CATALOG 2017 - 2018

Policies & Procedures

LACM Mission Statement

LACM is an incubator for limitless creativity, discovery based music education connecting innovative curriculum & industry relationships



LACM defines an Academic Year as 3 quarters, 36 credits (full-time), 18 (part-time), and 33 weeks (including exam weeks).


All students are assigned to a specific academic year catalog at matriculation. This catalog provides you with a complete set of academic requirements required to graduate, which will not change despite any curricular changes that occur during a student’s time at LACM. However, students may opt to change to a more recent catalog year assignment if they prefer to graduate under a newer set of curricular requirements. They may not change their catalog year assignment to an earlier catalog. Should a student choose to change their catalog year they must meet with the academic advisor to obtain the appropriate paperwork as well as discuss the applicability of past course work to the existing catalog assignment.

Students who leave and return to LACM after one or more years will automatically be assigned to the new catalog year that is in effect at the time of their return.


All coursework at LACM is measured in quarterly academic credits. Courses are assigned specific credit values based on the type of course, overall coursework required, and approximated study-time requirements. Courses are stylized into lectures, ensemble workshops, labs, and private lessons. The ratio of credits to study-time outside of class equates to 1 quarter credit per 3 hours of study.



All LACM students will be registered by the Registrar’s Office for courses during Week 4 of every quarter for each subsequent quarter of attendance. Students will be informed by email and will be given updates throughout their program on their student information system (Populi) accounts. Students will be trained on Populi to view their courses, grades, connect with other students, and communicate with instructors and administration.


Students that want to add or drop a course must obtain an Add or Drop Form from the Academic Advisor and follow the steps outlined on the form.

  • Week 1: Students may only add courses during Week 1. Students may drop courses without receiving a transcript record.
  • Weeks 2-6: Students may drop courses and receive a withdrawal indicated as “W” on the transcript record. Withdrawals are not calculated into the student GPA, but will affect the student’s Incremental Completion Rate (ICR).
  • Weeks 7-10: The ability to drop courses has ended. All students will be issued a grade.

Please refer to Tuition Refund Policy for refund percentage. Students must inform the instructor and officially drop the course through the Office of the Registrar.

Late adds after Week 1 are allowed only in extenuating circumstances* and with the approval of the instructor and Dean of Faculty & Students. Students must obtain a Late Add Form from the Academic Advisor.

*Extenuating circumstances are defined as documented cases of serious nature: illness, death in the family, and other circumstances beyond the control of the student. These will always be taken into consideration.


Students who received a passing grade in a course but would like to attempt a higher grade are welcome to repeat a course. Students receiving a failing grade in a required course must repeat that course. Students can attempt a repeated course 3 times. After the 3rd attempt it requires the approval of the Dean of Faculty and Students.

Students should be aware that the use of federal funds is limited. Therefore, alternative funding will be needed to pay for repeats of a course beyond that limit (period of enrollment). Students are responsible for tuition and fees for all repeated courses beyond that limit


A student can request to audit a course through the Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will seek approval from the Dean of Faculty & Students, course instructor, and the department offering the course. If the student receives approval they will need to return the Course Audit Approval Form to the Registrar’s Office prior to the last day of eligibility for adding a course.

Class Auditing Regulations:

  • There are no additional fees to audit a course.
  • Students will not receive academic credit.
  • Permission to audit entitles the student to attend the course for observation. The student may not participate, ask questions, submit papers, or participate in any evaluation.
  • Students auditing courses must not cause interruptions by coming in late, leaving early, etc.
  • Course auditing can be revoked at any time by the instructor of the course.
  • A course taken for audit in one quarter may be taken for credit in a future quarter.
  • A course previously taken for credit and passed may be taken again for audit.
  • A student cannot audit a course if it conflicts with their class schedule.

Student Status


A non-degree seeking student is one who wishes to enroll in courses at LACM for professional or personal development, but does not intend to pursue a degree at the time of application. Non-degree seeking applicants must submit the following in order to register for classes:

  • A complete application and Enrollment Agreement for admission (Non-Degree seeking status)
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma or a college degree (associate, bachelors, or master’s)
  • Completion of LACM Non-Degree Seeking Form available on WuFoo.
  • All non-degree seeking students are to adhere to registration deadlines including any applicable late registration fees.
  • Non-degree seeking students can only register for courses that are being offered in the respective quarter in which they wish to register

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for Financial Aid. Enrollment in courses as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program. After taking courses as a non-degree seeking student, the student must provide any other required admissions documentation and meet admissions requirements as noted in the LACM Catalog to become a degree-seeking student


Students that need proof of enrollment at LACM should contact the Office of the Registrar. Enrollment status will be based on the student’s actual enrollment at the time the verification is prepared. The enrollment status will be based upon registration status for the upcoming quarter if the student needs verification during breaks between quarters.


For students that wish to change their current academic status, multiple designations exist. These include Change of Major or Program, Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, Extended Applied Learning Absence, and Re-Admittance. The Office of Academic Advising facilitates all change of status requests and can assist students that have questions about this process.


Students are required to declare a major at the time of application. However students are welcome to change their major. Those that wish to change their major must visit the Office of Academic Advising and consult with an Academic Advisor before applying to change their major.

These steps must be followed by students for a Change of Major/Program:

  1. Make an appointment with an academic advisor.
  2. Fill out a Change of Major/Program form.
  3. Only Change of Majors must follow admissions procedures.
  4. Submit form to the Office of the Registrar to be processed.
  5. Receive written notice of acceptance from Admissions and processing confirmation from the Office of the Registrar for Change of Program.
  6. A copy of the written notice will reside in the student’s current file.


Current students may choose to withdraw from LACM for a variety of personal reasons including but not limited to: financial difficulties, family concerns, career exploration, and personal adjustment matters. The student has the right to withdraw from LACM at any time by providing written notice using LACM’s Withdrawal Form from the Office of Academic Advising. A withdrawal from LACM for personal reasons (not including medical or military activation) during a quarter may be granted to a matriculated student if the request is received by the Office of Academic Advising and then processed by the Office of the Registrar. Once the request is processed, a W (withdrawal) grade notation is recorded on the student’s academic transcript for each course not yet completed. The student will also receive an official letter from the Office of the Registrar notifying the request for withdrawal has been approved and processed.

These steps must be followed by students who request to Withdraw:

  1. Make an appointment with an academic advisor.
  2. Fill out a withdrawal form.
  3. Participate in an exit interview with an academic advisor.
  4. Submit the withdrawal from to the Office of the Registrar to be processed.
  5. Receive written confirmation of processed and approved withdrawal from the Office of the Registrar.


A Leave of Absence (LOA) is a temporary break in studies and is only granted under extenuating circumstances (e.g. prolonged illness or injury). Not all LOA requests may be granted. It is at the discretion of LACM to grant LOAs. The reason for request must be valid and the intention of the student must be to return after problems have been solved. Students on an approved LOA will retain their enrolled (in-school) status as a student of LACM. Standard LOA time may not exceed 6 months. Students who fail to return within 6 months will have their LOA status changed to “Withdrawn” effective 6 months from the date the LOA was approved.

These steps must be followed by students for an LOA:

  1. All LOAs must be requested in writing and signed by the Dean of Faculty and Students followed by the final approval and processing by the Office of the Registrar.
  2. International students are advised that they may not be able to maintain international student status during an approved LOA and should consult with the International Student Services regarding their individual situation. International students should note that their I-20 will be terminated on their last day of attendance.
  3. Financial aid recipients taking an LOA should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding the specifics on their continued financial aid eligibility. Failure to resume studies on time may affect the current term of Federal Student Aid.
  4. In the case of a medical emergency, the student or their authorized representative may have a grace period of 14 calendar days from the student’s last date of attendance to submit the LOA form. If the school does not receive an LOA form within this time frame, the student’s status will be changed to “Withdrawn” effective their last date of attendance. In all other cases there is no grace period.

Students approved for LOA must resume their studies at the same day, week and quarter of their departure. For example, if the LOA was granted on Monday of Week 3 in their 3rd quarter, the student will resume their studies on Monday of Week 3 in their 3rd quarter the next time that course sequence becomes available. Due to the way LACM structures its course pacing, this does not allow students to resume studies until 6 months after their initial Leave of Absence. In order to refresh their knowledge of course material and best prepare for examinations, they are advised to audit classes, free of charge, for two weeks prior to returning to their studies.

If students wish to participate in, rather than audit, classes in the weeks prior to their return date from LOA, they may do so, but will be charged a $100.00 fee per week. For example, if a student originally withdrew in Week 6 of the quarter, but wishes to return from an LOA in Week 1 of the same quarter, they will be charged $500.00 for weeks 1-5.

Students on LOA are not allowed to use campus facilities. However, students on LOA may participate in open public events on campus.


Students not enrolled at LACM for longer than one year, for any reason, must seek readmission through the Admissions office. If you are accepted, you must fill out a Re-admit form with an academic advisor. Re-admittance requests must be received before registration deadlines

Re-admission to LACM is not guaranteed. Students approved for re-admittance will be assessed the current tuition rate and under the current curriculum standards. Readmitted students are subject to the curriculum, policies, deadlines and other requirements in effect at the time of return. Students are responsible to meet any changes to the program of study having occurred during the period of absence. Students cannot be re-admitted to programs having been discontinued. Students requesting re-admission to a major that has undergone substantial change since matriculation may not receive credit for all courses previously taken.

These steps must be followed by students who request Re-admittance:

  1. Make an appointment with an academic advisor.
  2. Fill out a Re-admittance form.
  3. Follow standard Admissions procedures.
  4. Submit Re-admittance form to the Office of the Registrar.
  5. Receive written confirmation of processed and approved re-admittance.


The transferability of credit and the acceptance of a degree or diploma earned at Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) are at the complete discretion of the institution where a student may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree, or diploma earned at LACM are not accepted, students may be required to repeat some or all coursework at the new institution. For this reason, students should make certain attendance at LACM will meet their specific and individual educational goals. This may include contacting an institution where a student wants to attend after LACM, to determine if the credits, degree or diploma earned will transfer.


Course grades are based on a 100 point scale. The chart below converts the 100 scale to a letter grade and Grade Point Average (GPA) score.

Points Letter Grade Grade Points
92-100 A 4.00
90-91 A- 3.70
88-89 B+ 3.30
82-87 B 3.00
80-81 B- 2.70
78-79 C+ 2.30
72-77 C 2.00
70-71 C- 1.70
68-69 D+ 1.30
62-67 D 1.00
60-61 D- 0.70
0-59 F 0.00

Additional Grade Letter Codes

W             Withdraw from course

P               Pass, credit awarded

I                 Incomplete

R               Repeat

Students must demonstrate academic progress by successfully completing courses attempted with a grade of “C” or higher. Completing courses with a “C” or higher indicates stable academic progress.


If a student receives an (F) or (W) in a course they must repeat it to receive a passing grade.


An Incomplete (I) is assigned to signify temporary deferment of a regular final letter grade.

The “I” grade (Incomplete) can only be given by an instructor when a student, who is doing otherwise acceptable work (only one or two assignments need completion). It is used sparingly in compelling situations when a student is unable to complete a course because of illness or other conditions beyond the student’s control.

The student must initiate the request for an Incomplete (I). The instructor cannot issue an Incomplete (I) without a request from the student. The student must fill out the Request for An Incomplete Form and submit it to the course instructor for approval. The form can be found in the Registrar’s Office.

To qualify for an Incomplete (I), the student must:

  • Have proof of extenuating circumstances.
  • Have completed a substantial portion of the coursework (e.g. only one or two assignments or final exam needs completion).
  • Have a passing grade in the work completed.
  • Be able to finalize the Incomplete (I) within 6 months (2 quarters) from the last day of the quarter in which the Incomplete (I) was assigned.
  • Students must submit the completed form to the course instructor on or before the day of the final exam for the course. If there is no final exam, students must present the form prior to the last day of class.
  • If the student fails to submit the request for an Incomplete (I) by the deadline stated, they will receive the grade that they have earned for the entire course, including work completed and penalties for work not completed.
  • No retroactive Incomplete (I) is permitted.

If the request is approved, the student will be notified by the Registrar’s Office via e-mail. Students can verify their Incomplete (I) on Populi.

Students are required to read and adhere to all stipulations described on form.

If the incomplete grade is not resolved by week 2 of the subsequent quarter (unless the student is on leave) the student will be issued a failing grade (F).

If this course is a prerequisite, students must finalize the Incomplete (I) prior to the end of Week 1 of the subsequent quarter (by the Add Deadline) before students are allowed to enroll in the next level.


Grades are considered FINAL when submitted by the faculty and can only be changed to correct an error in grading or to change an official Incomplete grade to a final grade. Students CANNOT submit or redo work after the end of the quarter unless an official Incomplete grade has been approved.

Grade change forms are located in the Registrar’s Office. The deadline for changing an incorrect grade is Friday of Week 4 following the quarter when the course was taken.


GPA is determined by multiplying the grade points by the credit value of the course. Quarterly Grade Point Average (QGPA) is determined by dividing the total grade points earned for all courses in one quarter by the total credit values for those courses. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is determined by dividing the total grade points earned for all courses in every quarter of a student’s program by the total credit values for those courses. If a student repeats a required course only the grade from the repeat will be calculated into both the QGPA and CGPA.

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is compiled at the end of each quarter to recognize students who have completed 12 or more letter-graded units and have a Grade Point Average between 3.20 and 4.0.


To qualify for graduation, each student must:

  • Submit LACM Petition to Graduate Form application via WuFoo the quarter prior to completion.
  • Receive a passing grade in all required core curriculum in the enrolled program.
  • Earn all minimum required credits for the enrolled program.
  • Achieve a CGPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Finalize all finances and additional responsibilities with LACM.
  • Complete academic advising exit counseling.
  • If applicable, complete Financial Aid exit counseling.

LACM’s Graduation Ceremony is offered to all students scheduled to complete their program within 1 quarter.

Students with remaining program requirements cannot participate unless they enroll in program completion by the quarterly registration deadline.


Bachelor Degree recipients who have a 3.5 Cumulative GPA are awarded honors upon graduation. The designations of GPA are:

Designation                                                       GPA Range

Cum Laude                                                               3.50 to 3.74

Magna Cum Laude                                                 3.75 to 3.89

Summa Cum Laude                                               3.90 and above

Diploma and Associate of Arts students upon graduation:

Dean’s Honor Roll: Students must achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) between 3.20 and 3.6.

President’s Honor Roll: Students must achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.7 or higher.


For Part Time Enrollment: In order to remain in their program, part-time students at LACM must demonstrate “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP) which is a function of the following components:

Achieve the minimum Incremental Completion Rate of 67%: Incremental Completion Rate (ICR) is calculated by dividing the total credits a student completed per quarter by the number of credits attempted per quarter. When this calculation falls below 67%, a student is no longer on pace to graduate on time and is ineligible to receive financial aid.

  • Meet the minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA Requirement.
  • Complete the program within the maximum allowable timeframe.

— Diploma (60 credits): within 10 quarters

— Associate (90 credits): within 15 quarters

— Bachelor’s (180 credits): within 30 quarters

Students failing to maintain SAP requirements will be dismissed with the opportunity to appeal. LACM reserves the right to modify the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy at any time.

For Less than Part-Time Enrollment: Students may only drop below 6 credits per quarter with verifiable medical need and must obtain the approval of the Dean of Faculty & Students. They must also meet with the Academic Advising Office to discuss their Academic Plan. Students must request the status change by Friday of Week 11 of the preceding quarter. Please note that enrolling in less than part-time status will drastically affect your time frame for completion of the program.


Permanent records are maintained for all conferred graduates at LACM. All degrees, certificates, awards, courses, credits, and grades are kept on file establishing the students’ LACM transcript.


LACM defines directory information as full name, address, telephone number, email address; date and place of birth, dates of attendance at LACM, program of study, date of graduation or date of withdrawal; and degree awarded.


Each student is responsible for the following:

  • Reading the Catalog, accessing their Populi account to view their Academic Record, scheduled classes, and financial responsibilities.
  • Submitting official transcripts to the Admissions Office when transfer coursework has been completed.
  • Registering for classes within the registration deadlines.
  • Completing appropriate forms (drops, adds, status changes, etc.) by the published deadlines.
  • Applying for aid based on the finalized number of credits for the quarter.
  • Paying tuition and fees in full or developing a payment plan on or by the published deadlines.
  • Keeping copies of all transactions, records, and receipts.
  • Submitting change of name, address, or phone number to the Registrar’s Office in writing.
  • Be willing to engage actively in classroom discussions.
  • Respecting the rights and property of others.
  • Being fully acquainted with and complying with the LACM published rules and regulations.
  • Complying with all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Adhering to the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.


LACM requires class attendance. Active participation is important and attendance is critical to building a learning community. Instructors state attendance policies in their course syllabi and attendance is taken at each class meeting. An instructor’s policy may limit allowable absences. Exceeding these limits may result in failing the class. If extenuating circumstances cause a student to miss too many classes, the instructor will consider each case individually.


Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated. Students that are 5 minutes late for a 30 minute class or 10 minutes late for classes of 1 hour or more will be considered absent. The first two occurrences of tardiness under the 5 or 10 minute grace period will result in a verbal warning. The third occurrence of tardiness under the 5 or 10 minute grace period will result in an absence.


Only extenuating circumstances such as personal health problems, death of a family member, or other serious circumstances with proof of the applicable circumstance will allow for make-up exams. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all exam dates are adhered to and necessary action is taken and documentation is provided. Students are expected to remain on campus for the entirety of the quarter, which includes finals week. Your final exams may or may not be scheduled on the same day and time as your regularly scheduled classes. Please plan accordingly. A minimum rescheduling fee of $100.00 will apply, but students should note that additional fees may occur and will vary depending on the class.


At LACM, students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity by completing their own work. Effective planning and progress must be accomplished for students to be successful in their degree program of study. Submission of work from another person, whether it is from a printed source or from someone other than the student, and/or papers submitted without source citations, can result in a failing grade, disciplinary actions or dismissal.

The administration, faculty, and staff believe strongly in the concept of an honor system. This belief is based on the knowledge that in competitive professional environments, greater emphasis is placed on originality and the integrity of ideas and work. All members of the LACM academic community, including faculty, students, and administration, are expected to assist in maintaining the integrity of the College, which includes reporting incidents that violate our Academic Policies.

Code of Conduct & Expectations


Admission to LACM carries with it the presumption that students will conduct themselves in a manner compatible with LACM’s function as an educational institution. Behavior that is disruptive and/or interferes with the educational process is disrespectful of the rights of others and is not acceptable.

Classes at LACM are interactive, drawing on the rich experiences of faculty and students alike. LACM’s anti-bias commitment applies to all areas of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, and religious affiliation. Disrespect shown towards persons in all categories, both generally and as individuals, is not acceptable. Violation of standards of behavior, academic integrity, confidentiality, and discrimination are deemed to be a serious breach of conduct and students doing so will face the possibility of disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from LACM.

Unacceptable Behavior:
Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Any violation of LACM Policy as outlined in the Catalog.
  • Unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of drugs.
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Inappropriate sexual conduct.
  • Exhibiting behavior which is disruptive, disrespectful or violent towards staff or other students, including, but not limited to, harassment or discriminatory conduct.
  • Furnishing false information.
  • Unauthorized use, forgery, or alteration of LACM’s documents, name, logo, or seal.
  • Destruction of LACM property or individual property of students or staff.
  • Unauthorized possession or use of LACM property or property of students or staff.
  • Unauthorized use of LACM equipment, keys, access codes, or scan cards.
  • Possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, or weapons on LACM’s premises.
  • Misuse of LACM communication systems: Behavior that disrupts or causes disruption of computer services, including, but not limited to, damaging, altering, or destroying data, records, computer systems, software, programs, or networks. Student behavior that is not in compliance with the institutional Computer Systems Use Policy will be considered to be in breach of the Code.
  • Theft of LACM or individual property.
  • Unauthorized animals on institutional premises.
  • Disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct.
  • Divulging confidential information: students who work or volunteer in LACM administrative offices and have access to confidential information are prohibited from divulging such information under FERPA.
  • Unauthorized use, forgery, or alteration of student identification cards.
  • Inappropriate off-campus conduct when representing LACM.
  • Disrespect for privacy: students may not give directory information or photos of other students to anyone outside the LACM community.
  • Inappropriate conduct of guests.


Students may check-out equipment for use off- campus. In order to be eligible, then must be currently enrolled and have a proper Student ID with no outstanding registration forms, fees or balances due. Students must submit an LACM Equipment Request Form & Contract to the Front Desk of the South Building at least 24 hours in advance. Equipment rental is subject to availability.The LACM Equipment Rental Contract requires students to place a debit or credit card on file with the Business Office in order to become eligible for rental.


Vandalism, theft or other abuse of LACM computers or personal computers of LACM students, faculty or staff is prohibited, including but not limited to:

  • Modifying system or network facilities, or attempting to crash systems or networks.
  • Using personal software on LACM computers.
  • Using network resources which inhibit or interfere with the use of the network by other students.
  • Using, duplicating, or transmitting copyrighted material without first obtaining the owner’s permission, in any way that may reasonably be expected to constitute an infringement, or that exceeds the scope of a license, or violate other contracts.
  • Tampering with software protections or restrictions placed on computer applications or files.
  • Using information technology resources to obtain unauthorized access to records, data, and other forms of information owned, used, possessed by, or pertaining to the college or individuals.
  • Accessing another person’s computer account without permission.
  • Intentionally introducing computer viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, or other rogue programs into information technology resources that belong to, are licensed to, or are leased by the college.
  • Physically damaging information technology resources.
  • Using, or encouraging others to use, information technology resources in any manner that would violate this or other college policies or any applicable State or Federal law.


Only water in a sealable container is allowed inside LACM classrooms.

Health Policies

Employee-Student Notification Policy of a Substance-Free Campus

In congruence with The Higher Education Act of 1965, Substance-Free Schools and Communities section, Los Angeles College of Music adheres to and notifies all students:

Standards of Conduct-Disciplinary Sanctions

Unlawful possession, manufacture, cultivation, use, and/or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited on campus property and are defined under City, State, and Federal Law. This includes North and South Campuses, school parking lots, as well as any affiliated college location where classes or events are held. State law (Section 41301, of Title 5, California Code of Regulations) allows Los Angeles College of Music to implement disciplinary action against any student or employee who sells, uses, or possesses illegal drugs or alcohol on campus property and is subject to suspension or expulsion. Action by Los Angeles College of Music may be taken despite independent action taken by civil authorities. Alcohol consumption is restricted to particular events, places, times, and occasions with confirmation of valid identification of being 21 years of age or older. Attendees to particular events containing alcoholic beverages are limited. Violations of this policy in partial compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act will result in suspension or expulsion.

The service of alcoholic beverages at Los Angeles College of Music functions must be in compliance with California State and Pasadena City laws and college policies — i.e., an individual must be of legal age to possess or purchase alcoholic beverages; and individuals/organizations may not sell or serve alcoholic beverages without proper license. Los Angeles College of Music adheres to the Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Amends the Higher-Education Act), when hosting any college-sponsored function. The sale of alcohol at any function is illegal without a liquor license.


Illegal Drugs: Federal and State laws mandate penalties for illegal use, possession, manufacture, sale, transportation, and cultivation of any narcotic. More severe penalties will be applied for second time offenders than first and extremely severe penalties involving minors will be applied. Those subject to prosecution are those who illegally use, are under the influence of, or knowingly go to places where narcotic usage is occurring. Marijuana and other illegal drugs under labeling of organic substances are also under stipulation of these laws and additional violations will occur for the cultivation and/or processing of these drugs. Barbiturates, amphetamines, LSD, and other related hallucinogenic drugs are deemed restricted and dangerous under the California Narcotic Act. Penalties for those who are convicted of illegal possession, manufacture, cultivation, sale, transportation, and/or usage are severe.

Alcohol: Los Angeles College of Music adheres to the laws of the State of California, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Pasadena. All are held to the standards and jurisdiction of the law despite age or status. The sale, purchase, or possession of alcohol for anyone under 21; the serving of alcohol to someone already intoxicated; and the manufacture or use of a false ID of any kind will be convicted in violation of these laws and subject to punishment up to and including jail sentence.


In instances, such as hazing, where a student or students or employee or employees force another to consume alcohol or other drugs, or conspire(s) to force another to consume alcohol or other drugs, or fail(s) to take direct action to stop the incident (personal intervention, calling authorities) immediate and strict sanctions (including suspension/expulsion) may be imposed on the responsible individual(s).


The health risks of using illegal drugs, pharmaceutical narcotics, and alcohol are well documented. Many thousands of deaths occur each year and are directly attributed to substance abuse or indirectly attributed from accidents, illnesses, or violence related to substance abuse. Use of these substances in excess can cause damages to:

  • Physiological and Anatomical functions including impairment of the human body including but not limited to respiratory, digestive, cognitive, nerve, reproductive, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.
  • Psychological and Cognitive functions can also be impaired including but not limited to memory loss, lack of stable judgment, shifts in mood and personality, adverse effects toward relationships, and may induce psychotic episodes.

Students or Employees who need help, please contact:

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Referral Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
National Alcohol & Drug Abuse Helplines Intervention Hotline: 800-252-6465, Rapid Detox: 800-996-3784, Treatment & Referral: 800-454-8966

Many aspects of the college experience can create new kinds of stress in a variety of areas for students. While it’s an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. LACM provides free private and individualized support services to assist students with any emotional, social, behavioral or mental well-being challenges that might affect their academic performance and/or quality of life while attending. Services are completely confidential and are open to all current LACM students. Services include:

  • Stress management counseling
  • Community resources for food and shelter assistance
  • Support services for students with disabilities
  • Assistance for students with alcohol or drug dependencies
  • Referrals to outside agencies, clinics, and therapists relating to issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, loss, relationship concerns, sexual and physical assault, severe substance abuse, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and other mental health concerns

To see a member of the Student Support Services staff, you can make an appointment by emailing [email protected].


Los Angeles College of Music recognizes its contractual relationships with its students. In regard to alcohol and other drug use, Los Angeles College of Music realizes its students are adults who are ultimately responsible for their own behavior. LACM does, however, recognize its responsibility to provide services and policies designed to diminish the incidence of alcohol misuse and other illicit drug use. LACM attempts to avoid consequent negative outcomes; continues to educate students and consistently enforces alcohol and other drug- related policies; and is compliant with city and state laws pertaining to alcohol and drug use.


Los Angeles College of Music would not be complete in their sanctions of long-term effects regarding offense involving drugs and alcohol if it were not noted. A criminal offense or arrest record for drug use or alcohol abuse may cause serious long-term harm for the user regarding employment, financial aid, and other educational opportunities. Consideration for these opportunities may incur interference where criminal records or the label of drug or alcohol user is apparent. In addition, international students using substances illegally or are labeled as a user could be subject to interruptions with Visa and/or I-20 status and dismissal to their home country.


Sexual harassment can be a serious problem for students at all educational levels. Sexual harassment is defined as requests for sexual favors or unwelcome sexual behavior that creates fear, discomfort, or confusion. Sexual harassment is characterized in three ways:

  • Verbal (comments about body type, spreading sexual rumors, giving unwanted sexual remarks or accusations, or inappropriate dirty jokes or stories)
  • Physical (grabbing, rubbing, flashing, touching, pinching in a sexual way, or sexual assault)
  • Visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, or obscene gestures)


If you believe you are being sexually harassed by fellow student or a faculty or staff member, report the harassment.

Speak with someone at LACM who is reliable and comfortable to talk to about the incident. It is important to report the harassment so it can be addressed and resolved. The comfort, safety, and mental stability of everyone at LACM are priority.


Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities. Upon acceptance to LACM, a written request for special accommodation should be submitted and documentation verifying disability will be required. Appropriate accommodation will be determined based upon the request and accompanying documentation about the student’s’ disability. Students are responsible for providing LACM with the appropriate documentation. LACM does not pay for costs to retrieve documentation. LACM does not charge students for campus disability accommodations. All requests, communications, and documentation are confidential.


LACM does not discriminate in its admissions, educational or employment policies, scholarship or loan programs, or other school-administered programs on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or status, age, ancestry or national origin, medical condition, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic characteristics or information, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful.

College Articulation & Transfer Agreement

LACM has Articulation Agreements with schools from around the world. These courses are not considered transfer courses but are part of a separate agreement.


  • Music College Hannover (Hannover, Germany)
  • CIAM (Bordeaux, France)
  • VMI (Vienna, Austria)

Any graduate of Music College Hannover, CIAM or VMI wanting to enroll at LACM will automatically be admitted into the 2nd quarter of the LACM Guitar, Bass, or Drum program. Each student will have to proficiency Ear Training/ Theory 1 and Piano 1 upon arrival. If the student is unable to pass the proficiency test, they will be required to take those courses before moving on to the 2nd level.


  • $100.00 application fee waived.
  • 10% off of the LACM current tuition cost.
  • 50% off of tuition for any LACM Summer Experience Program.


  • Swiss Drum Academy (Zurich, Switzerland)

Any graduate of Swiss Drum Academy wanting to enroll at LACM will automatically be admitted into the 2nd quarter of the LACM Drum program. Each student will have to test out of Ear Training/Theory 1 and Piano 1 upon arrival. If the student is unable to pass the proficiency test, they will be required to take those courses before moving on to their 2nd level.


  • $100.00 application fee waived
  • 10% off of the LACM current tuition cost
  • 50% off of tuition for any LACM Summer Experience Program.


  • RPJAM (Giessen, Germany)
  • Study abroad: LACM will offer the first 2 years of the 3 year RPJam degree.

Students choosing to study abroad will apply and enroll in RPJam. Upon successfully matriculation, students wanting to study abroad at LACM will spend the first 2 academic years at LACM completing quarters through the Hessian Ministry Degree. German residents deciding to enroll in the study abroad program at LACM will have the opportunity to receive financial aid through RPJam. Upon successful completion at LACM, students will be required to proficiency into RPJam 3rd year of study. After successfully completing the 3rd year at RPJam, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Music degree.


  • $100.00 application fee waived.
  • 10% off of the LACM current tuition cost.
  • 50% off of tuition for any LACM Summer Experience Program.


  • UDLA (Quito, Ecuador)

Any UDLA student who has successfully completed the first 3 years of the Bachelor’s program has the option to transfer to LACM for the last year of the program. The student will be granted a degree with recognition from both institutions.


  • 20% off of the LACM current tuition cost.
  • 50% off of tuition for any LACM Summer Experience Program.

Campus Use, Facilities & Security


Pursuant to 20 United States Code 1092 (a) and (f) also known as the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act, LACM adheres to the following security and crime reporting procedures:

  • LACM will report all campus incidents to a designated Attending Rep (AR) on post at the South building student entrance so it can be noted on the daily crime and incidents log for possible investigation. This includes crimes and incidents within and around the campus. In the event an AR is unavailable, witnesses and/or victims must complete a crime and incident report and return it to the AR when available. In addition, incident reports may be given directly to Student Services. The Campus Security Act of 1999 requires LACM to compile a report with data gathered from its own campus security and crime report combined with statistics from the Pasadena Police Department. A notification will be sent out via school email announcing when  the crime report is available.
  • LACM reminds students of their responsibility for their own equipment, books, supplies, and other gear.


LACM upholds a very serious policy concerning theft and the protection of both personal and campus property. If a student steals, damages, or destroys personal or campus property, the student will automatically be suspended from attending classes and will not be allowed on campus. The student will have 24 hours to remove any personal belongings. The discipline committee will hold a hearing and the student will be invited to attend and defend themselves. The discipline committee will then make a decision regarding how the matter will be addressed within a 10 day period. Anyone who displays further inappropriate behavior can be immediately dismissed from LACM without a hearing.


Promoting safety within the LACM community through compliance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (the HEOA) is integral to the protection and security of everyone on campus. In the event a student goes missing for more than 24 hours a confidentially indicated person previously disclosed by the student to the Student Services Office will be contacted by LACM.

If a member of the LACM community has reason to believe a student has gone missing or receives a report of a missing student they will immediately contact their supervisor and/or the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4501.

A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and will not be disclosed except to law enforcement agents for collaboration to find the missing person.

A missing student report must be immediately filed with the Pasadena Police Department. If the student who is missing is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, LACM must notify a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours of determining the student is missing. In addition to notifying the confidential contact person designated by the student, LACM will notify the local law enforcement agency within 24 hours of the student being missing.

Contact information

Pasadena Police Department, 626-744-4501,
LACM Administrative Offices, 626-568-8850, [email protected].


Weapons and ammunition are safety hazards. Possession, use, or displays of weapons or ammunition are inappropriate in an academic community. Weapons of any kind including ammunition will not by any means be worn, displayed, used, or possessed on the LACM campus. Any employee, faculty, student, or other representative of the college who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Any member of the public who violates this policy will be subject to law enforcement action. If the public member does not comply, the individual will be removed from the LACM campus and subject to all legal penalties including the criminal trespass provisions under California law. This policy does not apply to the possession or use of disabling chemical sprays when used for self-defense.


In order to gain access to LACM campus facilities, it is required to scan an ID card or obtain a visitor pass. Students, faculty and staff must scan their ID to enter both buildings (North and South), and must display their ID at all times. If a student, faculty or staff member forgets their ID they must obtain a Temporary ID from the front desk in the North Building in order to enter.

Students are limited to a maximum of 5 Temporary Student ID’s per quarter. Subsequently, students will be issued and charged $15 for a new student ID.

LACM has the right to refuse access to facilities to any person under any circumstance if deemed necessary and appropriate.


Current students may request a visitor’s pass for guests no more than twice per month. A particular visitor may only receive a visitor pass twice per month. For additional visits, the student must obtain permission from the Dean of Faculty and Students. The student (not the visitor) must personally request the Visitor’s Pass.


Visitor Passes are available at the front desk of the North Building. All outside visitor(s) must check–in and show a valid photo ID in order to obtain a pass. Visitor(s) must wear a Visitor Pass at all times. Passes for visits on evenings, weekends, holidays, and other times during which the Main Office is closed must be obtained in advance, during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm).


LACM provides rehearsal space for alumni. In order to rehearse, Alumni must apply for an Alumni ID Card and must schedule their room in advance by emailing [email protected].

Depending on availability, two rooms (102 & 205) are available as follows: Monday through Friday (10:00pm -12:45 am); Weekends from (9:00am – 12:45am).

Alumni requesting access are responsible for their own guests, and for keeping the room clean and organized after rehearsal (no food or beverages are allowed in any rooms). Guests must comply with all school rules and regulations while on campus. If the alumni or their guest violates the LACM Code of Conduct, Alumni ID cards and rehearsal privileges will be revoked.


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Students that have been dismissed or expelled due to reasons related to any violation of the Code of Conduct, are not permitted on-campus under any circumstance.

Student Grievance Policies & Procedures

The purpose of the Student Grievance Policy is to provide due process for resolving complaints from all LACM officials (administration, instructors, and staff) and students concerning discrimination or harassment.


LACM has established 3 grievance procedures for LACM officials and students to follow depending on the nature of the grievance. These 3 procedures are:

  1. Standard
  2. Academic
  3. Sexual Harassment
  • Always report grievances immediately to an un-involved LACM official.
  • Under no circumstances will an LACM official or student requesting due process be harassed, intimidated, discouraged, or denied access to grievance procedures.
  • Areas for statement of appeal regarding grievance include but are not limited to:
  1. Classroom procedures
  2. Charges of unfair treatment
  3. Charges of unfair grades
  4. Absence and tardiness practices
  5. Course requirements substantially different from the syllabus
  6. Participation in LACM activities
  7. Sexual harassment


1). The Dean of Faculty and Students: If a complaint cannot be resolved in an informal conference or if the nature of the complaint demands more serious measures, the complainant can write a written, signed, and dated statement of appeal to the Dean of Faculty and Students. The Dean of Faculty and Students will schedule individual conferences with all involved persons.

2). The Appeal Committee: If the complaint cannot be settled by a formal conference, the Dean of Faculty and Students will appoint an appeal committee to review the statement of appeal. The committee will be comprised of:

  • 1 faculty member
  • 1 department chair
  • 2 students

The Committee will consider all relevant testimony and supporting documentation presented by the student or LACM official in the statement of appeal. Legal counsel cannot represent the LACM official or student.

Based upon a thorough review of all relevant evidence and testimony, the appeal committee will make recommendations to solve the grievance. The appeal committee will have 10 business days from the filing of the request for the statement of appeal to provide recommendations. The Dean of Faculty and Students will render a written decision.

3). The President of LACM: If the LACM official or student believes there are extenuating circumstances or the evidence presented was not appropriately considered, the LACM official or student can submit a written appeal to the president of LACM. The President will review the appeal and render a written decision. The decision of the President is final.


An academic grievance must be filed within 10 days or by the Friday of the 2nd week of the subsequent quarter. The following people should be contacted:

  1. The Instructor: The student should first speak with the instructor involved in the academic grievance. A conference can be held with the instructor to resolve the grievance informally.
  2. The Dean of Faculty and Students: If the conference with the instructor does not resolve the grievance, the student can speak with the Dean of Faculty and Students to seek resolution.
  3. The President: If the grievance is still unresolved in the meeting with the Dean of Faculty and Students, the student may choose to appeal directly to the President of LACM.


If a grievance pertains to a charge of sexual harassment by an LACM official or student:

  • Go directly to the President rather than the offending person.
  • If the matter is unresolved by the President, the LACM official or student can use the standard grievance procedure.

All written or verbal communication on the part of Los Angeles College of Music faculty or students will be confidential.


Information in this catalog was current at the time of publication, and is subject to change at any time.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95833


P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(888) 370-7589
fax (916) 263-1897

A student or any member of the public may file a commendation or complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Post secondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s web site (