Safety in Studio Areas

Toxic materials, toxic vapors and gasses and dangerous machinery are among the potential health hazards encountered by the studio artist. Students are urged to (1) familiarize themselves with possible health hazards in the areas in which they are working and (2) utilize all available techniques and equipment to minimize hazards. In some areas the use of respirators or safety goggles is required by CCS.

Pregnant women, persons with respiratory problems and persons placed under physical restrictions by their physicians must make their condition known to instructors as soon as courses begin or at the onset of their condition. If for some reason, you are having difficulties with an instructor regarding your health status, discuss the issue with your Department Chair or the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Student Organizations

A variety of activities are generated by interested groups of students in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs. Students are also encouraged to form new clubs and organizations. Check bulletin boards for information on student organization activities and meetings. Current student organizations range from academically related groups to social organizations to special interest groups.

Students who are interested in forming a new group are encouraged to do so. To start a group you need to fill out a Student Organization Application form in the Office of Student Affairs. You need to have at least four members and an advisor. The advisor may either be a faculty member or an administrator who is familiar with the type of group created and its needs. Once the group is registered with the Office of Student Affairs, you will be able to reserve meeting space, request funding and gain other assistance from the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Advocate

The Student Advocate position was created to provide students a consistent, centralized point of contact for questions, concerns and/or problems they may be experiencing on campus. The position is not intended to eliminate standard office and academic procedures elsewhere on campus, more to provide a supplemental resource for students. The Student Advocate’s primary rule is to ensure that policies are enforced fairly and that students are fully informed of what is being done and why.

The Student Advocate will:

  • Assist students in accomplishing the expeditious resolution of their problems and concerns.
  • Provide confidential and informal assistance to students.
  • Advocate for fairness.
  • Act as a source of information and referral.

Many of the student concerns that are anticipated being heard by the Student Advocate are listed below. Examples of student concerns brought to the attention of the Student Advocate include:

Facility issues:

  • Environmental safety issues within classrooms/labs
  • Campus safety
  • A problem with a particular faculty or staff member
  • Office hours not accommodating to student needs

Student-to-student issues:

  • Harassment
  • Vandalism of work
  • Suspicion of theft

Financial issues:

  • Questions or concerns about College policies
  • Personal issues or concerns (may or may not directly relate to the College)
  • Academic issues or concerns

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is meant to provide fair and equitable treatment of the disabled through non-discriminatory practices and reasonable accommodations.

The ADA protects people who are disabled – defined as anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  The law protects both job applicants and employees.

CCS supports and follows the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Michigan law, as stated in the law. It is CCS’s policy not to discriminate against any qualified employee or applicant with regard to any terms or conditions of employment because of such individual’s disability or perceived disability so long as the employee can perform the essential functions of the job.  In addition, CCS provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability in accordance with the ADA and other applicable laws, except where such an accommodation is unreasonable or would create an undue hardship on CCS.  Reasonable accommodation may also be provided to pregnant employees, even where they do not qualify as disabled under the ADA or state law.

Employees with a disability who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job should contact Human Resources.  Requests for accommodation should be made as soon as possible after the need is known.  Under Michigan law, the request for reasonable accommodation must be made in writing within 182 days of knowing of the need for such accommodation.

Employees who believe they or another employee have been treated in violation of this policy should follow the reporting procedure set forth above in the College’s Policy on Equal Opportunity, Discrimination and Harassment.