Safety tips

Your personal safety

Because much of the student experience often takes place away from SCAD buildings and facilities, the Department of University Safety goes to great lengths to educate students on personal safety. No level of security will prevent every crime everywhere, but students can be empowered by practicing commonsense steps to create a safe and fun downtown experience. We recommend these tips:

  • Always travel in groups when you're out late at night.
  • Keep your cell phone easily accessible but out of sight (in a pocket rather than a purse or bag).
  • Park and walk in well-lit areas, never in dark or secluded spots.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
  • Look around before exiting your car. Don't get out if you see someone or something that makes you feel unsafe. Be just as observant when returning and always trust your gut.
  • Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body and keep wallets in an inside pocket.
  • Be alert and aware. Make eye contact with individuals as you pass. Avoid texting and talking on the phone while walking because it can appear like your guard is down.
  • If a criminal confronts you for your belongings, cooperate. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Immediately report any incidents to the police.

In your room, apartment or home

Making sure where you live is secure is important regardless of where you are. A lot of commonsense proactive steps get forgotten in our daily lives, so it's always important to remember these tips.

  • Lock doors and windows when you leave, are alone or are asleep. Don't prop open exterior doors.
  • Tell someone you trust if you'll be away from home for a long time.
  • Don't talk about specific travel plans on your social media accounts. You never know who is reading your posts.
  • If you're away from home for a long time, store your valuables in a safe location or take them with you.
  • Remember: Only registered guests are allowed to enter residence halls or college premises. Do not permit entry to strangers or unregistered visitors.

Vehicle safety

More than one million cars, new or old, are stolen each year nationwide. But there are many ways to cut down on the chance of being a victim:

  • Always lock your car and take your keys with you.
  • Never leave your car running without you, especially at a convenience store or in winter months when you want to warm it up.
  • Don't hide spare car keys in your car.
  • Always park in well-lit and busy areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Glance under your car, around it and in the back seat.
  • Be careful to stow valuables out of sight. Don't leave GPS devices, laptops or valuable accessories like power cords or earphones in clear view.
  • Consider an antitheft device. Auto alarms and bar locks are not foolproof, but typically discourage or delay a thief.
  • Consider auto insurance that includes theft.

Bicycle safety

Although only bicyclists under the age of 16 are required by Georgia law to wear helmets, SCAD strongly encourages riders to wear helmets while operating bikes or scooters.

  • Ensure that your helmet is properly fitted.

    • When you look upward, you should just barely see the front rim of your helmet
    • The Y of the side straps should meet just below your ear.
    • The chin strap should be snug against the chin so that when you open your mouth widely you feel the helmet pull down a bit.
  • Make sure the interior padding is adjusted to fit your head and is in good repair.
  • Make certain that your helmet is fastened properly before riding.

The Department of University Safety encourages members of the SCAD community to also consider these important safety tips.

  • By law, bicycles must have front and rear lights when used between dusk and dawn.
  • Wear bright clothing to increase your visibility.
  • Conduct an ABC (air, brakes, chain) check before you take off.
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Obey all traffic laws and traffic control devices, lights and markings. Know your local bike laws as well.
  • Ride defensively — always pay attention to the road, other drivers and your general surroundings. Don't just assume that the cars around you will follow the law or extend common courtesies.
  • Ride predictably — learn common hand signals.

Bicycle theft is common in downtown areas due to a thief's ease of access to a bike in public, which doubles as a quick getaway.

  • When leaving your bike outside, use a U-lock between the frame and wheel. Don't use cable locks that can be cut.
  • If possible, store your bike indoors, especially at night.

Drug and alcohol policy

Excerpt from the 2014-15 SCAD Student Handbook. Read the complete policy posted in MySCAD.

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.

SCAD prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, distribution or dispensing of alcohol or controlled substances by students or employees in SCAD buildings, on grounds or property, or as part of any college activity. Any full- or part-time student/employee found to be in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the policies and laws of the college, the city, the county, the state and the federal government. Students also are responsible for the actions of their guests.

Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, cocaine derivatives, heroin, barbiturates, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, tranquilizers and inhalants.

Students and employees are to be aware that illegal manufacture, possession, use, distribution or dispensing of controlled substances may subject individuals to criminal prosecution.

Department of University Safety

Atlanta
404.253.3333

Hong Kong
852.2253.8036

Lacoste
33.(0)4.90.75.66.32

Savannah
912.525.4500

security@scad.edu

Emergency contact numbers

Emergencies in the U.S.
911

Emergencies in France
112

Emergencies in Hong Kong
999

SafeRides

To arrange a SafeRide, call 404.253.3333 in Atlanta or 912.525.4500 in Savannah.