Working Together

We are excited to have students, faculty, and staff back on campus this semester. The majority of classes 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 de-densify office spaces by coordinating staggered/hybrid scheduling. 

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Return to Campus Plan 

To read our Return to Campus Plan for fall 2021, click here

Teaching resources 

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. Tech Tuesdays are held the last Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. and inFormative Fridays are held the last Friday of each month at 10 a.m. (both via Teams). Learn more about Marcy’s services here.

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 cmannix@ccad.edu.

IT is available to provide technical training for faculty and staff as needed. Book a training session here or email helpdesk@ccad.edu. Discover resources on Create Away.

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Access to CCAD facilities 

All students, including first-year students, have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment this fall. 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 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.

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, 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.

Face masks 

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Due to rising concerns about the Delta variant, CCAD will require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear masks while indoors in the fall. 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. 

In rare cases where face masks are not possible, face shields or other alternatives may be requested by contacting Human Resources at humanresources@ccad.edu. 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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 Library@ccad.edu. To reach the IT Help Desk, call 614.222.6174 or email HelpDesk@ccad.edu. Visit ccad.edu/createaway to learn about Library & Information Technology services and resources.

Packard Library 

For the fall, 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 and Google Meet at library@ccad.edu.

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.

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