Campus Access + Security Policies

Access to Campus Facilities

800 Chestnut Street

Access to the campus may be gained through the 800 Chestnut Street entrance only. The campus is generally open to staff, faculty, and enrolled students between the hours of 6:00 am and 2:00am, with 24-hour access during the three weeks around the midterm and finals periods. Specific hours are subject to modification. Access to departmental facilities is subject to departmental policies and schedules.

Public areas of the campus are generally open to the public 8:00am to 6:00pm daily throughout the year. Public access hours are extended until 10:30pm, Monday through Thursday when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. Public hours may be extended for other special public events or curtailed during SFAI vacation times, construction, or for private SFAI functions. Disruptive, vagrant, or threatening persons will be denied access to the facilities or required to leave the facilities by SFAI personnel.

Individuals entering the campus after hours must present a valid SFAI ID and sign in and out with the security guard on duty. In the interest of personal and property safety, all doors except the Chestnut Street door are locked in the exit-only position. Also, after 8:00pm opening any doors in response to knocking is prohibited. In recognition of the increased safety risks present late at night, leaving campus between 11:00pm and 6:30am is limited to the Chestnut Street exit.

State and local fire codes prohibit propping doors open at any time during the day or night. In compliance with these regulations and in the interest of fire and personal safety, propping doors open is prohibited at any time of the day or night. Chaining, locking, or barring doors so that they cannot open readily from the inside is prohibited.

Fort Mason Campus

The Fort Mason Campus is accessible 24 hours per day with the use of your access card. In order to facilitate campus safety, Security requires all students, staff and faculty to keep their SFAI ID visible at all times. All guests must be checked in and badged at the Security desk. Should your guest violate SFAI policies or standards, you shall be held responsible for their actions.

SFAI keys and access cards may not be duplicated or shared with others. You are responsible for maintaining possession of your keys. Key duplication is not only illegal, it compromises the safety and security of all students. Students who are found using or distributing duplicate keys face the loss of studio privileges and may also be expelled from the institution.

Do not prop open exit doors.

Never allow a stranger access to the private areas of the building at any time. If you encounter a stranger in the private areas of the building contact the Studio Coordinator or security guard on duty immediately, or if you cannot do so then call 911 immediately. Do not try to confront them.

Photo ID Requirement

All students, staff, and faculty must possess a valid SFAI ID while on the campus premises. Cards can be obtained from the Student Affairs Office. ID cards must be presented to security staff upon request.

General Security Policy

All staff, faculty, students, and visitors are strongly encouraged to report any security concerns or problems, including disruptive persons, as soon as possible to responsible personnel as defined in the Reporting Criminal Actions or Emergencies section of this handbook below. Such reports facilitate timely investigation, response, and resolution of the reported concern or problem. All staff, faculty, students, and visitors are encouraged to submit comments or suggestions regarding campus security procedures to the Director of Operations & Facilities or to the Vice President of Operations & Facilities, who has primary administrative responsibility for campus security. The Facilities Office manager has direct administrative responsibility for the security staff.

During regular business hours, campus security is the responsibility of all SFAI staff and faculty. Problems should be reported immediately to the Facilities Office manager or the security staff. Security guards are on duty 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. Security guards make periodic rounds of the SFAI campus to ensure campus security, permit access to studios, classrooms, and other SFAI facilities by authorized persons in accordance with departmental and institutional policies, enforce SFAI policies, investigate and report security problems, and act as liaisons to local authorities in the event of criminal action and/or other emergencies.

All staff, faculty, and students are responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. SFAI encourages everyone to keep all valuables on their person or locked in a secure place. SFAI cannot be responsible for personal belongings of any person.

SFAI will make timely reports to the SFAI community in the event of a crime on campus that is considered to be a threat to SFAI students or personnel. Provision of information about such crimes shall be intended to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Campus Law Enforcement

SFAI’s contract security personnel, including staff in other departments who substitute for security personnel, have authority and responsibility for enforcing all SFAI policies and regulations and shall report any violations of such policies and regulations to the appropriate SFAI authorities.

Crime Prevention

SFAI’s Campus Security Policy describes security procedures designed to prevent crimes on campus. This policy will be distributed to all staff and faculty when they are hired and annually thereafter and to all students upon enrollment so that they can familiarize themselves with campus security procedures. From time to time or as necessary, the SFAI Facilities Office manager will distribute advisories and suggestions for security procedures or activities designed to prevent crimes on campus. SFAI may hold special training or information sessions to inform students and employees about prevention of crimes.