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Title IX

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

The Modern College of Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, sex, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status, national origin, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, ordinance, or regulation in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding The Modern’s non-discrimination policies:

Melissa Ferguson
Vice President of Student Affairs
937-294-0592
melissa@themodern.edu

Questions?

Melissa Ferguson
Vice President of Student Affairs

TITLE IX STATEMENT

The Modern College of Design complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on gender in The Modern’s educational programs and activities, including admissions and employment. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination. Inquiries regarding Title IX and the Title IX regulations should be directed to The Motdern’s designated Title IX Coordinator:

Melissa Ferguson
Vice President of Student Affairs
937-294-0592
melissa@themodern.edu

Individuals may also seek additional information on Title IX or file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s website or calling 1-800-421-3481.

TITLE IX POLICY & PROCEDURES

The The Modern College of Design does not discriminate against or deny admission to any person on the grounds of race, age, creed, color, sex, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status, national origin, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, ordinance, or regulation.

Anyone who believes they have been subjected to gender based or sexual discrimination and harassment is encouraged to report these incidents. Upon receiving a report, The Modern College of Design will respond promptly to resolve the complaint. The Modern is committed to providing a learning environment free from discrimination or harassment. To that end, The Modern complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs and activities.

The grievance procedures below are designed to resolve complaints of sex and gender-based discrimination and/or harassment, when such complaints involve The Modern students, faculty, staff, and/or third parties and The Modern’s educational programs and activities. This includes complaints of sexual violence. Inquiries regarding Title IX can be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Office of Civil Rights.

Office of Civil Rights
website
1-800-421-3481

Important Note About Confidentiality

The Modern will make all reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of the parties involved in sexual harassment or discrimination investigations. Breaches of confidentiality will be reviewed and may be considered a violation of the Policy and may result in additional disciplinary action. Any action that could be deemed retaliatory will be dealt with according to this procedure (see ‘Retaliation’).

Definitions and Examples

Gender-based misconduct

Gender-based misconduct comprises a broad range of behaviors focused on sex and/or gender discrimination that may or may not be sexual in nature. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, gender-based harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence are forms of gender-based misconduct under the policy. Sex and gender-based misconduct can be committed by men or by women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.

    Examples of gender-based misconduct:

  • Pressure for a date or a romantic or intimate relationship
  • Unwelcome touching, kissing, hugging, or massaging
  • Pressure for or forced sexual activity
  • Unwelcome references to various parts of the body
  • Belittling remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation based on gender-stereotyping
  • Inappropriate sexual innuendoes or humor
  • Videotaping and/or photographing activity of a sexual or personal nature without consent of those being recorded
  • Obscene gestures of a sexual or gender-based nature
  • Offensive sexual graffiti, pictures, or posters
  • Sexually explicit profanity
  • Use of email, the Internet, or other forms of digital media to facilitate any of the above referenced behaviors

sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Thus, sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX can include conduct such as touching of a sexual nature; making sexual comments, jokes, or gestures; writing graffiti or displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials; calling students sexually charged names; stalking; spreading sexual rumors; rating students on sexual activity or performance; or circulating, showing, or creating emails or websites of a sexual nature.

Responsible Employee

Responsible Employee is any employee who meets at least one of the following criteria: (1) has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence or other misconduct; (2) has been given a duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or other misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator (or designee); or (3) is an employee whom an individual could reasonably believe has the above authority or duty.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and other drugs can lower inhibitions and create confusion over whether consent is freely and affirmatively given. The perspective of a reasonable person will be the basis for determining whether one should have known about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on another person’s ability to give consent. Providing alcohol or other substances to another person without their knowledge or for the purpose of incapacitation to coerce sexual activity is a violation of the Policy. The personal use of alcohol and other drugs never makes someone at fault for being sexually assaulted.

Filing a Report

Any The Modern official (e.g., faculty member, administrator, etc.) informed of an allegation of sexual harassment or discrimination involving students or other members of the The Modern community is required to file a report with the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) within one business day. All The Modern employees (with one exception, listed below) are designated as mandatory reporters and must report any instance of possible harassment or discrimination. The The Modern college counselor is not required to file a report with the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) because conversations with the counselor are confidential, except in certain situations as defined by law.

Students are advised that the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) is obligated to investigate any report of alleged sex and gender-based misconduct and ensure measures are taken to stop adverse behavior that is found and prevent its recurrence, as appropriate. It is important to note, however that not every report leads to a disciplinary process. Each report is reviewed individually.

Individuals reporting criminal acts of sexual or gender-based misconduct may also choose to file a report with the Kettering Police Department. The Modern’s disciplinary system and the police/legal system work independently from one another. Individuals can file reports with The Modern, or with the police, or with both. Individuals also have the right to decline reporting. Because the standards for finding a violation of criminal law are different from the standards in this policy, criminal investigations or reports are not determinative of whether gender-based misconduct, under this policy, has occurred.

The Modern encourages prompt reporting, but does not limit the time frame for filing a report of sex and gender-based misconduct. Reports can be submitted at any time following an incident, although The Modern’s ability to take any action may be negatively affected by the length of time between the alleged incident and its reporting. The current relationship to the alleged perpetrator may also limit the available range of disciplinary actions (e.g. if an individual is no longer employed by The Modern or no longer enrolled as a student).

Jurisdiction

    The Modern is able to respond formally to alleged incidents of sex and gender-based misconduct:

  • that occurred on campus,
  • that were part of official The Modern programs or activities (regardless of location), or
  • where the Complainant and Respondent are students, members of the faculty, staff, or administration of The Modern College of Design (regardless of location).

If the offender is unknown or is not a member of the The Modern community, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will assist individuals in identifying local authorities if the individual desires to file a report. The Modern will provide a list of potential community resources.

Reports from Others or Anonymous Reports

In cases where the sex and gender-based misconduct is reported anonymously or by an observer/concerned individual to the Title IX Coordinator (or designee), those allegedly involved will be notified by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) that a report has been received. The Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will meet with the Complainant to discuss her/his options and available resources at The Modern and in the community. The Modern faculty and staff cannot report these incidences anonymously.

Reports from Others or Anonymous Reports

In cases where the sex and gender-based misconduct is reported anonymously or by an observer/concerned individual to the Title IX Coordinator (or designee), those allegedly involved will be notified by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) that a report has been received. The Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will meet with the Complainant to discuss her/his options and available resources at The Modern and in the community. The Modern faculty and staff cannot report these incidences anonymously.

Self-Help

An individual who believes that she or he is the subject of discriminatory or harassing behavior may choose to deal with the alleged offender directly through a face to face discussion, a personal phone conversation, email correspondence, or other written correspondence. In some cases, this approach may resolve the situation; in others, it may be ineffective or place the individual in an uncomfortable, insecure, or compromised position. Under no circumstances should an individual feel pressured to address the alleged offender directly or otherwise handle the matter alone, and a decision not to confront an individual she or he believes to be discriminatory or harassing will not be viewed negatively. An individual may always choose to report the situation and pursue other methods of resolution as described in these procedures.

Complainant Request for Anonymity

A Complainant may make a request for anonymity. This type of request means that the Complainant does not want his/her identity known to the respondent or witnesses, or that the Complainant wishes that the institution not pursue the investigation. In these situations, The Modern will make all reasonable attempts to comply with this request; however, the college’s ability to investigate and respond may be limited.

In addition, Title IX requires The Modern to weigh the Complainant’s request for anonymity with the college’s commitment to provide a reasonably safe and non-discriminatory environment. This means that the identities of a Complainant and an accused may be subject to disclosure during the investigation or resolution of a report. If The Modern cannot maintain a Complainant’s request for anonymity she/he will be notified by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). In situations where a member of the college community becomes aware of a pattern of behavior by a single Respondent, The Modern will take appropriate action in an effort to protect the college community. There may be the rare circumstance where the institution is required to conduct an investigation.

Retaliation

Any attempt by a member of The Modern College of Design community to penalize, intimidate, harass, or retaliate in any way against a person who makes a report of or who is otherwise involved in an investigation of discrimination or harassment is completely prohibited. Any person who believes that he or she has been the victim of retaliation for reporting discrimination or harassment or cooperating in an investigation should immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). Any person who retaliates against a person in response to a report or cooperation in an investigation will be in violation of policy and will be subject to The Modern’s discipline processes.

Interim Measures

During the investigation and until resolution of the matter, interim measures may be issued, including but not limited to: restrictions on contact between the Complainant and the Respondent, bans from areas of campus, and/or appropriate changes in academic course schedule. Failure to adhere to the parameters of any interim measures is a violation of policy and may lead to additional disciplinary action.

Mediation

Mediation is not an option for resolution in cases involving allegations of sexual assault. In cases involving other forms of alleged sex and gender-based misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will determine whether mediation is an appropriate mechanism for resolution based on information provided about the incident.

In cases where mediation is deemed to be an option, parties wishing to pursue this form of resolution will confirm such request in writing addressed to the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). The parties should not contact each other to discuss mediation. Mediation will be pursued only with the consent of both parties. If the mediation results in a resolution, the formal disciplinary procedure will be concluded and the case will be closed. If the parties are unable to reach a resolution in a timely manner, or if either party requests to terminate mediation, the investigation and disciplinary process will proceed. It is anticipated that mediation efforts can be completed within thirty (30) calendar days, unless both parties agree to an extension of time and such extension is approved by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee).

Informal Resolution

In instances where it is deemed possible and safe, reports may be resolved through informal means. If it is determined that an informal resolution may be appropriate, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will speak with the Complainant about this option. If the Complainant agrees, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will speak with the Respondent. If a satisfactory resolution is reached through this informal conversation, the matter will be considered closed. If these efforts are unsuccessful, or if either party requests to terminate informal resolution or mediation, a formal investigation process may commence. It is anticipated that informal resolution efforts can be completed within sixty (60) calendar days.

Investigation

Following the receipt of a report, information will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) to determine if there may be a reason to believe that a policy may have been violated, or if further information is necessary to determine if a formal investigation must commence. If investigation is to commence, the Respondent will be notified that a report has been filed and he/she will have the opportunity to submit a written response statement within five (5) business days, whenever possible. The Respondent and Complainant will be given the opportunity to meet separately with the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) to review the Policy and procedure.

The Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will interview the Complainant, Respondent, and, as applicable, any witnesses.

The Complainant and Respondent may each have a “support person” present at all interviews in which they participate. The support person may be a licensed attorney, but the support person is only permitted to sit and observe, and not speak. The Investigator will also gather any pertinent evidentiary materials (this may include, but is not limited to, emails, written documents, or photographs). During the investigation process, both the Complainant and the Respondent will have the opportunity to provide the investigator with evidence and/or specify witness information. The Investigator will then prepare a report detailing the relevant content of the interviews and the documentation materials gathered. It is anticipated that the investigation can be completed within thirty (30) calendar days. Complex investigations may require a longer investigatory period, but any extension will be reasonable and in accordance with the circumstances presented.

Directly following the conclusion of the investigation, a determination of whether to proceed to the next step will be made by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). This determination will be based on whether reasonable cause exists to believe that a policy violation may have occurred. The next step, the Adjudication process, is described below. If reasonable cause to proceed does not exist, the report will not be forwarded to the Adjudicator (as defined below). Such outcome will be communicated in writing to the Complainant and Respondent. However, the college will implement educational initiatives and/or trainings, as appropriate under the circumstances.

Administrative Resolution

If sufficient information exists to proceed to the next step, the Respondent and Complainant will each individually have the opportunity to review the investigative report in the presence of the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). All names and identifying information not bearing directly on the validity of the grievance will be removed from the records viewed by the parties. Federal and state law may also prevent the Respondent and Complainant from reviewing all of the information.

Following this review, the Respondent will be given the opportunity to respond to the alleged violation of policy in the following ways: 1) No response; 2) Not Responsible; or 3) Responsible.

If the Respondent accepts responsibility, The Modern’s Vice President of Education will be notified. The Vice President of Education will determine the appropriate sanctions and corrective action. The Complainant and Respondent will be made aware of the decision within five (5) business days, whenever possible. The reason for any delay will be communicated to both parties. The Respondent and Complainant will then have the opportunity to appeal the Vice President of Education’s sanctioning decision. The acceptance of responsibility, however, is not appealable (see Appeals Process). If the Respondent declines responsibility, or chooses not to respond, the case will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) to determine the next steps.

Adjudication Process

Upon a review of the investigative materials, the Vice President of Education will determine, based on a preponderance of the evidence, whether it is more likely than not that an The Modern policy has been violated. If a violation is found, the Vice President of Education will then determine the appropriate sanction to be imposed.

Review of Investigative Materials

The Modern’s Vice President will review the materials within five (5) business days of receiving the investigative file. If the Vice President of Education requires clarification on any of the materials, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will assist the President in obtaining such clarification. Though it is typically not necessary, the Vice President of Education may consult with the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) to request to meet with the Respondent, Complainant, and/or any of the witnesses (separately) in order to clarify information in the investigative materials. However, if the Vice President of Education requests to meet with either the Complainant or the Respondent, the other party will also be given an opportunity to meet with the Vice President of Education.

Final Findings

The Vice President of Education will decide, based on a preponderance of the evidence, whether there has been a violation of any sex and gender-based misconduct policies upon a complete review of the investigative report and materials. Preponderance of evidence means that the adjudicator is convinced based on the information provided that a violation of policy was more likely to have occurred than not have occurred. The Vice President of Education will render a decision within fifteen (15) business days following the delivery of the investigative materials.

If the Vice President of Education determines that a violation has occurred, the Vice President of Education will then determine the appropriate sanctions and corrective action. Consideration may be given to the nature of and the circumstances surrounding the violation, prior disciplinary violations, precedent cases, The Modern safety concerns, and any other information deemed relevant by the Vice President of Education. The Vice President of Education will render a sanctioning decision within five (5) business days of the date the decision is rendered. Both Respondent and Complainant will be notified in writing of the outcome and sanctions (if applicable), and/or remedies.

Range of Sanctions

Faculty, staff, or administrators who are found in violation of any sexual or gender-based misconduct policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Students are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Sanctions may include reassignment of work duties; reassignment of class meetings; restrictions on contact with Complainant; access restrictions to The Modern property and/or events, disciplinary probation, or expulsion. Guests and other persons who are alleged to have engaged in sex or gender-based misconduct are subject to corrective action, which may include removal from campus, ban from campus, and/or termination of contractual arrangements. Vendors or other agencies in contract with The Modern will be promptly notified if any of their employees are alleged to have violated policy, and such employees may be banned from any or all The Modern properties and may also be subject to action deemed appropriate by their respective employer. Restrictions regarding access to The Modern property or events may also be imposed.

Regardless of how a matter proceeds in this process, remedies may be made by The Modern as appropriate to its commitment to provide a learning environment free from discrimination and harassment, such as reviewing protocol, providing or enhancing training to staff and/or students, issuing no-contact directives or access restrictions, or considering request for accommodations. Accommodation requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The Appeals Process

The Respondent or Complainant may request an appeal of the decision and sanctions rendered by the Vice President of Education.

The three grounds upon which an appeal of the decision or sanctions may be made are:

1. The party believes a procedural error occurred, which the party feels may change or affect the outcome of the decision;

2. The party has substantive new evidence that was not available to the investigator at the time of the hearingand that may change the outcome of the decision;

3. The party feels that the severity of the sanction is inappropriate given the details of the case.

Disagreement with the finding or sanctions is not, by itself, grounds for appeals.

The request for an appeal, including the grounds upon which the request is based, should be submitted in writing to the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) within five (5) business days following the date listed on the outcome letter. Each party will be notified if an appeal request will be considered and be provided the opportunity to respond.

Any Appeals process will be conducted in an impartial manner by The Modern’s President. The President will review the information relating to the report and investigation and make a final decision. This appeals decision is final. Appeals decisions will be rendered within ten (10) business days after the receipt of the formal appeal request. Both parties will be notified in writing of the appeal’s outcome.

Outcome Notification

Every effort will be made to ensure that both the Complainant and Respondent are updated at several points during the investigation and process.

    Both the Complainant and Respondent will be simultaneously notified, in writing, of the following events:

  • Upon approval of request for mediation and upon resolution (or termination) of such mediation;
  • Upon completion or termination of an Informal Resolution process;
  • After the conclusion of the investigation; If the Respondent accepts responsibility for being “in violation”;
  • The Vice President of Education’s finding of “in violation” or “not in violation” of The Modern policy;
  • If the finding is “in violation,” the sanctions and corrective action determined by the Vice President of Education;
  • If an appeal has been filed by either party at any point in the outcome phase; and
  • The final resolution of the appeals process, if applicable.

Time Frames

If the time frames provided in this procedure cannot be met, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) will notify the Complainant and Respondent in writing of the delay and will provide a date by which the appropriate undertaking will be completed.

Resources for Anyone Who Experiences Gender-Based Misconduct

The Modern’s primary concern is the health, safety, and well-being of the members of our community. If you or someone you know may have experienced any form of gender-based misconduct, we urge you to seek immediate assistance.

    Student assistance can be obtained from:

  • The Modern’s Title IX Coordinator
  • The Modern’s College Counselor
  • Kettering Police Department
  • Dialing 911 for emergencies
  • Dialing 937-296-2555 for non-emergencies
  • Kettering Medical Center
    3535 Southern Blvd.
    Kettering, OH 45429
    937-298-4331

Relevant Government Resources

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). The government agencies below may provide additional resources for anyone wishing to file a complaint of gender-based misconduct:

U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office–Victim/Witness Division

8:30AM – 4:30PM M-F
P.O. Box 972
Dayton, OH 45422
24 Hotline: 937-225-5623
Phone: 937-225-5623
website

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

website

Complainant and Respondent Rights

    The following rights are available to both parties in this process:

  • To be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout the process.
  • To seek support services at the College or referrals for support services off campus.
  • To privacy and protection under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as applicable. The Modern will make all reasonable efforts to ensure preservation of privacy, restricting information to those with a legitimate need to know.
  • To be informed of The Modern’s Policies and Procedures related to Gender-Based Misconduct.
  • To a prompt and thorough investigation of the allegations.
  • To have a support person in the Title IX processes, including an attorney (this support person can only listen and observe, not speak).
  • To present witnesses and evidence in any investigation.
  • To review all applicable documents and information, consistent with federal and state law.
  • To challenge the Vice President of Education and/or President if a conflict of interest is present.
  • To participate or decline to participate in these Title IX processes. However, the Vice President of Education and/or President will determine their outcomes with the information available to them.
  • To discuss alternatives to procedures, where alternatives may be reasonable and acceptable to involved parties.
  • To refrain from making self-incriminating statements. However, the Vice President of Education and President will make determinations based upon the information available to him/her.
  • To appeal the decision made and the sanctions and action determined by the Vice President of Education.
  • To be notified, in writing, of the case resolution — including the outcome of any appeal.
  • To report the incident to law enforcement if she/he wishes to do so.
  • To understand that information collected in this process may be subpoenaed in criminal or civil proceedings.

Independent Investigation

The The Modern College of Design, at its discretion, may conduct an investigation independent of, or in addition to, the procedures provided herein at any time. The investigation may involve complaints or allegations concerning gender-based misconduct against The Modern or any of its employees or students.

Disability Services

The Modern College of Design is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and supportive educational environment for all of its students, faculty and staff. The Modern provides accommodations to all qualified students with disabilities, upon request. The Modern’s policy adheres to relevant federal regulations as listed in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008), Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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Vice President of Student Affairs
Melissa Ferguson

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

The Modern College of Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, sex, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status, national origin, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance, or regulation in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding SAA’s non-discrimination policies: Melissa Ferguson, Vice President of Student Affairs.

PROVISION OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION[S] FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER SERVICES

It is the policy of The Modern College of Design not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities and to provide reasonable accommodation(s), as required by law, to otherwise qualified applicants for admission of students with disabilities in all education programs, activities, services and practices, including application procedures, admission, student projects, course projects, the awarding of degrees, discipline, and dismissal. Educational opportunities will not be denied to an otherwise qualified applicant or student because of the need to make reasonable accommodation(s) or modification(s) for the physical or mental impairments of any such individual.

Although this policy and procedure is largely described in terms of accommodations that may allow an applicant or student with a disability to meet the academic standards requisite to admission or participation in education programs, activities, and services, the policy is also applicable to accommodations involving the application process and to accommodations that would enable an applicant or student with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of education as are enjoyed by other similarly situated applicants or students without disabilities. The procedures contained herein are not exclusive of other education-related inquiries that the college, in its discretion, may make as permitted or required by local, state, or federal law and in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

To receive any special service or accommodation, the student must contact the Coordinator for Disability Services at The Modern and complete paperwork to initiate the process. The form can also be downloaded here. Students seeking accommodations must also supply supporting documentation from a treatment professional. Requests for accommodations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and accommodations will be granted according to the criteria as described on the Disabilities Disclosure and Accommodations Request Form.

An Accommodation Plan will be created based on the information supplied with the Request Form. The Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the student to explain their Accommodation Plan and how it can be utilized. The Accommodation Plan will then be distributed to instructors, so they can provide the approved accommodations. If the student’s needs change, they need to inform The Modern as soon as possible. All information regarding a student’s disability and Accommodation Plan is confidential, and is only shared with faculty and staff members on a need-to-know basis.

Student Services

We want your time at The Modern to be fulfilling, productive, and engaging. As a result, we offer a variety of ways for you to get involved, stay healthy, and develop the skills you need.

Career Services

The Modern offers a variety of career services that help prepare you for employment opportunities in the design industry. Our Career Services Department is happy to match your unique skills with agencies, firms, and companies seeking talented professionals. Please let our office know if there are additional ways we can help you build your professional life.

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Library

The Modern Library offers research help, design inspiration, a place to focus on projects, and a wide range of books, DVDs, and periodicals. And, of course, lots of digital resources. Below is a list of digital resources that will help support your projects, courses, and development as a design professional. You can click on the Get Started links for many of the resources. Go to The Modern Library Catalog to gain access to all of the resources.

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Credo Academic Core

Access to over 3 million easily searchable articles, images, and videos. Start your search here, and you'll also get links to other Modern databases and The Modern Library catalog. Mindmaps, related subjects, vocabulary, and more will help your research.

Proquest Research Library

ProQuest Research Library is a multidisciplinary database that allows access to thousands of periodicals. Need sources for the paper you're writing? Find it here.

Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online is a technology and business learning platform that offers 40,000 books, videos, and tutorials. It's midnight and you can't remember how to use a particular InDesign feature? Find it on Safari. Need another source for your psychology paper? Find it on Safari.

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Artstor

Artstor has more than two million images from leading museums and collections around the world. Need to show your instructor the design style of your favorite artist? Need an image representing a specific period in art history? Look here.

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Proquest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion helps you learn how to find, evaluate, and use information. Topic aids help you narrow a topic when you're about to start a paper, and research tools help you determine the credibility of a source.

Khan Academy Art History

Khan Academy offers tools for enhancing your study of art history and for appreciating art. Be inspired to notice the details of the art around you every day.

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NY Public Library

The New York Public Library's public domain collections are vast. Want to see illustrations from a certain time in history? Styles of illustration? Wander the NYPL site.

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Dayton Metro Library

Our local public library has over 20 branches, many recently renovated. Online resources include Hoopla (audio and video), RBDigital (magazines), and Overdrive (ebooks, eaudio and ezines). Want a quiet place to study or to be inspired? Go to the public library—in person or online.

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Turnitin

Get feedback on your writing before turning in an assignment. You'll need the class ID and key code given to you by your instructor.

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Note: The Modern does not offer coverage to students and is in no way responsible, does not endorse, and is not liable for anything whatsoever in regard to student insurance.
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Counseling

We are aware that life issues can impact your performance in college. The Modern offers brief professional counseling [one to six sessions] conducted by a licensed professional counselor to any student who requests it, free of charge. You can request counseling sessions by scheduling an appointment.

Examples of issues students may wish to address include: stress management, depression, anxiety, family problems, roommate problems, dating/relationship problems, substance abuse problems, and all other general mental health issues. Please refer to The Modern Catalog for Professional Disclosure Statement.

For more information about Counseling Services, please contact Melissa Ferguson at 877-300-9866.

Externships

We work directly with you and employers to solidify professional connections. The Modern's externship program provides students with real-world experience while giving companies the advantage of employing emerging design professionals with an essential combination of skills in graphic design, web design and front-end coding, photography, illustration, and video and motion design.

Internships

If you are interested in completing an internship, please contact the Career Services Department. Students are matched up with employers and opportunities by location, availability, and skill set. Employers have the option of interviewing candidates for internships.

Interview Tips

As you prepare to meet a potential employer, practicing and reviewing the questions below will help you sound professional, ready, and curious. If you have any additional questions, please contact our office for further help.

Questions to Expect?

  1. Talk about the research you did for this project. For example, who was your target demographic? What problem were you trying to solve?

  2. Show me your worst project.

  3. What trends do you see in design right now?

  4. Describe your creative process; for example, if you were redesigning a logo for our company, what would it look like and why?

  5. Have you worked with real clients?

Questions to Ask?

  1. What types of projects or assignments will I be working on each day?

  2. What are the qualities that I need to succeed in this role?

  3. Does your company provide opportunities for mentorship or continuing education?

  4. What are the growth opportunities in the company for someone in this role?

  5. What are my next steps?

Important Deadlines

Connections Career Fair

March 22, 2019

2018 Externship

April 30- May 25