The following policies are an excerpt. For complete housing policies, students may refer to the Housing License Agreement located in MySCAD.
Students living in residence halls may request room changes through MySCAD beginning the first business day of the second week after the start of the quarter. Mediation and/or a meeting with the residence director may be required before the room change is approved. Room change requests are granted based on availability and may be limited during the final two weeks of each quarter. If a student changes rooms before executing the proper paperwork, a fee may be assessed, the move may be denied and/or a student conduct hearing may be required.
Due to the high demand for student housing, SCAD reserves the right to consolidate spaces to accommodate the housing needs of all students requesting housing. If consolidation is necessary, residence life and housing staff members provide necessary information including the date of the move, the new location and the name of the student's new roommate(s).
If damage occurs in common areas such as lounges and hallways and the responsible parties are not identified, all residents of the wing, floor or hall are normally billed for the cost of repairs and/or replacement of damaged items. The residence director works with the students and staff to determine, if possible, who is responsible for the damage. If the bill is to be divided among residents, the staff notifies those residents of the cost per person.
Break closings and storage
Residence hall rooms are occupied and vacated according to schedules published by the office of residence life and housing. Only students who have requested nine-month continuous housing in advance and paid the additional fee are permitted to remain in student housing beyond the end of fall quarter.
During winter break, all residence halls are closed and occupancy is limited. The academic calendar lists annual dates of winter break. Students may leave their belongings in their rooms; however, they are encouraged to take their valuables home. Dining halls are closed and SCAD transportation is unavailable during the winter break. The halls remain open during spring break, but overnight guests are not permitted. Move-out dates are at the end of the academic year in May and at the end of the summer quarter in August. On-campus storage space is not available to students.
Personal property insurance
As with any housing rental agreement relationship, students and their parents are strongly encouraged to purchase insurance against loss or damage of personal property. SCAD is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal property in student rooms. For more information, see the housing license agreement.
Maintenance and housekeeping
Students are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their own rooms and bathrooms. The university maintenance and housekeeping staff provides a variety of functions to help maintain a clean, safe and comfortable environment for students living at SCAD. The staff is responsible for the general maintenance and cleanliness of the hallways and common areas of the residence halls.
Drug and alcohol policy
The Savannah College of Art and Design is in full compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 40: Procedures for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing; 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 382: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing and the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and is committed to a program that discourages the illegal use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances by students and employees. In addition, the possession and consumption of alcohol on campus is not permitted, regardless of age.
SCAD prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, distribution or dispensing of alcohol or controlled substances by students or employees in college buildings, on grounds or property, or as part of any college activity. Any full- or part-time student or employee found to be in violation of said policy is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the policies and laws of the college, the city of Atlanta or Savannah, the state of Georgia, and the U.S. federal government.
Pets are not permitted in any residence hall. Freshwater, non-flesh-eating fish and approved assistance animals are the only exceptions to this policy. However, fish must be kept in a properly maintained aquarium of 10 gallons or fewer.
Strict quiet hours are in effect 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily and 24 hours a day during midterms and finals weeks. In addition, courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, every day. Residents are expected to show consideration for others by minimizing excessive noise.
Smoking is prohibited in all SCAD buildings and throughout residence halls including rooms, courtyards, parking decks, parking garages and pool areas.
There are a limited number of electrical outlets in each room, and these may not be altered for any reason. No more than two appliances may be plugged into a double electrical outlet at any time. Only one U.L. power-strip extension cord no longer than six feet with built-in circuit breakers is allowed per resident. The U.L. code must be printed in the plastic of the power strip. Longer cords may be approved, by residence life and housing, based on the needs and design of the building. Power strips may not be plugged into one another. These are the only type of extension cords allowed in residence halls. Non-U.L. power strip extension cords of any kind, multi-plug adapters and surge protectors are prohibited.
Prohibited appliances include, but are not limited to, sun/heat lamps, heaters, toaster ovens, individual microwaves, slow cookers, rice cookers and hot plates. For traditional residence halls including The Hive, Montgomery House, Oglethorpe House, Spring House and Turner House, microwaves are permitted only as part of the MicroFridge® rental program through Collegiate Concepts. Students in these residence halls are permitted either one MicroFridge® unit or one approved compact refrigerator (up to 4.4 cubic feet) per two residents. Microwaves are provided in individual apartments in Barnard Village, Boundary Village, Sand at Victory Village, 100 Midtown Apartments and the apartments in FORTY.
To accommodate multiple appliances, students in all residence hall facilities are allowed one U.L. approved six-foot surge-protected extension strip per student. Applicances permitted in residence hall rooms include personal computers, radios, fans, electric blankets, clocks, blow-dryers, stereos, televisions, DVD players, video game consoles, coffee makers with automatic shut-off and compact refrigerators up to 4.4 cubic feet.
Visitation hours in the residence halls are 9-2 a.m., seven days a week. All guests must vacate rooms and apartments at 2 a.m. We advise residents to consult their roommate(s) prior to having guests over or stay the night. Roommates’ rights take precedence over visitation privileges. Residents are responsible for their guests' behavior. All guests must be escorted out of the residence halls by the end of visitation hours.
Same-gender overnight guests may stay a maximum of three consecutive nights and may not return for an overnight stay for at least five days thereafter. Students must obtain an approved overnight guest pass prior to their guest's arrival. The pass must be signed and turned in to the residence life and housing office a minimum of 48 hours in advance. The form must be submitted during regular office hours. Overnight guests are not permitted during winter or spring breaks.