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  • Consumer Information

    To guide current and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public, this page contains links to helpful information about The Culinary Institute of America as an institution of higher education from a consumer standpoint. For more information, or to request a paper copy of the information provided here, please contact the respective CIA office or the Director of Compliance at Sarah.Putney@culinary.edu.


    Copyright Infringement & Peer-To-Peer File Sharing:

    The CIA respects the rights of copyright holders, their agents and representatives, and strives to protect those rights through compliance with copyright law prohibiting the reproduction, distribution, public display or public performance of copyrighted materials over the Internet without permission of the copyright holder, except in accordance with fair use or other applicable exceptions. The CIA also respects the legal and appropriate use by individuals of copyrighted materials on the Internet, including but not limited to ownership, license or permission, and fair use under the United States Copyright Act.

    Employees and students are responsible for understanding and complying with the rights of copyright owners in their use of copyrighted materials. Information can be found at the United States Copyright Office.

    Unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing on the CIA networks is prohibited and blocked by bandwidth-shaping technology. Violations of copyright law or this policy, including the use of technology to circumvent the blocking of peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject employees and students to disciplinary action, including but not limited to termination of network privileges, as well as civil and criminal liabilities.

    In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or fixed damages from $750 to $30,000 per work infringed. For willful infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court may also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. Willful copyright infringement may result in imprisonment of up to five years, and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

    The CIA’s Designated Agent for complaints of alleged copyright infringement is:

    Sarah Putney
    Director—Compliance and Information Privacy
    The Culinary Institute of America
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park NY 12538
    E-mail: Sarah.Putney@culinary.edu
    Tel: 845-451-1429


    Estimated Cost of Books:

    Students are responsible for purchasing books from sources of their choosing. The estimated annual (two semesters) cost of books is $800 for undergraduate programs, and $1,500 for online graduate programs. Book lists for each course including ISBNs are made available to students via the Intranet after enrollment.


    Foreign Gifts Reporting:

    The Culinary Institute of America submits semi-annual reports to the Department of Education in the area of Foreign Gifts as required by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Privacy of Student Records—Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and gives students who reach the age of 18 or attend a postsecondary institution the right to inspect and review their own education records.

    Student Rights

    FERPA grants students the following rights with respect to education records:

    1. The right to inspect and review his/her education records.

      A student may inspect and review his/her education records after submitting a written request to the school official responsible for the record. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the education records may be inspected within 45 days of receiving such written request.

    2. The right to request an amendment of his/her education records that he/she may believe are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy.

      A student may ask a school official to amend a record that he/she believes is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy. The student must provide the appropriate school official with a written statement clearly identifying the part of the education record he/she would like changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy. The school official who receives the request for amendment must decide within a reasonable period whether corrective action consistent with the student’s request will be taken. The CIA may either amend the education record or decide not to amend the education record. If the school decides not to amend the education record the appropriate school official will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing to challenge the information.

    3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in his/her education records.

      The CIA does not release information from a student’s education records without the student’s written consent unless such disclosure is permitted under FERPA as discussed fully in The Culinary Institute of America’s FERPA Policy which can be found online. (PDF)

      One of the permitted exceptions to the consent to disclosure requirement is to a CIA school official with a legitimate educational interest.

      A school official is any person in an administrative, supervisory, academic, support staff position, or law enforcement officials employed by the CIA; a trustee; a person or a company under contract to or acting as an agent for the CIA, to provide a service instead of using CIA employees or officials, such as an attorney, auditor, consultant or collection agent; a student serving on an official committee or assisting a school official in performing his/her task. A school official is deemed to have a legitimate educational interest when the information requested is necessary for that School Official to (a) perform appropriate tasks that are specified in his/her position description or by a contract agreement; (b) is performing a task related to the Student’s education; (c) performing a task related to the discipline of the Student; or (d) providing a service or benefit relating to the Student or Student’s family such as health care, counseling, job placement or financial aid.

    4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the CIA to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

      The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

      Family Policy Compliance Office
      U.S. Department of Education
      600 Independence Avenue SW
      Washington, DC 20202-4605

      Please note: In accordance with FERPA, the CIA may disclose at its discretion the following directory information without the student’s written consent: name, permanent address, campus box number, dates of attendance, degrees and/or certificates received with date, campus e-mail address, photographs, academic program, awards or honors, enrollment status. A student may opt out of disclosure of directory information by completing the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information in the Student Financial & Registration Services (SFRS) Office or on the Portal within two weeks of the start date at the CIA.

    All questions in reference to FERPA should be directed to the SFRS Office, the Registrar or the director of compliance and information privacy.


    Student Outcomes

    Graduation Rate
    View the latest Graduation Rate on College Navigator.

    Completion Rates
    The CIA calculates a completion rate for students in Associate degree programs. It is the percent of first-time students who enrolled during a defined time period and have completed an Associates program at the CIA. First-time students are those who did not attend another college before attending the CIA. For first-time students who entered an CIA Associate degree program between May and September 2015, the completion rate is 73%.

    The CIA also calculates a completion rate for students who enroll in a Bachelor’s program (typically as Juniors) after completing their Associate degree. The completion rate for students who entered the CIA Bachelor’s degree program between September 2015 and August 2016 is 89%.

    Job Placement for Graduates
    For CIA students who graduated between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, a post-graduation outcome is known for 82%. Of those students whose outcome is known, 94% were employed, continuing their education, or not seeking employment.

    Retention Rate
    View the latest Retention Rate on College Navigator.

  • Contact Us

    The Culinary Institute of America
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 845-452-9600