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Safety, Health, and Wellness

Safety, Health, and Wellness

Proper health, safety, and security measures are priorities for the University of Hartford and the Hartford Art School (HAS). We work to meet all the federal guidelines in health and safety and hazardous waste disposal. Staff and student training with regard to health and safety regulations, the proper use of equipment, and the proper storage of hazardous materials is an ongoing part of the educational process. Training is overseen by the technicians and coordinated by the assistant dean, who also keeps manufacturers’ material safety data sheets on file to identify potential dangers or hazards.

HAS actively seeks the least toxic and least hazardous materials and processes for use in the studios, and in some cases has eliminated the most dangerous processes from the curriculum. The printmaking department has introduced safer inks; painting has introduced hazardous waste containers for solvents and for washing brushes, and it has replaced turpentine with odorless turpentine or recommended that students use vegetable oil for cleaning brushes and pallets. Clay traps have been installed in the ceramic studios and heavy-metal traps have been installed in the photography studio. The removal of hazardous waste is coordinated by the printmaking technician and is contracted with outside licensed vendors. In addition, the University manages the removal and recycling of the hazardous waste from discarded computer and electronic equipment.

Public Safety

It is the mission of the Department of Public Safety to provide the University community with a safe, secure environment in which to learn, live, work, and grow. The Department of Public Safety, under the administration of its director, is responsible for safety and security on campus. The Department of Public Safety is in full operation  24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full-time staff consists of the director, associate director, lieutenants, quartermaster, records manager, crime prevention officer, investigators, sergeants, officers, dispatchers, and support staff. During the academic year, students may supplement the department's staffing.

The Annual Security Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years, including reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Health and Wellness

Student Health Services provides healthcare to students at the University. Acute care is provided by the Student Health Services staff, which includes nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. Our healthcare providers have access to a wide range of specialists and emergency services when necessary. We are here to serve the student community and are committed to maintaining the highest possible quality of care.