The highest priority for SCAD during periods of civil disturbance is to ensure the safety and well-being of any students, faculty, and staff located in the affected area. Should demonstrations, protests, riots, or other types of civil unrest occur, all members of the SCAD family should monitor local news, observe the lawful instructions of police authorities, and follow SCAD emergency alert messaging via phone and email to stay up-to-date on the situation.
If you are in an area that is experiencing civil unrest, follow these guidelines to help ensure your personal safety:
- Practice situational awareness. Be alert and on guard for dangerous situations.
- Check local news reports and avoid any areas with protest activity.
- Know alternative routes to your destination, whether as a pedestrian, on mass transit, or in an automobile.
- Have contact numbers with you, as cell phone networks may experience disruption.
- Carry essentials (e.g., high energy snacks and water) with you at all times in case of delays.
- Follow the lawful instructions of police authorities, such as staying behind barricades and dispersing from an area declared an unlawful assembly.
- Avoid wearing white or black clothing, taking photos of protest activity, or expressing political views in public.
- If you are exposed to tear gas, leave the area and wash with copious amounts of cool water. Never use hot water, which can worsen the effects.
Department of University Safety
Emergency contact numbers
Emergencies in the U.S.
Emergencies in France
Emergencies in Hong Kong
To arrange a SafeRide, call 404.253.3333 in Atlanta or 912.525.4500 in Savannah.