. The percentage of tuition to be charged is determined by the week of the withdrawal, as outlined below.

      Defined as Monday through Sunday

  • California Students: Student Tuition Recovery Fund +

    The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.


    You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.


    It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431- 6959 or (888) 370-7589.


    To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

    • The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
    • You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program discontinued.
    • You were enrolled at an institution or location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before the closure.
    • The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
    • The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
    • You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
    • You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

    To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.


    A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.


    However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

  • Scholarship Review Process +

    At the end of the first, second and third years of enrollment, students who have been awarded scholarships are reviewed for cumulative GPA requirements to determine their eligibility to maintain their scholarship. The required 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA must be earned to maintain scholarship eligibility. At the end of each term, students who have earned less than the required 3.0 minimum GPA are provided a scholarship GPA eligibility reminder letter. Raising the cumulative GPA is critical to maintaining the awarded scholarship. As soon as final grades are posted, the cumulative GPAs are reviewed for scholarship eligibility. At the end of a student’s academic year, students who have earned less than the required 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA will be notified of loss of eligibility.

    Students may submit a written appeal for the reinstatement of their scholarship award as follows: Provide a statement of explanation letter addressing the reason for not achieving the required GPA and a plan to ensure earning the required GPA. Students may also address any relevant financial issues.

    In general, students with a cumulative GPA of less than the required 3.0 minimum may be allowed to submit appeal documents unless they have failed classes or have conduct violations on record. Those with failed classes or conduct violations are ineligible to maintain their scholarship and are ineligible to appeal. Scholarship appeal letters are to be submitted to the Financial Aid Department at the student’s respective campus. A review of the submitted documentation along with the student’s full financial status will be conducted by the Scholarship Committee. Upon finalization of the review, students will be notified of the resolution. Appeal letters need to be received within two weeks of the deadline date stated on the initial notification of loss of eligibility.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Academic Standards For Financial Aid +

    All students are required to meet the standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to continue their matriculation at AMDA. In addition, a student must meet the requirements of the SAP policy below to be eligible to receive federal, state and need-based institutional financial aid assistance and to register for classes. Scholarships and other awards may require students to meet higher standards. Veterans Affairs students have additional requirements.

  • Overview Of SAP Standards +

    AMDA students and financial aid recipients in particular are expected to make reasonable and timely academic progress toward their declared program objective (certificate or degree) each term. Reasonable progress is measured by the following standards:

    • Standard 1: The GPA Standard

      Standard 1 is a qualitative measure of progress as measured by the student’s cumulative AMDA grade point average (GPA). AMDA academic policies determine how the GPA is calculated, including which grades count in the GPA calculation and the effect of course repeats on GPA. Each student can see their current cumulative GPA on the unofficial transcript in the Student Portal. To meet Standard 1, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

    • Standard 2: The Pace Standard

      Standard 2 is a quantitative measure that attempts to calculate the pace at which a student is progressing toward program completion. Pace is measured by the cumulative percentage of courses attempted that are successfully completed for credit. To meet Standard 2, there are two calculation criteria:

      • Criteria 1: Students must satisfactorily complete at least 66.66% of all cumulative credit hours attempted each term of enrollment.
      • Criteria 2: Students must satisfactorily meet the minimum clock hour or credit hour requirements. Students in a certificate program are required to earn 600 clock hours per academic year (two terms), and students in a degree program are required to earn 20 semester credits per academic year (two terms). In the event that a student should repeat an entire term, a student would need to earn 600 clock hours (or 20 semester credits) over a period of two consecutive terms. Students in a degree program are required to earn credits based on their enrollment status of Full Time (12–15 credits), Three Quarter Time (9–11 credits), Half Time (6–8 credits), Less Than Half Time (fewer than 6 credits).
    • Standard 3: The Maximum Time Frame Standard

      Standard 3 determines if the student is actually completing the academic program within a reasonable amount of time and with a limited, reasonable number of units attempted. The maximum time frame for completion of a program of study and financial aid eligibility is 150% of the published length of the program in credit hours or weeks of instruction for clock hours. The maximum time frame is the calculated percentage of credit hours attempted or weeks of instruction in the clock hour program relative to 150% of the number of credit hours or weeks required for program completion. For example, the AOS or Conservatory Program is a four-term program; any student enrolled more than six terms will lose financial aid eligibility for the duration of their program. The BFA Degree Program is an eight-semester program; any student enrolled more than 12 semesters will lose eligibility.

      These three standards apply to a student’s entire academic record at AMDA, whether or not financial aid was received for prior terms of enrollment. Student academic records are reviewed by the Registrar’s Office at the end of each term to determine compliance with SAP standards for the prior term. The Financial Aid Office notifies students who have not achieved the established satisfactory academic progress standards of their academic probation or academic ineligibility status.

  • How Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards Are Monitored +

    Academic Requirements and Review Process Satisfactory Academic Progress is monitored at the end of each academic term (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students who fully meet all three standards above are considered in good standing for SAP. Students who are not meeting the standards will be notified of the results and the impact on their financial aid and academic eligibility. Students who have exceeded the Maximum Time Frame (Standard 3) are immediately ineligible to receive additional financial aid assistance. In addition, students who have been academically disqualified are also not eligible to receive financial aid assistance until formally reinstated to the institution.

  • Impact of Course Grades and Status on SAP +

    Grades of Incomplete

    Students who earn a grade of “Incomplete” need to resolve the grade by the middle of the subsequent term of enrollment. If the grade of “Incomplete” is unresolved, the grade reverts to a grade of “F.” A grade of “Incomplete” does not impact the cumulative GPA but is calculated toward total credits attempted in the satisfactory academic progress pace of completion and maximum time frame calculations. Upon a grade of “incomplete” being replaced with a letter grade, the student’s SAP standards are reviewed again.


    Failed Grades

    AOS and Conservatory students who receive a grade of “F” for a final class grade will be required to repeat the class and successfully pass a subsequent attempt. BFA students who receive a grade of “F” as the final course grade will be required to repeat the class if it is a “required” course and achieve a successful attempt. If the course is not a requirement, BFA students may select an alternate class to fulfill the credits. Students with unresolved failing grades are ineligible to graduate. A grade of “F” is calculated in the GPA and is counted toward total credits attempted in the satisfactory academic progress pace of completion and maximum time frame calculations.


    Withdrawals

    Students who withdraw from their program of enrollment or from a BFA Program course will have a “W” posted to their official record. Withdrawals have no effect on a student’s cumulative GPA but are calculated toward total credits attempted in the satisfactory academic progress pace of completion and maximum time frame calculations.


    Withdrawal-Fail (BFA Programs Only)

    Students who opt to withdraw from a class after the fifth week of a semester will have a “WF” posted on their official record. A “WF” constitutes a grade of “F” in the determination of a student’s grade point average (GPA) and is calculated as attempted credits in the satisfactory academic progress pace of completion and maximum time frame calculations.


    Repeated Courses

    If a student must repeat a course due to a failed grade, the grade earned for both courses will be used toward the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. All attempted courses are calculated toward total credits in the satisfactory academic progress pace of completion and maximum time frame calculations.


    Transfer Credits (BFA Programs Only)

    Credit hours that are accepted toward the student’s educational program count as both attempted and completed when calculating pace and maximum time frame for SAP purposes.


    Remedial Courses

    AMDA does not offer remedial courses.

  • Financial Aid and Academic Warning +

    Failure to meet the minimum cumulative GPA or pace of completion requirements will result in a Warning status for the subsequent academic semester/term or payment period with continued financial aid eligibility. Students must increase the cumulative GPA to good academic standing or earn sufficient hours or credits to make up for the deficit hours or credits as of the end of the prior semester/term.

    Students who comply with the established standards of academic progress at the end of the warning semester/ term or payment period will return to good academic standing and remain eligible for financial aid. Students who fail to regain good academic standing during the “Warning” semester/term or payment period are subject to termination or dismissal and are ineligible for financial aid, unless an appeal is requested and approved.

  • Financial Aid and Academic Suspension +

    A student is subject to financial aid and SAP Suspension if the student:

    • Fails to meet the minimum cumulative grade point average at the end of a warning or probation semester/ term or payment period.
    • Fails to maintain the minimum clock hour or credit hour pace of completion at the end of a warning or probation semester/term or payment period. • Has an unsuccessful appeal.
    • Exceeds the maximum time frame for program completion.

    A student may submit an appeal to regain academic and financial aid eligibility, if there are extenuating circumstances.

  • Financial Aid and Academic Appeal to Regain Eligibility: Appeal Guidelines +

    Students who fail to meet these standards and lose eligibility for financial aid may appeal the decision. The appeal must include all of the following:

    • A letter of appeal including a personal statement explaining the following:
      • Extenuating circumstances that led to the student not meeting the SAP standards
      • What actions the student is taking to ensure future academic progress
    • Documentation to support extenuating circumstance(s). Examples of extenuating circumstances include (but are not limited to):
      • A period of illness or injury for the student
      • A period of illness or injury for an immediate family member requiring the student’s assistance
      • Death of a family member
      • Family difficulties (financial, divorce, etc.)
      • Military Service
    • A detailed plan showing: a. how the student will meet remaining program requirements b. how the student will address the SAP standard deficiencies in order to make reasonable academic progress towards a degree or certificate This appeal should be sent to the Director of Education Services and the Director of Student Financial Services within five days of notification of unsatisfactory academic status or financial aid suspension status. The student will be notified in writing within two weeks of the date of receipt of the appeal, if the appeal is approved or denied.

  • Financial Aid and Academic Probation +

    If a student successfully appeals, they will be placed on Academic and Financial Aid Probation for one additional semester/term or payment period and will remain eligible for financial aid during that semester/term or payment period. Students who meet the minimum SAP standards at the end of a probation semester/term or payment period will be returned to good academic standing and remain eligible for financial aid. Students who fail to meet the minimum SAP standards at the end of a “probation” semester/term or payment period are subject to academic termination or dismissal and are ineligible for financial aid.

  • Timely Advising Requirement +

    All students on Academic Warning Status or Academic Probation Status are required to meet with their academic advisors during the first two weeks of classes in regular semesters/terms to review their academic situations and to formulate or review and revise as needed their plans of study. Any student in either of these statuses who does not comply with this requirement will not be allowed to register and continue enrollment at AMDA unless the cumulative GPA of the student is 2.0 or greater at the end of the semester/ term in which the requirement was not met.

  • Academic Dismissal and Reinstatement +

    Students who are deemed academically ineligible and dismissed from school may apply for readmission after one year. If their readmission application is approved, the student is required to retake all failed courses during the immediate semester/term back in school. If the student passes all of these courses, they will be allowed to continue with the program. Students would not be eligible for financial aid funding during their first semester/term back while repeating failed courses. If the student met SAP standards, after repeating all failed courses, they would regain Financial Aid eligibility.

  • Withdrawal from AMDA +

    Students who withdraw during the academic year of enrollment must still fulfill the minimum semester credit hours and pace of completion requirements of the SAP policy. Students who are not enrolled for two consecutive semester/terms of attendance are subject to academic termination or dismissal and thus would not be eligible to receive federal financial aid funding. Students who withdraw during the SAP probation semester/ term or payment period without extenuating circumstances may be subject to the loss of eligibility to participate in the financial aid programs upon re enrollment due to failure to meet the minimum SAP standards.

  • Transfer of Prior Credit or Training +

    • Evaluation of Prior Credit or Training: Associate of Occupational Studies and Professional Conservatory Programs

      No credit is given for courses taken prior to AMDA.

    • Evaluation of Prior Credit or Training (BFA Programs)

      Transfer credit may be awarded at AMDA from any United States institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. AMDA Academic Policies A 2020 CATALOG 85 will review transcripts from international institutions licensed or officially recognized by the Education Department or Ministry of the country where the institution operates for eligibility of transfer of credit. International students must submit authentic documents to AMDA and provide translations/evaluations from services which are conducted by the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES), or a member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).


      Students’ prior college coursework will be evaluated for possible General Education transfer credit upon receipt of official transcripts from all previous schools attended (maximum 30 credits). Courses eligible for transfer evaluation must have a final grade of “C” or above and apply to one of the General Education categories. Courses in Performance Immersion are ineligible for transfer evaluation. Students are requested to have all official transcripts mailed directly to AMDA. AMDA will maintain record of transfer credit evaluations of previous education and training. Students will be notified in writing; if granted, credit will be reflected on the official transcript.

  • Standardized Assessments/Examinations +

    Students who have tested through the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may submit official exam scoring documentation for evaluation of transfer course(s) toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. Documentation must be received directly from the CollegeBoard. AP scores earned must be a score of 3 or higher to be accepted. CLEP scores must be a score of 50 or higher to be accepted.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) +

    International Baccalaureate courses may be submitted for evaluation of transfer credit provided an official transcript is submitted to AMDA. Courses which fall under the General Education category will be evaluated for transfer credit based on High Level (HL) course designation and a score of 5 and above may be accepted toward AMDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees. Courses listed under the category of Standard Level (SL) will not be considered for evaluation.

  • Performance/Experiential Credit +

    Performance/Experiential Credit refers to life or work experience meeting a particular level of performance industry standard or accomplishment. Upon AMDA’s approval, this type of credit may be applied toward AMDA’s Degree or Certificate Programs. Students are awarded Performance/ Experiential Credit through submission of a portfolio of performances, productions or awards reflecting practical learning opportunities as acquired through prominent professional industry experiences. Credits and clock hours can only be awarded for life or work experience that directly relates to the student’s individual AMDA program. There is a one-time portfolio submission fee of $150. The application for portfolio submission is available through AMDA’s Academic Services or Education Departments. An AMDA Education Review Board assesses portfolio submissions, providing a determination. Students who might seek an alternate determination may request re-evaluation. At such time, AMDA may appoint a Department or Division Supervisor to contribute to the re-evaluation. Upon reevaluation completion, a final determination will be delivered.


    BFA Degree Program

    Portfolio assessments may result in up to a maximum of 30 Performance Immersion credits applied toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.


    AOS Degree Program

    Portfolio assessments may result in up to a maximum of 15 credits applied toward the fourth semester Associate of Occupational Studies Degree.


    Conservatory Certificate Program

    Portfolio assessments may result in up to a maximum of 450 total clock hours applied toward the fourth semester Certificate Program.

  • Transferring Between AMDA Campuses +

    • AOS and Conservatory Students

      New York Conservatory and Los Angeles AOS students may transfer for the entire second year (third and fourth terms) only.

      Students interested in transferring campuses are required to submit their interest to the Education Department by the designated deadline. Students who retract their request after the deadline or who submit their interest past the deadline will incur a processing fee of $200. Students are placed in a pending status while an evaluation of the student’s academic standing is conducted. To be eligible for transfer, students must meet the following criteria:

      • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Must be in good academic standing
      • Must not be on a disciplinary probation status
      • Must be in good financial standing

      Students are encouraged to contact the Education Department with any questions.

    • Applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Programs

      AOS and Conservatory Program graduates interested in a BFA degree in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre or Performing Arts must complete an online “Application for BFA (AOS/Certificate Alumni)”. Applications are submitted online and will be directed to the Admission Department at the Los Angeles campus. Academic evaluation of the candidate will not occur until the student has completed their third term. Verification of graduation status must be confirmed in order to enroll in the BFA Program. Graduates of the AOS and Conservatory Programs will be awarded 60 Performance Immersion credits applied toward the 120 credit requirement for completion of the BFA degree. Students with completed college courses (outside of AMDA) need to submit official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at the Los Angeles campus for transfer credit evaluation. Students can transfer up to 30 General Education credits from other institutions. At this time, all BFA degrees are conferred through the Los Angeles campus only.


      An additional evaluation will be conducted for AOS and Conservatory graduates applying for a BFA Program outside of their respective discipline. This may result in additional required coursework.

  • NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION +

    The transferability of credits you earn at AMDA is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certificate you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the degree, certificate or credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending AMDA to determine if your degree, certificate or credits will transfer.


    AMDA has entered into an Articulation and Transfer Agreement with The New School for Public Engagement and The City University of New York Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA).

  • Governance +

    The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of AMDA. The strategic priorities of the Board include mission, organizational structure, academic integrity, operational responsibility and planning. The Board meets regularly to ensure accountability of AMDA to its students and constituencies. The Board of Directors support key personnel who provide overall leadership and administer the day-to-day operations at AMDA.


    Board of Directors

    David Martin, President and Artistic Director

    Jan Martin, Executive Director

    Nancy Sullivan, Chairman of the Board

    John Freedman

    Sharon Kelley

    Elisa Lefkowitz

    Matt McAlpine

    Molly Ziemienski

  • Student Consumer Responsibility +

    Prospective and current students can locate important information about AMDA on the AMDA website. This information is designed to provide open, pertinent information for both prospective and current students. The presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act of 2008, which requires post secondary institutions to publicly disclose various aspects of their policies and procedures. All students are encouraged to review the information in AMDA publications and on the website prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

  • Right To Change Requirements +

    The AMDA Catalog presents the policies and procedures for all educational programs offered by the Institution. AMDA reserves the right to make alterations to this Catalog and the policies and procedures therein as deemed necessary by AMDA. Changes may also be necessitated by federal, state, or local law, other regulatory requirements, accreditation or licensure. Changes may include but are not limited to curriculum, academic policies, administrative policies, procedures and costs. Notice is not required for a new policy to take effect; however, AMDA will make reasonable attempts to notify students promptly of any policy changes through communication methods deemed appropriate by AMDA administration.

  • Bankruptcy Notice +

    AMDA does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, nor has had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec 1101 et seq.)

  • Standards of Ethical Business Conduct +

    AMDA and its employees are not permitted to engage in revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender, nor accept equipment or printing services from loan providers. AMDA and its employees will not steer borrowers to particular lenders or delay loan certification.


    AMDA prohibits employees and agents of the institution from:

    • receiving gifts from a lender, guaranty agency or loan servicer;
    • accepting compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans; or
    • serving on an advisory board, commission, or group established by lenders or guarantors, except for reimbursement for reasonable expenses.

    This statutory prohibition is implemented in 34 CFR 682.212.

  • Assessment of Student Learning +

    AMDA is committed to the assessment of student learning for purposes of the ongoing improvement of curriculum, programs and services offered by the institution and for accreditation processes. Students, faculty, staff and administrators all play a role in student learning and all benefit from the creation of useful and meaningful assessment strategies and information.


    Assessment activities at AMDA are conducted by academic, administrative and student affairs departments and units and may take the form of surveys, standardized tests, program evaluation forms, focus groups, student projects, student reflective activities or any of a variety of other mechanisms. Some assessment instruments are given to specific groups of students; others are given to students randomly selected from a group or groups of students. Assessments may be administered both inside and outside of the classroom. Some assessments may be voluntary; others may be required.


    Assessment-related data are kept confidential for individual students and are released only in aggregate form. Unless the assessment tool is also part of the assignments for a course, student performance in the assessment activity does not affect course grades or progress toward graduation.

  • Statement on Academic Freedom +

    AMDA is dedicated to the principle of academic freedom, allowing members of our community to teach, study and communicate ideas — including those that may be considered unpopular or controversial — without fear of censorship, repercussions or interference. Such freedom is essential to cultivating an environment that fosters intellectual development, critical thinking and artistic expression through stimulating curiosity, exposure to diverse viewpoints and informed debate. Students have the right to express their opinions and to respectfully question those presented by others.


    Academic freedom is dependent on academic responsibility — faithful performance of one’s academic duties and obligations, including the presentation of course content that meets stated requirements and learning objectives. In the classroom, faculty members may introduce and discuss ideas that are controversial when these ideas are relevant to the course. Faculty members are entitled to satisfy course learning objectives by using their choice of instructional materials, provided materials meet the curricular requirements for the course and program.


    As members of a learned profession and professional employees, faculty should be free from institutional censorship or discipline. However, their positions as educators, members of the community, and representatives of their professions obligate them to responsibly exercise these freedoms, to speak with accuracy and restraint, to demonstrate respect for others, and to avoid perceptions that they are speaking as representatives of AMDA.


    Any student or faculty member who believes their academic freedom has been questioned or compromised in any way may contact the Director of Education or Executive Director.

  • Diversity Statement +

    As scholars and practitioners of the performing arts, AMDA students, faculty, and staff actively embrace equality, inclusiveness, and acceptance as hallmarks of our institution’s culture of diversity. AMDA’s classrooms and stages provide safe and welcoming environments for our community of creative artists, a community whose members collectively reflect a global panorama of experiences, backgrounds, values and perspectives.


    As an integral part of our mission, AMDA expects all of its community members to exemplify the following principles:


    Collaboration: We pledge to work together in the classroom, on the stage, and in all of our shared spaces with a spirit of giving and collegiality.


    Artistry: We strive to connect our personal experiences to our creative work, allowing the art we create to bridge any gaps between us and increase understanding and tolerance.


    Honesty: We speak with integrity in order to build trust with one another, bridge our experiences, and build an open and truthful community.


    Mutual respect: We share respect for one another and seek to understand the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures of our community members.


    Courage: We act on our convictions and values so that we may constantly engage, renew, and support every member of our community.


    These expectations come with specific commitments from AMDA as a college and from each individual member of our community. Committing to these principles requires each of us to take responsibility to actively grow and preserve AMDA’s diverse community and culture. Diversity is deeply beneficial to higher education and the performing arts and its recognition prepares students, faculty, and staff to better engage with larger communities and society. As such, AMDA commits to actively supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and acceptance in our education, creative productions, services, and administration. Most crucially, we will continue to work towards the recruitment, retention, education, and advancement of students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded and underrepresented populations in higher education and the performing arts.

  • Required Federal Disclosure Information +

    • Non-Discrimination And Title IX Compliance

      In compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, AMDA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic information, religion or status as a veteran in the recruitment or admission of students or in any of its policies, practices or procedures. AMDA’s Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of AMDA with primary responsibility for coordinating the institution’s Title IX compliance efforts. The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities are critical to the development, implementation and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation and case law. In broad terms, the Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of institutional policy in relation to Title IX law developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the institution’s Title IX compliance.


      The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the institution’s non-discrimination policies and Title IX, to receive discrimination/harassment complaints from members of the institution community and to monitor the institution’s compliance with state and federal non-discrimination laws and regulations:

      Christine Galdston

      Title IX Coordinator

      The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

      6305 Yucca Street

      Los Angeles, CA 90028

      323-460-3060

    • Campus Crime Reporting: Jeanne Clery Disclosure

      The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” commonly referred to as the “Clery Act,” is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. Each year a report that contains three years’ worth of campus crime and fire statistics and campus security policy statements is published on the AMDA website. A 60-day crime log and a fire log are open to the public and available from the campus safety department. A full copy of the most current report can be found at amda.edu/student-downloads.

    • Gainful Employment Disclosures

      The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any Title IVeligible educational program of study that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The required disclosure information includes program tuition and costs; occupational profiles; on-time graduation and completion rates; job placement rate, and the median student loan debt incurred. Please refer to the program pages on the AMDA website for this information.

    • Drug-Free Policy

      The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (the “Act”) requires all institutions of higher education, as a condition of receiving any form of federal financial assistance from any federal agency on or after October 1, 1990, to certify to the United States Department of Education (the “Department”) that they have adopted and implemented programs to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.


      At a minimum, the Act requires each institution to distribute to all of its students and employees the following: (a) a statement of standards of conduct that clearly prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the institution’s property or as part of any of its activities; (b) a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal laws for the possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; (c) a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol; (d) a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to the institution’s employees or students; and (e) a statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees who violate its standards of conduct relating to illicit drugs and alcohol, and a description of those sanctions. The sanctions must be progressive (up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution), and consistent with federal, state and local laws.


      AMDA honors without exception the laws of the city, state and nation and expects its constituents to do the same. All members of the AMDA community are required to abide by the policy statement set forth in the AMDA Student Handbook, Staff Handbook and Faculty Handbook.

    • Voter Registration

      The 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 included a mandate that requires institutions of higher education to engage in certain voter registration activities during years when there are elections for federal office, governor or other chief executives within the state [HEA Section 487(a)(23)]. In accordance with the statute, institutions must make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms and make such forms widely available to students in attendance. The institution shall be considered in compliance with the requirements for each student to whom the institution electronically transmits a message containing a voter registration form acceptable for use in the State in which the institution is located, or an Internet address where such a form can be downloaded, if such information is in an electronic message devoted exclusively to voter registration.


      Qualifications to Register to Vote
      • You must be a United States citizen.
      • You must be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you register. (You must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote).
      • You have lived at your present address at least 30 days before an election.
      • You must not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
      • You have not been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
      • You cannot claim the right to vote elsewhere.

      Voter registration information can be found in the Student Affairs Department, the AMDA Library and online:


      New York State Voter Registration Forms http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html


      California Voter Registration Forms http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm


      Other State Voter Registration Information http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting.shtml

    • Privacy And Access To Records

      The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education. AMDA complies with FERPA, as amended, and its implementing regulations issued, which provide students with safeguards for the accuracy, completeness and privacy of educational records. Annual notice is given to students summarizing their rights under this law. Copies of AMDA’s Statement of Policies and Procedures under FERPA are available in the AMDA Student Handbook or on the AMDA website at amda.edu/education.

    • Solomon Amendment

      Per the Solomon Amendment, institutions of higher education are required to provide military recruiters with “student recruiting information” for all students who are at least 17 years of age and enrolled for at least one credit hour at their institutions.

      Student recruiting information includes:

      • Name
      • Address (local, permanent)
      • Telephone number (local, permanent)
      • Age or date of birth
      • Major
      • Class level (Senior, Junior, etc.)
      • Degree awarded

      Information released is limited to the current and previous semester/term. Any student who has placed a hold on their record will be excluded under FERPA.

  • Student Complaint Policy and Procedures +

    • Purpose

      The primary objectives of this Student Complaint Procedure are to ensure that students have the opportunity to present complaints to AMDA regarding a certain action or inaction by a member of the AMDA community regarding academic matters and that AMDA has a consistent way of resolving those complaints in a fair and just manner. This Student Complaint Procedure applies to problems arising in the relationship between a student and AMDA that are not governed by other specific complaint procedures. Upon request from any student, the Education Services Office will provide guidance about the appropriate system for redress of a particular complaint.

    • Review

      If a student decides to file a complaint, they must do so in writing to the appointed academic administrator. Any such written complaint must be received by the administrator no later than forty-five calendar days after the student first became aware of the facts which gave rise to the complaint. The administrator should conduct an informal investigation as warranted to resolve any factual disputes. The administrator may appoint an impartial fact-finding panel to conduct an investigation. The administrator must state the terms and conditions of the investigation in a memorandum appointing the fact-finding panel. A fact-finding panel appointed shall have no authority to make recommendations or impose final action. The panel’s conclusions shall be limited to determining and presenting facts to the administrator in a written report.


      Based upon the report of the fact-finding panel if any, the administrator shall make a determination and submit his or her decision in writing to the student and to the person alleged to have caused the complaint within ten calendar days of receipt of the panel’s report. The written determination shall include the reasons for the decision, shall indicate the remedial action to be taken if any, and shall inform the student of the right to seek further review.

    • Appeal Procedures

      Within ten calendar days of receipt of the administrator’s decision, a student who is not satisfied with the response of the administrator after the initial review may seek further review by submitting the written complaint, together with the administrator’s written decision, to the assigned Senior Administration official or appointed designee.


      The Senior Administration Official or appointed designee’s action will be limited to a review of the basis for the administrator’s decision and need not involve a new factual investigation. The Senior Administration Official/appointed designee may direct that further facts be gathered or that additional remedial action be taken. Within 15 calendar days of receipt of the request for review, the Senior Administration Official/Appointed designee will submit his or her decision in writing to the student and to the person alleged to have caused the complaint. The written disposition shall include the reasons for the decision, and it shall direct a remedy for the aggrieved student if any. The appeal decision is considered final.

  • Copyrighted Materials +

    Federal copyright law prohibits the reproduction, distribution, public display or public performance of copyrighted materials without permission of the copyright owner, unless fair use or another exemption under copyright law applies. Copyright laws apply to books, screenplays, scripts, music, movies, photographs and software. Students are expected to abide by these rules and policies. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.


    Photocopies may be made for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research as long as the reproduction or distribution is made without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.


    Copyright and Fair Use Resources:

    • American Library Association, Copyright ala.org/advocacy/copyright
    • Library of Congress, U.S. Copyright Office copyright.gov
    • Music Library Association Copyright Guide copyright.musiclibraryassoc.org
  • Privacy of Information +

    Information stored on a computer system or sent electronically over a network is the property of the individual who created it. Any information the owner would reasonably regard as private must be treated as such by other users. This includes (but is not limited to): contents of email, messaging and other communications; data on storage media and cloud services; any unsecured personal information and files. AMDA system administrators may inspect personal files and data, if necessary, solely for the limited purpose of preventing damage to the system or ensuring compliance with institutional rules.


    Some private information may be visible to others on shared and networked computer systems. This may include account and directory information (email addresses, user names), records of file names and usage, records of online activity, and data stored in public areas. This information is still considered private and may not be inspected or utilized in ways that may reasonably be considered intrusive.


    In order to respect and ensure privacy, users are prohibited from attempting to gain access to, utilize, manipulate, or disseminate:

    • others’ personal account information
    • others’ personal files, electronic communications (including email), and other data
    • unsecured information or data which may reasonably be considered private
  • Students’ Rights and Privacy +

    To comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) of the Buckley Amendment, AMDA has established the following policy:


    Scope of the Act: General The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and its implementing federal regulations affords to persons who are currently, or were formerly, in attendance at AMDA as registered students a right of access to their “educational records” that contain information directly related to such persons. Persons who unsuccessfully applied for admission to AMDA are not covered by the Act.


    The Act also restricts the persons to whom AMDA may disclose a student’s education records without the student’s written permission.

    • Records Covered

      “Educational records” of a student include records, files, documents, and other materials regularly maintained by AMDA that contain information directly related to a student and that are maintained in connection with the student’s attendance at AMDA. Education records include traditional paper records as well as material that is maintained in digital, electronic, photographic, video, audio or any other form.

      There are a number of types of records that are specifically excluded from the scope of the Act. For example, a student is not entitled to examine the following:

      • Records maintained personally by faculty members or any other staff that are not available to others.
      • Records that are created or maintained by a physician, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional that are created, maintained, or used only in connection with the provision of treatment to the student and are not available to anyone other than persons providing such treatment.
      • Records, such as those that might be maintained by AMDA’s legal counsel, the confidentiality of which is protected by law.
      • Records created and maintained by campus law enforcement unit.
      • Records containing financial information about his or her parents, such as information submitted in connection with an application for financial aid.
      • Grades or peer-graded papers before they are collected and recorded by an instructor.
      • Records that contain information about a people only after they are no longer students at AMDA.
      • Records that also contain information about another student, which are also education records of another student and to which the other student may have FERPA rights.
      • Records of a student who is deceased
    • Access Rights of Students: Procedure

      Students may obtain access to their education records by making application to the Director of Education. AMDA is required to grant the request within 45 days. The Director of Education will forward copies of the student’s request to the appropriate offices holding the requested files. These offices will contact the student and invite him or her to inspect them.


      If a student wishes to inspect an education record that also contains information regarding another student, such inspection is permissible only if (a) the information about the other student is inseparable from information about the requesting student, (b) any personally identifiable information about the other student is redacted prior to inspection by the requesting student, (c) the other student provides a prior, written consent, or (d) disclosure is otherwise permitted or required by law.


      A student will ordinarily not be provided with copies of any part of his record other than his transcript, unless the inability to obtain copies would effectively prevent him from exercising his right to inspect and review his education records. In cases where copies will be provided, the department or office of AMDA maintaining the record in question may impose a charge for making such copies at such uniform rates as it shall determine. Each department or office should establish and make readily available a schedule of such charges. In general, the charges imposed will not exceed $.10 per page. An exception is the case of unofficial transcripts, which are free. Students will not be permitted to remove the original record(s) from the record review office. At the conclusion of the review record(s) is returned to the office(s) that maintains it.


      If a student is physically unable to come to the appropriate record review office, and if this inability would effectively deny the student access to her or his records, the student may obtain a record request form by calling or writing to the appropriate record review officer. The student should then return the completed request form by mail to the record review officer. The officer will make special arrangements for the review.


      Generally, educational records of a student will be maintained by the Director of Education and the office of the department of the student’s major field of study. In addition, AMDA’s Center for Health and Performance maintains records relating to students who have utilized their services. If a student has utilized a placement office at AMDA, such office may also maintain records relating to the student.

    • Confidential Letters of Recommendation

      In general, a student may have access to confidential letters and statements of recommendation that are part of the student’s education records. This right, however, does not apply to such letters and statements placed in the student’s education records prior to January 1, 1975, if such letters and statements are not used for purposes other than those for which they were specifically intended.


      A student may, by signing a written waiver, relinquish his or her right to inspect confidential recommendations placed in the student’s education records on or after January 1, 1975, respecting (1) admission to any educational institution; (2) an application for employment; or (3) the receipt of an honor or honorary recognition.


      In no case will any student be required by AMDA to waive his or her rights to access confidential recommendations. A student may find it appropriate to do so for a number of reasons. For example, the student may feel that his or her professors will write more candid and helpful letters of recommendation if the letters are not available to the student. A department desiring to formulate a waiver form should consult the AMDA General Counsel.

    • Amendment of Records

      If a student believes that any of his/her education records contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of her or his rights of privacy, he or she may ask AMDA to correct or delete such information. The student may also ask that additional explanatory material be inserted in the record.


      Requests for amendment of a record or the addition of explanatory material should be submitted, in writing, within a reasonable amount of time after the conclusion of the record review. The reasons for the request should be set forth and should clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. There is no obligation on the part of AMDA to grant such a request.


      If AMDA declines to amend records as requested by the student, it will so inform the student, and the student may request a hearing to appeal the decision. The right to challenge the contents of an educational record may not be used to question substantive educational judgments that have been correctly recorded. For example, a hearing may not be requested to contest the assignment of a grade. Grades given in the course of study include written evaluations that reflect institutional judgment of the quality of a student’s academic performance.


      Hearing requests must be made in writing to the Director of Education regarding academic records or the Director of Operations (LA) or the Managing Director (NY) regarding non-academic records, within thirty (30) days of being informed of the decision to decline the request for amendment. Within a reasonable period of time after receiving such request, the Director of Educational Services will inform the student of the date, place and time of the hearing.


      The hearing will take place before a committee composed of faculty and staff members who do not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. The student may present evidence relevant to the issues raised and may be assisted or represented at the hearing by one or more persons of the student’s choice, at the student’s sole expense. The Committee must issue a written decision that contains a summary of the evidence and a statement of the basis for the decision.


      The decision of the Committee is final and must be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. If the decision is in the student’s favor, the education records will be amended in accordance with the Committee’s decision.


      If the decision is unfavorable to the student, the student may prepare a statement commenting on the contested information in the education record or stating why the student disagrees with the decision not to amend the record, or both. AMDA must maintain any such statement along with the contested part of the record for as long as AMDA maintains that record and AMDA must disclose the statement whenever it discloses the portion of the record to which the statement relates.

    • Access by or Release to Others
      General

      AMDA will not generally permit access to, or release of, educational records or personally identifiable information contained therein to any party without the written consent of the student. AMDA may, however, as provided in the Act, release such data to certain persons including but not limited to:

      • Officials of AMDA who have a legitimate educational interest (including persons with whom AMDA has contracted) in obtaining access to the records. Such access will be granted if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
      • Persons who require access in connection with the student’s application for, or receipt of, financial aid.
      • Parents of a student, provided the student is a “dependent” of the parents for federal income tax purposes. In general, AMDA does not make education records available to a student’s parents. However, where AMDA believes that it is in a dependent student’s interest, information from the student’s educational records may be released to the parents of such a dependent student. In order for this exception to apply, parents and guardians must provide a copy of their previous year’s federal tax return demonstrating the student’s dependent status.

      AMDA may release such information in compliance with a judicial order or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena. As a general policy, before any information is so released AMDA will first notify the student at the student’s most recent address as shown in the records maintained by the Director of Education. However, in compliance with the Act, some judicial orders and subpoenas issued for law enforcement purposes specify that AMDA cannot disclose to any person the existence or contents of the order or subpoena or the information furnished in compliance with it.


      In connection with an emergency, AMDA may release information from educational records to appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of a student or other persons. AMDA is required to maintain in the student’s file a record of the situation that prompted such disclosure and a list of individuals to whom disclosure was made.


      Release with the Student’s Consent

      Upon written consent or request by a student, AMDA will release information from the student’s educational records to third parties. The student should make a request for such release to the department or office having custody of the record involved. AMDA may impose a charge for copying a student’s records in connection with such release.


      Release of Information to Parents and Guardians of AMDA Students

      Subject to the limitations set out in Section III(a), where parents or guardians claim their students as dependents for tax purposes, AMDA may notify such parents or guardians when there is a change in the student’s status (e.g. being placed on or removed from academic probation) or if there is a change in enrollment as a consequence of a student being barred from AMDA for failure to meet the terms of academic probation or for disciplinary reasons. In order to be notified of the changes of status and enrollment listed above, parents and guardians must make a request to the Director of Education along with a copy of their previous year’s federal tax return demonstrating the student’s dependent status.


      Alternatively, any student — whether considered a dependent or not — who wishes that his or her parents, guardians or other family members be notified of status changes or grades may complete and return to the Director of Education a signed release form.

    • Transfer of Information to Third Parties

      It shall be a condition of the release by AMDA of any personal information on a student to a third party that the party to which the information is released will not permit any other party to have access to such information without the written consent of the student. An institution to which such information is released may permit its officers, employees, and agents to use such information but only for the purposes for which the disclosure was made. These restrictions do not apply to certain subpoenas and court orders.

    • Directory Information

      AMDA may, at its discretion, release “directory information” with respect to a student for any purpose without the student’s consent. AMDA is required to give notice of the categories of information that it will treat as “directory information.” Accordingly, AMDA hereby gives notice that it has designated the following categories of information as directory information with respect to each student: name, local and permanent address, electronic mail address, telephone listing; age; photograph; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and performances; enrollment status; dates of attendance at AMDA; degrees, honors and awards received, and their dates; and most recent educational institution attended.


      A student in attendance at AMDA who does not want to have directory information relating to himself released should complete an Authorization to Withhold Directory Information form and return it to the Director of Education.


      A student may not use the withholding of directory information to prevent AMDA from disclosing or requiring the student to disclose his or her name, identifier, or institutional email address in a class in which the student is enrolled.


      If a student makes a decision to withhold directory information, any requests during that academic year for such information from non-AMDA persons or organizations will be refused (subject to the exceptions stated in Section III(a) above or unless the student has subsequently removed the hold by notifying AMDA in writing). If a student does not specifically request the withholding of directory information by filing the Authorization to Withhold Directory Information form, as indicated above, AMDA assumes that he or she approves of the disclosure of such information. AMDA disclaims any and all liability for inadvertent disclosure of directory information designated to be withheld.

    • Review by Government Agencies

      Authorized representatives of government agencies may occasionally ask to see a student’s education records. Such requests are usually made when a student or former student has applied for a government job. The government agent should be referred to the appropriate record review officer, as indicated in Section II (a) above. Generally, AMDA will handle such requests in the same manner as other requests for access to student records by third parties, provided that the government agent shows official identification and provides a signed release from the student, a copy of which will be retained by AMDA.


      If a government agent has a subpoena, he or she should be referred to the General Counsel. Under FERPA regulations, AMDA is required to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student prior to complying with the subpoena unless, in the case of a subpoena issued for law enforcement purposes, the subpoena orders that such notification not be made.

    • General Rights and Responsibilities of Students

      You have the right to ask AMDA

      • about instructional programs
      • facilities
      • faculty
      • about the cost of attendance and the refund policy
      • what financial assistance is available
      • about procedures and deadlines for submitting applications and fees
      • how it selects financial aid recipients
      • how financial need is determined
      • how much of your financial need has been met
      • to explain each type of assistance in your financial aid package • the name of its accrediting agency
      • how and when funds will be received
      • about student loan repayment provisions
      • to reconsider an aid package, if a mistake has been made or financial circumstances change
      • how satisfactory progress is determined and measured
      • what it means if your Student Aid Report (SAR) is selected for verification and what documents you will be asked to submit in that process.

      It is your responsibility to:

      • review and consider all information about AMDA before enrollment
      • accurately complete all requested information in a timely manner
      • understand and comply with all AMDA policies and deadlines
      • provide all documentation, corrections, and new information required
      • notify AMDA of any changes to your application
      • read and understand all the forms that you are asked to sign
      • repay any student loans which you have borrowed
      • fulfill your financial obligations to AMDA in a timely and complete fashion
      • attend entrance and exit interviews with the Education Department
      • notify AMDA of any change of address, name, or attendance status
      • understand AMDA’s refund policy

      Maintenance of Student Records: FERPA does not impose an obligation on college officials to create or maintain particular education records, except that AMDA cannot discard an education record for which a request for inspection is pending.


      However, AMDA is required to maintain a record, kept with the education records of each student, indicating all individuals, agencies or organizations that have requested or obtained access to a student’s education records and indicating specifically the legitimate interest that each has in obtaining the information. This requirement does not extend to requests made by college officials with legitimate educational interests and to certain requests made in the context of ongoing terrorist investigations and prosecutions.

    • General Information Regarding Students’ Rights and Benefits

      Copies of the preceding policy are available on the AMDA website. You may view the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act on the U.S. Department of Education Web site at ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa.


      AMDA will inform students of the guidelines in this policy and of their rights under FERPA and the Department of Education’s FERPA regulations by placing a notice about them in the AMDA Student Handbook each year and on the AMDA website. Each office at AMDA that maintains educational records should keep with each student’s file a permanent record of all parties who have requested access to the student’s records, other than custodians of such files; college officials normally dealing with such files in performance of their duties; college officials who have been determined to have a legitimate educational interest in obtaining access to the records; parents of a dependent student; parties who have received directory information; parties who have received records or information pursuant to the student’s written consent; and the recipient of records or information pursuant to certain subpoenas and court orders. Such records of access should indicate specifically the legitimate interest that each such party had in obtaining access to the student’s records and whether or not the request was granted. A student may inspect such records relating to his education records. Questions about the interpretation of this policy should be referred to AMDA’s General Counsel.

      Complaints regarding violations of a student’s rights under the Act may be filed with:

      Family Policy Compliance Office

      U.S. Department of Education

      400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

      Washington, DC 20202-5920

      Telephone: 202-260-3887 | Fax: 202-260-9001

  • Right to Appeal Rules & Regulations +

    A procedure with the intent of assuring fairness and objectivity will be applied. While procedures are not designed to incorporate all of the due process safeguards that the courts of law require, they are to provide a system that will represent “fairness and the absence of arbitrariness.” AMDA makes every effort to see that an avenue of appeal is present.

  • Non-Academic Disciplinary and Appeals Process +

    AMDA has developed procedures for investigating potential violations of its policies, to adjudicate any such violations, and to impose sanctions for those violations found to have occurred. These procedures also set forth how students can appeal decisions on disciplinary matters. AMDA reserves the right to adapt its procedures based on the circumstances of an individual case. AMDA also recognizes that any code of conduct cannot anticipate every situation; accordingly, AMDA may use the Disciplinary Process to investigate and sanction alleged conduct of any nature, including but not limited to conduct that is similar, comparable or analogous to conduct that is specifically proscribed by AMDA’s rules.


    The Disciplinary Process outlined below addresses violations of AMDA’s non-academic policies and Code of Conduct specified in this Handbook, the Housing License, and other policy documents provided to students. The Student Conduct Administrator (hereinafter referred to as “Administrator” or “Appeals Administrator”) and the Conduct Review Committee (hereinafter referred to as “Committee”) are authorized by AMDA to impose sanctions on any student found to have violated AMDA’s Code of Conduct.


    The terms “Student Conduct Administrator” and “Conduct Review Committee” are defined as any person or group authorized by the Executive Director or Chief of Staff to impose sanctions.


    Students may appeal any disciplinary determination and imposition of sanctions, according to the process set forth below.


    Students, faculty or staff members of AMDA who believe that they have been subjected to, or have knowledge of any acts that are in violation of AMDA policies are encouraged to inform an Administrator. The Administrator may conduct an investigation to determine whether the charges have merit and whether they can be resolved on an informal basis.


    AMDA may pursue a violation under the Code of Conduct, even when civil or criminal proceedings are underway and, at its sole discretion, AMDA may suspend a student or take other interim measures pending the outcome of the Disciplinary Process or external legal proceedings as AMDA deems appropriate under the circumstances. When a student fails to cooperate with or participate in the Disciplinary Process, AMDA may proceed with the process to reach a determination as to whether a violation occurred, and impose sanctions.

    • Disciplinary Procedure and Appeals
      I. Administrative Review

      A student who is alleged to have violated AMDA rules and whose conduct is the subject of a complaint is entitled to receive notice of the charges pending against him or her and shall be given an opportunity to explain the events and circumstances involving the charges.


      The Administrators referred to above, or their designees, shall meet with the charged student, who may submit documentation or other information in support of his or her explanation. Students are not permitted to bring an attorney to this meeting unless it relates to a Title IX investigation, which allows for an advisor of their choice. The student may also provide names of relevant witnesses or knowledgeable individuals. The finder of fact may gather additional appropriate information, conduct other interviews, and consider other relevant information. The rules of evidence that are applicable in civil or criminal cases are not applicable to this process.


      In all disciplinary proceedings, time frames may be extended as reasonably appropriate. The standard of proof that is applied in determining whether a violation occurred is the “preponderance of the evidence” standard: i.e., whether there is a good faith belief that it is more likely than not that a violation occurred.


      The Conduct Review Committee will review the case to determine whether or not the student violated a policy and what the appropriate sanction is. Students may not meet with the Committee and should conduct any meetings with the Administrator.


      AMDA maintains records of all disciplinary actions, and determines what information regarding discipline is made a part of a student’s record. The Administrator seeks to conduct a speedy investigation. However, all time frames are subject to circumstances such as availability of witnesses, etc. All investigations are conducted in good faith within a reasonable period of time.


      The Administrator shall inform the accused student of the Committee’s determination. Such notice shall contain a brief communication of the factual findings and the sanction to be imposed. In addition to a specific disciplinary sanction, the Committee also may require the student to participate in counseling, education, or community service, impose restitution, restrict the student’s interactions with AMDA faculty or students, or impose different or additional requirements as appropriate. The Administrator will ordinarily inform each victim or complainant of the outcome insofar as is appropriate in accordance with FERPA guidelines.


      II. Sanctions

      As a result of the Disciplinary Process, the Administrator may impose the sanctions below in any combination (based on the conduct involved) upon any student found to have violated the Code of Conduct. The student ‘s disciplinary record and any related aggravating or mitigating factors may also be considered. Multiple sanctions listed below may be imposed for any single violation.

      • Warning: A written notice to the student that the student has violated institutional rules or regulations.
      • Probation: A written reprimand. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to have violated any institutional rules or regulations during the probationary period.
      • Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
      • Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury such as appropriate service and monetary or material replacement.
      • Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, essays, discretionary service hours to AMDA or other related assignments.
      • Residence Hall Suspension: Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmittance may be specified.
      • Residence Hall Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
      • Suspension: Separation of the student from AMDA for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
      • Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from AMDA.
      • Revocation of Admission, Degree or Certificate: Fraud, misrepresentation and other serious violations of AMDA standards conducted in the admissions process or in obtaining a degree or certificate from AMDA may result in their revocation by the school.
      • Withholding Degree or Certificate: AMDA may withhold awarding a degree or certificate otherwise earned until the completion of processes established in the Code of Conduct, including the completion of any sanctions.
      III. Appeals

      When a student is found to have violated an AMDA policy or rule and a sanction is imposed, the student may appeal the determination and sanction. If the case involves a student’s complaint against another student or group of students for discrimination, bias, sexual assault, harassment or similar violations of individual rights, and the complainant does not agree with the final determination or believes that the sanction imposed against the student charged was inadequate, the complainant may also file an appeal challenging the determination or the sanction.


      An appeal should be filed with the Student Affairs Department within seven days of the appellant’s receipt of the determination. The student must provide a detailed written request stating the basis for their appeal, with at least one of the following reasons:

      • There were procedural errors that had a material impact on the fairness of the investigation.
      • There is new evidence, which was previously unavailable, that could significantly impact the outcome of the case.
      • The sanctions imposed were substantially disproportionate to the findings.

      Disagreement with the findings or sanctions is not, by itself, grounds for an appeal.


      The appeal will be heard by the Appeals Administrator, as designated by the Executive Director or Chief of Staff. Ordinarily, the appeal will be determined based on the application submitted by the student, any new evidence included in that submission and the record before the Appeals Administrator. However, the Appeals Administrator may seek additional information or clarification from any source deemed appropriate.


      The Appeals Administrator may consider whether the procedures were appropriate and fair and whether there was sufficient evidence to support the finding reached by the original Administrator who imposed the sanction. The Appeals Administrator can decide to sustain, modify or reverse the previous determination or sanction in whole or in part. There is no right to appeal a decision of the Appeals Administrator. The Appeals Administrator will render a decision on appeal within thirty days or, if deemed necessary, may take an additional reasonable amount of time to come to a determination.