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Information on this page is current as of July 1, 2020. This page will be updated every Wednesday or as the situation changes.


July 1, 2020 | COVID-19 update #31

More on CCAD’s return to campus
 

Today’s update includes information on how Columbus College of Art & Design staff, faculty, and students will return to CCAD’s campus in downtown Columbus while following best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Academic & Institutional Updates

CCAD, like most other institutions of higher learning around the globe, has been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic to think quickly and creatively about how to keep students safe while delivering them a rigorous education. 

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated to reflect any additional information. CCAD will follow any local, state, or federal mandates. In addition, CCAD is closely following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for Institutions of Higher Education as well as guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). 

The college’s four-part approach to being on-campus while maintaining community members’ health and safety includes:

  1. Promoting behaviors intended to reduce the virus’ spread.

Our full mask policy is still being developed and we will share those details when they're available, but know that masks will be required. CCAD will be: providing a limited amount of masks to students, faculty, and staff; supporting handwashing and hand sanitizing; asking those with diagnosed COVID-19, symptoms of the virus, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 to self-quarantine; and placing signage around campus that reinforces healthy behaviors.

  1. Maintaining healthy environments.

This shared responsibility to help keep the campus environment as safe as possible includes frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common areas; encouraging the circulation of outside air as much as possible; minimizing the use of water fountains; creating distancing, physical barriers, and guides to provide adequate space in classrooms, labs, and offices; and enacting stricter limits to the occupancy of shared spaces such as elevators. 

  1. Maintaining healthy operations.

For the fall 2020 semester, most CCAD students will take a combination of online courses and hybrid courses that encourage social distancing by blending remote education with learning in studios and labs. CCAD follows Ohio Department of Health policies regarding gathering size limits and other issues related to COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff who use public transportation or ride sharing are encouraged to follow CDC guidance regarding best practices when using these modes of transit. 

  1. Following policies and procedures should someone fall ill.

The college has reporting policies and procedures in place should someone fall ill or be exposed to someone who is ill. Those include plans for reporting illness transporting an ill person to a medical facility if needed, following cleaning and disinfection protocols once a sick person has vacated a campus space, and notifying government and health officials regarding such illness, as well as—to the college’s best ability—those in the CCAD community who may have had close contact with a person sickened by the coronavirus.

For detailed information on CCAD’s return-to-work on campus guidance for faculty and staff, head here. These guidelines are up-to-date as of Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and are subject to change.

#CCADcreateaway Update

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves. 


June 24, 2020 | COVID-19 update #30

No updates to report.

There are no new updates regarding CCAD’s response to COVID-19. CCAD’s next public health email is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1. For the latest news on the college’s response to the coronavirus, please visit ccad.edu/publichealth.


June 17, 2020 | COVID-19 update #29

Updates on CCAD’s return to campus this fall

Today’s update includes updates on CCAD’s return to campus for the fall as well as the latest news regarding COVID-19 testing availability in central Ohio.

Academic & Institutional Updates

  • CCAD will be inviting students to campus this fall. The college will be offering a combination of asynchronous online courses and synchronous face-to-face/online hybrid courses for students. 
  • The fall semester academic calendar will remain as planned, with the semester’s beginning and end sticking to their original dates. (That’s Monday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Dec. 11, respectively.) Unless there is a stay at home order, CCAD expects to have a Thanksgiving break and to bring students back to campus after that break. 
  • CCAD has study areas with wifi, as well as computer labs for students who need them. Learning support will be available to help with any needed accommodations for individual students.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will receive additional details about how the college community can and will take steps to lessen the risk COVID-19’s spread, including the use of masks and the practice of dedensification (that is, lowering the density)  in classrooms, labs, and studios.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will receive a limited amount of masks (1–2 per person) for use in preventing the spread of COVID-19. All are encouraged to make or procure additional masks for themselves if needed.
  • For additional details on what is planned for the fall 2020 semester and beyond at CCAD, please visit the Provost’s Page.
  • The majority of Columbus College of Art & Design staff will begin to return to campus on Monday, Aug. 10. The college is working with supervisors to develop staggered schedules, to identify positions to continue working remotely, and make any needed modification of spaces.

COVID-19 resources update

  • Testing for active COVID-19 cases is now more broadly available in central Ohio for those who are concerned they may have the virus. Visit the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard for information on where to go for a test. This does not include antibody testing. 

#CCADcreateaway update

  • CCAD community members continue to come together to share their work—and their day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic—on social using the hashtag #CCADcreateaway. Explore the hashtag, and tag your own contributions, too! Above, check out work by Neisha Holloway (Interior Architecture & Design, 2020) whose oil painting depicts a fellow member of CCAD's Class of 2020

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


June 10, 2020 | COVID-19 update #28

A date to return to campus, and more updates from CCAD

Today’s update includes information about most CCAD employees’ return to campus starting Aug. 10.

Academic & Institutional Updates

  • After several months of working remotely, the majority of Columbus College of Art & Design staff will begin to return to campus on Monday, Aug. 10
  • More information regarding faculty members’ return to work on campus will be forthcoming.
  • CCAD’s revised remote work policy is being drafted and incorporates feedback from the recent staff survey. The college understands that one size does not fit all for its employees or departments. Departments have different needs in terms of student interactions, employees’ ability to work from home, and the work space available on campus that may impact this return to work on campus.
    • The college will provide flexible arrangements for staff who may not be able to return to campus because of childcare needs or the health concerns for themselves or vulnerable people in their households.
  • CCAD will work with each area’s supervisors in the near future to discuss department-specific work solutions.
    • Some positions may be work-from-home for the foreseeable future, and some positions may have a staggered schedule that combines work on campus and remote work. 
    • The college also will modify workspaces as necessary.
  • CCAD’s general office hours (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., per the Staff Handbook) remain unchanged. However, there may be exceptions for specific departments or services.
  • CCAD will provide information, guidelines, and supplies for safely returning to campus. The college is following CDC Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education as well as the Ohio Department of Health for guidance and decision making. Therefore, CCAD is taking a four-part approach to reopening the campus as recommended by the CDC. In the coming weeks, the college will provide more detailed guidance on how CCAD will: 

            1. Promote behaviors that reduce spread of COVID-19
            2. Maintain healthy environments
            3. Maintain healthy operations
            4. Plan for and be prepared for when someone gets sick

#CCADcreateaway update

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.

June 3, 2020 | COVID-19 update #27

COVID-19 & budget reductions 

Today’s update includes information on budget reductions for the coming fiscal year, a resolution about racism’s impact on public health, and resources to minimize exposure to COVID-19. 

Academic & Institutional Updates

#CCADcreateaway update

  • CCAD faculty, staff, and students continue to share their creative endeavors and day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic on social media using the hashtag #CCADcreateaway. Such contributions include this drawing by Fine Arts Associate Professor Julie Abijanac (Fine Arts, 1992), who made the drawing below based on microscopic images of COVID-19

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


May 27, 2020 | COVID-19 update #26

Updates to CCAD’s planning for fall

Preview text: Surveys of students, faculty & staff help shape plans for instruction & return to on-campus work

Today’s update includes information on CCAD’s planning for future instruction and surveys of students, faculty, and staff.

Academic & Institutional Updates

  • CCAD is analyzing responses to student and faculty surveys regarding the move to remote learning in spring 2020. This transition had to happen quickly, and now the college is looking at what worked well and what could be improved. While CCAD intends to return to on-campus instruction in the fall, this research will support quality instruction in the event of any future need for remote learning.
  • Likewise, CCAD recently conducted a survey of its staff to discuss planning for a return to work on campus in preparation for fall semester. The college will continue to follow science-based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health and, as previously announced, will communicate a plan on Wednesday, June 10, for employees’ gradual return to working on campus in preparation for the fall semester

#CCADcreateaway update

  • CCAD community members continue to share their work—and their daily experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic—on social media using the hashtag #CCADcreateaway. Contributions include the drawing Destination, by Kaitlyn Burrows (Illustration, 2023).

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


May 20, 2020 | COVID-19 update #25

What Ohio’s latest health orders mean for CCAD 

Today’s update includes details on a new health order from Gov. Mike DeWine, a reminder of CCAD’s timeline for announcing a return-to-work plan, and an update on plans for residence halls in the fall.

Academic & Institutional Updates

  • Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s May 19 health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. CCAD community members are encouraged to continue to take precautionary measures such as wearing masks, practicing physical/social distancing, refraining from touching their faces, and practicing frequent handwashing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control
  • As previously announced on May 6, CCAD will communicate a plan for employees’ gradual return to working on campus in preparation for the fall semester by Wednesday, June 10. This plan will be gradual and will be designed to accommodate those with continuing needs in terms of childcare, personal or family health concerns, and other matters. CCAD will follow the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Protocols for returning to work, as well as guidance from the CDC and Gov. DeWine’s office. 
  • CCAD leadership continues to examine scenarios for housing students and other residential matters for fall 2020.
  • CCAD offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. CCAD Safety & Security will be available by calling 614.222.6165. 

#CCADcreateaway update

  • CCAD community members continue to come together to share their work—and their day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic—on social using the hashtag #CCADcreateaway. Below, check out a still of work by Loren West (Animation, 2020) who used a rotoscope technique in the creation of their experimental animation, Cats.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


May 13, 2020 | COVID-19 update #24

CARES Act update, College Preview, and summer classes for kids & teens  

Today’s update includes details on CARES Act grants for students as well as the cancelation of CCAD’s 2020 College Preview program and of summer classes for children and teens.

Academic & Institutional Updates

  • Students who receive emergency financial aid courtesy of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will not have that grant counted toward their gross income (and therefore will not have to pay income tax on it), according to the IRS.
  • CCAD has decided to cancel the July Creative Summer Workshops and CCAD Film & Video Camp for children and teens in a commitment to the health and safety of our students and community. Those who have already registered will receive a full refund. To learn more about our classes for youth and teens, click here. To learn more about our non-degree adult classes, click here. 
  • CCAD also has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 College Preview program. Registrants will receive a full refund. For more information, contact Jordan Smith at jsmith.9@ccad.edu.
  • CCAD offices will be closed on Friday, May 15. CCAD Safety & Security will be available by calling 614.222.6165. 

#CCADcreateaway update

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


May 7, 2020 | COVID-19 update #23

CCAD has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 College Preview program scheduled for July 12–Aug 1 this year. Registrants will receive a full refund. For more information, contact Jordan Smith at jsmith.9@ccad.edu


May 6, 2020 | COVID-19 update #22

A look at what’s next for CCAD

Today’s update includes an update and information on the return of staff and faculty to campus, details about student moves in and out of our residence halls, and information regarding the impact of Gov. DeWine’s budget announcements on CCAD.
 

Academic & Institutional updates

  • Gov. Mike DeWine’s May 5 announcement about state budget cuts, including reductions to education, do not directly impact CCAD for the fiscal year ending June 2020. Students who have already received money for the 2019–20 academic year from the Ohio College Opportunity Grant will still have those funds. 
  • CCAD will communicate a plan for a gradual return to work for the summer in preparation for the fall semester by Wednesday, June 10. This plan will be gradual and will be designed to accommodate those with continuing needs in terms of childcare, personal or family health concerns, and other matters. CCAD will follow the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Protocols for returning to work, as well as guidance from Gov. DeWine’s office. 
  • In the meantime, CCAD faculty, staff, and others are discouraged from visiting campus unless necessary or required for their job function. With limited exceptions, Ohio law requires face coverings at work. All community members are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control guidance regarding hand hygiene, with frequent and thorough hand washing considered the best, most effective option. CCAD also is reviewing the configuration of campus workspaces to meet the Responsible Protocols guidance regarding no more than 50% office occupancy, six-foot spacing, and barriers if needed.
  • CCAD continues to examine how the college can transition into the fall semester. That includes considering and evaluating such scenarios as:
    • Staggered access to labs (including computer, glass, and ceramics labs).
    • Reconfiguring and relocating classroom spaces to enable physical distancing among students, faculty, and staff. 

Residence Life updates

  • Student move-out and move-in for Design Square Apartments will take place this weekend with the assistance of Residence Life staff, who will be there to ensure a safe and distanced process while also welcoming our summer residents. Students also have been provided guidance for best practices in moving out, and are encouraged to use this checklist from the ODH to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

#CCADcreateaway update

CCAD community members continue to share their work, life, and work-life on social media through #CCADcreateaway. The contributions also include an ongoing series by Staff Photographer Ty Wright featuring members of the CCAD community whose portraits are taken from just outside of their homes. These uniquely CCAD images include this photo of Master of Fine Arts Chair Kelly Malec-Kosak with her husband, Dan Malec-Kosak.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


April 29, 2020 | COVID-19 update #21

What Gov. DeWine’s latest guidance means for CCAD

Today’s update includes details about returning to campus, our emergency fund for students, and CARES Act updates, as well as follow-ups on spring semester’s grading scale, Virtual Admitted Students Week, and #ccadcreateaway.

Academic & Institutional updates

  • Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans for a phased-in approach to reopening the state for business, beginning this Friday, May 1. CCAD does not intend to return to campus then, or by Monday, May 4, the date referenced in Monday’s press conference regarding the opening of general offices. Updates on when staff and faculty will begin to go back to the campus are forthcoming.
  • CCAD’s transition to remote learning for the spring semester was quick, and under the creative leadership of the deans and provost, the college continues to ensure that our students' education, as well as their health and safety, remain paramount as we move forward with the groundwork for fall semester, which begins on Monday, Aug. 24. The college’s academic leadership is planning for multiple fall-semester scenarios, which include in-person learning, remote learning, or a hybrid of the two, and will likely be decided largely by requirements or recommendations from Gov. DeWine expected to come in the near future. Whichever the scenario, given additional planning time and the experience of the spring semester, the college expects for an even smoother transition for the start of the 2020–2021 academic year.
  • As previously shared, CCAD will continue its regular letter grades for this semester. This decision against moving to pass/fail grading was made in consideration of the needs of the student body as a whole and with an understanding of the negative impact pass/fail grades would have on those students working to maintain or improve their GPAs, as well as for students who need letter grades in order to successfully apply to graduate school. The college does, however, understand that individual students have a range of challenges and have asked that the faculty consider that as part of the grading process. More details on Academic Affairs’ decisions and guidance regarding spring 2020 grading were shared in the April 27 Public Health update.

CARES Act updates

  • As part of the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, passed on March 21, colleges and universities like CCAD will receive funds to help relieve students of some of the financial challenges caused by COVID-19.
  • CCAD will receive a total of $1,168,931. Half of that money will be distributed directly to students per the federal guidelines, prioritizing need and speed of distribution, and the other half will be used by the institution to partially make up for losses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, also according to the federal guidelines. 
  • For eligible students, payment will be made electronically via direct deposit, or sent via mail, by Friday, May 8. Checks put in the mail may take longer to arrive. 

Graduation 2020

  • Virtual Graduation will be held online on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. Details on the plans for graduation, as well as an opportunity for the graduates-to-be to contribute to the day’s plans, can be found at ccad.edu/2020graduation.
  • CCAD’s graduation fees cover the cost of graduating. CCAD’s graduation fee goes towards graduates’ regalia (cap and gown), graduation announcements, official records and diplomas, and typically, some small components of commencement. 
  • There are alternatives for students who cannot receive mail. Students who are in this situation should email Registrar Michele Kibler at registrar@ccad.edu.  
  • The swag package for our graduates is organized, funded, and distributed by the CCAD Alumni Office. The funding for this package is not connected to the graduation fee, and the items were planned and ordered several months ago. 

Resources for CCAD community members

CCAD continues to gather a listing of free and reduced-cost resources to provide additional support for our community in areas such as mental and physical health, employment, entertainment, and grants and support for artists. 

Events update

The college has successfully completed its first-ever Virtual Admitted Students Week to welcome incoming students. The event had 215 guests attend, and we know that many students were watching with their families, so likely even more people were able to take advantage of the offerings. The weeklong event’s activities featured a Q&A with CCAD President Melanie Corn; 16 faculty-led sessions, including "What to Expect in your Core Courses," "AdGraph Career Exploration," and "Animation Project Management 101: From Procrastination to Organization;” a Financial Aid presentation; and a current student panel. 

Below is an example of work created during the event, by incoming student Sianiris Lopez-Velazquez.

#CCADcreateaway update

#CCADcreateaway is a virtual space for the CCAD community to document their working life and creative projects. In short order, this lively space has become home to personal, lively, humorous, investigative, and thoughtful work by students, faculty, and staff. The ingenuity on display includes work like this headpiece by Dani DeBolt (Interior Architecture & Design, 2022) for Adjunct Faculty Mary Skrenta’s Intro to Jewelry class. The assignment for the project asked students to alter their studio techniques and adapt them to new ways of making, using whatever they could get their hands on. Research, design, and material exploration were included in the process.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


April 27, 2020 | COVID-19 update #20

 

Information on spring 2020 grading

We know that some in the CCAD community may have questions about CCAD’s decision to continue its regular letter grades for this semester, given that some institutions have converted to pass-fail grading. We also understand that some students have requested such grading because of their stress and anxiety associated with classes being held remotely. 

Academic Affairs considered pass-fail grading but after careful consideration, opted against it for several reasons. The drawbacks of this option include: 

  • Since pass/fail grades do not carry a GPA, students working toward improving their GPAs this semester in order to avoid probation or dismissal would remain in poor academic standing. They might even have their graduation jeopardized if they could not meet the minimum GPA required. And at CCAD, the Satisfactory Academic Progress required for financial aid includes a GPA calculation. 
  • Some schools only convert C grades or higher to a pass and lower grades to a fail. That would be detrimental to many of our students. This would mean that those that have struggled the hardest would be hurt the most. 
  • Pass/fail grades are not typically accepted as transfer credit. They also are not typically accepted if a student applies to graduate school, particularly for capstone or thesis classes. So while pass/fail may seem preferable now, it may not benefit a student in the years to come. 

Academic Affairs’ main concerns have been to maintain the motivation to achieve the learning outcomes needed for the profession or the next level of study. We do, however, understand that individual students have a wide range of challenges. We have asked that the faculty take the challenges that students will face during this time into consideration in the grading process. 


April 20, 2020 | COVID-19 update #19

Columbus College of Art & Design is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community members. Given the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our non-degree classes for adults and children for the month of June. Those include Creative Summer Workshops, as well as our CCAD Film & Video Camp for children and teens.

Those who have already registered will receive a full refund.

Registration for July classes remains open. We are continually evaluating the changing situation, and are hopeful that we can provide our excellent summer programming in person in July. Should those classes be canceled, however, anyone who has registered will receive a full refund.

To learn more about our summer classes for youth and teens, click here. To learn more about our non-degree adult classes, click here. 


April 17, 2020 | COVID-19 update #18

Columbus College of Art & Design is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community. While the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change along with federal and state guidance rules, at present, the college plans to start the fall 2020 semester as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24. In preparation for that date, CCAD leadership is carefully looking at a return to campus while following best practices for public health. Potential College adaptations and contingency plans include:

  • Reconsidering class sizes and meeting times to allow for social distancing.
  • New protocols for Facilities in regards to shared equipment and gear to ensure cleanliness.
  • Adapting residence hall room assignments and the dining hall experience to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Preparation for online content in case of a stay-at-home order. 

In the meantime, CCAD’s summer 2020 classes for undergraduate and graduate students will be held online. Updates and plans for CCAD’s summer classes for children and teens, including Creative Summer Workshops, CCAD Film & Video Camp, and CCAD College Preview, will be forthcoming.

Please note that all of the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.

 


March 22, 2020 | COVID-19 update #17

Today, Governor DeWine issued a “Stay at Home” order which requires all Ohioans to stay at home and limit trips to essential errands and work only. The order will go into effect Monday, March 23, at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty and staff should check their email for further clarification on this order and how it applies to CCAD.


March 20, 2020 | COVID-19 update #16

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

  • Please be aware that recent reports from such outlets as The New York Times have revealed that younger adults (ages 20–54) make up nearly 40% of patients requiring hospitalization for coronavirus treatment.  
  • As always, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health are your best resources for advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping you and your community safe.
  • Visit ccad.edu/publichealth for the latest on CCAD’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Events updates

CCAD is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community. Following the guidance of state and federal officials, we have canceled this year’s in-person presentations of Chroma: Best of CCAD (originally scheduled for Thursday, May 7), the CCAD Fashion Show (originally scheduled for Friday, May 8), and Commencement (originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9). Chroma and Commencement will instead be moved to an online, virtual presentation. The Fashion Show will be entirely canceled for 2020. Details below:

  • Chroma
    • 2020 Chroma: Best of CCAD is going online. While our in-person event has been canceled, we are committed to sharing our students’ work in a virtual exhibition at ccad.edu/chroma. Work will be presented on an ongoing basis later this spring as work is completed.
    • In addition, we’ll celebrate our undergraduate Fine Arts seniors’ thesis work at ccad.edu/bfathesis. The seniors’ work was originally scheduled to be shown in physical galleries on our campus on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester; now they will be documented in the galleries and presented online.
  • Fashion Show
    • The 2020 CCAD Fashion Show has been canceled, but we look forward to sharing the work of our Fashion Design seniors online. 
  • Commencement 
    • We are canceling Commencement’s in-person celebration and we will celebrate online instead, with live streaming and social/web components. Class of 2020, friends, and family: Please keep Saturday, May 9, open on your schedule. We will be sharing updated plans for celebrating the Class of 2020’s graduation in the days to come.
    • For those who wish, there also will be an in-person event in the fall that will provide graduates an opportunity to walk.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.

March 19, 2020 | COVID-19 update #15

Event updates

CCAD is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community. Following the guidance of state and federal officials, we have canceled in-person presentations of our 2020 Spring Art Fair (originally scheduled for Saturday, April 11) and our 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition. The Art Fair and MFA thesis show will move online. Details below:

CCAD Art Fair

  • Join us on Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 12, at 11:59 p.m. when we will present our Virtual Spring Art Fair at ccad.edu/artfair. This juried selection of work by our talented students and alumni is a first in CCAD’s 141-year history. We look forward to celebrating our artists and designers in an online forum. 
  • At a time of economic uncertainty, we’re proud to say that all sales from this virtual show will go directly to the vendors themselves. 

2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

  • Visit ccad.edu/mfathesis to see work by our graduating Master of Fine Arts students. We’ll be sharing installation and detail shots of work by these artists, who are presenting the culmination of their two years of work in our cross-disciplinary thesis program. 
  • To be notified of when the website is populated with their work, please sign up for our exhibitions and events newsletter at this link.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 18, 2020 | COVID-19 update #14

Fee refunds and student employment updates

Columbus College of Art & Design is a non-profit institution and understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our students academically as well as financially. And to the best of our ability–understanding our need to be fiscally responsible in how we steward the college through these challenging times–we intend to be attentive to our students’ needs by initiating several types of refunds. With that in mind, we announce the following refunds, which collectively represent a $1 million reduction in the college’s income.

Residential room fee refunds

  • Students who choose to move out of student housing will receive partial refunds based on their move-out date. 
  • As a reminder, all residential students must fill out the Move Out Form. If students intend to move out, the deadline to move out is 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Dining plan refunds

  • Residential students who choose to move out of the residence halls will receive partial refunds on their meal plans dating back to when they moved out. 
  • Commuter students with meal plans may continue to use their meal plan or can choose to cancel their plan. Those who choose to cancel their plan should email studentaffairs@ccad.edu to initiate this cancellation, which will result in a partial refund of the remaining plan. The student’s full name should be included in the email.
  • Staff members who have purchased meal plans this semester will have their unused credits carried over into the 2020–2021 academic year.

All refunds will be reflected on student accounts and applied to existing balances first before refund payments are issued. 

  • Refunds may be applied to costs associated with the 2020–2021 academic year, should students choose. Please contact financialaid@ccad.edu.
  • The exact amount of these refunds will vary by student, and we will begin processing these as soon as possible. Most refunds will be processed within the next two weeks. Students should check their accounts on Self-Service for updates.

Some things will not be refunded. 

Tuition and technology fees cannot be refunded. These are currently supporting the delivery of instruction, and the technology that the faculty is using to support students in earning credits for spring semester.  

Student employment updates

  • CCAD will pay all student employees through March 31, with the exception of Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Teaching Assistants, whose work and pay will continue for the remainder of the semester. Students with emergency hardships should review the CCAD Student Emergency Fund policy on MyCCAD and submit a request using the online form. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis and processed once a week, if approved.

Lab fee refunds

  • Students who are enrolled in a course with a lab fee will receive a 50% refund on that fee.

Parking fee refunds

  • Residential students who choose to move out and have paid for a parking pass will receive a partial refund based on their move-out date from the residence halls. 
  • Commuter students who choose to cancel their parking permit should email bursar@ccad.edu to initiate this cancellation. Those refunds will be based on the date they request parking cancellation.

Academic updates

  • Labs and studios remain closed until the end of the semester, as opposed to April 19, which was previously communicated. 

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to work from home

  • Given the continually evolving situation and the latest news from the Ohio governor’s office, all faculty and staff should work from home until the end of the semester (and until further notice) unless they have a specific need to be on campus. Specific questions should be addressed to supervisors. If you do need to be on campus, you must take your temperature before coming to campus, and if your temperature is above 100 degrees, please let your supervisor know that you are staying home. 

Outside resources for the CCAD community

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 17, 2020 | COVID-19 update #13

Health, Safety, & Institutional updates

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. CCAD puts students first, and we are committed to their education. 

  • In order to ensure social distancing, as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, students will not have badge access to CCAD buildings and labs. Residential students will continue to have access to their building of occupancy, and Schottenstein residents will continue to have access to DSA for food service. If students need additional access, they can contact Safety & Security at 614.222.6165 to get their belongings. 
  • Faculty & Staff will have limited access to buildings from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. but are still strongly encouraged to work from home.

Resources for remote learning

  • Students, faculty, and staff can go to ccad.edu/createaway for IT tools. This web page is being updated multiple times a day.

Finance-related updates

  • We know that many of you have questions and requests regarding fees and tuition as well as student employment. Unfortunately, we have no updates today, but please have patience as we work as rapidly and responsibly as possible to provide you with answers.
  • For the time being, the most effective way to reach the Registrar and Financial Aid teams is by using their general email addresses—registrar@ccad.edu and financialaid@ccad.edu

Student Affairs updates 

Click here for our FAQs for students and other community members.

  • Residential students: Please complete the move-out survey from Residence Life & Housing if you haven’t done so already. All residential students must complete this survey, whether you are moving out or need to stay. Email housing@ccad.edu with questions. 
  • Advising and registration for summer and fall 2020 classes will continue as scheduled. Students should be sure to register on Self-Service during their registration access window. Sophomores are eligible to register until Sunday, March 22. Freshman can begin registering Monday, March 23 to Sunday, March 29. Students can schedule phone appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD

Event-related updates

  • CCAD is looking at the cancellation, migration, and rescheduling of events—including signature end-of-year events—on a case-by-case basis. We appreciate your patience and will communicate details this week. 
  • Find current information on all CCAD events here

Academic Updates

  • The Writing, Math, and Art History Center will reopen next week for appointments, which will be conducted remotely via Google Hangouts video and Google docs rather than face to face at the KH206 location. Students can continue to sign up for appointments here. Follow the instructions to join the Google Hangout at the time of the appointment.

Resources from GCAC

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 16, 2020 | COVID-19 update #12

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. CCAD puts students first, and we are committed to their education. There now have been multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Columbus. 

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

  • As of Monday, March 16, Ohio is in alignment with the CDC recommendation that event organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events consisting of 50 or more people. Further, the US government recommends that Americans not gather in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Due to the recommendations made by our local and national government, and because we are not yet at the peak of this virus, CCAD classes will be conducted remotely through the end of the semester.
  • Labs and studios will close starting this Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m., through Sunday, April 19. 

Student Affairs & Residence Life updates

  • Students living in Schottenstein Residence Hall or Design Square Apartments are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residences if possible, but may continue to live on campus. A further communication will follow with specific details for residential students. 
  • The Market will operate under limited hours for the time being. Because of state restrictions, food will be take-out only. Dining in The Market will not be permitted. The Market’s new hours, effective 3/17 are:
    • Breakfast | 8–9 a.m.
    • Lunch | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Dinner | 5–6:30 p.m.
  • Per an announcement today from Gov. Mike DeWine, the fitness facilities in Schottenstein and Design Studio Apartments are closed.
  • For matters related to disability accommodation, the Learning Support staff can be reached at learningsupport@ccad.edu. Please visit the FAQ section to find more details.
  • Advising and registration for summer and fall 2020 classes will continue as scheduled. Students should be sure to register on Self-Service during their registration access window. Sophomores are eligible to register until Sunday, March 22. Freshman can begin registering Monday, March 23 to Sunday, March 29. Students can schedule phone appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD.

Academic updates

  • By the end of the week, CCAD will send details to students on how we will be conducting remote instruction. 

Library & Information Technology updates 

  • Faculty and staff who need help with Institutional Technology can go to ccad.edu/createaway.
  • Packard Library will close starting Tuesday, March 17. Library staff, however, will continue to provide limited hours for faculty to check out materials. Librarians remain available to assist faculty as we move to remote learning. For more information on how to access library services email: library@ccad.edu 
  • All items have been renewed until mid-April for the time being. Packard Library is fine-free as of this semester. People may still return items via the book drop, and in the future, there will be other opportunities to return materials.

Event updates

  • CCAD is looking at events—including signature end-of-year events—on a case by case basis.
  • Find current information on all CCAD events here

Mental health support 

  • If you are struggling with mental health or substance abuse concerns, we want you to stay healthy and well. Please reach out to your healthcare provider or contact the Ohio Department of Health to learn about telehealth support by calling 1.833.4ASKODH.
  • Although CCAD’s Counseling & Wellness Center is not open during this unprecedented time, they have a list of resources, should any CCAD community member need help with mental health needs. Please visit the FAQ page for a link to a list of resources. If you ever feel unsafe and need immediate assistance, please call 911 immediately.

How to help

In difficult times, it can be hard to know what to do. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Because of blood drive cancellations, the American Red Cross is in need of donors. You can sign up to give blood here.
  • Check in on your neighbors, especially older or otherwise vulnerable people. Mutual Aid Central Ohio is collecting information for those who are in need and those who can assist. Sign up here
  • There are also Mutual Aid groups in Dayton/Miami Valley and Southeast Ohio.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 15, 2020 | COVID-19 update #11

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. CCAD puts students first, and we are committed to their education.

  • There now have been multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Columbus.
  • There is no new college-wide news. Staff, please check your email for an update specific to you.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 14, 2020 | COVID-19 update #10

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

As always, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. CCAD puts students first, and we are committed to their education. 

  • Though health experts acknowledge the virus has likely been present for a while now, there is now a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Columbus
  • The CCAD COVID-19 Coordination Team is working every day to consider CCAD’s options, stay on top of this situation, and be proactive in decision making.
  • For updates on coronavirus in Ohio visit coronavirus.ohio.gov
  • If you are struggling with mental health or substance abuse concerns, we want you to stay healthy and well. Please reach out to your healthcare provider or contact the Ohio Department of Health to learn about telehealth support by calling 1.833.4ASKODH.
  • For details on best practices for protecting yourself and your community, visit the CDC.

How to help | A request from the Ohio Secretary of State
More than 35,000 Ohioans are poll workers, and typically, most of those volunteers are senior citizens. Because of concerns regarding the virus, many older poll workers have opted out of volunteering for the primary elections here in Ohio on Tuesday, March 17. 

The office of the Secretary of State has requested that we and other Ohio colleges and universities share with students its need for volunteers’ help during this critical time. Students can do their part during this challenging time and defend democracy by signing up to be poll workers at ohiosos.gov/defenddemocracy

By exercising best practices from the Ohio Department of Health, polling locations and voting machines will be clean, but the state needs the people necessary to run a safe and secure election.

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 13, 2020 | COVID-19 update #9

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

As always, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. CCAD puts students first, and we are committed to their education. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Columbus at this time. 

Staff updates

  • We recognize that our staff may be concerned about their access to time off for illness, childcare, kin care, and other pressing needs. We at CCAD are committed to supporting our employees and are working through details to address these concerns. Thank you for your patience.
  • As previously announced, we have updated our staff vacation policy, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Staff, please check your inbox if you have not yet seen details.

Student Affairs updates

Click here for our FAQs for students and other community members.

  • If you submitted a housing application for the 2020–2021 academic year and are participating in the housing selection on Friday, March 20, the in-person component of selection has been canceled. Residence Life & Housing staff will move forward with housing selection using assigned lottery numbers. If you have questions, email housing@ccad.edu.
  • CCAD has not made changes to its residential operation. 
  • During this time (and until further notice):
    • The Market will open for dinner Sunday, March 15, with regular operations resuming Monday, March 16.
    • Aramark, CCAD’s food service vendor, has activated their pandemic protocols. While this may result in fewer options and limitations to self-serve practices, these measures are necessary for the health and safety of diners and food service employees.
    • For dietary needs, please speak with an employee in the Market to address your needs. 
    • Crane Café and Ampersand Emporium will remain closed.

Event-related updates

  • Find current information on all CCAD events here
  • CCAD is committed to following CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidance and restrictions regarding mass gatherings. Ohio’s governor has banned gatherings of 100 or more people. CCAD is committed to following this order. 

Academic updates

  • By the end of next week, CCAD will send details to faculty and students on how we will be conducting remote instruction. 
  • The rules, timelines, and hours for lab and studio access are the same for the week of March 16 as they were during Spring Break. Additional updates on lab and studio access post Spring Break will come next week.
  • Packard Library will maintain regular Spring Break hours next week. During this time the library is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on weekends.

Continuing & Professional Studies updates

Students in our Saturday Morning Art Classes and non-degree weekday classes are a valuable part of our CCAD community, and their health and safety is our top priority. We understand that the last-minute cancelation of these classes, while necessary, was a disruption to our students and their families and are offering vouchers for use in upcoming classes. The details of that offer are below:

  • 20% off voucher for an upcoming class for those who lost two classes due to cancelation for use by December 31, 2020
  • 10% off voucher for an upcoming class for those who lost one  class due to cancelation for use by December 31, 2020
  • Promo codes will be emailed to impacted students in July for our Fall 2020 classes.
  • Questions can be sent to Christine Hill, Director of Continuing & Professional Studies, at chill@ccad.edu

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 12, 2020 | COVID-19 update #8

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

As always, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. CCAD puts students first, and we are committed to their education. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Columbus at this time. 

We appreciate your partnership and patience in this important and urgent effort, and will keep you updated as the situation evolves and more information becomes available. 

  • The CCAD COVID-19 Coordination Team is meeting daily and planning for multiple scenarios.
  • All of CCAD’s information and updates can be found on ccad.edu/publichealth.
  • At this point, CCAD is committed to ending the semester on time and ensuring students have what they need to complete their courses.
  • CCAD’s move to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23, follows official guidance and is intended to help spread the slow of disease. Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for guidance on how to do so.
  • Likewise, CCAD is committed to following CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidance and restrictions regarding mass gatherings. The Governor of the State of Ohio says that we will not be able to gather 100 or more people together, and CCAD is committed to following this order. 
  • If you have concerns about your or a loved one’s health and safety in regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit the CDC and/or the Ohio Department of Health for more guidance.

Staff updates

We appreciate the dedication our staff has to our students and to keeping the CCAD family and the community as a whole safe and healthy. 

  • Although CCAD and many other colleges have moved to remote learning, the college remains open. However, if employees are pulled away from work for health care or family needs, you may use your sick time allowance to take the time you need.
  • If you are a staff member who has used all of your sick time and need to care for yourself or a family member, please contact Human Resources by emailing humanresources@ccad.edu or calling 614.222.3244.
  • If you are a staff member who is at risk for COVID-19, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources about possible options.
  • If you are a staff member who would prefer to practice social distancing, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources about possible options.

Student Worker updates

Student workers are a key part of operations at CCAD, and at this time, the college will continue to provide work for its current student employees. The following currently applies:

  • Student workers can continue to work their regular number of hours if their duties are still ongoing. 
  • Student workers will have the option to be reassigned to different departments if their regular duties are no longer needed at this time. Student workers should contact their supervisor for other opportunities, and then contact Human Resources for next steps.
  • Pay for student worker jobs is contingent on hours worked. 

Student Affairs

There are no new Student Affairs updates, but students may go here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. 

Event-related updates

Find current information on all CCAD events here

  • Exhibitions of work by our Fine Arts students will continue as planned, however, students should not invite the public via social media for openings to these exhibitions. Reasonable-sized gatherings of family and friends—invited privately—are acceptable. 
  • Independent Reel: Gary Dunham on Friday, March 27, is canceled.
  • The Graduate Studies Info Night for Monday, March 30, has been canceled. 
  • The poetry reading with Kristi Maxwell and Lo Kwa-Mein on Thursday, April 2, has been canceled.
  • Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Thursday, March 19, and Thursday, April 2, have been canceled.
  • The Admitted Students Day previously scheduled for Saturday, April 4, will become a Virtual Admitted Students Day on another date. More information will follow.
  • The CCAD Health Fair originally scheduled on Friday, April 24, will be rescheduled for June.

The following student events have been canceled:

  • All Student Organization activities are canceled until further notice. 
  • All Resident Assistant (RA) programming through Monday, March 23, as well as RA open door hours for residents
  • Tuesday, March 17 | Shami-Shakes
  • Friday, March 27 | Cartoon Cravings, Residence Life’s collaboration program with The Market
  • Friday, March 27 | CCAD’s Got Talent
  • Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 |Student Engagement & Inclusion Retreat

In addition, the following student events will be postponed, with updates to be announced at a later date:

  • Tuesday, March 17 & Friday, March 27 | Senior Headshots

There are no changes for the following events, but we will continue to evaluate and provide applicable updates for:

  • Monday, April 6–Thursday, April 9 | #UOKCCAD Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention, & Empowerment Week
  • Friday, April 17 | Student Leadership Banquet

Academic Updates

  • Beeler Gallery’s Season Two: Follow the Mud will close permanently today, Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. 
  • Packard Library will maintain regular Spring Break hours. During this time the library is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Continuing & Professional Studies

  • Our Saturday Morning Art Classes for children and teens, as well as weekday evening and Saturday morning classes for adults, have been canceled for the remainder of the spring term. 
  • The Continuing & Professional Studies Exhibition previously scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.
  • Registration for summer classes remains open. Details on CCAD’s upcoming classes for youth and adults is at ccad.edu/takeaclass. 

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


March 11, 2020 | COVID-19 update #7

Health, Safety & Institutional updates

The health and safety of CCAD’s students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority. Ours remains a student-centric approach, and we are committed to our students’ education. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Columbus at this time. CCAD appreciates your partnership in this important and urgent effort. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

  • The CCAD COVID-19 Coordination Team continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans, working directly with the Franklin County Public Health Department and following the guidelines of the CDC and local, state, and federal authorities.
  • We must treat all members of our community—students, faculty, and staff—with patience and flexibility through this crisis.
     
  • CCAD remains open with Spring Break hours, and employees are expected to continue to report for work. If you are at high risk, or are experiencing symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever), you should stay home. We will communicate further details and contingency plans with employees soon.
     
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. CCAD students, faculty, and staff should maintain appropriate social distancing and basic hygiene measures. For details on preventing illness, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
     
  • Students on campus who experience flu-like symptoms should contact Safety & Security at 614.222.6165 for assistance.
     
  • Faculty and staff showing flu-like symptoms while on campus are encouraged to go home. If you need assistance leaving campus, contact Safety & Security for assistance with arrangements to leave campus.

Student Affairs updates

  • Our residence halls are open. Specific information related to residence halls and dining services will be forthcoming. While completing classes online, students may stay locally or in their residence hall or choose to return to their permanent place of residence. Students should make the choice that is best for their own situations.
     
  • Campus operations, such as the Counseling & Wellness Center and Packard Library, are still open.
     
  • The Market will reopen on Monday, March 16, as previously scheduled.
     
  • The International Affairs office will provide updates to students who have applied for or scheduled study abroad as the situation evolves.
     
  • Summer and Fall Registration and Academic Advising
    Advising and registration for summer and fall 2020 classes will continue as scheduled. All Advising appointments will now be conducted as phone appointments—this includes already scheduled appointments and any future scheduled appointments. For scheduled appointments, advisors will call students directly at the scheduled appointment time. Thank you in advance for being ready for your advisor’s call and please remain patient if your advisor is running a few minutes late, as they may be wrapping up with another student. Advisors will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled. Students can schedule phone appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD. 
     
  • The deadline for drop/withdrawal extension for the spring 2020 term
    The deadline for drop/withdrawal without failing grades for the spring 2020 term has been extended from Friday, March 27, to Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. due to the extended Spring Break.

Event-related updates

Events are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but the following information has been decided:

  • The MFA thesis show will be rescheduled for April 14–25.
  • Exhibitions of work by our Fine Arts students will also continue as planned, however, we will not host public openings for the exhibitions.
     
  • The President’s Lecture Series: Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati and Visiting Artists & Scholars: Meow Wolf Roundtable will be rescheduled for the fall. Please watch for updates.

Academic updates

  • At this point, CCAD is committed to ending the semester on time and ensuring students have what they need to complete their courses.
     
  • As a reminder, we will extend our Spring Break for students by one week, until Monday, March 23. We will temporarily shift our classes to online instruction starting Monday, March 23. Remote instruction is currently planned for two weeks, however, we will reassess as the situation continues to evolve. 
  • Instructors will hear from the Provost’s Office regarding preparation for online delivery of content. Students will receive instructions for accessing classes prior to the start of online coursework.
  • As previously announced, Student Progress Assessments (SPA) for this term are canceled and anyone currently enrolled in SPA will receive an automatic pass on their transcript this spring.

Non-degree classes for youth and adults

  • The final classes for the spring term of Continuing & Professional Studies Classes for adults will be tonight, Wednesday, March 11, and tomorrow, Thursday, March 12. The remainder of our classes for youth (Saturday Morning Art Classes) and adults, including the annual spring exhibition, have been canceled. Information on how students can pick up completed or in-progress artwork will be forthcoming.
     
  • Registration for summer classes remains open. Details on CCAD’s upcoming classes for youth and adults is at ccad.edu/takeaclass. 
  • Further information about non-degree classes for youth and adults will be forthcoming. 

All the information above is subject to change based on how the situation evolves.


 

March 10, 2020 | COVID-19 update #6

Spring Break extension for students

Columbus College of Art & Design is committed to fostering a community that educates diverse students so they can unleash their creative power to shape culture and commerce. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority. As such, in the wake of emerging news surrounding COVID-19 in Ohio, Columbus College of Art & Design is responding in the following ways.

  • We will extend our Spring Break for students by one week, until Monday, March 23, 2020. We will temporarily shift our classes to online instruction starting Monday, March 23. Remote instruction is currently planned for two weeks, however we will reassess as the situation continues to evolve.
  • Campus housing will remain open through the Spring Break extension, as well as during the period of remote instruction. Food service will resume as planned on Monday, March 16.
  • The college will remain open, and faculty will return to campus on Monday, March 16 as originally planned. Faculty and staff, please stay tuned for further communications.
  • Student Progress Assessments (SPA) for this term are cancelled and anyone currently enrolled in SPA will receive an automatic pass on their transcript this spring.

At this point, CCAD is committed to ending the semester on time and ensuring students have what they need to complete their courses. 

An update will be posted on ccad.edu/publichealth by the afternoon on Wednesday, March 11.

CCAD promises accurate and frequent communication and will provide regular progress updates for students, faculty, staff, and community members at ccad.edu/publichealth


March 9, 2020 | COVID-19 update #5

This is update #5 regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also now known as Covid-19.

As the COVID-19 situation changes in Ohio, we want to assure you that the CCAD COVID-19 Coordination Team is assessing and further developing our readiness and response should members of our community be impacted by this virus. They are following guidance by health organizations, such as the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. The coordination team includes leaders who represent all areas of the college (including Facilities and Safety & Security). Additionally, the team is connected to various local and state authorities and receives regular updates.

For current COVID-19 information and updates from CCAD, please visit ccad.edu/publichealth for what's happening at CCAD, get access to public health resources, and sign up for CCAD Alerts to receive emergency notices. If you have specific questions, you can email publichealth@ccad.edu and a member of CCAD's COVID-19 Coordination Team will get back to you as soon as possible.


March 4, 2020 | COVID-19 update #4

This is update #4 regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also now known as Covid-19.

Dear CCAD students, faculty, and staff:

If you plan to travel over spring break, the week of March 9, please take caution and stay informed about current travel advisories. Many countries could implement new entry and exit control measures or quarantines with very little notice. If you do travel, please consult travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State and CDC.

Take safeguards
During any travel, and in general, please take health and safety precautions to help protect yourself from communicable diseases:

  • Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds each time. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Cough into the inside of your elbow, not in your hands.
  • Avoid large crowds where possible.

International travel
If you plan to travel internationally, please exercise extreme caution and reconsider your travel plans. If you choose to travel and your destination is a geographic region listed currently on the CDC travel advisory page, you may encounter multiple barriers when attempting to return to the United States, which could delay your return to classes. These may include a ban on re-entering the country and/or mandatory quarantine procedures upon re-entry, which is typically 14 days. The CDC has outlined the specific steps taken when passengers from impacted areas re-enter the United States.

STUDENTS: If you are delayed in returning to campus after spring break for reasons specifically related to Covid-19, please email studentaffairs@ccad.edu immediately. This will allow us to notify your instructors and to offer you guidance on academic options here at CCAD.

EMPLOYEES: If you are delayed in returning to campus for reasons specifically related to Covid-19, please contact your direct supervisor immediately.

For further information about Covid-19, please visit the CDC’s or Ohio Department of Health’s websites. 

CCAD Alerts
Be in the know in case of emergency: Sign up for alerts from Rave on your cellphone at ccad.edu/emergency. You can add up to three mobile numbers, three voice-only line numbers, and two additional email accounts and you can include contact information for family members or friends.


February 27, 2020 | COVID-19 update #3

This is update #3 regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also now known as Covid-19.

As of this evening, Feb. 27, 2020, there are no confirmed cases in the state of Ohio and there are no persons in Ohio under investigation for symptoms of Covid-19. The CDC still lists the risk to the general American public as being low, and the College continues to monitor guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies. There continues to be no need to change any routine activities or behaviors.

For information about this virus, how it spreads, associated symptoms, and other frequently asked questions, please visit the CDC’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s websites.

If you have traveled to an impacted area in the last two weeks or have been in close contact with someone else who has traveled to an impacted area in the last two weeks, please monitor your health closely and seek medical care immediately if any symptoms outlined here develop. Guidance and restrictions on travel have evolved rapidly in the last week. For information about traveling and any active advisories and guidance, see the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SPRING BREAK GUIDANCE AND ADVISORIES:

If you plan to engage in international travel over spring break (week of March 9th), please take caution and stay informed about current travel advisories. The CDC recommends that travelers reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia. The CDC has also issued travel advisors for the most impacted areas, available here.

If you plan to travel to these areas, you should exercise extreme caution and reconsider these travel plans. However, if you do choose to travel to these areas, please understand that you may encounter multiple barriers when attempting to return to the US, which could delay your return to classes. These barriers may include a ban on traveling back to the US and/or mandatory quarantine procedures upon re-entry, which is typically 14 days. The CDC has outlined specific information related to the steps taken when passengers from impacted areas return to the US. You can review those on their website here.

STUDENTS: If you travel abroad over spring break and are delayed in returning to campus for reasons specifically related to Covid-19, please email studentaffairs@ccad.edu immediately. This will allow us to notify your instructors and to offer you guidance on academic options here at CCAD.

EMPLOYEES: If you travel abroad over spring break and are delayed in returning to campus for reasons specifically related to Covid-19, please contact your direct supervisor immediately.

As a reminder, practicing routine hygiene etiquette is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub after coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Anyone who is ill should keep a safe distance from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs
  • Anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical advice from a doctor or emergency department

For general questions, please email publichealth@ccad.edu. If you have specific medical questions or need medical care, please contact your primary care physician or visit a local urgent care center or emergency room.

Please continue to monitor the various resources linked in this email for current and accurate information. Necessity for future updates will be determined by any changes to the situation.  

You may also wish to share this email with family and friends that have an interest in this information.


February 3, 2020 | COVID-19 update #2

This is update #2 regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

As of this morning, Feb. 3, 2020, there are no confirmed cases in the state of Ohio and currently, there are no individuals under investigation in the state of Ohio for possible symptoms related to the Coronavirus.

I am happy to report that test results for the two cases under investigation at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio came back negative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC still lists the risk to the general American public as being low, and the College continues to monitor guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies. There continues to be no need to change any routine activities or behaviors.

For information about this virus, how it spreads, associated symptoms, and other frequently asked questions, please visit the CDC’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s websites. You can also review a recently developed College Fact Sheet, which is attached. The Ohio Department of Health created this resource specifically for college campus distribution. It was updated as of this morning.

If you have traveled to an impacted area in the last two weeks or have been in close contact with someone else who has traveled to an impacted area in the last two weeks, please monitor your health closely and seek medical care immediately if any symptoms outlined here develop.

Guidance and restrictions on traveling have rapidly evolved in the last few days. For information about traveling and any active advisories and guidance, see the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a reminder, practicing routine hygiene etiquette is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub after coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Anyone who is ill should keep a safe distance from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs
  • Anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical advice from a doctor or emergency department

For general questions, please email publichealth@ccad.edu. If you have specific medical questions or need medical care, please contact your primary care physician or visit a local urgent care center or emergency room.

Please continue to monitor the various resources linked in this email for current and accurate information. No future update emails are planned unless the situation in the US changes drastically or a confirmed case is found in Ohio.

You may also wish to share this email with family and friends that have an interest in this information.

Coronavirus fact sheet


January 28, 2020 | COVID-19

As you may know, international health agencies are monitoring a viral respiratory outbreak known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

As of Jan. 28, 2020 there are no known cases in the state of Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently lists the risk to the general American public as being low, and the College is monitoring guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies. At this time, there is no need to change any routine activities or behaviors, but we do want to ensure that our community has sources of accurate information related to this situation. 

For information about this virus, how it spreads, associated symptoms, and other frequently asked questions, please visit the CDC’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s websites.

If you have traveled to an impacted area in the last two weeks or have been in close contact with someone else who has traveled to an impacted area in the last two weeks, please monitor your health closely and seek medical care immediately if any symptoms outlined here develop. If any CCAD community member is planning to travel, consider reviewing these travel resources and advisories prior to departure: U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol hand rub after coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Anyone who is ill should keep a safe distance from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs
  • Anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical advice from a doctor or emergency department

For general questions, please email publichealth@ccad.edu. If you have specific medical questions or need medical care, please contact your primary care physician or visit a local urgent care center or emergency room.