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Facilities Policies


Except for trained service animals and certifed therapy pets, animals are not permitted in University buildings.


The use of bicycles, rollerblades, and skateboards is not permitted inside the Art & Architecture building. Bicycles should be parked in the bicycle racks outside the building.

Drugs and Alcohol

The legal drinking age in Michigan is 21. The University prohibits unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or illicit drugs by faculty, staff, or students on University property or as part of any University event. Alcohol may not be served or consumed during any class, meeting, seminar, or critique.

Handicap Accessibility

Automatic doors have been installed in the northwest Bonisteel Blvd. building entrance and the southeast service drive entrance, in addition to the men’s and women’s restrooms on each floor. There is one elevator on the east side of the building near the loading dock (across from the vending machine area).

Keys & Keycard Access

Faculty and staff are issued keys for their offices and other pertinent locations in the Art & Architecture Building and have access to all keycard-protected locations in the Art & Architecture Building via their M-Cards. Graduate students may request keycard access for the studio of their major area and keys for their individual studio. Undergraduate students are provided keycard access (through University-issued M-Cards) to approved locations. See Stamps Studio Descriptions to download after-hours studio access forms.

The Facilities Manager oversees access to facilities and approves requests for keycard access and keys. Keys are distributed by the University Key Office. A refundable deposit of $10.00 is required for each key, and deposits are refunded when keys are returned. If a key is lost, there is a $100.00 rekeying charge.

Faculty, staff and students are not allowed to prop open doors, leave the building open, or admit people to any facility whom they are not prepared to supervise during times when the School is closed. No key to any School of Art & Design facility may be reproduced.

For additional information, see: Studio Access Policy for Students.


Lockers are available to employees and students at no charge on a first come, first served basis. At the end of the school year, locker clean-out dates will be posted and all must be emptied. After that point, remaining locks will be cut off and locker contents will be discarded.

Medical Emergencies

Call 911 to report a serious accident or injury. For additional details, see the Safety and Security section.


Metered parking is available in University parking lots behind the A&A building off Fuller Road and off Murfin Road in the lot behind Pierpont Commons.

See the U-M Logistics, Transportation and Parking website for details on permits and parking policies.

Public Display of Artwork

We strongly encourage the public display of student artwork within our school building. Student work is regularly displayed in the public corridors and display cases of the Art & Architecture building. Prior approval is required before work can be displayed in any of these locations to ensure safety and accessibility:

Students: to display your artwork in the Art & Architecture building, please download the Installation Proposal Form below.
Faculty: to display work by your students in the display cases in the public corridors of the Stamps School, please download the Display Cases - Installation Proposal Form below.

Reserving Space

Space for regularly-scheduled classes is assigned at the beginning of each semester. To schedule room 2006 (Photo Studio), visit: To schedule room reservations outside of regularly-scheduled classes, email with your request - please include room number, requested dates and times, purpose, and contact information.

Safety and Security

Maintaining a Safe and Secure Environment

The School endeavors to maintain a safe and secure environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Those in supervisory roles are responsible for maintaining conditions that provide for the safety, well being, and safe conduct of all individuals who report to them and for those who may use their area. Faculty are responsible for setting good examples in safe conduct and for ensuring that their students, and colleagues are aware of safety procedures and requirements.

The following safety guidelines are recommended:

  • Respond immediately as directed by emergency or other authorized personnel.
  • Make sure that doors and windows are shut and locked when areas are not in use. Do not prop open doors or allow individuals entry into areas after hours.
  • Keep valuable personal property locked in drawers or cabinets.
  • Report any lost or stolen keys immediately to the Facilities Office and the appropriate supervisor.
  • Report all threats of violence immediately to a supervisor. If confronted by a potentially violent person, call 911.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a crime in progress. To report a crime that has already occurred, call the Department of Public Safety at 763-1131.
  • Familiarize yourself with the locations of fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
  • Whenever possible, ensure that public-access work areas (offices, galleries) have a minimum of two workers scheduled at all times. If staff or student assistants must work alone, ensure that appropriate safety and security measures are in place.
  • Notify the Facilities Office immediately of problems with fire alarms or other fire-protection devices, or doors that do not secure..
  • Use, store, and dispose of all flammable and combustible liquids and toxic materials appropriately and in accordance with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guidelines.
  • When not in use, shut off coffee pots and other devices that may pose a potential fire hazard.
  • Report any unsafe building condition immediately to the Facilities Manager.

The Stamps Facilities Manger, in collaboration with Studio Coordinators and School administrators, is responsible for implementing and maintaining safety and security measures for Stamps facilities.

The U-M Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) is a full-service law enforcement agency with the authority and responsibility to investigate, search, arrest and use reasonable force as necessary to protect persons and property and to enforce the laws of the State of Michigan and the Ordinance of the Regents of the University of Michigan.

911 calls from campus phones are received and handled by DPSS. Non-emergency situations can be reported by calling 763-1131. Several phones have been installed throughout the Art & Architecture building that can access security services without cost to the caller. DPSS has a North Campus office located in the basement of the Pierpont Commons building.

Visit the U-M Environment, Health, and Safety office for injury, illness, and incident reporting procedures, as well as fire prevention, worker safety, and other campus safety topics.


The Art & Architecture Building, including the upstairs courtyard, is a non-smoking environment. Smoking is permitted only outdoors. There are containers to stash your butts at each entrance. All buildings on campus are non-smoking facilities.

Spray Painting

Spray painting of your artwork is only allowed within the building's spray booths. Spraying outside is strictly prohibited.


Lockers are available for semester-long storage of personal items, but storage for creative work is limited, and students should bear this in mind when developing their projects. Students frequently make special arrangements with studio coordinators to store large scale works during the term. Twice during the year at the end of fall and at the end of winter term, the School clears the studios and classrooms of all unclaimed work. Studio cleanout day is widely publicized on email and on posters around the building in advance and occurs in mid-December and in early May. Lockers are emptied in May.

Studio Access - Graduate Students

Each MFA and MDes candidate is assigned an individual work space in the Faculty and Graduate Studios. These studios are in a shared space divided to provide privacy and, at the same time, easy access to faculty and other graduates. The studio is a professional working area, and every effort must be made to preserve the rights of others working in the area. An atmosphere of quiet should be maintained. Audio should be enjoyed with headphones, and may not be played if it disturbs others.

Only currently enrolled degree students may use studio spaces. Individual spaces should be kept clean; valuables kept in locked cabinets. No dangerous or harmful substances should be stored there. The health and safety of others is paramount.

At the end of the program or the final term of enrollment, all work and personal belongings must be cleared from the studio and cabinets; walls and storage areas must be left clean. Students who have graduated should have their studio spaces clean and work removed within two weeks after completion of the term. Work or supplies left in the space will be discarded.

Studio Access - Undergraduate Students

Generally there are two major types of studios, multi-purpose studios and equipment-based studios. Equipment based studios are controlled by card reader access. Multi-purpose studios are generally not. During normal school hours, Monday - Friday, studios are open and have scheduled classes. For work during the day, outside of your scheduled class times, talk to the Studio Coordinator to confirm availability of studio.

For equipment-based studios, after hour access is available 24/7 by use of a card reader. Please talk with your Studio Coordinator and fill out the appropriate forms. If you misuse the studios, damage equipment, act unsafely, or allow others without access into the studios, your after hour access will be terminated.

The School of Art & Design promotes an open-door policy for studio use, yet recognizes the need to regulate the use of certain studios in the interest of student safety. Students have access to the building and to the open studios (e.g., drawing and painting) twenty-four hours a day through their University M-cards. Equipment-dependent studios are available for students to use through their University M-cards when they are registered for a course in an equipment-dependent studio or when they have completed the course and have received clearance from the studio coordinator to use the studio. For safety reasons the wood studio is closed when no attendant is present.

Students registered for Integrative Project each receive an individual studio for which they sign a contract. A copy of the contract is represented in the Appendix.

Studios are not open to students who are not enrolled in an Art & Design course.


Call 911 immediately to report a crime or theft in progress. All thefts should be reported immediately to the Director of Facilities (615-5973), and to University Security (763-1131). Secure your supplies, your personal belongings, and your artwork to the extent you possibly can. On balance, the Art & Architecture Building is a safe, crime-free environment. Don't tempt the fates with carelessness.

Faculty/Graduate Studio Handbook
Laser Cutter Training Videos

Users must watch the Laser Cutter Training Videos listed below, then successfully complete the Laser Cutter Training Quiz to gain access to the laser cutter in the Stamps Digifab studio.