Students with Disabilities

The transition to college can be very confusing and it helps to take advantage of all the resources available to you. If you have a disability, it may be in your best interest to communicate this.

All students are encouraged to disclose disabilities that they feel may affect their academic success. We want you to succeed, and our ability to offer you the best education is made possible if you are receiving the appropriate assistance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act in conjunction with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are Federal laws that protect people with disabilities, both life-long as well as short-term disabilities.

Students identified as having any type of disability are entitled and encouraged to request accommodations.

Requesting Accommodations

As the student you will need to:

Contact the Dean of Students, Dan Long at 313.664.7675 or Email to discuss.

Students requesting accommodations must provide documentation substantiating their disability. This documentation may be either through the Disability Verification Form or by providing a letter from a treating doctor or mental health profession that includes the information outlined by the Disability Verification Form . It is important that whichever form of documentation you provide to the College include recommended accommodations that are related to the symptoms of your disability.

CCS will then:

  • Review your request for accommodations with you
    Take appropriate measures to provide approved accommodations
  • Information disclosed to CCS regarding disabilities will not be shared with anyone except CCS staff who will assist in meeting your accommodation needs. You will be notified prior to the sharing of any information regarding your disability.
  • You are encouraged to self-disclose your disability if you feel it will affect your academic performance. This should be done before the start of each term. You may choose to disclose at anytime during the semester but remember – retroactive accommodations cannot be made after an assignment is due or an exam has been taken. Disabilities accommodations are not meant to guarantee academic success at the College but are meant to provide equal access to educational opportunities to all individuals regardless of disabilities.

Smoking

State and local laws prohibit smoking in all parts of College buildings. City ordinance prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any building entrance.

In the interest of providing a safe and healthy environment for all staff, faculty, students and visitors, and in accordance with the Michigan Clean Indoor Act and the City of Detroit Smoking Pollution Control Ordinance, smoking is prohibited in all CCS buildings and within 15 feet of all building entrances and air intakes.

Enforcement of Policy

The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. Students are encouraged to ask offending smokers to stop smoking. Any student smoking in a non-smoking area must immediately stop upon being requested to do so. Failure to do so will result in formal disciplinary action as outlined below.

Complaints

Complaints regarding the smoking of faculty and staff should be made to the Department Chair, the employee’s immediate supervisor or the Director of Human Resources. Complaints regarding students smoking should be made to the Director of Student Life.

Disciplinary Action

All student complaints should be made in writing to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will notify the student in writing that a complaint has been issued. A second offense will result in a $50 fine. A third offense will result in a $100 fine. Further violations will be subject to CCS disciplinary policies, up to and including expulsion.

Students wishing to contest the above may do so in writing to the Office of Student Affairs. Evidence of non-violation should be attached.

Weapons

Engaging or participating in unauthorized possession or use of explosives, firearms, dangerous weapons, or other hazardous objects or substances on College premises is expressly prohibited. Weapons, explosives, and other hazardous objects or substances covered by this regulation shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • all handguns, rifles, and shotguns
  • all longbows, crossbows, and arrows
  • all knives having a blade length of three inches or more that are not solely used for the purpose of creating art or for the preparation and eating of meals
  • all BB guns, pellet guns, air/CO2 guns, blow guns, paint guns, splat balls and altered toy guns
  • all fireworks
  • all explosives, laboratory chemicals, dangerous compounds, gunpowder, firearm ammunition, and flammable petroleum fuels
  • any martial arts weapons, e.g., numb chucks and throwing stars
  • any substance that is considered poisonous
  • any item used as a weapon in the commission of a crime
  • any operative animal trap or other device that is used to ensnare animals.

Undergraduate Student Readmission

Students returning to CCS after an absence of more than two consecutive academic years or students who seek readmission after suspension must complete the Application for Readmission. This application along with a $50 nonrefundable readmission fee should be submitted to the Academic Advising and Registration Office at least two months prior to the start of the semester the student wishes to attend. Official transcripts with final grades from other institutions attended during the absence from CCS should be included with the readmission application.

Readmitted students must meet the program and graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Studio courses older than seven years at the time of readmission cannot be used toward the degree, except with prior written approval from the department chair and Director of Academic Advising and Registration. The department chair must review and approve studio courses completed prior to the seven-year limit or taken at another college during the absence from CCS. This approval will be based on the student’s ability to demonstrate current curriculum proficiency as evidenced by a review of a current portfolio. The cumulative grade point average for all readmitted students includes all CCS grades, regardless of how much time elapsed between enrollments.

Students, who have left for mandatory military service, are able to resume studies at CCS without completing the readmission application for up to three academic years from the time of their withdrawal.

Procedure

Readmission for students in good standing:

Students, who left CCS in good academic standing with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, should complete the Application for Readmission and attach the $50 Readmission Fee. Students will be notified via mail when their application has been processed.

Readmission after academic suspension:

Students applying for readmission after academic suspension, must complete the Application for Readmission, attach the $50 Readmission Fee, and address the problems that led to the academic suspension and put forth the case for the student’s success upon returning to CCS. This information should be provided in the “Student Explanation” section of the Application for Readmission. The Committee on Academic Performance will review appeals for readmission after academic suspension. If approved, the student’s academic standing would carry the status of “Continued Academic Warning.”

Readmission after suspension related to conduct:

Students applying for readmission after suspension related to conduct must complete the Application for Readmission, attach the $50 Readmission Fee, and include any relevant information that will build a case for the student’s success upon returning to CCS. This information should be provided in the “Student Explanation” section of the readmission application. The Dean of Students will review appeals for readmission after a conduct suspension.

Grading

Grading is based on performance in coursework, growth in ability, attendance, and attitude. A continuous record of all grades throughout a student’s enrollment is kept in the Academic Advising and Registration Office. Final grade reports are available on Self-Service the week after classes end. CCS uses the following grading system:

Undergraduate Grading Scale

GradeRatingGPADescription
AExcellent4.00grade point
A- 3.70grade point
B+ 3.30grade point
BGood3.00grade point
B- 2.70grade point
C+ 2.30grade point
CAverage2.00grade point
C- 1.70grade point
D+ 1.30grade point
DPoor1.00grade point
D- 0.70grade point
FFailing0.00grade point
NCNo Credit0.00no grade point value
PPassing0.00no grade point value
IIncomplete0.00no grade point value
WWithdrawal0.00second through fourth week of class
WNWithdrawal0.00after the fourth week of class
WF*Withdrawal0.00stopped attending course without official withdrawal

Graduate Grading Scale

GradeRatingGPADescription
AExcellent4.00grade point
A- 3.70grade point
B+ 3.30grade point
BGood3.00grade point
B- 2.70grade point
C+ 2.30grade point
CBelow Graduate2.00grade point (minimum required standard)
FFailing0.00grade point
NCNo Credit0.00no grade point value
PPassing0.00no grade point value
IIncomplete0.00no grade point value
WWithdrawal0.00second through fourth week of class
WNWithdrawal0.00after the fourth week of class
WF*Withdrawal0.00stopped attending course without official withdrawal

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, students have the option to request that their grade(s) be changed to P/NC (Pass/No Credit) for the Winter 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 semesters. Please see the Pass/No Credit – Winter 2020 and Pass/No Credit – 2020 – 2021 Academic Year policies for more details.

Midterm Grade Procedure

CCS requires that midterm grades be submitted electronically during the eighth (8th) week of the semester. The Academic Advising and Registration office will email instructions to faculty on how to submit midterm grades via WebAdvisor during the sixth (6th) week of classes. Faculty should notify a student if their name does not appear on the electronic roster. The student MUST be advised to see the Academic Advising and Registration Office to verify enrollment in that course. Once all midterm grades are submitted via WebAdvisor they are made available to students. Instructors are obligated to assign a midterm grade to each student who is listed as registered for their class.

Valid mid-term grades are: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, WF*. You may not assign the “I”,”W”, or “WN” grades at midterm. A “WF” may be assigned at midterm.

*The “WF” grade is counted in the student’s grade point average calculation like an “F” grade. Students that receive a “WF” grade for all classes in a semester will be administratively withdrawn from CCS effective on the last date of attendance. “WF” grades may affect grade point average and satisfactory academic progress.

Midterm grades are a progress report only; they do not affect a student’s cumulative grade point average. However, these grades are an essential component in the advising process.

Final Grade Procedure

The Academic Advising and Registration Office emails faculty instructions on how to enter final grades into the WebAdvisor portal on the Monday of the 13th week of the semester (students are not permitted to withdraw after the 12th week of classes).

Faculty must enter final grades into WebAdvisor, the Monday after the last day of classes for the semester. There are no exceptions to the due date. Final grades are available to students once all grades are entered and they verified by the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

Faculty are obligated to assign a grade to each student who is still registered for their class. If a student is listed as anything other than a drop on your roster, the student is still officially registered for your class and you MUST assign a grade.

Valid final grades are: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, I*, W, WN, WF**.

* A grade of I (incomplete) should only be given rarely, when a student has encountered an unusual situation that prevented him/her from completing a SMALL portion of the semester’s work. When you enter an “I” grade in WebAdvisor you must also enter an expiration date. This date will be given to you. Incomplete (“I”) grades should NOT be assigned to a student if a student has stopped coming to class or has missed several assignments. If you have given a grade of “I” to a student in your class, you must also submit an Incomplete Grade Verification Form to the Academic Advising and Registration Office in addition to submitting the “I” grade via WebAdvisor. You and your Department Chair must sign this form before its submission. This form is available from your Program Manager or the Academic Advising and Registration Office. Grades of “I” automatically become “F” if the instructor has not submitted a grade change form by the end of the next full semester.

** The “WF” grade is counted in the student’s grade point average calculation like an “F” grade. Students that receive a “WF” grade for all classes in a semester will be administratively withdrawn from CCS effective on the last date of attendance. “WF” grades may affect grade point average and satisfactory academic progress.

Recording Student Attendance

CCS must record and monitor student attendance during the first week of classes to document that a student actually began attendance in all classes that contributed to the enrollment status of that student.

In order to meet this requirement and be in compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, faculty must record attendance during each class period and Academic Affairs must monitor attendance records every day for the first seven days of the semester. This requirement applies to all classes, on campus, online, internships, and independent study.

Note about Veterans – CCS Students using veterans’ benefits must have attendance monitored throughout the semester for reporting purposes to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

Procedure

Each class period for the first week of the semester

  • Faculty must record each student’s attendance during or immediately following each class period
  • If the student is present, they must be marked present
  • Include excused and unexcused absences
  • Include tardies

Online courses, internships, and independent study courses

Online Classes

Per federal regulation, one of the following academically related activities must occur, during the first class session, for the student to have “attended” an online course:

  • submitting an academic assignment,
  • submitting an exam,
  • participating in an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction,
  • posting in an online study group that is assigned by the institution,
  • posting in an online discussion about academic matters, and
  • an e-mail from the student or other documentation showing that the student initiated contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course

Internships

Within the first week, the Career Services Office will verify that the student reported to the internship supervisor.

Independent Studies

The faculty member will use the attendance roster to indicate that they met with the student during the first week of the semester.

Tuition Reimbursement

Objective

The objective of the CCS Tuition Reimbursement program is to invest in CCS employees in a way that benefits both the individual and the institution, and supplement CCS employees in pursuit of academic degrees.

Process:

The criteria for tuition reimbursement consideration are listed below. Applications will be reviewed twice a year by a committee consisting of VPs of Finance and Administration, Enrollment and Student Services and Institutional Advancement, the Director of Human Resources and the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.

Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time employee for at least two years at the time of application
  • Classes must be relevant to current position
  • Courses of study must be in pursuit of an academic degree, and applications must include an academic plan of work (courses that employee plans to take to get to the degree)
  • Employee must complete a Tuition Reimbursement Form by July 1 for fall, November 1 for winter and April 1 for summer
  • Supervisor must approve prior to submitting the form
  • Reimbursement will be reconsidered annually; there is no guarantee of on-going reimbursement given the number of employees participating and limited funds
  • Classes must be after work hours except with prior approval
  • Class must be successfully completed the first time with a B or above prior to reimbursement
  • Each approved employee is eligible for reimbursement for up to $3,000 per year for charges they have already paid
  • Employees pursuing a Bachelor’s degree must file the FASFA and accept all Federal, State, and Institutional scholarships and grants awarded by the institution A billing statement must be submitted to HR for compliance review and approval of reimbursement
  • If obtaining/completing a degree was a condition of employment, you are not eligible for this program
  • Employee must remain with CCS for at least two years after tuition is reimbursed or may be eligible for repayment of investment.

Imaging Center

The Imaging Center (IC) provides a variety of print services to the CCS community. It is located on the 6th floor of the Taubman Center in room 631.

The IC’s regular hours are Monday – Thursday from 8am to 10pm and Friday from 8am to 3pm. There are extended weekend hours during midterms and finals, which are posted on Blackboard and on the CCS information monitors.

The Imaging Center has two Canon production laser printers, which include basic copying & scanning services, two Epson wide-format printers, and two Epson sheet-feed inkjet printers. In addition, the IC also offers draft quality wide-format printing on an Epson plotter printer. On the Canon laser printer, the IC can print up to 13” x 19” and use 110 lb. card stock. The Imaging Center also provides various plastic coil and wire binding services. Students can provide their own laser paper to print at a low-cost rate; they must bring the paper in its original packaging so that the IC has all of the accurate information on paper type.

Students must bring files to the IC that are print-ready and on a flash drive. The Imaging Center will accept files from staff and faculty through fillable online forms that can be found on the “Imaging Center” link within the “Campus Offices” page on the CCS Blackboard website. Services are available at a discounted price for staff and faculty. If color prints or posters are being charged to a department, an 8-digit budget code number is required in order for the job to be processed. The appropriate account number can be obtained from your Program Manager.

When using the inkjet printers, we strongly encourage students to create test strips or hard proofs prior to submitting their final print job. These test strips are free. Students can also use a Soft Proofing station located in the 24-hour lab to preview their print job with our laser and inkjet color profiles on a calibrated monitor.

For faculty teaching a sponsored project course, or any other course that will require large-scale printing, please contact the Imaging Center within the first few weeks of the semester with information on what type and how much printing is needed to complete the project and any major due dates. In order to set up a student print budget, the Imaging Center will need a current class roster.

Black and white copying is available for faculty (self-serve) in the adjunct faculty office space located on the 2nd floor of the Kresge-Ford building, room C205.

For more information, click the “Imaging Center” link within the “Campus Offices” page on Blackboard. The Imaging Center can be also contacted at (313) 664-1507 or by emailing ic@collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

Academic Facilities

Academic Facilities currently includes the Metalshop & Foundry, Model shop & Digital Fabrication Lab (CNC/rapid prototyping, and laser cutting), and the Wood shop. These are a group of individually budgeted & managed shops or departments that operate under the Academic Facilities umbrella. The Director reports to the Provost of the College. There is a lateral reporting structure for the technical staff for the departments of Craft and Foundation.

Academic facilities maintain consistent open shop hours to facilitate the needs of the students, faculty, and staff. Hours are posted at the beginning of each semester and are aligned with the building hours posted by Campus Safety.

Currently the educational structure for students to be able to work in the shops is to complete the Foundation course – DFN 116 – 3D Design Techniques. Students who pass with a C (2.0) or better are allowed access to the shops during their tenure at the college. This provides for entry-level access and does not mean they can use every tool in the shop. Permission to use certain tools must be obtained from the Director or shop manager(s).

  • The Digital Fabrication Lab, Foundry, Metalshop, Model shop, and Woodshop are not instructional facilities. All faculty are responsible for teaching their students how to utilize the tools and techniques they expect their students to use in the construction of finished projects.
  • Faculty must notify the shop managers if they wish to instruct their classes in any of the shops at the beginning of each semester. An Academic Project Form is required with a copy of the course syllabus, a complete timeline, and support materials. These forms are necessary for any class project that needs to utilize the shop and will help us to schedule and communicate more effectively. These documents need to be turned in to your Department Chair and to the appropriate Academic Facility Manager at the same time syllabi are due. The reason for this is three-fold;
    1. Timelines & appointments let the shop be better prepared for your class and identify potential overload. There are usually 12+ classes that are scheduled in the shops as a classroom and have priority.
    2. Identify potential training, supplies, equipment, staff & budget needs.
    3. Faculty Training. Because faculty understand how to use the shop equipment does not mean they are teaching consistent and proper safety techniques to students or know the limitations and requirements of our individual facilities.
  • Classes that wish to be held in the classroom within the metalshop or wood shop for the entire semester need to be scheduled appropriately through Colleague.
  • If faculty are not capable to teach the techniques needed to complete an assigned project the project should be modified to accommodate the skills of the instructor, or the instructor should give themselves ample time to learn the skills they wish to pass on to the student.
  • Shop technicians and work-study are not necessarily qualified to teach faculty and students how to use equipment. Nor are they allowed to complete work for students or faculty during working hours.
  • Mandatory Safety Orientation for each individual shop area is required for all faculty and staff of the college that would like to use the shops in their course curriculum or would just like to utilize the shops. There is at least one orientation session at the beginning of each semester. Contact the appropriate shop manager for scheduling.
  • Forms are required for: Academic projects, Individual projects, & Independent student projects. Hold Harmless Waivers are required for any visiting artist or any one that is going to be in the shop working in any capacity that is not enrolled or in the college payroll system as they are not covered by any liability insurance.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we look forward to working with you!

Mentor Program

All full-time faculty are required to serve as mentors to students. The responsibility of mentors is to provide curriculum and career guidance, discuss the student’s experience at CCS and their progress in the department, and discuss trends in the industry or field for which the student is preparing. Each student in the department is assigned a faculty mentor for their freshman year and the first-semester of their sophomore year. The assigned faculty mentor is expected to meet with their mentees twice in the first semester of the freshman year and then at least once in the second semester of the freshman year and first semester of the sophomore year. Mentoring sessions can be one-on-one or in groups. Beginning with the second semester sophomore year, students may select a mentor for whom they feel an affinity, as mutually agreed upon by the student and the faculty member. This mentor need not be a faculty member in the student’s major department.

Mentoring activities vary from one department to another. Specific information concerning departmental activities can be obtained from the department chairperson or program manager. Students are welcome to visit the Academic Advising and Registration Office to find answers to general questions regarding the mentor program.