Student Affairs

Student Affairs supports students throughout their academic careers and serves as their advocate. The Dean of Students 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 Student Affairs staff including the Dean of Students.

In addition, the office of Student Affairs produces the Student Handbook; conducts New Student Orientations; coordinates information about campus safety, housing, and health and wellness; 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 engagement opportunities; administers the annual Student Satisfaction Survey; and plans and conducts the annual commencement ceremony.  

Many useful documents and forms from Student Affairs are available on the MyCIIS website ( under the Student Life tab

Student Affairs Staff

Dean of Students

Associate Dean of Students

Mondays and Fridays: Mission Campus, Room 301
Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays: Arkansas Campus, Administrative Office | (415) 229-9736 |

Associate Director of Student Affairs, Disability Services

Lauren joined CIIS in October 2010, and has over ten years of experience working in higher education as a student affairs professional. She holds an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a B.S. in Business Management from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. She especially enjoys collaborating with students, faculty, and staff in her role as the Student Disability Services Coordinator. Lauren can be reached in Room 302, at

Associate Director of Student Affairs, International Student Recruitment & Advising

Jody joined the CIIS community in November 2005, and has over 15 years experience working in international education. She assists the university in leading internatioanl recruitment efforts, assists F-1 visa students with immigration questions and non-academic matters. She holds an MA in Integrative Health Studies from CIIS, and an interdisciplinary BA degree in Japan Business Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She is an active volunteer with Communitas through the UCSF Osher Ceneter for Integrative Medicine and with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Jody spent 3 years in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, teaching English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. In her spare time, you will find Jody listening to music and taking urban hikes. Jody can be reached in Room 302 at (415) 575-6157 or at

Career Development Manager

415-575-6118 ||| Room 302

Sandra joined the CIIS Student Affairs team in 2016. She brings to us 10 years of corporate experience working in human resources across multiple industries. Working as a data analyst, Sandra eventually found this work unfulfilling. With the growing need for connection building inside her, she shifted her career path to work more directly with people. She has helped people with their career needs across multiple specialties including nonprofits, sole proprietorship, veteran services, international students, healthcare and higher education. In particular, Sandra enjoys collaborating with students, helping them to gain the clarity and focus needed to achieve their dreams. Sandra has a Master's of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Jose State University. For more information on the various Career Development services offered, please visit > student affairs > career development. One-on-one career advising appointments are also available. Sandra can be contacted at (415) 575-6118 or at

Student Affairs Coordinator, Student Disabilty Services & Welnness Center

415-575-6171 ||| Room 302

Counseling Services, CIIS Wellness Center

415-575-6179: General phone number

Student Union Coordinator

Open Door Policy

You will always find an open door at the Student Affairs office. 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.

Student Affairs welcomes all suggestions on how CIIS can better serve its student community. Find us in rooms 401 and 301.

Student Handbook

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

Download the Student Handbook.

Student Cash Advance

CIIS offers a Student Cash Advance for enrolled students to receive their financial aid disbursement up to $1,000.00 in advance of the regular financial aid disbursement date. Students are eligible for the advance if they receive financial aid which exceeds their tuition bill. 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. Cash advances are available one month prior to the first day of classes. In order to be eligible for a cash advance, students must be confirmed financial aid recipients with full time student status. Please visit the online cash advance form in the Financial Aid section of MyCIIS. Veterans needing a cash advance should contact the Dean of Students directly.

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 Student Complaint Form
Download the Complaint Process Procedure

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

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).

Students residing outside California can also contact their local Office of Higher Education to submit a complaint. Please click here to download the Student Complaint Information by State and Agency.

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), either by mail to 8941 Aztec Dr, Eden Prairie MN, 55347, or electronically (,, 952-212-2434 (Phone), 952-657-7068 (fax).

Sexual Misconduct Policy

In order to foster and maintain a community free from all forms of sexual misconduct, the CIIS administration has created a sexual misconduct policy. This policy supports the new federal Title IX legislation that is aimed to protect the safety of its students.

We ask that you take a few minutes to review the policy. Please do not hesitate to contact CIIS's Title IX Officers with any questions.

Title IX Officers:
Yunny Yip, Dean of Students

Orientation for New Students

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

New students will learn about the Center for Writing and Scholarship, along with tips on how to become successful writers and scholars, as well as resources available through the CIIS library.  

The Student Union Coordinator personally welcomes new community members to CIIS, giving an overview of how Student Union works and what opportunities are available to students.  

Our closing activities include a resource fair and the screening of a film about Sri Aurobindo.  

Students will also meet with their individual academic programs for in-depth program-specific orientations.


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.

Students graduating in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 are eligible to participate in the:

2020 CIIS 52th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday May 16, 2020 || 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street,
San Francisco, CA

The ceremony is administered by the Office of Student Affairs, who 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. For more information on taking steps to register and participate in the Commencement Ceremony, please see the CIIS Graduation Guidebook.  For more information about the 2019 Commencement, please see CIIS News and Event Commencement 2019.

Veterans’ Services

The University's academic programs of study are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code. If you qualify for these benefits, you may use them toward your tuition. The V.A. Certifying Official at CIIS is the Registrar and V.A. Benefits Liason is in our Financial Aid Office.

Veterans and their Families
Veteran Services and Resources at CIIS (MyCIIS - student login required)

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