Living Together

What to expect for the fall 2021 semester 

CCAD will welcome students to stay in DSA and Schottenstein Residence Hall this fall. 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.

As a reminder, the process for applying for living in DSA 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. Keep reading to learn more about what residence life looks like in the fall.

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Health & safety protocols 

We are aware of changing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and State of Ohio regarding guidance on mask-wearing and other practices. At present, CCAD will maintain the health and safety measures it put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCAD will soon offer a voluntary process by which CCAD community members can report their vaccine status. This reporting, while voluntary, will be essential to informing our planning of health and safety protocols for fall 2021. More information on this process will be forthcoming. CCAD’s detailed Return to Campus Plan for fall, which will include updated health and safety protocols, will be shared in July. Learn more about CCAD's current health and safety protocols.

Vaccination information

As of now, while COVID-19 vaccines are administered under emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CCAD strongly encourages but does not require our community of students, faculty, and staff to get the vaccine.

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. We are closely monitoring updates about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan in Ohio and across the U.S. and will continue to update our community in the coming months on any potential changes to CCAD’s policy on COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Requesting the vaccination status of others
CCAD values the health privacy of our community. Unless it is a confidential (and potentially required) vaccination collection from the Student Affairs or Human Resources Office, no student or employee of the college should ask another student or employee to disclose their vaccine status.

COVID-19 testing program 

As of now, CCAD does not plan to do campus access entry quarantining or COVID-19 testing upon students’ arrival to campus in the fall. More information about whether or not CCAD will continue random COVID-19 sample testing in the fall will be announced this summer.

Contract tracing and 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.

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. 

Security and guests   

Residential students living in the Design Square Apartments or Schottenstein Residence Hall will have access to their respective living space 24 hours a day and will be supervised by a front desk assistant, CCAD Safety & Security officers, and a Resident Advisor. All residential students must show their ID to front desk staff at all times. Please continue to use the CCAD Safety & Security Office (614.222.6165) for emergency support when on campus. Call 911 for immediate assistance or if you’re off campus.

Beginning Friday, June 4, CCAD students living in CCAD residence halls may host guests. Students who are selected for random testing and miss their testing appointment will not be able to host a guest until they complete their COVID-19 testing. Students in isolation or quarantine are not permitted to host a guest. Students must register their guest with Housing & Residence Life in advance.


CCAD will provide food service options in the fall. All residential students are required to have a meal plan. More details about the health and safety protocols for fall will be shared in the Return to Campus Plan, which will be shared this summer. We rely on the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and will follow all recommendations as we plan for fall.  


For the 2021–22 academic year, parking permits must be purchased. Passes are available for daytime and overnight parking in CCAD parking lots. 

counseling and wellness door

Counseling & Wellness Center 

The Counseling & Wellness Center will continue to be available to students for counseling services this fall. More information will be available this summer about how the services will be delivered.

Please continue to use the CCAD Safety & Security Office (614.222.6165) for emergency support when on campus. Call 911 for immediate assistance or help off campus.

Student organizations 

Student Government Association will be active this fall and student organizations will be ready to welcome new members this fall. More information will be shared with students at the beginning of the semester. To learn more, email

Have additional questions?
View our public health FAQ or contact