Student Policies

Crime Reporting

The federal law requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prepare, publish, and distribute campus security and safety policies, and crime statistics in the form of an Annual Security Report by October 1 of each year. College community members are notified annually of the availability of the report and how and where to access it.

The Campus Security Act (Public Law 102-26) requires postsecondary institutions to annually 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 which 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, CCCA prepares and individually notifies current students, staff, faculty, and prospective students of the Annual Security Report each September by email and/or standard mail. The Vice President of Institutional Affairs, who contacts the Grand Rapids Police Department for statistics and then records those statistics, prepares the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics report. This report details any instances of murder, negligent and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor & drug law arrests, and liquor & drug law violations referred for disciplinary action as well as any of the above that may be considered a hate crime.

A copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Security Report is available for review and can be found here

Complaint Process

Compass College of Cinematic Arts recognizes that, from time to time, differences may occur between students and instructors or other staff members. To that end, we encourage students to first attempt to resolve the situation informally with the appropriate staff. Should resolution of the situation not occur to the student's satisfaction, the student may file a written complaint detailing the offense or concern with the Student Affairs Office. Student Affairs will then attempt to resolve the situation between the student and the student/staff as soon as possible, not exceeding ten (10) business days. If the student is not satisfied with the resolution at that time, an appeal may be filed with the President who will respond to the student within five (5) business days.

FERPA Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that protects the confidentiality of student educational records. It states that the institution will not disclose any personally identifiable information from those records without the written consent of the student if he or she is over the age of 18 years. However, the law allows exceptions that permit officials at the academic institution to inspect and review the educational records of students, which may allow certain information to be disclosed to the public and to parents of the students with proper identification. 

Students may complete a FERPA Release Form in order to allow certain information to be shared with a person(s) of their choice for a specific situation. For more information about the FERPA Release Form, please contact our Student Affairs Office.

For more information about FERPA regulations, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Title IX

Compass College of Cinematic Arts is committed to equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in admissions, programs, employment, or any other educational functions and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.  Inquiries and appeals regarding compliance with these federal requirements should be directed to the Title IX officer:  Austin Morse, Director of The Center for Excellence at (616) 988-1000 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.