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Director's Message
Mission Statement
Student ID Card Policy and Procedures
Campus Safety Leadership Team
Patrol Team
Host Team
Communication Center
Crime Prevention Tips & Team
Campus Newsletter
Reporting Crimes & Emergencies
For More Information
Emergency Preparedness for Students
Student Emergency Preparedness Video
View Current Alerts and Bulletins
Building Officers & Floor Wardens
Warning Bulletins
Lost & Found
Key Request
Campus Safety Report
Text Alerts
SafeTREC - Advanced Personal Safety Solution
Emergency Preparedness


Director's Message

Hello I’m Michael Petricca, Director of Campus Safety at the Academy of Art University. I invite you to visit our web site to learn more about our Department as well as our University Campuses. Our Department is comprised of four divisions; a Patrol Team, Host Team, Communication Team and Crime Prevention Team. Our Department services and educates a community of students, staff and faculty from all over the world, housing and educating them at over forty campuses in San Francisco. The Population of our community is approximately 16,000 students.

We offer our trained professional services to our community with pride and stand ready to assist with all resources available to us.

I can be reached at telephone number is (415) 618-3885 and e-mail:

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Mission Statement

The Department of Campus Safety is a diversified organization that provides professional safety services to its students, faculty and Administrators. The Campus Safety Team is a proactive, service-oriented agency trained to respond to the needs of the University. The department is staffed and equipped to deliver personalized protection with pride, sensitivity and integrity.

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Student ID Card Policy and Procedures


Each undergraduate and graduate student of the Academy of Art University is issued a Student Identification (ID) Card. The Student ID card serves as proof of status with the Academy of Art University and provides access to many resources provided by and available through the University community such as dining hall meals, access to buildings and residence halls, use of the University libraries and athletic facilities, and a debit program for certain purchases. Students should refer to: A Guide to Student Life for further details of the policy. Faculty and Staff ID cards are also issued at the third floor of 79 New Montgomery.

All students must maintain and carry a current ID card for the entire period that they are affiliated with the University. The cardholder is responsible for the care and safekeeping of the ID card. The ID card should be protected and carried by the student at all times. Protecting the ID card reduces the risk of abuse related to privileges and funds associated with the ID card and extends the life of the ID card. Holes should not be punched in the ID card and the use of stickers, pins, or other items affixed to the ID card is prohibited. No one other than the student to whom the card is issued is to use the ID card. The ID card is the property of the Academy of Art University and must be presented upon the request of an appropriate University official and may be revoked at any time by the University. The Registration Office staff will dispose of any invalid ID cards.


  • Obtaining the Student ID Card

    Student ID cards are issued by and administered through the Registration Office. The office is located at 150 Hayes. The initial Student ID card is issued without charge.

  • Placing a Missing ID Card on “Lost” Status

    When a Student ID card cannot be found, the student must place the ID card on a “lost” status as soon as possible. Placing a card on “lost” status protects the student by de-activating the associated ID card privileges and funds. A student must report a stolen card to the Academy of Art University either in person or by calling 415-618-6460. Students must place a missing ID card on “lost” status by speaking directly with a Registration Office during normal office hours. Once the card is placed on “lost” status, the ID card cannot be used by anyone until it is re-activated or is replaced by a newly printed card.

  • Replacing a Missing or Damaged ID Card

    If the most recently issued ID card becomes unusable due to normal wear and tear, it will be replaced at no charge. If for any other reason an ID card needs to be replaced, there is a $30.00 non-refundable ID card replacement fee, payable by cash, check or student account charge.

    A student can obtain a replacement ID card from the Registration Office during normal office hours (Monday through Friday). The process of having a new ID card printed permanently de-activates the most recently issued card. The Registration Office staff will dispose of any invalid ID cards.

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Campus Safety Leadership

Our campus safety leaders are here for you. They can be contacted as follows:

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Uniform Patrol

Campus Safety has (NON SWORN) uniform patrol officers patrolling all Academy of Art University campuses, 24 hours of every day. The officers are well trained and sanctioned by  the Academy of Art University and the State of California Consumer Affairs Department to serve and protect the Academy community.

The uniform patrol officers patrol the campus in marked Academy vehicles and on foot. They are trained in first aid/CPR, laws of arrest, crime prevention, Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (N.E.R.T.) and customer service for the Academy community.

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Campus Host Program

The Academy of Art University supplies each building with Campus Hosts, who act as a liaison between the public and Campus Safety. Campus Hosts provide the following services:

  • Welcoming guests to and describing the building in which they work
  • Limiting access to buildings to students and invited guests
  • Providing answers to common questions regarding the Academy
  • Calling Campus Safety, 911, the police, or fire departments when necessary
  • Describing the neighborhood and campus buildings in order to direct students to Academy properties and locations of importance (e.g. post offices, banks, bus lines, etc.)
  • Providing Academy brochures and collateral to parents, guests, and students
  • Describing emergency standard operating procedures and disaster recovery plans
  • Conveying information about the Academy's private campus buses

AAU Campus Host Team

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Communication Center

The Academy of Art Communication Center serves our campus students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is staffed with professionals who monitor the University through radio, telephone and video surveillance technologies. The Communications team is highly trained so they can answer any question posed to them. The Communication Center is also responsible for being the Emergency Operations Center for the University if a disaster strikes the City of San Francisco.

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Crime Prevention Tips

Following these tips will help you stay safe when you're out and about:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and property in a public place.
  • If you think someone or something is suspicious request the police and or Campus Safety to investigate your suspicions.
  • Joggers should vary their times and locations of travel, using well lit and traveled locations for jogging.
  • Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
  • Be careful when wearing or carrying expensive jewelry, or other items in public.
  • Never leave possessions unattended on or off campus.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Crime Prevention Unit is comprised of members of the Management, Patrol, Dispatch and Campus Host units. The function of this unit is to develop safety programs and disseminate information to the Academy community on crime prevention.  The unit utilizes Campus Safety units as well as other outside resources to ensure a safe Academy community.

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Campus Safety Newsletter

The department newsletter is a tool used by our Crime Prevention unit to inform and educate the university community on variety of issues including crime prevention tips. The newsletter is a monthly campus distributed newsletter coordinated by “Mr. McGruff”, the crime fighting dog.

View Newsletters

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Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

Safety Officers respond to all reports of accidents, crimes, suspicious persons, hazards, and other emergencies.

Victims and witnesses of crimes are encouraged to report campus incidents to Campus Safety by calling:

  • Campus Safety Office (Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Phone: 415-618-3897)
  • Campus Safety Supervisor on Duty (Phone: 415-618-3895)
  • San Francisco Emergency Services (Can by summoned by calling 911)

Assistance can also be summoned by using any of the direct-dial emergency phones located in and around campus buildings. These phones are red and have appropriate signage.

Reporting Crimes is Important

By reporting crimes and suspicious circumstances directly to the Department of Campus Safety, the crime or suspicious circumstance will be included in the Annual Campus Safety Report, and the Department of Campus Safety will be able to issue timely and appropriate warning bulletins. When reporting a crime or suspicious circumstance, you need not state your name or the name of victims, witnesses, etc.

If the Worst Happens...

Think about what you would do if someone attacked you. Could you fight back, or would you avoid resisting and wait to escape? Only you can decide whether to fight back, but preparing yourself for all possibilities could provide a split-second advantage:

  • If someone threatens you, shout and scream for help.
  • Get to safety.
  • You have every right to defend yourself with reasonable force with items that you have with you. Items such as an umbrella, hairspray, or keys can be used against an attacker. However, the law doesn't allow civilians to carry anything that could be described as an offensive weapon.

If You Have Been Attacked...

Assaults and rapes are serious crimes, whether committed by a stranger or someone you know. If you are someone you know is attacked:

  • Call Campus Safety: we need your help to catch the attacker. You can help the safety team by:
    • Taking the name or address of any witness.
    • Trying to remember exactly what the attacker looked like.
    • If a car was involved, try to note the color, model, and license plate number.
  • You do not need to go to the police station to report an assault. You can be interviewed in your own home if you wish. These crimes are dealt with sympathetically, regardless of gender. Police stations have specially trained officers who will help and support you, and many areas have comfortable victim suites separate from the police station where you can be interviewed privately.

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For More Information

If you would like more information about how to stay safe on campus or around town, please review the Academy's Emergency Brochure. The best way to stay safe is to be prepared!

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Emergency Preparedness for Students

All students are encouraged to watch the following short emergency preparedness video. It provides important information that all students should know in preparation for an emergency on campus, and includes the safe assembly zones for each Academy academic building where classes are held.

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Student Emergency Preparedness Video

Watch the video

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Warning Bulletins

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, which (in the judgment of the director of Campus Safety) constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the University Flat Screens located in most high density building lobbies, AAU Email systems which are used by students and staff, and text or Campus safety Text Messaging System. Campus Safety Hosts will also advise students and staff with all notifications posted.

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Lost & Found

The Department of Campus Safety recovers various items that are lost or stolen.

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Key Request

Please fill out the Key Request Form to request a key.

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Campus Safety Report

Download the 2014-2015 Campus Safety Report here (pdf format).

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Sign Up for Campus Safety Text Alerts!

A free campus safety text messaging service is now available.
To sign up, text: “artalerts” to 66937. You will receive a text message back and you must reply “Y.”
This real time alert will provide information regarding any emergencies or safety precautions that may affect the university and its surroundings.
Please note: Your information will not be shared with other parties. This service is free of spam and you will only receive safety alerts from the Academy.

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Sign Up for SafeTREC - Advanced Personal Safety Solution!

You are enrolled at an amazing academic institution that also recognizes the unique personal safety challenges by utilizing the City of San Francisco as its "Campus"

In order to make your campus experience safer and help create an environment where students can flourish and prosper by providing a massive, coordinated response when and where it's needed, the Academy now offers SafeTREC, the Campus safety solution. To register and start using this service, click here.

After the initial registration is filled out, you'll be able to develop a personal safety profile. This will include entering basic information, photos, along with listing any medical conditions you'd want emergency responders to know about. The most important component will be adding a minimum of three people on this safety network that will connect you to people you know and can trust in case of an emergency.

As you matriculate into the school, you can easily invite a roommate or other students to become part of your safety network. Please remember that even if members of your safety network are unable to respond when the HELP button is pressed, SafeTREC's multi-lingual 24/7 Call Center will always be there to assist you in your time of need. The sign up process also includes identifying your Smartphone’s operating system (Android, iPhone, Blackberry) and sending the phone a SMS containing a link in order to download and install the APP.

The Academy of Art Communication Center serves campus students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is staffed with professionals who monitor the Campus through radio, telephone and video surveillance technologies. The Communications team is highly trained in maintaining Campus safety. The Communication Center is also responsible for being the Emergency Operations Center for the University if a disaster strikes the City of San Francisco.

This APP ensures that you'll have 24/7 protection the moment you leave home. This 3 minute video will illuminate the critical need for this technology for all cell phone users: Revolutionizing Public Safety.

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Emergency Preparedness at AAU

Academy of Art University's Emergency Preparedness Plan (“ Plan ”) has been prepared is to provide a framework for the University’s overall Emergency Preparedness. How quickly a company recovers after an earthquake, fire, or power outage often depends on the emergency planning done today. Establishing guidelines and procedures to prepare for natural and man-made disasters helps ensure that the Academy responds effectively to any emergency situation. A commitment to planning supports not only our faculty, staff, and students; it impacts the greater community. In an emergency situation, everyone benefits from being prepared.

What does the Plan do?

  • Establishes guidelines and procedures to allow the Academy of Art University to effectively respond to any emergency.
  • Provides a framework for response to emergency situations that could impact normal Academy operations.
  • Describes the emergency response system that protects life, property, and the environment.

What are the Academy’s Emergency Priorities?

During an emergency, the Academy has three major priorities.

  1. First and foremost is our goal to protect the lives and safety of our faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Next, we will secure the University’s critical infrastructure and facilities.
  3. And finally, the Academy will support the resumption of teaching and the overall operation of the university.

Structure of the Plan

The Plan focuses on the three primary phases of crisis management:

  1. NOW – How to respond to the immediate crisis – How to evacuate the building – Where are the Safe Zones for each building and other important information.
  2. NEXT – Once the immediate crisis is over, the plan gives guidance on how to begin to get back to normal operations.
  3. NORMAL - The Plan identifies the activities that will move Academy of Art University toward normal operations.

The Plan is designed to aid communication and decision making during emergencies. The Plan addresses:

  • Immediate Crisis - The Plan describes the Emergency Operations Center organizational structure that will respond to the crisis and work collaboratively with the Police, Fire Department and other First Responders.
  • A Variety of Crisis Scenarios - The Plan describes how to deal with and manage specific types of emergencies/disasters such as fire, earthquake, significant power outage and other types of emergencies.
  • Staying Prepared – The Plan serves as a means for providing ongoing educational materials for employees and students on the basics of emergency preparedness and response.

How Can You Prepare For An Emergency?

  • Sign up for emergency text messages from the Campus Safety Department. To sign up, text: “artalerts” to 66937. When you receive a text back, you must reply “y.”
  • Know what the alarm sounds like that signals you to exit the building.
  • Know how to exit your building and where the Safe Zone is.
  • Know what is expected in a variety of emergency situations such as fire, earthquake, severe weather, workplace violence, etc.
  • Know who your building warden is and who your floor warden is.
  • Keep Campus Safety’s phone number – 618- HELP close to your telephone and/or on speed dial on your cell phone. If you are unsure how to respond to an emergency, call Campus Safety and follow their instructions.

What You Need to Do In an Emergency

Keep Calm and Carry On

  • Stay calm - Remember the message in the WWII British Poster
  • Contact Campus Safety (618-HELP) if necessary and then…FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
  • DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION… You may be instructed to:
    • Evacuate the building OR
    • Shelter in place

Evacuating the Building

If you need to evacuate the building…

  • Do NOT use the elevator.
  • Take the stairs. Always know where the stairwell is in relation to your classroom. Ensure that your students know this too.
  • Alert the floor warden if you have a student or colleague who has a mobility, sight or hearing impairment.

Sheltering in Place - if you have been told to shelter in place due to a potentially violent situation

  • Secure the door to your office or classroom by either locking it or putting furniture against the door.
  • Gather in a corner of the room that is to the right or left of the door. Do NOT gather near the door or directly across from the door.
  • Sit quietly on the floor until the all-clear signal is given.


  • Follow instructions from Campus Safety and/or First Responders
  • You may be asked to refrain from using your cell phone, particularly in the event of an earthquake.
  • Implement the personal emergency plan that your family may have put into place. Contact designated family members/friends outside of the Bay Area per your family’s plan.
  • Report to a Red Cross shelter if your home has been damaged/compromised such as it might be following an earthquake.


  • You will receive a text messages from Campus Safety – IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THIS FREE SERVICE.
  • Tune to KCBS, KGO or go to the Academy of Art University website for information.
  • Contact your department’s emergency coordinator. The name and contact information for this person will be provided to you.

Together we can survive any emergency!

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