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Spring 2021 Senior Studio Contract

Updated at January 28, 2021


Use of independent studios is a privilege awarded to you. Studios are exclusively for professional art making activities. Any violations of COVID-19 or EHS regulations will result in the loss of your studio privileges. All Environmental, Health, Safety (EHS) and Fire Prevention, state and federal regulations must be adhered to by anyone who occupies a studio.

The following rules must be adhered to in addition to any specific health and safety precautions used for handling hazardous materials, and use of tools, or equipment. Studios are inspected for compliance. Violations to thisAgreement are subject to disciplinary measures by the office of StudentAffairs and/or Academic Affairs and may result in the loss of your studio and/or a monetary fine. Social Agreement: All conditions laid out in the Social Agreement that you signed must be followed. If you are symptomatic (i.e.—fever of 100.4 or above, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, cough, loss of smell or taste), please do not come to campus. Face Coverings:Must be worn at all times when on MICA’s campus. The only exception would be for eating/drinking when in a specified building break room. Acceptable face coverings have two or more layers of washable or disposable, breathable fabric, completely cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against your face. Personal hygiene: please wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Physical Distancing: 6’ distance must be maintained between individuals whenever possible. Movement within buildings: Please follow indicated patterns of movement within buildings to minimize contact. Occupancy Guidelines: Please adhere to posted occupancy guidelines within all spaces. Visitors are not permitted in campus buildings. COVID Testing: Seniors using studios must be tested weekly according to MICA’s policy. Studios are for professional activities only. Be considerate of other studio users. Do not disturb others while working. If you listen to music, you must use earphones. Long and frequent cell phone calls interfere with others ability to work. Sleeping is not permitted in your studio. You are responsible for keeping your space clean. Use and return tools (brooms, dustpans, etc.)provided at HousekeepingStations. Building Services does not enter studios to remove trash, sweep, etc. Any unwanted waste must be placed in recycle bins or garbage cans outside of studios, and labeled as trash. Materials and supplies must be neatly stored within the confines of your studio, in designated storage areas and/or outside of exit aisles. This applies to work in progress and completed artwork. Use only the tools on the ApprovedToolList including non-electric hand tools, all battery-operated hand tools such as sanders, hand-operated miter saws,  and plug-in hand drills and sanders. Non-approved items include certain extension cords and light fixtures, chainsaws, sawzalls, drill presses, electric chop saws, bandsaws, miter saws, table saws and all other electric tools. Students must have appropriate work surfaces and clamps for safe work. Additions, alterations, expansions, wall-hanging shelves and unsightly decorations are not permitted. Excessive visual contamination not directly related to work will be called to your attention for removal. College policy and legal requirements forbid the use of studios as living/eating space. Do not bring furniture or appliances into the building unless these items are directly related to your work. Futons and beds are strictly prohibited. Sofas, hammocks, easy chairs, etc. are not considered tools of the trade and create an unprofessional atmosphere that reflects unfavorably on you and the department No dogs or pets allowed in any studio space during the COVID-19 pandemic. Absolutely no eating, drinking, or smoking, alcohol or drugs permitted in any studios. Please use designated break spaces within your building to remove your face covering for eating and drinking. Inside Installation: No project may be scheduled for installation in public areas (beyond one class period) without written permission from the Office of Events. Installations in hallways or emergency exit aisles are prohibited because they impede the flow of traffic in these areas.

Outside Installation: Any project planned for prolonged outdoor installation (beyond one class period) must receive permission from your instructor/program director and then theOffice of Events. The Mt. Royal median and any landscape features on the street are the property of the city and MICA does not grant permission to use these areas or any others in Bolton Hill, Station North or other areas adjacent to campus. SensitiveSubjectMatter: If your project contains sexually explicit or potentially offensive materials, please post signage so viewers have an opportunity to avoid such work. Works of this nature may not be displayed in areas of public traffic, such as hallway galleries, or outdoors. While creating such works, you must use MICA approved black fire-retardant material, available at the college store, to cover the entrance of your studio. Any art project which may present health and safety or legal concerns for the artist, viewer, department/program or school must be reviewed and approved by your appropriate instructor.

Each program will compile and make available a binder of all relevant hazardous materials at locations of hazardous chemical use. Know the hazards and ratings for all materials and always follow all SDS(SafetyDataSheet) precautions, safe storage and disposal, and first aid emergency procedures. Students wishing to use hazardous materials not already included in the SDS binder for their area must get written permission from an instructor and provide the shop technician or program director with an applicable SDS. Always evaluate the risks associated with specific hazards, the results of this evaluation should give guidance in the selection of risk management techniques such as elimination, substitution, methods for minimizing hazards and utilizing personal protective equipment. PersonalProtective Equipment(PPE) is available at the College Store and must be utilized as necessary. The use of bio-hazardous waste is not permitted in studios. Bio-hazardous waste is defined as all biologically contaminated waste that could potentially cause harm, i.e. human and animal blood, tissues, body fluids, dead animals, and human or animal pathogens. Do not use toxic substances or processes that may affect others working in the same space. Specifically vented areas will be labeled as “Ventilation”and these areas must be used when working with toxic materials. When possible, substitute less toxic materials. Some pastels and chalks contain highly toxic pigments or heavy metals and should be used with caution. Spray paints, fixatives, or adhesives may not be sprayed indoors except in designated spray rooms equipped with proper ventilation. Follow all posted spray room guidelines: close the door when in use and wear proper respiratory protection. Do not store flammable chemicals such as paints or spray cans in the spray room. Allow adequate time for materials to off-gas/dry prior to removal from the booth. All chemical containers must be clearly marked with the manufacturer’s’ labels. If hazardous chemicals are repackaged, they must be clearly labeled in accordance with applicable Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards. At a minimum, all labels shall include product name, signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, manufacturer information, and hazard pictograms. Label stickers are available on the Health and Safety Boards for your use. Use only tightly resealable containers for chemicals. Flammable chemicals must be stored in flame resistant cabinets. Do not use secondary containers for storage of chemicals unless former labels are fully removed and the new contents are clearly labeled in accordance with GHS. General Information, House keeping, Professional Attitude Hazardous Materials & Personal Protection COVID-19 Specific Info Do not pour any hazardous chemicals down sinks, toilets, or drinking fountains. Industrials inks are not to be used for anything other than art making purposes. Acrylic waste materials should be allowed to dry ,and then discarded in trash. Never leave flammable liquids uncovered, or dispose of them in anything other than aMICA-provided disposal drum/red can. Use the red funnel drums to dispose of unwanted flammable liquids (i.e. Gamsol), and use red step cans for materials that have been soaked inflammable liquids, oils, resins, or solvents. Flammable waste not properly discarded may spontaneously combust(e.g.boiled linseed oil) and the lid on these conveniently located fire resistant containers should be closed when not in use. These hazardous items are collected and disposed of on a regular basis. If during the interim, a drum or red can is full, or there is chemical spill; notify Facilities Management immediately for disposal and clean up. For any questions regarding safe disposal of hazardous art making chemicals other than flammable liquids, please contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Violating the Environmental Health and Safety guidelines in this agreement will result in a formal student notification of hazards, and if applicable; notification to the Department Chair or Program Director. In the event that the hazard is not mitigated and non-compliance persists; progressive disciplinary action will occur, up to and including loss of studio privileges and access to shops. If this occurs, the student will have twenty-four hours to remove all materials and belongings from the studio. Remaining project or thesis work must then be completed without any use of MICA shops, studios, equipment, or technicians. Students are entirely responsible for any damage to studios or workspaces and/or the damage or loss of equipment and tools as a result of violations or negligent or irresponsible behavior. Familiarize yourself with exit and safe-meeting locations in case of an emergency. Evacuation and safe meeting location maps are posted on Health and SafetyBoards. In the event the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building. Do not attempt to fight a fire. Should you detect smoke or flames, immediately pull the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building. Fire extinguishers are located at most exits and should not be tampered with. Keep all hallways and exit lanes clear of materials. Exhibit areas, stairways, hallways, elevators, doorways, and community work areas are not considered storage space for art work or materials. Any materials placed inside of yellow egress lanes will be removed. Do not block or prop open fire doors, this includes all doors that lead to a stair well. Do not block or hang anything from light fixtures, plumbing or sprinkler systems. No cooking or heat-producing appliances or tools such as hot plates, coffeepots, toaster ovens, or heaters are allowed in your studio or workspace. No open flames, candles, burning incense or m g wax are permitted. All irons must have an automatic turn-off feature. Return your studio to its original condition. All trash must be removed, including building materials, personal items, furniture, artwork, art supplies, etc. from walls, floors, windows, etc. Open top roll off containers and trash cans will be provided. The only items that should remain in the studios are furnishings provided by MICA, such as easels, stools, painting tables, etc. Retractable extension cords remain in the studio. If not - students will be charged for replacement. Hazardous materials must be disposed of in red chemical receptacles. Do not pour chemicals down sinks, toilets, or drinking fountains. All unwanted and usable chemicals must be placed in fire resistant cabinets for recycling. If you require a specific hazardous chemical receptacle for trash, etc. please ask your studio monitor to place a work order through the WebTMA system. All floors should be scraped of debris and swept clean. Remove all nails, screws, and tacks from studio walls. All studio walls must be re-painted with the paint provided by Facilities Management. Do not paint unpainted items such electrical outlets, switches, door hinges, etc. Move-Out Dates: Juniors must be out by 4:00 pm the Friday their last class meeting; Seniors must be out by 12:00 pm the Wednesday following Commencement (4 p.m.on the Monday following the end of classes for December graduates).


• I understand and agree to abide by all parts of the independent studio Agreement.

• I will follow all COVID-19 and Environmental Health and Safety rules.

• My space is not a storage space, but rather a place to create my artwork.

• Upon arrival, I will inspect my studio and report any problems or issues to my appropriate faculty/chair.

• Any confusion with studio placement should be immediately addressed with my appropriate faculty/chair.

• MICA is not responsible for the safety/security of personal belongings or supplies. I must guard my personal belongings by using my own lock or the lockers provided to me.

• I will keep doors locked (if applicable),and will not provide access to unauthorized guests, and will report any inappropriate behavior or theft.

• Visitors are not permitted in campus buildings.

• I will not paint, mark, or glue any permanent substances on the windows.

• I will not allow individuals who are not enrolled in this program to use my studio.

• I agree to follow the designated move out dates.

• I will return my studio to its original condition. If my studio is not in compliance with the clean-up and move-out regulations, my student account will be charged up to $250.00. If the studio is shared, all studio mates will be charged. Excessive damages, above and beyond normal wear and tear, will be assessed on a case by case basis, and further charges may apply.

• Furnishings provided by MICA (easels, stools, painting tables, etc.) must remain in the studio. I understand that any personal belongings, artwork etc.remaining in my studio after the move-out date will be thrown away.

By my signature, I understand and agree to abide by all parts to the independent studio Agreement and all other MICA student rights and responsibilities. I have reviewed and understand all posted health and safety signage. I have received instruction and training for the use of these rules and guidelines. I know that if I should break any of the agreement’s rules, my studio privileges will be revoked.




BUILDING: TERM: STUDENT SIGNATURE: (typed name in this space is acceptable as a signature)