Working Together

We are excited to have students, faculty, and staff on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. The majority of classes for spring are in-person on campus, and all students have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment. Individual work schedules for faculty and staff are managed by supervisors in consultation with Human Resources. CCAD plans to continue de-densifying office spaces by coordinating staggered/hybrid scheduling. 

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Return to Campus Plan 

To read our Return to Campus Plan for spring 2022, click here

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

CCAD will continue its flexible sick leave policies and practices, which enables employees to stay home or isolate when they are sick, have been exposed, or are caring for someone who is sick. CCAD time off and absence policies also account for employees who need to stay home with their children if there are school or childcare closures, or to care for sick family members.

Teaching resources 

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The Library & Information Technology department is here to help faculty navigate teaching resources and enhance your course. Marcy Dickson, CCAD’s Instructional Technologist & Designer, is dedicated to furthering the meaningful integration of technology, teaching and learning in an art and design setting. She is available to meet with faculty one-on-one and she offers group learning sessions throughout the semester. 

Library instruction is offered through both virtual and in-person librarian visits or asynchronously via the Introduction to Library Research Moodle course. These seven short, ready-to-go modules are designed as an introduction to college-level research for our first-year students in their Intro to the Major courses, but any instructor can use the modules or parts of the modules as a refresher. Packard also has its own YouTube channel that contains videos you can embed in Moodle.  

Packard instruction librarians can also make custom videos, PowerPoints, and handouts/PDFs to compliment class assignments. To learn more or schedule an instruction session, contact Instruction Librarian Chris Mannix at [email protected].

IT is available to provide technical training for faculty and staff as needed. Book a training session here or email [email protected]. Discover resources on Create Away.

Access to CCAD facilities 

All students have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment. We continue to have health and safety measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but campus life more closely resembles what it has been in previous years. View campus hours.

Health & safety procedures 

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 

Masks on campus

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. 

Boosters
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.

Employees who have already had their COVID-19 booster should provide documentation to Human Resources using this link

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 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.

Contact tracing & 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.

Face masks 

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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. We strongly encourage our community to use a medical grade face covering, such as a surgical mask or an N95, KN95, or KF94 respirator.

In rare cases where face masks are not possible, face shields or other alternatives may be requested by contacting Human Resources at [email protected]. Faculty teaching courses with students who have been given accommodations for the face mask policy will receive an accommodations letter from the student directly, generated by the Learning Support Office.

Respecting each other
There are many reasons why a person may opt to wear a mask even if not required to do so. As a campus community, we encourage respect for individuals’ choices and ask that community members refrain from stigmatizing those who choose to wear a mask. 

Visitors to campus 

Visitors and guests will be expected to follow all guidelines and requirements noted in CCAD's Return to Campus Plan. Visitors are not required to have the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Technology resources 

CCAD will offer virtual and in-person support for the Library and Help Desk. To reach the Library, call 614.222.3273 or email [email protected]. To reach the IT Help Desk, call 614.222.6174 or email [email protected]. Visit ccad.edu/createaway to learn about Library & Information Technology services and resources.

Packard Library 

Packard Library will be open Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday 1–5 p.m. Online assistance will also be available via email at [email protected]. Hours are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols.

Faculty, staff, and students also have 24/7 access to Packard’s online collection of e-resources, including eBooks, databases, film streaming, online journals, LibGuides, and more. Students can request books and other circulating items through OhioLINK and SearchOhio.

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].