The Savannah College of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award bachelor's and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The office of institutional effectiveness at SCAD reports substantive changes to SACSCOC according to the Commission's published policies.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Savannah College of Art and Design School of Building Arts offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: M.Arch. (180 undergraduate credits plus 90 graduate credits). Next accreditation visit: 2013.
Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
The following SCAD Hong Kong degree programs are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and are recognized on the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (QF), with a validity period of May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2016:
QF Level 5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising,
QR Registration Number: 11/001053/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation,
QR Registration Number: 11/001052/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design,
QR Registration Number: 11/001054/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration,
QR Registration Number: 11/001055/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development,
QR Registration Number: 11/001056/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Motion Media Design, QR Registration Number: 11/001057/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography,
QR Registration Number: 11/001058/5
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects,
QR Registration Number: 11/001059/5
QF Level 6
Master of Arts in Graphic Design,
QR Registration Number: 11/001060/6
Master of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development, QR Registration Number: 11/001061/6
Master of Arts in Photography,
QR Registration Number: 11/001062/6
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design,
QR Registration Number: 11/001063/6
Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development,
QR Registration Number: 11/001064/6
Master of Fine Arts in Photography,
QR Registration Number: 11/001065/6
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Atlanta and Savannah is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-4014.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degrees offered by the Savannah College of Art and Design are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, a body created by the Georgia General Assembly to assume full responsibility for the certification, preparation, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia. The Commission is also responsible for the development and administration of teacher certification testing.
SCAD is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
(1122 Lady St., Suite 300, Columbia, S.C. 29201; telephone number 803.737.2260). Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Pursuant to federal program integrity regulations, SCAD is engaged in the process of securing authorizations by the relevant higher education governing bodies based on its provision of SCAD eLearning to students in different state jurisdictions. SCAD is required to provide contact information for these state agencies for the benefit of current and prospective students and, while authorization has not yet been secured in all jurisdictions, SCAD nonetheless submits the following per applicable regulation:
- Alabama Commission on Higher Education (100 North Union St., Montgomery, AL 36104; telephone number 334.242.1998).
- Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (P.O. Box 110505, Juneau, AK 99811; telephone number 907.465.6741).
- Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (1400 W. Washington St., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007; telephone number 602.542.5709).
- Arkansas Department of Higher Education (114 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201; telephone number 501.371.2012). Prospective students interested in SCAD's eLearning bachelor's programs should note that SCAD is unable to accept residents of Arkansas into these programs at this time.
- California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (2535 Capitol Oaks Dr., Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; telephone number 916.431.6959).
- State of Colorado Department of Higher Education (1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202; telephone number 303.866.2723).
- State of Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education (61 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105; telephone number 860.947.1822).
- Delaware Department of Education (The Townsend Building, 401 Federal St., Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; telephone number 302.735.4000).
- District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission (810 First St. NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002; telephone number 202.724.2095).
- Florida Department of Education (325 West Gaines St., Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399; telephone number 850.245.3200).
- The Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) of the State of Georgia ( 2082 E. Exchange Pl., Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084; telephone number 770.414.3300; www.gnpec.org) .
- Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Office of Consumer Protection (Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building, 235 South Beretania St., Suite 801, Honolulu, HI 96813; telephone number 808.587.3222).
- Idaho State Board of Education (650 West State St., Suite 307, Boise, ID 83720; telephone number 208.332.1587).
- Illinois Board of Higher Education (431 East Adams St., 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701; telephone number 217.782.2551).
- Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education (302 W. Washington St., Room E201, Indianapolis, IN 46204; telephone number 317.232.1320).
- Iowa College Student Aid Commission (200 10th St., Fourth Floor, Des Moines, IA 50309; telephone number 515.281.5204).
- Kansas Board of Regents (1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 520, Topeka, KS 66612; telephone number 785.296.4917).
- Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (1025 Capital Center Dr., Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601; telephone number 502.573.1555).
- Louisiana Board of Regents (1201 N. Third St., Suite 6-200, Baton Rouge, LA 70802; telephone number 225.342.4253).
- State of Maine Department of Education (23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333; telephone number 207.624.6600).
- Maryland Higher Education Commission (6 N. Liberty St., Baltimore, MD 21201; telephone number 410.767.3301).
- Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (One Ashburton Pl., Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108; telephone number 617.994.6922).
- State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (611 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48909; telephone number 517.373.1820).
- The Savannah College of Art and Design is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108; telephone number 651.642.0567) pursuant to section 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
- Mississippi Community College Board (3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211; telephone number 601.432.6185).
- Missouri Department of Higher Education (205 Jefferson St., P.O. Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469; telephone number 573.751.2361).
- Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education (2500 Broadway St., Helena, MT 59620; telephone number 406.444.6570).
- Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (140 North 8th St., Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508; telephone number 402.471.2847).
- State of Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202, Las Vegas, NV 89120; telephone number 702.486.7330).
- New Hampshire Higher Education Commission (101 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301; telephone number 800.339.9900).
- New Jersey Higher Education (20 W. State St., 4th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08625; telephone number 609.292.4310).
- New Mexico Higher Education Department (2048 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87505 (telephone number 505.476.8400).
- New York State Education Department, Office of College and University Evaluation (5 N. Mezzanine, Albany, NY 12234; telephone number 518.474.2593).
- The University of North Carolina General Administration (910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; telephone number 919.962.4558).
- North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (State Capitol 15th Floor, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 270, Bismarck, ND 58505; telephone number 701.328.3180).
- Ohio Board of Regents (30 E. Broad St., 36th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; telephone number 614.466.6000).
- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (655 Research Pkwy., Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; telephone number 405.225.9100).
- Oregon Student Assistance Commission, Office of Degree Authorization (1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401; telephone number 541.687.7478).
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (333 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17126; telephone number 717.787.5041).
- Rhode Island Office of Higher Education (The Shepard Building, 80 Washington St., Suite 524, Providence, RI 02903; telephone number 401.456.6010).
- South Dakota Board of Regents (306 East Capitol Ave., Suite 200, Pierre, SD 57501; telephone number 605.773.3455).
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary School Authorization (404 James Robertson Pkwy., Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37243; telephone number 615.741.3605).
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Division of Academic Affairs and Research (1200 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752; telephone number 512.427.6101).
- State of Utah Department of Commerce (160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; telephone number 801.530.6601).
- State of Vermont Department of Education (120 State St., Montpelier, VT 05620; telephone number 802.828.5402).
- State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North Fourteenth St., Richmond, VA 23219; telephone number 804.225.2600).
- The Savannah College of Art and Design is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes the Savannah College of Art and Design to offer field placements within the following degree programs: Master of Arts in Teaching, Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching, Drama. Authorization by the HECB does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
- West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission/Council for Community and Technical College Education (1018 Kanawha Blvd., East, Suite 700, Charleston, WV 25301; telephone number 304.558.2101).
- State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (201 W. Washington Ave., 3rd Floor, Madison, WI 53708; telephone number 608.266.1996).
- Wyoming Department of Education (Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor, 2300 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002; telephone number 307.777.7673).
American Academy in Rome
The Savannah College of Art and Design is an associate institutional member of the American Academy in Rome. Founded in 1894, the Academy exists to foster the pursuit of advanced research and independent study in the fine arts and humanities. The Academy awards the prestigious Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars invited to Rome to pursue their creative goals in an atmosphere conducive to artistic innovation and progressive scholarship.
Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a member of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education
. ARCHE is a council of 20 public and private institutions of higher learning in the greater Atlanta region. ARCHE brings these institutions together to build awareness of their collective scope, impact and value and to help them share strengths through cooperative programs. The ARCHE cross-registration process facilitates enrollment in courses offered at all member colleges and universities. Students at ARCHE member institutions have the opportunity to broaden their range of study through access to courses not offered at their home institution.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage and use information resources to shape strategic decisions at every level. EDUCAUSE programs include professional development activities, applied research, strategic policy advocacy, teaching and learning initiatives, online information services, print and electronic publications, special interest collaborative communities, and awards for leadership and innovation.
The eLearning Guild is a Community of Practice for eLearning design, development, and management professionals. The Guild offers members high-quality learning opportunities, networking services, resources, and publications. Members represent a diverse group of managers, directors, and executives focused on training and learning services, as well as eLearning instructional designers, content developers, Web developers, project managers, contractors, and consultants. Guild members work in a variety of settings including corporate, government, and academic organizations. All members share a common interest in eLearning design, development, and management.
Georgia Independent College Association
The Georgia Independent College Association is an association of Georgia's 24 private, independent colleges and universities. Through partnerships with the institutions, businesses, and community leaders, GICA supports private higher education in Georgia in the areas of public policy, fundraising for student financial aid, and collaborative programs.
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.
The NAICU staff meets with policymakers, tracks campus trends, conducts research, analyzes higher education issues, publishes information, helps coordinate state-level activities, and advises members of legislative and regulatory developments with potential impact on their institutions. In addition, NAICU has spearheaded several major public initiatives. With nearly 1,000 members nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU also has joined in a protocol of agreement with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education and the Council of Independent Colleges to enhance the cooperation, partnership, and collaboration among the three organizations to better serve independent higher education.
The purpose of the Sloan Consortium is to help learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines. Created with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C encourages the collaborative sharing of knowledge and effective practices to improve online education in learning effectiveness, access, affordability for learners and providers, and student and faculty satisfaction. Sloan-C generates ideas to improve products, services and standards for the online learning industry, and assists members in collaborative initiatives. Members include (1) private and public universities and colleges, community colleges and other accredited course and degree providers, and (2) organizations and suppliers of services, equipment, and tools that practice the Sloan-C quality principles.
Southeastern College Art Conference
The Southeastern College Art Conference is a nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of art in higher education through facilitating cooperation among teachers and administrators in universities and colleges, professional institutions and the community served by their institutions.
U.S. Distance Learning Association
In 1987, the USDLA was founded on the premise of creating a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities globally. USDLA supports the development and application of distance learning education and training by uniting learners around the world and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, and opportunity for networking. USDLA is committed to being the leading distance learning association in the United States.
SCAD shall admit students of any gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, and religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at SCAD. SCAD shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other university-administered programs.
SCAD shall make its nondiscrimination policies known to all segments of the general community served by the university, in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
SCAD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, veteran status, or status in any group protected by applicable laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.
SCAD expressly prohibits any unlawful discrimination or harassment that affects tangible job benefits, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile work environment. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
SCAD offers accredited degree programs at locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; and online via SCAD eLearning. Coursework also is offered through SCAD sponsored international and domestic programs in various locations, including the SCAD study abroad location in Lacoste, France. Full degree programs are not offered at SCAD Lacoste. Students accepted to SCAD may request to study at one or more of these locations and online and may combine traditional and travel/study with online coursework, except in Hong Kong. Hybrid courses and limited residency programs also are offered; see specific program pages for details.
Application and admission policies and procedures are the same for all undergraduate or graduate programs offered by SCAD, regardless of location and modality. (See admission policies and procedures.)
Qualified students are eligible to receive scholarships, fellowships and federal and state financial aid. (See student financial services section.)
Students may begin their study any quarter during the academic year and may choose to be residential or commuting students. Orientation is offered at the start of each quarter for all new students and provides information about academic programs and university resources.
SCAD Savannah offers a wide range of degree programs, certificate programs and individual courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels
, as well as non-credit community education workshops.
The SCAD Savannah urban location is large and unique, occupying approximately 2 million square feet in more than 70 facilities throughout one of the most renowned National Historic Landmark districts in the United States. The university is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of historic preservation, adaptively reusing a variety of historical structures as classrooms, studios, digital labs, darkrooms, galleries, libraries, theaters, bookstore, cafes, residence halls, dining facilities, fitness centers, and shopSCAD, a retail store for the sale of work produced by students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Intercollegiate and intramural athletics, numerous student clubs and organizations, and professional affiliations provide a broad university experience. Community involvement, internships, competitions and classroom assignments connect students with professionals in businesses, design firms, media and nonprofit organizations. Performances, lectures, exhibitions, festivals, conferences, concerts and athletic events fill the calendar. Signature events include the Savannah Film Festival, deFine Art, the International Festival, the Sidewalk Arts Festival, the Sand Arts Festival, and the SCAD Fashion Show.
SCAD Atlanta offers a wide range of degree programs, certificate programs and individual courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels
, as well as non-credit community education workshops.
SCAD Atlanta facilities include well-equipped classrooms, galleries, digital labs, library, photography darkrooms, printmaking, sculpture and television producing studios, bookstore, dining hall, fitness center, swimming pool and residence halls. SCAD Atlanta facilities also include the historic Ivy Hall Writing Center and the Digital Media Center for majors such as animation, television producing and visual effects. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and a variety of student organizations, including student media and student ambassadors, provide leadership opportunities outside the classroom. Professional affiliate chapters provide social and co-curricular programming to enhance the learning environment. Students also have opportunities to be active in the community and participate in internships, competitions and classroom assignments related to businesses, design firms, media or nonprofit organizations. Lectures, exhibitions, performances, workshops, conferences, seminars and other activities provide a well-rounded educational experience.
SCAD Hong Kong
SCAD Hong Kong offers degree programs and individual courses
at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A current listing of programs offered at SCAD Hong Kong is available at scad.edu/hongkong. SCAD students also may choose to study abroad in Hong Kong for one quarter. Interested students should discuss course options and eligibility with their staff adviser.
SCAD Hong Kong is located at 292 Tai Po Road in Sham Shui Po, in the historic former North Kowloon Magistracy Building. SCAD has adapted the historic facility to become the leading site for the study of digital media in Asia, while honoring the structure's historic and cultural significance. New features include a library and art gallery, digital labs and studios, a green screen room, classrooms and lecture halls. The entire building is updated with the most innovative technology to ensure that students are well prepared for professional careers.
Situated on the southeastern coast of China, Hong Kong has a tropical climate and is a sophisticated international gateway combining ancient heritage and Western influence. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world (population approximately 7 million). In addition to Cantonese, English is an official language. Classes are taught in English.
Courses of study are registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau, registration numbers: 261958-261971 and 262196-262202. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which these courses may lead.
SCAD offers award-winning, accredited degree programs, certificate programs
and individual courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels through SCAD eLearning. Students who enroll in SCAD eLearning courses must possess adequate computer skills and have regular access to appropriate computer hardware, software and Internet connectivity in order to participate fully in coursework. Specific technology requirements for each program are available at scad.edu/elearning.
SCAD eLearning students may begin their study any quarter during the academic year. Courses are unique with regard to media usage and navigation. The online learning environment is introduced via an online orientation with information about SCAD resources and opportunities. Students have access to SCAD presentations, lectures and events through the Virtual Lecture Hall.
While course registrations adhere to the normal SCAD calendar of four 10-week quarters, SCAD eLearning classes are not held at set times. However, students are expected to complete coursework according to a schedule that stipulates due dates and asynchronous online sessions for students and professors to meet, assess and critique work or expand upon discussion board postings. Students in SCAD eLearning courses are expected to participate in all assignments, examinations and field trips or other special activities as directed by the professor. Attendance is determined by active login time and participation in required activities.
Other online services and resources include online course registration and access to the university's extensive library collections. Special online events are hosted for SCAD eLearning students concerning peer tutoring and career services. An online bookstore is available for ordering supplies, textbooks and software via MySCAD.
The digital community provides a forum where SCAD eLearning students can participate in SCAD happenings and discussion through webcasts, the student newspaper online and other digital programming outlets to offer a broad university experience.
SCAD Lacoste is a study abroad campus in a beautifully preserved medieval village in the South of France. SCAD Lacoste offers a unique opportunity for students and faculty to spend an entire term immersed in the culture of the region. SCAD Lacoste offers a rotating schedule of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, but does not offer full degree programs. All courses are developed and taught by SCAD faculty and are offered for academic credit under the authority and accreditation of the university.
Students must first apply and be accepted to SCAD before applying to study abroad at SCAD Lacoste or in any domestic or international short-term program SCAD offers. (See admission policies and procedures.)
Students may apply their existing SCAD scholarships, fellowships, and federal and state financial aid toward the tuition and fees associated with short-term or quarter-long domestic or international study programs. Special study abroad scholarships also are available to qualified SCAD students.
Students may apply to attend SCAD Lacoste any quarter during the academic year, and should meet with their staff adviser to discuss how courses taken at SCAD Lacoste apply toward their course of study and meet degree requirements.
While situated in a centuries-old setting, SCAD Lacoste offers a variety of modern amenities, including computer labs equipped with the most recent software, well-equipped teaching studios for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital imaging, as well as dining and residence halls, a library, galleries and administrative offices. Classes are taught in English.
Students admitted to SCAD may attend any SCAD location. Students may declare majors and minors and earn a degree only at a location where those programs are offered. Course availability varies by location.
After enrolling and attending any SCAD location, students must contact a staff adviser to attend another location or to change locations officially.
Through short- or full-term international or domestic study programs
in a variety of locations, students have the opportunity to earn credit while gaining a more vivid perspective on art, architecture and design. Programs and course offerings vary.
Students must first apply and be accepted to SCAD before applying to study abroad at SCAD Lacoste or in any SCAD short-term domestic or international study program. Students who wish to study at SCAD Lacoste or SCAD Hong Kong should discuss with their staff adviser both course availability and how coursework taken at these locations applies toward their program of study.
Tuition for coursework at SCAD is the same at all locations. Additional program costs, including travel, housing, meals, travel visas, insurance, excursions, etc., vary according to program location and duration. Students should contact a staff adviser for information on applying financial aid and scholarships to any domestic or international study program. Orientation for SCAD Lacoste, SCAD Hong Kong and short-term domestic and international study programs is offered prior to travel.
Undergraduate programs embrace a wide range of major areas and are designed to challenge students to perform at a high level, preparing them for professional careers. A well-rounded curriculum provides students with core courses in foundation studies and general education leading to focused major programs emphasizing development of academic knowledge, technical and analytical skills, aesthetic sensibility, and the ability to express ideas visually and verbally.
at SCAD are designed for dedicated, self-motivated students who are committed to the pursuit of excellence through advanced study. Graduate curricula are structured to include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and to ensure ongoing student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences. Graduate courses require students to analyze, explore, question, reconsider and synthesize old and new knowledge and skills. The graduate experience culminates in student teaching or in a thesis or final project demonstrating a mature and resolved body of work and/or research. Graduates are prepared to hold leadership positions, to enter a variety of professional disciplines, to teach, or to accomplish other personal and professional goals.
Master of Architecture Degree
Master of Arts Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching Degree
Master of Fine Arts Degree
Master of Urban Design Degree
Both undergraduate and graduate students are expected to follow the degree requirements of the course catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment at SCAD. Specific course requirements, including prerequisites, are updated in the catalog annually. Students are expected to adhere to changes to individual courses as they occur.
If the curriculum and degree requirements change during the five-year period after the student initially enrolls, the student may elect to follow the new degree requirements, but may not move to a catalog earlier than his or her catalog of entry.
If a student does not fulfill the degree requirements of the course catalog of entry within the five-year period, then he or she must follow the requirements of the catalog in effect at the end of that five-year period. Any graduate student who does not complete the program within five years must petition the department of graduate studies for continuation under the current program of study.
Students may be required to follow new degree requirements if courses required by previous programs have been eliminated from the course catalog; however, under no circumstances are students required to take any additional credit hours to earn the declared degree within five years of entry.
Academic advisement is provided to all students to assist in the development of their educational plans and career goals and to relate these goals to academic offerings at SCAD. The role of faculty members is invaluable in the student advisement process. Faculty members are recognized as the experts in their disciplines. Students are encouraged to discuss their program of study, course content and career development each quarter with their faculty adviser. Staff advisers augment and complement the work of the faculty advisers.
First-year freshmen are assigned a staff adviser at enrollment. When students declare a major, they are also assigned a faculty adviser from their major department. Transfer students are assigned a staff adviser and faculty adviser upon enrollment. Transfer students are required to discuss their program of study with their staff adviser their first quarter of enrollment and should consult with their staff adviser at least annually thereafter.
Graduate students are assigned both faculty and staff advisers at orientation. These advisers regularly provide assistance with course selection and professional development and help guide students toward fulfillment of requirements for certificate or degree programs.
SCAD eLearning students are assigned faculty and staff advisers. SCAD eLearning staff members provide additional assistance and serve as liaisons for these students.
Students who must fulfill English as a Second Language requirements also are assigned an ESL faculty adviser.
Incoming first-time freshmen enter SCAD as undeclared majors. First-year students have the opportunity to declare a major upon successful completion of FSYR 101, First Year Experience, but may remain undeclared through their sophomore year. While undeclared, students are required to consult with their staff adviser prior to registration each quarter. Students are encouraged to declare a major by the end of the sophomore year.
Incoming transfer students enter SCAD as declared majors based on their application for admission. Transfer credit is reviewed and awarded based upon the declared major. All declared students are assigned a faculty adviser who teaches in the major, as well as a staff adviser.
Undergraduate students who wish to declare or change a major must consult with a staff adviser. Students may change their major, add a second major, or enroll in a minor at any time during their studies. Graduate students who wish to change their program of study should consult with a graduate staff adviser. Students may declare a major or minor only through a SCAD location where that program is offered.
Undergraduate and graduate courses are taught on the quarter system, with most courses carrying five hours of academic credit. Each five-credit course meets for at least two and one-half hours twice weekly for a total of five hours weekly for 10 weeks. The academic year includes four quarters and students may enroll each quarter, including the summer quarter; however, course offerings may be limited in the summer. Students should expect to spend a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of direct faculty instruction in class, including internships, independent studies and studio work. Students enrolled in SCAD eLearning courses should expect to spend a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work to manage course content and complete assignments for each hour of participation in the digital classroom.
Grades are assigned according to the following system of letter and quality points evaluation:
The following codes may appear on transcripts and do not affect a student's grade point average.
|T Transfer credit
Graduate students receive no credit for a grade of D or below in any course, and receive no credit for required preliminary courses for a grade of C or below.
Full-time undergraduate students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during a quarter term receive an official letter noting dean's lists honors for that term. This honor is also noted on the student's transcript.
The office of the registrar is the official designated authority for determining full-time status for all students requesting enrollment verifications for insurance or any type of financial aid or loans. A full-time undergraduate student is defined as one who is registered for at least 15 quarter hours of credit per quarter. Undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 20 quarter hours per quarter, provided they have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous quarter. A full-time graduate student is defined as one who is registered for at least 10 quarter hours of credit per quarter. Graduate students may register for more than 15 quarter hours only with the permission of the chair and by contacting their graduate staff adviser.
Less than full-time enrollment status may affect financial aid such as loans and grants, scholarships, university housing, health insurance and visas (if applicable).
Only students who are properly registered for a class may attend and participate in that class. Students are not permitted to participate in classes in which they are not registered. Enrollment is determined by the official class roster. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled for each class in which they are participating.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all scheduled classes and examination periods. Absences in excess of four class periods per quarter, or 20 percent of the course, result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course, unless the student withdraws from the course in accordance with the withdrawal policy. The withdrawal policy can be found on page 398. Tardiness, early departure or other time away from class in excess of 15 minutes per class session is considered absence for that class session. Classes missed due to late registration are included in the overall absences permitted for the class.
SCAD eLearning students are expected to log in each week and complete coursework according to a schedule that stipulates due dates and asynchronous online sessions for students and professors to meet, assess and critique work, or expand upon discussion board postings. Students in SCAD eLearning courses are expected to participate in all assignments, examinations and field trips or other special activities as directed by the professor. Attendance is determined by active log-in time and participation in required activities. Absences in excess of 20 percent result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course.
For hybrid courses, which meet both online and in the classroom, combined absences, including online attendance and classroom attendance, in excess of 20 percent result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course.
The student's appearance and conduct should be appropriate and should contribute to the academic and professional atmosphere of SCAD. The university reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw the privilege of enrollment from any student whose conduct is detrimental to the academic environment or to the well-being of other students, faculty or staff members, or to the university facilities.
The first five business days of each quarter are designated the drop/add period when students may change their course schedules. Students are subject to a late registration charge if they have not registered prior to the first day of classes.
Students who do not attend a class for which they are registered are dropped from the class and fined US$500 by the university.
After the end of the drop/add period and through the last day of the quarter, students may officially withdraw from a course. Students should note that withdrawing from a course after the drop/add period is not the same as dropping a course during the drop/add period. Withdrawing students do incur a financial obligation for the portion of the course that has passed, but may entitle the student or lender to a refund of tuition paid for the remaining portion of the course. Withdrawal from one or more courses also may impact a student's full-time status and may alter financial aid eligibility. Students should consult with a staff adviser for information. Refund policies are listed under financial information.
Students demonstrate their intent to withdraw from a course by completing the electronic withdrawal form available in MySCAD. The withdrawal form is processed automatically and withdrawal is effective immediately upon receipt of the request by the registrar's office. If for any reason the automated process is not available, students should contact the office of the registrar immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Withdrawals are final and students may not return to the same course from which they have withdrawn. Withdrawal from a course results in a grade of W and no credit is earned. Thus, it does not calculate into the student's grade point average.
Students who fail a course due to a violation of the academic integrity policy may not subsequently withdraw from that course. A student who is withdrawing from SCAD altogether must complete a withdrawal form for each course in which he or she is registered, have an exit interview with a staff adviser, officially drop any courses for which he or she may be pre-registered in the subsequent quarter, return his or her student identification card and, if residing in SCAD housing, return all room keys to the department of student success.
Currently enrolled degree-seeking, non degree-seeking or transient students who wish to enroll in a course, but do not want to receive a grade, may request through the registrar to audit the course, provided space is available. Auditing status is reflected by N on the grade report. Students must be eligible to register in the course they wish to audit. Degree-seeking students should consult a staff adviser before requesting to audit a course to determine the effect this may have on financial aid and scholarship status and awards.
SCAD is a member of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education. The ARCHE cross-registration process facilitates enrollment in courses offered at all member colleges and universities. Students at ARCHE member institutions have the opportunity to broaden their range of study through access to courses not offered at their home institution. SCAD students who wish to participate in the cross-registration program must submit an application to the registrar's office. Approval for cross-registration does not guarantee placement in courses at the host institution.
offer undergraduate and graduate students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Internships may be undertaken on a credit or non-credit basis and may be paid or unpaid.
An undergraduate student seeking an internship for credit must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours, or have completed 75 credit hours and be registered in 15 credit hours in the current quarter, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. A graduate student seeking an internship for credit must have completed at least 15 graduate-level credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
The student must complete the SCAD internship application including internship start date, duration of internship, number of hours/days per week of employment, and any terms of employment. In order to complete registration of the internship for credit at SCAD, the student must provide the completed internship application and liability waiver signed by the student, the faculty internship supervisor, the department chair and the on-site internship supervisor, along with payment of tuition.
The internship application must show that the student will have adequate faculty and supervisor contact hours during the 10-week quarter that the internship is to take place. For both undergraduate and graduate internships, students are required to work a minimum of 150 hours with supervision by the employer internship supervisor.
Graduate teaching internship applications must be arranged and all application materials submitted at least two months prior to the start of the internship to allow students to prepare instructional materials.
Internship applications must be submitted prior to the quarter in which the internship is to be conducted. Students must pay tuition upon submission of the approved and completed internship application in order to complete registration of the internship for credit.
Students may wish to earn credit through independent study that allows them to investigate a topic in depth or take advantage of particular resources. An independent study may not be used as a substitute for a course currently offered.
Proposals for independent study must be approved by a faculty member and the department chair and submitted prior to the start of the quarter in which the independent study is to be conducted. Proposals should present evidence that the independent study requires at least 150 hours of work.
In order to complete registration of the independent study for credit, students also must pay the necessary tuition. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 90 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to participate in an independent study; graduate students must have completed at least 15 credit hours of graduate-level courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Students are expected to adhere to credit requirements as outlined under "Quarter System."
SCAD reserves the right to cancel a class and change the schedule, location, or professor of classes at any time. Students are responsible for checking their schedule prior to the start of each quarter to apprise themselves of any changes.
SCAD students who wish to attend another college or university during their enrollment at SCAD and receive transfer credit may apply for transient status. In order to qualify for transient status, undergraduate students must be in good academic standing and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Graduate students requesting transient status must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and should be advised that transient credit is rare at the graduate level. Students must complete their final 45 hours at SCAD and are not eligible for transient credit during that period. Undergraduate students may transfer no more than 90 total hours of credit, including transient credit.
Students who qualify for transient status should first consult with their staff adviser regarding the other institution and pertinent course information for the course(s) the student wishes to take. Students should then complete a Transient/Letter of Good Standing form, available in MySCAD, including documentation of application and/or acceptance to the other institution and a course description or syllabus from each course the student wishes to take. The application is evaluated for eligibility for transfer credit, and the student is notified of the decision by the registrar's office within two weeks of application. This process must be completed before the student begins transient study. Students should also consult with their staff adviser to determine the impact of transient status/credit on their financial aid or scholarship award.
Upon completion of transient study, the student must submit an official transcript from the other institution that reflects the final grade(s) earned in the course(s). These transcripts must be submitted to the transfer admission office by the end of the term immediately following completion of coursework in order for the student to receive transfer of credit. Undergraduate students must earn a minimum grade of C for a course to be applied as transfer credit while graduate students must earn a minimum grade of B. The credit is recorded as T on the transcript and is not calculated into the student's cumulative GPA.
Undergraduate students who have attended SCAD, but have not been enrolled at SCAD for at least five consecutive quarters, are considered inactive and must apply for readmission and meet current admission requirements in order to return to SCAD. Undergraduate students who have attended another college or university on any basis other than as a transient student must apply for readmission and meet current admission requirements in order to return to SCAD. All readmission applications are evaluated on an individual basis by the Admission Review Committee. Any prior awards of financial aid and/or scholarships may or may not apply. Students should complete new FAFSA forms and resubmit any required materials to be considered for financial aid or scholarship awards. Upon readmission, students must follow the requirements of the current catalog. Graduate students must adhere to the graduate student continuous enrollment policy.
Graduate students must maintain continuous enrollment until graduation by completing at least one program fulfillment course in two separate quarters during each 12-month period of enrollment until completion of all degree requirements or until the student withdraws by written notification to the office of the registrar. Students who have completed all other requirements for the degree except the thesis must register for THES 799 Continuing Thesis. Once a student is eligible to enroll in THES 799, he or she must register for this course each quarter (up to the five-year degree completion limit) until this degree requirement is met. Students enrolled in THES 799 maintain their official student ID card, and all rights and privileges afforded enrolled students, such as access to facilities and use of equipment and library resources.
International students attending a SCAD location within the U.S. must follow the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rules pertaining to online courses. The rules, which are outlined on page 2 of the I-20 visa, include the following regarding registration in online coursework: Registration in an online course is allowed, but 50 percent or more of courses taken in a quarter must be in a classroom (not online). Typically, this means international students could take only one online course out of a total of three courses. For more information on this or other academic matters related to international status, students should contact the SCAD office of international student services.
A student who has suffered serious personal illness or other emergency circumstances during the academic term should notify the dean of students as soon as possible for assistance or accommodations. Students who have suffered such circumstances and are therefore unable to complete all assignments by the end of the quarter may request a grade of incomplete through the appropriate school dean before the end of the quarter, explaining the reason and including documentation of the illness or emergency circumstance. The dean's decision is final.
A student who is assigned a temporary grade of incomplete is required to complete the remainder of the unfinished work in a satisfactory manner by midterm of the following quarter. A temporary grade of incomplete automatically changes to an F if the required work is not completed satisfactorily by midterm of the following quarter. A student may not withdraw from a course after receiving a grade of incomplete.
A student who has missed more than four class sessions, 20 percent of classes in a quarter, is not eligible for a grade of incomplete.
Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their degree and are responsible at all times for knowing their academic standing and for fulfilling all requirements of the university by referring to published academic policies, regulations and standards and by consulting with the appropriate dean, department chair or adviser. Students are responsible for ascertaining and meeting course requirements, prerequisite requirements, graduation requirements, appropriate course sequencing and any other requirements of the university.
At the sole discretion of the university, a student may be placed on academic warning or probation, or may be suspended or dismissed for any reason deemed by SCAD officials to be in the best interest of the student or of the university as a whole or if they determine that the student is not making satisfactory progress toward degree completion.
For undergraduate students, good academic standing is defined by a 2.0 overall grade point average. For graduate students, good academic standing is defined by a 3.0 overall grade point average.
An undergraduate student whose term grade point average falls below 2.0 for any quarter or a graduate student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for any quarter receives a warning that his or her academic status is unsatisfactory.
An undergraduate student whose term grade point average falls below 2.0 for two consecutive quarters or a graduate student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for two consecutive quarters is placed on academic probation and is notified by the university. Students who are placed on probation must meet with their staff adviser before the end of the second week of the next quarter to establish a success plan. Students on probation may not withdraw from any course and must abide by the terms outlined in their probation letter. Undergraduate students are removed from probation when they achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0; graduate students are removed from probation when they achieve a term grade point average of at least 3.0.
An undergraduate student whose grade point average falls below 2.0 for three consecutive quarters is suspended from the university for one calendar year. After that time, the student may submit a written petition to return to SCAD by emailing email@example.com. The petition should include all potential justification for continued enrollment at SCAD, including, but not limited to, counseling, tutoring, medical treatment or academic success programming. Reinstatement is not guaranteed.
If the student is reinstated, he or she returns on academic probation, must meet with a staff adviser prior to registering for classes and must complete an academic success program as outlined by the reinstatement letter. This may include the requirement to register for specific courses or to take a reduced course load.
A graduate student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for three consecutive quarters is dismissed from SCAD and is not reinstated.
A student who has been suspended and reinstated and does not meet satisfactory academic progress during the first quarter of his or her return is dismissed from the university.
Under all circumstances, students are expected to be honest in their dealings with faculty, administrative staff and other students. For purposes of this policy, the term faculty or faculty member includes any person engaged by the university to act in a teaching capacity, regardless of the person's actual title. In speaking with members of the SCAD community, students must give an accurate representation of the facts at hand. Failure to do so is considered a breach of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in sanctions against the student, including suspension or dismissal.
In class assignments, students must submit work that fairly and accurately reflects their level of accomplishment. Any work that is not a product of the student's own efforts is considered dishonest. Students must not engage in academic dishonesty; doing so can have serious consequences. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Cheating, which includes, but is not limited to, (a) the giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance in producing assignments or taking quizzes, tests or examinations; (b) dependence on the aid of sources including technology beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments; (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff; or (d) the use of unauthorized assistance in the preparation of works of art.
2. Plagiarism, which includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. Plagiarism also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
3. Submission of the same work in two or more classes without prior written approval of the professors of the classes involved.
4. Submission of any work not actually produced by the student submitting the work without full and clear written acknowledgement of the actual author or creator of the work.
If a faculty member suspects a student of academic dishonesty, the faculty member first discusses the concern with the student. If academic dishonesty is still suspected, the faculty member must email all evidence and documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The vice president for academic services receives this email and appoints a designee to investigate the allegation. If, as a result, the investigator finds that academic dishonesty has occurred, the student is informed in writing of the sanctions to be imposed. The student has five business days from the date on the written notice within which to appeal the decision of the investigator. Students wishing to appeal should do so by emailing email@example.com. An appeals committee then convenes to review the case. Findings are presented to the vice president for academic services or the associate vice president for academic services, who sends the student a decision in writing within 30 days of the written appeal. If no appeal is made, the student is assigned a grade of F in the course and the student forfeits the right to continue to attend the class in which the academic dishonesty occurred. Additional sanctions may also be imposed, including suspension or dismissal. A second charge of academic dishonesty results in dismissal from SCAD.
Students are encouraged to resolve any concerns they may have by directly contacting the office or persons responsible for the area relevant to the concern or complaint (e.g., housing/residence director for residence hall complaints; professor or academic chair for academic complaints, etc.). If unsure about the proper way to address complaints, students should contact the ombudsman (firstname.lastname@example.org). As a neutral party, the ombudsman may seek additional information about the situation, assist with appropriate communication and mediate disputes.
If unable to satisfactorily resolve issues directly with the relevant office or persons or through the office of the ombudsman, the student may submit a formal written complaint using the procedures referenced herein.
SCAD's student complaint and appeal policies apply uniformly across SCAD locations and learning modalities. The university protects its students' right to lodge complaints and appeals according to these procedures and seeks to resolve all student concerns fairly and in a timely manner. The information described herein is a general overview of the policies and procedures for filing complaints and appeals at SCAD. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the student handbook in its entirety and/or MySCAD for information regarding specific complaint and appeal procedures.
Complaints and appeals in the areas of academics and/or grades, general non-academic complaints, student conduct and/or disciplinary action, Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, discrimination, and financial aid must be in writing in accordance with established university procedures published below.
Procedures for Academic Complaints And Appeals
Complaints and appeals concerning academic matters must be submitted in writing to SCAD's vice president for academic services (for SCAD Savannah, SCAD Lacoste and SCAD eLearning) or the associate vice president for SCAD Atlanta or the associate vice president for SCAD Hong Kong via email to email@example.com, in accordance with the policy set forth below.
The complaint or appeal must include the student's full name, student ID number, SCAD email address and phone number. The complaint or appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the incident; should describe the issue of concern in detail; include relevant information or documentation; and indicate the desired outcome. The complaint or appeal must be signed by the student and sent from the student's SCAD email account.
The vice president for academic services, associate vice president for SCAD Atlanta or associate vice president for SCAD Hong Kong shall determine the final action and will respond to the student within 30 calendar days of receipt of the complaint or appeal.
Academic Policy Appeals
Academic policy appeals are written student requests for exceptions to SCAD's academic policies or students' requests to review academic decisions. Students should address all academic policy appeals to the vice president for academic services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Appeals must be made within 30 calendar days of notification of the action or decision. A decision from the vice president for academic services regarding the appeal is made in writing to the student within 30 calendar days following receipt of the appeal or receipt of additional information. The decision is final.
Academic Integrity Appeals
The student has five business days from the date on the written notice within which to appeal the decision of the investigator. Students wishing to appeal should do so by emailing email@example.com
. An appeals committee then convenes to review the case. Findings are presented to the vice president for academic services or the relevant associate vice president for academic services, who then sends the student a decision in writing within 30 days of the written appeal. The decision is final.
Concerns regarding final grade assignments must be addressed directly with the faculty member issuing the grade or, if necessary, with the professor's department chair. A review of the student's grade is conducted to validate the grade assignment. The department chair and school dean must authorize any grade change due to numerical miscalculation by the faculty member issuing the grade.
If, after this review, the student is not satisfied, he or she may file a written appeal with the vice president for academic services (for SCAD Savannah, SCAD Lacoste and SCAD eLearning) or the associate vice president for SCAD Atlanta or the associate vice president for SCAD Hong Kong via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This appeal must include evidence of correspondence with all previous parties and should be submitted within 30 calendar days following the last day of the quarter. The student's grade appeal is routed to the appropriate SCAD administrator for investigation. A decision from the vice president or associate vice president regarding the appeal is made in writing to the student within 30 days following receipt of the appeal. The decision is final.
Procedures for Non-Academic Complaints
Non-academic student complaints, other than complaints of sexual harassment, are submitted, in writing, to the dean of students. SCAD Savannah, SCAD Lacoste and SCAD eLearning student complaints should be submitted to the dean of students in Savannah; SCAD Atlanta student complaints should be submitted to the dean of student success at SCAD Atlanta; SCAD Hong Kong student complaints should be submitted to the senior student success adviser at SCAD Hong Kong.
The complaint must include the student's full name, student ID number, SCAD email address and phone number. The complaint must be submitted within 30 calendar days of the incident; should describe the issue of concern in detail; include the date, time and place of the occurrence; the names of any persons involved, including any witnesses; other relevant information or documentation; and the desired outcome. The complaint must be signed by the student or sent from the student's SCAD email account.
A written response will be provided to the student within 30 calendar days of receipt of the written complaint. If dissatisfied with the response, the student may submit a written appeal to the vice president for student success, located in Savannah, in accordance with the following process.
Procedures for General Non-Academic Appeals
General non-academic appeals are student requests for exceptions to the university's student services policies. Unless specifically stated otherwise (see below), all such appeals must be submitted in writing to the vice president for student success, in the format noted above, within 14 calendar days following notification of any decision or action. Submissions may be sent to the office of the vice president for student success, located in Bradley Hall, 115 E. York St., Savannah, GA; mailing address: P.O. Box 3146, Savannah, GA 31402 or email@example.com
. All supporting documentation must be attached to the appeal; failure to do so may halt the appeal process. The vice president for student success shall determine the final action and will respond to the student within 30 calendar days of receipt of the appeal. The decision of the vice president for student success is final.
Procedures for Specific Non-Academic Appeals
Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Action Appeals
A finding of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and/or imposing a sanction(s) may be appealed by the accused student (or by the victim) within three business days of the decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing from a student's SCAD email address to the dean of students. Appeals from Hong Kong, Savannah, Lacoste and eLearning students should be submitted to the dean of students
in Savannah; appeals from SCAD Atlanta students should be submitted to the dean of student success
at SCAD Atlanta. The Code of Student Conduct and the process and specific procedures for appealing such decisions are found in the student handbook under "Code of Student Conduct."
Americans with Disabilities Act Grievances
A student may file a formal grievance in writing with the SCAD ADA grievance committee within 30 calendar days of the alleged violation. The college's ADA Grievance Policy and Procedures should be followed when submitting such grievances and are found in the student handbook under "Disability Services."
Sexual Harassment Grievances
Complaints of sexual harassment may be initiated either verbally or in writing to the vice president for student success by (a) signing and delivering a written complaint, or by (b) presenting the complaint in person. In the event that the complaint is made in person, and the complainant decides to proceed formally, the complaint is documented in writing during the meeting and signed by the complainant. Specific procedures are found in the student handbook under "Policies: Sexual Harassment."
Students with questions or concerns about Title IX, or who feel that they have been affected by discrimination, can contact any of the following individuals: vice president for student success, dean of students, director of student conduct, ombudsman, or compliance officer/Title IX coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Specific procedures are found in the student handbook under "Policies: Nondiscrimination."
Procedures For Financial Appeals
Students who receive a written notice of loss of financial aid due to unsatisfactory progress may appeal in writing to the university
. The appeal must be received within 30 calendar days of the date on the unsatisfactory progress notification letter. A decision regarding the appeal is made in writing to the student within 30 calendar days following receipt of the appeal or receipt of additional information. The decision is final.
Student Account Appeals
Students with extenuating circumstances may appeal in writing to the university
for refund or credit. Such appeals must be initiated during the quarter for which the refund or credit is requested. The student will receive a written response within 30 calendar days of the date of the written appeal. The decision is final.
Applicants may appeal admission decisions only once. Those who wish to appeal an admission decision must submit the following to the Admission Appeal Committee:
- 1. Letter of appeal specifying the reason(s) for the appeal, with the applicant's student ID provided.
- 2. Any updated materials that would be relevant to an appeal.
- 3. At least one recommendation from a teacher, coach, guidance/career counselor or other mentor/supervisor is required. Graduate applicants should submit an additional letter of reference from an academic or professional source.
All documents must be submitted together with the letter of appeal in order to be considered. The deadline to appeal is one month prior to intended enrollment at SCAD. The Admission Appeal Committee may consist of admission staff and administrators. Appeals are considered in the order in which they are received; a final decision is rendered to the applicant within two weeks of receipt of complete appeal. Only appeals written by the student are considered.
Appeal documents may be delivered in person or by e-mail
or by mail to:
Admission Appeal Committee
Savannah, eLearning, Hong Kong
P.O. Box 2072
Savannah, GA 31402-2072 USA
P.O. Box 77300
Atlanta, GA 30357-1300 USA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the date the Savannah College of Art and Design receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The registrar makes arrangements for access and notifies the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the registrar, the registrar shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. That official makes arrangements for access and notifies the student of when and where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. A student who believes records are inaccurate or misleading should write to the registrar, clearly identify the part of the record he or she wants changed and document why it is inaccurate or misleading. If SCAD decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, SCAD notifies the student of the decision and advises the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding hearing procedures is provided to the student at that time.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records (a student consents by completing and submitting an electronic FERPA form via MySCAD), except to the extent that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in a supervisory, administrative, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committees, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the university discloses a student's education records to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without the student's prior consent. The university also discloses directory information in a student's education record unless written notice is received from the student that the student does not wish to be included in the disclosure of directory information on or before October 1 of the current academic year. Written notice should be sent to the registrar's office (email@example.com). Directory information includes the student's name, address (including e-mail), telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, and photograph.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of the college to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The name and address of the office that administers the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is as follows:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Students may retake a course by registering for the course and paying tuition for that course again. While all grades remain on the transcript, the student only receives credit once for the course. Only the highest grade is calculated into the cumulative and major grade point average. Students should consult a staff adviser before retaking a course, as financial aid and/or scholarship awards could be affected.
To earn an undergraduate certificate, students must complete all courses required for the certificate, maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average in those courses. To earn a graduate certificate, students must complete all courses required for the certificate, maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average in those courses. Current students may pursue a certificate by contacting their staff adviser. Additional coursework may be required to earn a certificate concurrent with a degree.
Bachelor's degrees are awarded to students who have earned a minimum of 180 quarter hours (equivalent to 120 semester credit hours) of appropriate credit in an approved program of study with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, as well as a 3.0 or higher in their major or concentration. Students pursuing a minor must earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in their minor program. To graduate with a double major, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in each major and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0. The final 45 hours of any degree program must be completed at SCAD (may include eLearning and study abroad).
Bachelor's degree students must complete the application for graduation at least two quarters before they complete their degree requirements. The graduation application is required whether or not the student plans to participate in a commencement ceremony. In Atlanta and Hong Kong, a commencement ceremony will be held at the end of spring quarter. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of the winter or spring quarters may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Students who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must complete all degree requirements no later than the summer quarter following the ceremony. Students should note that course offerings may be limited in summer. In Savannah, commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring quarters. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of winter or spring quarter may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of the summer or fall quarters may participate in the fall commencement ceremony.
At graduation, bachelor's degree students may be awarded academic honors based on their cumulative grade point average their last quarter before commencement. Since commencement is scheduled before final grades are submitted, the cumulative grade point averages of students who complete their graduation requirements spring quarter are based on their average the previous quarter. Students who have a cumulative grade point average below a specific honor level prior to commencement, but earn the required average after grades are calculated, have that honor indicated on their diploma.
Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.69 GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.7 to 3.89 GPA
Summa Cum Laude 3.9 to 4.0 GPA
Students enrolled in B.F.A. programs in art history and architectural history are required to complete a thesis as part of their graduation requirements. Students register for the thesis course at the end of their program and are expected to complete the thesis by the end of the enrollment term. Students who do not finish their theses by the end of the term may request a grade of incomplete subject to the temporary grade of incomplete policy.
At the approximate midpoint of each graduate student's course of study, the student must pass a faculty review for candidacy. In order to be reviewed, the student must have met all requirements for the program up to that point with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major.
In the candidacy review, faculty members assess the student's complete body of work, as well as the student's readiness to continue in the program and succeed in the field upon graduation. Reviews are structured according to the discipline and degree program, assessing evidence of knowledge of historical methodology, logical thought and original ideas, as well as aesthetic considerations. Candidates should demonstrate strong fundamental art and design skills, performance skills, teaching skills, technical proficiency, and/or strong academic and research proficiency required of the discipline and degree program. Academic performance, as demonstrated by individual course grades, also serves as an indication of a student's readiness to proceed to candidacy. Students who experience academic difficulty should consult with their department chair or graduate coordinator. Additional guidelines for the candidacy review can be found on the graduate studies website in MySCAD
Students who do not pass the review for candidacy may request in writing through the department chair to have a second review. Any student who does not pass the second review may not be allowed to continue in the program.
The completion limit for graduate degrees is five years, including ESL, intensive graduate-level coursework, and/or required undergraduate courses, if assigned, as well as final project, thesis and student teaching. If, for any reason, the student does not complete the program within the five-year period, the student must petition to the office of graduate studies for continuation under the current program of study.
In order to graduate, students seeking master's degrees are required to be continuously enrolled (at least two quarters per academic year, including continuing thesis, up to the five-year limit), fulfill all requirements of the program of study, and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average overall as well as a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average in the major area of study. Specific completion requirements may vary according to the degree program and may require a thesis, student teaching, final project or portfolio appropriate to the course of study. The subject and nature of thesis projects vary among departments. Final projects and portfolio courses include a written component. See specific program requirements for each major. The final 45 hours of any degree program must be completed at SCAD.
The M.A. degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 45 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 30 semester credit hours) in an M.A. program of study. The M.F.A. degree is awarded to students who have earned at least 90 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 60 semester credit hours) in an M.F.A. program of study. The M.A.T. degree is awarded to students who have earned at least 60 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 40 semester credit hours) in an M.A.T. program of study. M.A. and M.F.A. students who were assigned intensive coursework upon admission must complete the intensive coursework as part of their degree requirements.
The professional M.Arch. degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 270 quarter hours (equivalent to 180 semester credit hours) in the professional M.Arch. program of study, which includes 180 undergraduate quarter hours plus 90 graduate quarter hours. The M.U.D. is awarded to students who have completed at least 90 graduate quarter hours (equivalent to 60 semester credit hours) in an M.U.D. program of study.
Master's degree students must submit the application for graduation at least two quarters before completing degree requirements. The application may be completed online in MySCAD. The graduation application is required whether or not the student plans to participate in a commencement ceremony. In Atlanta and Hong Kong, a commencement ceremony will be held at the end of spring quarter. In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, students must complete all degree requirements no later than the summer quarter following the ceremony. Students should note that course offerings may be limited in summer. In Savannah, commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring quarters. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of winter or spring quarter may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of the summer or fall quarters may participate in the fall commencement ceremony.
Students who wish to continue to take classes after completion of degree requirements should meet with a staff adviser to discuss options for further study, such as the addition of a second major or continuation to a master's degree program. To pursue a second degree, the student must apply through the admission department and be admitted to a new degree program, or apply through the admission department and be admitted as non degree-seeking. Otherwise, the student is automatically dropped from classes by the registrar. Financial aid and scholarship awards may be affected by continued enrollment after degree completion.
Students may request from the registrar's office official transcripts
of all coursework completed at SCAD. A fee is charged for most transcripts. Transcripts and portfolios submitted to SCAD as part of the application process become part of the permanent records of the university and cannot be returned to the student.
Students are expected to read all email messages from SCAD officials and utilize their SCAD email addresses for correspondence with faculty and staff. Students are expected to use the most current registration and academic forms and to use automated forms posted on MySCAD. If for any reason online forms are not available, students should contact the office of the registrar.
Physical injury and/or other medical problems, as well as loss of or damage to personal property resulting from fire, theft or other causes, are not the responsibility of the university. SCAD recommends that students carry personal insurance..
SCAD reserves the right to use samples of student work and photographs or video of students and their work in publications and on SCAD websites or other materials about the university. SCAD may request to purchase student work to be included in the permanent collection. Students are frequently invited to exhibit work in the SCAD galleries and in traveling exhibitions. Students also may be invited to sell their work through the SCAD galleries, shopSCAD or through open studio nights held by academic departments.
Students who create copyrightable work with the use of university resources and in furtherance of class projects while enrolled at SCAD grant to the university a royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide, transferrable and perpetual license to use the work (whether in its entirety or samples), together with photographs and/or video of students, for the promotion of and/or to advance the interests of the university. This includes the right to reproduce and distribute copies of the work, photographs and/or video. The complete policy on intellectual property is available at online
The Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc. is committed to providing an environment that supports the creative and teaching activities of its faculty, students and staff. While the primary focus of these activities is on the advancement of the university, works produced by such activities often have benefits beyond their academic intentions. This policy is intended to assist the university's faculty, staff, employees and students in identifying, protecting and administering intellectual property matters. Read the policy
SCAD is committed to complying with the United States Copyright Act. Thus, SCAD has enacted this Copyright Compliance Policy to encourage and promote legitimate use of copyrighted materials by faculty members, staff members and students. SCAD expects all faculty members, staff members and students to comply with the Copyright Act and this policy. Compliance is particularly important with respect to digital technology.
What is copyright?
The Copyright Act protects "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression," including:
- Literary work, including text, e-mail, Web information and computer programs;
- Musical work, including any accompanying words;
- Dramatic work, including any accompanying music;
- Pantomimes and choreographic work;
- Architectural work.
Copyright protection is available to both published and unpublished work and applies regardless of the form of the work-print, audio, video or electronic format. Section 106 of the Copyright Act grants copyright owners the exclusive right to:
Work that is not protected
- Reproduce the work (i.e., make copies of the work);
- Prepare derivatives work (i.e., translate the work into another language, adapt a book into a screenplay);
- Distribute the work (through sale, lease, rental or lending);
- Perform the work publicly (through a digital audio transmission, etc.); and
- Display the work publicly (through a pictorial, graphic, sculptural, motion picture, etc.).
- The law no longer requires a copyright notice on the work, thus the presence or absence of such notice is insignificant as to whether a work is protected under copyright law.
The following types of work are not protected by copyright law and may be used freely by faculty, staff and students:
- Work that lacks originality (i.e., logical, comprehensive compilations such as the phone book and unoriginal reprints of public domain work);
- Work in the public domain;
- Facts; and
- Ideas, processes, methods and systems described in copyrighted work.
Public domain refers to work that is available for unrestricted copying by the public at large without prior permission. Material that resides in the public domain includes work where the copyright has expired; work that was created too early to have copyright protection (anything published prior to 1923); works by the federal government; and work donated to the public by authors or artists (i.e., freeware). All copyrighted work passes into the public domain upon the expiration of its term of protection. The numerous changes in the term of copyright duration have made it difficult to determine whether a work is currently in the public domain. Any work created since Jan. 1, 1978, is still protected. If a work is older than 1923, it is in the public domain. If a work was published before 1964 and the copyright owner did not obtain a copyright extension, it is also in the public domain. While materials published by the United States federal government fall into the realm of public domain, work created by state and local governments do not.
Use of copyrighted materials
Pursuant to the Copyright Act and this policy, faculty members, staff members and students shall "use" all or part of a copyrighted work only with the copyright owner's written permission, or if a legal exception applies (as discussed below). "Use" of a work includes copying, distributing, making derivative work, publicly displaying or publicly performing the work. Faculty members, staff and students who place copyrighted materials on any Web site (e.g., the SCAD Web site, a faculty- or student-sponsored Web site, a public Web site, a password-protected Web site, etc.) are responsible for compliance with the Copyright Act and this policy.
Any faculty member, staff member or student who violates the Copyright Act may be sued by the copyright holder and is subject to criminal (for willful violations) and civil (for both willful and ignorant violations) penalties. Ignorance is no excuse and the penalties are harsh. Thus, it is important that all faculty members, students and staff members become familiar with this policy and comply with the law.
Furthermore, if the college determines that any faculty member, staff member or student is in violation of this policy, such person shall be subject to disciplinary action by SCAD.
Exceptions to the Copyright Act
There are exceptions to many of the exclusive rights granted to copyright owners. For example, the first sale doctrine states that an individual who has purchased a legal copy of a work may then resell or lend that copy. Other statutory limitations include the fair use, performances and displays in face-to-face teaching, reproductions made by libraries, and the Technology, Education and Harmonization Act, all of which are discussed below.
Section 107 of the Copyright Act (the Fair Use Statute) allows a person to copy limited amounts of copyrighted material without requiring prior permission. The right of fair use is specifically applicable to teaching, research and scholarship. However, its scope depends on the following four factors:
- Purpose and character of the use (most importantly whether it is for commercial gain or for nonprofit educational purposes);
- Nature of the copyrighted work (how creative or noncreative is the work);
- Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the work as a whole; and
- Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
These factors must be weighed and balanced to determine whether use is "fair" or not. As a result, fair use is complicated and subject to differing interpretations. There are no specific rules that strictly define how much of a work is an acceptable amount to use.
Performances and displays in face-to-face teaching
- Purpose. Fair use favors nonprofit educational uses over commercial uses. However, copies used in education but made or sold at a monetary profit weigh against fair use. Furthermore, fair use is more likely when the copyrighted work is "transformed" into something new or of new utility, such as quotations incorporated into a paper, and pieces of a work mixed into a multimedia product for teaching or included in commentary or criticism of the original.
- Nature. This factor examines characteristics of the work being used. If the work is nonfiction (i.e., facts) and published, fair use is favored. However, fictional works and unpublished works weigh against fair use.
- Amount. Amount is measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. No exact measures of allowable quantity exist in the law. Quantity must be evaluated relative to the length of the entire original and in light of the amount needed to serve a proper objective. Copying of an entire work usually weighs heavily against fair use. However, if a small portion takes "the heart of the work," copying of that small portion weighs against fair use as well.
- Effect. This factor asks, "If the use were widespread, would the copyright owner be losing money?" If your purpose is research or scholarship, market effect may be difficult to prove. If your purpose is commercial, then adverse market effect is often presumed. Furthermore, occasional quotations or photocopies may have no adverse market effects, but reproductions of software and videotapes can weigh against fair use. With respect to classroom use, this factor is considered the most important in determining fair use. If copying potentially endangers or undermines the market value of the copyrighted work, this factor weighs against fair use. For example, a teacher cannot copy and distribute an entire textbook to students in a classroom.
Section 110(1) of the Copyright Act provides faculty members with a separate set of rights in addition to fair use, specially the right to display (show) and perform (show or play) others' work in the classroom. However, this exception only applies in face-to-face teaching, not distance education. Thus, a teacher may show or perform any work (including still images, music of every kind and movies) related to the curriculum, regardless of the medium, face-to-face in the classroom. There are no limits and no permission is required.
Section 108 of the Copyright Act authorizes libraries to archive lost, stolen, damaged or deteriorating work; make copies for library patrons; and make copies for interlibrary loan. For information regarding library reserves, refer to the SCAD Library Reserves Policy.
TEACH Act - eLearning
The TEACH Act allows faculty members at accredited educational institutions to use work that is protected by copyright in distance education (including on Web sites and by other digital means) without first obtaining the owner's permission. The TEACH Act updates the Copyright Act allowing online instructors to electronically transmit "limited and reasonable portions" of copyrighted work. The TEACH Act, however, is not as broad as the face-to-face rights provided in Section 110(1). The TEACH Act sets forth specific requirements and limitations that must be adhered to when digitally displaying or performing copyrighted work in connection with distance education. These requirements are set forth in the SCAD eLearning and TEACH Act Policy.
When in doubt as to whether a work is not protected (i.e., in the public domain) or an exception applies (i.e., fair use or the TEACH Act), faculty members, staff members and students should request written permission from the copyright owner before using the work. Furthermore if an exception does not apply and the work is protected, then faculty, staff and students must obtain permission before using the work. Permission may be obtained through the Copyright Clearance Center. The Copyright Clearance Center manages copyright permissions for a large number of text publications, but not for audio, video or other multimedia works. Visit the Copyright Clearance Center Web site at www.copyright.com
Guidelines for compliance
For specific examples of uses of copyrighted material that are permissible, refer to the SCAD Copyright Compliance Guidelines.
The Copyright Compliance Guidelines set forth below are intended to assist faculty members, staff members and students in lawfully using copyrighted materials. These guidelines set forth examples when use of a copyrighted work for educational purposes is considered a "fair use," and thus permission from the owner is not necessary. These guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Use of copyrighted work beyond these guidelines may still constitute fair use when applying the four-factor test set forth in the SCAD Copyright Compliance Policy. However, when in doubt or if the use is clearly not a fair use, obtain permission from the owner before using the copyrighted work. Professors are encouraged to document their use of copyrighted materials in the classroom (physical or digital) in case any questions come up. Print media
A. When used for research purposes.
Faculty members and students may make a single copy of any of the following copyrighted work for research purposes only:
- A chapter from a book (never the entire book);
- An article from a periodical or newspaper;
- A short story, essay or poem (limit to one work);
- A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper;
- Poetry (multiple copies of a poem of 250 words or less that exist on two pages or less or 250 words from a longer poem);
- Prose (multiple copies of an article, story or essay that are 2,500 words or less or excerpts up to 1,000 words or 10 percent of the total work, whichever is less); and
- Illustrations (multiple copies of a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture contained in a book or periodical issue).
B. When used for face-to-face classroom discussions and course-packs.
Faculty members may make multiple copies (not to exceed in any event more than one copy per student in a course) of copyrighted work for face-to-face classroom use or discussion provided that:
Examples of works that satisfy the brevity test include:
- The copying meets the tests of brevity and spontaneity (see requirements below);
- The copying meets the cumulative effect test (see requirements below); and
- All copies should include a notice that the materials are protected by copyright law.
To satisfy the spontaneity test:
- A complete poem if less than 250 words and if printed on not more than two pages or, from a longer poem, an excerpt of not more than 250 words.
- Either a complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words, or an excerpt from any prose work of not more than 1,000 words or 10 percent of the work, whichever is less, but in any event a minimum of 500 words.
- One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or per periodical issue.
To satisfy the cumulative effect test:
- The copying must be at the instance and inspiration of the faculty member, and
- The inspiration and decision to use the work and the moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.
When making multiple copies avoid:
- Limit the copies made to one course;
- Do not copy more than one short poem, article, story, essay or two excerpts from the same author, or more than three from the same collective work or periodical volume during one class term (does not apply to current news periodicals and newspapers); and
- Do not make multiple copies more than nine times for one course during one class term (does not apply to current news periodicals and newspapers).
- Copying different materials as a substitute for the purchase of books, publisher's reprints or periodicals;
- Copying to create, replace or substitute for anthologies, compilations or collective works;
- Copying "consumable" work (i.e., workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets and answer sheets); and
- Charging students beyond the actual cost of the photocopying.
Faculty members should obtain permission before making multiple copies when: the work is used for commercial purposes (i.e., for profit); the work is used repeatedly (i.e., for the same class from quarter to quarter or for several different courses at the same or different institutions); or the work is used in its entirety and it is longer than 2,500 words. Digital images and the Internet
The same copyright protections exist regardless of whether the work is in a database, CD-ROM, bulletin board or on the Internet. The Internet is NOT public domain, and it contains both uncopyrighted and copyrighted materials. When using digital images, faculty members, staff members and students should assume that the work is copyrighted and adhere to the following guidelines:
When making a copy or downloading an image from an electronic source, find out if the owner provides information on how to use the work (e.g., is the image available for sale or license?). If explicit guidelines exist, follow them (e.g., purchase or license the image). If not, then digitize and use the image in accordance with the following limitations:
- Limit access to all images except small, low resolution "thumbnails" to students enrolled in the class and administrative staff as needed and terminate access at the end of the class term;
- Faculty members can use images at peer conferences; and
- Students may download, transmit and print out images for personal study and for use in the preparation of academic course assignments and other degree requirements; publicly display images in work prepared for course assignments; and keep work containing images in their portfolios.
When using digital images (whether licensed or not), always include any copyright notices contained on the original and properly credit the source. Do not:
- Post copyrighted material on a Web site (regardless of whether the Web site is for personal use or used in connection with SCAD); and
- Download, copy, share or distribute unlicensed copies of software, pictures, MP3s, movies, games, music, electronic books and other copyrighted materials.
When using copyrighted work in eLearning, small portions, limited times and limited access are the key.
- Incorporate performances of copyrighted work sparingly and only if a faculty member of SCAD possesses a legal copy of the work (i.e., by purchase, license, fair use, interlibrary loan, etc.);
- Include a notice to students that the materials are copyrighted, and that students may not save the materials to their computers, revise, copy or distribute the materials;
- Limit access to students enrolled in the class and administrative staff as needed;
- Terminate access at the end of the class session; and
- Obtain permission for materials that will be used repeatedly for the same class.
Faculty members and students may use limited amounts of copyrighted materials when creating multimedia projects. Multimedia projects are integrated presentations that incorporate the faculty member's or student's original material (e.g., course notes or commentary) with various copyrighted media formats, including, but not limited to, motion media, music, text material, graphics, illustrations, photographs and digital software. Student guidelines
- Use copyrighted work when producing a multimedia project for a specific course; and
- Perform and display their own projects and use them in their portfolio or use the project for job interviews or as supporting materials for application to graduate school.
Faculty members may:
- Use copyrighted work when producing a multimedia project for their teaching in support of curriculum-based instructional activities; and
- Use their project for (i) assignments for student self-study; (ii) remote instruction, provided the network is secure and is designed to prevent unlawful copying; (iii) conferences, presentations or workshops; and (iv) their professional portfolio.
The fair use of copyrighted material in multimedia projects lasts for two years only. After two years, obtain permission before using the project again. Limitations
When using copyrighted work in a multimedia project for educational purposes pursuant to these guidelines, limit use of the copyrighted work as follows:
Obtain permission when:
- Motion media—up to 10 percent of the total or three minutes, whichever is less;
- Text material—up to 10 percent of the total or 1,000 words, whichever is less. An entire poem of less than 250 words may be used, but no more than three poems by one poet or five poems by different poets in an anthology. For poems exceeding 250 words, 250 words should be used but no more than three excerpts from one poet or five excerpts from different poets in the same work;
- Music, lyrics and music video—up to 10 percent of the work but no more than 30 seconds of the music or lyrics from an individual musical work;
- Illustrations or photographs—no more than five images from one artist or photographer and no more than 10 percent or 15 images, whichever is less, from a collection; and
- Numerical data sets—up to 10 percent or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table.
- Using the project for commercial or non-educational purposes;
- Making more than two copies of the project; or
- Distributing the project beyond the scope of the guidelines.
Faculty members, staff members and students should limit the use of copyrighted music as follows:
- Sheet music can be copied only for performances and in emergencies to replace purchased copies that for any reason are not available (replace emergency copies with purchased originals when available);
- A single copy of recordings of student performances can be made for evaluation or rehearsal purposes and may be retained by SCAD or the faculty member; and
- A single copy of a sound recording (such as a tape, disc or cassette) can be made for classroom use provided the original is owned by SCAD or the faculty member.
Always include any copyright notice on the original and appropriate citations and attributions to the source. Photocopying policy for copyrighted material
The Savannah College of Art and Design, in compliance with U.S. copyright law, does not permit the reproduction of any copyrighted material without written consent of the author, artist and/or publisher. This includes, but is not limited to, chapters from books, out-of-print books, articles from journals, periodicals, newspapers and magazines, graphics, illustrations, charts and tables, works of art, sheet music, case studies, Internet content, and manuals. In accordance with college policy, the college printing department does not reprint copyrighted materials. The college provides a solution for staff and professors who need to distribute excerpts from published materials to students. The college’s bookstore contracts with a private publishing company to create custom course packets. The company obtains copyright permission from appropriate sources and collates published materials into custom packets that students may purchase from the bookstore. To create custom course packets, professors must complete order forms and submit all materials for copying to the bookstore no less than six weeks prior to the start of each quarter. Reorders of packets may be made each quarter using the assigned document number, including any additions or deletions to the materials. Reorders also must be submitted no less than six weeks prior to the start of each quarter, as written permission to copy materials must be obtained each quarter. Professors and employees who have questions concerning the process for obtaining custom course packets, or the college’s photocopying policy, should call the dean of communications at 912.525.5225.
The information management and technology department is responsible for providing technology support to the Savannah College of Art and Design and for the development and implementation of college management information systems. IM&T supports the mission of the college through the acquisition, testing, development and maintenance of the computer network, systems and user assistance. The vice president for information management and technology is responsible for overseeing all academic and administrative computing at SCAD.
The following policies are active as of the date of this document. These policies are subject to change. Therefore, users should inquire about changes to this policy.
Developments in information technology in recent years have led to fundamental changes in the ways that people communicate, learn and share information. SCAD is committed to using these innovations to provide new educational benefits to its students and to introduce them to this expanding global community.
The installation of a college network that links individual computers to each other, to a central file server and to the Internet, creates a special opportunity to speed the flow of information among individuals at SCAD and the outside world.
A computer network establishes a community. In any community, especially one as tightly linked as an electronic network, individual decisions can have a powerful and immediate impact on a large number of people. Accordingly, the community must develop rules and protocols to ensure that the rights and privileges of each member of the community are protected and that the college's significant investment in the technology is not wasted. For this reason, SCAD has developed a set of rules and protocols to ensure that electronic interactions are as orderly and mutually respectful as possible. This set of guidelines is called the SCAD Technology Policy and is based upon the importance of respect and consideration for the rights of others.
SCAD stresses respect for all college technology and consideration upon those who use the system. Use of SCAD technology is considered a privilege rather than a right. SCAD reserves the right to alter this policy as the situation dictates. Direct any questions regarding this policy to the vice president for information management and technology.
A. General guidelines for technology and network use
1. Acceptable use: The use of computers and/or accounts must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of SCAD. Use of another organization's network must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any local, state or federal regulation is prohibited. This material includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material and material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is prohibited unless exempted by the vice president for information management and technology. The use of product endorsement, political lobbying and illegal activities is also prohibited.
Any use of SCAD computers and servers to transmit material that may be perceived as sexual in nature may be considered a violation of the university's sexual harassment policy as well as the technology policy. SCAD reserves the right to direct that the transmission of any sexually inappropriate material be ceased, and to remove the material itself if necessary.
SCAD has the right to remove any material that is contrary to the university's mission or is otherwise deemed inappropriate. SCAD can remove the privilege of using college computers from an individual violating this provision. Violations of the policy may be treated as disciplinary actions under the Code of Student Conduct.
Students bear the responsibility of knowing what activities are prohibited by state and federal law, including the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act, federal copyright and trademark laws, stalking laws and software piracy laws. Students shall not engage in any computer activities that are illegal; those who do engage in such activities may be charged under the student disciplinary code.
The use of any hardware, software or other technology provided by the college for commercial purposes is prohibited. The improper use of technology could result in disciplinary action and/or removal from the college.
2. Reliability: SCAD makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it provides. SCAD is not responsible for any monetary or emotional damage suffered by a student as a result of system failure. This includes loss of data, system delays, non- or mis-deliveries, service interruptions caused by SCAD, student errors or omissions, or others not affiliated with the university. Use of any information obtained via the system or the Internet is at the user's own risk.
The network and available systems require regular maintenance to maintain reliability and current capacity. It is occasionally necessary for IM&T to take full control of the network to perform upgrades and maintenance. Regular maintenance is scheduled every Sunday, 6-10 a.m. EST. If upgrades or maintenance requires more time, e-mail notifications will be sent to the SCAD community in advance, outlining the projected unavailability of the network, whenever possible.
3. Copyright: SCAD reserves rights to all material produced during a student's enrollment at the college or other materials produced using technologies supplied by the college. Release of copyright may be obtained through written contractual agreement signed by a designated college authority. For more information regarding SCAD copyright policies, see the relevant section in the student handbook. No individual may use, set up, or provision equipment or software on the college network for the purpose of inspecting, copying, storing, acquiring or redistributing copyrighted, trademarked or otherwise protected material, including, but not limited to, computer software, music, artwork, film, electronic texts, graphical or video productions in any manner that violates copyright law or the rights of the copyright holders.B. Network use
Use of the network is public; therefore, the user is responsible for all activities generated by his/her account at all times. Use of the network outside the scope of SCAD-related activities (including commercial accounts) is prohibited. The network is designed to monitor activity of all users. All users must abide by guidelines and restrictions on access and usage that is posted or distributed either electronically or in physical form.
Upon submission of the signed user agreement, each network user is assigned a user name. Each user is responsible for the confidentiality of his/her password and account. College policy prohibits attempting to bypass any system security measure, process or policy.
Attempts to degrade or interfere with the performance of the college network or use of the college network in an attempt to degrade the performance of other networked systems are strictly prohibited.
Risky and potentially harmful activities are strictly prohibited while attached to the college network. These activities include the creation and propagation of viruses, the creation of self replicating code, port scanning, and unsafe activities which can disrupt services, damage files, and/or damage or destroy equipment, software or data.
Users are prohibited from attempting to circumvent or subvert any systems security measures, services, provisions or agreements.
Any device attached to the network must be configured as a DHCP client. The use of static addressing or configuring services that provide addresses in place of those assigned by SCAD is prohibited.
1. Commercial use of technology prohibited: Commercial use of the college network for the purpose of profit, sales or other business-like activity is strictly prohibited. SCAD is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and as such is subject to specific federal, state and local laws regarding the use of its property and similar matters. Any activity within the college network must not violate, jeopardize or otherwise contradict this status.
2. Higher Education Opportunity Act: In compliance with the Department of Education's Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), SCAD utilizes this technology policy to inform students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may result in a student being subject to internal disciplinary adjudication, civil or criminal liabilities. Peer-to-peer file sharing allows users to make available to others files for download and use. Copyright infringement may occur through the practice of copying and distributing protected work without the permission of the owner. Users may not download or upload programs or other material protected by copyright without written authorization signed by both the user and the vice president for information management and technology. This material includes any software belonging to the user or software located on the SCAD system.
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Users who identify a security problem must immediately notify the system administrator or IM&T at 912.525.4567 and the student conduct office at 912.525.6980. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual account without written permission from the system administrator, network administrator or vice president for information management and technology. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to SCAD's system. Note that e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. SCAD reserves the right to monitor and review all e-mail and other system use to protect the integrity of the system and the safety of its users.
End users of the college network are prohibited from the installation of devices or software designed to intercept, capture, cache or otherwise acquire data transmissions through the college network.
In compliance with the Department of Education's Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), SCAD utilizes this technology policy to inform students that unprotected wireless access points established using the SCAD-provided hardwired network are prohibited. If unprotected wireless access points are detected, the originating IP address will be suspended without notification. Connectivity may be re-established at the discretion of IM&T.
Authorized users may not run or otherwise configure software or hardware that allows access to unauthorized users. This includes but is not limited to the creation of unsecured wireless networks, replication of services through third party devices such as routers, "airport" stations, NAT devices, proxy servers and the establishment of VPN-like services. Any placement of a device designed to extend the network must be configured to allow only the authorized user and must not be open to the public or to anyone other than the authorized user. Users are solely responsible for their connection and all traffic generated and received by that connection.
A user in doubt about whether a specific use of the network is authorized should consult with the network administrator or the vice president for information management and technology. Violations of the user agreement may result in the loss of user privilege and/or disciplinary action.C. Services
1. Hardware: Items of SCAD's hardware (CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner and other peripherals) represent a large investment of funds, and provide the student body with an extensive array of tools to facilitate their success at SCAD. An equipment malfunction is costly to repair and makes the item unavailable to other users. Users should treat all equipment with respect, noting that the user is part of the larger community.
Respecting the physical integrity of the hardware means no one shall tamper with, treat roughly, remove or add any piece or part of a piece of hardware or its cabling from its proper location. All users must comply with user guidelines and restrictions from time to time posted or distributed by the system administrator or IM&T.
Malfunctions or suspected malfunctions should be reported to the Technology Support Center at 912.525.4567 for immediate attention. No one should attempt to repair or modify any equipment without the direct supervision of the system administrator.
2. System and applications (software): All installation of software is the responsibility of IM&T or a designated system administrator. No one should attempt to install executable programs or applications without authorization from the vice president for information management and technology, or the information management and technology department. No one should attempt to introduce system-corrupting software, such as viruses, into any computer system or otherwise intentionally interfere with the operation of any system. No one should attempt to access or tap into another person's e-mail, instant message or other personal files.
Policy regarding educational software: SCAD acquires software for the use of its students. Most of the software that SCAD purchases is educational software. This means the software can only be used for educational purposes. The software cannot be used for any commercial purpose, including any use where the student receives compensation or in-kind donations. The use of educational software is permitted for competitions. The college may purchase commercial versions of the software for non-educational purposes deemed acceptable by the college.D. Electronic services
SCAD licenses the use of computer software from a variety of outside companies. SCAD does not own this software or its related documentation and, unless authorized by the software developer, does not have the right to reproduce it except for backup purposes. With regard to client/server and network applications, students shall use the software only in accordance with the license agreements. License agreements are available in the information management and technology department located on the fifth floor of Propes Hall, 15 Drayton St. Students shall not download or upload unauthorized software over the Internet. Any student learning of any misuse of software or related documentation at the college shall notify the vice president for information management and technology.
SCAD prohibits the use of the SCAD network to violate copyright law. Additionally, the SCAD technology policy explicitly forbids activity that threatens the security of the network and computing environment. Peer-to-peer file sharing exposes the network and users to both of the above-mentioned activities. This includes the use of unprotected wireless routers, use of VPN access on machines in which file sharing applications reside, and openly sharing files from one computer to another by use of software applications or open access. SCAD will utilize applications to monitor the establishment of unsecured wireless networks within the SCAD network, and the availability of file sharing opportunities.
Upon receipt of a notification of possible copyright infringement or file sharing improprieties, SCAD will notify the individual assigned to the IP address about the infraction through the office of student conduct, providing an explanation as to why it was received, and will subsequently quarantine the access of the student until such time as the office of student conduct adjudicates. Any internal action taken by SCAD does not shield the student from potential liability claims from third parties like RIAA or the owner of the copyrighted material, who retain the right to sue for the underlying infringement activity. A content owner may bring an infringement claim against a user and by law is entitled to a minimum of $750 for each infringement; if intent to infringe copyright is demonstrated, statutory damages may be as high as $15,000 per infringement.
SCAD will provide information on its IM&T technology support channel within MySCAD regarding peer-to-peer file sharing, unsecured wireless access and use of the SCAD network to precipitate use or distribution of copyrighted materials. A list of legal downloading sites is available on the IM&T website as well.
According to applicable copyright law, persons involved in the illegal reproduction of software can be subject to civil damages and criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Students can also be subject to SCAD's disciplinary policy. SCAD does not condone the illegal duplication of software. Any students who create, acquire or use unauthorized copies of computer software shall be disciplined as appropriate under the circumstances. Such discipline may include termination and/or dismissal from the college. Any doubt concerning whether any student may copy or use a given software program should be raised with the vice president for information management and technology before proceeding. The vice president for information management and technology can be reached at 912.525.4001.
The department of information management and technology maintains the right and responsibility to act as the steward of all stored electronic information (including but not limited to all forms of electronic messages, documents, files, data bases, file servers and access logs) stored on equipment maintained by the college. Electronic forms of data stored on all systems are designed to be monitored, backed up, archived, scanned, and preserved as deemed necessary by the department of information management and technology.
The department of information management and technology reserves the right to review, monitor, validate and seize any electronic data stored on its systems for any reason deemed necessary in order to properly conduct college business, to comply with the requests of law enforcement, or as required for dispute resolution. Aside from routine monitoring and protection practices performed by authorized personnel, access to electronic data storage areas primarily designated as private (home directories, e-mail) must be approved by the vice president for information management and technology.
Anyone attempting to overcome the safeguards and security measures associated with electronic data storage and access restriction is in direct violation of the technology policy.
1. Disks, files and documents: The work of individuals stored on floppy disks, tapes, firewire drives or saved in files on hard drives is considered to be private. Just as it is inappropriate to obtain, read, alter or copy work done by another on paper, it is inappropriate to access, read, alter or copy work stored electronically without permission of the owner. SCAD will consider unauthorized electronic copying or electronic theft to be against college policy.
2. Network storage space: Network storage space is provided to students actively enrolled at SCAD. Home directories are assigned to each student upon agreement of the technology usage policy. Network storage folders are backed up regularly and may be accessed via MyFile from any computer with Internet access. Student network storage folders are emptied or cleaned out annually on Sept. 1. It is the responsibility of the individual student to back up any and all work they wish to retain prior to the Sept. 1 date. IM&T cannot guarantee the recovery of files once they are deleted.
3. Course drop boxes: Course drop boxes are created at the beginning of each quarter and are specific to a course given. Course drop boxes are only retained for the term of the class. Course drop boxes and the files held within are deleted at the end of the quarter, once grades have been submitted. Course drop boxes are not intended as student file storage. They are available to submit coursework for the class. Students are advised not to store or save documents to these locations that are unrelated to an assignment.
4. Internet access and e-mail: Access to the Internet and e-mail are provided to students of the college as a service. These services are to be used for college purposes only. All other uses are prohibited. SCAD-issued e-mail accounts should not be used or referenced in commercial activity.
All communications internal to SCAD and its employees shall be sent and received from the student's SCAD e-mail account. This is required to comply with regulations for security of private information. Students contacting SCAD employees via e-mail accounts other than their SCAD issued address may be returned and information withheld.
Students are discouraged from forwarding their SCAD e-mail account to another third party or web-based e-mail provider.
A SCAD Webmail account is automatically issued to students upon payment of the matriculation fee. Timely news from various departments is e-mailed to students through SCAD Webmail; students should check their SCAD Webmail daily.
Students should obtain their student e-mail IDs by logging on to MySCAD, clicking the My Info tab and then "View E-mail Addresses." Students may obtain their student ID numbers and PINs by calling the Technology Support Center at 912.525.4567.
Electronic signatures: No electronic signature may be affixed to an e-mail originating from a student's assigned SCAD e-mail account that is not approved by college administration. Any violation of this policy may be grounds for disciplinary action including removal of access privileges.E. Residence hall network access and policies
SCAD students living in college residence halls have the option to use a high-speed network connection.
1. Access-Savannah/Atlanta: In order for students to obtain access to this network through the provided residence hall access jack, they must take the following steps:
1. Student must obtain a network card for his/her computer.
2. Student connects the computer via network card to the plug in his/her residence hall room.
3. Student starts computer.
4. Student logs on to the system using his/her student ID and MySCAD password.
5. Student accepts or rejects usage policy.
6. If student rejects policy, access is denied.
7. If student accepts policy, his/her residence hall account will be activated in approximately 15 minutes.
8. Student should turn off computer and check again after 15 minutes.
If a student has a problem connecting to the network, he/she should call the Technology Support Center at 912.525.4567. Personnel will try to assist the student over the phone. However, the Technology Support Center may need to schedule an appointment for the student with a computer technician to solve their problems. The Technology Support Center will try to schedule all appointments within 24 hours. Student use of the college network is subject to all of the policies contained in this document. Violation of this policy may be treated as disciplinary actions under the Code of Student Conduct.
It is the responsibility of the user on the college network to protect their equipment from intrusion attempts, electrical damage or software-driven attacks. SCAD has no obligation to provide, maintain, service, replace or otherwise be responsible for physical or software-driven damage orienting from a network connection to any user of the college network.
Wireless access points: Wireless connectivity in the residence halls is provided by SCAD. Setup and access to unsecured wireless access points originating from the SCAD provided network connect is prohibited. Unsecured access points located in residence halls will be disconnected until connection is password-protected and secure. Network services will evaluate the residence hall networks frequently.
Gaming support: Guaranteed reliability of access and speed, and configuration assistance to Internet in residence halls for the purposes of gaming will not be supported by IM&T.
F. College computer and classroom labs
1. During academic breaks and other times: All SCAD computer labs, except computers located in the Jen Library, are closed between academic quarters while classes are not in session. During these breaks, students are not allowed to use these labs. Labs also may be inaccessible at other times due to required maintenance.
The computer labs located in the Jen Library are open and accessible to all currently enrolled students during the library's regular operating hours, including during academic breaks.
In order to use a SCAD computer lab, currently enrolled students must have a valid SCAD ID card and may be required to show their ID to college personnel upon entering the building and the lab, or swipe the ID to gain entry. Students who do not possess proper ID may not be admitted to the lab or may be asked to leave.
Alumni may use SCAD computer labs for three months following their graduation from the college. For more information regarding access, call alumni services at 912.525.5865 or the vice president for information management and technology at 912.525.4001.
2. Classroom equipment: Technology located within classrooms shall be maintained to the best of the ability of the IM&T staff. Students are encouraged to report equipment that is inoperable or in need for repair to the Technology Support Center. IM&T relies on this communication to provide fast and efficient service, and maintain the highest standard for classroom technology.G. Technology support center
The SCAD Technology Support Center is provided as the first point of contact for any assistance or request concerning SCAD technology assets.
1. Hours of operation: The hours for assistance during the academic quarters are:
• Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
• Saturday-Sunday, 1-10 p.m.
The hours for assistance during academic quarter breaks are:
• Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
• No weekend hours
2. Means of contact or requesting assistance: Requests for assistance or service may be made to the Technology Support Center by calling 912.525.4567 or by e-mailing
Additionally, SCAD computer users are encouraged to visit their My IM&T channel located on the Workspace tab within MySCAD. Link to the IM&T internal site; announcements, training opportunities through Lynda.com and other information are available within the channel.
H. IM&T staff rights and responsibilities
Under the direction of the vice president for information management and technology, IM&T staff members generally may do whatever is necessary to carry out their responsibilities to maintain the effective operation of IM&T facilities and SCAD technology assets.
Use of SCAD information resources are not completely private. SCAD preserves the capabilities and the rights to monitor any individual's network usage, connections and transmissions at any time without warning. The normal operation and maintenance of the college's network and technology resources requires the backing up, caching and logging of data transmissions and communications as well as general usage patterns and the routine scanning of network end users for vulnerabilities which could adversely affect the college network.
Student files kept on college servers are considered "education records" as covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (title 20, Section 1232 (g) of the United States Code, also referred to as the Buckley Amendment). However, this policy does not preclude disclosure of these files to college officials with a legitimate educational interest. Whenever appropriate and possible, IM&T and/or the appropriate department will seek prior approval from the students before any disclosures are made.
In the normal course of examining and repairing system problems, and when investigating instances of improper use of college facilities, IM&T may need to examine users' files, electronic mail and printer listings. IM&T has the right to access these files.
Investigations that discover improper use may prompt IM&T to limit the access of those users found abusing facilities or services; disclose information found during investigation to college or law enforcement authorities; and initiate disciplinary action as prescribed by college policies and procedures. IM&T has a right to disclose this information.
In order to protect against hardware and software failures, backups of all data stored on IM&T systems are made on a regular basis. IM&T has a right to examine the contents of these backups to gather sufficient information to diagnose and correct problems with system software, or to investigate instances of improper use of IM&T facilities.
With reasonable cause for suspicion, and with the approval of the vice president for information management and technology, IM&T staff members have a right to monitor any or all aspects of a system to determine if a user is acting in violation of the policies set forth in this document.
IM&T staff members may alter the priority or terminate the execution of any process that is consuming excessive system or network resources or objectionably degrading system or network response, with or without prior notification.
IM&T staff members may remove or compress disk files that are not related to SCAD's mission or that are consuming large amounts of disk space, with or without prior notification.
IM&T staff members may terminate login sessions that have been idle (unused) for long periods of time in order to free resources. This right applies particularly to limited resources, such as dial-up connections.
IM&T staff members have the responsibility to provide advance notice of system shutdowns for maintenance upgrades or changes, so that users affected may plan around periods of system unavailability. However, in the event of an emergency, an IM&T staff member may shut down a system with little or no advance notification. Every effort will be made to give users a chance to save their work before the system is taken out of service.
All users have the responsibility to report any violations of SCAD policy, state law or federal law pertaining to the use of SCAD computer facilities to the vice president for information management and technology or appropriate authorities whenever violations come to their attention.
If anyone is contacted by a representative from an external law enforcement organization that is conducting an investigation of an alleged violation involving SCAD computing and networking resources, they must immediately inform the vice president for information management and technology at 912.525.4001.
IM&T staff members may refuse or restrict access to any person who has violated the policies set forth in this document, or who has violated the policies of other computer facilities belonging to SCAD.