A Message to the PAFA Community

As a museum and school committed to artistic exploration and development, PAFA's first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and community members. PAFA has strict and publicly accessible policies in place to enforce compliance with Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as resources available to our community to address misconduct of any kind.

In addition to Title IX, PAFA is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) not to publicly divulge any details related to internal investigations of misconduct or disciplinary action. This policy exists to protect the rights and privacy of all our community members, especially those who have experienced trauma.

As has been true of most higher education institutions, since 2011 PAFA has been routinely reviewing and refining our Title IX policies to ensure that we are addressing the needs of our evolving community. This process is not always easy, nor is it simple. However, PAFA has no greater priority than ensuring that our students and community members can live, learn, and work in an environment that is welcoming and safe.

Below is an overview of the policies, procedures, and resources that are available to PAFA's community.


About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.