IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Policy Violation Procedures

Violations of an IAIA Policy, Procedure or Regulation may result in penalties, including but not limited to, immediate suspension or expulsion from the residential hall and/or the IAIA program. All students and employees are expected to report infractions as they occur.

Standard Procedures

1. Violations of any IAIA Policy, procedure, or regulation should first be reported to IAIA staff and faculty, or IAIA Security. Exceptions:

A) Violations of the IAIA Sexual Harassment Policy must be reported and will be investigated and sanctioned under the provisions of the IAIA Sexual Harassment Policy;
B) Reports of rape should be made first to a Counselor who will then refer the matter to the Dean of Students for processing under the Emergencies/Immediate Suspension Procedure set forth on page 49. School officials shall retain the discretion to file a police report if any circumstances where it is deemed warranted. In case of sexual assault, contact the Solace Crisis Center at 1.800.721.7273

2. The Housing Director or his/her designee, or the Dean of Students will then review the report and has the authority to hear and decide the matter and establish immediate sanctions.


Behavior that threatens the health and safety of students or might harm the IAIA community will not be tolerated. Violation of any IAIA policy, procedure, rule, or regulation will be dealt with by IAIA in a manner which it, at its sole discretion, believes necessary to maintain a healthy and safe environment conducive to learning.

Circumstances might sometimes warrant immediate suspension or expulsion from IAIA housing or the IAIA program. (See page 49 of the 2014-15 Student Handbook.) Disciplinary action which IAIA might take includes but is not limited to:

1. Verbal Warning: A verbal warning is given for less serious offenses without the initiation of formal procedures. Offenses referred to the Housing Director or Dean of Students or his/her designee may be disposed of by mutual consent of Director and the students involved. The accused shall regard the case closed and not appealable. If consensus is not reached, the Director may impose other sanctions.

2. Written Warning:
A written warning is given to a student that his/her behavior is unacceptable by IAIA standards and any repeated violations will warrant further sanctions which may include, but are not limited to, any of the sanctions listed in this section.

3. Compensation:
A student whose actions damage, deface, or destroy any IAIA property may be required to restore the property by replacement or by monetary reimbursement. Compensation may be in addition to other sanctions imposed by the Housing Director or Dean of Students or his/her designee.

4. Referral to Counseling Services
: The Housing Director or his/her designee may recommend counseling services. The student will be directed to attend a prescribed number of counseling sessions based on an initial assessment and recommendation of the counseling. The Director may inquire only into whether the student has attended the prescribed number of sessions and cooperated with counseling efforts.

5. Community Service:
A student may be required to perform a designated number of hours of community service in addition to other sanctions or as a single penalty for a policy violation. The number of hours will be determined on an individual basis, relative to the type and severity the infraction.

6. Institute Probation: A written statement is given to a student that his/her actions have placed him/her on probation with the IAIA for a specified period of time. Because of the probationary status any of the following will be imposed:

• Restriction from representing the Institute in any public performance, competition, committee, or from holding any Associated Student Government office, any office in any recognized student organization, or any other position.

• Any other restrictions deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students or his/her designee may be imposed..

7. Disciplinary Probation:
Disciplinary probation places a student on probation for a specified period of time. Any significant violation of IAIA rules or policies thereafter is cause to remove the student from the residence hall and/or IAIA. This type of probation is generally imposed for repeated violations of the same policy or for serious infractions. When disciplinary probation is instituted, an underage student’s parents may be informed by the Dean of Students. In addition, any of the above restrictions described in the Institute probation may be imposed.

8. Residential Suspension:
A written statement is generally given to a student that his/her behavior is of such a nature as to result in his/her removal from the resident hall and/or the IAIA community. This action is generally taken when a student’s conduct is deemed unmanageable or a potential threat to the residential community, the student is a repeat offender of the IAIA rules and policies, or when such action seems most appropriate to the violation. A suspension from residential housing places a student on restricted status (P.N.G.) from the housing area. Individuals on PNG status may not enter the residential units or housing area for any reason. Students found on the premises risk being arrested for trespassing.

9. Institute Suspension:
The Dean of Students may require the separation of a student from IAIA for a specified length of time and may reconsider return upon reapplication. Institute suspension is generally imposed when a student’s misconduct is of a very serious nature.

10. Restricted Status (persona non grata):
There are two types of restricted status for both students and non-students.

Campus Restriction: Individuals of this status may not be present on campus for any reason. This includes IAIA activities on and off campus.

• Student Housing Restriction: Individuals on this status may not enter the residential housing area for any reason.

11. Parent/Legal Guardian Notification:
The Housing Director or Dean of Students may notify the parents or legal guardian of underage students of decisions involving any second offense which would constitute a disciplinary probation or a greater disciplinary action.

12. Assigned Projects:
A special educational project designed to assist the student to better understand the impact of his/her misconduct may be assigned.

13. Relocation:
A student may be removed from his/her present Residence Center room for a specified period of time. Students may also be removed from the Residence Center completely.

14. Fines:
Fines, when deemed appropriate, may be assigned by the Housing Director, Dean of Students or the Appeal Committee.

Emergency or Immediate Suspension

1. In the case of reports of incidents involving serious threat to individual, or community, sexual offense, distribution of controlled or illegal substances, contribution to a minor, destruction of property, lewd conduct, violence, or discrimination, the Dean of Students or his/her designee will establish and impose sanctions accordingly, but not limited to, immediate suspension/expulsion from the on campus housing or the total IAIA program. Reports to law enforcement authorities for investigation shall be made as necessary and appropriate.

2. A decision by the Dean of Students or his/her designee pursuant to this procedure may be appealed to the IAIA President. The appeal must be in writing and received by the President within three calendar days of the decision of the Dean of Students /designee. The President may affirm, reverse or modify the decision of the Dean of Students/designee. The decision of the President will be final.

NOTICE: The Institute of American Indian Arts reserves the right to remove any student from the Institute, reserves the right to remove or restrict any student from on campus housing and reserves the right to prohibit any non-student from campus for any appropriate reason.

Student Hearing and Review Panel

The purpose of the Student Hearing and Review Panel is to uphold, modify or overturn Student Life decisions that are being appealed, ensuring due process, equal and unbiased application of all IAIA policies, and compliance with all relevant rules and regulations.

New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Complaint Process