Equal Opportunity

Nondiscrimination Policy

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate against currently enrolled students, applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender identity or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Any such discrimination is unlawful and violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Access for the Physically Challenged

ArtCenter complies with all state and federal laws regarding access for persons with disabilities. Ramps and elevators are provided as necessary throughout campus. Any disabled student who encounters difficulty accessing any facility on campus should notify the Student Disability Services Coordinator in the Center for the Student Experience at 626 396-2396. The Student Disability Services Coordinator and the Director of Facilities will work together to ensure that no student is denied access to any ArtCenter facility because of the student’s disability.

Policy Against Harassment

The College aims to provide an educational environment that is free of any kind of harassment. Harassment by any employee, student or any third parties, such as contractors, visitors, students from other schools, or vendors is strictly prohibited as a rule, but especially on the basis of the various characteristics listed in the above paragraph.

Examples of prohibited conduct include verbal harassment, physical harassment or visual harassment. Verbal harassment may include, but is not limited to, epithets and derogatory comments or slurs. Physical harassment may include, but is not limited to, assaulting, impeding or blocking movement, or physically interfering with the normal work or movement of another. Visual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the display or possession of posters, cartoons, computer images or drawings that are deemed to be derogatory or offensive to those with the characteristics listed above.

Statement on Diversity

ArtCenter College of Design views diversity of human enterprise, experience and identity as essential elements of great learning. Just as biodiversity contributes to healthy ecosystems, a diverse learning environment at ArtCenter College of Design features a wide range of thought, academic disciplines, cultures, identities, and socio-economic backgrounds, toward creating a robust community.

Changing demographics, the social issues surrounding identities and equity, and the interconnectedness of our society, both domestically and globally, make diversity a critical component of ArtCenter’s capacity to develop leaders necessary for a changing and pluralistic society. ArtCenter’s commitment to diversity is reflected throughout its 2011-2016 strategic plan. Diversity and Inclusion is also one of the College's six governing values and principles.

A diverse college community that encourages interdisciplinary dialogue produces the sophisticated thinkers, practitioners and citizens needed today. In support of this, we are committed to building capacity for diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff and trustees.