Policies

Cancelled Classes

Occasionally classes will be cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not met. In such cases registrants can be enrolled into their second choice studio class or are entitled to a full refund.

For specific enrollment questions please call 415.749.4554.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing to the Continuing Education Office by faxing 415.351.3516, emailing yap@sfai.edu or mailing Young Artist Program, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.

Last day for 100% refund (minus $20 processing fee): July 14, 2014
Last day for 80% refund (minus $20 processing fee): July 21, 2014
Last day for 50% refund (minus $20 processing fee): July 30, 2014
No refund available after July 30, 2014

Nonattendance

SFAI does not automatically drop students who elect not to attend following registration. Nonattendance does not constitute an official drop. Charges will remain in effect. Consequently, it is always the student’s responsibility to contact the Continuing Education Office when adding or dropping a course.

Freedom of Expression

SFAI’s mission is to encourage imagination, investigation, and personal growth; to inspire art that is experimental, diverse, and expressive; and to expose students to the broadest possible range of artistic and intellectual approaches. Academic, artistic, and expressive freedoms are critical to that mission. Presentations of art are essential to our purpose. They educate the community, advance the understanding of art, foster the exchange of ideas, and expand our public service. SFAI encourages the widest variety of personal and artistic expressions possible, knowing they may occasionally be controversial or offensive. Sometimes the expression of art may come into conflict with the responsibility of SFAI to provide a safe educational environment for all members of the SFAI community. Every effort will be made to ensure that responsible and respectful dialogue on issues within the art world and the education arena remain open. Since the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff have the duty to preserve the stability, integrity, and mission of SFAI; to uphold the law; to protect persons from injury or harm; and to protect personal and institutional property, limitations on freedom of expression on this basis may be enacted.

Nondiscrimination/Nonharrasment Policy

SFAI is committed to providing a campus where all students, faculty, staff, trustees, and volunteers can study and work free from discrimination and harassment. Such behavior is prohibited by Federal and State law and by SFAI policy. Whenever violations of this policy are brought to its attention, SFAI will take necessary action to investigate and correct violations and to reprimand those responsible. SFAI expressly prohibits discrimination and harassment based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or city law. This policy applies to all individuals on campus and includes employment decisions, public accommodation, financial aid, admissions, grading, and any other educational, student, or public service administered by the college.

Discrimination

Discrimination is prohibited by SFAI policy and federal and state law. Illegal discrimination occurs when personnel or educational decisions and distinctions are made on a basis other than individual qualifications and achievement, or other appropriate educational and artistic criteria. Such decisions, or the awarding or withholding of benefits, are prohibited if they are made on the basis of any protected status described above.

Harassment

Under SFAI policy and federal and state law, harassment is prohibited. Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory comments or jokes, name calling, slurs, or unwanted sexual advances, invitations, or comments (unless constitutionally protected)
  • Visual conduct such as derogatory gestures, photographs, posters or drawings (unless constitutionally protected)
  • Physical conduct such as assaults or unwanted touching, pinching, grabbing, poking, blocking movement, or interfering with work
  • Any other form of harassment on the basis of protected status which impairs your working ability or educational opportunity or creates a hostile environment (unless constitutionally protected)
  • Retaliation for reporting or threatening to report harassment

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is prohibited by SFAI policy and federal and state law. SFAI defines sexual harassment as follows, in accordance with Section 212.5 of the Education Code of the State of California: sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the job-related or educational setting under any of the following conditions:

  • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits, services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution

Potential Conflicts

The policies stated above are not intended to unduly interfere with normal student-faculty interaction or classroom activity, to infringe on people’s personal lives, or to prevent constitutionally protected speech. In establishing this policy, the school acknowledges the special nature of the educational mission of SFAI. In determining whether harassment has occurred, consideration must be given to the record as a whole, and to the context and totality of the circumstances and intent.

Protection Against Retaliation

SFAI policy and federal and state law forbid retaliation against any individual who voices opposition to, files a complaint about, testifies about, or participates in an investigation about, harassment. Retaliation is considered a separate act of harassment and is subject to the procedures and sanctions contained in this policy. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, failure to give fair and equal consideration in employment or educational decisions; failure to make impartial recommendations about employment or educational decisions; or adversely affecting the work or educational conditions of, or otherwise unfairly denying, any benefit to the person in question.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

SFAI is a drug-free school and campus. Alcohol is strictly prohibited on campus during Young Artist Program courses. YAP students are strictly prohibited from arriving to the campus while under the influence of alcohol.

Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs by students or employees on the property of SFAI or at any SFAI activities is prohibited.

Disciplinary Sanctions for Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Any violation of the policy will result in immediate dismissal from the program.