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Campus Safety Policies and Statistics

Please click on the headings below to read more about security on campus. The statistics found in Incidents and Violations are published and distributed annually to all current students and employees, and to any applicant for enrollment or employment, upon request.

Building Access Policy: Residence Halls

All residences maintain 24-hour security. Security officers are responsible for monitoring the guest and security policies. 

When entering the building, students must present their SVA photo identification cards to the security officer.

Guests of residents must sign in at the security desk and must leave a form of identification with the security officer. Guests' identification cards will be returned to them when they leave the building.

Students and guests are required to provide photo identification to security officers or other College official upon request.

Building Access Policy: Non-Residential

Security in SVA buildings is strictly enforced. All College buildings are open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except during College holidays. Some studios are also open on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Overnight stays, visitors and any unscheduled access to SVA buildings and studios must be requested and approved by the appropriate
department chair at least 24 hours in advance. Guests must bring picture IDs and receive a visitor’s pass from the security officer. “Request
for Access” forms are available in each academic department office.

Routine Access by SVA Students, Faculty and Staff
All current SVA students, faculty and staff may access SVA academic and administrative buildings by showing a valid SVA ID
card to the security officer. 

Guest Policy
All guests must check in at the security desk, where their visit will be verified.

Unannounced Visitors
Guests visiting an office without an appointment, including food delivery personnel, will be asked to wait at the security desk, where
they will be announced by the security officer and met by the appropriate staff member.

Incidents and Violations

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act was signed in November 1990. The act requires higher-education institutions that participate in Title IV student assistance programs to provide information on campus crime statistics. 

This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by School of Visual Arts; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by using the link below. If you would like a printed copy of this report please contact the Office of Institutional Research at 212.592.2829.

Since August 1, 1991, a database has been maintained in the Office of Institutional Research concerning the occurrence on campus of the incidents listed below. This report covers activity for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016:

Incident Type Jan - Dec '14 Jan - Dec '15 Jan - Dec '16
Arson 0 0 0
Burglary 9 1 1
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 2 0
Murder 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Sexual Assault 0 0 0

Since August 1, 1991, a database has been maintained in the Office of Institutional Research concerning the number of violations occurring on campus. This report covers activity for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016:

Violation Type Jan - Dec '14 Jan - Dec '15 Jan - Dec '16
Drug Law 27 52 16
Liquor Law 45 55 29
Weapons Possessions 0 0 0

These statistics are published and distributed annually to all current students and employees, and to any applicant for enrollment or employment, upon request.

Missing Persons Policy

Federal Requirements

The Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires that institutions providing on campus housing establish a missing student notification policy for students living in on-campus housing. In accordance with the legislation, students must be informed that they have the option of identifying an individual that the institution may contact no later than 24 hours after the time a student is determined missing and a procedure for them to register this confidential emergency contact. In the event that the missing student is under 18 and not emancipated, the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the student is determined missing. The legislation also requires that SVA includes procedures for official notification of appropriate individuals at the institution that such student has been missing for more than 24 hours and requires that any official missing person report relating to such student be referred immediately to the institution's police or campus security department.

 

SVA Policy

When SVA students complete a housing application and contract using the online housing application portal, they will be asked to provide emergency contact information for a relative or friend that SVA can contact in the event the student is determined to be missing. Upon receiving a report of a suspected missing student, the residence life and security staff initiate an investigation to determine when the student was last seen, and gather relevant information from friends, roommates, classmates, instructors, and other individuals. If campus security or law enforcement personnel has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, the institution will initiate the emergency contact procedures that the student designates. If the missing student is under 18 and not emancipated, the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the student is determined missing. In the case of SVA, the emergency contact will be notified by the Director of Student Affairs or her designee.

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