Policies & Procedures
Click on any of the links below to read CIM's official policies and procedures on the areas listed below.
The Cleveland Institute of Music is committed to pursuing any official means necessary to prevent alcohol use from being a detrimental influence on the well being of its students. A firm alcohol policy is in place to support this commitment. Students are in violation of CIM's Alcohol Policy if they:
- Possess, distribute, or consume alcohol anywhere on CIM property or at any off-campus CIM event;
- Provide alcohol to any CIM student under 21 years of age, either on or off-campus;
- Violate federal, state, or municipal laws with regard to alcohol;
- Violate CIM's Code of Conduct while under the influence of alcohol.
Residents of Cutter House are also bound by the alcohol policy cited in the Cutter House Handbook. Specifically, any Cutter House resident found to have possessed, distributed or consumed alcohol in Cutter House faces serious disciplinary sanction, including suspension from the residence hall.
CIM Sanctions: Resulting disciplinary sanctions are determined by the nature of the infraction. The sanction for a first offense ranges from a fine to Disciplinary Probation. A second alcohol-related offense results in Disciplinary Probation or Suspension, depending upon the severity of the offense. (While on Disciplinary Probation, students may be ineligible for CIM scholarship aid.) Students committing a third offense are brought before the Student Affairs Tribunal and face severe sanctions that may include separation from CIM. Furthermore, CIM cooperates actively with local law-enforcement agencies in the prosecution of students alleged to have acted illegally.
State and Federal Sanctions: Ohio law requires a person to be 21 years of age in order to purchase or consume liquor, beer, wine, or wine coolers. State law also prohibits the carrying of an open container of any alcoholic beverage on the street or in a motor vehicle. Ohio statutes detail criminal provisions regarding the possession, use, and distribution of drugs, intoxicating liquors, and beer. The ordinances of the City of Cleveland and the City of Cleveland Heights include comparable provisions.
Ohio law stipulates that a person under 21 years of age who orders, pays for, attempts to purchase, possesses, or consumes beer or liquor, or who furnishes false information to affect a purchase, commits a misdemeanor. Ohio law prohibits the possession of beer or liquor not lawfully purchased, and a court may order that any place unlawfully selling beer or liquor not be occupied for one year, or that the owner or occupant of the premises be required to furnish a surety bond of $1,000 to $5,000.
The Cleveland Institute of Music has a firm policy for illegal drugs and other chemical substances. Any CIM student found to have possessed, distributed, or consumed illegal drugs is in violation of CIM's Drug Policy. Medications prescribed by a physician are not in violation of the CIM Drug Policy when they are used for their intended purpose by the individual to whom the medication was prescribed. Severe sanctions are mandated and imposed by the Dean, including Disciplinary Probation or Separation.
Drug Testing: CIM reserves the right to mandate the testing of students for evidence of drug use if there is reasonable ground to suspect a violation of CIM's drug policy. Refusal to submit to a test may be grounds for dismissal. If the test is found to be negative, CIM pays the cost of the test; if positive, the student is billed. Students found to be in violation of the drug policy of CIM receive appropriate sanctions, up to and including Separation.
CIM Sanctions: Any student found to have distributed illegal drugs, whether or not for payment, is brought before the Student Affairs Tribunal and incurs serious disciplinary action, including possible separation from CIM. Furthermore, CIM assists local law-enforcement agencies in the prosecution of any student found to have possessed, consumed, or distributed, either on or off CIM property, any illegal controlled substance.
State and Federal Sanctions: Ohio law prohibits illicit selling, cultivating, manufacturing, or otherwise trafficking in controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and marijuana; knowingly or recklessly furnishing them to a minor; and administering them to any person by force, threat, or deception with the intent to cause serious harm or if serious harm results. These offenses are felonies. The law also prohibits knowingly obtaining, possessing or using a controlled substance and permitting drug abuse on one's premises or in one's vehicle. These offenses may be either felonies or misdemeanors. The law further prohibits obtaining, possessing, or using hypodermics for unlawful administration of drugs and the sale to juveniles of paraphernalia for use with marijuana. These offenses are misdemeanors. A felony conviction may lead to imprisonment or imprisonment plus fine. The maximum prison term is 25 years. A misdemeanor conviction may lead to imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Federal law forbids the illegal possession of and trafficking in controlled substances. A person convicted for the first time of possessing a controlled substance, other than crack cocaine, may be sentenced to a prison term of up to one year and fined between $1,000 and $100,000. A second conviction carries a prison term of up to two years and a fine of up to $250,000. Subsequent convictions carry prison terms of up to three years and fines of up to $250,000. Imprisonment for five to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 apply to persons possessing more than five grams of crack cocaine on the first conviction, three grams on the second, and one gram on subsequent convictions.
In addition to the above sanctions, if an offense is punishable by more than one year in prison, a person convicted of possessing a controlled substance may be punished by forfeiture of property used to possess or facilitate possession; forfeiture of any conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance; denial of federal benefits such as student loans for up to five years; ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm; and a civil penalty of up to $100,000.
It is the policy of The Cleveland Institute of Music to provide for students, faculty, and staff an environment that is free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is illegal. It is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other laws and criminal statutes. The Cleveland Institute of Music does not tolerate sexual harassment of its employees or students by fellow employees, students, or outside associates of CIM.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, sexually oriented comments, inappropriate touching, or other similar conduct that unreasonably interferes with study/performance/work or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Sexually explicit jokes, photographs, posters, pictures, or graffiti are not tolerated. No employee may threaten, explicitly or implicitly, any employee or student to submit to sexual advances, and rejection of such advances can have no influence on academic or employment decisions, evaluation, or career development.
Sexually oriented conduct from any CIM employee or student should be reported to the Dean or the Director of Human Resources. Every effort will be made to investigate thoroughly all complaints and to assure preservation of the reputation and integrity of the involved individuals. If a formal complaint is found to be valid, disciplinary action (including separation) may be instituted in a manner consistent with the degree of seriousness of the offense.
The Cleveland Institute of Music is a community dependent upon trust and respect for its constituent members-students, faculty, and staff. Sexual assault is a violation of that trust and respect, and is not tolerated. Sexual assault also is a serious crime. Any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature is a sexual assault. Rape, statutory rape, incest, sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and fondling are examples of sexual assault.
Lack of consent is a crucial factor in any sexual assault. Persons forced to engage in sexual contact by force, threat of force, or coercion have not consented to contact. Persons acting under the influence of alcohol or other substances may be incapable of consent. Age or mental capacity also may render consent impossible.
CIM strongly encourages persons who have been sexually assaulted to report the assault, to seek assistance and to pursue judicial action or sanctions for their own protection and that of the entire campus community.
Reporting Sexual Assault
CIM recognizes that a person who has been sexually assaulted retains the right not to pursue either criminal prosecution or an internal judicial proceeding. However, CIM strongly encourages those who have been sexually assaulted to pursue internal disciplinary and/or criminal process. Once a report of sexual assault is made, CIM may be obligated to alert the campus community of the report. CIM is obligated to alert the campus of crimes that it determines represent a threat to members of the campus community. In making such determinations, CIM considers the safety of students, faculty and staff, as well as the privacy interests of all persons involved in such incidents. Regardless of the action taken by CIM, the names of any person involved will not appear on Security Alerts.
While CIM urges anyone who has been sexually assaulted to report the incident at any time, prompt reporting may preserve options that delayed reporting does not, including the preservation of physical evidence, crisis counseling, and immediate police response.
Medical and Psychological Assistance
Emergency Room Examination: Any person who has been sexually assaulted may go directly to the University Hospital Emergency Room or any local hospital for medical attention. Note: the preservation of physical evidence is critical in the event of criminal prosecution and may be useful if disciplinary action is pursued.
University Health Services: Students can seek further treatment at the University Health Services for any medical concerns, including sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy testing.
Counseling: Counseling may be pursued following a sexual assault, no matter how much time has elapsed since the incident. Counseling services are confidential except when disclosure is necessary to prevent imminent harm to self or others. Available options, on and off-campus include:
- SAFE Line 368-7777: The Survivors And Friends Empowerment (SAFE) Line can be reached 24/7 at 216.368.7777 and is coordinated between the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Health Advocate, University Counseling Services, University Health Service, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center
- University Counseling Services: 368-5872 - Weekdays. 844-8892 - After 5:00 p.m., weekends and holidays
- Cleveland Rape Crisis Center: 391-3912 - 24 hours
Institutional Sanctions/Criminal Prosecution
Anyone who has been sexually assaulted may choose to pursue both criminal prosecution and CIM disciplinary processes. Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, all members of the CIM community accused of sexual assault may be subject to judicial actions or sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination from employment. In the case of student judicial proceedings, both the accused and the accuser are entitled to due process (see Student Affairs Tribunal).
In the aftermath of a sexual assault, CIM will accommodate requests for alternative living, working, and academic arrangements as available and appropriate. Due to the sensitive and traumatic nature of sexual assault, specially trained CWRU staff members are available on a 24-hour basis. A member of the Sexual Assault Response Team is available during work hours at 368-5872, after hours or on weekends at 844-8892. Please tell the operator that this is an emergency or that a sexual assault has occurred. The staff member is trained to guide the student through medical, psychological, and legal options while protecting confidentiality.
Resource Numbers for Reporting Sexual Assaults
All phone numbers are area code (216)
- SAFEline: 368-7777
- CIM Security: 795-3124 (X224)
- University Circle Police: 791-1234 or 911
- Cleveland Police Sex Crime: 623-5630 or 911
- Cleveland Heights Police: 321-1234 or 911
- CIM Deans's Office: 791-5000 (X204)
- CIM Human Resources: 791-5000 (X219)
The Cleveland Institute of Music is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive work environment for its employees and students and to abiding by Ohio law with respect to permissible locations for smoking. The following conditions apply at CIM:
- Smoking is prohibited inside and within 30 feet of any outside doorway or open window in any CIM facility.
- Smoking is prohibited within 30 feet of any posted no-smoking sign.
- Smoking is prohibited in Cutter House.
- Smoking is prohibited on the terrace.
- Smoking on the CWRU campus is restricted to designated areas. Failure to abide by University restrictions can result in a ticket and fine.
- Failure to comply with smoking regulations results in disciplinary action by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or the Dean, and may result in a ticket and fine from campus police.
There are three designated smoking areas near CIM that are compliant with Ohio law:
- Outside the front entrance to the school beside the bench
- At the end of the walkway to the CIM parking lot
- On the Juniper Road side of Cutter House near the end of the driveway (CWRU has a sign posted indicating the specific area)
If you choose to smoke, you may only use these areas. Place extinguished cigarettes into the assigned containers.
CIM prohibits any acts or threats of violence by any student against any other student, contractor, employee, or visitor, on or off the premises while at CIM. In the interest of maintaining an environment that is safe and free of violence for its students, employees, and visitors, CIM also prohibits the wearing, transporting, storage, presence, or use of dangerous weapons on Institute property, regardless of whether or not the person is licensed to carry the weapon. Further, Ohio law prohibits all persons from selling, discharging, igniting, or exploding any type of fireworks. Any student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action, including referral to the Student Affairs Tribunal, interim separation, or and/or separation. In any case, legal action may be taken as appropriate.
The following definitions apply:
- "Institute property" covered by this policy includes all CIM-owned or leased buildings and surrounding areas, such as sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, and driveways under CIM's ownership or control. Furthermore, this policy applies to all CIM-owned or leased vehicles and all vehicles that come onto Institute property.
- "Dangerous weapons" include but are not limited to handguns, firearms, explosives, knives, and other weapons further defined by state statue and/or local ordinance.
- CIM reserves the right at any time and at its discretion to search all Institute-owned or leased vehicles and all vehicles, packages, containers, briefcases, lockers, desks, and persons entering its property, to determine whether any dangerous weapon has been brought into its property or premises in violation of this policy. Any student who refuses prompt permission of such a search is subject to discipline up to and including separation.
Also, all CIM students have the responsibility to inform Security or UCI or CWRU police of any suspicious workplace situations or threats of violence of which they are aware.
Parking is at a premium in University Circle. Four-hour parking meters are located on the streets around CIM (East Boulevard, Hazel Drive). The fee is $.50 per hour, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is limited free street parking on Juniper Road available to anyone who is fortunate to find a space open.
Parking permits are available to students for Lot #46 at CWRU. Students interested in purchasing a permit should contact the University Parking office at (216) 368-2273 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Parking violators will be ticketed by both University Circle and City of Cleveland Police, and the cars of persons with unpaid tickets are either "booted" or towed. Payment of parking fines and towing charges is enforced strictly through all University Circle institutions.
The Hazel Annex Parking lot, adjacent to CIM, is a "permit only" lot for faculty and staff. It will however be open parking between the hours of 3:30pm and 6:00am the following morning. Additionally the lot may be open on weekends.
TOWING OF VEHICLES without permit passes will occur weekday mornings beginning at 6 am.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
216.791.5000 ext. 299
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
216.791.5000 ext. 273
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