Learning Together

 

What to expect for the spring 2022 semester 

We are looking forward to once again having students on campus this semester. The majority of classes are in-person on campus. All students have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment. We continue to offer an Online First Year Program for students who prefer to learn remotely for their first year. Here’s a look at what learning together looks like for the spring 2022 semester.

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COVID-19 reporting requirement 

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. To learn more about CCAD’s COVID-19 Attendance Policy for students, click here

Face masks 

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. We strongly encourage our community to use a medical grade face covering, such as a surgical mask or an N95, KN95, or KF94 respirator.

In rare cases where face masks are not possible for a student, face shields or other alternatives may be requested by contacting Learning Support at [email protected]. Employees should contact Human Resources for any type of alternative solution to this requirement.

Respecting each other 
There are many reasons why a person may opt to wear a mask even if not required to do so. As a campus community, we encourage respect for individuals’ choices and ask that community members refrain from stigmatizing those who choose to wear a mask. 

Course offerings 

The majority of classes are in-person and on campus. We are offering fully online and asynchronous classes (without real-time interaction) and synchronous, remote classes (occurring in real time) via some Liberal Arts and select studio courses as well as our Online First Year Program, with the aim of promoting student choice. For more details about courses and scheduling for spring, click here.

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Access to CCAD facilities

All students, including first-year students, have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment. We continue to have health and safety measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but campus life more closely resembles what it has been in previous years. View campus hours.

Academic calendar notes 

The spring 2022 semester will begin as planned on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 and will end on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Health and safety protocols 

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and we plan to update our policies and plans to reflect any new information learned. CCAD plans to follow any local, state, or federal mandates. In addition, CCAD is closely following the CDC’s guidance for Institutions of Higher Education as well as guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. Here are some of the adjustments made on campus:

  • As announced on Sept. 1, with limited exceptions, CCAD is requiring all CCAD faculty, staff, and students to receive full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • All CCAD students, faculty, and staff should 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols:
    • Frequently touched surfaces on campus will be cleaned and disinfected daily by CCAD housekeeping personnel.
    • CCAD plans to follow cleaning and disinfection protocols once a sick person has left a space.
    • Students, faculty, and staff will be responsible for keeping their personal items and personal workspaces clean.
    • Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to disinfect communal desks, equipment, and other shared objects and surfaces before and after each use.
  • We will post signage in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs.
  • CCAD plans to ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible.
  • Protocols are in place for if there is a positive COVID-19 case on campus. This includes contact tracing, notifications to the CCAD community, and cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

For a more detailed description of CCAD's health and safety protocols for spring, read our Return to Campus Plan.

Vaccination information 

As announced Sept. 1, 2021, CCAD requires that all faculty, staff, and students receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There is a process for those who wish to seek medical and religious exemptions.

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  • Any employee seeking an exemption due to a medical or religious reason must contact Associate Vice President for Human Resources Beverly Thomas at [email protected] to begin the interactive accommodation process.
  • Students who wish to seek a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement should email [email protected] to start the request process. An exemption request requires qualifying documentation. Student exemptions will be reviewed and determined by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Athena Sanders.

CCAD also 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. 

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

Requesting the vaccination status of others
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.

COVID-19 testing program 

CCAD is partnering with BrightStar Care for its COVID-19 testing program in the spring. Faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated with an approved exemption will be tested weekly beginning the week of Jan. 17, 2022. We will also restart weekly, random testing of vaccinated faculty, staff, and students.

Contact tracing & reporting

CCAD plans to notify, to the best of our ability based on our contact tracing efforts, those in the CCAD community who have had close contact on campus (roommates, direct co-workers, etc.) with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. We also plan to notify local public health agencies. If an individual either self-identifies or is identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the appropriate administrative contact will contact the exposed individual to collect details about the exposure, which will inform directives about quarantine and other protocols.

More detailed information can be found in our Return to Campus Plan. CCAD will provide weekly updates regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases identified on campus via CCAD’s public health page.

Advising & Learning Support 

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].

Technology resources 

Library & Information Technology is committed to providing the technology resources and support that our students and faculty need for successful learning. Learn more below and access additional resources at Create Away.

The Technology Boot Camp in Moodle is a great way for new students to learn how to use CCAD technology and systems to be ready for the first day of class. Returning students can also use this course as a quick refresher.

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Packard Library 

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.

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.

Counseling & Wellness 

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.

Career Services 

Career Services will continue to offer students assistance with career planning, professional development, and more this spring. Find positions and schedule appointments in Handshake here. Want to get started on your professional development now? Career Services has guides, workshops, and a library of helpful sites on their resources page that you can access right now (note: you must be signed into your CCAD Google account). Questions? Contact [email protected].

Student organizations & special events 

The Student Engagement & Inclusion Office will offer on-campus events and activities 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.

Our Community Commitment  

At the heart of CCAD’s mission is our creative community. As we return to on-campus learning and activities, it’s important for us to find ways to engage in basic care for ourselves and for one another. Learn more.