CCAD emergency updates

COVID-19 information

Columbus College of Art & Design currently has important news regarding COVID-19. Please visit for more information. 

Emergency contact information

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call 911.

For other safety issues, contact the CCAD Safety & Security department at 614.222.6165.

How to respond to an active threat

An active threat is defined as a person or person(s) engaging in activity that causes death or serious injury to others in a confined and populated area. Active threat situations evolve quickly and it’s important that all community members be mentally prepared to respond rapidly. CCAD's Safety & Security team trains for these types of incidents and encourages students, faculty, and staff to follow the Run, Hide, Fight principle of responding to an active threat. Watch the video below to learn more and be prepared.


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Call 911 when you are safe.


  • If unable to evacuate, your second option is to hide.
  • Lock the door and/or barricade the entry to your hiding place.
  • Silence your cell phone (including the vibration) and remain quiet.


  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in immediate danger.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.

The phrase Run Hide Fight® is a registered trademark of the City of Houston.

How CCAD will communicate in an emergency

As part of the Columbus College of Art & Design Crisis Communication Plan, CCAD is committed to communicating rapidly, forthrightly, and frequently with internal and external audiences, including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, board members, and community members. In case of an emergency, CCAD will provide regular updates on the progress of the situation at

Press inquiries

If you're a member of the media, please reach out to Renee LeGendre at 614.222.6162  or email [email protected]