Living Together

What to expect for the spring 2022 semester 

CCAD will once again welcome students to stay in the Design Square Apartments and Schottenstein Residence Hall this spring. 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.

CCAD’s on-campus housing is prioritized for new incoming and transfer students as well as students in their second year at CCAD. All residential students will be expected to attend a Residence Life & Housing welcome meeting to discuss present, and additional policies in further detail. Keep reading to learn more about what residence life looks like in the spring.

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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

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. We will also increase on-the-spot testing for students in on-campus residential housing who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Health & 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.

  • 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. 


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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.

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, 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.

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.

CCAD students living in CCAD residence halls may host one registered day time guest at a time. Students living in Schottenstein Residence Hall are permitted to host an overnight guest on weekends only. Design Square Apartment Residents may host an overnight guest any day of the week. Students in isolation or quarantine are not permitted to host a guest.


CCAD will provide food service options in the spring. We will follow local health department guidelines to ensure the safety of our community. All residential students are required to have a meal plan.


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

counseling and wellness door

Counseling & Wellness Center 

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 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.

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.

Have additional questions?
View our public health FAQ or contact [email protected].