We have pulled together a number of resources designed to give you a full perspective of your student's career at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). These are resources designed to assist students, parents, families, and friends in navigating SAIC.
Handbook for Parents, Families, and Friends
Although students will receive a thorough orientation to SAIC, you are often the first person they will call if they need assistance. For that reason, we want to ensure that you also have access to accurate information about our extensive services and programming.
Included in this printer friendly handbook are important telephone numbers, a list of frequently asked questions, a chapter dedicated to finances, general facts about SAIC, a map, a list of services available to your student, and more. You will also find this information on out website.
Download: Handbook for Parents and Family [PDF]
SAIC Official Bulletin
The School of the Art Institute's official Bulletin provides students with important information about programs of study, academic departments and programs, academic support programs, co-curricular programs and rules, regulations and policies of the school. Students are encouraged to review this document on a regular basis, and you may find it helpful as you assist your student in planning their SAIC career.
Download: Bulletin [PDF]
To have a Bulletin mailed to you, parents of prospective students, please contact the Admissions office at 312.629.6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents of current students please contact the Registration and Records office at 312.629.6700 or email@example.com.
You may also be interested in reading our Student Handbook. Each student is provided a Student Handbook at the beginning of each academic year. It includes information about the SAIC's policies, residence halls, student rights, responsibilities, and procedures, as well as a guide to Chicago.
Download the Student Handbook [PDF], or one of the following sections:
- Student Handbook: Student Services and Resources [PDF]
- Student Handbook: Residence Hall Guide [PDF]
- Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities [PDF]
- Student Handbook: Student Guide to Chicago [PDF]
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a Federal privacy law that gives students certain rights with regard to their own education records, such as the right to inspect and review their own records. To protect a student's privacy, the law generally requires schools to ask for written consent from the student before disclosing personally identifiable information from that student’s records to others. However, FERPA does permit schools to disclose student information without consent under limited circumstances (referred to as exceptions). For example, student information may be disclosed as "directory information" or in response to a health or safety emergency.
Students on Leave of Absence
In order for a student to return to SAIC from an Administrative Leave of Absence, they must contact the office of Academic Advising and Student Success to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor and complete an Appeal for Reinstatement Form, which is reviewed by the Academic Review Board.
Please be aware the statute of limitations for returning from Leave of Absence is:
- For undergraduate students: five years since the date last attended
- For graduate students: one year since the date last attended.
Also, please note that the statute of limitations for completion of degree requirements includes the interim period spent on Leave of Absence.
If your student seeks to re-enroll after these time frames, they must submit a new application through the Office of Admissions. Please encourage your student to return to SAIC to finish their degree requirements before either of your statute of limitations expires.