Safety & Emergency Policies

Faculty Roles & Responsibilities

In the event of an emergency, it is important that all faculty, staff, and students are able to evacuate the building.  Please familiarize yourself with the location of the emergency exits and fire extinguisher locations nearest your classroom.  Take time during your first night of class to show students where emergency exits are located, making sure to point out two exit routes.  If the building must be evacuated please go with your class to the empty lot across Main Street and wait there until you are called to return to the building. If you are the person that detects the emergency, you should verbally warn others in the area.

No one is to use the elevator as an emergency exit. 

West Side Studios:

Second Floor: Photography, Digital, Drawing & Painting, Cartooning, Writing

The primary emergency exit door is located at the back of the Drawing & Painting Studio.  The secondary exit is across the bridge and down the stairs to the Lobby door.  Students and instructors in the upstairs studios should make their way to the door nearest their classroom.  If the lobby door is blocked, please lead your group to the other exit.  If the Lobby exit is blocked, please lead students to the rear exit door and down the fire stairs.

  • Fire extinguishers are located in each end of the corridor, at the top of the main stair, in the darkroom, and in the Drawing & Painting Studio.

First Floor: Printmaking, Glass, and Jewelry

Each studio has a door exit to the exterior of the building.  This is your primary exit.  If any of these doors are blocked, please lead your group along the corridor to the shop exit.

  • Fire extinguishers are located in the West Lobby, Snack area, Printmaking Studio, Glass Studio, Jewelry Studio, and Boiler Room.

East Side Studios:

First Floor: Clay 1 & 2, Wood, Fiber

Clay 1 students should use the Lobby doors as their primary exit.  If these are blocked use the East Side and/rear emergency door located at opposite ends of the east wall. Clay 2 students should exit through the exterior studio door.  If this is blocked, they should use either east side exterior door. Students in Wood and Fiber should also use the Lobby Doors as their primary exit.  If these are blocked, students should exit through the clay studios going to the nearest east side door

  • Fire Extinguishers are located in the Restroom Area, Clay 1 and Clay 2, the Kiln Rooms, in Wood, Fiber and the Main Lobby

Second Floor: Drawing & Painting East, Drawing & Painting North, Dominion Room, Private Studios

Students in all second floor studios should exit using the exterior emergency door at the back of the building.  If this exit is blocked, students should go down the stairs and exit through the Lobby doors.  If the Lobby is blocked, students should exit through Clay 1 and go out one of the east side exterior doors.

  • Fire Extinguishers are located in the Restroom Area, both Drawing & Painting studios, the Dominion Room, and in the kitchen area.

If the building is evacuated no one is to reenter until given permission by professional emergency personnel, or the organization’s safety officer.

If the building is not evacuated the safety officer is to remain in the main lobby until emergency personnel declare the event over.


In the event of injury or illness to a staff member, instructor, student or other visitor, the responding staff member is to make sure that professional emergency services are contacted and to remain with the ill or injured person throughout the incident.

No staff or faculty should give assistance or aid beyond their level of first aid training or knowledge. If you require an ambulance call: 911 – our address is 1812 West Main Street.

Give the dispatcher the following information:

> Nature of injury
> Location of injured person
> Special hazards in the area *** see specific studio information
> Name of the injured party if available
> Your name and phone number

Do not hang up until the dispatcher releases you.

Render assistance to others only if you can do so safely, have been trained in first aid, and can utilize the proper personal protective equipment.  Do not move an injured person unless they are in immediate danger. If possible, meet the ambulance or have someone meet the ambulance and guide the responders to the injured person.

UTILITY INTERRUPTION: When electrical power is lost:

  • Extinguish any flames and terminate any projects. Ventilation through the chemical fume hood ceases with the power loss and may not automatically return with the power.
  • Turn off as much electrical equipment as possible to minimize the electrical load when power is restored.  This also protects the equipment from voltage fluctuations.
  • If persons are trapped in the elevators, call 911 as necessary.
  • Do not open refrigerators or freezers unless absolutely necessary.

Long term power outages may require the evacuation of the building.