Feb 19, 2019  
2017-2018 University Catalogue 
2017-2018 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Campus Life

School Closings     Smoking Policy     Solicitation     Substance Abuse Policy

School Closings

If it is necessary to close or delay opening the University due to an emergency or inclement weather, a notification will be posted on uarts.edu and the portal. Additionally, email notifications and text messages will be sent to members of the community who have registered with the UArts Alert system. To register for UArts Alerts, navigate to the “Emergency Alerts” link on the left hand menu on the UArts portal.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for scheduled school closings and holidays.

Observed holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • the 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving and the following day
  • Christmas

Students must be permitted to observe all religious holidays required of their faith and their practice, with the understanding that they remain responsible for all work missed or required. Some religious holidays, such as Yom Kippur or Good Friday, among others, may involve a number of students missing class. Faculty should plan their syllabi so as to avoid to the fullest extent possible exams or other major events on such days.

Smoking Policy

The University of the Arts maintains a smoke-free environment. Smoking is permitted only out of doors and at least 20 feet from building entrances.


In an effort to assure a productive and harmonious work environment, persons not employed by the University of the Arts may not make solicitations or distribute literature at the University at any time for any purpose.

The University recognizes that students and alumni may have interests in events and organizations outside the University. However, students and alumni may not make solicitations or distribute literature concerning these activities on the University campus or by electronic mail.

Substance Abuse Policy

The members of the University of the Arts community and their health and safety are of paramount concern. The University will not tolerate drug and alcohol abuse, as it imperils the health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, and threatens the operation of its educational programs.

The use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs and abuse of other controlled substances, in or out of class, or on University premises is inconsistent with law-abiding behavior expected of all students, and may result in discipline, up to and including expulsion.

The University prohibits the illegal and/or unauthorized manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding, offering for sale, possession, or use of any controlled substance as defined under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 P.S. Section 780-102, the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, the Uniform Narcotic Drug Act, or the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 301 et seq., on University property.

Such controlled substances for the purposes of this policy shall include but not be limited to alcoholic beverages, narcotics, hypnotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, stimulants, hallucinogens, and other similar known or habit-forming drugs and/or chemicals as defined under the aforesaid laws.