Student Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

The information contained in each section of the student handbook describes the policies, procedures, and services offered at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

PAFA reserves the right to change programs, policies, regulations, and fees noted herein without advance notice.

Sexual Harassment & Misconduct

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is committed to maintaining a safe learning and work environment that is free of sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and related retaliation. These policies are intended to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and related state and federal law. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. VAWA, as amended, explicitly prohibits sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking that occurs at or adjacent to certain areas on campus.


PAFA's Policy Prohibiting Sexual and Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct

PAFA encourages students, faculty, and staff to familiarize themselves with the following procedures. We invite you to ask questions, make recommendations and do your part to ensure that all forms of sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are eradicated from our community.

View Title IX & VAWA Policies


Internal Judicial Process

Following the report and investigation of an incident of sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator and Dean of Students will determine whether a formal resolution is necessary. The investigator may make a recommendation, but the final decision is at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator and Dean of Students. 


Information and Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

Student Verification Policies

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires that institutions offering distance education or correspondence courses/programs have processes in place to ensure that the student enrolled in a course is the same student who participates in the course or receives course credit.

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