IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Student Behavior and Responsibility

All students who enter the Institute of American Indian Arts are presumed to be mature adults who will conduct themselves as adults and will be responsible for their behavior and actions. Each student is expected to act reasonably, live within the guidelines of the Institute’s policies and regulations, and respect the rights of others. Among the rights of each student at IAIA is the right to an atmosphere conducive to study, the right to security and privacy, and right to respect.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy

The Institute of American Indian Arts is a drug and alcohol free campus. IAIA holds a two strike policy in respect to drug and alcohol abuse. Individuals in possession of, using, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs on the IAIA campus will be in violation of the two strike policy. IAIA will take disciplinary action against students, faculty or staff who use, distribute, are under the influence of, or possess illicit drugs or alcohol on the IAIA campus or during any IAIA student sponsored activities (on or off-campus) or who violate state, federal or IAIA alcohol and substance abuse laws and regulations.  Specifically:

  • Students shall not use, possess, manufacture, dispense, sell, distribute or be under the influence of any State of Federally controlled substances on IAIA premises or property controlled by the IAIA, except as authorized by law.
  •  “Controlled Substances” means those substances identified in Schedule I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act. 21 USC S 812 (United States Code, Title XXI, Chapter 13) or its implementing regulations, 21 CFR Sections 1308, 11 to 1308.15 where the use is neither authorized by law nor a valid prescription, or the misuse of a legal substance, including but not limited to alcohol or prescription drugs, that may affect an individual’s ability to participate in IAIA programs in a safe, adequate and secure manner. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana, barbiturates, anabolic steroids, cocaine (including crack), amphetamines, heroin, PCP, hallucinogens, and certain prescription drugs.
  • The unauthorized use, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession, or transfer of controlled substances (as prescribed by the Controlled Substances Act or identified in Schedules I through V of this Act as described above) on IAIA premises constitutes a violation of this policy. Such violation may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, reprimand, or expulsion from IAIA programs and referral for investigation and/or prosecution by law enforcement agencies for violation of the standards of conduct.
  • Substance abuse also includes unauthorized use or possession of or being under the influence of alcohol, alcoholic beverages, or illegal substances on IAIA premises or property controlled by IAIA. Being under the influence means having consumed alcohol or drugs (on or off campus) to the degree that mental or motor skills are impaired and as demonstrated by: slurred speech; unsteady gait; loud voice; impaired motor control or clumsiness; flushed face; bloodshot eyes and/or smell of alcohol or drugs.
  • “On IAIA premises or property controlled by IAIA” means in any building owned, leased or used by IAIA; in any IAIA owned vehicle or in any other IAIA approved vehicle used to transport students to and from IAIA activities; off IAIA property at any IAIA – sponsored or approved activity, event or function, such as field trip or athletic event, or during any period of time IAIA employees are supervising students on behalf of IAIA or otherwise engaged in IAIA business.
  • Prescription drugs, so long as these drugs do not adversely affect the student’s ability to perform in a safe and secure manner, may be used on the school site but only by the person for whom they were prescribed. When such legal drugs are to be used at the work or school site and will affect performance, students must inform their work-study supervisors. This policy will apply to the misuse of legal drugs.
  • IAIA will confiscate alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs found on campus. Such materials may be held by the IAIA for evidence, if necessary. A record will be made of the type of material(s) seized, and the names of witnesses.
  •  The first time a student is found in the possession of, using, under the influence of, or in the presence of drugs or alcohol on the IAIA campus, he or she will be placed on disciplinary probation and be required to participate in community service and alcohol and substance abuse assessment, and counseling recommended from the assessment, for the remainder of the semester. The second offense in the same academic year will result in the student being suspended from the IAIA residential housing and face possible suspension or expulsion from the entire IAIA program. The two strike policy will not apply if, in addition to violating policy, the student has engaged in any of the violations addressed in the immediate suspension clause found on page 49 of the 2014-15 Student Handbook.
  • IAIA will contact the proper law enforcement agencies to investigate the distribution of alcohol to minors (under 21) and the distribution of controlled substances to the community.

Procedures for handling violations of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy can be found on page 20 of the 2014-15 Student Handbook.

Bike, Skateboard, Roller Blade and Games Regulations

Students are prohibited from participating in any kind of sport, horseplay or physically active game inside any IAIA building, including the CLE-Residence Center, including but not limited to bouncing balls, rollerblading, skateboarding, riding scooters, bowling, wrestling, playing Frisbee or tag, and using squirt guns or having water fights.
The use of bikes, skateboard, roller skates, roller blades, scooters or other devices is prohibited in the student housing areas to prevent accidents and injuries. Pedestrians have the right of way. Bikes can be kept in a campus bike rack, and for safety reasons, they may not be kept in entryways, laundry rooms, or other common areas.

Right to Privacy

School personnel may enter a student’s room without the resident’s consent when there is reasonable belief that:

  • Illegal activities are taking place;
  • The physical well-being, health and/or safety of a person is in peril;
  • An IAIA regulation or policy is being violated;
  • IAIA property is being damaged or;
  • Maintenance and/or repair are necessary.

IAIA reserves the right to search student property, including but not limited to backpacks, bags, closets, drawers, desks, and vehicles upon reasonable belief that IAIA policies and regulations are or will be violated.