eLearning Policies

For further information, please see http://www.fidm.edu/elearning on the FIDM website.

eLearning Attendance Policy

To be successful in FIDM's eLearning program, you will need to be able to conduct yourself in a self-paced learning environment. While the prospect of learning in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace is certainly attractive, the responsibility is on you to maintain participation in your course. You must check the discussion board AND your email often for communication from your instructor or classmates. This means you need to log in AT LEAST EVERY OTHER DAY from your OWN personal computer.

There are due dates for assignments and exams, just as in on-campus courses, and you are expected to adhere to these deadlines. In most cases you will not be able to progress through the course until certain items, such as assessments, have been completed.

FIDM cannot be held liable for technical problems with your personal computer or any PC you use to access the eLearning System. If you cannot follow these guidelines, please contact your instructor.

You are responsible for the following:

FIDM staff is responsible for the following:

Questions about the attendance policy should be addressed to your instructor. Please refer to your course's Course Outline document, posted in the first week's topic folder, for further information.


On-campus access to the eLearning

Please be advised that all eLearning students are not permitted to access their eLearning courses from computers on-campus. This includes computers at the Idea Center, student computer labs, and the Resource and Research Center at all campuses. These resources are meant to assist on-campus students with on-campus research and studies. The benefit and purpose of the eLearning program is to enable students to study using their own computer on their own time. Please afford your fellow students the opportunity to conduct their on-campus studies using FIDM's technology resources.


Responsibility of Electronic Communications

Please remember to use common sense and professionalism when communicating with your instructor and classmates electronically. The immediacy of email and chat communications necessitate thought and planning, especially when submitting assignments to your instructor. Remember to only send homework and other assignments to your instructor via the courses' homework inbox email address. Any content sent to FIDM instructors and staff via electronic means is subject to the rules of student conduct as put forth by FIDM in the academic handbook.


Technical Difficulties

FIDM eLearning support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with technical issues in connecting to FIDM eLearning System, using the chat and live session plug-ins, and assessment difficulties. It is the student's responsibility to contact support to seek earlyand often.

Upon calling the toll-free help line (866-FIDM-HELP) to help desk will take a record of your call and contact FIDM staff if necessary to remedy the situation. The instructor is NOT responsible for technical difficulties that arise when using the eLearning System, and will not accept excuses of a technical nature for late assignments, missing test scores, and non-participation in the discussion board. It is the student's responsibility to seek assistance and work with help desk staff to resolve them.

This means:

  1. Contacting support immediately upon experiencing the problem
  2. Identifying yourself as a FIDM student to the offsite help desk
  3. Providing a full description of the problem (full text of error messages, full description of what happens or what was done before, during, and after the error)
  4. Providing contact information (name, email or phone) in order for support to contact you again.
  5. Working with support in conducting the steps necessary to solve the issue in a speedy fashion

Midterms and final examinations are not appropriate or opportune times to discover an issue. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to work with us to fix your issues in order to receive full credit for your assignments.


Student Records

All FIDM student records are kept private in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Written consent from the student is required for release of records to outside parties, except for those agencies authorized by law. Under this Act, students may:

Questions about this policy should be directed to the Vice President of Education at the Los Angeles campus.


Consumer Information

Any questions or unresolved problems concerning the college or its faculty and staff should be forwarded in writing to the FIDM Vice President of Education at:

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Vice President of Education
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Directory Information

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising may release directory information, including the student's name, address(es), telephone number(s), major, current enrollment status, dates of attendance, degrees, (including date and level of distinction), details about participation in officially recognized activities, and name of the most recent school attended by the student. this information may be released to prospective employers, in media releases, in announcements of scholarships and awards, and for purposes approved by the college administration. The student may request that directory information be withheld by notifying the Vice President of Education in writing.


Acceptable Use

Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising imposes certain responsibilities and obligations and is granted subject to FIDM policies, and local, state, and federal laws. Acceptable use always is ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals' rights to privacy and to freedom from intimidation and harassment.

In making acceptable use of resources you must:

In making acceptable use of resources you must NOT:


FIDM considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on FIDM systems allegedly related to unacceptable use, and to protect its network from systems and events that threaten or degrade operations. Violators are subject to disciplinary action as prescribed FIDM Student Conduct Policy. A Student Conduct Policy and Statement of Disciplinary Procedures is available from the Education Department.


Student Conduct

All students must conform to federal, state, and local laws. They must respect the rights of others and conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the educational purposes of the college. Students are prohibited from bringing firearms onto any FIDM campus. FIDM reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student at any time when the administration deems such action to be in the best interests of the student, student body, or college. A Student Conduct Policy and Statement of Disciplinary Procedures is available from the Education Department. The chief academic officer of the college shall, prior to the suspension of any student, notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities of any acts of the student which may be in violation of ordinances


Plagiarism and Cheating Policy

All academic work submitted by a student should be original work. Cheating and plagiarism are cause for formal counseling and may lead to disciplinary measures. Cheating, or academic dishonesty, includes but is not limited to all forms of giving or getting unauthorized materials on examinations and projects. Students who cheat will receive an "F" on the exam or project and will be subject to disciplinary action through the College Review Board which may result in suspension from the college. Plagiarism , a form of cheating, involves obtaining or attempting to obtain academic credit by copying the words or ideas of another ( from a book, magazine article, or web site, for example ) and passing them off as one's own without documentation -- that is, without acknowledging the source with quotation marks, footnotes, and lists of works cited. Students who plagiarize will receive an "F" on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action.


Solicitation and Distribution

The solicitation and distribution to students of non-FIDM materials and the use of the college facility ( including web infrastructure ) for non-FIDM purposes is prohibited. Posting flyers, pamphlets, posters, and FIDM-owned electronic media including email, for advertising purposes and selling products to FIDM students in a virtual campus setting is not allowed.