Safety and security at SCAD
A comprehensive approach to safety
The Department of University Safety exists to ensure the safest learning environment possible through a layered and comprehensive approach to security, backed by experienced leadership. SCAD works closely with local police, fire and emergency personnel, as well as state and federal agencies, to ensure that students have a safe and open college experience.
General safety actions
- In an emergency, assess the situation, move to a safe location and dial 911 (in the U.S.), 112 (in France) or 999 (in Hong Kong).
- Contact campus safety and security and follow instructions. Remain calm and encourage others to do the same.
- Follow directions from emergency personnel and public safety officials.
- If a campus or building lockdown is issued by safety officials, occupants of any building within the impacted area should lock all doors and windows and remain in the building, office or classroom until the all clear has been given.
View more guidelines for responding to emergency situations
Emergency notification systems
SCAD is ready if a crisis occurs. We have established a comprehensive notification system to communicate with students and families in a timely manner. This includes the SCAD Alert System, online notifications, television reports, radio messages and more. We are dedicated to ensuring an effective, open and appropriate response.
SafeRides are offered to SCAD students who live off campus and need a late-night ride from an open SCAD building to their residence within the midtown and downtown areas of Atlanta and Savannah. Now supplemented through the use of Uber, SafeRides are available 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly.
Call 404.253.3333 in Atlanta or 912.525.4500 in Savannah to arrange a SafeRide.
In accordance with the Clery Act, SCAD provides a full report of the past year's crimes. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available in the Department of University Safety office in Savannah, the student services office in Atlanta, and online.
View the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report from:
Also in accordance with the Clery Act, both a daily log and a weekly summary are kept of university security incidents.
View 2017 daily logs from:
View 2016 daily logs from:
(Provided by the Department of University Safety and the office of the dean of students.)
LiveSafe is a free smartphone app that turns every student's phone into a personal safety device. By using a smartphone's GPS system, students can report suspicious activity in real time by snapping photos, recording video or submitting anonymous safety concerns.
The Department of University Safety has both precautionary and responsive security networks ready to reduce the impact of a crisis on our students. We are dedicated to a quick, effective response.
Because Atlanta, Hong Kong and Savannah are busy urban areas, the Department of University Safety is committed to educating students on the best methods for protecting their personal safety.
SCAD is dedicated to balancing a safe learning environment and an open college experience. We research new tactics, analyze security trends and constantly grow as a department to maximize safety.
Department of University Safety
Emergency contact numbers
Emergencies in the U.S.
Emergencies in France
Emergencies in Hong Kong
To arrange a SafeRide, call 404.253.3333 in Atlanta or 912.525.4500 in Savannah.