Campus Safety and Security: Policies

Access all official KCAD policies pertaining to safety and security by following the links in the index below:

The U.S. Department of Education adopted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (commonly referred to as the Clery Act) to provide students nationwide with a safe environment in which to learn, and to keep students, parents and employees well informed about campus security.

In compliance with the Clery Act, KCAD's Campus Crime Awareness Safety Fire Report is published on a yearly basis. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or properties owned or controlled by KCAD; and on the public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the KCAD campus. This report also includes Hate Crime reporting and Fire Statistics reporting. A copy of this report is available on the Campus Crime Awareness page.

For information on reporting crime on campus, refer the Incident Reporting section of this page. For any Clery Act reportable crimes that happen at any off-campus building or property, KCAD will be notified by the Grand Rapids Police Department.



KCAD is committed to the safety and health of its students, faculty, and staff. To fulfill this commitment, KCAD continually strives to eliminate any existing or foreseeable threats of violence.

At KCAD, campus/workplace violence is defined as any act or threat of physical aggression or the destruction or abuse of property by any individual. Threats may include veiled, conditional, or direct threats in verbal or written form resulting in intimidation, harassment, harm, or endangerment to the safety of another person or to property. Any act or threat of violence will be taken seriously and investigated.

For imminent acts of violence please contact 911 and then the security officer for the building the event is located. For non-emergency concerns, complete the Person of Concern form found here.

For information on reporting violence on campus, refer the Incident Reporting section of this page.



All incidents occurring on the KCAD campus must be reported and have a formal report completed regardless of the severity of the incident.

KCAD faculty and staff who witness an incident, or who are made aware of an incident by another party, need to obtain and complete an incident report form, found here. Reports need to be filed with the Dean of Student Success.

Incident Report Form for Employees Incident Report Form for Non-Employees

The entire KCAD campus community, including students, employees, and guests, should report violence, criminal incidents, accidents, and other emergencies that occur on campus or on any off-campus building or property using the following procedures:

Reporting Emergencies When encountering emergencies or life threatening situations, including any situation believed to be an emergency or life threatening, call 911 first. Then, notify the security personnel of the KCAD campus building where the emergency is occurring:

17 Fountain St. building/89 Ionia studios - (616) 430-1794 Woodbridge N. Ferris building - (616) 350-3820 Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)/Master of Architecture studios - (616) 340-7273

Reporting Non-Emergency Incidents When encountering an incident on campus that is not believed to be an emergency or of a life-threatening nature, notify the security personnel of the KCAD campus building where the incident occurred (contact info above).



KCAD is committed to keeping all the lab equipment properly maintained and in good working order. All students are required to complete the necessary safety training and equipment use training prior to the start of the semester or use of the lab. All students are required to sign a proof of completion of training. Students needing assistance with lab safety training or certification should contact the course instructor or lab technician(s).



KCAD adheres to the policies set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor s Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For more information on OSHA, visit osha.gov.



Registered service animals are welcome! Service animals may accompany individuals with disabilities in all areas of the college where members of the public, participants in services, programs or activities, or invitees, as relevant, are allowed.

In order to protect those staff and students who may have allergies or fears which could interfere with that person s ability to work or study, only service animals and those involved in educational or official activities are allowed in campus facilities. Please see the Animals in University Facilities policy for more information.



Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of the exterior doors of all KCAD facilities unless officially designated otherwise by the college. Smoking is also prohibited in all enclosed indoor areas at KCAD, which are used by the general public or serve as a place of work for KCAD employees, except in designated, pre-approved and posted smoking areas.

Failure to comply with the smoking policy may be subject to disciplinary procedures. The complete policy can be viewed here.



Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on gender. Sexual violence in all its forms is harassment based on gender and a violation of federal law under Title IX. KCAD has adopted specific procedures for ending discrimination, preventing is recurrence, and seeking to remedy the effects of the discrimination.

KCAD does not tolerate sexual violence in any form. Student and employee dignity policies demand all University community members to act with dignity and treat each other with respect. Sexual violence is a violation of the dignity and respect policies, as well as other policies and criminal law, and the University will pursue disciplinary action and sanctions against all employee and student perpetrators, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the University.

For full details regarding KCAD s Title IX policy and procedures, please see page 37 of the Student Code of Conduct (Section V: University Disciplinary Procedures), found here.



Ferris State University is committed to providing a safe and healthy University environment for minors who participate in University programs, or programs held in University facilities or on University property.


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