IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Classroom and Studio Conduct Policy

All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a positive learning environment.
Students are expected to:

  • Show respect for the instructor, guests, and their fellow classmates
  • Be open to new ideas
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Be willing to learn and change
  • Be prepared for class
  • Respect other student’s property, projects, art work, etc.
  • Maintain an orderly work space (in studios or labs)
  • Comply with health and safety guidelines

Discourteous, destructive, or disruptive behavior is never acceptable in the studio or classroom.

The following behaviors are subject to disciplinary action:

  • Coming to class unprepared (lacking required books, supplies or materials after the second week of class)
  • Bringing children or pets into studios, labs or other workplaces
  • Exhibiting disrespect toward the instructor, guests, or classmates
  • Exhibiting anger inappropriately in any form (speech, body language, gestures, rough handling of equipment)
  • Defacing the artwork of another student
  • Non-participation (refusal to do assignments, indifference, sleeping in class)
  • Engaging in cross-talk (carrying on a private conversation)
  • Talking on cell phones (cell phones must be turned off during class)
  • Listening to iPods or other digital media
  • Using the computer for personal use (checking email, listening to music, surfing the web, chatting, instant messaging, accessing pornographic or other inappropriate sites) during class time
  • Eating or drinking beverages (unless approved or part of class instruction)
  • The destruction or improper use of equipment
  • Behaving in a dangerous or unsafe manner
  • Failure to clean up workspace and return equipment to proper location
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol (See Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy above)

On the first offense, the offending student(s) will be asked to cease the inappropriate behavior. If the student(s) persist(s) in continuing to behave inappropriately, s/he/they will be asked to leave the classroom.

If a third offense occurs, the instructor will initiate a withdrawal of the student(s) from the class. The student(s) may only be reinstated with the instructor’s approval.

Instructor-initiated dismissals or removals from a class count as absences. Students are expected to comply with the instructor’s requests. Failure to do so will result in additional disciplinary action. Severe or continued offenses will result in the student(s) suspension from IAIA.


Instructors may initiate the withdrawal of a student from their course for non-attendance or unacceptable behavior.