Housing Contract

Center of Metal Arts Off-Campus Communal Housing

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Common Areas

In our house, you will have a private room or a shared room with one other person. You will be sharing the bathrooms, dining area, living room, and kitchen with other classmates, instructors, interns, and/or resident artists. We ask that during your stay you try to keep these areas clean for yourself and the other guests. Our house is equipped with kitchen utensils, linens and appliances. Please be respectful of these items as all of the guests in the housing will be sharing these items. If you need new linens during your stay, please let a CMA staff member know and they can assist you with getting replacements. . If you see a problem within the home, please notify CMA by calling 814-418-0409 or emailing contact@centerformetalarts.org. In case of an emergency within the house please call the police at 911 and call 860-573-4918.


All of CMA House’s doors open with a code, this code will be provided to you prior to check-in. The door will automatically lock behind you, but to be more secure you can re-lock the door behind you by pressing the lock button. Sometimes the lock may catch and not fully lock, please check that the door is securely closed and relock. The door will continuously try to lock itself and will eventually run low on batteries. If the lock is blinking red, sounding off, or being slow, please let a CMA staff member know, as the door likely needs new batteries. If you have trouble getting in or using the doors in general, please call us at 814-418-0409 or email contact@centerformetalarts.org.


We ask that no additional guests stay with you in our student house. The exception to this rule is if you have already disclosed any additional guests and have been granted permission by CMA. If you wish to bring any guests, please let us know before your arrival. Do not provide the house code to anyone. If you have an approved guest, you must be present to let the individual in the house.

Quiet Hours

Due to having other guests within close proximity to one another, we have set quiet hours. Quiet hours begin at 10:00 pm and end at 8:00 am. We ask that during these hours you be respectful of the other guests and refrain from making loud noises that could potentially wake up the other visitors.


Fire of any kind is strictly prohibited. Do not have a fire in the backyard. Do not try to light a fire in the fireplace. Do not smoke, burn incenses or candles inside of CMA House.


We strictly prohibit pets from staying in our house. This alleviates possible allergic reactions within the housing and provides cleanliness and safety to all students. Should you require accommodations with a service animal, please let CMA staff know prior to your arrival.

Drugs and Alcohol

Illegal drugs and smoking are strictly prohibited in student housing. We ask that smoking take place outside for the health and safety concerns of our other guests. Alcohol is allowed in our student house, but we ask that you drink responsibly. Occasionally we may have students that are under the legal drinking age staying in the house. Please do not allow them to drink alcohol or offer them alcohol. By offering them alcohol you are breaking Pennsylvania law. The legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21 years of age.

Unacceptable Behavior

The Center for Metal Arts staff reserve the right to deem any behaviors unacceptable or disruptive. We ask that you will be respectful to all other students, the house, and the furniture/fixtures inside. Do not alter the house in any way. Treat CMA House with the utmost respect. In regard to other students personal belongs in common areas such as the living room, bathrooms or kitchen, please be respectful of these items and do not use any items that do not belong to you.


Any guests found to be displaying unacceptable behavior, depending on the severity of the behavior, you may receive a warning or be dismissed from the house. Dismissal from housing could also mean dismissal from any workshops or activities you are participating in at CMA. If you are dismissed, you will not receive any form of a refund for accommodations or for tuition (if you are also dismissed from the class). All costs associated with being dismissed are your responsibility and CMA will not be held accountable for these costs.

Stealing/Broken Items

If after your stay in our student house we notice items missing or broken, you will be charged for these items. If you accidentally break something, we ask that you let us know, so that we can replace it. Depending on the item broken, you may or may not be charged if you tell a CMA staff member prior to your departure. If you notice someone else in the house has broken or stolen, we ask that you tell a CMA member and we will take care of the situation. Currently the doors to each room only lock from the inside. Please keep any valuable items locked away or with you at all times. The Center for Metal Arts is not responsible for any personal items stolen during your stay and your signature below relinquishes us from liability.


If you are injured during your stay at CMA’s student housing, you are responsible for all costs associated with these injuries. CMA is not responsible for any injuries acquired on the grounds of 308 Broad Street, Johnstown, PA 15906. Our student housing is stocked with general first aid products, which you are welcome to use if need be. If you should be injured and require assistance, please call 911. All injuries must be reported to a CMA staff member.

Food & Toiletries

We have set-up “Leftover Crates” for both food and toiletries. In the food crate, please only leave food that is unopened. We will donate any unopened food to the CMA house community food bin or to our local food bank. Please don’t leave food scraps/opened food containers sitting out. Food left opened and scraps not properly disposed of can attract pests and create health and safety issues in the house. Please be respectful of the shared spaces and clean up after yourself when you are finished.

In the toiletry crate, please only leave bottles, no bar soap unless unused. This crate will be free for people to use.

Trash & Dishes

Trash should not be left on the back porch and needs to be taken to the alley and placed in one of the trash cans. All trash should go out Monday night and will be picked up Tuesday morning. Recycling happens every other Tuesday, the calendar is posted on the refrigerator. Please be sure to wash all personal dishes before departing CMA.

COVID-19 Release

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic and is contagious. Center for Metal Arts has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by staying at a CMA House.

I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any infection to myself, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my attendance at CMA from COVID-19. On my behalf, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Center for Metal Arts, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

Center for Metal Arts is enforcing a strict mask wearing policy. Social distancing is being practiced and we have spaced out tooling in order to do so. If you are found to not be adhering to our policies, you will be asked to leave the workshop and housing without refund.

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