SFAI encourages the active participation in campus security activities as the most effective means of ensuring safety on campus.

The use and security of SFAI’s campuses are affected and influenced by the following factors:

  • SFAI is an urban campus. Our buildings are located in densely populated and desirable neighborhoods such as Russian Hill, near Fisherman’s Wharf; the Marina district along the northern waterfront; and Lower Nob Hill, near Union Square.
  • The unique architectural qualities of the main campus with its irregular shape, openness, and numerous access points make it difficult to secure.
  • Institutional policies actively encourage public access and involvement.
  • Institutional philosophy encourages freedom of expression.

Despite these constraints and realities, it is the policy of SFAI to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible.

SFAI’s Campus Security Policies will be reviewed, revised, and circulated to all SFAI staff, faculty, and students on an annual basis.

Campus Access  - General Security Policy - Emergency


Access to the campus may be gained through the 800 Chestnut Street entrance only. This entrance will be open from 8:00am until the last class of the day usually by 7:00pm for this current fall semester. Graduate students with individual studios and a current ID are permitted to work in their studios until 11:00pm. The building will be emptied and locked from 11:00pm until 8:00am the following morning.

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 8:00am 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.


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.

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.