COVID-19 FAQs

CCAD is continuously monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. 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. For more information about CCAD's plans for spring 2022, visit CCAD Together and read our Return to Campus Plan.


Unless otherwise noted, this information is current as of Jan. 7, 2022. 


 

Questions about tuition, fees & adjustments to bills

What is the deadline to withdraw from CCAD for spring 2022 without financial penalty?
Students can withdraw by Jan. 18, 2022 prior to attending any classes, without any financial penalty. We will issue full refunds for anyone choosing to leave CCAD for the spring semester by this deadline.


Questions about health & safety

What is the status of COVID-19 at CCAD and in Ohio?
CCAD is providing weekly updates at the top of our Public Health web page regarding any active, positive cases identified on campus. The number of cases reported at any time represent individuals in the CCAD community who have:

  • tested positive for COVID-19; and
  • have been on CCAD’s campus; and
  • for whom we are conducting contact tracing.

For information regarding COVID-19 in Ohio, including current state mandates and recommendations, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s coronavirus information page.

Additional updates regarding CCAD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at ccad.edu/publichealth.

Are face masks currently required on campus?
Yes, masks are currently required for everyone while indoors on campus, except when alone in private offices and residential suites/rooms or while actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required outdoors.

We strongly encourage our community to use a medical grade face covering, such as a surgical mask or an N95, KN95, or KF94 respirator. The Omicron variant has proved to be highly contagious and many experts believe cloth face coverings alone do not provide adequate protection.

We will continue to apply the US Centers for Disease Control’s Level of Community Transmission to spring 2022 mask and testing protocols. As of now and while Franklin County remains at a “high” level of community transmission, we will continue to require masks indoors for everyone. If the CDC changes their guidance, CCAD will update this plan accordingly and will notify the CCAD community about changes to our protocols.

Will there be an on-campus COVID-19 testing program in the spring?
Yes. CCAD is partnering with BrightStar Care for its COVID-19 testing program in the spring. We will continue weekly testing for faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated with an approved exemption. Testing for spring will begin the week of Jan. 17, 2022. We will also restart weekly, random testing of vaccinated faculty, staff, and students.

Will there be daily health checks in the spring?
No. Daily self-administered screening checks through Rave Guardian are no longer required of faculty, staff, or students. Community members should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19, stay home if they are sick, and report their status to the appropriate COVID-19 Administrative Contact. Learn more about what to do if you’re feeling sick.

Are temperature checks required for visitors?
No. As of May 26, 2021, temperature checks will no longer be required for any groups or any person visiting campus.

What should I do if I am sick or have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19?
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must notify CCAD immediately regardless of your vaccination status. Follow these steps.

The following individuals have been designated CCAD COVID-19 Administrative Points of Contact (for purposes of reporting and notification).

  • For faculty: Dean of Faculty, Dr. Joshua Butts, [email protected]
  • For students: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Athena Sanders [email protected]
  • For staff: Associate Vice President for Human Resources Beverly Thomas [email protected]

For more details, read our Return to Campus Plan.

Will there be quarantine and isolation spaces for residential students if needed for spring?
CCAD has select quarantine and isolation spaces available in our residential facilities for current residential students.

CCAD students who are not living on campus will be provided with guidance on how to quarantine or isolate at their own place of residence.

What will food service look like for residential students in quarantine and isolation? Will dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Residential students in quarantine or isolation will have access to food service. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary needs.

How do I get the latest updates about COVID-19’s impact on CCAD?
CCAD Together is the gateway to information about CCAD’s response to COVID-19. The Public Health page continues to serve as an archive of the college’s time-sensitive announcements about COVID-19.


Questions about COVID-19 vaccines

Does CCAD require a COVID-19 vaccine of students, faculty, and staff?
Yes. As announced Sept. 1, 2021, CCAD requires that all faculty, staff, and students receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, CCAD currently requires all students to show proof of vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); hepatitis B; DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis); meningitis; and polio.

Are there medical and religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement?
Yes. Any employee who is seeking a medical or religious accommodation should contact Associate Vice President for Human Resources Beverly Thomas at [email protected].

Students who wish to seek a medical or religious exemption must email [email protected] to initiate the request.  The process requires qualifying documentation to be submitted. Student exemptions will be reviewed and determined by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Athena Sanders.

Do I need to share my vaccination status with CCAD?
Yes. Under CCAD’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement announced on Sept. 1, 2021 all faculty, staff, and students must submit proof of vaccination to CCAD or obtain an approved exemption prior to the start of their first semester or first day of employment.

Can I learn the vaccination status of a roommate or colleague?
No. CCAD values the health privacy of our community. Human Resources and Student Affairs are the only campus entities that will collect vaccine information from the CCAD community. No student or employee of the college should ask another student or employee to disclose their vaccine status.

If I have been vaccinated do I need to be tested and abide by other COVID-19 protocols?
Yes. CCAD is following the Centers for Disease Control’s interim public health requirements for fully vaccinated people.

Is there a cost for the vaccine? Do I need insurance to get it?
There is no cost to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and you do not need health insurance. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. If you have medical insurance, you should bring that identification card, as vaccine providers can seek appropriate reimbursement from your insurance plan for a vaccine administration fee. However, providers cannot charge the vaccine recipient the balance of the bill if they do not have health insurance. Instead, the provider will bill the state for the vaccine cost.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Below are locations of nearby places people can get vaccinated and approximate walking distance from CCAD’s campus. Most locations have online appointment-scheduling availability or walk-in options.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no charge at most major pharmacies and health departments. For a list of vaccination providers in Ohio, as well as an interactive map of their locations, click here.

Will CCAD require proof of COVID-19 vaccine boosters?
We are not requiring COVID-19 boosters for the start of the spring 2022 semester, however we strongly encourage our community to receive their booster if they are eligible to do so. We are also evaluating our booster policy and considering how to implement a booster requirement in the future.

Employees who have already had their COVID-19 booster should provide documentation to Human Resources using this link

To learn more, please read the CDC’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.


Questions about dining & retail

Will CCAD provide food service in the spring?
Yes, dining will be open fully in the spring as it was in the fall. We will follow local health department guidelines to ensure the safety of our community. All residential students are required to carry a residential meal plan.

Will Ampersand Emporium be open for spring 2022?
Ampersand Emporium is currently open and accessible to students, faculty, and staff. Spring hours  will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CCAD Supply Store has merged with Ampersand Emporium and will continue to offer a selection of art and design items and CCAD swag.

Will shopccad.org be running in spring 2022?
Yes, shopccad.org is currently processing orders.


Questions about Residence Life & Housing

What should residential students know for the spring?
Residence Life & Housing staff will welcome students for January move-in during new student move-in on Thursday, Jan 13 after 9 am. Returning students can return to their residence halls any time after Friday, Jan 14 after 9 am. Students do not need to schedule a move-in return time but will need to check back-in at their respective front desk for the spring semester. All residential students must show their CCAD student ID to front desk staff at all times.

Residence Life & Housing staff continue to offer community building opportunities for students to connect. Processes like RA recruitment and housing lottery and selection for returning students will move forward in hybrid fashions. Common spaces like lounges, computer labs, vending, laundry, and recreational spaces are open with slightly modified occupancy guidelines. Masks are currently required at all times in indoor spaces outside residential rooms, including hallways, elevators, and common spaces.

What is CCAD’s housing plan for spring 2022?
CCAD will welcome students to stay in DSA and Schottenstein Residence Hall this spring. Students living in Schottenstein will share a suite style space with three other roommates. Two students will share a bedroom, and all four students will share a private bathroom. Students living in the Design Square Apartments will reside in four bedroom apartments with two bathrooms.

Do the residence halls stay open during other academic breaks?
DSA students are able to stay in their assigned space during the fall, winter, and spring breaks. Schottenstein students are able to stay in their assigned space during the fall and spring breaks, but must find alternative housing during winter break.

Students may apply for summer 2022 housing during the spring semester. All summer residents will be given a placement in DSA, but are not guaranteed a housing placement for the following fall.

As a reminder, the process for applying for on-campus housing for current students has changed. Starting with the 2021–22 academic year, CCAD’s on-campus housing will be prioritized for new incoming and transfer students as well as students in their second year at CCAD. The 22-23 Housing Lottery Application for Returning CCAD students opens on Monday, Jan. 17 and can be accessed here. Be sure to review the CCAD Off-Campus Living Guide for more information on finding a home for fall 2022 if on-campus housing isn’t an option for you. Questions? Contact Residence Life & Housing at [email protected].

What is CCAD's guest policy for the spring?
Residential students may host one registered guest. Staff may need to enter residential living spaces in performance of their job duties. Residential students are encouraged to consult with their Resident Advisor if they have questions or concerns.

Does CCAD’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement apply to residential guests?
No. Guests and visitors to CCAD’s campus are not required to show proof of vaccination. However, overnight guests and visitors must follow the college’s health and safety protocols.

Can I learn the vaccination status of my roommate?
No. CCAD values the health privacy of our community. Human Resources and Student Affairs are the only campus entities that will collect vaccine information from the CCAD community. No student or employee of the college should ask another student or employee to disclose their vaccine status.

Has CCAD made any changes to the Schottenstein Residence Hall heating and cooling system?
Yes. In order to meet current pandemic recommendations, CCAD engaged Bruner Corp., a local HVAC and mechanical contractor, in fall 2020 to improve the air handling in Schottenstein.


Questions about course schedules & registration

Will the start of the spring 2022 semester be different this year?
No, CCAD’s academic calendar will not change. The spring 2022 semester began as planned on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 and will end on Friday, May, 13, 2022.

What will classes look like in the spring?
We are looking forward to continuing an on-campus experience as we did in the fall with in-person classes and open residence halls. Classes will primarily be in person. All students will have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment. Some remote (synchronous, live virtual class meetings),online (asynchronous, pre-recorded instruction) and hybrid (part in person, part online) classes are also available.

We will also continue to offer an Online First Year Program for those students who prefer to learn remotely for their first year.

As students plan for spring scheduling, they will see class identifiers in Self-Service, similar to what they saw last fall and spring. Classes that will be delivered fully online and asynchronous can be identified by their “WEB” room assignment and an “.EL” designation in course codes (CORE1110.EL). Synchronous, remote classes are identified with “REMOTE” as the room assignment. All other classes with a building, room, and time listed will have a required in-person component on campus.

If pandemic conditions do not allow us to offer such a large number of in-person classes, we may need to convert additional classes to remote format. On the other hand, classes currently listed as remote or online in Self-Service will not change from that format for spring. Continuing with remote instruction for these classes allows for maximum scheduling flexibility and will allow for those who are not ready to return to campus to make some academic progress.

Will CCAD continue to offer an Online First Year Program?
Yes, we will continue to offer an Online First Year Program for those students who prefer to learn remotely for their first year.

What will campus access look like for spring 2022?
CCAD is looking forward to continuing to have students on campus this spring as we did in fall. All students will have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment. We will continue to have health and safety measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but campus life will more closely resemble what it has in previous years. View campus hours.

Can I re-enroll at CCAD if I was dropped because I did not get vaccinated?
Yes. If a student was dropped from their spring 2022 classes but later submits proof of vaccination, the student is eligible to reenroll in spring classes per established registration policies and deadlines. However, there is no guarantee that the student will be able to enroll in the same schedule from which they were dropped, and registration will be contingent on class availability. Any prior student who returns to CCAD is required to submit proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption before classes start or they will be withdrawn from classes.

How can students ensure they're still on track toward the completion of their degree?
Our Academic Advisors are available to help keep undergraduate students on track toward degree completion with academic plan and schedule guidance. To schedule an advising appointment, go to my.ccad.edu/advising. The MFA Chair will be available to assist graduate students.


Questions about technology, equipment, labs & facilities

How will CCAD’s facilities be available in spring 2022?
CCAD is looking forward to continuing to have all students, including first-year students, on CCAD’s campus this spring as we did in the fall. We will continue to have health and safety measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not plan to have adjusted classroom layouts. 

What access will graduate students have to their studios in spring 2022?
Graduate students will have 24/7 access to their studios on the third floor of Design Studios on Broad.

How will students be able to get technology support?
CCAD will offer remote support for the IT Help Desk. In-person support will also be available, but remote support is preferred. Reach out to the Help Desk by calling 614.222.6174, emailing [email protected], or schedule via online appointment page. Learn more about technology support and services here.


Questions about campus life

Will there be student employment opportunities in the spring?
Yes, there will be student employment opportunities this spring. As always, for specific details, students should check the job board, or, if they are a returning student employee, speak with their supervisor.

GAs and TAs will be working on campus, like faculty and staff, unless COVID-19 prevents it.

Will Packard Library be open this spring?
Yes. Packard Library will be open Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday 1–5 p.m. Online assistance will also be available via email at [email protected]. Hours are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols.

Faculty, staff, and students also have 24/7 access to Packard’s online collection of e-resources, including eBooks, databases, film streaming, online journals, LibGuides, and more. Students can request books and other circulating items through OhioLINK and SearchOhio.

Will Beeler Gallery be open this spring?
Yes, Beeler Gallery will be open for visitors this spring Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

What will student organizations look like this spring?
Student Engagement is planning many great events for spring. The Student Government Association, sponsored student organizations, and general student organizations will be hosting regular meetings throughout the spring and invite students to join. Please see the student engagement page for more information about dates and times of regular meetings. We will also be hosting lots of fun events and workshops throughout spring, including: “How to do your taxes for creatives”, Galentine's Days, a fun spring scavenger hunt and more. To learn more, visit the student engagement page on MyCCAD.

What will the status of the Counseling & Wellness Center be this fall?
The Counseling & Wellness Center will continue to be available to students for mental health counseling services this spring. Students will have the option to choose between in-person and Zoom-based services for all meetings and therapeutic services. Visit my.ccad.edu/cwc to learn more about our services, meet our team, and schedule appointments online. Email [email protected] with additional questions. For emergencies, please use the CCAD Safety & Security Office (614.222.6165) when on campus. For immediate assistance or help off campus, please call emergency services at 911, Netcare Access' 24/7 crisis line at 614.276.2273, or text HOME to 741741 to access the Crisis Text Line.

What will the status of on-campus learning and support services be this spring?
For Advising, current undergraduate students can schedule appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD. Graduate students should contact Professor Julie Abijanac at [email protected]. Incoming students will receive information about spring schedules from the Advising Office and at Orientation in January.

For matters related to student disability accommodations, the Learning Support staff can be reached at [email protected].


Questions about Beeler Gallery

What health and safety protocols are in place at Beeler Gallery?
Numerous health and safety protocols are in place at Beeler Gallery and CCAD in response to COVID-19. Please review the following information before visiting:

  • Visitors should stay home if they don’t feel well, tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 in accordance with CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and isolation.
  • Visitors must wear a face mask while in Beeler Gallery and at all times while indoors on CCAD’s campus.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the gallery.

Are reservations required for visiting Beeler Gallery?
No. Advance reservations are no longer required. Beeler Gallery is free and open to the public 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday. Questions? Call 614-222-3270 or visit ccad.edu/beeler.
 


Questions about who to contact for various support areas

CCAD’s staff is here to support students and their needs. Below are a few quick resources of how to connect with different services.


For more information, email [email protected].