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In the event of an emergency, including any serious injury, you should seek help immediately. Call 911 from any campus phone, other landline or mobile phone. When 911 answers, stay calm and be prepared to answer the operator’s questions, which may include:

  • Where is the emergency located?
  • What is the emergency? (fire, medical, hazardous material, etc.)
  • How did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Who are you? (your name)


Do not hang up until instructed to do so by the operator. You do not need to know all the answers to these questions, but try to gather as much information as you can. Give a telephone number or other safe location where the emergency responders can call or meet you, and wait for the responders at that location.

After the emergency has been responded to, an incident report and witness statement should be filed with SVA Security. Reports concerning an SVA student’s physical or mental health will be forwarded to the Office of Student Health and Counseling Services, and a staff member will follow up with the student(s) involved, if appropriate.

Notify SVA Security

After calling 911, contact the nearest security officer at one of the following locations. (Updated 8.28.13)

10th Street Residence 212.477.1923
132/136 West 21 Street 646.336.6252
133/141 West 21 Street  212.675.7993
209 East 23 Street 212.696.4632
214 East 21 Street 212.475.1659
380 Second Avenue 212.614.8026
335 West 16 Street 212.929.0296
George Washington Residence 212.253.2372
Gramercy Women’s Residence 212.777.2843
Ludlow Residence 212.254.3730
New Residence   212.889.2797
SVA Theatre 212.675.7993 
Security Command Center, 209 East 23 Street  (24 hours a day) 212.696.4632


SVA has a standing committee comprising officials from various offices at the College that is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the SVA community and the continuity and/or recovery of critical operations in an emergency. The committee meets regularly to review, allocate and coordinate resources; seek guidance from the New York Police Department, New York City Office of Emergency Management and other local authorities; and put in place written response plans.


Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

SVA transmits critical information to the College community using the following methods:

  • www.sva.edu–Emergency notices, including unscheduled closings and facilities evacuations, are posted to the College’s website. Status updates will be published as new information becomes available.
  • Main telephone line–Emergency notices, including unscheduled closings and facilities evacuations, are the subject of recorded announcements at 212.592.2000, SVA’s primary published telephone number.
  • All Concerned e-mail–Bulk e-mail messages directed to current students, faculty and administrative staff at their SVA e-mail addresses are used to provide more detailed information in an emergency.
  • SVAlert–SVA has contracted with Blackboard Connect to provide an electronic notification system that allows members of the campus community to receive messages directly to a designated cell phone (as text or voice message), e-mail address and/or landline phone. Registration for SVAlert is available to current students, faculty and administrative staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through MySVA, the College’s Intranet.
  • In the event that either the College’s website or the main telephone line are temporarily out of service, the College community will be directed to an alternate website and telephone number via All Concerned e-mail and SVAlert.

In addition to the methods listed  above, SVA officials may deploy other methods for notifying the College community, including security officers, fire brigades and other SVA staff.


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