Policies and Information

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


All-Gender Restrooms OSHA
Campus Crime Awareness (Clery Act) Service Animal Procedure
Campus/Workplace Violence Smoking Policy
Incident Reporting Title IX
Lab Safety University Programs and Activities Involving Minors


Everyone deserves to feel comfortable using the bathroom. But for many in our community, when the only available options are gender-specific, it can turn a routine trip to the restroom into a daunting challenge.

That's why, as a college and a community that strives to create inclusive and equitable spaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and supported, KCAD has designated specific restrooms on campus for use by all genders.

Learn more about all-gender restrooms at KCAD



Annual Safety and Fire Report (Clery Act)

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is committed to campus security and safety and recognizes this as an important issue in postsecondary education. The U.S. Department of Education adopted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, commonly referred to as the Clery Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act), to provide students nationwide with a safe environment in which to learn and keeping students, parents and employees well informed about campus security.

Ferris State University prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Included in this report are three (3) years of statistics for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned by the University, including but not limited to KCAD and public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

*KCAD will make the crime log for the most recent 60-day period open to public inspection during normal business hours. KCAD will make any portion of the log older than 60 days available within two business days of a request for public inspection. Viewing of  the crime log will be available to the public at the Security Desk, 17 Fountain St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.



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.

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 - (616) 430-1794
  • Woodbridge N. Ferris Building - (616) 350-3820

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, visit the OSHA website



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. 



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 the Title IX section



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.


Emergency Contact Info

In the event of an emergency, call 911. Then, notify the security personnel for the building where the emergency is taking place.

Contact KCAD Security

17 Fountain St. NW building: 616.430.1794

Woodbridge N. Ferris Building: 616.350.3820


Contact Local Police and Fire (non-emergency)