Spring quarter announcement
January 15, 2021
As winter quarter 2021 begins, SCAD is already formulating its operational plan for the remainder of the academic year and beyond.
The university is pleased to announce that more than 860 sections of the spring schedule will include nearly 7,000 on-ground seats. SCAD has utilized a gradual, phased approach to increasing the percentage of on-ground seats offered — approximately 1% in Fall 2020, 4% this winter, and now 18% for Spring 2021. Upper-level courses, including senior capstone, final project, portfolio, professional practices, production, senior collection, graduate studios, and more will be prioritized for on-ground instruction. These offerings, as well as additional foundation studies and general education courses, will be supplemented with robust virtual learning via SCADnow. On-ground courses will allow for a limited number of students physically present, about six to 10 per course, with some larger academic spaces such as university auditoriums and theaters allowing for 20 to 30 students, as determined by SCAD health and safety guidelines.
SCAD Lacoste will remain closed for spring quarter.
Updates are also being made to SCAD residence life and housing policies to accommodate students who would like to live in university housing. Students who are already in a residence hall will have the choice to maintain their current arrangements, with a private bedroom and bath, or share a space with a roommate during the spring quarter, if desired. More information on these options will be sent to current residents. Students currently living off campus will receive further instructions for requesting space in a SCAD residence hall soon.
The spring quarter will also see a return to intercollegiate athletic competition for the university. SCAD artist-athletes will receive further communications early next week. In addition, the university is continuing to plan an appropriate and safe commencement celebration for our graduates and their families. More details on the event will be announced no later than mid-February.
Building upon the successful reopening of select on-ground academic resources, learning spaces, and residence halls during this academic year, SCAD intends to return to an on-ground course schedule beginning in Summer 2021 and beyond, while continuing to supplement with real-time virtual instruction via SCADnow. SCAD eLearning will continue to offer the university's vibrant online courses and degrees. No matter how students choose to learn at SCAD, The University for Creative Careers will honor its mission of preparing talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
The SCAD community's successful adherence to COVID-19 health and safety policies continue to inform the university's thoughtful decision-making as more on-ground campus resources reopen. All on-ground safety measures currently in place have been extended in line with CDC guidelines. These include mandatory face coverings while on all SCAD properties, indoors and outside, except in private living spaces in residences, increased sanitization, daily health screenings, symptom monitoring, social distancing, and more. Read more about expectations for returning to a SCAD location, reference FAQs on new policies and procedures, access the COVID-19 case tracking dashboard, and more here.
You have played a central role in this historic moment, rising to the challenge with creativity and invention. Thank you again for your continued diligence as our SCAD community grows stronger together.
Daily health checks
Students residing in residence halls or utilizing university resources must conduct a daily health check and symptom monitoring before attending class or visiting a SCAD building. The daily health check is sent by email daily via Qualtrics.
Students should perform self-temperature checks before entering a SCAD building. All university buildings that students access have required touchless temperature kiosks on-site.
Students should self-assess for the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (normal temperatures should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New gastrointestinal symptoms
- New loss of taste or smell
Students should not enter a SCAD building if they are exhibiting any symptoms attributed to COVID-19, according to the CDC. Students who reside in SCAD housing should immediately notify the SCAD Department of University Safety if they exhibit these symptoms. They may be reached in Savannah at 912.525.4500 and in Atlanta at 404.253.3333. Students should inform the Dean of Students at their respective location if they have a sick family member at home or are living with someone who has COVID-19.
Students should follow CDC guidelines related to quarantine and isolation, and can consult with University Safety for additional guidance. Students who fall into categories defined by the CDC for quarantine or isolation should immediately contact University Safety for guidance on next steps.
SCAD'S Contact Tracing team stays in frequent communication with students in quarantine and isolation, allowing for tracking, notification, and connecting the student with testing and health care resources.
Student exposure protocols
If a student contracts COVID-19, the student must immediately notify SCAD Department of University Safety for guidance on next steps. Savannah- and Atlanta-area students can search available testing sites through the the Georgia Department of Public Health. Students who test positive for COVID-19 must meet qualifications based on CDC guidelines to return to SCAD or end isolation if living in a residence hall.
Complete the following steps each time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Maintaining the space between yourself and others is one of the best ways to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Students should stay at least 6 feet away (about two arms' lengths) from other people at all times. Students must follow social distancing practices while in SCAD buildings, including in residence halls.
Face masks and coverings
Face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff in SCAD buildings, public buildings, and in the presence of others.
Disposable face coverings may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. Students may also wear a cloth face covering, which may only be worn for one day and then properly laundered before use again.
Group meetings and projects should be held in whole or partly using the extensive range of available remote collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, or phone).
Student travel outside of Savannah and Atlanta is strongly discouraged. Students who intend to travel during the quarter must adhere to the following protocols:
- Complete a SCAD Student Travel Notification form and following any requested next steps.
- Based on the travel destination and current CDC travel guidelines, students may have to submit to a health screening, COVID-19 testing, or a mandated quarantine upon arriving back at SCAD.
Approval of travel and guidance on next steps upon return will be sent through the vice president of SCAD Savannah and the Dean of Students in Savannah or the Dean of Student Success in Atlanta.
SCAD students arriving for winter quarter via international flights should follow the latest CDC guidance.
Entry and exit control
Entry to buildings is regulated and monitored. Your SCADCard is required for entry to all buildings, and you may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person.
Take note of signage that may modify entry points as entrance or exit only for the flow of overall building traffic. Visitors and guests are not allowed in SCAD buildings until further notice.
What to do if you are sick
We recommend any student exhibiting symptoms to immediately contact a health care provider. Students living in a SCAD residence hall or using university facilities must call the SCAD Department of University Safety (912.525.4500 in Savannah and 404.253.3333 in Atlanta) to receive further instructions. This will allow us to help arrange for self-quarantine, isolation, or other actions, as well as to begin contact tracing in an effort to keep our university community safe.
Students who are not exhibiting symptoms but who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive should follow the advice of a health care professional. Students in this situation who live in SCAD residence halls must immediately inform SCAD University Safety, take a test for the virus, and begin self-quarantine until the test results are received. If an on or off-campus student has been in contact with someone who has tested positive, they will not be allowed in any SCAD buildings. They are to contact the SCAD Security Operations Center (912.525.4500 in Savannah and 404.253.3333 in Atlanta), who will then contact the Dean of Students and create an incident report for reporting purposes. Asymptomatic students who test negative should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure date.
The SCAD attendance policy allows for four missed class sessions, or about two weeks. Students should contact their faculty to inform them of the situation if they are unable to participate according to course guidelines.