Campus Safety + Security

Effective campus security is the concern of all SFAI staff, faculty, students, and visitors.

SFAI encourages the active participation of all staff, faculty, and students in campus security activities as the most effective means of preventing crimes on campus. 

All staff, faculty, students, and visitors are strongly encouraged to report any security concerns or problems, including disruptive persons, as soon as possible to Security staff immediately.

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


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


800 Chestnut Street

The campus is generally open to staff, faculty, and enrolled students 24 hours a day throughout the year. Access to departmental facilities is subject to departmental policies and schedules. Public areas of the campus are generally open to the public 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily throughout the year. Public access hours are extended until 10:30 pm, 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. Access to the campus may be gained through the 800 Chestnut Street entrance only. 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 11:00 pm 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.

2565 Third Street Graduate Center

The Graduate Center at 2565 Third Street is open only to faculty, staff, and graduate students of SFAI and their guests. Keys are provided to faculty teaching seminars at the Graduate Center and to students maintaining studios at Third Street from the Graduate Facilities Manager upon payment of a security deposit.  Individuals working on campus after hours must present their valid SFAI ID to the security officer on duty.

Timely Warning Policy

When there is a fire or other major emergency requiring evacuation, employees and other people within the facility will be alerted by a horn/strobe alarm system. In lesser or localized emergencies, SFAI has a public address system able to reach all areas of the school.

In the event that a situation arises, whether on campus or off, that in the judgment of the Director of Operations, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide timely warning will be issued. This warning will be issued through Everbridge, our emergency alert system, which delivers messages in real time through text message, phone call, and email message. These electronic communications will alert community members to the type of emergency and how to respond. Any person who has information about an incident that might warrant a timely warning should contact the Chestnut Street Security Office at 415.624.5529.

We will occasionally issue emergency notifications through this same system to notify the campus community of emergencies that do not pose a threat but about which community members should be informed. You can update your contact preferences for timely warnings and emergency notifications by logging in to WebAdvisor and selecting Everbridge.

School closures and reopenings due to emergencies will be publicized online at and through alerts using the campus mass notification system.

The receptionist will have current information regarding SFAI program closures and re-openings.  If the switchboard is not functioning due to lack of power, 415-771-7020 will function as a single line for emergency calls into and out of SFAI.  If students are dislocated temporarily due to an emergency situation, they should attempt to notify the Student Affairs office.

Missing Person Policy


  • Upon check-in to the residence hall, all students will have the opportunity to identify an individual to be contacted by the Institute in case the student is determined to be missing.
  • For students under the age of 18, that notification will be made to the student's parent or legal guardian within 24 hours of the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • There is no waiting period for reporting a student missing and a student shall be deemed missing when he or she is reportedly absent from the Institute for more than 24 hours without any known reason.
  • All reports of missing residential students shall be directed to the Residence Director. The Residence Director, in conjunction with the Assistant Dean of Students, will determine whether the student is missing in accordance with this policy.
  • The San Francisco Police Department will be notified within 24 hours of a student being determined missing.


  • Any report of a missing student should immediately be directed to the Residence Director.
  • The Residence Director will immediately notify the Assistant Dean of Students and the two will work in conjunction, attempting to do the following:
  • Make contact with the student reported missing by calling the student's cell phone number on file, going to the student's room (keying in if no answer), interviewing the student’s roommate(s) and floormates to find out the last time the student was seen and find any known plans.
  • Check social media sites for activity.
  • Check the building access log to determine when the student last entered the residence hall using their building entrance card.
  • Contact the Cashiers Office to check when the student last used their meal plan.
  • Check the student’s class schedule and look for the student in the classroom.
  • Contact the student’s faculty members regarding attendance in the classroom.
  • Determine a timeline of when the student was last heard from or seen.


The Assistant Dean of Students will notify the Dean of Students who will initiate whatever action deemed appropriate under the specific incident's circumstances.

If the Dean of Students, after investigation, determines that a residential student has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Institute will, within 24 hours after making such a determination, notify both the student’s designated contact person and local law enforcement that the student is missing. If such student is under the age of 18 and is unemancipated, the Institute will also notify the student’s parent or legal guardian within the 24 hour period after the Dean of Students has determined that the student is missing.

Any notification to parents, legal guardians, designated contacts, or local law enforcement will be made by the Dean of Students or their designee.

If it has been less than 24 hours, and the student's absence does not appear irregular or suspicious, a note will be left at the student's room requesting that they contact a staff member immediately upon their return. If at the 24 hour mark the student still has not returned or contacted a staff member, then the above stated actions will take place.

Reports of students missing from off-campus will be referred to the police department having jurisdiction over the student’s local residence, if known, or the student’s permanent residence if a local residence cannot be determined. For students who do not reside in campus provided housing, they will have the option of filling out a Missing Person’s Form.

Workplace Antiviolence Policy

SFAI promotes a safe and secure working environment for all students and employees. Acts or threats of physical violence, whether express or implied, including intimidation, harassment and/or coercion, which involve or affect SFAI or which occur on SFAI property, will not be tolerated. This prohibition against threats and acts of violence (including domestic violence) applies to all enrolled students and persons involved in the operation of SFAI, including but not limited to, SFAI personnel, contract and temporary workers and anyone else on SFAI property. Violations of this policy, by any individual, will lead to disciplinary and/or other legal action as appropriate. Examples of workplace violence include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Threats or acts of violence occurring on Institute premises, regardless of the relationship between SFAI and the parties involved in the incident.
  • Threats or acts of violence occurring off Institute premises involving someone who is acting in the capacity of a representative of SFAI.
  • Threats or acts of violence occurring off Institute premises involving an employee of SFAI if the threats or acts affect the business interests of SFAI.
  • Threats or acts of violence occurring off Institute premises of which an employee of SFAI is a victim if SFAI determines that the incident may lead to an incident of violence on Institute premises
  • Threats or acts resulting in the conviction of an employee, agent of SFAI, or of individual performing services for SFAI on a contract or temporary basis, under any criminal code provision relating to violence or threats of violence (including domestic violence) which adversely affect the legitimate business interests of SFAI.

Specific examples of conduct which may be considered threats or acts of violence under this policy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Threatening physical or aggressive contact directed toward another individual or engaging in behavior that causes fear of such contact.
  • Threatening an individual or their family, friends, associates or property with physical harm. 
  • The intentional destruction or threat of destruction of Institute property or another’s property.
  • Harassing or threatening physical, verbal, written or electronic communications, including verbal statements, phone calls, emails, letters, faxes, website materials, diagrams or drawings, gestures and any other form of communication that causes a reasonable fear or intimidation response in others. 
  • Surveillance 
  • Stalking is defined as a pattern of conduct over a period of time, however short, which evidences a continuity of purpose and includes physical presence, telephone calls, emails and any other type of correspondence sent by any means.
  • Veiled threats of physical harm or intimidation

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive tactics carried out by an abuser against an intimate partner (the victim) with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.  Where the abuser’s tactics include any of the above-described conduct on SFAI premises, this policy applies.  Where such tactics include any of the above-described behaviors off SFAI premises, this policy applies where the abuser is someone who is acting as an employee or representative of SFAI at the time, where the victim is an employee who is exposed to the conduct because of work for the SFAI, or where there is a reasonable basis for believing that violence may occur against the victim or others in the workplace.  The term “intimate partner” includes people who are legally married to each other, people who were once married to each other, people who have had a child together, people who live together or who have lived together, and people who have or have had a dating or sexual relationship, including same sex couples.

Any person who engages in a threat or violent action on Institute property may be removed from the premises as quickly as safety permits and may be required, at SFAI’s discretion, to remain off Institute premises pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident.

When threats are made or acts of violence are committed by a SFAI student or employee, a judgment will be made by SFAI as to what actions are appropriate, including possible medical evaluation and/or possible disciplinary action. Once a threat has been substantiated, it is SFAI’s policy to put the threat-maker on notice that they will be held accountable for their actions and then follow through with the implementation of a decisive and appropriate response.

Under this policy, decisions may be needed to prevent a threat from being carried out, a violent act from occurring, or a life-threatening situation from developing. Decisions under this policy will be made by a team comprised of the President, Chief Operating Officer and a Human Resources representative. No existing Institute policy or procedure should be interpreted in a manner that prevents the above from occurring.

SFAI encourages employees or students who have a restraining or other type of no contact order against an individual to inform campus security.

Additionally, where an employee is convicted of a crime of violence or threat of violence under any criminal code provision, SFAI reserves the right to determine whether the conduct involved may adversely affect the legitimate business interests of SFAI, and may implement corrective action up to and including discharge as a result.  Any employee convicted of such a crime must report the conviction to SFAI absent a court order to the contrary.  Failure to do so is a violation of this policy and subjects the employee to disciplinary action, including termination from employment.