Gnomon makes every effort to assist students in understanding their rights and responsibilities during their enrollment at Gnomon. Gnomon reserves the right to add, modify or remove a policy at any time and students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with all updated policies and procedures. Please refer to Gnomon's website and Student Catalog for the most current information.
These policies and procedures are not intended to outline every process that takes place at the School. In addition to Gnomon policies, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to comply with local, state, and federal laws while on campus.
Student Right to Know
Gnomon is committed to providing students, their families, and the campus community full disclosure of all consumer information as required by state and federal laws and regulations. The laws are intended to satisfy Students’ Right To Know and afford the opportunity for students to make fully informed choices regarding the institution they elect to attend. Below is some of the information that is required for disclosure. Additional information can be found on this website, or in the Gnomon Catalog. Paper copies are available upon request.
Gnomon has been recognized by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) as a 2019 ACCSC School of Excellence. ACCSC is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency that provides accreditation to institutions that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade, and technical careers. ACCSC’s mission is to serve as a reliable authority on educational quality and to promote enhanced opportunities for students by establishing, sustaining, and enforcing valid standards and practices which contribute to the development of a highly trained and competitive workforce through quality career-oriented education.
Gnomon has been recognized by ACCSC as a 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 ACCSC School of Excellence.
- 2021 Digital Production Graduation & Employment Chart
- 2021 Entertainment Design Digital Production Graduation & Employment Chart
- ACCSC 2021 Summary of Graduation and Employment Statistics
- 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Retention Chart
*The 2021 Annual Report cohort dates for the Graduation & Employment Chart for the BFA are prior to the inception of the program.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Approved by California
Gnomon, Inc. (Gnomon), a private institution, located at 1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038 was granted approval to operate as an accredited institution from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to the California education code. The Bureau’s approval means that the institution and its operations comply with minimum state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. §94909(a)(2) and §94897(l)(1)(2)
Performance Fact Sheet
Prior to enrollment, Gnomon provides students with a School Performance Fact Sheet related to the educational programs offered.
- 2019 — 2020 Digital Production for Entertainment Performance Fact Sheet (PDF)
- 2019 — 2020 Entertainment Design & Digital Production Performance Fact Sheet (PDF)
- 2019 — 2020 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Production Performance Fact Sheet (PDF)
- 2019 — 2020 Avocational Performance Fact Sheets (Combined PDF)
Among the oversight activities carried out by the Bureau to ensure that covered institutions operate in accordance with the law, the Bureau requires institutions to submit an Annual Report as a part of the ongoing compliance program. The Annual Report is due by December 1st of each year and is required to include specific information related to the educational programs offered by the institution in the reporting period.
- 2020 Annual Report – Institution (PDF)
- 2020 Annual Report – Digital Production for Entertainment (PDF)
- 2020 Annual Report – Entertainment Design and Digital Production (PDF)
- 2020 Annual Report – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Production (PDF)
- 2022-2023 Gnomon Brochure (PDF)
- 2021-22 Gnomon Viewbook (PDF)
- 2020-21 Gnomon Viewbook (PDF)
- 2020-21 Gnomon Brochure (PDF)
Gnomon is required to post and distribute graduation and completion rates based on data submitted annually to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The information provided is made available through the College Navigator. For more comprehensive information, Gnomon invites you to review the completion and graduation rates as reported to our accreditor ACCSC and to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. The links are on this page above.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Policy
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (EDGAR Part 86), Federal Drug - Free Workplace Act 34 CFR Part 85, Subpart F, and California Drug -Free Workplace Act of 1990 this institution is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and a drug-free school.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or other illegal/controlled substances at this institution is strictly prohibited. On-campus possession and use of marijuana (medical or otherwise) are not allowed. Students and employees are required, as a condition of enrollment and/or employment, to abide by this policy.
To the extent allowed by local state and federal laws, this institution will impose disciplinary action against students and employees for violating these standards of conduct. These actions may include suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, referral for prosecution, and/or required completion of a drug or alcohol rehabilitation or similar program.
In addition to institutional sanctions, students and employees convicted of the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol could face local, state, and federal legal penalties which include the loss of eligibility for federal financial aid, fines, imprisonment, and the seizure of drug-related assets.
This institution, as required by federal regulation (34 CFR 85.635 and Appendix C), will report all employees convicted of a criminal drug offense occurring in the workplace to the U.S. Department of Education. Consistent with these same regulations, employees, as a condition of employment, are required to provide written notice to this institution of their conviction for a criminal drug offense occurring at the workplace within five (5) days after that conviction.
In addition, students receiving Pell Grants who are convicted of a criminal drug offense during the period of enrollment for which the Pell Grant was awarded, are required by federal regulation to report that conviction in writing to the:
Director of Grants and Services
United States Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW.
Room 3124, GSA Regional Office Bldg. #3
Washington, DC 20202-4571
The report must be made within 10 days after the conviction.
Drug awareness programs, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and other related services are available on an ongoing basis to students and employees through the National Treatment Referral System 24-hour hotline (800-662-HELP). This hotline number can tell you how and where to get help for alcohol and other drug problems. Students and employees seeking assistance in overcoming a drug or alcohol-related problem are encouraged to contact this organization.
Also, available to students is the Gnomon Student Services Program (GSAP) as a resource to assist students in managing issues that affect their daily lives, such as drug, alcohol, and substance abuse. The program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps students manage a wide variety of issues in support of their personal and academic well-being.
Campus Security Policies
The Campus Security Act (Public Law 102-26) requires postsecondary institutions to disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by this institution used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution, and/or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution. For a current statistics report, see the below, “2020 Campus Security Act Disclosure Statement.”
Campus Security Act Disclosure
Gnomon prepares a report each year in compliance with federal law that discloses campus crime. The crime statistics are compiled using reports made to Hollywood Exchange (H/X) security, Gnomon faculty and staff, and the Hollywood Police Department.
A copy of the crime statistics is filed with the U.S. Department of Education and is available online at Campus Safety and Security (ed.gov). Gnomon’s OPE ID is 04076400.
The Annual Security Report is published annually in compliance with the Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. The Campus Security Act (Public Law 102-26) requires postsecondary institutions to disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by this institution that is used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution and/or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution. In compliance with that law, the following reflects this institution’s crime statistics for the period required.
This institution does not employ campus security personnel but encourages employees, instructors, and students to immediately report suspected criminal activity or other emergencies to the nearest available campus security officer, school official, and/or in the event of an emergency, to directly contact local law enforcement or other emergency response agencies by dialing 911.
Only staff members, instructors, students, and other parties having business with this institution should be on institutional property. Other individuals present on the institutional property at any time without the express permission of the appropriate institutional official(s) shall be viewed as trespassing and may as such be subject to a fine and/or arrest. In addition, employees, instructors, and students present on institutional property during periods of non-operation without the express permission of the appropriate institutional official(s) shall also be viewed as trespassing and may also be subject to a fine and/or arrest.
Though this institution does not offer regularly scheduled crime awareness or prevention programs, students are encouraged to exercise proper care in seeing to their own personal safety and the safety of others.
Emergency Notification System
Gnomon is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. With the exception of term breaks and holidays indicated in the student catalog, Gnomon is open seven (7) days a week.
In the event of natural disasters, severe weather conditions, or other emergencies, Gnomon may close in the interest of safety.
Should this action be necessary, Gnomon will provide as much notice as possible allowed by circumstances to minimize inconvenience.
Students, faculty, and staff will be contacted through “messageSender,” a Campus Alert System designed to instantly alert an entire campus community via SMS, voice -calls, and emails in the event of an emergency or dangerous situation. This message will come from the designated phone number: 323.300.6162. Depending on the nature of the emergency, one or more methods of notification will be used.
Annual Security Reports
Disability Services at Gnomon
Gnomon is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to its educational opportunities and programs. In compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA; as amended 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), it is Gnomon school policy that no otherwise qualified individual with a recognized disability with Section 504, shall, solely because of their disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the school. The school recognizes that disabilities may include learning, physical, medical, mobility, sensory, psychological, and certain temporary disabilities, and will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent that it is readily achievable to do so. The school is unable, however, to make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity. As defined by Section 504 and the ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, including learning. Students with disabilities who are seeking accommodations or services must contact Gnomon’s ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a Disability Verification form.
Guidelines for Documentation
To establish eligibility as an individual with a disability, the student must submit verification documentation that is comprehensive and clearly specifies the presence of a disability and is appropriate to the post-secondary setting. The verification form must be completed by a certified or licensed professional (physician, health care provider, qualified evaluator, neurologist, or psychologist/psychiatrist.)
The professional’s credentials must appear on the verification and the documentation must be current and dated within, three years of the request for accommodation unless a medical disability is permanent in nature (e.g., paraplegia.) Because the provision of reasonable accommodations and services is based upon assessment of the current impact of the student’s disabilities on her/his academic performance at the postsecondary level, it is in the student’s best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation.
The student is responsible for obtaining disability verification documentation at their own expense. Prior history of having received an accommodation does not, in and of itself, warrant or guarantee its continued provision. The student must provide the documentation to Gnomon in a timely manner to allow Gnomon reasonable time to consider and act upon the requested accommodation(s).
Accommodations cannot be established unless verification and proper documentation are provided directly to the ADA Coordinator at email@example.com. Once eligibility is established, the student and the ADA Coordinator will discuss options for reasonable accommodations. The student is provided an “Accommodations Letter” to present to the relevant faculty. Accommodations are reviewed quarterly. No faculty member can give accommodations without an official written request from the ADA Coordinator. Retroactive accommodations are not provided.
For more information about Gnomon’s policies, please contact the designated ADA/Section 504 representative, Carmen Munoz at 323-466-6663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADA Section 504 Policies and Procedures
Equal Employer Opportunity
Gnomon is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Gnomon does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, religion, national origin, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship and/or immigration status, credit report or credit information, prior non-conviction arrest record, political activities or affiliations, child or spousal support withholding, domestic violence status, denial of family or medical care leave, lawful conduct occurring during nonworking hours away from the employer’s premises, and any other protected class, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory behavior is strictly prohibited.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Gnomon policies, students have the following rights:
1. The right of the student to inspect and review his or her education records within 45 days of the date that Gnomon receives a request for access. Students may submit a written request that identifies the specific record(s) to the Registrar, or any other appropriate official. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be viewed.
Records that are exempted from the right of inspection are:
- Financial records of the parents of the student
- Confidential letters and statements of recommendation
- Records of instructional, supervisory, counseling, and administrative personnel which are in their sole possession and are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a teacher
2. The right to request the amendment of education records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. The student should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record(s) in question and specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the school will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right of consent to disclosures of identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA and California law authorizes disclosure without consent.
An exception to the policy against disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff) and may include a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities.
4. Release of Educational Information
The school may disclose certain information, known as “directory information,” at its discretion without consent. If a student does not want this information released, the student must complete a Non-Release of Directory Information form, available from the Registrar. Upon request, the school may disclose education records without a student’s consent to officials of other schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
The school has established the following information as directory information: student name, address, email address, telephone number, date and place of birth, weight, height, age, major field of study, enrollment status (full-or part-time), dates of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities, degrees and awards received, student’s photograph and the most recent educational institution attended.
Without the student’s consent and upon authorization of the administration, the school may release copies of, or otherwise divulge, material in student education records to the following agencies and individuals who are expressly forbidden from permitting access of said education records to third parties:
A. An authorized representative of the Controller General of the United States, the Secretary of Education or administrative head of an education agency, state education officials, or third respective designees of the United States Office of Civil Rights, where such information is necessary to audit or evaluate a state or federally supported education program or pursuant to a federal or state law provided that, except when collection of personally identifiable information is specifically authorized by federal law, any data collected by such officials shall be protected in a manner which will not permit the personal identification of students or their parents by other than those officials, and such personally identifiable data shall be destroyed when no longer needed for such audit, evaluation and enforcement of federal legal requirements.
B. Other state and local officials or authorities to the extent that information is specifically required to be reported.
C. Officials of other public or private schools or schools’ systems, including local, county, or state correctional facilities where educational programs are provided, where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or is directed to enroll as provided in Section 76225 of the Education Code.
D. Agencies or organizations in connection with a student’s application for, or receipt of, financial aid; provided that information permitting the personal identification of students may be disclosed only as may be necessary of for such purposes as to determine the eligibility of the student for financial aid, to determine the amount of the financial aid, to determine the conditions which will be imposed regarding the financial aid, or to enforce the terms or conditions of the financial aid.
E. Accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions.
F. Organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs and improving instruction, if such studies are conducted in such a manner as will not permit the personal identification of students or their parents by persons other than representatives of such organizations and such information will be destroyed when no longer needed for the purpose for which it is collected.
G. Appropriate persons in connection with an emergency if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of a student or other persons, or subject to such regulation as may be issued by the Secretary of Education.
H. Those who have obtained a subpoena or judicial order. The student is to be given notice by mail or the school’s compliance with the order.
5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failure by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605
Degree | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Production Program
Students seeking a degree in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Production program must earn 180 quarter credit units and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress policy standards. Students must complete the entire program within 1.5 times the normal program length.
Please review all Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies and procedures in the Gnomon Student Catalog that clarify the policies between both qualitative (students must meet a cumulative and quarterly 2.0-grade average), and quantitative standards (students must complete the program within 150% of the maximum time allotted), which is aligned with Department of Education guidelines.
Satisfactory arrangements for all exit processes must be met, and may include financial obligations, graduate interviews, and financial aid exit interviews. Upon completion of the above and all classroom education and training, the student will be issued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Production degree from Gnomon attesting to the successful completion of the program.
Certificate | Digital Production for Entertainment Program
Students seeking a Certificate in the Digital Production for Entertainment program must earn 147 quarter credit units and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress policy standards. Students must complete the entire program within 1.5 times the normal program length.
Please review all Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies and procedures in the Gnomon Student Catalog that clarify the policies between both qualitative (students must meet a cumulative and quarterly 2.0-grade average), and quantitative standards (students must complete the program within 150% of the maximum time allotted), which is aligned with Department of Education guidelines.
Satisfactory arrangements for all exit processes must be met, and may include financial obligations, graduate interviews, and financial aid exit interviews. Upon completion of the above and all classroom education and training, the student will be issued a Certificate from Gnomon attesting to the successful completion of the program.
Application of Grades & Credits
Gnomon uses a system of letter grades and grade point equivalents for evaluating coursework. Grades are configured on a 4.3 scale. The Grade Definitions chart on the following page illustrates the impact of each grade on a student’s academic progress and what marks are used in calculating the cumulative GPA.
Grading is based on aesthetic, conceptual, and technical merit, as well as a demonstrable willingness to learn. Students may be evaluated from the following grading standards:
- Final or midterm projects or exams
- Execution and presentation of projects
- Weekly assignments
- Course participation and professionalism
- Overall improvement
It is the instructor’s prerogative to evaluate student work and assign grades in accordance with his/her academic and professional judgment.
|A||90-100%||A+, A, A-||4.3, 4.0, 3.7||A-level performance equates to excellence in thinking and performance within the domain of a subject and course, successful and timely delivery of at least 90% or more of assignments and superior knowledge acquired through critical thinking and practice|
|B||80-89%||B+, B, B-||3.3, 3.0, 2.7||B-level performance equates to sound thinking and performance within the domain of a subject and course, successful and timely delivery of 80% or more of assignments and sound knowledge acquired through critical thinking and practice.|
|C||70-79%||C+, C, C-||2.3, 2.0, 1.7||C-level performance equates to adequate thinking and performance within the domain of a subject and course, successful and timely delivery of 70% or more of assignments and adequate knowledge acquired through critical thinking and practice.|
|Students must maintain a 2.0 or above in order to maintain good academic standing.|
|D||60-69%||D+, D, D-||1.3, 1.0, 0.7||D-level performance equates to poor thinking and performance within the domain of a subject and course, successful and timely delivery of 60% or more of assignments and subpar knowledge acquired through critical thinking and practice.|
|F||59% and Below||F||0.0||The student is not developing critical thinking skills and understanding within the domain of a subject and course and/or the student failed to deliver 59% or less of assignments. The student is not achieving competence in his or her academic work|
|I||Neutral||I||N/A||Incomplete. Incompletes are only granted by the instructor and for exceptional circumstances. “I” is temporary and must be rectified no later than two weeks after the end of the term. If not submitted by the deadline, the Incomplete grade will be replaced with a grade of an “F.”|
|W||Neutral||W||N/A||Withdrew. Withdrew from a course during Week 2 - Week 6. ‘W’ grades have no impact on term or cumulative grading calculations, and do not count toward a student’s full-time status. However, it will count towards credits attempted which impacts the Incremental Completion Rate (ICR) or PACE|
Incomplete Grade Mark
A grade of ‘I’ stands for incomplete and is only granted in exceptional circumstances. An exceptional circumstance would be considered a situation or event which could not be foreseen, is beyond the student’s control, and prevents the student from completing necessary course work. Incomplete grade marks are contingent upon instructor approval and instructors are under no obligation to grant them. Incomplete grades are temporary and must be rectified during the instructor-approved timeframe, but under no circumstances later than two (2) weeks after the end of the term. Students on SAP Academic Warning or SAP Academic Probation may not receive an “Incomplete” grade mark and no additional time may be granted to submit coursework. All grades must be submitted on time.
At the completion of every term, grades are made available to students via the Gnomon Student Web Portal. Final grades submitted by instructors are considered permanent. A grade change can be initiated only at the request of an instructor. Students concerned about a grade must discuss it with the appropriate instructor first. If it becomes apparent that an error has been made, the instructor must contact the Registrar’s Office.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
The federal government has provided Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) resources for higher education institutions to help address the immediate and urgent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students. The intent of these funds is to support our neediest students whose lives and education have been impacted by the pandemic.
- 2021-22 ARP Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Disclosure
- 2020-21 CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Disclosure
- 2019-20 CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Disclosure
- CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 9-30-2020
- CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report 12-31-2020
Title IX Statement
Gnomon is committed to fostering an educational and working climate free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. To define conduct expectations and provide recourse for individuals whose rights have been violated, Gnomon implements strategic coordination of policies, education, and clear and equitable procedures for reporting and resolution of complaints of sexual misconduct.
With the acute sensitivities of students and others involved in mind, it is of extreme priority to know how to identify sexual assault and violence; how to file a complaint; to whom to report an incident; and the rights, responsibilities, and legal obligations of the individual and the school.
All members of the Gnomon community, including students, employees, and third parties, are protected under this policy.
Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 US Code § 1681(a), is a federal law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities and includes addressing sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other gender-based harassment occurring in an institution of education.
Title IX regulations define sexual harassment to include any of three types of misconduct on the basis of sex, all of which jeopardize equal access to education:
- Any instance of quid pro quo harassment by a school’s employee;
- Any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity;
- Any instance of sexual assault, (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Under existing California law, as amended by SB 493, CA Education Code Section 212.5 sexual harassment is defined as:
- unwelcome sexual advances, or
- requests for sexual favors, or
- other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:
- submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress, or
- submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual, or
- the conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment, or
- submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.
Conduct that does not meet one or more of the above criteria may still be prohibited and adjudicated under the Code of Conduct for Gnomon students and employees.
When an allegation of sexual harassment or sexual assault is brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator, Gnomon will take steps to end the harassment or violence, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects.
Complainants can expect to have reports taken seriously by Gnomon when formally reported, and for a prompt, equitable, reliable, and impartial investigation of complaints.
Sexual Assault Reporting Options
Gnomon will address any report or possible occurrence of unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment that occur in its education program or activity, as well as incidents that occurred outside of those educational programs or activities, whether they occurred on- or off-campus, if, based on the allegations, there is any reason to believe that the incident could contribute to a hostile educational environment or otherwise interfere with a student’s access to education.
Any person may report sex discrimination, including Title IX Sexual Harassment, regardless of whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or Title IX Sexual Harassment.
A responsible employee must report incidents of sexual misconduct to Gnomon’s Title IX Coordinator. This includes information about incidents a responsible employee knows or reasonably should have known about. For the purposes of this policy, a responsible employee is defined as a school employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. The following employees are considered responsible employees: administrators, student life coordinators, title IX staff, faculty, and supervisors.
The individuals below are not deemed “responsible employees”:
- A therapist or other professional counselor, victim advocate, or other position with similar responsibilities, or an individual acting in a professional capacity for which confidentiality is mandated by law.
How to Report:
Complainants, Responsible employees, Mandated Reporters, and any other person who wishes to make a report of sexual harassment to Gnomon may do so at any time (including during non-business hours), in person, by email, by regular mail, by telephone, or by any other means, using the contact information for the Title IX Coordinator, provided that the method of reporting results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report.
The school’s Title IX Coordinator has the primary responsibility to respond appropriately to, and investigate suspected discrimination or harassment, and identify and remedy systemic problems. With the guidance of the Title IX Coordinator, Gnomon will enact an initial assessment of the conduct, to the extent possible within the complainant’s expressed preferences, if any, as to the course of action, and the necessity for any interim remedies or accommodations to protect the safety of the complainant and the community at large and restore equal access to education for all involved participants.
Reports may be made at any time (including during non-business hours).
- Contact: Title IX Coordinator, Carmen Munoz
- Email: email@example.com
- Call: 323.466.6663
- Make an Online Complaint by filling out our Harassment/Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Retaliation Complaint Form.
- You may also choose to make a report with local law enforcement. LAPD Hollywood Division Address: 1358 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Hours: Open 24 hours Phone: 213-972-2971
- If you or someone you know is in danger and/or needs immediate assistance, please call 911.
- Get medical attention. Call the Rape Treatment Center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 424-259-7208. Sexual assault examinations are provided at no cost to victims. The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center can provide medical treatment and evidence collection. A confidential counselor from the Rape Treatment Center will be available at that time, free of charge.
You may also choose to report anonymously if you would like to make the Gnomon aware of an incident but would not like any further action. This can help us gain information if we have other reports of the incident or the Respondent. Without names, the college may be limited in its investigation or response.
Title IX Team
Carmen Munoz - Title IX Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | (323) 466-6663
Adam Hartel - Outreach Representative | email@example.com | (323) 466-6663
Chris Freeman - Director of Financial Aid | firstname.lastname@example.org | (323) 466-6663
Lily Feliciano - Manager of Industry Outreach and Development | email@example.com | (323) 466-6663
Amid concerns related to COVID-19, the Title IX Office is currently operating remotely. We will be regularly checking email to respond to any inquiries we receive during this time.
The Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new regulations mandating how colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX. The new regulations (summarized here and here) will take effect on August 14, 2020.
Key provisions of the Department of Education's new Title IX regulations can also be found at: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-takes-historic-action-strengthen-title-ix-protections-all-students
SB-493 Senate Bill 493 - January 1, 2022
Requires post-secondary institutions that receive state financial assistance to comply with requirements relating to the protection of students from and providing students with procedural protections relating to complaints of, sexual harassment.
Gnomon’s existing Title IX policies comply with the statute and with prior OCR guidance. However, like all educational institutions that receive federal funding, Gnomon is required to amend its current policies to implement these new regulations.
Policies and Procedures
- Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
- Non-Discrimination Policy
- Sexual Misconduct Grievance Policy & Procedure
What happens after I file a report?
Once a complaint form is received, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the appropriate parties to:
- Conduct an initial assessment to gain a basic understanding of the nature and circumstance of the report.
- Discuss the next best steps.
- Provide information on resources and available supportive measures that best fit your needs (with or without the filing of a formal complaint).
- Review the process for filing a formal complaint.
At the time of filing a formal Title IX-related complaint, a complainant (i.e. an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment) must be participating in or attempting to participate in a Gnomon education program or activity.
In accordance with Title IX, Gnomon has instituted a grievance process that is intended to be fair and equitable to both the Complainant and Respondent. Complainants and Respondents in Title IX Sexual Harassment cases can expect to:
- Receive a notice, in writing, that a Formal Complaint has been filed.
- Access an Advisor, if they do not have one of their own choosing.
- Receive written notification of available on-and off-campus counseling, health, mental health, and victim advocacy, as well as notification of the procedures for institutional disciplinary action.
- Request and receive Supportive Measures.
- File a Report with the Title IX Coordinator.
- File a police report and take legal action separate from and/or in addition to filing a Title IX Sexual Harassment Report.
- Present material and/or expert Witnesses.
- Be informed of the disciplinary finding (responsible or not responsible) as well as the reasoning behind the decision in writing.
- Receive information about appeal rights.
Title IX Coordinators are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will not share any information related to your experience except on a need-to-know basis, absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
Our Grievance Policy and Procedures require all employees of the College who learn of possible policy violations (sexual misconduct/sexual harassment) to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator.
If a complainant requests confidentiality, which could preclude a meaningful investigation or potential discipline of the potential respondent, or that no investigation or disciplinary action be pursued to address alleged sexual harassment, Gnomon will take the request seriously, while at the same time considering its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including for the complainant.
66281.8 (b)(3)(D)(iii) If Gnomon determines that it must disclose the complainant’s identity to the respondent or proceed with an investigation, it shall inform the complainant prior to making this disclosure or initiating the investigation. The institution shall also take immediate steps to provide for the safety of the complainant where appropriate. In the event the complainant requests that the institution inform the respondent that the student asked the institution not to investigate or seek discipline, the institution shall honor this request.
A list of confidential support providers is available in our Support Resources Guide.
Resources and Options
An individual who seeks completely confidential assistance may do so by speaking with professionals who have a legally protected capability to maintain confidentiality. Confidential reporting options are available through our onsite Counseling Services with a Licensed Therapist or off-campus through the Gnomon Student Assistance Program (GSAP) at 1-800-321-2843, local rape crisis counselors, victim advocacy centers, domestic violence resources, local or state agencies, and emergency care facilities (please see Support Resources below). Information shared with these resources remains confidential and will not be shared with Gnomon or anyone else without the express permission of the individual seeking services.
- Non-Academic Appeal Process & Guidelines
- Support Resources
- Clery Center resources for Students and Families
Support and Interim Measures
Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, nonpunitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without charge to the Complainant or the Respondent before or after the filing of a Formal Complaint or where no Formal Complaint has been filed, to ensure equal access to education.
- Course or schedule related adjustments or modifications
- Campus escort services
- Leave of absence
- Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
- Safety planning
- Providing additional training and education materials for students and employees
- Conducting climate surveys regarding sexual violence.
- Restrictions on contact between the parties:
- When requested by a complainant or otherwise determined to be appropriate, an institution shall issue an interim no-contact directive prohibiting the respondent from contacting the complainant during the pendency of the investigation. An institution shall not issue an interim mutual no-contact directive automatically but instead shall consider the specific circumstances of each case to determine whether a mutual no-contact directive is necessary or justifiable to protect the non-complaining party’s safety or well-being, or to respond to interference with an investigation. A no-contact directive issued after a decision of responsibility has been made shall be unilateral and only apply against the party found responsible.
66281.8 (b)(4)(A)(xxi)(III)(ia) Implementation of interim measures, may impact one or more involved individuals. Such measures will remain in effect as long as necessary, depending on the relevant facts and circumstances.
Retaliation Is Prohibited
If anyone retaliates against you because you make a report or participate in a Title IX process as a Complainant, Respondent, or witness, Gnomon will take immediate action. Retaliation includes job reprimands, removal from organizations or activities, negative evaluations, threats, harassment, or other adverse treatment when the treatment is taken for a retaliatory reason. If you feel you are being retaliated against, please report that to the Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Training Materials
Training materials used to train Gnomon’s Title IX personnel are available at:
- Thompson Coburn's Title IX Training Series
The College is required to document all reports of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to domestic and dating violence and stalking, to satisfy the College’s obligation to report statistics of crime on campus consistent with the Clery Act. No personally identifiable information about the Complainant will be shared for the purpose of maintaining these statistics. Identities and specific fact patterns will remain anonymous.
If a report of misconduct discloses an immediate threat to the College campus community, where timely notice must be given to protect the health or safety of the community, the College may not be able to maintain the same level of confidentiality. Immediately threatening circumstances include, but are not limited to, reported incidents of sexual misconduct that include the use of force, a weapon, or other circumstances that represent a serious and ongoing threat to the College students, faculty, administrators, staff, or visitors.
For the latest Cleary Act Crime Statistics please see Gnomon’s Annual Security Report.
All transfer of credit requests must be received during the application process prior to the start of the applicable full-time program. A maximum of 30% of total credits required for any Gnomon program are able to transfer and must be submitted via the Transfer of Credit Evaluation Request Form.
Once the Transfer of Credit Evaluation Request Form is successfully completed, students will receive an evaluation of transferable credit with the approved transfer credit decision prior to or during Orientation.
Gnomon does not award credit for prior experiential learning.
Gnomon has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other school, college, or university.
Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Our Institution
The transferability of credits you earn at Gnomon is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits, diploma, or certificate you earn in Individual Courses, Bachelor of Fine Art in Digital Production, and Digital Production for Entertainment (DP) respectively, is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Gnomon to determine if your credits or degree, diploma, or certificate will transfer. §94909(a)(15)
Questions regarding transfer credit may be directed to the Registrar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer of Credit from Courses Taken from Other Institutions
Transfer of credit will be considered toward a Gnomon certificate or degree only if:
- Earned at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution (or at a foreign academic institution recognized by its government)
- Previously earned credit is no more than five (5) years old
- A grade of A, B, C, or Pass was given
Transfer of credits submitted to fulfill coursework requirements will be measured against Gnomon’s curriculum and expectations of student learning. Gnomon reserves the right to recognize or refuse transfer credit as necessary for student achievement.
Typically, studio art and/or software course credits do not transfer due to Gnomon’s highly-specialized curriculum. As transfer applicants, students must submit official transcripts of previous college work.
Students may be required to submit transfer course content, course syllabi, and course descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that Gnomon receives all transfer request documents.
Transfer of Credit from Courses Taken at Gnomon
Gnomon encourages prior and/or current students to continue their education. All courses taken at Gnomon that are applicable to a student’s program of choice will be considered if:
- The course was taken within the last five (5) years
- The courses were completed with a C (2.0) or better
- The course is an equitable transfer
- The course was taken prior to program enrollment
Any prior or current Gnomon student must meet with the Admissions Office to determine the viability of transfer, meet admission requirements for the transfer program, including submission of required materials, and complete a Transfer of Credit Evaluation Form. All coursework for transfer credit must be approved by the Director of Education (or designee). On approval, the credit will be noted on the transcript. The grade received will be used in programmatic GPA calculations. §94909(a)(8)(A), and 5, CCR §71770
Transfer Between Gnomon Programs
In order to transfer between Gnomon programs, students must:
- Meet with the Admissions Office to determine the viability of the transfer
- Meet with the Education Office for approvals
- Meet with the Registrar for class schedule
- Fulfill all necessary admissions requirements
Upon acceptance to the new program, students must follow all requirements of the transfer policy.
Though this catalog is produced as a reference guide, each student is responsible for keeping apprised of current policies pertaining to their course of study. Gnomon reserves the right to change tuition fees, scheduled dates of courses, course offerings, instructors, policies, and procedures pursuant to the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and California Education Code (CEC). Gnomon also reserves the right to deny enrollment in courses to any student and the right to withdraw any student whose conduct fails to comply with the policies, rules, and standards of Gnomon.
Student Conduct Policy
In choosing to enroll at Gnomon, students become responsible for their conduct to those standards as stated in the Student Conduct Code. Gnomon may address student academic and non-academic misconduct through its own processes, and apply sanctions governing the terms of attendance and enrollment at Gnomon.
Students are responsible for reading and reviewing the Student Conduct Code, and for understanding the responsibilities assumed by enrolling at Gnomon. Gnomon reserves the right to respond to misconduct issues, whether law enforcement agencies are involved, and/or criminal charges are pending.
Leave of Absence (LOA) & Summer Term Break Policy
A Leave of Absence (LOA) is an approved interruption of a student’s program of study at Gnomon. Program students may request a single term leave of absence from their studies in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as:
- Family emergencies and obligations
- Medical and health-related issues
- Financial reasons
Students contemplating a Leave of Absence (LOA) are encouraged to seek consultation from the Education Office, Student Affairs Office, Registrar, and the Financial Aid Office prior to requesting a leave.
To be granted an LOA, a student must:
- Submit the LOA form no later than ten (10) business days prior to the start of the term
- Make arrangements to discuss the LOA terms with the Education Office Students in emergency situations may be granted leeway regarding submission of the LOA form.
Summer Term Break is an approved interruption of a degree-students program of study at Gnomon during the Summer Term. Certificate students do not have Summer Term Break. Under no circumstances may a student’s total time in program interruption exceed 180 days within a four (4) quarter period.
Students contemplating a Summer Term Break are encouraged to seek consultation from the Education Office, Registrar, and the Financial Aid Office prior to requesting a leave.
Returning from a Leave of Absence
Students returning from a Leave of Absence should contact the Education Office and Registrar no later than four (4) weeks prior to the start of the term in which the student is scheduled to return to finalize a new schedule, and the Financial Aid Office (if applicable) to re-establish their awards. Returning students resume studies at the same point in their academic program prior to the LOA issuance.
In the event a student does not return from a Leave of Absence, the student will be deemed withdrawn from the program and subject to a refund in accordance with the school’s published refund policy.
Leave of Absence for International Students
International students must abide by the regulations of their nonimmigrant status and will only be granted a Leave of Absence if circumstances adhere to the regulations. Please refer to the “Title 8: Aliens and Nationality” section of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services website: uscis.gov.
Please be advised that LOA’s for International Students are not recommended due to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations. To set up an appointment to discuss taking an LOA as an International student, please contact the Registrar.