Use of Building and Facilities

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i. Hours of Operation

  • Current students cannot access the building or any of the campuses without carrying and displaying a valid Corcoran ID card.
  • Students are admitted into the College during the posted hours only. Specific details will be posted at the beginning and end of each semester at all campuses regarding the building’s open hours. Please check the website for the most up to date information.
  • Students and faculty will be notified of any changes to student access policies; however these are subject to change at any time.

ii. After Hours

  • The Downtown campus is open to current students 24 hours per day, every day. Normal operating hours are 6:30–12 a.m. however this does not include access to studios. See Non-class studio access below. Students wishing to use the facilities between 12–6:30 a.m. must be inside the building when after hours begins. Students will not be granted access after 12 a.m. unless they are already inside.
  • No sleeping or loitering is allowed during after hours, but students can stay in the building if they are actively working.

iii. College Access

  • Access rules are necessary for the safety and protection of individuals as well as works of art.
  • The Corcoran is not a public facility and access is limited to authorized persons only.
  • Access hours and conditions are subject to change.
  • The Security department, College staff, and faculty reserve the right to request ID cards.
  • Students who need access and do not have their ID cards must sign in on a student log and show an alternate government-issued photo ID.
  • Continued failure to display an ID card may result in refusal of admittance.
  • Lost and stolen ID cards must be replaced at the student’s expense.
  • Damaged cards must be returned to the E Street security desk Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., for a replacement ID card.
  • For health reasons, eating and drinking are not allowed in any of the studios, classrooms, auditorium, or the Library.
  • Pets are not allowed in any College campuses or student housing. Students requiring the assistance of a service animal should inform the Office of Student Affairs.

iv. Non-Class Studio Access

  • All studios and labs (printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, foundations, and computer labs) are regulated by their respective departments.
  • Access to studios/labs is limited to students currently enrolled in a particular studio class during scheduled meeting times.
  • Students must obtain written permission from appropriate chairs or program directors to work in a studio/lab during times other than designated Open Studio/Lab Hours. Permission requests must include students’ name(s), date(s) and time(s) of desired non-class access, and the appropriate chair or program director’s printed name and signature.
  • Students are responsible for making sure their chair or program directors submit written permission requests to the Security department.
  • Corcoran students must accompany visitors to studio areas.

v. Visitors and Children

  • Unaccompanied visitors may not enter College facilities while classes are in session.
  • Students’ children are not permitted in the studios, classrooms, or the Library while classes are in session.
  • Visitation is limited to guests accompanied by staff, faculty, students, or to those attending a College function.
  • All visitors must obtain a pass at the New York Avenue entrance.

vi. College Closings

If classes are canceled due to inclement weather, or other emergencies, a recorded message will be put on the main College telephone number, (202) 639-1800 , and on the College website at . Information will be posted immediately after a decision is made. Students should assume the College is open and operating on its normal schedule if no closing information is on the recording. College closings will be also announced on WTOP (820AM/103.5FM) and on the following television stations: NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS.

Note: The College does not automatically follow the federal government’s closing/opening decision. Listen or watch for the Corcoran’s status using the methods described above. The phone announcement specifies the status of day and classes.

vii. Bicycles and Skateboards

Bicycles and scooters violate building codes and are not permitted inside any Corcoran building. Bicycles and scooters must be left on the provided racks along the fence and not in walkways, doorways, or on handrails and should not be left on the racks overnight without prior approval. Additionally, in-line skates, roller-skates, and skateboards are not permitted in any Corcoran building.

viii. Parking

Parking in the District of Columbia

Parking violations both off and on campus are subject to towing and fines by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. Information about paying fines is available at .

Downtown Campus Parking

No parking is available in the downtown campus. Metered street parking is available in the area from 7am to 10pm Monday through Saturday, and free street parking is available after 10 pm on weekdays and Sundays. We recommend that students check street signs carefully for changes to the District’s parking regulations. Public parking is also available in parking garages located just a short walking distance from the Corcoran on New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Georgetown Campus Parking

Degree student parking is available on a space-by-space basis. Pre-approved overnight parking is permitted for degree students living in Corcoran Housing. The Corcoran accepts no responsibility for damages that may occur to vehicles left overnight. Questions about Georgetown parking should be directed to the Georgetown campus administrator, .

ix. Public Transportation

Downtown Campus

The Corcoran is conveniently located near two Metro rail stations: Farragut West on the orange and blue lines (use 17th St. exit during the week and 18th St. exit on the weekend). Walk south down 17th Street to the Corcoran. (On the weekend, walk south on 18th Street, turn left onto New York Ave., the Corcoran will be on your right) and Farragut North on the red line (use K St. exit) walk south down 17th Street to the Corcoran. The Corcoran is also accessible by Metro bus.

Georgetown Campus

Students may reach the Georgetown campus via Metrobus Routes 31, 32, and 36, and by the DC Circulator, which stop at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street, and Metrobus Routes D1, D2, and D6 which stop at 35th and S Streets, NW.

x. Lockers

Degree students will receive one locker, free of charge, per academic year. Large lockers are reserved for foundation year students, and smaller lockers are for degree and Continuing Education students on a space available basis. Degree students may rent additional small lockers for $20 per semester through the Office of Student Affairs at the Downtown campus, and at the Georgetown office for lockers at the Georgetown campus. Students must agree to all terms of the locker agreement before renting a locker. All locker contents must comply with school materials-safety regulations and students are responsible for providing their own lock to secure materials inside their lockers. Students must either renew their agreement at the end of the academic year, or completely clean out their locker. Any items left behind will be disposed of in the general clean-up following each semester.

Students who have lost their combination or key to their lock, and need the lock cut off must come to the Office of Student Affairs or the Georgetown Office. A staff member will then verify the student is indeed the owner; upon verification, the staff member and will notify the Operations department and arrangements will be made to cut off the lock. The Corcoran will not be responsible for any work and personal property left in lockers, classrooms, and studios. The Corcoran will not replace locks which may have to be destroyed to remove contents from a locker.

Students receive a $50 disposal fine for any work left behind in any Corcoran location, and a hold will be placed on their accounts until these charges are reconciled.

xi. Studios and Equipment Rules

  • Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for the condition and safety of the equipment they use.
  • Food and drink consumption is not permitted in studios and classrooms.
  • Microwaves and refrigerators are prohibited in all studios.
  • Spray Mount, Mineral Spirits, and Turpentine are prohibited in all Corcoran buildings. Gamsol is the recommended alternative for oil paint thinners.
  • Spray painting (as well as ALL volatile brush paint, spray adhesive and fixative) is strictly forbidden anywhere inside the buildings. Students may spray paint outside, but not within 25 feet of any doorway or window, and must not leave overspray on the building, plants, sidewalks or curbing. Until paint is dry it continues to off-gas, so painted objects must remain outside with adequate ventilation until dry. Staff, students, and visitors can have extreme physical reactions to volatiles and their health can be very negatively affected by them.
  • All dumpsters are off limits to all students, as are any materials stored in or around the dumpsters. If you need materials disposed of, please contact the Operations department.
  • Students should not use cell phones in class. All cell phones must be placed on vibrate. Emergency calls must be taken outside of the building.
  • Only students currently enrolled in photography classes are allowed access to the darkrooms.

Photography Check Out System For Borrowing Equipment

  • All degree-seeking students must register at the lab tech office to obtain privileges for the current academic year. Students will be asked to verify their contact information each semester thereafter.
  • Students can check out equipment for a one-week period and must return equipment on or before the date written on the receipt.
  • The photography department reserves the right to recall equipment prior to the due date.
  • Photography equipment may be renewed when there are no holds placed on the item. Students may renew their materials by visiting the lab tech office.

Fees For Overdue and Lost Equipment

As a courtesy, the Photography Department sends overdue notices when equipment is not returned by the due date. Students are responsible for overdue items regardless of whether they received an overdue notice or not.

  • Overdue fees are $5 a day per piece of equipment. The maximum fine is cost of replacement for the checked out equipment.
  • The Photography Department will suspend checkout and darkroom privileges if equipment fines reach $15 or more. Students must return overdue items and pay their fines in order to reinstate their darkroom and checkout privileges.
  • Students with outstanding fines and/or checked-out overdue items must clear their accounts before they can register for classes, requests records and transcripts, and receive their diploma. Please note that the photography department works with a Collection Agency for fines that are not resolved within a six-month period.
  • Students who lose or damage photography equipment must pay the replacement cost, plus a $15 replacement processing fee. The replacement cost for lost or damaged equipment will be determined at point of replacement purchase.
  • The Photography Department reserves the rights to revoke a student’s borrowing and/or check out privileges because of theft, abuse, neglect, and/or repeated loss of photo items. In less severe cases, written warnings will be given to the student and sent to the College administration. If a second offense occurs, a student’s privileges will be revoked. In a more severe case, a student’s privileges will be revoked immediately, and the College administration will be notified.

xii. Exhibition and Installation Guidelines

The College houses a number of spaces for the display of student, faculty, alumni, and visiting artist work. Throughout the academic year, a variety of College exhibitions supporting a wide range of curricular activity are on view in spaces such as the Gallery 31, White Halls Gallery, and White Walls Gallery. Additionally, the partnership between the College and the Corcoran Gallery of Art presents a unique opportunity for the College to maintain high profile exhibition space within the Gallery for an ongoing series of group and individual shows like NEXT at the Corcoran . For more information, please contact the director of college exhibitions or the coordinator of college exhibitions.

Public Spaces

Students wishing to install artwork in public spaces, in, around or on the building must receive permission. When requesting permission, students must present Operations with detailed information regarding installation process, duration of installation, and clean up procedures. Questions should be directed .

Performance Pieces and Exhibits

It is imperative that all exhibition and performance pieces take legal limitations and safety practices and precautions into consideration. The following guidelines are necessary to maintain a safe facility for all to use and enjoy and are not intended to hinder or restrict artistic freedom.

Usage of the Performance Bridge or Sculpture Pad

  1. Students must provide a written e-mail proposal which includes a brief description of the proposed project, identification of the course or co-curricular project it relates to, and faculty sponsor for the project. The request should include times, dates, special technical requirements, special security requirements. This request should be sent via e-mail to the faculty sponsor, the department chair or program director, the vice president of public education (to clear dates and scheduling) and the provost for approval. The request must be made with at least three weeks advance notice. Danea Freeman, Managing Administrator of Academic Affairs, be reached at , and can assist with questions related to the proposal.
  2. The provost, vice president of public education, and chief curator will review the request and any conflicts.
  3. They will discuss the proposed project with the Director’s Council weekly
  4. The department chair or program director, working with Danea Freeman, will complete a required pre-event form which allows for notification of all Corcoran departments including Security, Ops, IT, and all other operational areas.
  5. The students will follow all policies and procedures outlined in this handbook, and will review all aspects of the performance with their faculty sponsor and department chair or program director. Students with questions about the performance, should contact their faculty sponsor or department chair. Obviously, every effort will be made to accommodate all requests. However, there will likely be times where there are unavoidable conflicts.

Hazardous Materials

The planned use of hazardous liquids, including flammables or other materials must be reviewed by the director of college exhibitions, security, and operations departments prior to use.

Open Flames

Students should not use open flames in their work unless the plans are reviewed and approved by the director of college exhibitions, security, and operations department. Security will handle any permit requests for the Fire Department.

Passageway Obstruction

No exhibits should obstruct the use of a hallway. This applies to the White Walls Gallery.

Danger to Life or Safety

Any exhibit, performance piece, or other type of display considered dangerous to life or safety, or that violates the fire code, must be removed. Students with questions concerning any such use should contact the Security department in advance. Members of the College community will make every effort to protect and safeguard students’ property. However, the Corcoran is not responsible for loss of or damage to personal property. It is expected that students will make every effort to protect and safeguard their own property as well as the property of the Corcoran.