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Accreditation, Policies and Procedures

Accreditation, Policies and Procedures

CityU_generic_mainAcademic Model

CityU offers an education that is accessible to the working adult and transfer student. Its curriculum is taught by practicing professionals and is results-oriented, hands-on, and informed by what industry demands now.

The learning model is focused on helping professionals earn a degree that will later earn them a better job, salary, title or life after they graduate.

Components of the CityU Academic Model

A Focus on Student Learning

CityU learning experiences are designed to support clearly articulated outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels. Educational experiences are carefully designed by faculty to encourage self-directed learning within an appropriately defined structure of expectations. With the focus on applying theory to practical experience, learning activities form explicit links among the crucial abilities of an educated professional: critical thinking, self-exploration, and ethical practice. Multiple paths to demonstrating competency are available to students when appropriate. Students are actively encouraged to define and take responsibility for their own contributions to the learning process, with the understanding that their engagement is critical for substantive learning to take place.

Reflective Practitioner Faculty

CityU faculty are highly regarded practitioners who bring real-life experience to the learning environment. We consider students to be collaborative partners in the creation of learning opportunities. To support practitioner faculty in their teaching roles, the institution provides orientation, training, mentoring, and coaching, all designed to foster a respectful and empowering learning environment. Faculty are rewarded for quality teaching, and encouraged to continue their development as facilitators of learning.

Relevance to the Workplace

A CityU education is founded on carefully selected goals that are intended to provide our graduates with up-to-date knowledge and practical skills required in the workplace, as well as a framework for continued development. Institution-wide learning goals that emphasize personal and professional growth are embedded in all programs offered at the University. Our current goals include professional competence and technical expertise, communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking, ethical practice and community involvement, development of a diverse and global perspective, and lifelong learning. The overarching goals of a CityU education enhance the professional skills and knowledge of individuals who in turn add value to their organizations.

Service to Students

CityU strives to provide a respectful atmosphere in which all students are valued for their contribution and individual needs are honored. A diverse and international student body requires a variety of services to support the learning endeavor. We strive to be sensitive to your needs, to respond in a timely and professional manner to your questions or concerns, and to uphold high standards.

Accessibility and Responsiveness

CityU is committed to making high-quality learning opportunities as accessible and responsive to the needs of our diverse student population as possible. This includes maintaining affordability, removing unnecessary barriers to entry, providing support for students with differing levels of educational background and preparation, and offering a variety of class schedules and modes of delivery.

CityU Learning Goals

City University Learning Goals (CULGs) represent the critical competencies necessary to be successful in today’s workforce. In addition to program learning outcomes that demonstrate knowledge and skills for an area of study, CityU students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the City University Learning Goals upon graduation. These learning goals are practiced extensively across the curriculum and within the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards.

CityU graduates exhibit professional competency and a sense of professional identity.
Our graduates bring to the workplace the knowledge and skills intrinsic to success in their professions. They understand the basic values and mission of the fields in which they are working. They are able to use the appropriate tools to facilitate their work and are able to demonstrate understanding through practical application.

CityU graduates have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
CityU graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. They are able to interact and work with others in a collaborative manner as well as to negotiate difficult interpersonal situations to bring about solutions to problems that benefit all involved.

CityU graduates demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy.
CityU graduates are able to think critically and to reflect upon their own work and the larger context in which it takes place. They are able to find, access, evaluate, and use information in order to solve problems. They consider the complex implications of actions they take and decisions they make.

CityU graduates demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical practice and service in their professions and communities.
CityU graduates take responsibility for their own actions and exhibit high standards of conduct in their professional lives. They are aware of the ethical expectations of their profession and hold themselves accountable to those standards.

CityU graduates demonstrate diverse and global perspectives.
CityU graduates embrace the opportunity to work collaboratively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and to learn from the beliefs, values, and cultures of others. They realize that varied viewpoints bring strength and richness to the workplace. CityU graduates demonstrate an awareness of the interrelation of diverse components of a project or situation.

CityU graduates are lifelong learners.
In a world where knowledge and skills must be constantly updated, CityU graduates are inquisitive and self-directed in seeking out ways to continue learning throughout their lifetimes.

U.S. Accreditation

CityU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a the regional accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Regional accreditation serves as the most important means of assuring the quality of higher education through rigorous peer-review and evaluation. CityU has maintained continuous accreditation with the Commission since 1978, earning reaffirmation of accreditation in its last ten-year review in 2010.

Download a copy of the 2018 Comprehensive Self-Study Report.
Download a copy of the 2018 Comprehensive Self-Study Report Appendices.

More Information

As part of the NWCCU comprehensive accreditation review, CityU invites students; alumni; employers of alumni; community leaders, and members of the general public to comment directly to the Commission about their experience with CityU. As a result subsequent reviews were sent about all of CityU’s certificate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Each is regionally accredited through the NWCCU. All comments were mailed to the Commission at the following address:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E.
Suite 100
Redmond, Washington 98052-3981
United States of America

Canadian Accreditation

Alberta, Canada 
CityU programs in Alberta are offered pursuant to the written approval of the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education effective September 1, 2009 having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister on an ongoing basis. The Master Counselling and Master of Education programs are offered with the written approval of the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education effective November, 2013 for the Master Counselling and January, 2014 for the Master of Education – Education leadership. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

British Columbia, Canada 
The term “university” is used under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education and technology effective April 11, 2007 and CityU academic programs in BC are offered pursuant to the written approval of the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the minister on an ongoing basis. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).


City University of Seattle is a teaching University. It focuses on bringing a high-quality, relevant life-long education to those who have a desire to learn, in multiple delivery modes and locations around the world. It does so by having common curricula developed by groups of experts led by the program directors and program coordinators, referred to collectively as CityU’s Administrative Faculty.

Academic Freedom Policy

Most Administrative Faculty teach in their programs, their primary jobs are as administrators, the equivalent of department chairs. The majority of teaching is accomplished by CityU’s Teaching Faculty, a cadre of faculty who are contracted to teach specific courses, and who are generally professionals in the fields in which they teach. This is in alignment with CityU’s emphasis on practitioner-focused education. The use of common curricula is thus an important component of ensuring the consistently high quality of CityU’s academic programs.

CityU promotes faculty exploration in teaching and in research. The CityU Board of Governors has adopted the following policy on Academic Freedom, adapted from the 1940 resolution of the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges:

“Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition.The Board of Governors believes that freedom is essential to these purposes and that freedom applies to teaching, research and learning so long as that freedom is exercised in a manner that meets a faculty member’s professional and ethical obligations to students and to the University and that does not damage the University or its reputation.

The Board of Governors delegates responsibility for the management of City University’s academic affairs, consistent with Board policies, to the President of the University, who shall exercise such responsibility in conjunction with the Provost.”

All faculty who teach for CityU participate in an orientation session, and CityU’s commitment to academic freedom is discussed in that program. Faculty are encouraged to bring new material, in addition to the established course curriculum, into the classroom. Indeed, because so many of the Teaching Faculty are practicing professionals, they pride themselves in interjecting the most current literature and practices of their fields into the instructional milieu. And because many student have related work experiences as well, their additions lead to the liveliest engagements. These currencies are examples of the freedoms the faculty exercise as they teach for CityU.

CityU encourages and supports scholarship, particularly for the Administrative Faculty. Several faculty have pursued advanced degrees with informal institutional support to accommodate their studies. Many have participated in conferences and published research papers. The institution houses an Office of Curriculum and Faculty Development Support Services, which administers a research grant program. A complete Institutional Review Board policy and procedures is in place to guide the ethical use of human subjects in research for both students and faculty.

Recently, with the approval by the Board of Governors of the proposal to create a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership, a focused interest in supporting research related to advancing good practice in the respective fields in which CityU offers instruction, as well as in new and improved pedagogy, will be driving forces in allocating research resources to faculty, but the freedom for faculty to pursue topics of their own choosing will still be respected. The Request for Proposals administered by the Faculty Standards and Development Committee incorporate those themes as it seeks to distribute internal research support funds. These matters have arisen in approval and accreditation processes in other countries that expect all faculty to be involved in the traditional triad of teaching, research, and service, and in all cases, CityU policies and practices have been approved as fostering the academic freedoms faculty expect.

Canada’s Respectful Workplace Policy

Read City University of Seattle in Canada’s Respectful Workplace Policy.

Data and Information Security Policy

All City University of Seattle information security policies, standards, guidelines and practices shall be coordinated through the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and shall be consistent with a university-wide approach in developing, implementing and managing information systems security.

University faculty, staff, students, volunteers, or vendors who have access to CityU information described in this policy are expected to exercise discretion, common sense and reasonable judgement in connection with their use of information created, stored, transmitted or disposed in the course of their job duties, regardless of the medium in which that information is maintained. This includes:

  • Personal information collected from and about students, faculty, staff, donors, business partners and others affiliated with the university
  • Information relating to the core business practices of the university, including certain financial, legal and operational information
  • Other information relating to CityU operations that maybe of a sensitive nature

City University of Seattle follows all government regulations (FERPA, etc) in protecting the privacy of the students, faculty and staff information.

Click here to view the entire policy.

Ethics Policy

CityU Ethics Policy

City University of Seattle recognizes its obligation to our students, faculty and staff, to organizations we work with, and communities where we operate, to maintain the highest ethical standards in the activities of all people connected to us. These standards embrace principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. In addition, an important part of the education offered by City University of Seattle is in helping students to acquire a sense of professional and personal ethics in their work by our example. CityU of Seattle and its Board of Trustees encourage members of the University Community to develop moral and ethical commitments to themselves, work, society, and the world.

CityU has selected EthicsPoint to provide staff, faculty and students with a simple way to report activities that may involve misconduct or violations of University policy. You may file a report by going to this website.

EOE Policy

Non-Discrimination in Education & Employment

City University of Seattle subscribes to the principles and laws of the applicable states and the federal government, including applicable Executive Orders that pertain to civil rights, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

City University of Seattle policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment, employment and retention of faculty and staff, and the operation of all university programs, scholarships, loans, activities, and services.

Evidence of practices believed to be inconsistent with this policy should be reported to:

Human Resources Department
City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121

Grade Appeals Policy

City University of Seattle requires high standards of excellence in education. City University of Seattle instructors uphold these standards in their evaluation of student work. At times a student may disagree with the grade received in a course. City University of Seattle is committed to the respectful internal resolution of such disagreements.

A student may appeal a grade only after taking steps to resolve the issue through written communication with the instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the instructor’s response, the student may request that the program director review the matter (for North American students). The program director must respond in writing. If mutual resolution is not reached, the student may file a formal grade appeal. The written appeal must be submitted no later than five (5) weeks after the disputed grade was posted.

In Europe, students not satisfied with the instructor’s response must then initiate a formal grade appeal.

The outcome of a grade appeal is not based on the difficulty of coursework, demanding work load, or instructor style, but on an unbiased evaluation of the extent to which an instructor applied the established grading criteria to the student’s work in a course.

Requests to initiate a grade appeal are to be sent to the chair of the University’s grade appeals committee (U.S. and Canada) or to the Grade Grievance Director (Europe). The student will be notified in writing of the outcome of this process.

Student’s Right to Appeal Decision of Committee

If the student wishes to appeal the committee’s decision, it is then reviewed by the Provost or his designee, whose decision is final.

Grievance Process

Student Complaint Process

The U.S. Department of Education, under the Title IV  of the Higher Education Act (HEA), requires the University to offer students a complaint process to address concerns related to consumer protection laws, alleged violations or rules relating to licensure, and/or complaints relating to the quality of instructor or other accreditation requirements. This complaint process is not a substitute for more specific University grievance processes and procedures related to Students Rights and Responsibilities or Academics found in the General Catalog.

A formal complaint is a complaint directed to a senior administrative representative of the University regarding the institution or its operations. A senior administrative representative includes the President, Provost, VP of Student Services, the VP of Enrollment/Marketing, the Director of Human Resources, and or/the Director of Finance. Formal complaints must be submitted in writing and mailed to the main campus at 521 Wall Street, Seattle, WA 98121 or submitted via email using an official University email account.

Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit WSAC’s site for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.

Non-discrimination Grievance Policy

Non-discrimination in Education and the Grievance Process

Regarding student recruitment and admission, CityU subscribes to the principles and laws of the State of Washington and the federal government, including applicable executive orders that pertain to civil rights, equal opportunity, and affirmative action.

The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam-era or other covered disabled veteran.

Evidence of practices believed to be inconsistent with this policy should be reported to the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services. If a situation warrants further administrative assistance after using City University of Seattle’s grievance procedure and appeals conciliation process, public resources are available through the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

Grievance Process

City University of Seattle has created the following procedure to provide an effective and acceptable way to bring to the University’s attention any equal opportunity, non-discrimination, disciplinary or conduct-related problems and complaints. The procedure helps identify and eliminate legitimate causes for dissatisfaction and enables students to file grievances without fear of retribution or prejudice. The procedure is separate from and applies to all issues other than grades.

The grievance filing procedure is as follows:

  • The aggrieved party contacts the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services or designee as soon as a problem is recognized.
  • The aggrieved party and the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services or designee meet and an appropriate form is provided for the aggrieved party.
  • Once the form is completed, the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services or designee conducts an investigation and prepares a report of findings.
  • The Vice President of Admissions and Student Services or designee reviews the findings with the aggrieved party’s department head and the University’s management team.
  • Within ten (10) days the outcome of these reviews will be shared with the aggrieved party.
  • In the event of any apparently irreconcilable conflict, a three person board comprised of non-involved faculty, staff and a member of one’s peer group (student) will be appointed to review the grievance and attempt conciliation. The board’s written recommendation, of which the aggrieved party will receive a copy, will be prepared within ten (10) additional working days for review by the President of the University.
  • When the appropriate action has been determined, all parties involved will be informed of the decision in writing. Finally, a follow-up procedure will be developed to ensure the action that was agreed on is carried out accordingly.

Documentation of all proceedings will be held in strictest confidence and maintained in a confidential file. It is the responsibility of all City University of Seattle faculty and staff to refer a student grievance to the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services or designee for compliance with this procedure.

Scholastic Honesty Policy

Scholastic honesty in students, faculty and staff requires the pursuit of scholarly activity that is free from fraud, deception and unauthorized collaboration with other individuals. The University holds students individually responsible for understanding and exercising standards of scholastic honesty in every aspect of study and in all work submitted. Various methods of plagiarism detection, may be used by any faculty member in any City University of Seattle course.


City University of Seattle defines violations of scholastic honesty broadly as any act that constitutes cheating or misrepresentation of the actual author of one’s work. Violations of scholastic honesty include, but are not limited to, the following examples.

  • Cheating:
    • Using unauthorized materials such as books or notes to answer examination questions.
    • Copying another student’s homework, written assignments, examination answers, electronic media, or other data.
    • Assisting or allowing someone else to cheat.
  • Plagiarism:
    • Presenting another person’s work as your own.
    • Paraphrasing or condensing ideas from another person’s work without proper citation.
    • Failing to document direct quotations with a proper citation.
    • Word-for-word copying, use of select phrases from another’s work or simply failing to properly cite all sources from which data, examples, ideas, words, or theories are found.
  • Other forms of scholastic dishonesty:
    • Changing examination solutions after the fact, inventing, changing or falsifying data or research.
    • Reproducing or duplicating images, designs, or web pages without giving credit to the developer, artist, or designer.
    • Submitting work created for another course without prior approval from the instructor.
    • Misrepresenting oneself or one’s circumstance to gain an unfair advantage.
    • Collaborating with another person(s) without prior approval from the instructor.
    • Selling or providing term papers, course work, or assignments to other students knowing that the intention is to plagiarize.
    • Bribing or attempting to bribe an instructor.

The University is committed to an educational approach to violations of scholastic honesty. Instructors are encouraged to seek guidance from course managers or senior faculty when they discover possible plagiarism to discuss how best to handle individual cases.

An instructor or staff member may file a formal Violation of Scholastic Honesty Allegation by following the instructions found in the Faculty Handbook or the City University of Seattle Catalog for the current academic year. The Scholastic Honesty Board will be convened and a review of the allegation will commence in a fair and impartial manner. A student may not withdraw from a course after being informed that a scholastic honesty allegation has been filed for that course, whether the communication was by letter, email, or some other means.

Violation Sanctions

In cases where a violation is found to have occurred, disciplinary actions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Issuance of a 0.0 for the assignment or examination;
  • Issuance of a 0.0 for the course grade;
  • Academic suspension for one or more quarters;
  • Dismissal from the University.

The student will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision. If the allegation was filed by an instructor, the instructor will be notified in writing as well.

Student’s Right to Appeal

Students may appeal the Board’s decision within ten days to the Provost, Office of the Provost, whose decision is final.

Security Policy

City University of Seattle is a private nonprofit institution of higher education. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities world wide, primarily to segments of the population not being fully served. City University of Seattle is committed to the safety and security of our entire faculty, staff and students. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the university is dedicated to the accurate and timely dissemination of all crime statistics and security related information to our constituents.

Click here to obtain a copy of City University of Seattle’s annual report containing campus and non-campus crime statistics and related information. Paper copies are available upon request by contacting the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at 1.800.426.5596 x7622.

City University of Seattle subscribes to the following policy for all individuals while they are in any campus facility or rented classroom of the University: “Possession or use of firearms (concealed, permitted, or otherwise), explosives, dangerous chemicals or any other weapons on any University site or at any University-sponsored or sanctioned function. Exceptions to the rule forbidding possession of firearms may be granted to uniformed police officers by the Vice President of Student Services.”

Students with Special Needs

Students Needing Accommodation and Academic Support

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities and applies to all colleges, universities and other educational institutions. The focus of the provisions of this law is on integration and equality.

A university is not allowed to make pre-admission inquiries about whether a student has any disabilities. Once the individual has met the university’s admission standards, that individual should not be barred from attempting to complete a course of study. Providing meaningful access to courses for persons with disabilities is not preferential treatment, it is aimed at providing equal opportunity.

When a student’s disability prevents him or her from fulfilling a course requirement through conventional procedures, thoughtful consideration should be given to alternatives, keeping in mind that academic standards must be maintained.

The responsibility for determining a City University of Seattle student’s eligibility for accommodation rests with the Disability Support Services office within our Admissions and Student Services division. Contact Disability Support Services at 1.800.426.5596 x5228 or via email.

Student Code of Conduct Policy

Admission to City University of Seattle carries an expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the University community. The University student conduct procedures are designed to protect the rights of the individual and of the community as a whole. Students enrolling in the University assume responsibility for their actions while participating in University sanctioned activities.

The President, Vice President, Deans, or Senior Managers of the University may summarily suspend a student in order to protect University community members from the immediate possibility of disorder, misconduct, threat or harm. The student is required to immediately leave the University premises and all of his/her privileges are suspended until an investigation has been conducted. Summary suspensions may be in effect for up to ten working days.

In some cases, an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be resolved by a staff member when the infraction is not serious. If successful resolution is not reached, and for more serious violations of the Code, the student will be referred to the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services.

Allegations of misconduct and summary suspensions referred to the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services will be investigated and the Vice President will make a determination regarding the validity of the complaint and the severity of the violation. If the violation is found to be a minor infraction, the Vice President may dismiss the violation or impose a sanction including but not limited to dismissal, a verbal warning, formal reprimand, restitution, or disciplinary probation.

If the violation is found to be a major infraction, the Vice President will convene the Student Conduct Hearing Board for a formal review. The Student Conduct Hearing Board will recommend to the Vice President the appropriate disciplinary action including but not limited to a verbal warning, formal reprimand, restitution, disciplinary probation, disciplinary suspension, or expulsion.

Student’s Right to Appeal

The student will be notified in writing of the decision of the Vice President. The student may accept the decision of the Vice President or may appeal in writing within ten working days to the President. The President’s decision is final.

Violations of Student Conduct include, but are not limited to

  • Theft or damage to property of a student, faculty or staff member, or visitor to University premises;
  • Verbal, written or physical abuse or threat to any student, faculty or staff member of the University, visitor to the University, or personnel (as at schools) at institutions with which the University has cooperative agreements;
  • Obstruction or disruption of the teaching, operation of a class or other activity of the University;
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, or identification;
  • Unauthorized entry or occupancy of University facilities or blocking access to or egress from such areas;
  • Unauthorized use of University property, facilities, or services;
  • Unauthorized use of technology resources or consumables;
  • Use, possession or distribution of alcohol or illegal substances on any University site or at any University sponsored or sanctioned function;
  • Failure to comply with directions of University employees acting in the legitimate performance of their duties;
  • Possession or use of firearms (concealed, permitted, or otherwise), explosives, dangerous chemicals or any other weapons on any University site or at any University-sponsored or sanctioned function. Exceptions to the rule forbidding possession of firearms may be granted to uniformed police officers by the Vice President of Admissions and Student Services;
  • Disorderly or indecent conduct, personally or intentionally abusive language, breach of the peace or procuring another to breach the peace;
  • Sexual harassment as defined in the current published City University of Seattle Catalog;
  • Intentional violations of University rules, policies, and procedures;
  • Failure to comply with the University’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy;
  • Falsely setting off or tampering with emergency safety equipment, alarm or other device designed for the safety of individuals or University property;
  • Violating the term of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.


Verbal Warning
A verbal notice to the student that his/her conduct does not meet the standards of the University. Record of the verbal warning will remain in the student file until graduation at which time the reprimand will be removed and destroyed.

Formal Reprimand
A written notice to the student that his/her conduct does not meet the standards of the University. A reprimand is considered warning that further incidents of misconduct may result in further disciplinary action. Written Reprimands will remain in the student file until graduation at which time the reprimand will be removed and destroyed.

Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property or fines as a result of tampering with emergency safety equipment.

Disciplinary Probation
Restriction or exclusion from University-related activities. Disciplinary probation may be imposed for a period not to exceed two years. Further misconduct of any kind during the probationary period may result in further disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.

Summary Suspension
Temporary dismissal from the University and temporary termination of the student’s status for a period of time not to exceed ten days.

Disciplinary Suspension
Exclusion from classes or other privileges for a period not to exceed two years.

Indefinite termination of student status.

Students Right to Know

Postsecondary institutions participating in federal financial aid programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students regarding consumer information. On this webpage you can find all of this information. Should you not be able to find the information you are looking for, please contact the Director of Financial Aid, Registrar, Director of Student Accounts, or the Director of Admissions. All contact information can be found in the Administrative list below.

Website Privacy Policy

City University of Seattle’s present policy with respect to users’ use of the Web site is to collect no personally identifiable information unless the user elects to make such information available to City University.[1] “Personally identifiable information” includes name, address, telephone and fax numbers, social security number, and credit card, debit card or other charge card information. Personally identifiable information does not include information that is collected anonymously (i.e., without identification of the individual user) or demographic information not connected to an identified individual. City University of Seattle reserves the right to change its privacy policy by announcing and posting the changes on the City University of Seattle Web site.

[1] Note however that “log” files may be automatically created by Internet protocols when users connect to City University of Seattle’s Web site.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

If during your visit to our Web site you participate in a survey, send an electronic mail message, or perform some other transaction online, such as registering for a course, the following additional information will be collected:

The e-mail address and contents of e-mail, for those who communicate with us via e-mail,
Information volunteered in response to a survey, and
Information volunteered through an online form for any other purpose.
Online transactions requiring you to provide personal information may be completed by other means such as in person, by e-mail or phone.

Use of Personally Identifiable Information

City University of Seattle will not share personally identifiable information with third parties without your permission, other than in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) comply with legal requirements; (b) protect the rights or property of City University of Seattle or its affiliates, or (c) protect public safety in urgent circumstances.

Information Collected From Password Protected Areas

When users log into one of the password-protected secure areas of our site, we track user’s log-on ID, password, name, status (student, faculty, staff, etc.), which secured areas are available to that person, and error status. At City University of Seattle, we only use cookies when a user logs into a secure area of our site that requires a password.

Links to Other Sites

This site contains links to other sites. City University of Seattle is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites, nor is City University of Seattle an endorser of linked sites.

How We Protect Privacy Online

Access to personal information on our website, including information about student accounts, courses and grades requires a log-on ID and is password-protected for privacy and security. However there is currently no technology that can guaranty against unauthorized, unlawful or criminal access by computer trespassers or others intent on violating the law. City University of Seattle is not responsible for unlawful activities by third parties.

No Liability

City University of Seattle shall not be liable to any user, including students, for any violation of this privacy policy or for any future changes to the policy, or for any third party’s violation of this privacy policy or the privacy or confidentiality policies of the third party. City University of Seattle shall not be liable for any damages, including actual, special, punitive, consequential, exemplary, statutory, or other damages, attorneys fees or costs, charges, fines, or any monetary compensation, to any user, for any claim, lawsuit, action or other proceeding arising from, relating to, or in connection with this privacy policy or future policies or any use of or access to the City University of Seattle Web site.


If you have other questions about www.cityu.edu privacy policies, or have suggestions on how these policies can be improved, please feel free to email us, or contact us at:

City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121


The Administration at City University of Seattle is made up of the Board of Trustees, President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and Administration, Faculty and the Students.


Chancellor of the National University System

The Chancellor of the National University System oversees all affiliates and sits on the Board of Trustees. To read about the Chancellor and CEO of National University System, you can go here.

Board of Trustees

City University of Seattle is a not for profit corporation created
under the laws of the State of Washington. It is governed by a
Board of Trustees consisting of up to 19 members. The Board of
Trustees has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the quality and
integrity of the institution. The Board selects a Chief Executive
Officer (President), approves and monitors the implementation
of the mission of the institution, establishes institutional policies,
approves all new academic programs, adopts the University
budget, and exercises oversight to ensure compliance with

The Board delegates to the President the responsibility to
implement and administer institutional policies as well as to carry
out the mission of the institution. The President reports directly
to the Board of Trustees.

City University of Seattle is a constituent University of the National
University System, along with National University and JFK
University, among others. The President is responsible for System
collaboration, working with National University System Chancellor,
and is evaluated by the Chancellor and the Board annually. The
President works collaboratively with the Board and the University
community to articulate a vision for the University, and to
provide strategic leadership through defining institutional goals,
establishing priorities, and developing strategic and operational
plans. The President represents the University to the local and
regional publics.

View the President’s page here.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports
directly to the President. Duties include defining and maintaining
academic quality and rigor in accordance with accreditation
standards for domestic and international programs. The Provost
is responsible for oversight of the quality and operations of all
Academic Affairs. Reporting to the Provost are the Deans of
the School of Management, School of Applied Leadership, Albright
School of Education, and School of Arts and Sciences. Academic
operational units reporting to the Provost include the Dr. Vi Tasler
Library & Learning Resource Center, the Division of E-Learning,
the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the University Registrar,
the Office of International Affairs, and the Division of Academic
Operations. The Academic Deans and VP of Canadian Programs
supervise experienced Administrative Faculty who in turn identify,
recommend for appointment, and supervise more than 650
Teaching Faculty worldwide. Programs offered in Europe and Asia
are supervised by appropriate Regional Deans or Directors who
ensure academic quality and provide daily operational oversight.

Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of Finance and Administration
The Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and
Administration reports directly to the President. This position
recommends appropriate annual operating budgets and ensures
the efficient management of business affairs and the physical plant
and property. Areas reporting to this position are the Business
Office, Facilities, and Information Technology.

City University of Seattle’s faculty are vital to the University’s
educational mission. Faculty oversee curricula through participation
in school curriculum committees which review and recommend
all new or revised programs and courses. In addition, Faculty
participate in an inclusive academic governance structure through
representation on cross-departmental committees and councils.
The Academic Affairs Council, chaired by the Provost, is the primary
academic governance body for Academic Affairs. It reviews and
recommends new programs, substantial program revisions, new
partnerships, and academic policies. An Associate Faculty Advisory
Board meets periodically with the Provost and President to discuss
matters relevant to the Teaching Faculty. All Faculty are encouraged
to participate in policy or governance discussions and decisions by
providing written and/or oral input through Administrative faculty,
Deans, and the Provost.

Faculty members at City University of Seattle are hired for their
combination of advanced academic preparation and distinguished
professional experience in the fields they teach. This combination
of academic strength and practical expertise assures the relevance,
currency, and credibility of the programs offered in education,
business, communications, and the behavioral sciences. The
University’s faculty develop and revise programs in accord with
recent scholarship and best practices in the professions, and assure
instructional quality across the programs. Faculty also collaborate
on academic policies and standards for the University.

City University of Seattle is a student-centered institution of higher
education. Every effort is made to actively solicit student input into
the University’s planning and decision-making. Student input is
collected through regular surveys and evaluations of instruction
and course quality. Professional Education Advisory Boards (PEAB’s)
in the Albright School of Education and other academic program
advisory committees, which provide industry feedback to the
programs, include students in their membership. Students may at
any time provide feedback and suggestions through their advisors,
and suggestion boxes that are available at every site, online, or
by taking advantage of an open-door policy of all faculty and
administrators, including the Provost and the President.


The City University of Seattle Board of Trustees oversees City University of Seattle and plays an integral role in shaping the quality and character of its programs. As an affiliate of the National University System these trustees also serve on the board of the National University System and contribute to its future course.


Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees, by Charter and By-laws, has legal and fiduciary responsibilities for the quality and integrity of the institution. It selects a Chief Executive Officer (President), approves and monitors the implementation of the mission of the institution, oversees the establishment of broad institutional policies, and exercises oversight to ensure compliance with policies. The Board delegates to the President the responsibility to implement and administer these policies as well as the responsibility to carry out the mission of the institution.

Governing Board List

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The City University of Seattle Board of Trustees oversees City University of Seattle and plays an integral role in shaping the quality and character of the institution as well as steering its future course.

Trustees are recognized leaders in their communities and individually respected in the fields of business, education, the law, and the arts. The Board meets three times a year to assess University goals and the progress toward achieving them.

Leaders and members of the Board of Trustees include:

Ms. Stacy Allison – Professional Speaker, Author
Mr. Richard Chisholm, Treasurer – Managing Director, Higher Education & Nonprofit Group, Wells Fargo Securities
Mr. Tom Clevinger, Chairman – Executive, Retired
Ms. Jeanne Connelly, Secretary – President, Connelly Consulting
Dr. Michael R. Cunningham (Ex Officio) – Chancellor, The National University System
Mr. Gerald Czarnecki – Chairman & CEO, Deltennium Group, Inc.
Ms. Kim Folsom – Serial High Tech, Venture Backed Entrepreneur
Mr. Robert Freelen – Vice President Public Affairs, Emeritus Stanford University
Ms. Ruthann Heinrich – Executive, Retired
Ms. Rebecca Henderson – Group President, Randstad Talent Solutions Group
Mr. W. H. Knight, Jr. (Joe) – Distinguished Academic in Residence Seattle University School of Law
Dr. Donald Kripke, Vice Chairman – Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego
Ms. Jean Leonard – Trustee Emeritus
Dr. Erlinda J. Martinez – Higher Education President, Retired
Mr. Michael R. McGill, P.E. – President, MMS Design Associates
Mr. Herbert Meistrich – President, Meistrich Capital Resources, Inc.
Ms. Joanne M. Pastula – Executive, Retired
Mr. Dan Pittard – Chairman and CEO, Pittard Partners LLC
Mr. Hiep Quach – Executive, Retired
Dr. E. Lee Rice – CEO and Medical Director, Lifewellness Institute
Mr. Carlos Rodriguez – Public Affairs and Communications Consultant, Rodriguez & Company
Mr. Jay Stone – Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc.
Mr. Thomas Topuzes – President and CEO, Thomas Topuzes & Associates, LLC

Associations and Alliances

For decades thousands of people around the world have counted on City University of Seattle to help them change their lives for good. By providing unprecedented access to quality education, CityU has helped students fulfill their dreams of earning a coveted degree and becoming professionals.

International Relationships

With programs in Canada, Mexico, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, China and the United States, CityU is truly a global innovator in education. As part of its mission CityU builds stronger communities worldwide through educational programs and partnerships.

The network of City University of Seattle programs and partnerships enables students to study in other countries, learn with students around the world online and onsite, and experience international perspectives.

To partner with CityU in:

Asia, Mexico, or the United States
City University of Seattle President’s Office
Tel: 206.239.4800

Arden Henley, Ed.D.
Tel: 604.689.2489

Jan Rebro, Ing.
Tel: +42.12.6381.0601

Institutional Data

City University of Seattle serves thousands of students around the world in Asia, Europe and North America. To learn more about CityU view this  fast facts page.

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