Pennsylvania College of Art & Design takes an active role in ensuring the safety of its students, faculty and staff. Students at PCA&D are taught to take basic cautionary steps and use common sense, just as they would in any other urban environment. The College’s entrance is secured at all times and all external visitors to the College are required to check-in with the guard. In addition, PCA&D has day and evening security to monitor our facilities while students are in the classroom and using studio space. The College is an active member of downtown safety organizations, which employ additional police coverage in our area in the evening hours. In addition, the City’s police headquarters is located across the street from the College.

Emergency assistance:  If you have an emergency, dial 911

Safety and security guidelines can be found in:

2017 PCA&D Annual Safety & Security Report

2016 PCA&D Annual Security Report

2015 PCA&D’s Annual Security Report

PCA&D’s current catalog and student handbook.

IU_Studio_logo-1n addition, PCA&D’s UStudio offers a series of events, talks, and other opportunities for members of the PCA&D community to develop skills relating to personal safety, substance abuse prevention, healthy living and more. See below for a list of UStudio events.



PCA&D Ride Home Program

This service is for students who are working after class hours and would feel more comfortable taking a cab home instead of walking.

  • This service is free to all PCA&D BFA students.
  • Service will be available Monday through Friday from 6:45 p.m. until building closes; and Saturday from 5 p.m. until building closes.
  • The ride home service is available only within Lancaster City limits, and only to your home or apartment.  Exceptions need approval from the Dean of Students
  • Should you need a ride home, you must notify the guard at least one hour prior to your planned departure. Show the guard your ID and write your name and address on the ride home report. Security personnel
    will call a cab for you.
  • Please be ready to leave when the cab arrives at the requested time.
  • When the cab arrives, you must show your ID to the cab driver. Security personnel will sign the charge slip for the driver.

Emergency assistance: If you have an emergency, dial 911

Non-emergency assistance or information
Lancaster City Police – (717) 664-1180
Ambulance and Fire – (717) 664-1190

Resource Poster

Mental Health Services
College Advisor – (717) 396-7833, ext. 1012
Contact Lancaster Helpline – (717) 299-4855
Crisis Intervention – (717) 394-2631

Health Services
Planned Parenthood – (717) 299-2891
Lancaster General Hospital – (717) 290-5511
Family First Medical Associates – (717) 299-4644
Urgent Care Lancaster – (717) 581-0538

Lancaster City Crime Statistics

Read the Lancaster City crime statistics report.

UStudio is a series of events, talks, and other opportunities for members of the PCA&D community to develop skills relating to personal safety, substance abuse prevention, healthy living and more.

UStudio Events for Spring Semester 2017:

  • What Would You Do If? Bystander Skills and Intervention: Wednesday, February 8th at 1 PM, Room 213

Our friends and family are our world, and sometimes in order to cope with the world around them or to survive something which has happened to them, they turn to substances or behaviors that make them feel numb, that allow them to forget for a while what is hurting them. Also, we may see our friends and family entering into potentially dangerous situations, which could negatively impact their lives moving forward. So, what do you do? This workshop hosted by Kaity Nordorff (BA) from the Lancaster YWCA.  Lunch will be provided.

  • The Art of Healthy Relationships: Thursday, March 16th at 1 PM, room 213

Communication, boundaries, media, love, lust, conflict and respect – what do all of these words have in common? They are all the words that can connect to relationships….but how they are defined and used can depend on how healthy that relationship is. Come and talk with Kaity Nordorff (BA) from the Lancaster YWCA as we talk about fostering healthy relationships. Lunch will be provided by Jimmy John’s.

  • Thoughts from a Design Activist: Monday, March 20th from 12-1:30 PM, Atrium

PCA&D alumnus, Adam DelMarcelle, is a design activist who works to use design thinking to solve larger societal issues. His current work “What Heroin Sounds Like,” has garnered national attention, allowing Adam to travel widely to spread awareness of the heroin and opioid crisis impacting our communities. Join Adam as he discusses his artistic journey and how he has cut through the visual noise to create social change through his print and design work.

  • Pet Palooza: Tuesday, April 18th from 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Atrium

Attention animal lovers! Take a break from your final projects and snuggle up with dogs, cats and other cuddly animals during Pet Palooza. All animals and their owners present during this event are part of the Caring Hearts Pet Therapy group:


UStudio Events for Fall Semester 2016 included:

  1. What is Your Type? Myers Briggs and Personality Types
  2. Lyceum: Group Support for Mental Health
  3. Yoga and Meditation
  4. Dynamics and Democracy: A Panel and Discussion on Today’s Political Climate
  5. Tackling Today’s Political Topics: What Does This All Mean?
  6. Eating Healthy for the Holidays
  7. Pet Palooza
  8. Late Night Breakfast

In 2015-16, UStudio presented the following seminars:

  • Healthy Forms of Expression
  •  The Art of Healthy Relationships
  •  The Deep Darks Thoughts That No One Talks About
  •  Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration
  •  What Would You Do If? Bystander Skills and Intervention
  •  A Recovery Story
  •  Meditation and Mindfulness