Learning Together


What to expect for the fall 2021 semester 

We are excited to have students back 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 fall 2021 semester.

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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 fall, click here.

Grants, fees & tuitions

We understand that students and families may continue to have questions about CCAD’s Retention Grant, fees, and tuition. Learn more here. If you have additional questions, please contact financialaid@ccad.edu.

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Access to CCAD facilities

All students, including first-year students, have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment this fall. 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 fall 2021 semester began as planned on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 and will end on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

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 will require all CCAD faculty, staff, and students to have received full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine of their choice by Friday, Oct. 15. 
    • Students who fail to submit proof of vaccination will be dropped from spring semester classes and will be required to move out of CCAD housing at the end of fall semester. 
    • Faculty and staff who do not submit proof of vaccination by the deadline will be terminated from employment at the end of day Friday, Dec. 17. Learn more
  • 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.
  • CCAD is partnering with BrightStar Care to continue random sample COVID-19 testing in the fall and all CCAD faculty, staff, and students will be part of the random testing pool. Those who are unvaccinated or have not shared their vaccination status will be tested more frequently than vaccinated individuals. Learn more
  • Due to rising concerns about the Delta variant, CCAD will require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear masks while indoors in the fall. Masks are not required outdoors. CCAD will monitor the CDC community transmission map and will communicate any adjustments to this requirement. Individuals are not permitted to make independent decisions about wearing masks. 
  • 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 fall, read our Return to Campus Plan.

Vaccination information 

In response to the FDA granting full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, known as Comirnaty, for individuals age 16 or older, CCAD has revised its vaccination policy. Under this new policy announced Sept. 1:

  • All faculty, staff, and students must submit proof of vaccination by Oct. 15. Community members can choose which COVID-19 vaccine they would like to get.
  • Individuals who get a vaccine that requires two doses must have the second dose by this date.
  • There will be a process for those who wish to seek medical and religious exemptions.
    • Any employee seeking an exemption due to a medical or religious reason must contact Associate Vice President for Human Resources Beverly Thomas at beverly.thomas@ccad.edu to begin the interactive accommodation process.
    • Students who wish to seek a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must complete this Student Exemption Request Form. The form requires qualifying documentation to be attached, details about which are addressed on the form. Student exemptions will be reviewed and determined by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Athena Sanders.

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. 

If proof of vaccination is not submitted by Oct. 15:

Students will be:

  • Tested weekly beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 25.
  • Dropped from spring semester classes on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and will not be allowed on campus beginning in spring semester. In such cases, any financial aid will be canceled and any payments refunded.
    • If a student is dropped from their spring 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.
  • Required to move out of CCAD housing by Saturday, Dec. 11. Housing deposits will not be refunded.
    • If a residential student is required to move out after fall but later submits proof of vaccination, housing is not guaranteed for spring semester. Inquiries should be sent to housing@ccad.edu.

Faculty and staff will be:

  • Tested weekly beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 25.
  • Terminated from employment at CCAD at the end of day Friday, Dec. 17.

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 to continue random sample COVID-19 testing in the fall. All CCAD faculty, staff, and students will be part of the random testing pool. 

Additionally, as part of CCAD's new vaccination requirement announced Sept. 1, if proof of vaccination is not submitted by Oct. 15, 2021, an individual, even one with a medical or religious exemption, will be tested for COVID-19 weekly beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 25. Please see our Return to Campus Plan for more information.

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, that individual will need to produce documentation that demonstrates they are fully vaccinated if they wish to avoid mandatory quarantine. If they do not or cannot produce documentation, they will be required to quarantine for the 10- or seven-day period, per our current 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.

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Face masks 

Due to rising concerns about the Delta variant, CCAD will require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear masks while indoors in the fall. CCAD will monitor the CDC community transmission map and will communicate any adjustments to this requirement. Individuals are not permitted to make independent decisions about wearing masks. 

In rare cases where face masks are not possible, face shields or other alternatives may be requested by contacting Learning Support at learningsupport@ccad.edu.

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. 

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

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.

Advising & Learning Support 

For Advising, current undergraduate students can schedule appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD. Graduate students should contact MFA Chair Kelly Malek-Kosak at kmalek-kosak@ccad.edu. Incoming students received information about fall schedules and pre-orientation advising in June via the Orientation office.

For matters related to disability accommodation, the Learning Support 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 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 and Google Meet at library@ccad.edu.

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 fall. 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 counseling@ccad.edu 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 fall. 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 careers@ccad.edu.

Student organizations & special events 

Student engagement is back in almost full swing this fall. The Student Government Association, sponsored student organizations, and general student organizations will be ready to welcome new members this fall. Welcome Week will be happening August 23–27 and will feature a full week of activities on campus to welcome students back to CCAD. Events include Maps and Snacks for students on Monday, a movie on the quad on Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday on Wednesday, the Student Engagement Fair on Thursday, and Welcome Fest on Friday, a large block party on the quad. Big Boo will also return this year with the addition of Spooky Week, a whole week of spooky activities on campus leading up to Big Boo, everyone's favorite Halloween party and costume contest. To learn more, visit the student engagement page on MyCCAD.