Policies & Safety —



  • Harassment Prevention Policy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Student Misconduct
  • Censorship
  • Artwork Display Policies

  • Health and Safety Policy

    The Visual Arts department recognizes that the Health and Safety of students, staff, and faculty is an integral part of the department’s organization, and therefore protection from health and safety hazards is a prime consideration in the operation of Visual Arts.  To this end, a Health and Safety Policy is in place and is integrated with other operational activities. The Visual Arts department will make every reasonable effort to provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.

    Students will not be allowed to use any piece of equipment, machinery, or engage in any techniques or processes that are hazardous or create a danger to themselves, other persons, the equipment, or the facilities. Students will, however, be authorized to use machinery, equipment, and engage in technical processes once they have been properly trained and supervised to do so safely and responsibly. This may include but not be restricted to the following safety training and procedures:

    • Attendance at the appropriate safety training session before engaging in the use of any restricted tool, equipment, or process.
    • Demonstration of knowledge of appropriate skills and abilities to safely operate any restricted tool, equipment, or process.
    • Training by a qualified Visual Arts department instructor, or their designate.
    • Proper supervision by a qualified Visual Arts instructor, technician, or designate, while using any restricted tools, equipment, or processes.
    • Use of all required personal safety equipment designated by the Visual Arts department instructor or other government agency, such as eye protection, hearing protection, masks, or respirators.
    • Restriction from using tools, equipment, facilities, or engaging in any Visual Arts processes while under the influence of any restricted drugs or alcohol.
    • Notification of any accident to the instructor, or other UFV employee, and, if the injury is of a serious nature, notification of the UFV First Aid attendant.

    The UFV Visual Arts department will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all students will receive the proper training and instruction. This will enable each student to gain the skills and abilities necessary to safely operate all applicable tools, equipment, and machinery, and to participate in any technical processes required to successfully complete any Visual Arts program option. Students who knowingly violate any of these requirements or exhibit any behaviour likely to cause or create an unsafe condition will lose the privilege of using any Visual Arts tools, equipment, or facilities. Please refer to the UFV "Student Conduct Policy" for more information.

    First Aid Contact Information

    The UFV First Aid attendant's telephone number is 504-7441, local 4400.  There is a first aid attendant at this number from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm, Monday to Friday. There is no first aid attendant available on weekends.  Outside of these hours, call 911 for emergency first aid, and provide specific directions for the attendants to follow upon arrival at UFV.  If possible, someone should be waiting outside.

    Personal Protective Equipment Policy

    UFV Visual Arts is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees and students.  To further this commitment, Visual Arts employees and students shall meet and, where possible, exceed the requirements of the Workman's Compensation Board Industrial Health and Safety Regulations regarding Personal Protective Equipment.  The procedures which apply to the use of personal protective equipment at UFV Visual Arts include:

    Substantial footwear, made of leather or other material appropriate to the protection required, shall be worn by employees and students in all studio program areas.  Any area where there is a hazard of injury to the toes, metatarsal area, or the soles of the feet, all employees and students shall wear safety footwear that meets the requirements of CSA Standard Z195 "Safety Footwear".

    The soles and heels of such footwear shall be of a material that will not create a danger of slipping.

    Footwear that has deteriorated to a point where it does not provide the required protection shall not be used.  All program areas which require students to wear any of the above footwear shall develop a shortlist of acceptable footwear products for their students to choose from.

    All students, staff, faculty and visitors must wear properly fitting glasses, goggles, face shields or other eye protective equipment, appropriate to the protection required, at all times while in any hazardous instructional area.  These areas include, but are not limited to, any area where:

    • use or handling of instructional material is likely to injure or irritate the eyes
    • any instruction or work may cause eye injury
    • work by other students or employees may cause eye injury to students or workers not directly engaged in the hazardous work.

    All industrial eye protectors used at UFV Visual Arts shall meet the requirements of Canadian Standards Association Z94.3 "Eye Protectors".  Any employees or students wearing prescription glasses must either wear suitable eye protection to cover the prescription glasses, or obtain prescription safety glasses through the B.C. Optometrists Association Vision Safety Plan.

    While grinding, all employees and students shall wear safety glasses and a safety face shield.  It is not acceptable protection to wear either safety glasses or face shield alone while grinding.

    Any eye protection which is pitted, scratched or damaged to a point where the eye protection is unusable must be discarded and new equipment purchased.  

    Respiratory Protection:
    Where employees or students of UFV Visual Arts are or may be exposed to an oxygen deficient atmosphere or to harmful concentrations of air contaminants, mechanical ventilation or engineering shall be used to prevent or to eliminate such hazardous conditions of exposure.  Where the prevention or elimination of such hazardous conditions is not reasonably practicable, or where the exposure results from temporary or emergency conditions only, every student and employee shall wear protective respiratory equipment.  The respiratory equipment shall provide adequate protection against contaminants in the studio and shall be maintained in good working order in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  All equipment used shall meet NIOSH or MSHA standards.  The selection of the respiratory equipment shall be made in conjunction with the UFV Coordinator of Occupational Health and Safety.  A list of acceptable respiratory equipment will be developed by the UFV Coordinator of OH&S and the UFV Purchasing Department. 

    All employees and students who are required to use respiratory protection shall be given pre-use instructions by the UFV Coordinator of OH&S to ensure that the users understand the use, limitations, and maintenance requirements of the respiratory equipment.   

    Other Protective Equipment: 
    Any other forms of protective equipment required by UFV Visual Arts employees and students shall be specified by the UFV Coordinator of Occupational Health and Safety.  A list of product types acceptable for UFV Visual Arts will be developed by the UFV Coordinator of OH&S and the UFV Purchasing Department. 


    Harassment Prevention Policy

    Harassment is aggressive or threatening behaviour that is inappropriate and unwanted and which would be considered by a reasonable person to create a negative environment for work, study and other University-related activities. That includes abusive, discriminatory, or unwanted sexually orientated remarks or behaviour. Harassment of any kind violates fundamental rights, personal worth and human dignity. Accordingly, the University provides a policy that prohibits all kinds of harassment. The University considers harassment to be a serious offence that is subject to a range of disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal or expulsion. Information regarding the policy and procedures will be provided by the Visual Arts department head or the departmental assistant. A complaint shall be brought first to the Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Office co-coordinator. Written or oral, a complaint must be initiated, and may be resolved, by informal consultation. 


    Conflict Resolution
    Concerns are best resolved between the student and the instructor. A student who experiences academic and/or interpersonal conflict in the classroom should speak with the instructor to address the issue.  Failing that, the Visual Arts department head can be consulted with for a review of the conflict resolution specifics. If that avenue should be inadequate, there are other vehicles available to the student which are covered under UFV Harassment Policy, UFV Instructional Complaint Policy, and UFV Academic Appeal Policy. 


    Student Misconduct 

    Incidents of student misconduct within the Visual Arts department are extremely rare. Freedom of expression within the student body, for example, is a departmental philosophy which has been publicly defended. However, vindictive personal attacks on the integrity of either individuals or the principle of freedom of expression itself are not accepted. 

    Penalties imposed by the Universityfor personal misconduct may include one or more of the following: a verbal or written reprimand, exclusion from specified areas of the University, restitution or other ameliorative measures, or suspension from the University.  For an incident of disruptive behaviour, the instructor or department may dismiss the student from the class. Incidents are documented. If the misconduct is sufficiently serious, the instructor or department may recommend to the Dean that the student be required to withdraw from the course. A copy of disciplinary action taken can be placed in the Student Conduct Registry, with a copy to the student. The report will be removed two years after the incident. If the incident is sufficiently serious, the Dean may recommend to the president that the student be suspended from UFV. If suspension is recommended, the student will be so advised and provided with a written reason(s) for the decision.  For further information please consult the UFV Student Conduct Policy.

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