The Dean of Students Office assists students throughout their academic careers and serves as their advocate. The Dean is available to speak with students about all aspects of their experience at CIIS and assist them in resolving any conflict or concern that may arise. Any student with an unresolved complaint may contact Michael Sano, Interim Director of Student Affairs.

In addition, the Dean of Students Office produces the Student Handbook; conducts New Student Orientations; coordinates campus safety, housing, and health insurance information; offers services and support to international students and students with disabilities; works closely with the Student Alliance and other student groups; offers career development services and community engagment opportunities; administers the annual Student Satisfaction Survey; and plans and conducts the annual spring commencement ceremony.

Open Door Policy

You will always find an open door at the Dean of Students office. The Interim Director and other staff are available to speak with students about all aspects of their experience at CIIS and assist them in resolving any concerns that may arise.

The Dean of Students Office welcomes all suggestions on how CIIS can better serve its student community. Find us in 401 and 407, 4th Floor. It is located across the hall from the Financial Aid Office, which will assist you in demystifying scholarship, loan, and grants processes.

Student Cash Advance

CIIS offers a Student Cash Advance for enrolled students to request up to $1,000.00 in advance of the financial aid disbursement date for the semester (incoming students may not be eligible for a cash advance until the add/drop period has ended). Students can apply for a cash advance once per semester, and may only have one outstanding advance at a time. Forms to apply for the advance are available under the Student Life tab of MyCIIS, under the Downloadable Documents section, and complete forms can be turned in to the Office of Student Affairs or e-mailed to:

Student Complaint Process

The Dean of Students administers the student complaint process, which is used to resolve complaints by a student of violations of university policies and procedures as contained in the Student Handbook as well as any other unresolved grievances.

Download the complaint process procedure >>Any student with an unresolved complaint may contact the Dean of Students for information and assistance.

Student Disability Services

California Institute of Integral Studies complies with the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Dean of Students office is responsible for working toward equal access.

Students who request accommodation for a disability should contact Student Disability Services at Students will be guided through the registration procedures for accommodation. Any questions, requests for accommodation or access, or concerns regarding services for students or applicants with a disability as defined by law should be addressed to the University disability officer, who is also the Dean of Students. More information can be found on the Student Disability Services page of MyCIIS, under the Student Life tab (

The Admissions Office identifies applicants who meet the Institute's academic and admission requirements and show promise of contributing to the Institute community and to the world at large. The Institute seeks applicants with diverse interests, backgrounds, and abilities.The academic program admission committees, in coordination with the Admissions Office staff, carefully consider each applicant's academic and nonacademic credentials and readiness in making admission decisions.

The Institute welcomes and encourages physically and perceptually disabled students with otherwise appropriate qualifications to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that students with disabilities are able to pursue educational degrees at the Institute.


Note: You should be able to enter information into the form fields within the Word document. If you are unable to type in the form fields, click Tools > Macro > Security, and set the security level to Medium. Open the file once more, and you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable the macros in the form. Click Enable, and you should now be able to enter your information, save it, and send it to the Dean of Students Office. After, you should reset the Security level back to its previous level.

Examinations and Special Arrangements
Special arrangements such as extra time for taking examinations or writing papers can be made. Students should discuss their special needs with the instructor at the beginning of each course. The Dean of Students can also help to notify faculty of special needs.

Coursework Assistance

Help with note-taking may be arranged either with someone in the class, or by special arrangement. Blind and visually impaired students may receive reader assistance, coordinated by the Dean of Students.

Equipment, Facilities, and Other Resources
The Institute's goal is to make facilities, programs, and experiences accessible to all members of the community. The Institute works individually with disabled students to determine how individual needs can best be met.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains general information about the CIIS campus, information about student services and the Dean of Students Office, CIIS policies and procedures, information about CIIS's governance bodies, and more.

Download the Student Handbook.Summer 2015 Update: An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The bureau may be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,, 916-431-6924 (Phone), 916-263-1897 (fax).


Fall 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
8:30 am-2:30 pm
Namaste Hall, Third Floor
1453 Mission Street 

We begin each new semester with New Student Orientation. As is our standard practice, the day begins with a grounding meditation offered by a student followed by welcome remarks from President Subbiondo and short presentations from our Registrar and Financial Aid Offices.

One of the highlights of the day is always the Playback Theatre troupe, engaging students and mirroring their personal experiences through performance. Next we will offer a presentation on academic writing along with tips on how to become successful writers and scholars.

The Student Alliance Coordinator personally welcomes new community members to CIIS, giving an overview of how Student Alliance works and what opportunities are available to students. The Dean of Students introduces the CIIS 7 Ideals and Principles of Community in a presentation called "Building Beloved Community at CIIS: Integrating Spirituality and Compassion with Justice".

Our last activity of the day is a screening of the film "Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's vision of Supramental Consciousness and how Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West." Students then meet with their individual academic programs for in-depth program-specific orientations.

We look forward to seeing you at orientation!


There is one Commencement ceremony each academic year.

All students who have successfully completed their degree requirements by the end of the spring semester are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony.


Sunday, May 17, 2015
Ceremony at 2:00 pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, 94123.

The Dean of Students Office emails information about Commencement to all students who have filed the graduation application with the Office of the Registrar, or who have already had their degree conferred in the current school year.This email is sent out early in the spring semester and contains information about the Commencement ceremony, including the date, time, and location; and about ordering invitations, caps, gowns, and hoods.Students who are anticipating participation in the ceremony should ensure that their contact information on file with the Registrar's Office is correct and up-to-date.


Due to the Bay to Breakers city-wide footrace taking place on May 17, finding street parking on Commencement day will be especially difficult.

We strongly encourage graduates and guests to use public transportation to travel to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater. 

You may plan your trip via BART, MUNI and/or Golden Gate Transit by visiting Please keep in mind that public transit will probably take longer than usual on this day, and budget extra time into your travel schedule to arrive on time.

If using public transportation will not be possible for you or someone you have invited, we suggest that you consult the Bay to Breakers website as well as the list of road closures that they have provided. You can also call a Bay to Breakers information representative at (415) 231-3130 to talk to someone about your planned route. They are also available via email at

Computing and IT

CIIS provides students with three computer labs consisting of PC and Macintosh computers. All computers have word processing, Internet access, and printing capabilities.

All machines have Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Acrobat Reader, and Internet Explorer installed on them.One of the labs doubles as a teaching lab that can be reserved for classes and other functions where a computer lab is necessary.

Student Forms

The forms have been collected here for your convenience. Before downloading and using them, please be sure to read and fully understand all relevant information as described in the appropriate section of the Student Resources webpages.

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