Whitman College Art Department

Access Policy


The Studio art department policy on access to the Fouts Center for Visual Arts is that a student must be enrolled in a course, working with faculty on an independent study basis, or employed by the department in some capacity to have access to the facilities. This policy is created and supported by the faculty, staff and administration of the college to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the studio art department and campus community.


The Fouts Center for Visual Arts was designed as pedagogical space to support the goals of the studio art department courses, which are to further the educational and intellectual goals of the college. These goals are intellectual enrichment and are not concerned with vocational/ professional development or recreation. 


The Fouts Center for Visual Art was designed to provide for the needs of the number of students enrolled in courses. It is not intended or planned to provide for the quantity of space, equipment, staff, maintenance or material support required for an open access recreational use space. This is because studio art courses are very material and process intensive and carry high levels of liability in terms of health and safety.


This policy is modeled after policies found in studio art departments in colleges and university throughout the country. Outside use for meetings and other events by the college administration, outside faculty members of the college, student or community organizations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.







The oversight necessary for safe management of these processes are beyond the knowledge and skill sets of undergraduate students. We are dealing with many processes that have the potential to cause serious bodily harm and destruction to the facility and very expensive equipment. Close management of these spaces is imperative for the health and safety of everyone involved.