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Attendance

The individual instructor determines the number of acceptable absences, if any, and has the final word in these matters.

Class Cancellations

The College reserves the right to cancel or withdraw courses from this bulletin and to change course curricula and scheduling. The College also reserves the right to withdraw and substitute instructors. If your course is canceled for the semester, the Division of Continuing Education will notify you by telephone or email. We will do our best to help you find another suitable course. However, if this is not possible, you will receive a 100% tuition refund for the canceled course and a 100% refund of any additional lab, equipment or model fees charged for the course.

Class Location

All students will be mailed a course schedule. If you have not received a course schedule before your first week of classes, please contact the Registrar’s Office, at 212.592.2200, or [email protected], and a staff member will be happy to help you.

Unscheduled Closings

Announcements of SVA’s closings due to inclement weather or other conditions will be posted to the College’s website at: sva.edu. The College’s main telephone number, 212.592.2000, will also announce emergency closings. To receive announcements as they are issued, you are encouraged to enroll in SVAlert, the College’s electronic notification system, by visiting my.sva.edu

Enrollment Verification

Requests for verification of attendance may be made in person or by writing to the College or using WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor is available through your account on MySVA at: my.sva.edu. Enrollment verifications are free of charge. Normal processing time is five days from receipt of request. Your request must be signed and dated; it must include your full name, student ID or social security number, and semester(s) of attendance, and the complete mailing address of where the verification should be sent. The Registrar’s Office hours are: Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You may fax your request to 212.592.2069. Mail requests should be sent to:

Attention: Registrar
Schol of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010

Financial Information

Tuition and fees are payable in full at registration. Payment can be made by check drawn on a U.S. bank, U.S. money order, American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or Visa. There will be a $40 fee for checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds. When using a charge card, please list the necessary information on the registration form. All students must register before attending classes. Any student who attends classes without registering (auditing of classes is not permitted) will be charged a $25 late fee. Financial aid is available only to U.S. citizens and resident aliens enrolled in a degree program.

Continuing Education Loan Program
Continuing Education Loans (CELs) are designed to provide flexible financing options for part-time, non-degree students, especially working adults enrolled in continuing education courses and workshops. For more information please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212.592.2030 or email [email protected].

Grading Information

Grades are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet.

Grades are updated daily and reflect any additions or changes.

To access your grades via the Internet, use WebAdvisor, which is available through your account on MySVA at: my.sva.edu.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

Students will receive continuing education units (CEUs) upon successful completion of the continuing education course(s). CEUs are a nationally recognized standard of measurement for students participating in nonacademic credit-granting programs. One CEU is defined as 10 hours of participation.

The Grading System

A quality point system from 0.00 to 4.00 is used for computing scholastic standing. The following grade points reflect the plus/minus range:

A+ 4.00
A 4.00 Excellent
A- 3.67

B+ 3.33
B 3.00 Above average
B- 2.67

C+ 2.33
C 2.00 Average
C- 1.67

D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67 Lowest passing grade

F 0.00 Failing

I 0.00 Incomplete. Becomes failing if not made up.
Faculty may specify due date for work as long
as it falls within the following parameters:
Fall semester—No later than the last day of
the spring semester.
Spring semester/summer semester—No later
than the last day of the fall semester.

NS — Grade not submitted (administrative)

P — Pass (pass/fail courses)

X 0.00 Withdrawal for excessive absences with failure

X+ — Withdrawal for excessive absence

Students may withdraw from courses without academic penalty until 75% of the class sessions have met.

Transcripts

Requests for transcripts may be made in person or by writing to the College or by using WebAdvisor. Log in to your account at: MySVA and click on WebAdvisor, then click transcript request to submit your request online. Transcripts are free of charge. Normal processing time is five days from receipt of request. Written requests must be signed and dated; it must include your full name, student ID or social security number, and semester(s) of attendance, and the complete mailing address of where the transcript should be sent. The Registrar’s Office hours are: Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You may fax your request to 212.592.2069. Mail requests should be sent to:
Attention: Registrar, Transcripts
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010

Intellectual Property Rights of Students

SVA does not have any ownership or other interest in any “Works” (including any artwork, writing, research, animation, film, video, design, software, application or other works that may be protected by copyright) created by a student while enrolled at SVA, unless the student agrees otherwise in writing, except that SVA has a limited right to use the student’s “Works” for educational and accreditation purposes.

Intellectual Property Rights of Faculty

SVA does not have any ownership or other interest in any “Works” (including any artwork, writing, research, animation, film, video, design, software, application or other works that may be protected by copyright) created by an SVA faculty member while employed at SVA, unless the faculty member agrees otherwise in writing.

Internal Complaint Resolution Policy

If you are experiencing a problem with a continuing education class, please speak with your instructor. If the problem goes unresolved, please address it, in writing, to the Division of Continuing Education.

International Students

International students can take a vocational or recreational course as long as it is incidental to their main purpose of visiting the U.S. Please note that SVA is not authorized to issue the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 student visa for the Division of Continuing Education. Non-matriculated students are not eligible to apply for the F-1 student visa.

IRS Education Credit

If eligible, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows students to apply for educational credits. The Hope Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit are educational credits you may deduct from your federal income tax. For more information regarding eligibility and instructions, refer to IRS publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education.

Office of Alumni Affairs

Through programs, publications and special events the Office of Alumni Affairs actively engages SVA alumni in an effort to advance their educational and professional best interests while encouraging their support of the College.

Students who meet one of the following requirements are eligible to receive a discount of $50 per continuing education course:
• Attended SVA from 1947-1979 and enrolled for one full semester.
• Attended SVA from 1980-1995 and completed 12 credits.
• All SVA degree and certificate graduates.

For more information about alumni benefits, programs and services go to: alumni.sva.edu.

Office of Alumni Affairs
Telephone: 212.592.2300
Email: [email protected]

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The School of Visual Arts works with all state and city offices of vocational rehabilitation. For information, contact the VESID officer in the Financial Aid Office at: 212.592.2033.

Corporate Training

The Division of Continuing Education offers customized training programs that are designed to help an organization achieve its business goals more effectively. Whether using our state-of-the-art facilities or convenient on-site corporate training facility, SVA will tailor training sessions to meet the particular needs of your organization.

For further information please contact Akiko Takamori, associate director, Division of Continuing Education, at 212.592.2052, or email [email protected]

Special Services

The School of Visual Arts does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or other legally protected status, and is committed to helping all enrolled students achieve their educational objectives.

The mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to assist in creating an accessible campus environment, where students with disabilities have equal access to educational programs and the opportunity to participate in campus life. The Office of Disability Services will:

  • Provide and coordinate appropriate academic accommodations and related services to meet the specific disability-related needs of students.
  • Consult with faculty about reasonable and effective academic accommodations.
  • Advise academic and administrative departments about student access to programs and facilities.
  • Answer questions that prospective students may have about services for students with disabilities.


The ODS is staffed by a disability services coordinator and a learning disabilities specialist who work together with students to determine their eligibility for academic accommodations and to ensure that these accommodations are implemented. The ODS recommends accommodations for students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

The Office of Disability Services is located in the George Washington building at 23 Lexington Avenue. Individuals with questions or who are interested in receiving disability services may contact the office at 212.592.2281 or at [email protected]

MySVA

MySVA is the online portal that keeps students, faculty, alumni and staff members connected to the SVA campus. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access. All students automatically receive an account. To log in, go to my.sva.edu and enter your user name and password. Your username is your @sva.edu email address.

  • If you registered online, your password was sent to you in a separate email.
  • If you registered in person, by phone, fax or mail, the password is SVA! followed by your student ID number.

MySVA offers easy access to a free @sva.edu email account, powered by Google, along with SVAlert, WebAdvisor and links to registration and schedule information, grades, library resources, secure bill payment and more. If you have trouble logging in or if you have any questions about MySVA, please contact [email protected] or call 212.592.2400 option 1. 

Student Code of Conduct

The School of Visual Arts provides students with an environment that stimulates and nurtures creative exploration and interaction. Students are expected to support that environment and the community in which they work and live by actively practicing and living by the Student Code of Conduct. Each student must practice an ethic that includes fostering personal and professional integrity and trust, and being responsible for her or his actions.

Students registering for a Continuing Education course are expected to follow the School of Visual Arts Student Code of Conduct. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in disciplinary action. For a copy of the Code of Conduct, please refer to the SVA Handbook.

SVAlert

Get important announcements with SVA’s electronic notification system. SVAlert is a convenient way to learn about unscheduled closings, emergency situations, classroom changes, class cancellations and more. The notification comes directly to your cell phone (text or voice message), email address or home phone. To register, log on to MySVA (my.sva.edu), click the SVAlert icon, and confirm your contact information.

Additional Information

For a full description of all institutional facilities, including the library and individual workshops, please consult the undergraduate catalog.

The College is not responsible for loss or breakage of artwork left in storage on College premises. No one is permitted to audit classes and visitors are not permitted in the studios or classrooms. All students accept full responsibility for personal injury and/or personal losses during class hours and while on College premises.

All students, faculty, administrative staff and alumni may use the library facilities; however, only matriculated students, current faculty and administrative staff may borrow books and other circulating materials. Library hours for the summer semester are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 7:00pm.

For the most up-to-date statistical information on student retention and graduate placement, please refer to the admissions catalog or contact
the Admissions Office.

Students interested in matriculating in one of SVA’s degree programs should contact the Admissions Office for an application.

Admissions Office
Telephone: 212.592.2100
Fax: 212.592.2116
Email: [email protected]

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587