The situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) is emerging, both in Ohio and around the world. We understand you may have questions about what’s happening here at CCAD and are working to answer those questions as soon as possible. The health and safety of our students and the CCAD community is our highest priority. Answers below are not comprehensive and are subject to change. 

This information is current as of March 16, 2020.


Health, Safety & Institution

What is the status of coronavirus at CCAD/in Columbus?

As of March 16, 2020, there have been no diagnosed cases of coronavirus at CCAD. There have been diagnosed cases of coronavirus in central Ohio. Find more updates at

What should I do if I’ve traveled abroad?

If you’ve traveled to a Level 2 or 3 impacted country, we suggest self-monitoring and quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the US. If symptoms present, contact Safety & Security at 614.222.6165 for assistance.

What if a student suspects they are ill?

Students on campus who experience flu-like symptoms should contact Safety & Security at 614.222.6165 for assistance.

What if a faculty member suspects they are ill?

Faculty and staff showing flu-like symptoms while on campus are encouraged to go home. If you need assistance leaving campus, contact Safety & Security for assistance with arrangements to leave campus. Please follow CDC guidance regarding follow up care.

What should I do if I’ve come into contact with someone who is ill?

Self-monitor for any symptom development and implement social distancing.

What’s the best way to prevent illness?

Avoid exposure. CCAD students, faculty, and staff should maintain appropriate social distancing and basic hygiene measures. For details on preventing illness, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What should I do if someone else looks ill?

Continue to maintain social distance and practice good hygiene habits.

This is affecting my mental health. What can I do?

If you are struggling with mental health or substance abuse concerns, we want you to stay healthy and well. Please reach out to your healthcare provider or contact the Ohio Department of Health to learn about telehealth support by calling 1.833.4ASKODH.

Although CCAD’s Counseling & Wellness Center is not open during this unprecedented time, they have a list of resources, should any CCAD community member need help with mental health needs. Please download this PDF for a link to a list of resources. If you ever feel unsafe and need immediate assistance, please call 911 immediately.

What can I do if I feel targeted by discrimination related to coronavirus?

Please contact Dean of Students Athena Sanders at 614.222.3251 or email

What if someone at CCAD is diagnosed with coronavirus?

CCAD will continue to update the community on any developments impacting our campus. Please visit for regular updates.


What is the status of events at CCAD?

Given the emerging news around COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ohio, as well as our move to temporarily hosting classes remotely, we have canceled or rescheduled a number of events. Please go here for the latest info on what’s on our calendar (and what isn’t). 

What is the status of commencement?

Due to the impact of COVID-19 in Ohio, CCAD has canceled the in-person Commencement previously scheduled for May 9. Instead, CCAD is working to recognize graduating seniors with an online graduation ceremony with more details to come. The $115 graduation fee that covers the administrative tasks that go into processing a student’s graduation will not be refunded; this year, in addition to helping with those tasks, this fee will also support mailing graduation packages with caps and gowns, a virtual commencement experience, and an on-campus event in the fall.  

New: What about my event rental?

CCAD will not be hosting any external events through the end of the spring semester.


What does the temporary move to remote learning mean for my studio classes and projects? 

We will update students on teaching plans before instruction resumes on Monday, March 23. Students should move forward with work as normal unless directed otherwise. All efforts on current projects will be considered in the course completion strategy.

Will the labs and studios remain open?

Labs and studios will close starting this Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m., through Sunday, April 19. 

Will I finish this semester?

We intend to deliver the spring semester in full so that our students can earn credit for their time and academic efforts and continue to progress in their degrees. 

What is the status of Summer and Fall Registration and Academic Advising?

Advising and registration for summer and fall 2020 classes will continue as scheduled. All Advising appointments will now be conducted as phone appointments—this includes already scheduled appointments and any future scheduled appointments. For scheduled appointments, advisors will call students directly at the scheduled appointment time. Thank you in advance for being ready for your advisor’s call and please remain patient if your advisor is running a few minutes late, as they may be wrapping up with another student. Advisors will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled. Students can schedule phone appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD.

What is the status of the deadline for drop/withdrawal for the spring 2020 term?
The deadline for drop/withdrawal without failing grades for the spring 2020 term has been extended from Friday, March 27, to Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. due to the extended Spring Break.

What is the status of future study abroad?

The International Affairs office will provide updates to students who have applied or scheduled study abroad as the situation evolves.


Why did CCAD opt against pass/fail grading?

Academic Affairs considered pass-fail grading but after careful consideration, opted against it for several reasons. Those reasons included:

  • Concerns that students working toward improving GPAS would be negatively impacted because pass/fail does not carry a GPA. This could leave them remaining in poor academic standing and could even jeopardize graduation and impact financial aid status.
  • Pass/fail grades are not typically accepted as a transfer credit or for graduate school applications, particularly for capstone or thesis classes.
  • Some schools only convert C grades or higher to a pass and lower grades to a fail, which would be detrimental to many of our students. 
  • Pass/fail grades are not typically accepted as transfer credit. 
  • Pass/fail grades also are not typically accepted if a student applies to graduate school, particularly for capstone or thesis classes. So while pass/fail may seem preferable now, it may not benefit a student in the years to come. 

CCAD understands that individual students have a wide range of challenges and Academic Affairs has asked that the faculty take the challenges that students will face during this time into consideration in the grading process. 

Campus Services

Can I eat in The Market?

The Market is open with limited hours, but dining in is not permitted. The Market’s hours are as follows:

Breakfast | 8–9 a.m.

Lunch | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Dinner | 5–6:30 p.m.

Can students return to the residence halls?

Students living in Schottenstein Residence Hall or Design Square Apartments are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residences if possible but may continue to live on campus. 

Per an announcement today from Gov. Mike DeWine, the fitness facilities in Schottenstein and Design Studio Apartments are closed.

Further communication will follow with specific details for residential students.

Are the residence halls safe? What about if other students have been traveling before their return?

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Higher education institutions have to make difficult decisions related to housing and how it impacts student needs, curriculum, learning, staffing, and available resources. No government or health agency has asked CCAD to vacate our residence halls at this time.

The Facilities team maintains a regular cleaning and sanitation schedule of public spaces in both Schottenstein Hall and Design Square Apartments. Everyone has a role to play in keeping our community as safe as possible. Students should clean high-traffic surfaces often, wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, and activate social distancing (no large group gatherings and physical distance between others). Students on campus who experience flu-like symptoms should contact Safety & Security at 614.222.6165 for assistance.

Residence Life & Housing plans to maintain a living space for students as long as we can and will continue to do everything we can to keep the buildings safe.

Can I have guests in the residence halls?
All students living in Schottenstein or Design Square may have only one guest at a time and must register that guest regardless of time of day. Daytime guest visitors must be signed in and out at the front desk and will require a pass. Overnight guests must be registered using the overnight guest registration form. Each guest will be granted a guest pass that is returned at the completion of their stay to confirm their departure. As always, guests must be approved by all roommates and are limited to three consecutive nights in their stay.

What is the status of the Counseling & Wellness Center and other on-campus learning and support services?

  • Advising and registration for summer and fall 2020 classes will continue as scheduled. Students should be sure to register on Self-Service during their registration access window. Sophomores are eligible to register until Sunday, March 22. Freshman can begin registering Monday, March 23 to Sunday, March 29. Students can schedule phone appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD.
  • For matters related to disability accommodation, the Learning Support staff can be reached at See this downloadable PDF for more. 
  • CCAD’s Counseling & Wellness Center is not open during this unprecedented time, but they have a list of resources should any CCAD community member need help with mental health needs. Please visit the FAQ page for a link to a list of resources. If you ever feel unsafe and need immediate assistance, please call 911 immediately.

Can I visit Beeler Gallery?

Beeler Gallery is closed to the public as of 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

Can I visit Packard Library?

Packard Library will close starting Tuesday, March 17. Library staff, however, will continue to provide limited hours for faculty to check out materials. Librarians remain available to assist faculty as we move to remote learning. For more information on how to access library services email:

All items have been renewed until mid-April for the time being. Packard Library is fine-free as of this semester. People may still return items via the book drop, and in the future, there will be other opportunities to return materials.

Non-degree classes for children and adults

What is the status of the Saturday art classes? What about the non-degree classes for adults?

Thursday, March 12, 2020 will be the final day for our evening art classes for adults. Our Saturday Morning Art Classes for children and adults, as well as our evening classes for adults, have been canceled for the remainder of spring.

Is registration still open for summer classes?

Yes. Find details on CCAD’s upcoming classes for youth and adults at

How can I pick up my artwork?

Information on how students can pick up completed or in-progress artwork will be forthcoming.


How can I sign up for CCAD Alerts?

Members of the CCAD community can sign up for text and email updates from CCAD Alerts here.

What is the status of on-campus jobs for students?

Student workers are a key part of operations at CCAD, and at this time, the college will continue to provide work for current student employees. Student workers can continue to work their regular number of hours if their duties are still ongoing, and will have the option to be reassigned to different departments if their regular duties are no longer needed. Student workers should contact their supervisor for other opportunities and then contact Human Resources for next steps. Student workers who choose not to come into their jobs or use reassignment opportunities will be considered to have resigned from their position and will not be paid.

Given the temporary move to remote education, will there be a change in tuition and fees?

There are no changes or updates to share regarding tuition and fees.