Safety Policies

Campus Building Access

Our campus draws thousands of visitors every year, and our security guards and student monitors cannot recognize everyone who enters a campus building. The security and safety of the College's students and employees is a shared community responsibility.

  • Community members are required to have their MICARD with them when on campus. It must be presented when requested by a campus official. Students, faculty, and staff may be asked to present identification to enter some buildings or limited-access areas.
  • Granting or rescinding access to a building or area will require the written authorization of a department chair, director, or divisional head.
  • Accountability will be maintained; both the individuals granted access and the individual authorizing access will share in the responsibility of the access.
  • Guests are the responsibility of their host and cannot use campus resources or material without the written permission of the department chair, director, or divisional head. Permission must be on file in the Campus Safety office.
  • Individuals who do not have a legitimate reason for being on campus, or in a College building, and who refuse to comply with a request to leave, may be subject to arrest for trespassing.
  • Some campus buildings and parking lots are monitored by closed-circuit television and/or require a valid MICARD swipe for entry.
  • The Undergraduate, Graduate, and Open Studies published calendars will be the official campus calendars for determining official "open" and "closed" dates. Additionally, they will determine the semester/program start and end dates.
  • Use of keys, access cards, and/or accessing systems in a manner contrary to the safety and security of the community or to the detriment of the College's property and facilities will result in disciplinary action

Public Areas

The College is usually open to the general public, members of the campus community, and guests from 8 am to 9 pm during the academic year; galleries are open during gallery hours; Decker Library is open during library hours.

Studio & Limited-Access Areas

All studio facilities are open only to authorized individuals – for example, students in those programs. Additionally, access to some buildings such as Dolphin or the Fred Lazarus IV Center is limited to those authorized to access those studios and classrooms.

After-Hours Access

After 9 pm, you must use and/or display your MICARD to enter campus buildings. Anyone entering the Fox Building, Mount Royal Station, Main Building, the Fred Lazarus IV Center, Brown Center, or Bunting Center after 9 pm must display a valid photo ID and be signed in at the building desk. After 2 am, students are not allowed to enter academic buildings.

Visitors are not permitted access to academic campus buildings after 9 pm, even if accompanied by a MICA community member. This sign-in procedure is also enforced on weekends, holidays, semester breaks, and when the College is not open for official business.

Access to Residence Facilities

The College owns and maintains several row houses for student residence. Residents of these buildings are issued keys to these houses, and are responsible for controlling access to their residences. These buildings are patrolled externally by College patrol officers. To enter the Founders Green, Meyerhoff House, and Gateway residence complexes, you must show identification. Non-resident students may enter after giving their MICARD to the Desk Attendant. Non-MICA guests must leave a picture ID with the Desk Attendant, or obtain permission from the residential director to enter without a photo ID, be registered in and escorted at all times by the resident they are visiting.

Guests are the responsibility of their host. The residence halls have been designed with a variety of safety features to enhance residential life security. Among these features are:

  • Entrance by identification
  • A 24-hour desk assistant
  • Campus shuttle system
  • Camera surveillance system
  • Enclosed living space
  • Security screens on all accessible exterior windows
  • Alarmed exit gates from the stairwells
  • Campus Safety escorts to other campus buildings or motor vehicles