Note: In registering and attending on online course at FIDM, you are agreeing to abide by the follow rules and policies. If you have any questions, please contact your student advisor.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Statement

Students' Education Records

Student files reside on the system database indefinitely.  Transcripts are generated on demand.

All FIDM student records are kept private in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).  Schools are permitted to disclose education records without the students' consent in some circumstances, for example:

Regulations also allow for disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), without student or parent consent, where institutions have contracted with organizations to conduct studies or audits of the effectiveness of education programs.

Written consent from the student is required for release of records to outside parties, except for those agencies authorized by law. FIDM keeps a record of the disclosure and provides it upon request to students who wish to know if their parents or an outside party has been notified. 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 Dean of Academic Development at 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Directory Information

FIDM 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.

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 mission of the college.  Below are important policies, which FIDM must enforce in order to maintain a safe and compliant environment for all faculty, staff, and students. 

Alcohol & Substance-Free Environment

FIDM is committed to providing a workplace and school environment free of alcohol, marijuana, illicit drugs, non-prescribed drugs, or paraphernalia used for these substances, and substance abuse.  Violation of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from academic programs or college-related employment.  All FIDM campuses are smoke-free environments.  Smoking includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, nicotine-delivering devices, chemicals or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances; and any other tobacco innovation.  Information on substance abuse programs, prevention awareness, and all other counseling services is available upon request and accessible on the FIDM Portal. 

Academic Honesty

All academic work submitted by a student must be original work. Cheating or academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, all forms of giving or getting unauthorized help or using unauthorized materials on examinations and projects. This includes work that duplicates, in whole or in part, that of another student when the assignment explicitly calls for individual expression. 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 website, 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.  Claiming credit for artistic work done by someone else, such as an artwork, photos, a painting, drawing, or design is considered plagiarism.  Cheating and plagiarism are cause for formal counseling. Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive a “0” on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action. Violations of the academic honesty policy are reported to the Department Chairperson (LA) or Education Director (SF/SD/OC).

Campus Conduct

FIDM is committed to a collegiate environment in which respect for others and proper conduct is demonstrated.  Hateful language — including profanity, racial, gender, or religious slurs — is unlawful and in direct opposition to an education environment.  FIDM promotes a professional environment free from hostility and will not tolerate harassing, bullying, intimidating, or threatening behavior or communication. Any violation will result in disciplinary action including suspension of services, and/or privileges, or dismissal.

Students are responsible for conducting themselves as professionals while in the classroom and on the campus.  Eating and drinking are not permitted in FIDM's classrooms, computer labs, halls, Library, or elevators.  Excessive talking, rudeness or disruption of class will not be tolerated.  Electronic devices (mp3 players, cellular phones, etc.) are considered disruptive and must be turned off during class time and in any environment in which other students are studying, researching, or gathering for educational purposes, unless permitted by an instructor or designated staff member. In addition, FIDM respects the student’s right to express themselves through what they wear to campus, however we ask that they will exercise discretion in regard to their appearance choices to reflect a manner which suits a professional college student that does not cause undue attention or interfere with the educational process.

Non-Discrimination Policy

FIDM in compliance with Civil Rights Legislation does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment practices on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, or any other characteristic or condition protected by federal or state law. These practices include, but are not limited to, hiring, employment promotion and transfer, admissions policies, the administration of its scholarship and loan programs and participation in the benefits and services of educational programs or related activities sponsored by the College. This policy is in accordance to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973), Age Discrimination Act of 1975, California SB-195 Equity in Higher Education Act, and any other applicable federal, state and local law. Inquiries concerning FIDM’s policy may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator.

Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy

FIDM is committed to providing a work and school environment free of unlawful harassment, sexual violence or discrimination. FIDM policy prohibits harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other basis protected by the federal, state or local law. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, FIDM prohibits discrimination based on sex, which includes gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence (collectively referred to as “sexual misconduct”) and FIDM has jurisdiction over Title IX complaints.

This policy applies to all FIDM community members, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, and third parties conducting business or having any official capacity with the college or on college property. FIDM is prepared to take prompt action to prevent and correct such behavior of individuals who engage in sexual harassment, as well as any other unlawful harassment based on factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age. Violation of this harassment and sexual misconduct policy will not be tolerated and corrective action up to and including disqualification or termination may be taken.

If you believe that you have experienced or witnessed harassment or discrimination on the basis of a protected category other than sex, please contact the Dean of Education or the Office of Human Resources.

We encourage all students to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. FIDM is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence. Throughout the process of investigation of a report of harassment and sexual misconduct, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals, and respect and safeguard private information, to the extent possible consistent with the legal obligations of FIDM to investigate and respond effectively. Retaliation against a person who properly reports, complains about, or participates in the investigation of such harassment is strictly prohibited.

FIDM’s harassment and sexual misconduct policy and procedures are available in full on the FIDM Portal (under College Policies FAQs). Reports of sexual misconduct and inquiries concerning FIDM’s policy may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator: Julie Ann Otteson, Executive Director, Human Resources 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015,, 213.624.1200, extension 3530.

Campus Safety & Access

FIDM is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, and staff. Students are prohibited from bringing firearms, hoverboards, electronic skateboards, and any other motorized board onto any FIDM campus. Illegal weapons or threatening gestures with an object that can be used as a weapon will lead to immediate dismissal. Students are required to wear their valid FIDM Student Photo Identification cards where visible while on FIDM premises. FIDM Student Photo ID cards may not be altered, copied, or forged and are non-transferable. If a student is discovered loaning or altering a FIDM Student Photo ID card, that card will be confiscated and the student will face a mandatory appointment with the Dean of Education (LA) or Education Director (SF/SD/OC). Campus access is restricted to posted hours of operation. Please see FIDM Portal for hours of operation. Only registered students are permitted in the classroom. Authorized guests/visitors are allowed on campus with prior approval and notification to Security from FIDM Staff for college business purposes (i.e., guest presenter, authorized vendor, campus meeting, etc.). All authorized visitors are required to check-in with the Security desk (LA) / Building Security (SF) / front desk (OC/SD) to obtain a guest/visitor pass. Students and faculty are not permitted to bring family, friends, or business acquaintances on campus.

Defacing FIDM Property

Any student who defaces, vandalizes, or destroys FIDM property (including but not limited to library materials, computers, elevators, restrooms, parking structure, etc.) will be dismissed from the college.  All types of spray mount adhesive and spray paint are prohibited from being used on all FIDM campuses.


The solicitation and distribution to students of non-FIDM materials and the use of the college facility for non-FIDM business purposes is prohibited.  Posting flyers, pamphlets, posters, or other means of advertising on the walls or bulletin boards and selling products on campus is not allowed.

Legal Notice

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising publishes information, and services on this website. By accessing this site, you agree to the fair-use terms and conditions outlined in this legal notice. FIDM reserves the right to change these terms and conditions periodically at its sole discretion. All contents of this Internet site (including design; information; audio; video; photographs and graphic elements) are copyrighted. Information herein may not be reproduced, transmitted, rebroadcast, published, re-written, or distributed in any form without the expressed written consent of FIDM. This website may not may be "deconstructed" and its elements used without the expressed written consent of the copyright holder. Other company's trademarks used on this site are the sole property of individual owners and may not be used without their expressed written consent.

All students who take online courses at FIDM are bound by the same academic policies, rules of student conduct, and financial services policies as defined in the Student Handbook.

Privacy Statement

FIDM, its Faculty, Staff, and their Managers use personal data and email addresses provided by students only as it relates to this course, and to its Academic mission in general. We may occasionally collect and store information for statistical purposes. By sending us an electronic mail message, you may be sending us personal information (e.g., name, address, email address), as in an official Freedom of Information Act request. We may store the name and address of the requester in order to respond to the request or to otherwise resolve the subject matter of your email. None of this information will be disseminated to parties outside of FIDM.


FIDM will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions thereof or in damages arising from any of the foregoing.