Our Community Commitment

At the heart of CCAD’s mission is our creative community. Now that we're back on campus, it’s important for us to find ways to engage in 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.

Our Community Commitment will be updated as our understanding of COVID-19 and related health recommendations evolve. Changes will be announced to CCAD’s community, and each community member is expected to remain apprised of these updates. Additional information on each of the areas outlined below can be found on CCAD Together, the gateway for information about CCAD’s response to COVID-19 and what spring 2022 will look like.

Our community commitment:

  • Avoid bias-based discrimination: The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked cognitive bias and discriminatory behaviors in society that target certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. The virus can and does impact individuals of any nationality, ethnicity, race, and gender. During this time of great uncertainty, we will treat our fellow peers, faculty, staff, and colleagues with the respect every human being deserves and not promote, participate in, or allow our own bias to impede the access and opportunity of others in our community.
  • Provide support: Recognizing that this is a stressful and overwhelming time, we will also do what we can to support others in our community by listening and assisting when we can. We will employ patience and understanding, knowing that this is a dynamic situation. We will make efforts to be part of the solution.
  • Transparent communication: We commit to providing regular and rapid information regarding the status of CCAD’s operations as the pandemic situation evolves. We will also commit to reading all information provided and follow COVID-19 reporting protocols.

Promoting behaviors that reduce the spread of the virus

  • Face mask: We will adhere to any local requirements regarding face coverings. 
  • Stay home: If any of us test positive for or have symptoms of, or have been potentially exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will stay home (or residential students will stay in their residence hall private room). If we have been on campus in the last 14 days prior to our awareness, we will follow the college’s protocols for isolation or quarantine, outlined in the Return to Campus Plan.
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: We will practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Contact tracing protocols: For those of us accessing campus, we will follow healthy hygiene behaviors to help protect our community from the virus. If any of us test positive for or have symptoms of, or have been potentially exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will follow the reporting protocol requirements and provide accurate and complete information to the appropriate COVID-19 Administrative Contact for our CCAD community member type. The Return to Campus Plan contains detailed information about these contacts and expectations.
  • Practicing daily self-care: To the best of our ability, we will support our overall wellness.
  • Social gatherings: Recognizing that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus, we will take precautions as needed when attending events or find ourselves in large crowds. We will practice physical distancing as much as possible and wear a mask. 
  • Cleaning habits: We will maintain healthy spaces by engaging in regular cleaning of high touch places and of items with which we interact that may be used later by others.

Maintaining healthy environments

  • Physical distancing: Recognizing that strict adherence will not always be possible, practical, or necessary, we will take precautions to keep space between each other whenever possible (6 feet of physical distancing, which is about two arm lengths).
  • Spaces on campus: We will adhere to guidelines in place for the use of spaces on campus and will abide by all posted signage around campus, including traffic flow signs. 

Maintaining healthy operations

  • Guests to campus: We will follow the college’s policies on campus guests. 
  • Accessing campus and buildings: We will use our ID card to swipe into each building and not let others in with our swipe to help CCAD monitor for contact tracing purposes.

If you have questions about these standards or other COVID-19-related policies, email CCAD at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of Jan. 6, 2022.