Student Affairs Office

UPDATE AS OF 10/19/2020:
As of 10/19/2020, all Fall 2020 Hardship Grant funds have been disbursed.  As a result, we will not be awarding any additional grant funds for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester.
We will continue to accept Financial Hardship Grant applications and hold them for review in January when our Spring 20201 Hardship Grant process opens.
The CIIS Financial Hardship Grant provides direct and immediate financial assistance for students who have been impacted by
disasters, medical crises, other personal hardships and tragedies, or significant reduction to income which require a measure of
temporary financial relief. CIIS’s Financial Hardship Grant is not intended to provide longā€term, continuous relief. Students are
eligible to receive the grant only once in an academic year.
Students must be actively enrolled at CIIS during the term that they apply for the Financial Hardship Grant. The Financial Hardship
Grant will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives from the following offices: Academic Affairs, Financial Aid,
Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Student Affairs. Information disclosed will be kept confidential. The Financial Hardship Grant will
have a maximum request of $1500 per student.
Please email your completed application to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Note that a
finite amount of money will be allocated for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters and distributed until the funding is exhausted.
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This Student Handbook contains information that concerns students, including both Undergraduate and Graduate students. CIIS reserves the right to modify the contents of the Student Handbook without notice.


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CIIS is committed to maintaining its campus and programs free from all forms of sexual misconduct.  Under CIIS’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual and gender-related: violence, assault, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are prohibited and will be promptly responded to with disciplinary or other corrective action measures that are appropriate.


We encourage you to take a few minutes to review CIIS’s Sexual Misconduct Policy

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As a way of documenting complaints at CIIS, we request that you fill out the the student complaint form.


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A helpful tool to assist you in posting flyers for your group or event.


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Pantries that give away free groceries and/or produce.



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Student Safety Resources and Documents

Report criminal or suspicious activity with "BART Watch" App

BART Watch is a free mobile app that allows you to quickly and discreetly report criminal or suspicious activity directly to BART Police. Use BART Watch to send a text description of what you're seeing, attach a picture and select from a list of locations and categories to assist BART Police in their response. Reports can be anonymous. The app is also available in Spanish and Chinese. If you're in an area without cellular connectivity, your message will be stored and delivered as soon as connectivity returns. BART Watch is designed to send text messages before pictures so that the BART Police can receive reports as quickly as possible.

BART Watch allows you to report the following:

  • Illegally Parked Vehicle
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Robbery / Theft
  • Unattended Bag or Package
  • Vandalism

However, for crimes in progress or emergencies, call 911, or program the BART Police Department toll-free number into your mobile phone to call quickly -- it's 877-679-7000

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AlertSF is San Francisco's emergency text message system. AlertSF will send alerts and instructions following a natural disaster, major police, fire, or health emergencies, or significant transportation disruptions to mobile subscribers.

AlertSF is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco, powered by Everbridge, Inc. If you have questions and would like to speak with a representative at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, please, contact

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Community Ambassadors Program (CAP) hires and trains neighborhood residents to provide a visible, street-smart safety presence in targeted neighborhoods. These ambassadors act as a helpful presence on the streets, provide information and referrals, offer general assistance, and report hazards and emergencies to city agencies. The program was initiated in the southeast neighborhoods of Bayview and Visitacion Valley by community leaders and advocates concerned about safety. Community Ambassadors act as a visible safety presence and culturally competent community resource navigator in various neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. You can find our CAP teams in the Mid-Market, Civic Center, Tenderloin, Chinatown, Mission, Bayview, Dogpatch, Portola, Potrero and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods.

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SAFE engages, educates, and empowers San Franciscans to build safer neighborhoods through crime prevention, education, and public safety services that result in stronger, more vibrant and resilient communities.

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Bay Area Boxing

Angela teaches at Bay Area Boxing. She started kickboxing in 2013 and soon added Western Style boxing and TRX to her repertoire of training. As a certified group class and kettlebell instructor Angela brings a high level of love and passion to her classes. Link


Soja Mind & Body

Soja’s self-defense program is principles based which means it’s practical, effective, and – most importantly—accessible to people of all skill levels, whether you’re a pro or have never taken a self-defense class before.

Soja’s classes are about so much more than getting fit.
Our classes are an opportunity for you to establish community and a sustainable, more fulfilling relationship with where you live — your body.


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Financial Aid Documents

You may be able to take advantage of a number of federal tax benefits, including credits, deductions and saving incentives to offset your cost for college or career training. 

(U.S. residents only)


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This guide zeroes in on the basic qualifications for higher education-related tax benefits. This guide is intended for educational use and is not legal or tax advice.

(U.S. residents only)


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If you plan to file a tax return for 2018, you may be able to file through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that offers free tax help for qualifying taxpayers.


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This document hosts a list of benefits that apply to most students employed in campus jobs. The document includes information on paid sick leave, medical care reimbursement funds and free audits. Please refer to the Student Employment Handbook for details for student employment at CIIS. (updated 2018). Questions: email
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Healthcare Providers

Please visit the CIIS Wellness Center Services tab at (you must be logged in).


Listing of resources (i.e., hotlines, agencies) for Individuals in Crisis, Victims of Domestic Violence/Abuse, Victims of  Sexual Assault.
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Other Forms and Information

Complete, sign and return this form to any receptionist at 1453 Mission or leave a copy in the 4th floor drop and/or scan/email to:


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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Information

Repayment Options, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Deferment and Forbearance Resources available to you.


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The Questions & Answers (Q&As) that follow provide information about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program that is available to most borrowers with loans made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan ProgramSM).


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