Our college was built on the foundation of providing quality education and value to the student. Whether taken online or in a classroom, each course is designed to maximize the use of the latest technology to give you a more connected learning experience. This handbook will introduce you to a number of very important policies, expectations, and guidelines to help make you successful as a CIAT student.

President's Welcome

Welcome to the California Institute of Arts & Technology (CIAT)! Our college was established in 2008 and built on the foundation of providing quality education and value to the student. To date we have taught over 2000 students to become certified or gain skills needed to succeed.jamie200x200

CIAT originated in Northern California and relocated to San Diego to establish our main campus. We are currently located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Courses are offered in the classroom and online format and are designed to maximize the use of technology to provide the best possible learning experience. CIAT’s Degree and Certificate program courses teach the skills and practical knowledge required to gain employment or advance in the field of Information Technology. You will receive personalized attention from a small school whose mission is to help you achieve success.

We understand that there are many choices when considering which college fits your needs, and we thank you for considering California Institute of Arts & Technology.


Jamie Doyle

Student Policies

Attendance Policy

Class attendance is an essential part of the educational process at California Institute of Arts and Technology, and students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered in order to facilitate their academic success. All instructors will take attendance at the beginning of the class. In general, academic performance is impacted by the number of classes you attend or don’t attend.

All classes consist of online work and assessments completed by all students and classroom sessions for those that are available to attend.  Classroom assignments will be completed during these sessions that provide hands-on experience for the student.  Students with approved excused absences on one or more of these sessions may be given an option to complete make-up assignments for each class missed at the discretion of the instructor. The general rule is when the student fails to meet the 80% attendance requirement, the student may be dropped from the course and put on academic probation. Students participating as full online students will be required to progress through weekly assignments to receive attendance credits.

Attendance Rules

  1. Absence – Two absences per class are permissible and this includes both excused and unexcused; absences are highly discouraged. Three absences automatically constitute an Academic Warning.
  2. Tardiness – Students will be considered tardy anytime they miss class time, due to arriving late, leaving early, or non-participation. Any absence from the classroom outside of scheduled breaks (bathroom trips, cell phone calls, etc.) will be marked as tardy, as will time spent not participating in class. Students who are tardy by thirty minutes or more in a 4.5 hour class will be marked absent from that class session. Students who are tardy by one hour or more in a 9 hour class will be marked absent from that session.  Three tardies equal one unexcused absence.
  3. Interruption for Unsatisfactory Attendance – Students must maintain a cumulative attendance rate of 80% measured at the end of each term. A student with less than 80% attendance will be placed on probation for the next semester. Failure to raise the cumulative attendance rate to 80% at the end of the probation period will possibly lead to administrative drop.
  4. Cutting Classes – Cutting of classes (leaving early) without legitimate reason shall be considered as an unexcused
  5. Make-Up Work – Make-up work may be required for an absence. However, hours of makeup work cannot be accepted as hours of class
  6. Leave of Absence – Under certain conditions a Leave of Absence (LOA) may be granted, but limited to 180 calendar days in any 12-month period or one-half the published program length, whichever is shorter. Such conditions may include military deployment, medical leave, and employment orders. Please review Leave of Absence policy in page 33.
  7. Finger Scanner – Students must scan-in upon arrival and scan out upon departure to receive full credit for attendance. Students leaving for breaks of more than 15 minutes must scan out when leaving and scan in again when returning from their breaks. Students do not need to record bathroom breaks or scheduled breaks while attending lectures and labs. Failure to follow these procedures is considered to be “falsifying records” and will subject the student to discipline and possible repayment of BAH to the VA.

Minimum Standards of Attendance

This policy requires 80% cumulative attendance in the classroom and online for graduation.

When evaluating whether you attend a course, whether live or online, the following constitutes attendance/academic engagement:

  1. Attendance at an academically-relevant event (includes physically attending class).
  2. Submitting an assignment in Canvas by the deadline. (Online students only)
  3. Completing a tutorial or computer-based instructional module (along with a way to verify that each student completed the tutorial or instructional module).
  4. Simply logging into an online course, without engaging in one or more of the activities, does not qualify as academic engagement.

Tracking Attendance

Attendance is report on a daily basis by the instructor. CIAT has a Student Portal where you can log in and check attendance and other items. It will be your responsibility to monitor your attendance to ensure you are meeting the 80% standard. When available, you may be able to make up a missed session. See your Instructor or Student Services to request this.

If you do not agree with any of the attendance data you must submit a written appeal to the Student Services Manager as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the date where the attendance was recorded incorrectly.

VA students who are in Certificate programs must be present in the classroom for 9-18 hours per week depending on the program approval.

Tardiness & Early Departure

As an institution, California Institute of Arts and Technology expects students to be in class on time for every scheduled classroom session.

When you arrive late for class you not only miss the material that has been presented, but you disrupt the instructor and your fellow students. If you arrive thirty or more minutes late for class, the instructor will record a tardy. If you leave thirty or more minutes before the instructor dismisses class, the instructor will record an early departure. Three times of tardy or an early departure will equal to one absence. If your cumulative tardy and or early departure time exceeds more thirty minutes of the scheduled class time, then you will be marked absent and not receive credit for attendance for that day. Please refer to Tardiness Policy, page. 31 of the course catalog.

Warning & Academic/Attendance Probation

There are three terms in an evaluation period (semester). If a student fails to meet the 80% attendance or minimum C- in a term, he or she will be placed on Warning for the next term. Warnings do not impact on student’s academic status or records. Warnings are simply utilized to alert students to meet CIAT’s academic and attendance standards.

If the student fails to meet SAP (80% attendance, 9.6 credit hours or 2.0 grade point average) on the evaluation period, the student will be placed on Academic Probation for the next evaluation period. Failure to achieve an 80% attendance for the period, or a 2.0 grade point average, or both, at the end of the Academic Probation periods may result in the student being administratively dropped from the program or suspended for a minimum of 30 days as determined by the President.

Students will be notified in writing when they are placed on warning and the steps necessary to be removed from warning status. Students will also receive attendance or academic counseling, from Student Services, as appropriate, when they are placed on warning and/or probation. Students placed on warning may exercise their right to request a schedule change, as long as they do not exceed the maximum of three changes allowed and do not extend beyond their maximum allowed time to complete the course. The institution will notify a student by certified mail if he or she is being dropped or suspended for unsatisfactory academic progress

Leave of Absence

CIAT understands that life events may require a student to modify class enrollment and schedules. Under limited conditions a Leave of Absence (LOA) may be granted for up to 50% of their program length, but no more than 180 days in any 12 month period, whichever is least. A student on an approved LOA will be considered enrolled at CIAT. It is important for students to understand that Federal Student Assistance (FSA) may be negatively impacted if they fail to apply for a LOA or if the application is denied.

Students who would like to request a LOA must submit a LOA request form on our website along with formal documentation to studentservices@ciat.edu that justifies the request such as:

  • Medical Documentation,
  • Certified Military Orders, or
  • Job Orders

Military Reservists and National Guard Members who are called to active duty for less than 50% of the program length will be granted a LOA equal to their period of active duty. If the period of active duty exceeds the 50% of the program length maximum, then the student will be dropped without prejudice and will automatically be accepted for readmission upon return from active duty.

Students who request a LOA without supporting documentation will be granted on a case by case basis. If there is no extenuating circumstance, CIAT may approve the student LOA one term at a time. If there is a need to extend the LOA beyond the original time approved, students must request for an extension by submitting a new LOA form, and the extension is subject to approval by Student Services. Qualified LOAs that may be granted on a term by term basis are as follows:

  • Personal
  • Programmatic/ Schedule conflict

Students will be administratively dropped from the program for failure to return by the return date and/or exceeding the maximum allowable length of time. Once dropped, students will be required to file an application for readmission to the program and to verify that he/she will be able to complete the program without interruption to be accepted for readmission.

Leave of Absence (LOA) inquiries can be submitted by visiting https://www.ciat.edu/student-forms/.

Consequences for Violations

Whenever it has been determined that good cause exists for student discipline, CIAT shall notify the student in writing.  The student must attend a disciplinary hearing to ensure due process rights.  This hearing shall be conducted by the Registrar who shall have the right to dismiss the charge(s) of misconduct or recommend appropriate disciplinary action. The President shall review the recommended disciplinary action and then either affirm, modify or dismiss the disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Actions may include:

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Written warning
  3. Written reprimand
  4. Removal by the instructor – Suspension from the class for a good cause, for the remainder of the day’s class and at the instructor’s choice the next class meeting also. The instructor’s decision is final and may not be appealed
  5. Probation for a specified period of time
  6. Suspension for a specified period of time
  7. Termination of enrollment (expulsion) at CIAT, with or without the possibility of readmission.
  8. Criminal prosecution – CIAT will refer to the local authorities for prosecution of any criminal activity that occurs on CIAT premises. This is in addition to any other disciplinary action taken.

Make-up Hours

Make-up hours must be prearranged with the instructor and must be completed outside of normally scheduled class hours.

Consecutive Absences

A student who is absent for eight consecutive class days out of fourteen calendar days without an approved leave of absence will be dismissed from school.

Cancellation & Refunds

Student's Right to Cancel

Any student may cancel his/her enrollment at any time.

Students have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and receive a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. For refund calculations, after the 7 calendar day period, the amount of the course completed shall be:

The percentage of attendance completed to the total attendance required for completion.

Degree, Certificate, and Professional Development students completing at no more than 60% of the required attendance shall receive a pro rata refund based on their percentage of required attendance completed. Students completing more than 60% of required attendance will not receive a refund. This limitation does not apply to students enrolled under a Veteran’s Administration (VA) program. VA students will receive a pro rata refund up until completion of 100% of their course or program.

Must fill out a drop form which includes the following information with your request:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of request
  • Signature
  • Reason for Request

Refund requests must be submitted to CIAT via mail, fax, or email.

All refunds will be processed within 45 calendar days of receiving your written request for withdrawal.

Example: If a course is 45 hours and the tuition is $1995, divide $1995 by 45 to get the cost per hour of $44.33.  If you attended 18 hours, you would owe $798.00 (18 x 44.33).  Therefore, you would receive a refund of $1,197.00.

Involuntary Withdrawal

Involuntary withdrawal is when the student is forced to drop from the course by the school. This can be due to the student’s misconduct, failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, lack of attendance or cancellation of the course or program by the institution.

For those students forced to drop by the school for misconduct, failure to maintain SAP or lack of attendance, their refund will be calculated in the same manner as a voluntary withdrawal.


Students who fail to attend any classes or complete any assignments within 30 days of their first term date (class start date) shall be considered as a “no-start” and will be issued a full refund of any tuition payments made to CIAT.

Certification Exam Fees

Fees paid by the student for Certification Exams, when no exam voucher has been issued to the student, will be refunded

STRF Non-Refundable Charges

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was
  2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the
  3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other
  4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the
  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or taxpayer identification number.

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student, in and educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  1. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  1. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third

This assessment is paid to the State of California and is non-refundable.

Note: As of January 1, 2015, the State of California has quit collecting funds from students for the STRF. The protections for the students are still in place and the qualifications for protection have not been changed.


Refund computations will be based on scheduled course time of class attendance through the last date of attendance. Leaves of absence, suspensions and school holidays will not be counted as part of the scheduled class attendance. Once the refund has been calculated according to the State of California, ACCET and Department of Education (If Federal Financial Aid was used) the calculation most beneficial to the student will be used.

If an applicant never attends class (no-show) or cancels the contract prior to the class start date, all refunds due will be made within forty five (45) calendar days of the first scheduled day of class or the date of cancellation, whichever is earlier.

The refund calculation will be calculated based on the following criteria.

  • The Date of Determination (DOD) will be established based off the date of withdraw or termination request.
  • If Federal Financial Aid is used then are Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation will be calculated.
  • Pro rata refund calculation is a calculation that is based off the total number of days completed in a payment period divided by the total number of days in the payment period and stated as a percentage. If the total number of days completed is greater than 60%, then the school has earned 100% of the payment period (no refund will be granted for the payment period the refund calculation is being processed for). Any leaves of absence (LOA) will be deducted from the payment period the student is currently in.
  • If the pro rata refund calculation is less than 60%, then the percent that was earned will be stated in a dollar amount and the unearned amount will be refunded back to the appropriate funding source.
  • In California refunds will be processed within 45 days of the DOD.
  • The calculation most beneficial to the student will be used.

For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs:

  • The student notifies the institution of the desire to withdraw, or the as of the date of your withdrawal, whichever is later.
  • CIAT can terminate enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absences in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the college.
  • Failure to attend class for 14 days.
  • Failure to return from a leave of absence.

For the purpose of determining the amount of the refund, the date of the withdrawal shall be deemed the last date of recorded attendance and / or content access.

If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to appropriate agency or student.

Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid the student.

The refund will be calculated in both California BPPE and ACCET policies side and side. Once the refund has been calculated according to the State of California, ACCET and Department of Education, (If Federal Financial Aid was used) the calculation most beneficial to the student will be used.

ACCET Refund Policy

The student may withdraw from the school at any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro-rated refund if he/she has completed 50 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current payment period in your program through the last day of attendance.

  1. The institution may retain an administrative fee associated with withdrawal or termination not to exceed $100.
  2. During the first week of classes, tuition charges withheld will not exceed 10 percent (10%) of the stated tuition up to a maximum of $1,000. When determining the number of weeks completed by the student, the institution will consider a partial week the same as if a whole week were completed, provided the student was present at least one day during the scheduled week.
  3. After the first week and through fifty percent (50%) of the period of financial obligation, tuition charges retained will not exceed a pro rata portion of tuition for the training period completed, plus ten percent (10%) of the unearned tuition for the period of training that was not completed. (See example.)
  4. After fifty percent (50%) of the period of financial obligation is completed, the institution may retain the full tuition.

Refund Computation Example

45 weeks of training; scheduled start on January 2nd; scheduled completion on November 11th. Student is financially obligated for the entire program, 45 weeks of training.

  • Tuition is $21060.00.
  • Last date of attendance is May 19th.
  • number of weeks student attended 20 weeks = 44.4%
  • number of weeks financially obligated 45 weeks
  • Pro rata portion completed based on 20 weeks = 44.4%
  • 4% of $21060 tuition = $9350.64
  • 10% of $11709.36 (unearned) tuition = $ 1170.94 (Max. $1000)
  • Owed to institution = $10350.64
  • Refunded to student by February 28th = $10709.36

When calculating a refund, the percentage of tuition retained by the institution is based on the portion of tuition attributed to the portion of the program the student was attending when the student dropped, not the tuition charge for the entire program listed on the enrollment agreement.

Payment of Refunds

Payment of all refunds will be made to the payer of the initial funds, in the form of a check for payments made in cash or check to CIAT, and by refund to the credit card used, if the original payment was made by credit card.  VA refunds will be paid in accordance with VA regulations.

Reimbursement to Veterans & VA Eligible Persons

For information or resolution of specific payment problems, the veteran should call the DVA nationwide toll free number at 1-888-442-4551.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

CIAT offers equal opportunity to students, employees and vendors. We will not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, ethnic origin, or religion.

Intellectual Property Rights Policy

CIAT is committed to providing an environment that supports the learning, teaching, scholarship, and creative activity of its faculty, students and staff. Within this context, the Intellectual Property Rights Policy is intended to:

  1. Encourage excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship and creative activities by identifying and protecting the intellectual property rights of faculty, staff, students and CIAT
  2. Encourage the notion that creative and scholarly works produced at CIAT should advance the state of knowledge and contribute to the public good
  3. Acknowledge and preserve the traditional property rights of scholars with respect to products of their intellectual endeavors (e.g., books, articles, manuscripts and writings
  4. Guide policy and process for commercial uses of intellectual property other than the traditional products of scholarly workThis policy covers all types of intellectual property, including works protected by copyright, patent and trade secret laws. Students and individuals who do not comply with copyright, patent and trade secret laws are subject to the full extent of the law including fines, punishment and imprisonment.Should you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Representative or email us at: info@ciat.edu.

Computer Network & Internet Acceptable Use Policy for Students

This policy shall constitute the California Institute of Arts and Technology (CIAT) Computer Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy for students (“Policy”), and applies to all students who use or access the Network. A copy of this Policy shall be provided to students. Any use of your account that violates these policies may result in your access being withdrawn and/or additional disciplinary action. Violations of these policies are considered violations of the Student Academic Honesty and Integrity policy and may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement. CIAT reserves the right to seek reimbursement of expenses or damages arising from student violations of these policies.

  1. Reporting Misuse of the Network: In addition to following the terms of this Policy, you should report any misuse of the Network to an instructor or to an administrator at CIAT.  Misuse means any violation of this policy, such as commercial use of these resources, criminal activity, inappropriate content of e-mail sent to you by someone, or any other use that is not included in this policy but has the intent or effect of harming another or another’s property.
  2. Term of the Permitted Use: Access to the Network is a privilege, not a right, and as such it may be suspended or revoked by CIAT at any time for any reason. CIAT may also limit access depending on student and staff schedules, equipment availability, or other constraints.
  3. Uses or activities that are unrelated to legitimate CIAT purposes: Users may not, during the school day, access the Internet for purposes of personal shopping, buying or selling items, connecting with a personal web site or weblog that is not part of a class project, receiving or posting messages to web sites or blogs not part of a class project, participating in any type of gaming activity, engaging in social or hobby activities during class time, engaging in or supporting any kind of business or other profit-making activity, or for general recreational web browsing unless it is during non-class time. (Examples: Amazon, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Drudge Report, dating services, chat rooms, poker web sites, CNN, ESPN, Halo.)
  4. All users must abide by the rules of Network etiquette. Among the uses and activities that violate Network etiquette and constitute a violation of this Policy are the following:
    1. Using inappropriate language, including swearing, vulgarities or other language that is suggestive, obscene, profane, abusive, belligerent, harassing, defamatory or threatening.
    2. Using the Network to make, distribute or redistribute jokes, stories or other material that would violate this Policy or the District’s harassment or discrimination policies, including material that is based upon slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics.
    3. Forwarding or redistributing the private message of an e-mail sender to third parties or giving the sender’s e-mail address to third parties without the permission of the sender.
    4. Creating technical difficulties for others, such as sending e-mail attachments that are too large to be accommodated by the recipient’s system.
    5. Attempting to reach Internet sites blocked by the software on school computers or to “hack” into other accounts or restricted information.
    6. Using the Network in a manner inconsistent with the expectations of CIAT conduct of students. When using the Network, students should remember that they are representing themselves and their school to others.
    7. Students are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner in accordance with CIAT policy, accepted rules of network etiquette, and federal and state laws.
  5. Unacceptable Uses: Among the uses and activities that are known to be unacceptable and constitute a violation of this Policy are the following:
    1. Uses or activities that violate the law or CIAT policy or that encourage others to violate the law or CIAT policy. Among such uses or activities are the following:
    2. Offering for sale or use or soliciting the purchase or provision of any substance the possession of or use of is prohibited by law.
    3. Creating, copying, viewing, transmitting, downloading, uploading or seeking sexually explicit, obscene or pornographic materials.
    4. Creating, copying, viewing, transmitting, downloading, or uploading any materials that include the design or information for the purposes of creating an explosive device, materials in furtherance of criminal activities or terrorist acts, threatening materials or any other materials that violate or encourage others to violate the law or CIAT policy.
    5. Unauthorized copying, modifying, intruding, or attempts to copy, modify or intrude, into the folders, files, data, work, Networks, passwords or computers of others, or intercepting communications intended for others.
    6. Copying, downloading, uploading or transmitting student information, other confidential information or trade secrets.
    7. Downloading and saving music or images, unless given permission by an instructor.
    8. Engaging in harassment, stalking, or other repetitive unwanted communication, or using the Internet in support of such activities
    9. Engaging in or supporting any kind of business or other profit-making activity.
    10. Uses or activities that cause damage to property: Among such uses or activities are the following:
      1. Uploading, downloading, creating or transmitting a computer virus, worm, Trojan horse, “hacking” software or other harmful component or corrupted data, or vandalizing the property of another. Vandalism includes any attempt to hack, alter, harm, destroy or interfere with the normal operation of software, hardware, and data of another user, other CIAT resources, or the use of the CIAT Network to do any of the same acts on the Internet or outside Networks.
      2. Uploading, downloading, copying, redistributing or republishing copyrighted materials without permission from the owner of the copyright. Even if materials on the Network are not marked with the copyright symbol, you should assume that they are protected under copyright laws unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.
      3. Commercial uses. At no time may the Network or the Internet be accessed (including sending e-mail) for purposes of engaging in or supporting any kind of business or other profit-making activity. You may not sell or buy anything over the Internet, and you may not solicit or advertise the sale of any goods or services (whether to one recipient or many, such as “junk e-mail”).

Copyright Policy & Procedures

Legally, copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  1. To reproduce the work in copies or recordings;
  2. To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  3. To distribute copies or recordings of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  4. To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  5. To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and
  6. In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of the copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. From: US Copyright Office.  Copyright Basics.  Washington: Government Printing Office, 1999 (Circular 1).

For further information about copyright, write to the Copyright Office at 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. 20559-6000

Privacy Policies

Student Records

CIAT students have the right to view their personal student records at any time during normal business hours.  This viewing must take place at the main campus in San Diego.  Due to privacy considerations, CIAT is unable to email or fax copies of student records.  Should the student require a printed copy of their record, they must request in writing that a copy be provided.  CIAT will print and provide the copy at no cost to the student if they pick it up in person at the San Diego campus.  Printed copies will be sent to the student only, via a traceable service for a $15.00 fee.  CIAT retains student records indefinitely. If a student wishes to review a copy of their record, they should contact the Student Services Department at the San Diego Campus, Tel: 877-559-3621. Student records are confidential; however, we will release information to a third party when required by law or with approval of the student upon written request. The request must be made in writing to CIAT Student Services:

CIAT, Attention: Student Services

2820 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92108

Unless a release is provided, CIAT limits disclosure of student records to those authorized by law.

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974

The Family Education and Privacy Act was enacted by Congress to protect the privacy of student educational records. This privacy right is a right vested in the student. Generally:

  1. Institutions must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s educational record.
  2. Institutions may disclose directory information in the student’s educational record without the student’s consent.
  3. It is good policy for the institution to notify the student about such disclosure and to seek the written permission of the student to allow disclosure of any educational records including directory information.
  4. Institutions should give the student ample opportunity to submit a written request that the school refrain from disclosing directory information about them.
  5. Institutions must not disclose non-directory information about students without their written consent except in very limited circumstances.
  6. Institutions should notify students about their rights under FERPA through annual publications.
  7. When in doubt, it is always advisable to err on the side of caution and to not release student educational records without first fully notifying the student about the disclosure.

Finally, the school should always seek a written consent from the student before disseminating educational records to third parties.

Hours of Operation & Availability

Business Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time Monday thru Friday. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Major Holidays

Online Instructor Availability: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time Monday thru Friday. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Major Holidays

The quiet study area and student lounge are available daily, Monday through Friday. All times are  Pacific Time. Evening hours after 4:00 PM and Saturday hours are dependent on instructor availability and may be cancelled on short notice.


8:00 am – 10:30 pm (Students)
8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Admin offices)
8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Admin offices closed)

Class Times

Monday and Tuesday classes are held at the following times:

·         8:00 am – 12:30 pm

·         1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

·         6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Wednesday and Thursday classes are held at the following times:

·         8:00 am – 12:30 pm

·         1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

·         6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Saturday classes are held at the following time:

·         8:00 to 5:00 pm

·         Note: 1/2 hour break from 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Program/Courses Schedules

Schedules for courses will be found under the descriptions for all courses in our catalog. A full schedule of all courses can be obtained from an Admissions Advisor by calling 877-559-3621 or emailing info@ciat.edu.

Academic Schedule

Flexible Start Times

CIAT’s classroom, guided self-study and online programs offer flexible start opportunities. Classes begin every five weeks. Please see the Academic Calendar in this catalog for actual start dates during the time period covered by this catalog.

Upon enrollment, an Admissions Advisor will work with you to create a schedule that honors your work and family commitments while still achieving your educational objectives in the shortest practical timeframe. If your circumstances change for any reason, your schedule can be revised to meet your needs. Please contact us for more information.

Course Duration - Full Time or Part Time

Full Time students are expected to complete each course within a five week period (Term). You will spend three and 1/2 hours at two days per week in the classroom attending lectures and getting hands- on instruction. Pure online students will attend classroom lectures via online streaming. Additional time will be spent each week on homework, projects and other types of lectures. Full time attendance is CIAT’s most popular option, especially for those seeking a new career in the Information Technology field. These classes also meet the requirements for WIA/EDD participation and consideration as full- time for VA purposes.

For those students who are working, have family commitments, or simply want to learn at a slower pace, Part Time attendance is an option. Part Time Students are given 10 weeks to complete each course in their Program. Part time is available to WIA/EDD students only with approval from your WIA/EDD Advisor. For VA purposes, Part time is considered as half-time attendance and will result in a reduction in the housing allowance you may receive if otherwise eligible.

You may switch from Full Time to Part Time or vice-versa up to a maximum of three times during your enrollment at CIAT.

Bootcamp classes are fast paced intensive courses for those with extensive prior experience and who need a fast track to Certification and/or Licensing for Professional Development. They normally run for 8 hours a day, 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Students may enroll for no more than four consecutive Boot Camps as a Professional Development student. Professional Development students, may also opt to take the standard six-week or part-time, 12 week, course in lieu of the one-week boot camp, but, again they may not take more than four consecutive courses in any manner as a Professional Development student. Professional Development students completing all the required courses, with successful certification, to qualify for a Program Certificate from CIAT, may petition the Registrar for issuance of that Certificate. Upon approval by the Registrar and the President, the student will receive the appropriate Certificate of Program Completion.

Military Benefits

The VA GI Bill® provides funding for those that want to acquire an education through VA-approved institutes of learning. Specifically, the GI bill® is intended to provide benefits for returning veterans to ensure them an easier transition into the civilian job market. The GI bill® doesn’t only cover tuition; it also covers certain licensing and certification tests, provided that they have been approved by the VA.

You can become fast-tracked into a career in IT through a certification course rather than a traditional degree study. There are specific programs of study that accept the GI Bill®, so it is always worthwhile to discuss the GI Bill® with your institute of choice before moving forward.

CIAT is approved to accept the following benefits:

  • MyCAA

Student Services

Books & Classroom Supplies

CIAT does not operate a “Book Store” and does not sell classroom supplies. We do not buy-back used text books.

Library & Librarian Services

CIAT does not operate its own library. An online library is available to the student for a modest fee. The City of San Diego provides library services at multiple locations throughout the San Diego area, all available free of charge for all CIAT students.

Food Services

CIAT provides coffee, tea and filtered water service to its students. A refrigerator, toaster-oven and microwave oven are available for student use in the student lounge. Vending machines providing a variety of food and drink items are also available in the student lounge. A deli is conveniently available in the building complex across the street and is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Information on additional dining choices in the neighborhood will be provided during student orientation.

Housing Facilities

CIAT does not provide housing facilities, but will assist students in finding accommodations for the duration of the course. Hotel accommodations are widely available locally with an average cost of $100 to $125 per night depending on season.


CIAT does not charge for parking at our Mission Valley campus. More than adequate parking is available in the parking lot located in front of the office complex. No parking passes are needed to utilize this parking. However, overnight parking is not permitted, and vehicles left overnight may be towed without notice. There are several marked “Reserved” parking spaces in the front lots. Please do not park in these spaces. Since we share the parking with other complex tenants, the lot may occasionally be full. In that case, parking along the street is available. Do not park in the parking lot for the vacant restaurant east of the school.