Access Card Rules and Policies


Dear Students and Faculty:

Student Life will be taking photos of you which will be imprinted on your access/ID card the day you pick it up. You will keep these cards year round and we will make access updates when permitted.
This card provides admittance to the Boston Architectural College beyond normal operational hours, and there are certain responsibilities that are required of you as well as procedures to follow in case of an emergency.

Please read the security procedures listed below.
When you pick up your access/ID card you are agreeing to accept these rules and regulations set forth by the BAC.


This access/ID card permits ONLY YOU to enter 320 Newbury and/or 951 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.



I (the student), agree to the following proper use of space:

Building(s) Access information

  • Your access/ID card gives you access to 320 Newbury Street and/or 951 Boylston Street beyond normal operating hours.
  • You will need to sign into the log book at the front Security Guard desk, indicating the time and your location in the building.
  • When you leave the building, you must sign out, noting the time.
  • Signing in and out is very important. In case of an emergency, security personnel will be able to notify Fire and Police responding to the BAC that there are people in the building and their locations.

When entering the 951 Boylston Street building:

  • Tap the access/ID card to the grey access/ID card panel beside the glass doors
  • Take the ramp to the elevator or stairwell at the rear of the building
  • Upon reaching your designated floor, tap the grey access panel beside the door to unlock the
    door for access.

When entering the 951 Boylston Street building (continued):

  • After normal building hours when the building is locked, you are only permitted into your designated classroom area.
  • Please be reminded you are not permitted in any other areas of the buildings. Many areas of the BAC are alarmed.
  • When exiting the building, make sure the doors close and lock before you walk away from the building. This is for security purposes.

When entering the 320 Newbury Street building:

  • Tap the access/ID card to the grey access card panel on the right of the main entrance doors. Upon entering through the second glass door and signing in at the guard's desk, take the stairs on your immediate right or the elevator to your designated classroom.
  • Do NOT use the Monumental Staircase behind the security desk, many areas will be alarmed
  • Do NOT go into the Gallery
  • Do NOT go to the Loft.
  • Do NOT try to access any other floors except for your designated floor.

When leaving the 320 Newbury Street building:

  • Press the "red button" to the left of the double doors and push the door to exit the building at the same time.
  • Make sure the doors close and lock before you walk away from the building. This is for security purposes.

Lost cards

If you lose your card or have trouble using it, please email the Operations Department immediately at or call 617.585.0211 or 617.585.0246.


Call 911 and then notify security at 617.730.7160.
When fire alarms sound and emergency lights are flashing, please evacuate the building immediately in an orderly fashion.

  • Take all belongings with you if possible
  • Please walk immediately to the EXIT STAIRWELLS.
  • Upon exiting the building, gather across the street from the building as a safety measure.
  • Do NOT re-enter the building until the fire department has given you permission to do so.
  • Do not try to silence the alarm yourself. The alarm company will automatically respond within two hours.
  • Fire equipment may not be removed or tampered with. It is against the law to block fire exits, and/or to obstruct passage to the outside (i.e., working in the stairwells and bicycle storage in studios is prohibited)

Access to the buildings comes with certain responsibilities, which are necessary for the safety of the individual and the school. Please remember that studio space is a privilege, which can be revoked if abused.

By accepting and accessing the BAC with your access/ID card 24/7 + holiday you agree:

  • To only use the elevator and/or designated stairs to access the designated classroom during closed building hours.
  • To NOT bring in pets, other than service pets
  • To NOT bring in bicycles - all bicycles are to be parked at the bike rack in the rear of the 320 Newbury Street building (off Hereford Street). No bicycles are allowed inside the campus buildings except under the following conditions:
  • Any staff members who have a private office may store a bike inside their office.
  • Anyone may bring a folding bike inside the campus buildings but it must be kept entirely folded at all times. It cannot be more than 24" x 24" x 11" and must be contained in a bag or carrying case and kept out of the aisle and any means of egress. Any of the following or similar brands are allowed under this policy: BROMPTON, DAHON, CITIZEN, TERN LINK
  • To NOT skateboard or roller blade inside our buildings.
  • Studio Residents agree to wear a headset when using music players. This respects other student's music choices, as well as the ongoing scheduled reviews
  • To NOT block, prop open or obstruct in any way the front door, elevator door, stairwell door or the designated classroom doors as this is a breach in security.
  • To NOT permit others to gain access to the main entrance or studio.
  • TO NOT LOAN or GIVE YOUR CARD TO ANYONE! (Only the assigned cardholder has studio access privileges and the cards are activated in your name. Anyone found giving their card to another student will lose their studio privileges.)
  • When accessing the front doors or designated classroom doors, wait for them to close & lock completely upon entering and/or exiting the building.
  • To stay out of any unauthorized areas and areas which could set off alarms.
  • To NOT sleep overnight at the BAC.
  • To evacuate the buildings when required (fire alarm, power outage, per a security request, etc.)
  • To NOT use other rooms aside from the designated room which you are given access to.
  • This is an open space for use by all thesis students with card access and therefore no desk/area can be designated/marked as their own by one individual for the semester.
  • To follow all rules posted in the studio, as well as those attached to this agreement.
  • Call 911 and then alert security immediately if there is a problem or emergency.
  • To notify security, speak with the guard at the desk, or if they are unavailable, call 617.730.7160.
  • Remember to first call 911 in any emergency situation!
  • Most importantly: Do NOT jeopardize your personal safety.
  • If you see an intruder attempting to forcibly enter the building, or you notice any other suspicious behavior, call 911 and then speak with the security officer on duty. If the officer is unavailable, notify security by calling 617.730.7160.

*In case of a plumbing failure (i.e. flooding), broken windows, or other emergencies, contact Security immediately. 617.730.7160.

Please Note: You must have your building access/ID card on you at all times. If a guard is doing their security checks you must produce your access/ID card if requested. If you cannot produce your card, you will be asked to leave the building. The Security Guard has been instructed to let ONLY students and faculty members with ACCESS/ID CARDS remain in the building during the designated hours. If you fail to leave, you will lose your privileges.

There is absolutely no smoking, no drinking and no alcohol permitted in the studio space. Smoking, drinking, or using illegal substances in the studio will constitute immediate grounds for expulsion from the BAC. All Reviews are alcohol free, as outlined in the BAC Policies & Procedures.
It is strictly forbidden to set up any power tools and/or electrical appliances, other than those already provided by the BAC (i.e., hotplates, refrigerators, toaster ovens, fans, etc.).

DO NOT move furniture, hang items from the ceiling, lighting fixtures, sprinkler pipes; paint walls; put tape on painted surfaces; or remove or damage equipment.

Do not change any existing facilities arrangements without the permission of the Associate VP of Facilities, Art Byers:

All trash must be placed in the appropriate receptacles. All personal belongings and projects must be confined to the area of your studio space; we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please be responsible for your personal belongings. Please keep all aisles free and clear. This is necessary for your safety.

All rules associated with the privilege of having an access/ID card must be followed, including: carrying the access/ID at all times and restricting one's movements to only those areas applicable to one's project review studio space.

Students are responsible for supplying their own hardware (computer, printer, etc.).
The BAC is not responsible for personal equipment losses because of theft, power surges, etc.
If items are stolen, please report this by speaking to the Security guard at the 320 Newbury Street Security Desk or by emailing as soon as possible.

Departing students are expected to leave studio workspaces in clean and orderly condition.

There is no reserved parking for students or thesis representatives/advisors/faculty.

Emergency Numbers (in order of contact): 911

1. Longwood Security..... 617.730.7160
2. 320 Newbury Street Security..... (Longwood) ..... 617.585.0200
3. 951 Boylston Street Security (Longwood Security)
4. Art Byers, Assoc. V.P. of Facilities, 617.585.0220
5. Patti Vaughn, Director of Operations, ..... 617.585.0211

By accepting use of your updated access rights with your access/ID card you have agreed to and understand the security procedures outlined in this contract and agree that you will adhere to the rules and regulations set forth. You also agree that you are aware that if you do not adhere to these rules and regulations, your access privileges to BAC buildings at 320 Newbury Street and/or 951 Boylston Street will be revoked.

Any questions or concerns, please contact: 617.585.0211 or 617.585.0246