Safety tips

Personal safety

Travel well-lit, busy routes. Avoid walking or parking in dark or shaded areas. Have your keys in hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to what and who is around you.

Plan your route when walking.  Avoid shortcuts through deserted parks, vacant lots, lanes and unlit areas.  Let a friend know where you are going and when you expect to return. 

There’s safety in numbers. Don’t make yourself an easy target. If you must be out at night, arrange to go to class, do errands or go shopping with a companion or two.  You’ll have more fun, and you’ll all be safer for it.

Use credit and debit cards rather than displaying and carrying large sums of money in public. Only carry the credit cards you need. Use a credit or debit card instead of carrying large sums of cash. Keep ATM cards in a safe place. Keep your PIN number secret. Only use ATMs during the day. Around the university, use the debit account feature on your SCAD Card for the bookstore, dining halls and at locations that accept the card.

Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. A purse snatcher could injure you. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.

Be alert and aware. Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public. Make eye contact with individuals as you pass.  Avoid text messaging and talking on the phone while you are walking.

If you are confronted, cooperate! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.

Vehicle safety

Nationwide, more than one million cars are stolen each year. A car does not have to be new and shiny to be a temptation.  As long as the vehicle is easy to steal, a thief will have their eye on it.

Rules of the road

  • Lock your car and take your keys. Eighty percent of cars stolen are unlocked and many with the keys in or around the vehicle. 
  • Be sure to turn off your car anytime you leave it. Don’t leave it running, especially at a convenience store.
  • Make sure you keep spare car keys at home and not hidden in your car. Extra keys can easily be found if a thief searches the vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit and busy areas.
  • Keep a heightened awareness of your surroudings. Glance under your car, around it and in the back seat as you get in.
  • Be careful to stow valuables out of sight. Don’t leave GPS devices, electronics or accessories (power cords, earphones, etc.) in view.
  • Consider an antitheft device. Auto alarms and bar locks are not foolproof, but may discourage or delay a thief.
  • Make sure you have auto theft insurance.

In your room, apartment or home

  • Lock doors and windows every time you leave and when you are alone or asleep. Keep outer doors shut and locked, rather than propping them open.
  • Only allow registered guests to enter residence halls or college premises. Do not permit entry to strangers or unregistered visitors.
  • Tell someone you know and trust when you’ll be away and when you will return. Don’t leave messages on your door to this effect
  • Be discreet on social media. Resist the urge to post about upcoming trips or times when you will be away from home.
  • Keep valuables safe. If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time, store your high-value items (laptop, jewelry, etc.) in a safe location. 
  • Know your neighbors. Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood.
  • Identify keys by color-coding them, rather than placing your address on your key ring. Keep your keys on you, rather than leaving them in hiding places.
  • Use a credit or debit card. Don’t keep large sums of cash in your room or home.

Extension cords and multi-plug adapters prohibited in residence halls

The safety of our students is always a top priority. Each year the university and the city of Savannah fire marshal inspect student rooms, walkways and common areas. These inspections are conducted annually to protect you from the risk of fire and personal property damage.

The most common violation cited by the fire marshal was the use of extension cords. Extension cords and multi-plug adapters are prohibited under the housing license agreement.  Students are to use UL-approved power strip extension cords, no longer than 6 feet, with built-in circuit breakers. Only one such power strip is allowed per resident.

We recommend that students use Fire Shield-protected surge strips in SCAD residence halls. While it is not the only product on the market, it is one of the best and meets our requirements.  For more information, including stores nationwide that sell Fire Shield products, visit

In Terrace, the fire marshal cited the use of HVAC and water heater closets as a common violation. Items in these mechanical closets have the potential to start a fire if the items shift and touch the elements. If personal items are stored in these closets, please remove them immediately.

The City of Savannah fire marshal has the right to re-inspect rooms and apartments with violations 30 days after the initial inspection. This may be an unannounced inspection.
If you have any questions, contact your hall office or the main housing office at or 912.525.7000.

Bicycle safety

  • Always comply with traffic laws. Bicycles are subject to the same rules that govern cars and should obey all traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Ride with traffic, including on one-way streets. Ride in the bicycle lane whenever possible, or in the rightmost lane in the street, but do not ride on the sidewalk.
  • Communicate with other cyclists and drivers. Look back and use hand signals before turning, merging or stopping. Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you’re there.
  • Ride where drivers can see you. Make steady, predictable movements rather than swerving between cars.
  • Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing. This is especially important when riding at night.
  • Use the appropriate safety gear. Wear a helmet flat on top of your head, not tipped forward or back. Outfit your bicycle with a white headlight and a red rear reflector or light, as required by state law.
  • Reduce distractions. Ride safely and never look at your cellphone or listen to headphones while biking.
  • Always lock your bike, using a U-lock between the frame and wheel. Only lock bicycles to approved bike racks.
  • Be educated about safe riding. Learn braking and techniques to avoid crashes.

Drug and alcohol policy

The Savannah College of Art and Design is in full compliance with the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226); 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 40:

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Safety precautions

SCAD takes a number of precautions to help ensure the safety of the community we all live and work in.

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