Campus Safety Mission

The Department of Campus Safety is a diversified organization providing professional safety services to its students, faculty and Administrators. The Campus Safety Team is a proactive, service-oriented agency trained to respond to the needs of the university and is staffed and equipped to protect with pride, sensitivity, and integrity.
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Student ID Cards

Each undergraduate and graduate student of Academy of Art University is issued a Student Identification (ID) Card. Your ID card serves as proof of status with Academy of Art University and provides access to many resources provided by the university such as dining hall meals, access to buildings and residence halls, use of the libraries and athletic facilities, and a debit program for certain purchases. Faculty and staff ID cards are also issued at the third floor of 79 New Montgomery.

All students must maintain and carry a current ID card for the entire period that they are affiliated with the university. You are responsible for the care and safekeeping of the ID card, and it should be protected and carried at all times. Protecting the ID card reduces the risk of abuse related to privileges and funds associated with the ID card and extends the life of the card. Holes should not be punched in the ID card and the use of stickers, pins, or other items affixed to the ID card is prohibited. No one other than the student to whom the card is issued is to use the ID card, and the card is the property of Academy of Art University and must be presented upon the request of an appropriate university official and may be revoked at any time by the University. The Registration Office staff will dispose of any invalid ID cards.

1. Obtaining the Student ID Card
The initial Student ID card is issued without charge and may be obtained from Campus Safety at 180 New Montgomery room# B83.  Replacement cards must be paid for in Registration at 150 Hayes.

2. Reporting a lost or stolen card
If you've lost your ID card, you report it as soon as possible. Placing a card on "lost" status protects you by de-activating the associated ID card privileges and funds. Report a stolen card to Academy of Art University either in person or by calling 1-415-618-6460. To report a lost card, speak directly with the Registration Office during normal office hours. Once the card is reported as lost, it cannot be used by anyone until it is re-activated or is replaced by a newly printed card.

3. Replacing a Missing or Damaged ID Card
If the most recently issued ID card becomes unusable due to normal wear and tear, it will be replaced at no charge. If for any other reason an ID card needs to be replaced, there is a $30.00 non-refundable ID card replacement fee, payable by cash, check, or credit card.

You can get a replacement ID card from the Registration Office during normal office hours Monday through Friday. The process of having a new ID card printed permanently de-activates the most recently issued card, and the Registration Office staff will dispose of any invalid ID cards.

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Uniform Patrol

Campus Safety has non-sworn uniform patrol officers patrolling all Academy of Art University campuses, 24 hours every day. The officers are well trained and sanctioned by Academy of Art University and the State of California Consumer Affairs Department to serve and protect the Academy community.

The uniform patrol officers patrol the campus in marked Academy vehicles and on foot. They are trained in first aid/CPR, laws of arrest, crime prevention, Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (N.E.R.T.), and customer service for the Academy community

Campus Host Program

Academy of Art University supplies each building with Campus Hosts, who act as a liaison between the public and Campus Safety. As part of their duties, Campus Hosts:

  • Welcome guests to and describe the building in which they work
  • Limit access to buildings to students and invited guests
  • Provide answers to common questions regarding the Academy
  • Contact Campus Safety, 911, the police, or fire departments when necessary
  • Describe the neighborhood and campus buildings in order to direct students to Academy properties and locations of importance (e.g. post offices, banks, bus lines, etc.)
  • Provide Academy brochures and collateral to parents, guests, and students
  • Describe emergency standard operating procedures and disaster recovery plans
  • Provide information about the Academy's private campus buses

Communication Center

The Academy of Art Communication Center serves our campus students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staffed with professionals who monitor the University through radio, telephone, and video surveillance technologies, the team is highly trained to answer any question. The Communication Center is also responsible for being the Emergency Operations Center for the University if a disaster strikes the city of San Francisco.

Emergency Preparedness

All students are encouraged to watch the short emergency preparedness video. It provides important information that all students should know in preparation for an emergency on campus, and includes the safe assembly zones for each Academy academic building where classes are held. Watch the Emergency Preparedness Video

The Academy of Art University's Emergency Preparedness Plan has been prepared to provide a framework for the university’s overall emergency preparedness. How quickly a company recovers after an earthquake, fire, or power outage often depends on the emergency planning done today. Establishing guidelines and procedures to prepare for natural and man-made disasters helps ensure that the Academy responds effectively to any emergency situation. A commitment to planning supports not only our faculty, staff, and students–it impacts the greater community. In an emergency situation, everyone benefits from being prepared.

What does the Plan do?

  • Establishes guidelines and procedures to allow Academy of Art University to effectively respond to any emergency
  • Provides a framework for response to emergency situations that could impact normal Academy operations
  • Describes the emergency response system that protects life, property, and the environment

What are the Academy's Emergency Priorities?
During an emergency, the Academy has three major priorities:
1. First and foremost is our goal to protect the lives and safety of our faculty, staff, and students
2. Next, we will secure the University’s critical infrastructure and facilities
3. And finally, the Academy will support the resumption of teaching and the overall operation of the university

Structure of the Plan
The Plan focuses on the three primary phases of crisis management:
Now—How to respond to the immediate crisis, how to evacuate the building, and where are the safe zones for each building and other important information.
Next—Once the immediate crisis is over, the plan gives guidance on how to begin to get back to normal operations.
Normal—The plan identifies the activities that will move Academy of Art University toward normal operations.

The Plan is designed to aid communication and decision-making during emergencies. The Plan addresses:

  • Immediate Crisis—The Plan describes the Emergency Operations Center organizational structure that will respond to the crisis and work collaboratively with the police, fire department and other first responders.
  • A Variety of Crisis Scenarios—The plan describes how to deal with and manage specific types of emergencies/disasters such as fire, earthquake, significant power outage, and other types of emergencies.
  • Staying Prepared—The plan serves as a means for providing ongoing educational materials for employees and students on the basics of emergency preparedness and response.

How can you prepare for an emergency?

  • Sign up for emergency text messages from the Campus Safety Department. To sign up, text: “artalerts” to 66937. When you receive a text back, reply “y.”
  • Know what the alarm sounds like that signals you to exit the building.
  • Know how to exit your building and where the safe zone is.
  • Know what is expected in a variety of emergency situations such as fire, earthquake, severe weather, workplace violence, etc.
  • Know who your building warden is and who your floor warden is.
  • Keep Campus Safety’s phone number (1-415-618-HELP) close to your telephone and/or on speed dial on your cell phone. If you are unsure how to respond to an emergency, call Campus Safety and follow their instructions.

What You Need to Do In an Emergency
Stay calm, and contact Campus Safety (1-451-618-HELP) and then follow their directions.
Depending on the situation you may be instructed to evacuate the building or shelter in place.

Evacuating the Building:

  • Do not use the elevator
  • Take the stairs—always know where the stairwell is in relation to your classroom
  • Alert the floor warden if you have a student or colleague who has a mobility, sight, or hearing impairment
  • Leave the building and go to the designated safe zone—do not leave the area until you have been dismissed
  • Watch the Emergency Preparedness Video for a map of safe zones (

Sheltering in Place:
If you have been told to shelter in place due to a potentially violent situation:

  • Secure the door to your office or classroom by either locking it or putting furniture against the door
  • Gather in a corner of the room that is to the right or left of the door. Do not gather near the door or directly across from the door
  • Sit quietly on the floor until the all-clear signal is given
  • Maintaining silence is very important in this situation—do not talk or make any noise.

Following an Emergency or Disaster:

  • Follow the instructions from Campus Safety and/or First Responders
  • You may be asked to refrain from using your cell phone, particularly in the event of an earthquake
  • Implement the personal emergency plan that your family may have put into place, and contact family members/friends outside of the Bay Area per your family’s plan
  • Report to a Red Cross shelter if your home has been damaged/compromised such as it might be following an earthquake

If The Disaster or Emergency Takes Place on the Weekend or After-Hours:

  • You will receive a text message from Campus Safety if you have signed up for this free service
  • Tune to KCBS, KGO or go to the Academy of Art University website for information
  • Contact your department’s emergency coordinator


Crime Prevention Tips

Follow these tips to help you stay safe when you're out and about:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and property in a public place
  • If you think someone or something is suspicious, request the police and/or Campus Safety to investigate your suspicions
  • Joggers should vary their times and locations of travel, using well lit and traveled locations for jogging
  • Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from strangers •Be careful when wearing or carrying expensive jewelry, or other items in public
  • Never leave possessions unattended on or off campus

Crime Prevention Unit

The Crime Prevention Unit is comprised of members of the Management, Patrol, Dispatch and Campus Host units, and is tasked with developing safety programs and disseminating information to the Academy community on crime prevention. The unit utilizes Campus Safety units as well as other outside resources to ensure a safe Academy community.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

Campus Safety Office—Open 24x7 Phone: 1-415-618-3911 or 1-415-618-3896

Other Contact Information:

Please dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

By reporting crimes and suspicious circumstances directly to the Department of Campus Safety, we can include it in the Annual Campus Safety Report, and the Department of Campus Safety will be able to issue timely and appropriate warning bulletins. Reports can be made anonymously, and will be held in the strictest confidence.

If the worst happens..

What would you do if someone attacked you? Could you fight back or would you avoid resisting and wait to escape? Only you can decide whether to fight back, but preparing yourself for all possibilities could provide a split-second advantage:

  • If someone threatens you, shout and scream for help
  • Get to safety
  • You have every right to defend yourself with reasonable force with items that you have with you. Items such as an umbrella, hairspray, or keys can be used against an attacker, however, the law doesn't allow civilians to carry anything that could be described as an offensive weapon

If you have been attacked..

Assaults and rapes are serious crimes, whether committed by a stranger or someone you know. If you or someone you know is attacked:

  • Call Campus Safety—we need your help to catch the attacker. You can help the safety team by:
  1. Taking the name or address of any witness
  2. Trying to remember exactly what the attacker looked like
  3. If a car was involved, try to note the color, model, and license plate number
  • You do not need to go to the police station to report an assault and you can be interviewed in your own home if you wish. These crimes are dealt with sympathetically, regardless of gender. Police stations have specially trained officers to help and support you, and many areas have comfortable victim suites separate from the police station where you can be interviewed privately.

Additional Resources

Warning Bulletins

If a situation arises, either on or off campus, which, in the judgment of the director of Campus Safety, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the University Flat Screens located in most building lobbies, Academy of Art University email and text message, or the Campus safety text messaging system. Campus Safety Hosts will also advise students and staff with all notifications posted.

Campus Safety Text Alerts

A free campus safety text messaging service is now available.  

To sign up, go to and follow the sign up prompts. (Click here for a step-by-step guide to the sign up process.)

This real time alert will provide information regarding any emergencies or safety precautions that affect the university and its surroundings.

Please note:  Your information will not be solicited to other parties.  This service is free of spam and you will only receive alerts from the Academy.


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