STUDENT AFFAIRS

E-mail: studentaffairs@ciis.edu
Phone: 415-575-6158  |  Fax: 415-575-1264
Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday

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Vision Statement:
To offer services that empower students to lead purpose-driven and
culturally sensitive lives both for themselves and in their communities.

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Student Affairs - Student Workers
415-575-6158 | studentaffairs@ciis.edu | Room 302
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
New Student Orientation~Commencement~Disability Services~Student Cash Advance~Lockers~Student ListServ~Campus Group/Event Scheduling
 
Yunny Yip - Dean of Students
415-665-5573 | yyip@ciis.edu| Room 301
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
 
Fraylanie Aglipay - Associate Dean of Students 
faglipay@ciis.edu | Room 305 
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

** Please Email **                                                                                                  

 
Jody O'Connor - Associate Director of Student Affairs, International Student Recruitment and Services
415-575-6157| joconnor@ciis.edu | international@ciis.edu | Room 302
Office Hours: Monday-Thursdays 10:00am-4:00pm 
International Student Recruitment & Services Fulbright Adviser
 
Francisco Gomez - Student Affairs Manager, Students Disability Services & Student Union
415-575-6171 | fgomez@ciis.edu | sds@ciis.edu | Room 302 & 305
Office Hours: Mondays-Fridays 10:00am-6:00pm
Disability Services~Student Union Adviser
 
Hedi Vafaeenia Student Affairs Manager, Wellness Center
415-575-6158  | wellness@ciis.edu | Room 302
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-3:30pm
Student Wellness Center
 
Sandra Williams Career Development Manager
415-575-6118 | careerdevelopment@ciis.edu | Room 302
Office Hours: Wednesdays at Arkansas Street campus (email to contact). Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm Mission Street campus
Career Advising~Support and related Career Development Services~ Community Networking
 
Student Union Fellows

 *For more information and immediate inquiries it is best to please email to schedule an appointment. 

 

 

 

 

Student Affairs Staff (from Left to Right)

Fraylanie Aglipay, Sandra Williams, Francisco Gomez, Jody O'Connor, Hedi Vafaeenia, Yunny Yip

Health Coverage Information

As of August 15, 2020, CIIS will no longer be providing university-sponsored health insurance. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, and was based on the continuing rise of our health insurance costs (last year’s increase being 67% for graduate students and 127% for undergraduate students) and the uncertainty of whether or not we will have partner and dependent coverage under our plan.  Throughout our conversations with our brokers, we learned that CIIS has high usage of our plan, which in turn is likely to cause our rates to rise and our coverage to potentially change (such as removal of partner and dependent coverage).  We did not feel comfortable continuing with this pattern, in addition to having a timeline which required us to announce rates only after approval from the California Insurance Commission (which in past years has been late in the summer, leaving students little or no the time to shop for alternate plans).  After analyzing all of the issues with the health insurance we have been offering, we feel that such aspects do not serve students well and we plan to focus our energy in supporting students in finding alternate robust plans.

 

Students should begin to explore alternate plans.  Note that students will be eligible to add a new health insurance plan starting in August (even though it may not be open enrollment) because their current plan (ours) is ending.  This is called a Qualifying Life Event (QLE).  Options may include exploring an employer’s health plan, checking on the possibility of joining a partner’s health insurance plan, or investigating options within Covered California.  Also note that students can continue to have financial aid cover the cost of health insurance; students should speak with the Financial Aid Office and be prepared to provide proof of payment and coverage.

 

Covered California will be the main option for many of our students.  Covered California is the health insurance marketplace for California established under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The exchange enables eligible individuals and small businesses to purchase private health insurance coverage at federally subsidized rates.  We consulted with insurance brokers and conducted research in order to compare our current plan with Covered California’s options.  Covered California offers plans that are as robust as our current CIIS plan; for the majority of our students, Covered California will also be more affordable than CIIS’s plan due to subsidies based on income.

 

Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements.  When you complete a Covered California application, your eligibility for Medi-Cal will automatically be determined.  You can apply for Medi-Cal benefits regardless of your sex, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status.  However, international students on F-1 visas may not be eligible.

 

We have created a Covered CA page on the HUB in Canvas that includes the attached flyer and an informational powerpoint on enrolling in their plans (including Medi-Cal and other subsidized plan).  Students who are having difficulty finding a Covered CA plan can contact Adam B Lewis of Lewis & Kesmodel Insurance Services, Inc. at Adam@lk-ins.net for assistance.

 

International students who are seeking health insurance coverage and who may not be eligible for Covered CA plans can explore international student health plans through our prior broker, Gallagher Student Health.  Students can find more information at https://iss.gallagherstudent.com/.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Yunny at yyip@ciis.edu for support or assistance.

On-line Bookstore

 The new CIIS Bookstore operates completely online  and can be visited at CIIS.textbookx.com.

 Benefits of the CIIS Online Bookstore:

  • View a personalized page featuring all your courses and required course materials  
  • Save an average of 60% off list price at the Marketplace  
  • Select from new, used, eBook, and rental options  
  • Free shipping offers on most orders over $49  
  • Sell your books back on our website at any time of the year- you name the price


  

CIIS Insignia Merchandise Online Store

In lieu of a having a physical book store, CIIS has created an insignia merchandise store, hosted by Zazzle.com. Click here to visit the store.

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COMMENCEMENT 2020 - May 16th Ceremony CANCELLED

CIIS has decided that, in the interests of preserving the health of our students, families, and community, we will not hold our traditional Commencement Ceremony this year.

Yesterday, the CDC issued guidance that large events scheduled for the next eight weeks be canceled. The ceremony is only slightly after that.

Alternative options to celebrate your accomplishments are being explored and will be communicated as more information is available.  We know how important the ritual and experience of Commencement can be, and look forward to finding ways to honor you and your degree while keeping our community safe.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

 

March 16, 2020

Student Affairs Office

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

 

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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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Student Affairs & Student Union have created a COVID-19 Fund to support students with a loss of income or financial hardship due to coronavirus.  The Priority Deadline is June 5, 2020. The Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Fund will grant a maximum request of $1,500 per student.  

 

Priority will be given to students not eligible for the federal CARES Act (including international students, DACA students, and students in online programs); individuals in great socio-economic disparity, from un(der)represented and undocumented populations, and from historically marginalized backgrounds; and students who did not receive CARES Act funding.  

  

Please email your completed application to studentaffairs@ciis.edu

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Student Safety Resources and Documents

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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 dem.communityaffairs@sfgov.org.

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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 http://www.bayareaboxing.net/category/instructors

 

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.

Link https://sojamindbody.com/

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Financial Aid Documents

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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 hroffice@ciis.edu.
 
 
 
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Healthcare Providers

Please visit the CIIS Wellness Center Services tab at https://my.ciis.edu/ICS/Wellness_Services/ (you must be logged in).

 

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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

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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: safety@ciis.edu

 

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Information

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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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Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Grant Funding Request

CIIS recognizes COVID-19’s impact on our students; as a result, Student Affairs & Student Union have created a COVID-19 Fund to support students with a loss of income or financial hardship due to coronavirus.  The Priority Deadline is June 5, 2020 when all applications will be reviewed and funding distributed. 

 

Priority will be given to students not eligible for the federal CARES Act (including international students, DACA students, and students in online programs); individuals in great socio-economic disparity, from un(der)represented and undocumented populations, and from historically marginalized backgrounds; and students who did not receive CARES Act funding.  Grants can be used to help pay for expenses that include food, housing, technology, childcare, and more. 

 

The Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Fund will grant a maximum request of $750 per student.  Students must have been or be enrolled at CIIS for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020.

 

The Student Affairs & Student Union COVID-19 Fund will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives from the following offices: Student Affairs, Student Union, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Financial Aid, and Academic Affairs.  Information disclosed will be kept confidential.

 

Please email your completed application to studentaffairs@ciis.edu by the priority deadline is June 5, 2020.  Note that it is very likely that all funds will be distributed at this time.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed only if money is leftover and distributed until the funding is exhausted.

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