Living Together

What to expect for the fall 2021 semester 

CCAD will welcome students to stay in the Design Square Apartments 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.

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 fall.

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Health & 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:

  • 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.

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. 

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.

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 guest at a time. The guest registration process and related policies will be shared with students during the initial move-in meetings. No guests are permitted prior to Aug. 30. Students living in Schottenstein Residence Hall are permitted to host overnight guests on weekends only. Design Square Apartment Residents may host overnight guests any day of the week. 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.

Dining 

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

Parking 

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 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.

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.

Have additional questions?
View our public health FAQ or contact housing@ccad.edu.