Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Leave of Absence/ Withdrawal

 

 

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

 

There are two ways for students to separate from the College before graduation:  through a Leave of Absence or through a Withdrawal.  Students requesting a Leave of Absence or a Withdrawal must file a Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form with the Dean of Student Affairs (or the Dean’s designee). If you are interested in a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal, please complete the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form - Leave of Absence_Withdrawal Form.

 

 

Leave of Absences Defined

A Leave of Absence is an anticipated separation from the College of less than one year.  A Voluntary Leave of Absence is initiated by the student.  An Administrative Leave of Absence is initiated by the Assistant Vice President for Student Success (or designee) and is given for medical, personal, or other issues as determined by the Dean of Student Affairs.  Students who are granted an Administrative Leave of Absence must meet all specific conditions before being allowed to return to the College. 

 

Withdrawal Defined

A Withdrawal is an anticipated separation from the College of more than one year, up to and including a permanent separation.  A Voluntary Withdrawal is initiated by the student.  An Administrative Withdrawal is initiated by the Assistant Vice President for Student Success (or designee) or by the Registrar and is given for reasons of non-attendance, poor scholarship, disciplinary conduct, or other issues as determined by the Assistant Vice President for Student Success or the Committee on Academic Standing.  Students who are given an Administrative Withdrawal must apply for readmission (if eligible) and must meet all specific conditions before being allowed to return to the College. 

 

How to Qualify for a Leave of Absence

To qualify for a Leave of Absence, students must be in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average above 2.0 and prior semester grade point average above 2.0).  Students who apply for a Leave of Absence and are not in good academic standing will be Withdrawn from the College.

 

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal and Grades

When a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal is given before the beginning of a semester, students are dropped from their courses, and no grades are recorded for that semester.  When a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal is given once the semester has started, students are withdrawn from all courses and receive a grade of “W” in all courses in which they were enrolled.  A Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form must be submitted by the published withdrawal deadline date in order to receive a grade of “W.”  Forms received after that date will be subject to the grades in progress at the time the form is submitted.

 

International Students Taking a Leave of Absence

International students on an F-1 visa must meet with a Designated School Official (DSO) and be advised on the effect a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal will have on their visa status. International students on an F1 visa who are given a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal are considered out of status and must return home within 15 days. 

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees will be refunded based on the published refund policy.  Housing fees will be refunded based on the published housing refund policy.  Financial aid recipients must meet with the Financial Aid Office to complete the necessary exit interview and be advised on the effect a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal will have on their financial aid eligibility and/or loan repayment. 

 

 

Access to Services and Readmission to the College

Students on Leave of Absence have access to their Otis email account and Self-Service but do not have access to College facilities and services or computer, laboratory, equipment, library, or other privileges. Students who have Withdrawn from the College do not have access to any College facilities, services, or privileges.

 

Students on a Leave of Absence may resume their studies at the beginning of a semester within their approved year, but are strongly encouraged to seek academic and financial aid advisement on the best time to return to the College.  Students on a Leave of Absence must notify the Registration Office at least two months before the beginning of the term in which they plan to return and will be eligible for priority registration based on their class level.  They must make sure all holds have been cleared and financial arrangements have been made by published deadlines for that semester. 

 

Students on a Leave of Absence who do not return within one calendar year will be Withdrawn from the College.  To resume their studies, such students must apply for readmission and will be readmitted based on the readmission policies in place at that time. 

 

Students who have Withdrawn from the College and decide they would like to return, must apply for readmission.  All specific conditions (if any) must be met before the student can return and readmission will be subject to the readmission policies in place at that time. 

 

 

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