Incoming graduate students are required to utilize several online resources that we want to make you aware of and encourage you to visit at your earliest convenience.

The first is the graduate division’s website, which is located at This page is a good first stop when searching for policies and forms, opportunities and grants, featured courses, information on the Graduate Advisory Panel, faculty profiles written specifically for grad students, and the graduate journal. The graduate journal is an online publication written by grads, for grads. Its focus is on helping build community and features articles, interviews, and thesis profiles. Check it out at (

The Graduate Deans office is here to support and connect the rich and diverse graduate student community. We want to see you thrive in this new chapter of your life. The other resources we want to make you aware of are two required online training programs for all SAIC graduate students: Haven Plus and DiversityEdu. We are asking all grads to complete both Haven Plus Part 1 and DiversityEdu by September 12, 2017.

About Haven Plus

In an effort to continually provide the SAIC community with comprehensive safety measures, this course provides tailored sexual assault prevention training designed for graduate students. The course contains content that is required for students by pertinent federal and state regulations.

We understand that some students may be sensitive to the subject matter of this program. Participants are asked to play an active role in interacting with the course materials, which involves such subjects such as communication among partners, consent, coercion, red flags, bystander prevention, definitions, statistics and vignettes. Feel free to reach out to our Director of Student Conflict Resolution, Mike Blackman, at, or 312-629-6725 if you do not feel comfortable completing Haven Plus.

Completing Haven Plus:

Once you complete Part 1, you will receive information when it is time to complete Haven Plus Part 2. In order for your participation to be considered complete, Part 2 must also be finished in full.

About DiversityEdu

Among SAIC’s efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive campus, respectful of all identities, backgrounds and ideas, is a campus-wide educational program, DiversityEdu. DiversityEdu aims to build your skills in engaging with difference, managing assumptions and recognizing microaggressions and to help you understand your role as a member of a diverse community.  This course includes surveys throughout that will help you navigate your own experiences with diversity and your progress through the course. Responses are not recorded. DiversityEdu takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.

To take DiversityEdu:

Please contact if you have any questions about these courses.


MFA Studio Policy Video and Quiz

Enrolled MFA or Post-Bac students are eligible to claim a studio space for the 2017–18 academic year. To do so, studnets must view the 10 minute orientation video and complete a simple online "quiz" by Sunday August 27. It is recommended that students complete the course well in advance of arriving on campus. Only MFA students are required to complete this online course.

To view the video students will log in using your SAIC e-mail and password. Your SAIC e-mail and password will allow you to access a number of administrative resources at the school, and students should activate their e-mail accounts as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: view the entire video. The opportunity to submit your response to the quiz will come up only when the full video has played. Hit the “Finish” button at the bottom, and at that time you will have successfully completed this requirement. 

Access the video here