Learning Together


What to expect for the spring 2021 semester 

We know this is not the academic year you expected. It’s not what any of us expected, but the health and safety of our CCAD community is our top priority. While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for institutions of higher learning around the globe, including CCAD, it has not stopped us. Together we will discover solutions and continue to create, learn, and grow. Here’s a look at what learning together will look like for the spring 2021 semester.

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A primarily remote learning model 

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, CCAD announced in late October plans for spring 2021, including to slightly increase the number of courses requiring on-campus teaching and learning, dramatically increase campus access for upperclass and graduate students who want it, continue with fully online or remote learning for first-year students, and open more rooms in residence halls for those who need housing as well as upperclass students who want to return to Columbus for the semester. All of CCAD's plans are contingent on where Ohio and the world is during this unpredictable global pandemic. CCAD will follow guidelines set by the state of Ohio regarding COVID-19 prevention, which may impact our plans for spring.

Prior to the fall semester, we had several months of planning to accommodate for online classes. CCAD hired an Instructional Technologist & Designer dedicated to furthering the meaningful integration of technology, teaching and learning in an art and design setting. You can learn more about how CCAD approached taking on online learning in the fall here. 

Course offerings 

Classes in spring 2021 will continue to be offered in three different forms: hybrid (required in-person component), remote (synchronous, live virtual class meetings), and online (asynchronous, pre-recorded instruction). Students in remote and online classes will not be required to come to campus. They can successfully complete their coursework without the use of campus facilities. Students enrolled in specific hybrid classes may access campus at times noted for their course outside of the times noted above for general campus access. To view a list of hybrid classes, click here.  

Fees, tuitions & billing adjustments

We understand that students and their families have many questions about fees, tuition and billing adjustments. You can learn more about billing adjustments, CCAD’s Pandemic Grant and new Retention Grant, and more here. If you have additional questions, please contact financialaid@ccad.edu.

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Access to CCAD facilities

All upperclass students and graduate students will have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment this spring. Students in remote and online classes will not be required to come to campus. They can successfully complete their coursework without the use of campus facilities.

CCAD spaces will be available on a reservation-only, first-come, first-served basis through the web-based program, YouCanBook.Me. Students will be able to reserve blocks of time to use study spaces, computers, shops, and other facilities. Requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. This is so all students who choose to access campus can be accounted for in CCAD's random COVID-19 testing pool. CCAD's Safety & Security team will be monitoring campus to ensure that everyone who is accessing campus has reserved space in advance. For more details about CCAD's campus access plans for spring, click here. For building hours and links to reserve spaces, click here. Students will be able to begin making reservations for spring access beginning Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.

Academic calendar notes 

The spring semester begins as planned on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The first week of classes will be conducted remotely for everyone to allow time for testing and quarantining as needed. Hybrid courses will begin their in-person component the second week of classes, starting Monday, Jan. 25.

Spring Break

CCAD will have its regularly scheduled Spring Break March 15–19, 2021. All classes scheduled for March 22–26, the week following Spring Break, will be conducted remotely while another mandatory testing cycle is underway. 

Health and safety protocols 

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue 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: 

  • Students, faculty, staff, and any visitors are expected to monitor their health through daily, self-administered screening checks. Our approved vendor, Rave Guardian, will provide notification if you are approved to be on campus or if you should remain at home or in your dorm room until the symptoms pass. If you have a fever or any of the symptoms outlined in our Return to Campus Plan, please stay home.
  • CCAD is partnering with Lucid Labs for our COVID-19 testing program for the spring 2021 semester. Residential students, and any student accessing CCAD facilities for class or lab use will be required to submit to a baseline test in January, prior to the start of the semester and before accessing campus facilities, as well as participate in weekly randomized testing sampling when identified. 
  • Face masks are required for all individuals on CCAD’s campus, including those in outdoor spaces. This requirement includes visitors to our campus. More information about CCAD's face mask requirement can be found below. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols:  
    • Frequently touched surfaces in academic and administrative buildings and the common areas of residence halls will be cleaned and disinfected daily and between uses as much as possible 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 (e.g. cell phones and other electronics) and personal work spaces clean. All CCAD classrooms will be outfitted with a Cleaning Station. Cleaning Stations will also be located in shared office spaces and other central locations for staff offices.
    • Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to disinfect communal desks, equipment, and other shared objects and surfaces before and after each use.
  • We have modified office, classroom, studio, lab and other space layouts for desks and/or chairs to be at least six feet apart whenever feasible.
  • Signage encouraging physical distancing and reminders about healthy hygiene behaviors can be found throughout campus.
  • 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. Learn more here.  

For a more detailed description of CCAD's health and safety protocols for spring, read our Return to Campus Plan. For the latest public health updates, visit ccad.edu/publichealth

COVID-19 testing program 

New in the spring, CCAD is partnering with Lucid Labs for a COVID-19 testing program. Essential staff, other college employees who are scheduled to work on campus on a regular and ongoing basis, residential students, and any student accessing CCAD facilities for class or lab use will be required to submit to a baseline test in January, prior to the start of the semester and before accessing campus facilities, as well as participate in weekly randomized testing sampling when identified.

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. 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 email and on CCAD’s public health page.

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Face mask requirement 

Face masks are required for all individuals on CCAD’s campus, including those in outdoor spaces. This requirement includes visitors to our campus. Face masks must be worn at all times when outside of one’s private office or residence hall room. CCAD plans to provide 1–2 face masks for staff, faculty, and students who plan to be on campus free of charge. In rare cases where face masks are not possible, face shields or other alternatives may be requested by students by emailing learningsupport@ccad.edu

What to do if you’re feeling sick 

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s critical to stay home and follow these steps if you’re not feeling well. To learn more about CCAD’s COVID-19 Attendance Policy for students, click here

We’re here for you

While many of our student services will look different for spring 2021, we’re still here to serve students from afar. 

Advising & Learning Support 

To ensure that students have a robust, high-quality academic experience this semester, our Academic Advisors are available via virtual appointments to help keep our undergraduate students on track toward degree completion with academic plan and schedule guidance. The MFA Chair will be available to assist graduate students. Undergraduate students can schedule phone appointments with their advisor on the student portal. Graduate students should contact their chair.

For matters related to disability accommodations, Learning Support Office staff can be reached at learningsupport@ccad.edu.

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 at Create Away.

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Packard Library 

Packard Library will be open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. during spring semester for resource pickup and assistance. Online assistance is also available via email and Google Meet at library@ccad.edu, or through chat on our homepage during regular library hours.

Students have 24/7 access to Packard’s online collection of e-resources, including eBooks, databases, online journals, LibGuides, and more. Students in central Ohio can request books and other circulating items for contactless pickup in the Canzani Lower Level lobby outside the library. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and made available to other users. The library will not be lending out equipment this semester. For more information and resources for students living outside of central Ohio, click here.

Counseling & Wellness 

CCAD’s Counseling & Wellness Center is here to help students navigate challenging times, especially this one. Due to COVID-19, in-person services will not be scheduled. All CWC services will be telehealth over Zoom or phone. The Urgent Walk-In Hour has been replaced with 30-minute Single Session Therapy appointments offered throughout each day. Unfortunately, due to differences in state laws and therapist licensing, CWC therapists are not able to provide therapy for students who are located outside of Ohio, but can assist with consultation and help finding local support services. Learn more about CWC services for spring 2021 here

Career Services 

Career Services will continue to offer students assistance with career planning, professional development, and more. Adjustments for the spring 2021 semester include:

  • Advising appointments will be held virtually. Schedule appointments here.
  • The CCAD Connections Career Fair will be held virtually spring 2021 (date to be announced). There will also be virtual opportunities to interact with employers through the Recruiting on Campus or R.O.C. Show program.
  • CCAD’s Art Fair planning has begun for spring 2021. The date and format will be announced at a later date. Students will have the opportunity to submit their work to be considered. More details will be shared as they become available.
  • Students can review internships for credit requirements here. The deadline to apply for the spring internship course is Jan. 8, 2021. The deadline for summer is May 21, 2021.

Student organizations 

Student organizations are more important than ever and help create a sense of community among students spread across the country and around the globe. While in-person events are prohibited for spring 2021, virtual events are encouraged. All virtual events must be approved by Student Engagement & Inclusion before they can be advertised. To learn more, email studentengagement@ccad.edu

Our Community Commitment 

At the heart of CCAD’s mission is our creative community. During a time when it is not possible for us all to come together, it’s important for us to find ways to connect and focus on basic care for ourselves and for one another. Our Community Commitment contains components of CCAD’s Return to Campus Plan, including additional statements that are central to the concept of community care and respect. The goal of this commitment is to help facilitate a mutual understanding of the college’s health and safety expectations through a set of shared standards. Learn more here.