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Parents FAQs

What if:

…my student becomes ill or there is an emergency and I need to reach my student?

The Office of Student Affairs will work with you to triage care for your Otis student.

During business hours (Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) see below.
After 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday and during weekends, contact Campus Safety at 310-665-6965.

First, contact Julie Bryan, Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs
310-846-2595 or 310-665-6960
e-mail jbryan@otis.edu

If Julie Bryan is not available, contact one of the following individuals:

Michael Richards, M.B.A.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
310-665-6967 or e-mail mrichards@otis.edu

Carol Branch, Ph.D.
Director of the Student Resources Center and Title IX Coordinator
310-846-2554 or e-mail cbranch@otis.edu

Laura Kiralla, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Student Affairs
310-665-6961 or e-mail lkiralla@otis.edu

…I need to discuss my student's financial aid package, scholarship, loan information?

The Office of Financial Aid, located on the 2nd floor of Ahmanson Hall on the Goldsmith Campus, will assist you in learning about your Otis student’s financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted at: 310–665–6880.

…I want to see my student's grade reports, transcripts and find out how they are performing academically?

Your student will need to contact the Registrar's office

College students' records are protected by the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA). It restricts institutions from releasing grades and other educational records without the student's written permission. Students may view their grades online through the Self-service system after grades have been submitted and recorded by the Registrar's Office. Otis does not mail grade reports home.

…my student is experiencing personal issues and would like to seek counseling?

Student Counseling Services, led by Dr. Fred Barnes, is available to support your Otis student. Services are free and confidential. Contact Student Counseling Services at 310-846-2639. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the event of an emergency after hours, contact Campus Safety at 310–665–6965.

…my student needs a small emergency loan to cover books and supplies, food, gas, etc.

The Dean of Student Affairs’ Office will approve a small emergency loan for students who are in immediate need of funds. Student can only get one loan a semester and s/he needs to pay the loan back before registering for the next semester.

…my student is falling behind academically and needs tutoring?

The Student Resource Center, led by Dr. Carol Branch, supports your students’ academic success by offering tutoring for many of the Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Tutoring is available in person and online.

…my students needs disability accommodations?

All students seeking disability accommodations in the classroom need to contact Dr. Carol Branch at 310-846-2554 or e-mail cbranch@otis.edu.

…my student is interested in travel study abroad?

Your student has many options at Otis to travel abroad and study with their peers in another country. The Center for International Education will support your student in finding a travel study program that complements his/her curriculum.

…my student needs help finding a place to live?

Finding a place to live in Los Angeles can be a challenge and that is why Morgan Brown, the Coordinator of Housing will support your student by providing him/her with resources and contacts to local apartment complexes and residences in the surrounding area. In addition, throughout an academic year, the Housing Office will host roommate events for students looking for a roommate off campus. Morgan can be contacted at mbrown@otis.edu

…my student wants to join a student club or organization?

There are many different ways your Otis student can get involved on campus. Joining or leading a club/organization on campus is a great co-curricular opportunity that builds connections among students. Your Otis student is always welcome to join a student club.