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Policy Statement

Photo identification cards for all faculty including substitutes, staff and students, as well as guest artists, directors, vendors, et al,  are required at Cornish College of the Arts and must be visible upon your person at all times.  You cannot gain access to most buildings Monday-Friday and all buildings on weekends without this identification card, your CornishCard.

It is strictly prohibited to loan your CornishCard to anyone.  It is your responsibility to let Security know if your card is not working correctly or is lost.

Students enrolled at Cornish College of the Arts are issued these photo identification cards that are used for various purposes including:

  • Gaining access to College facilities via this “electronic key”
  • Checking out materials from the Library
  • Food service plan at Nellie’s


Appropriate display of the CornishCard

The College will provide through the office of Campus Safety and Security at no charge either a lanyard or clip-on attachment.

How to obtain a CornishCards

The Department of Campus Safety and Security issues all Cornish identification cards.  All cards will have proper photo and accurate name.  Do not tamper with or alter this card in any fashion. There is no charge for the first CornishCard.

Security can only issue these cards when they have:

  • appropriate documentation from either Human Resources or the Registrar in the form of an assigned Jenzabar number,
  • an individual department has submitted a request for a proxy CornishCard (Appendix A to this policy) to the Director of Campus Safety and Security,
  • written request from a supervisor to issue a key to a substitute (Appendix A).
Card issuance Fall and Spring semesters

MCC, Security Office, 3rd floor, or Kerry Hall Security,
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Card Issuance Summer semester

MCC, Security Office, 3rd floor,
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Non-Employee Proxy CornishCards

  • Vendors - On a very limited basis, a CornishCard can be assigned to a highly trusted vendor.  A vendor would only need a card when it is imperative they have access to a building that is locked at all times, e.g. 9th Ave. Studios.  A specific example of a trusted vendor would be the company which needs access on a regular basis to fill the vending machines at 9th Ave. Studios or the piano tuner.  If a department feels they need a vendor card, they must apply for this card to the Director of Campus Safety and Security.  (Appendix A.)
  • Guest artists, directors, et al – If an individual is not being paid via payroll at Cornish and therefore not being issued a Jenzabar number by Human Resources, a department must apply for a proxy CornishCard to the Director of Campus Safety and Security. (Appendix A)

Access Permissions

Access permissions will be established based on an individual’s employment/enrollment status, residential status (for students in residence halls) and as approved by department chairs to access buildings under special circumstances. (See “non-employee proxy Cornish Cards.)

  • Coordination with Building Operating Calendar – Certain buildings are not accessible during the summer months, except by specific request of a Department Chair, e.g. the scene shop.
  • Departmentally restricted spaces – Certain buildings and/or rooms are only accessible to specific individuals, e.g. art and design senior studios, scene shop.

Card utilization over the summer

Students registered for Fall Semester are requested to retain their current identification cards.  These cards over the summer will facilitate access to only Kerry and MCC.  Identification cards for faculty, who have received an employment letter for the fall, will give them access over the summer to MCC and Kerry, as well as the Notion H&S offices for H&S faculty.

Deactivation of Student Cards

  • Graduates’ access cards will be deactivated three days after the Art and Design BFA Shows conclude.
  • Students who have not registered by July 1 for the following fall semester will have their cards deactivated.

What should Faculty and Staff do when leaving employment or for a leave of absence or sabbatical at Cornish?

It is critical that your CornishCard, fob and/or physical keys be returned to Security at MCC, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In the instance of faculty, if you have not received an employment letter for the succeeding semester,  you must return these items.  Human Resources will determine if there are any exceptions to this procedure as it relates to a sabbatical or leave of absence on a case by case basis.

CornishCard Replacement


Community members who lose their CornishCard must report the loss to Campus Safety and Security without delay.  Replacement CornishCards are issued by Campus Safety and Security for a non-refundable fee of $25.00 to cover administrative costs.


Community members whose CornishCard is stolen must report the loss to Campus Safety and Security without delay and present a copy of the police report detailing this theft.  A replacement card will be issued by Campus Safety and Security for no fee.


If a community member’s CornishCard becomes defective or is damaged through normal use, it will be replaced free of charge.  CornishCards that are damaged as a result of abuse will be replaced for a non-refundable fee of $25.00.  Examples of an abused card would include folded cards, cards with holes in them or cards tampered with to change information.  The damaged card must be presented at the time a replacement is being requested.

Safety Education

During New Student Orientation in September and January, students are informed of services offered by Campus Safety and Security. This presentation outlines ways to maintain personal safety and residence hall security. Students are told about crime on-campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. Similar information is presented to new employees at time of hire. Crime Prevention Programs and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered on a continual

Periodically during the academic year Campus Safety and Security and Student Affairs present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault (rape and acquaintance rape), Rohypnol abuse, theft, and vandalism, as well as educational sessions on personal safety and residence hall security. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

In addition to seminars, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, displays, videos and articles on Cornish’s website. When time is of the essence, information is released to the College community through security alerts posted prominently throughout campus, through computer memos sent over the Cornish’s email system and its electronic text messaging system.

Lost and Found

Campus Safety & Security is the central lost and found station and receives periodic “turn in” of lost and found property. Check with us if you have lost an item on campus. Please note that items found in the Library or Nellie’s Cafe may be held in their respective locations.