COVID-19 STATUS: (Updated 11:49 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12) SCAD announces plans for winter quarter. See the full announcement at scad.edu/coronavirus.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
SCAD INFORMATION AND MESSAGE CENTER

October

As you plan your winter quarter course schedule, note that the university has introduced an enhanced search feature to allow all students to easily determine if a course section will be offered on-ground, in real-time virtually, or via SCAD eLearning online instruction.

In order to provide increased opportunities for students who wish to enroll in on-ground courses, you will be able to register for a maximum of two on-ground courses in winter quarter. Any additional courses must be taken virtually or through eLearning.

Utilizing the advanced search feature in the MySCAD registration channel or in the SCAD app, students may now select the following session types to filter course options to their preferred method of instruction:

  • On-ground
  • Virtual
  • eLearning

Additionally, the specific location for each course listed has been updated so you will see the method of instruction, either on-ground, virtual, or eLearning, and the specific building and room number for on-ground courses.

Students who enroll in more than two on-ground courses will be notified that they must modify their schedule, or their schedule will be automatically adjusted.

As the university welcomes more students back to campus next quarter, continue to refer to scad.edu/coronavirus for current health and safety policies.

If you have any questions, reach out directly to your student success adviser or contact the SCAD advising office at [email protected] or 912.525.5820.

Dear SCAD community,

As SCAD prepares to open registration for winter quarter 2021, the university would like to announce that the majority of winter quarter course instruction will remain the same as fall quarter, taught virtually in real time. However, an increased number of courses will be taught on-ground at SCAD this winter. This slight increase in the number of courses, though still limited, will help build upon the successful reopening of designated on-ground academic resources, learning spaces, and residence halls during the fall quarter.

The university has chosen to offer more than 40 courses across 120 sections, taught simultaneously on-ground and virtually. Students have a choice to remain fully virtual during winter quarter or to attend up to two classes in-person in Atlanta or Savannah, availability pending. SCAD Lacoste will remain closed for winter quarter, and SCAD eLearning will continue with its full complement of offerings.

Courses taught simultaneously on-ground and virtually will have 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 — all determined according to safety guidelines. Registering for on-ground seats will take place through the regular registration process. A list of the winter courses offered with on-ground availability can be found within the SCAD coronavirus FAQs page. This list is subject to change. Additional information on how to register for on-ground courses will be sent later this week.

To continue to promote the health and well-being of the SCAD community, all of the safety measures currently in place will be extended, in line with CDC guidelines. These include required face coverings while on any SCAD property indoors and outside, except in private living spaces in residences, as well as increased sanitation, daily health screenings, symptom monitoring, and social distancing.

A limited number of spaces in university residence halls are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students living in SCAD residence halls have a private bedroom and bathroom, which limits room availability. There will continue to be no visitation permitted inside residence hall rooms; however, the university plans to continue to offer a number of in-person, small group academic and social activities each week, as long as conditions permit.

If you wish to move into university housing at the beginning of winter quarter, first pay the reservation fee via MySCAD. If you have questions about your housing fee and whether it has already been paid, please contact the housing office at [email protected]. You should be able to access the housing application within 24 to 48 hours after the fee is paid. Complete and submit the application via MySCAD > My Info tab > Residence Life and Housing > "Apply or Review My Housing." These steps must be completed to request SCAD housing, even if you previously completed them for fall quarter. Residence life will be sending a follow-up email with further instructions shortly.

As always, if you have any questions, reach out directly to your student success adviser or contact the advising office at [email protected] or 912.525.5820.

August

Dear students,

As the first day of fall quarter fast approaches, we want to make you aware of a number of resources available to you to help ensure everyone has a safe, positive, and healthy experience. Over the summer, the SCAD task force of university leaders has been hard at work with planning and preparation for another amazing, albeit unique, fall quarter.

With every decision, the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority.

Our team has created online resources to support students and ensure a safe, positively oriented learning environment, including FAQs on new policies and procedures, a repository of relevant campus communications, and more.

These resources are now available on the SCAD Fall 2020 page. For those of you who are choosing to live in the residence halls or visiting campus to use accessible academic resources, the FAQs include important information as to what will be required of you to help protect our campus community.

Months of consultation, consideration, planning, thought, and care have been devoted to creating these new policies and procedures for the SCAD community.

If you or your family has been affected by the virus, either directly or indirectly, and you desire further guidance, please contact SCAD Atlanta Dean of Student Success Luke Buckovich at [email protected] or SCAD Savannah Dean of Students David Blake at [email protected].

We're thrilled for the fall quarter to start and we wish you and your families good health!

SCAD's task force of university leaders continues to plan and prepare for a safe, positive, and healthy fall quarter for all students, faculty, and staff. In collaboration with SCAD human resources, individualized fall quarter work plans are being created for all departments. With every decision, the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority.

SCAD human resources has created online resources to support employees and a safe, positively oriented workplace:

  • SCAD health, safety, and preparedness plan
  • Employee COVID-19 screening procedure workflow
  • Supervisor reentry checklist

These resources are now available on the SCAD HR department page.

The full SCAD health, safety, and preparedness plan outlines new workplace expectations including daily temperature checks, symptom monitoring, extensive cleaning protocols, a face-covering policy, and more.

The employee COVID-19 screening procedure workflow will help you understand your next steps and resources available through SCAD benefits should you be affected, either directly or indirectly, by COVID-19.

For supervisors preparing their departments to reenter the workplace, a comprehensive checklist of procedures and resources is also available.

A required return to the workplace training to help familiarize employees with new policies and procedures will also be offered online via Blackboard. Employees will receive training access prior to planned returns.

Months of consultation, consideration, planning, thought, and care have been devoted to creating these new policies and procedures for the SCAD community. Continue to reach out to your employee performance and success manager or [email protected] with any questions and requests for support.

As part of SCAD’s robust Emergency Operations Plan, the university convened a task force comprised of experienced SCAD leaders with expertise in public safety, emergency management, higher education, human resources, and student success. This task force has developed comprehensive policies and procedures for the university in response to health concerns regarding coronavirus and COVID-19.

The task force is in contact with government and health care leaders around the world and has thoughtfully considered all available data and information, acting out of the utmost concern for all SCAD students, employees, and families.

SCAD has made these decisions with the health, safety, and preparedness of the SCAD community as top priority. SCAD's plans are aligned and consistent with advisories from the state of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Health, and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. SCAD’s plans also follow recommendations for Institutes of Higher Education from the CDC and the American College Health Association (ACHA). All phases and prioritization will proceed according to public health advancements. Faculty and staff with questions and inquiries related to COVID-19 should continue to email [email protected].

Students with questions and inquiries related to COVID-19 should continue to monitor SCAD's Coronavirus Information and Message Center or email [email protected] (SCAD Savannah) or [email protected] (SCAD Atlanta).

Up-to-date statistics on coronavirus in the Savannah and Atlanta area can be found on the Georgia Department of Health website.

Given that the situation is developing, SCAD will continue to respond to the needs of the university community, updating our plan and policies as needed. For all communication associated with SCAD’s coronavirus response, continue to visit SCAD's Coronavirus Information and Message Center.

Campus expectations

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 will be sent by email daily via Qualtrics.

Students should perform self-temperature checks before entering a SCAD building. All university buildings that students will access will have required touchless temperature kiosks on-site.

Students should self-assess for the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (normal temperatures should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • 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 will stay in frequent communication with students in quarantine and isolation, which will allow 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.

Hand washing

Regular hand washing is one of the most effective ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Read the science behind these CDC recommendations.

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.

Social distancing

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 also may also wear a cloth face covering, which may only be worn for one day and then properly laundered before use again.

Understand proper use, removal, and washing of face coverings.

Class collaboration

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).

Travel

Student travel outside of Savannah and Atlanta is strongly discouraged. Students who intend to travel during the quarter must adhere to the following protocols:

  • Email your building's resident director at least 48 hours in advance of travel and follow any guidance based on your travel destination.
  • 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 fall quarter via international flights should follow the latest CDC guidance.

Entry and exit control

Entry to buildings will be 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.

Dear SCAD families,

We hope you are all well and staying safe. To our SCAD families feeling the effects of Isaias, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts. In the aftermath of this severe weather event, we here at SCAD are reminded of the need to readdress evacuation and preparedness procedures for extreme events like hurricanes, particularly given the new circumstances in which we find ourselves during the time of COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19 health concerns and related precautions, we have made important updates to our procedures in the event of a university closure and hurricane evacuation. We highly encourage students and their families to review the full updated evacuation procedures at scad.edu/evacuationprocedure.

SCAD has an extensive hurricane preparedness plan in place, and the health and safety of our students remain our primary concern. Upon an evacuation mandate, students will receive emails, phone calls, and text messages via SCAD Alert, the university's emergency notification system, and should also monitor local television and radio newscasts and scad.edu. Students should work with their families now to develop a self-evacuation plan. This may include friends and relatives or roommates.

To enable the university to assist with appropriate planning in the event of a possible evacuation, all students will be asked early in the fall quarter to designate their plan for evacuation: self-evacuating, riding with a friend or family member, or evacuating via county-sponsored transportation. In the event of an approaching storm, students will be prompted to update that information if it has changed, so that the university can make necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of our students. It is very important that students update their personal contact info in MySCAD at the beginning of each academic year, as well as after any mid-year change of address or phone number, to ensure timely notification in the event of an emergency.

Families should be aware that in the event of an evacuation ordered by SCAD or the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, communications with individuals at SCAD might be temporarily disrupted as we shift operations to our Atlanta location. Please refer to scad.edu for updates during an evacuation.

We are sharing this information with you now so that we may all encourage and support students in preparing for the possibility of a hurricane.

July

Initial fall quarter billing statements will be sent Wednesday, July 15. A sincere thank you to the hundreds of students who have already contacted us to cancel their housing. This will allow the bills to be more accurate and for the university to reassign those who desire to live in university housing.

Those students who have neither cancelled or reaffirmed housing should do so as soon as possible, but by Friday, July 17, at the latest. Housing assignments will be issued on Friday, July 24 to students who reaffirm their intention to live in university housing. Students who are assigned a room on Friday, July 24 and who subsequently cancel their housing reservations after Monday, July 27 will both forfeit their reservation fee and will be assessed an additional cancelation fee of $500, as per regular university policy. Assignments will continue to be made throughout the summer as spaces become available. The university has acquired 330 new beds in Atlanta and is opening 650 additional beds at Victory Village in Savannah.

The fall quarter payment due date is Saturday, Aug. 1, however due to the fluid nature of this situation, late fees will not be applied to any account until Tuesday, Aug. 25. If a student has not cancelled housing the statement will include charges for room and board.

In order for parents to have access to account information, students must add them as an authorized user to their account through the My Student Account channel in MySCAD. Authorized users can then see the student account in detail in real time and receive email notifications of billing statements.

Dear members of the SCAD community,

The rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 cases in Georgia (a current hotspot) require extraordinary measures from all of us. Following careful deliberation of all reasonable options, the university is announcing that, as of right now, Fall 2020 on-ground courses will be delivered primarily virtually for SCAD Atlanta and SCAD Savannah students — with some exceptions to address the needs of certain programs and students. Read on for more detail. SCAD Lacoste will remain closed for Fall 2020.

This fall, students will have two options:

  • OPTION 1: Continue to engage in virtual learning with SCAD from home. Those who choose to remain at home and engage in their studies entirely online will continue to receive robust instruction and earn credits toward their degree, benefitting from live-streamed lectures, workshops, and more, including Guests and Gusto masterclasses and other virtual events.
  • OPTION 2: Return to Atlanta or Savannah to access physical resources. This fall, with strong protocols in place, the current plan is to open designated SCAD spaces in Atlanta and Savannah for students who desire access to labs and studios with specialized equipment, even though courses will be delivered virtually. Of course the future opening of buildings will be dependent on circumstances at the time, and this plan may change. Protocols will include required face-coverings, temperature-taking stations at all buildings, reduced occupancy on SCAD buses, and enhanced sanitization procedures for all SCAD spaces and equipment checkout. To serve a limited number of students, it is our present intention that SCAD residence halls will be open in Fall 2020 at reduced volume (approximately 33% of capacity). More information to come on housing options for fall.

Additionally, for those who choose to return to Atlanta and Savannah in person, SCAD will offer an in-person course, taught on-ground and open to every student: PRO 540. We know that so many in our community long to return to the physical classroom. This course is built on the foundation of our university's most innovative academic program, SCADpro. PRO 540 is open to all majors at every level of study, including first-year and grad students, and extends the career preparation benefits of SCADpro to all. PRO 540 is an in-person, 5-hour credit elective and may be applied toward degree requirements for all undergraduate and graduate students. More information will be provided for those interested.

We understand that some students may not find these arrangements satisfactory and may choose to withdraw until a later time, when all classes are fully on-ground. Students and their families should consider the best option for their individual circumstances and level of comfort. All SCAD students will be supported in achieving the learning outcomes of each course.

We also want to address the announcement made by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which (as currently described) would apparently revoke international student visas if those students study entirely online, subject to further clarification in more detailed pronouncements from ICE. SCAD cares deeply about our international students, and at this very moment, we are working diligently with government officials and other universities to clarify the details of this unexpected announcement. These actions are still subject to change, however, and it is too early to release guidance to students, whose welfare remains our highest priority.

All plans in this announcement may necessarily change due to evolving public health conditions. Any adjustments will be published in as timely a fashion as possible. In the meantime, students should refer to scad.edu/fall2020 or email questions to their student success adviser.

May

Dear SCAD Faculty and Staff,

We write with the very good news that SCAD will resume offering classes on ground this fall, welcoming students back to Savannah and Atlanta. SCAD eLearning will also continue to educate thousands of students around the world. This message is being shared with all SCAD students today, as well.

A special task force of university leaders, in close consultation with outside health and safety experts, has been planning and developing policies and practices to ensure a safe, positive, campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff. The work of the task force, guided by current CDC and WHO recommendations, includes plans for maintaining appropriate social distancing in all of our inspired learning spaces, from studios and residence halls to material labs and classrooms. Residence life and dining services will be adapted further to promote the well-being of everyone in the SCAD community. The plan makes considerations for enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas, such as computer labs and buses, as well as recommendations on PPE requirements, where appropriate, especially in situations where full social distancing is impractical.

This fall, testing, tracing, and self-monitoring will be the norm. We will establish quarantine spaces, which we hope are not needed, and we will coordinate care with local healthcare professionals to finalize procedures should cases arise within our campus community.

In the meantime, we hope that you and your loved ones are doing well, and we promise continued communication as we move into summer and our plans evolve to match this developing situation. We all look forward, with hopeful optimism, to being together online and on campus at SCAD very soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Audra Pittman, vice president for SCAD Atlanta
John Buckovich, vice president for SCAD Savannah
Victor Ermoli, executive director of SCAD eLearning

Dear students,

We write with the very good news that SCAD will resume offering classes on ground this fall, welcoming students back to Atlanta and Savannah. SCAD eLearning will also continue to educate thousands of students around the world.

A special task force of university leaders, in close consultation with outside health and safety experts, has been planning and developing policies and practices to ensure a safe, positive, campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff. The work of the task force, guided by current CDC and WHO recommendations, includes plans for maintaining appropriate social distancing in all of our inspired learning spaces, from studios and residence halls to material labs and classrooms. Residence life and dining services will be adapted further to promote the well-being of students. The plan makes considerations for enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas, such as computer labs and buses, as well as recommendations on PPE requirements, where appropriate, especially in situations where full social distancing is impractical.

This fall, testing, tracing, and self-monitoring will be the norm. We will establish quarantine spaces, which we hope are not needed, and we will coordinate care with local healthcare professionals to finalize procedures should cases arise within our campus community.

In the meantime, we hope that you and your loved ones are doing well, and we promise continued communication as we move into summer and our plans evolve to match this developing situation.

We all look forward, with hopeful optimism, to being together with you online and on campus at SCAD very soon. Fall will be here before you know it!

Sincerely,

Dr. Audra Pittman, vice president for SCAD Atlanta
John Buckovich, vice president for SCAD Savannah
Victor Ermoli, executive director of SCAD eLearning

Thousands of students have already received emergency grants through the SCAD Student Relief Fund, which has been funded by SCAD and via the CARES Act. Many more students have made requests since the first awards were made. Funds from the CARES Act are available only to U.S. citizens who are eligible for federal financial aid and who were taking classes on ground prior to March 13, 2020. Domestic and international students who are not eligible under the CARES Act receive all of their funding directly from SCAD.

Requests to the SCAD Student Relief Fund are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, the last day of spring quarter. Funds will be credited to students' accounts on Monday, June 1.

For more information on the fund and how to apply, please go to scad.edu/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions#student-relief.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your student success adviser or email [email protected].

More than 3,000 SCAD students have now received support through the SCAD Student Relief Fund. The disbursements began when almost 1,000 students who had expected to work on campus during the spring were granted their wages. SCAD provided 100% of those funds.

This week a second wave of COVID-19-related grants has been distributed to SCAD students, with help in part from the federal CARES Act funding which was made available to the university on Tuesday, May 5. Approximately two thirds of students receiving grants this week were eligible to receive CARES Act funding, while SCAD funded the remaining third.

This needed support is focused on those most affected by the pandemic and is meant to help all SCAD students stay on track in pursuing their creative careers.

During the next few days, the university will continue to review requests, but it is expected that only those who meet CARES Act federal guidelines will be granted support. The government requires students receiving CARES Act relief to be U.S. citizens who are currently eligible to receive federal financial aid and were registered to take on-ground classes in the spring quarter. Additional information is available online.

If you have any questions email [email protected].

Dear students,

To update you on the university's efforts regarding SCAD's Student Relief Fund, we are pleased to announce:

  • All students who would have worked on campus during the spring but couldn't due to the change in university operations received their SCAD-funded awards two weeks ago. Award amounts were based on what students earned during the winter quarter.
  • The first installment of the federal government's CARES Act funding became available to SCAD today, May 5.
  • SCAD has received more than 1,800 student requests for financial assistance. Students who have been granted awards will receive the money promptly.
  • To have quickest access to the money, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit into the bank account of their choice via MySCAD on the "My Info" tab under "My Student Account."
  • Students may continue to submit requests for support from the SCAD Student Relief Fund. Please revisit the April 11 email for details.

Questions? Email [email protected] for more information. Your success is our number one priority.

Customize your celebration as only you can

Your SCAD story is special and unique. Now, your graduation can be, too. Share your SCAD memories leading up to the big moment through your very own digital yearbook and graduation video!

Upload photos, videos, quotes, and more to your commencement page. Invite your friends, family, and faculty to join in. During the week of May 18, your custom-built page and personalized graduation video will go live with your content celebrating your time at SCAD.

You can also view the SCADtacular digital commencement through your page on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. ET. Enter with your MySCAD login.

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If you haven't already, be sure to request your special commencement surprise!

For more details on this year's digital experience, visit scad.edu/commencement.

#SCAD2020

April

Over the last four weeks, our SCAD community has accomplished a historic feat, moving entirely online in our collective, proactive response to a global public health crisis. As we progress through this academic year, the university continues to adapt to changing conditions and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and government authorities, and SCAD has made the necessary and responsible decision to continue virtual instruction through the summer 2020 quarter. As we move forward, the summer schedule will be adapted to facilitate this change:

  • Some classes will transition to the asynchronous eLearning format, while others will be offered virtually (i.e., with synchronous instruction at scheduled class days/times each week).
  • A small subset of classes may be removed from the schedule and alternatives will be offered to students enrolled in those removed classes to ensure successful progression in their programs of study.
  • Students who have questions related to their summer classes are encouraged to work with their deans.
  • With general course selection, registration and academic progress questions, students should contact their success advisers, who are available by email at [email protected] or by phone at 912.525.5820.
  • For information regarding their immigration status, international students should contact [email protected] and 404.253.1727 (Atlanta) or [email protected] and 912.525.7304 (Savannah).
  • Further information regarding university housing and residence life will be provided in a separate email.

The university continues to hope and plan for open locations and on-ground classes in the fall. You have played a central role in this historic moment, rising to the challenge with creativity and invention while continuing to make progress toward your degrees. Thank you again for your continued diligence and commitment to your education as our SCAD community continues to grow stronger together through this experience.

Over the last four weeks, our SCAD community has accomplished what might have seemed impossible just one month ago, proactively responding to a global public health crisis while adapting teaching and learning methods to keep students on track for their degrees. You have played a heroic role in this historic moment, rising to the challenge with creativity and invention and a genuine understanding of how we are all connected.

As we progress through this academic year, the university continues to adapt to changing conditions and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and government authorities, and SCAD has made the necessary and responsible decision to continue virtual instruction through the summer 2020 quarter. Thank you for working tirelessly to support this transition to virtual teaching and learning with great care and innovation. As we move forward, the summer class schedule will be adapted to facilitate this change:

  • Some classes will transition to the asynchronous eLearning format, while others will be offered virtually (i.e., with synchronous instruction at scheduled class days/times each week).
  • A small subset of classes may be removed from the schedule and alternatives will be offered to students enrolled in those removed classes to ensure successful progression in their programs of study.
  • Students who have questions related to their summer classes are encouraged to work with their deans.
  • With general course selection, registration and academic progress questions, students continue to work with their success advisers, who are available by email at [email protected] or by phone at 912.525.5820.
  • All SCAD buildings remain closed to students. Faculty or staff needing special access to specific buildings should contact John Buckovich, vice president for SCAD Savannah and university safety, at [email protected].

SCAD continues to hope and plan for open locations and on-ground classes in the fall. As we continue virtual instruction and interact with students and parents, please emphasize that this experience further prepares our Bees to flourish in their future careers as remote collaboration becomes essential to every business and industry. Thank you again for your diligence and commitment to the SCAD mission, and know that our SCAD community continues to grow stronger together through this experience.

Dear SCAD Family,

For everyone at SCAD, it would be an understatement to describe these last five weeks as unprecedented on almost every conceivable level. SCAD staff and faculty members especially have worked incredibly hard to make Spring 2020 a productive and memorable quarter for each individual student. Over the years it has been efforts like these that have resulted in our receiving maximum terms of accreditation. In fact, our most recent came with no recommendations.

In 2013, the university, recognized from its inception as a not-for-profit by the IRS, created the SCAD Emergency Relief Fund to support students in difficult circumstances. We have continued to use those resources to assist students during the last few weeks. To supplement those funds SCAD has been notified that our university will receive $8.2 million from the U.S. government, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Those funds will begin being dispersed to students immediately — including funds to students who have experienced loss of income and other unforeseen financial burdens. For details on how to apply for these funds, students should refer to the email message of April 11 regarding additional aid for SCAD students during spring quarter.

The university continues to invest in new technologies, support staff, and online learning resources while simultaneously making sizable refunds to students as a result of operational changes. In fact, all students who had previously arranged to live on campus, as well as those with dining plans, who decided to leave campus received 100% refunds for the quarter. Of course, those students who chose to forgo spring quarter may reenroll in Fall 2020, when on-ground classes are expected to resume.

Throughout this experience, SCAD Bees continue to demonstrate that a creative mind and a positive spirit win the day. In particular, the university applauds all SCAD technology specialists and leaders. Consider:

  • SCAD has added additional staff members for online and virtual learning support, for a total of more than 70 employees to address Help Desk technology issues.
  • SCAD has secured access for students to more than 100 software applications from 60 vendors — with an average value of $300 per application.
  • SCAD negotiated with TV Paint Animation to provide their software to 60 SCAD students needing the technology to complete coursework before graduation.
  • SCAD is piloting a program called Project V-Lab, giving more than 100 students in SCAD Schools of Building Arts, Design, and Digital Media remote access to SCAD computing labs for workstation class computing capabilities.

Everyone at SCAD is learning to master tech that we’ll continue to use throughout our careers. We’ve already seen the value of Zoom, especially for capturing lecture content. The first week of our spring quarter saw:

  • 2.8 million minutes of Zoom usage
  • 4,300 individual Zoom meetings
  • 2,300 hours of recorded instructional content

Before the quarter had begun, SCAD offered 64 virtual orientation sessions, with more than 3,600 students participating. SCAD professors and staff are now providing live help sessions via Zoom, serving an average of more than 200 students per day. Additionally, a total of 841 staff and faculty members now belong to a virtual Blackboard community to share best practices and provide a forum for collaboration.

Our Guests and Gusto series has been enjoyed by thousands of SCAD students this quarter, with talks by Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz, Grammy-winning producer Tricky Stewart, Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming, and others — and every talk is recorded and accessible on MySCAD.

Our university’s comprehensive Bee Well initiative is now fully online, too, with individual and group counseling sessions and workshops daily, as well as a 24/7 toll-free emotional support hotline for students who need to connect, to be heard, and to receive counseling support: 1-877-959-3620. Write this number down. SCAD counselors are here to listen.

All of us at SCAD have been heartened to hear from SCAD parents in recent days, many of whom are seeing up close the diligence required of every SCAD Bee to complete their assignments. Comments on the SCAD parent Facebook page have been especially encouraging to faculty and staff this spring:

  • SCAD parent Jennifer Hays Woods: “Classes are going well for my Bee. She is working hard and I actually get to see some of her motion media work!”
  • SCAD parent Cara Andonian Zechello: “I had the privilege of peeking in on mine as well. So happy these students live in a time that technology allows them to keep on learning.”
  • SCAD parent Winnie Wong: “Thank you, Team SCAD, for all that you do! My daughter is staying on campus and we are assured with all the timely information you have shared that it’s the best way forward, instead of traveling home internationally.”
  • SCAD parent Jane Rueter Fiorillo: “Things are going great for my daughter. Much better than expected! She really likes her professors and says they are doing a great job.”

For students seeking more information on applying for financial assistance through the CARES Act and the SCAD Emergency Relief Fund, please refer to the email message sent to students on April 11, which can also be found here. Thank you, students, parents, families, faculty members, staff, leaders, and everyone within our SCAD community who have risen to this historic moment with solutions and resolve.

Dear students,

SCAD is announcing that all students who had originally been hired to work on campus during spring quarter (and not currently working on campus due to the COVID-19 health crisis) will receive replacement funding for the income they would have otherwise earned during spring quarter.

These funds have been made available to the university by the CARES Act, passed last week by the U.S. government, and are being supplemented with additional resources from the SCAD Emergency Relief Fund, created by the university in March 2013 to aid students in difficult circumstances.

Over the next few days, each of these students (both domestic and international) will see a credit to their SCAD account for an amount based on actual earnings during winter quarter. Students will be able to choose whether to:

  • A) receive the funds through direct deposit into a bank account.
  • B) apply the funds to unpaid balances.
  • C) have a check written and mailed to them.

Funds will be dispersed early next week.

This initial awarding of funds constitutes only a portion of the total dollars granted to SCAD by the CARES Act, specifically for those students most significantly impacted by this public health crisis and to defray the cost of setting up virtual classes. In all, $8.2 million has been granted.

Any SCAD student may apply for additional financial support by contacting [email protected]. Individual requests (not to exceed $3,000) are being granted in the following three categories:

  • Loss of personal employment. Please state the requested amount and include recent paystubs as evidence.
  • Loss of family support. Please state the requested amount and include the reasons for the loss (e.g., parental unemployment).
  • Other financial hardships. Please state the requested amount and include a brief description of how the health crisis or the transition to virtual classes has created a hardship.

Please note that all requests should originate from your scad.edu email account.

Awarding of these funds will be in keeping with the CARES Act and at the sole discretion of the university. All decisions are final and not appealable.

As a reminder, students who were to be employed for the spring quarter will automatically receive those grants and should not include that amount in any additional request.

SCAD is eager to begin this process immediately, and we look forward to receiving your requests as we continue to work together for a successful, productive spring quarter.

March

You may be aware that the mayor of Atlanta has announced a "Shelter in Place" order for the city. As a university community we follow the advice and orders of the local government and want to provide a summary of what is being asked. Please understand that our campus, though private, is observing the mayor's request. In addition, please continue to follow other protocols for remaining healthy, including proper and frequent handwashing, social distancing, covering your mouth when you cough, etc.

How this affects you:

Only essential activities are allowed

  • No public or private gatherings of any size in outdoor spaces.
  • All travel on city streets including, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit is prohibited except for essential travel and activities such as shopping for food, household goods and medications.
  • Public swimming pools, playgrounds, playing fields, basketball courts, tennis courts and beaches are closed.
  • Shopping is limited to necessities like food and medication. Most other stores are closed. You should call the store in advance if you aren't sure if it is open.
  • Bars and nightclubs are all closed.
  • Some restaurants may be open if they offer take-out, drive through, etc. Call ahead.
  • We will continue to serve food at the Hub as we are now, but we request that students maintain social distancing, even with friends. Any changes in service will be announced in advance.

Only essential travel is allowed

  • When walking in public all individuals should maintain at least a six-foot distance from others.
  • Outdoor exercise such as walking or running are permitted, provided the individuals adhere to social distancing principles.
  • Though public transportation is still running, the operator of the bus may limit the number of riders at any one time. This includes SCAD transportation which may be limited to 8-10 passengers at a time.

View a complete version of the mayor's order.

You may be aware that the mayor of Savannah has announced a "Shelter in Place" order for the city. As a university community we follow the advice and orders of the local government and want to provide a summary of what is being asked. Please understand that our campus, though private, is observing the mayor's request. In addition, please continue to follow other protocols for remaining healthy, including proper and frequent handwashing, social distancing, covering your mouth when you cough, etc.

How this affects you:

Only essential activities are allowed

  • No public or private gatherings of any size in outdoor spaces.
  • All travel on city streets including, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit is prohibited except for essential travel and activities such as shopping for food, household goods and medications.
  • Public swimming pools, playgrounds, playing fields, basketball courts, tennis courts and beaches are closed.
  • Shopping is limited to things like food and medication. Most other stores are closed. You should call the store in advance if you aren't sure if it is open.
  • Bars and nightclubs are all closed.
  • Some restaurants maybe open if they offer take-out, drive through, etc. Call ahead.
  • We will continue to serve food as we are now, but request that students maintain social distancing, even with friends.Only essential travel is allowed
  • When walking in public all individuals should maintain at least a six-foot distance from others.
  • Though public transportation is still running, the operator of the bus will limit the number of riders at any one time. This includes SCAD transportation which may be limited to 8-10 passengers at a time.
  • SCAD buses will take students to Kroger and the SCAD clinic only.

View a complete version of the mayor's order.

Dear Student,

These are unsettling times affecting all of us, and the decision by universities throughout the world to move to virtual classes is understandably disconcerting to many—especially those who’ve never taken an online course or those preparing for capstone studio courses that feel far more suited to an on-ground environment. No solutions are perfect or easy right now.

We want to reassure you that SCAD is well poised for success this spring. More than 2,100 current SCAD seniors (63% in total) have already taken at least one class online, and many SCAD faculty members across departments teach both on-ground and online courses. The education we provide online will be serious and substantive. Nevertheless, some trepidation is expected. We hear you and we understand.

As you likely know by now, on Tuesday, March 24, all students will have access to their syllabi, and many of your questions about class meetings, assignments, and required materials will be answered then. We encourage you to also reach out to your professors now with any questions about your courses. To further help students and families during this time, SCAD is also announcing that:

  • Any student completing a course this spring and who is not satisfied will be offered a free retake of the course.
  • No late fees will be charged for the spring quarter.
  • Fees for setting up a payment plan for the spring quarter will be waived.
  • All students will be allowed to register for Fall 2020, regardless of account balances that would normally prevent registration.

This was not the spring any of us hoped for, but it is the spring we have—and we will meet it with a spirit of invention and an open mind. From all of us at SCAD, we wish for peace and health for all our Bees around the world.

Due to the rapidly changing conditions surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the university's continued vigilance in promoting the health of our community, SCAD has adapted the building schedule for the remainder of spring break.

After this Friday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. (ET) SCAD students will no longer have access to academic buildings. Until then, students are still permitted to enter academic buildings in order to retrieve personal property (e.g., art works, models, and other objects) and return library books. This closure does not include residence halls or dining facilities. Should you need to enter a SCAD building before the Friday deadline, please heed the following.

  • Until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, students may access academic buildings with their SCAD student I.D. SCAD security are present at all buildings
  • These closures include all SCAD Savannah academic buildings, Bradley Hall, the Jen Library of SCAD, and 1600 Peachtree (SCAD Atlanta).
  • When visiting academic buildings, students are only to retrieve their belongings. Studios, labs, classrooms, etc., are not open for students to complete any work.
  • The university will continue to be in constant communication with our students by phone, email, virtual chat, and other forms of responsible, remote communication.

Following the physical closure of Bradley for students this week, all SCAD administrative and academic offices in Savannah and Atlanta will continue to operate at full capacity and are accessible by remote means, including the SCAD counseling center, SCAD business office, success advisers, and the dean of students. Please contact them by email or phone.

Residence hall closures
As stated previously, all on-campus residents are strongly encouraged to check out of the residence halls by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Due to the evolving situation surrounding the virus, we recommend that all who are able to please check out of their residence hall this week.

In returning to campus, students who are moving out should not plan on remaining in housing while doing so. Even though there are no confirmed cases at SCAD Savannah or SCAD Atlanta, our hope is to limit the chance of the spread of the virus following all recommended social-distancing protocols. If you have questions about the checkout process, please contact SCAD residence life at [email protected].

Conditions are changing quickly and these closures may be updated at any time. Stay apprised of all information and closures by checking your SCAD email account and visiting scad.edu/coronavirus.

SCAD leaders continue to monitor the guidance provided by the CDC and other government agencies to adapt university operations for the mitigation of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we receive new information and protocols on a daily basis.

SCAD is deeply appreciative of employees' commitment to maintaining university operations during this global pandemic. The health of our students, faculty, and staff remains the university;s top priority as we navigate this evolving situation.

As previously announced, all spring classes will be conducted virtually. SCAD is working with area leaders to create continuity plans for critical university operations.

  • This week, each area leader will communicate individualized work plans for each employee.
  • This plan will go into effect Monday, March 23.
  • Until then, staff will be advised by their area leader regarding reporting requirements for the remainder of the week (March 18-20).
  • Please continue to send all questions to [email protected].

For 42 years, our university has risen to, and triumphed over, every challenge — through our collective gifts of invention, collaboration, and positivity. We are poised to provide students an elevated learning experience this spring, weathering the circumstances of the present to provide them with an education that will build a stronger, healthier future for all.

The SCAD emergency operations task force and many teams around the university continue to work carefully as we prepare for changes to our Spring 2020 quarter. In responding to pandemics, public health disease models demonstrate that aggressive interventions, including the immediate, temporary suspension of large gatherings and even smaller events (such as class meetings) are proven to deliver strong results quickly. Additionally, our entire SCAD community is fortunate that we have already completed two full quarters this academic year, allowing students to begin the spring quarter virtually — rather than disrupting courses that have already been in progress, as with most colleges and universities.

SCAD academic leaders are diligently working on the transition to virtual teaching and learning, and we understand students and their families have many questions regarding the completion of graduation requirements and how on-ground courses will translate to the virtual platform — especially considering the specializations and requirements for each course. See below.

  • Q: If I was on track to graduate this spring, should I still be able to do it?
    Yes. SCAD is working to ensure that students on track to graduate at the conclusion of Spring 2020 quarter are able to complete their remaining courses and requirements. SCAD academic leaders are assessing the spring registration and remaining graduation requirements of each student on track to graduate in Spring 2020 to ensure that this necessary transition to virtual classes does not interfere with the completion of their degrees. Of course, students must meet all published graduation requirements. Personal outreach will commence in the next few days, well in advance of the Monday, March 30, start date of spring quarter.
  • Q: How will on-ground courses translate to online?
    SCAD eLearning is a robust, award-winning online learning platform with industry-leading functionality. A task force is currently working to assure that the virtual teaching and learning meets the goals and requirements for each course, especially for disciplines that typically include hands-on work or specialized technology. SCAD has experience in adapting specialized coursework to online teaching and learning across disciplines such as animation, fashion, painting, photography, and more, where SCAD already offers graduate degrees fully online. Academic leaders will reach out to students with more information about how these courses will temporarily utilize virtual teaching and learning. All faculty members will continue to teach to the goals and outcomes of each course, although in some cases adjustments will need to be made to accommodate the online environment. More information will be communicated soon.
  • Q: Why is the quarter only nine weeks long?
    The spring quarter start date has been moved to Monday, March 30, to allow SCAD students extra time to check out of residence halls, if they so choose, and to provide SCAD faculty members as much time as possible to prepare for providing excellent virtual instruction. The end date of spring has remained the same (Thursday, May 28) so as not to interfere with students' summer employment and internships. On rare occasions, emergencies have required the university to move the start or end dates for the quarter (as with Hurricane Irma in 2017). During these nine weeks, students will receive instruction that is appropriately designed to achieve all course objectives by the end of the quarter.

This unusual, temporary situation requires all of us to call on our collective gifts for invention, creativity, and compassion, and our SCAD community is uniquely equipped to meet this challenge. Together, we are the preeminent university for creative careers.

The SCAD emergency operations task force and many teams, departments, and workgroups around the university continue to work carefully as we prepare for changes to our Spring 2020 quarter. In dealing with pandemics, public health disease models demonstrate that aggressive interventions, including the immediate, temporary suspension of large gatherings and even smaller events (such as class meetings) are proven to deliver strong results quickly.

Our SCAD community is fortunate that we have already completed two full quarters this academic year, and SCAD academic leaders are diligently working on the transition to virtual teaching and learning. All SCAD faculty members should begin preparing now for the transition to virtual instruction, which commences on Monday, March 30, immediately following the extended two-week spring break. To begin your preparations for spring, please heed the following:
All SCAD buildings, including SCAD libraries, are open to faculty and staff and will remain so for as long as possible. Academic buildings will not be open to students after Monday, March 30.

  • SCAD faculty members should remain close to campus from now through the end of spring quarter, and as stated in the March 12 employee update, all staff members should maintain their usual work schedules and work locations.
  • SCAD faculty members should utilize campus resources (e.g., studios, classrooms, equipment, libraries) to make the virtual classroom experience as enriching as possible for our students.
  • SCAD recognizes the urgency among students planning to graduate in spring. SCAD academic leaders are working on solutions to ensure that those students are able to complete their remaining courses and requirements.
  • The university encourages faculty members to collaborate and share best practices as we prepare to provide our students with an engaging, thoughtful educational experience.
  • Many SCAD faculty members have significant experience teaching within the SCAD eLearning platform and have much wisdom to share about providing students superior virtual instruction. Opportunities will be provided to connect and share.
  • Begin organizing teaching materials now, and be inventive about how to best utilize the virtual environment for your particular subject area. Instructional resources and workshops will be offered by the educational technology office.

This unusual, temporary situation requires all of us to call on our collective gifts for invention, creativity, and compassion, and our SCAD community is uniquely equipped to meet this challenge. Together, we are the preeminent university for creative careers. Deans and department chairs will be in contact with all faculty regarding preparations between now and the first day of spring quarter on Monday, March 30, 2020.

As shared in the email announcement earlier today, the university has made the proactive decision — out of concern for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff — that classes at SCAD Atlanta, SCAD Savannah, and SCAD Lacoste will be held virtually for the Spring 2020 quarter.

Please refer to the earlier message for information about the extended spring break, spring quarter calendar, building closures, and more. All SCAD employees should maintain their usual work schedules and work locations unless otherwise directed by your supervisor. SCAD faculty members should be in communication with their deans to prepare to teach online in spring. SCAD Savannah will remain closed on Tuesday, March 17, for St. Patrick's Day.

SCAD has a robust Emergency Operations Plan, which includes mobilizing task forces when appropriate. In response to health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the university convened a task force comprised of seasoned SCAD leaders with expertise in public safety, emergency management, higher education, human resources, and student success. The task force is in contact with government and healthcare leaders around the world and has thoughtfully considered all available data and information — acting out of utmost concern for all SCAD students, employees, and families. SCAD has made these decisions out of an abundance of caution. To date, no member of our university community has tested positive for COVID-19.

More information will be provided to SCAD employees. Thank you for your patience during these evolving circumstances.

Given the continuing developments with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are reaching out at this time to share important information on the spring quarter at SCAD Atlanta, SCAD Lacoste and SCAD Savannah. But first, we share our hope that, given the circumstances, you are healthy and comfortable during this stressful time.

As you know, the university has made the difficult decision that out of concern for the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and in adherence with the most current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, we will not hold regular, on-ground classes in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Savannah or Lacoste during the spring quarter, and all classes will be held online. In addition, spring break will be extended by one week, in order to help students who need to make travel arrangements. Spring classes will begin online on Monday, March 30, 2020 for students at all locations, and the spring quarter will be condensed in order to end on the original date, Thursday, May 28. Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies have been canceled at all SCAD locations. In addition, all spring activities like Sidewalk Arts Festival, Family and Alumni Weekend, and intercollegiate athletics have been canceled; more information will be forthcoming.

SCAD academic and administrative buildings will be closed to students beginning March 30; however, students will be allowed to collect items from studios and classrooms over the next two weeks. Residence halls will be open for those students who choose to remain in campus housing, but residents should be aware that only essential services will be provided, including security and limited dining and transportation. On-campus residents who wish to check out and return home for the spring quarter must do so no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Students who opt to stay in their campus housing for the spring quarter will be asked to consolidate spaces, in order for some buildings to be closed altogether. Further information on residence life and check-out procedures will be provided in a separate email.

Students who have questions or concerns about their spring classes are encouraged to work with their success advisers, who will be available throughout the extended spring break. International students with visas will be receiving information from the international students services office regarding their immigration concerns.

Finally, we recognize that many of you will be disappointed in this decision, but we feel that we are acting in the best interests of our entire SCAD community. We will continue to provide updates today and in the coming days.

Dear Students,

With the information surrounding the spread of the coronavirus changing daily, the university will continue to provide updates to help our community better deal with the uncertainty of the situation. As always, we remain focused on creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our SCAD community. This can only be achieved as we remain flexible and responsive to conditions and work closely with federal, state, and local officials.

We continue enhanced cleaning protocols at each SCAD location, including:

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, including computer labs and common spaces, in university buildings.
  • Sanitizing buses throughout the day.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations in dining halls and hand-wipe dispensers in academic buildings.
  • Providing university communities with information on how to stay healthy, including Coronavirus updates at scad.edu/coronavirus.

We also remind all students who choose to travel internationally that they will not be able to return to SCAD locations in Atlanta or Savannah if they will have visited mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand during the spring break.

Though the efficacy of wearing facemasks is widely debated, the university does acknowledge individuals’ rights to take this or other preventative measures to protect their health.

There are no reported cases of the virus at any of our locations; however, some members of the global SCAD community do have family members who have been impacted. We are thinking of them during this time, and support is available through the office of counseling and student support services (912.525.6971).

As the situation continues to develop, we will send updates on university policy and procedures, as appropriate. In the meantime, if you have questions or need assistance, please contact the dean of students at d[email protected].

Sincerely,
David Blake
Dean of Students, SCAD Savannah

With the information surrounding the spread of the coronavirus changing daily, the university will continue to provide updates to help our community better deal with the uncertainty of the situation. As always, we remain focused on creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our SCAD community. This can only be achieved as we remain flexible and responsive to conditions and work closely with federal, state, and local officials.

We continue enhanced cleaning protocols at each SCAD location, including:

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, including computer labs and common spaces, in university buildings.
  • Sanitizing buses throughout the day.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations in dining halls and hand-wipe dispensers in academic buildings.
  • Providing university communities with information on how to stay healthy, including Coronavirus updates at scad.edu/coronavirus.

 

We also remind all students who choose to travel internationally that they will not be able to return to SCAD locations in Atlanta or Savannah if they will have visited mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand during the spring break.

Though the efficacy of wearing facemasks is widely debated, the university does acknowledge individuals’ rights to take this or other preventative measures to protect their health.

There are no reported cases of the virus at any of our locations; however, some members of the global SCAD community do have family members who have been impacted. We are thinking of them during this time, and support is available through the office of counseling and student support services (404.253.3210).

As the situation continues to develop, we will send updates on university policy and procedures, as appropriate. In the meantime, if you have questions or need assistance, please contact the dean of student success at [email protected].

Sincerely,
Luke Buckovich
Dean of Student Success, SCAD Atlanta

SCAD is continuing to take proactive steps to fight the possible spread of Coronavirus. Though there are no known cases at any of our locations, you will see noticeable changes in the SCAD dining halls.

Effective Friday, March 6, staff members behind the serving stations will provide food to students at Café at The Hive, Byte Café, and RATION in Savannah, and at The Hub in Atlanta. This temporary move from self-served to staff-served dining is designed to enhance cleanliness and reduce the potential for contamination between patrons.

We remind students, faculty, and staff to use hand-sanitizing stations available at the entrances to the dining areas, and to wash their hands regularly wiht soap and water.

SCAD continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that the university is keeping abreast of the situation and is in the best position to protect the health and safety of our global SCAD community. We’ve heard from many students whose families have been personally affected by this illness and are working to help them through this stressful time. Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted.

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the university is monitoring guidance provided by several nations but is most closely following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In some cases, given our student populations, our policies and procedures may expand upon or exceed that which is suggested by WHO or the CDC. We continue to remind students that this is an evolving situation and that policies and procedures can change from day to day.

With this in mind, we provide the following update on travel:

  • At this time, we have updated the university policy concerning student travel from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan to also include travel from Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. Those who are currently in the U.S. and choose to travel to these regions will not be permitted to return to SCAD locations in Atlanta, Savannah, or Lacoste for the spring quarter, as they could pose an unacceptable health risk. Students and faculty returning from Lacoste should not travel to any of these regions.
  • Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff who currently reside in or have recently visited mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand and will be spending spring quarter at one of our locations may do so only after they have completed 14 days of self-quarantine outside of those locations. Self-quarantine requires that you isolate yourself from others for that period of time while monitoring your health for any symptoms that could indicate illness (for example, fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc.).
  • Please note that self-quarantine must take place before the quarter begins and that absences accumulated by students as the result of self-quarantine will count toward the total overall absences permitted for each class. Written verification, including dates of quarantine and address of the location, must be sent by students to the office of study abroad before they arrive for class or check in to residence halls. Employees with questions about self-quarantine should contact human resources.
  • Finally, all future international and domestic travel undertaken on behalf of the university is immediately subject to review, even travel that has been previously approved. If you have work-related travel planned, you should contact John Buckovich, VP for SCAD Savannah and university safety, at [email protected] or 912-525-4503.

SCAD leadership is actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus and is in communication with appropriate governmental authorities. SCAD resources are being mobilized and tested, and offices prepared, in the event the situation worsens and warrants further measures.

In the meantime, we have expanded our effort to fight the spread of any viruses by:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, including computer labs and common spaces, in university buildings.
  • Sanitizing buses throughout the day.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations in dining halls and hand-wipe dispensers in academic buildings.
  • Providing university communities with information on how to stay healthy, including coronavirus updates at scad.edu/coronavirus.

Faculty and staff who have questions about any of these policies should contact human resources at [email protected] or 912.525.5532.

We are sharing this information with you now in case you need to alter travel plans to these locations. Should the travel advisory change dramatically, we will review the travel situation and make additional announcements.

The university’s leadership team is meeting daily to assess protocols, consider additional resources needed, and plan appropriate responses. Students, faculty, and staff should continue to monitor their SCAD email regularly for additional updates.

Dear Students,

SCAD continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that the university is keeping abreast of the situation and is in the best position to protect the health and safety of our global SCAD community. We’ve heard from many students whose families have been personally affected by this illness and are working to help them through this stressful time. Our thoughts are with all of our students, and support is available through the the offices of counseling and student support services (404.253.3210) and the dean of student success (404.253.3400).

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the university is monitoring guidance provided by several nations but is most closely following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In some cases, given our student populations, our policies and procedures may expand upon or exceed that which is suggested by WHO or the CDC. We continue to remind students that this is an evolving situation and that policies and procedures can change from day to day.

With this in mind, we provide the following update on travel:

  • At this time, we have updated the university policy concerning student travel from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan to also include travel from Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. Students who are currently in the U.S. and choose to travel to these regions will not be permitted to return to SCAD locations in Atlanta, Savannah, or Lacoste for the spring quarter, as they could pose an unacceptable health risk. Students returning from Lacoste should not travel to any of these regions.
  • Additionally, students who currently reside in or have recently visited mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand and intend to be enrolled for spring quarter at one of our locations may do so only after they have completed 14 days of quarantine outside of those locations. Self-quarantine requires that you isolate yourself from others for that period of time while monitoring your health for any symptoms that could indicate illness (for example, fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc.).
  • Please note that your self-quarantine must take place before the quarter begins and that absences accumulated as the result of your self-quarantine will count toward the total overall absences permitted for each class. Written verification, including dates of quarantine and address of the location, will need to be received by the office of study abroad before you arrive for class or check in to residence halls.

SCAD leadership is actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus and is in communication with appropriate governmental authorities. SCAD resources are being mobilized and tested, and offices prepared, in the event the situation worsens and warrants further measures.

In the meantime, we have expanded our effort to fight the spread of any viruses by:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, including computer labs and common spaces, in university buildings.
  • Sanitizing buses throughout the day.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations in dining halls and hand-wipe dispensers in academic buildings.
  • Providing university communities with information on how to stay healthy, including coronavirus updates at scad.edu/coronavirus.

Students who have questions about any of these policies should contact the office of the dean of student success at [email protected]. Counseling support is also available through the office of counseling and student support services.

The university’s leadership team is meeting daily to assess protocols, consider additional resources needed, and plan appropriate responses. Students should continue to monitor their SCAD email regularly for additional updates.

Sincerely,
Luke Buckovich
Dean of Student Success, SCAD Atlanta

Dear Students,

SCAD continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that the university is keeping abreast of the situation and is in the best position to protect the health and safety of our global SCAD community. We’ve heard from many students whose families have been personally affected by this illness and are working to help them through this stressful time. Our thoughts are with all of our students, and support is available through the offices of counseling and student support services (912.525.6971) and the dean of students (912.525.6980).

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the university is monitoring guidance provided by several nations but is most closely following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In some cases, given our student populations, our policies and procedures may expand upon or exceed that which is suggested by WHO or the CDC. We continue to remind students that this is an evolving situation and that policies and procedures can change from day to day.

With this in mind, we provide the following update on travel:

  • At this time, we have updated the university policy concerning student travel from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan to also include travel from Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. Students who are currently in the U.S. and choose to travel to these regions will not be permitted to return to SCAD locations in Atlanta, Savannah, or Lacoste for the spring quarter, as they could pose an unacceptable health risk. Students returning from Lacoste should not travel to any of these regions.
  • Additionally, students who currently reside in or have recently visited mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand and intend to be enrolled for spring quarter at one of our locations may do so only after they have completed 14 days of quarantine outside of those locations. Self-quarantine requires that you isolate yourself from others for that period of time while monitoring your health for any symptoms that could indicate illness (for example, fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc.).
  • Please note that your self-quarantine must take place before the quarter begins and that absences accumulated as the result of your self-quarantine will count toward the total overall absences permitted for each class. Written verification, including dates of quarantine and address of the location, will need to be received by the office of study abroad before you arrive for class or check in to residence halls.

SCAD leadership is actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus and is in communication with appropriate governmental authorities. SCAD resources are being mobilized and tested, and offices prepared, in the event the situation worsens and warrants further measures.

In the meantime, we have expanded our effort to fight the spread of any viruses by:

Providing university communities with information on how to stay healthy, including coronavirus updates at scad.edu/coronavirus.

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, including computer labs and common spaces, in university buildings.
  • Sanitizing buses throughout the day.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations in dining halls and hand-wipe dispensers in academic buildings.

Students who have questions about any of these policies should contact the office of the dean of students at [email protected]. Counseling support is also available through the office of counseling and student support services.

The university’s leadership team is meeting daily to assess protocols, consider additional resources needed, and plan appropriate responses. Students should continue to monitor their SCAD email regularly for additional updates.

Sincerely,
David Blake
Dean of Students, SCAD Savannah

February

SCAD is monitoring the continued global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the health and safety of our SCAD community remain our priority.

As you may be aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency, and the U.S. State Department has issued advisories that strongly discourage travel to a number of countries.

Effective immediately, faculty and staff who travel to or from mainland China, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea will not be permitted to return to a SCAD location in Atlanta, Savannah, or Lacoste until they have completed a minimum 14-day self-quarantine, based on current recommendations from the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control.

We are sharing this information with you now in case you need to alter travel plans to these locations. Should the travel advisory change dramatically, we will review the travel situation and make additional announcements. The same important preventive measures that are typically recommended to stop the spread of normal cold and flu should continue to be followed, including covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and seeking medical care if you experience any symptoms of illness. Faculty and staff who are impacted by this travel policy should contact human resources at [email protected], 912.525.5532, or their employee performance and success manager.

Dear Students,

SCAD is monitoring the continued global spread of the Coronavirus, and the health and safety of our SCAD community remains our priority. Our hearts go out to those students whose families have been directly impacted by this illness, and we offer support through the offices of counseling and student support services and the dean of students.

As you are aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency, and the U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories for a number of countries, strongly discouraging travel. Consequently, at this time we have updated the university policy concerning student travel from mainland China, to also include travel from Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Students who choose to travel to these regions will not be permitted to return to a SCAD campus location in Atlanta, Savannah or Lacoste for the spring quarter, as they could pose an unacceptable health risk. In addition, the university strongly discourages student travel to Italy for the remainder of the academic year.

To reiterate, if you choose to travel to mainland China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong or South Korea, you will not be permitted to return to a SCAD location until further notice, based on current recommendations from the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control. Students who are impacted by this travel policy should contact the office of the dean of students at [email protected] or 912.525.6980.

I am sharing this information with you now in order for you to adjust any immediate travel plans to these locations. Should the travel advisory change dramatically, we will review the travel situation and make additional announcements.

Sincerely,
David Blake
Dean of Students

All,

Given the continuing developments with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, I am reaching out at this time to share important information on spring quarter at SCAD Hong Kong. But first, I share my hope that, given the circumstances, you are healthy and comfortable during this stressful time.

The university has made the decision that for the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, we will not return to regular, on-ground classes during the spring quarter. The SCAD Hong Kong building will remain closed, and no shuttles will run between Gold Coast Residences and SCAD Hong Kong. All classes for spring quarter will be held online, as is currently happening for winter.

You can expect more information over the next few days. We will be working closely with faculty to prepare for these online, spring quarter offerings. Please continue to check your SCAD email for updates.

Finally, I understand how unsettling things may be right now. If you have questions, please contact Deborah Kelly, director of human resources at [email protected]

Sincerely,
Khoi Vo Vice President for SCAD Hong Kong

Dear Student,

Given the continuing developments with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, I am reaching out at this time to share with you how SCAD Hong Kong classes will continue for the winter quarter. I would also like to offer you some options to support your studies.

The university has made the decision that for the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, we will not return to regular, on-ground classes this quarter. As we know that each student has unique circumstances; we wanted to provide you with options for your continued study. You can choose either to remain in the course(s) in which you are currently enrolled and continue your studies in a virtual setting, and supported through online resources, with your current professor. Or, you can discontinue your studies for this quarter and take advantage of a free retake of the same course(s) in a future quarter, at any SCAD location. We believe these options will provide you with the freedom to do what is best for you, given your situation. Please don’t feel like you need to rush to a decision immediately; however, until you have made a decision, you should continue to participate in your virtual classes. In the coming week, more information will be shared with you, and your faculty will also help you to understand your options. You may also contact your success adviser beginning Monday to discuss the situation.

To this end, the building will be closed effective 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, following the departure of the last Gold Coast shuttle. If you have any projects or other remaining materials in the building, you should take them home with you by that time.

There is a small chance that one or more of the courses you are taking cannot be taught online. If this is the case, you can expect that your professor will be in touch. Be assured that you will have options for staying on track to complete your degree on schedule. Again, your success adviser will contact you to discuss the possibilities.

For those of you living at Gold Coast Residences, there are also options for your housing. You may choose to remain living at Gold Coast for the remainder of the quarter. If you decide to leave Gold Coast, a prorated portion of your housing charges will be refunded to your student account, but you will be required to turn in your key and vacate your room. More information on checkout will come from the residence life staff early next week.

Finally, I understand how stressful things may be right now. If you have questions, contact the SCAD on-call manager (+852.5361.0890) or the director of student success ([email protected]). Please continue to check your SCAD email for updates.

Sincerely,
Khoi Vo
Vice President for SCAD Hong Kong

Chris Royer Director of Student Success

January

In light of the recent spread of illness in Wuhan, we wanted to let you know that we are here to offer support, if needed.

If you or your family has been affected by the virus, either directly or indirectly, and if we can help in any way, please contact David Blake, Dean of Students, at [email protected] Additionally, we have counselors available to offer support if desired. You may reach counseling and student support services at 912.525.6971 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On-call counselors are also available after business hours and on weekends by calling the SCAD Department of University Safety at 912.525.4500.

Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Early symptoms of the virus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with a medical professional right away, and if you get sick, stay home from work and school, and limit contact with others. The SCAD Center for Health, located at 1900 Abercorn St. (912.819.1560), has appointments available and accepts SCAD international student health insurance.