Counseling and support services

Personal counseling

Students may encounter challenging life experiences that interfere with the pursuit of their academic goals and/or personal growth. Counselors are available to assist students with short-term individual counseling, organize support groups, make community referrals, plan educational workshops and provide self-help resources. Assistance is offered for a wide range of concerns, and services are free. Confidentiality is guaranteed within legal and ethical guidelines.


Disability services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Savannah College of Art and Design offers educational services that provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Students must provide documentation of their disability. The office of disability services has adopted the ADA definition of disability: "Disability defined is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual" (ADA, 1990). All reasonable accommodations are determined for students on an individual basis. In order to receive academic adjustments and/or reasonable accommodations, students must make appointments with the disability services coordinator each term to make their specific accommodation requests known.


Deaf services

The deaf services department assists hearing-impaired or deaf students in effectively communicating with other students, faculty and staff. Staff members meet with students to evaluate their communication needs; register students for classes; coordinate interpreting schedules; recruit, hire, train and supervise staff interpreters; provide interpreting services for staff and extracurricular activities; and provide in-service training for faculty and staff utilizing interpreters.


Americans with Disabilities Act Grievances

A student may file a formal grievance in writing with the SCAD ADA grievance committee within 30 calendar days of the alleged violation. The university's ADA Grievance Policy and Procedures, found in the student handbook under “Disability Services,” should be followed when submitting such grievances.


Jump Start Program

The office of counseling and student support services invites all students with a diagnosed disability and their parent or guardian to attend Jump Start, a special expanded orientation in Savannah, Georgia held before the general SCAD orientation begins.

Jump Start is designed to increase awareness of the services and resources available to students with disabilities, ease the transition to college and provide strategies for success at SCAD.

For more information or to sign up for Jump Start, visit the Eventbrite page.


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