CCS Responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski 3.23.20

Dear CCS Students, Faculty and Staff,

I hope all of you have been able to be in contact with your friends and family. It is important that we stay connected as much as possible.

I also hope that the first day of remote learning has gone well. Thank you faculty and staff for your work last week planning the rest of the semester. Thank you to the students for your flexibility and for working with us to adjust to remote learning.

We realize there will be issues to work out. If you have a non-emergency technical support issue, please fill out a helpdesk ticket. If you have a time-sensitive or critical issue, please email .

Students who have general questions should contact Dan Long at or via phone at 313-664-7675.

The spring semester will be extended to May 9, 2020 because of the extended Spring Break and Faculty should submit grades by May 11. Financial Aid (Title IV) will not be impacted.

Today, Governor Whitmer issued the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020–21). The order will take effect tonight at midnight and remain in place until April 13, 2020.

This calls for the suspension of most in-person work and prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses must determine which of their workers are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations.

Critical businesses identified in the order include the following: child care, health care, law enforcement, public safety, first responders, food and agriculture, energy, public utilities, transportation, communication and information technology, manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, defense.

Public K–12 schools will remain closed through April 13, 2020.

Over the course of this week, we will identify essential employees who will have permission to be on campus in addition to the international students who must stay in our residence halls during this time.

Students, please see Ryan Harrison’s email from earlier today regarding housing: (). There is important information included in it.

At this time we will also be suspending online orders from the bookstore as no staff are on campus to fulfill orders.

Students, as well as faculty and staff, if you need Internet access please see the free options below:

As we continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Crisis Management Team (CMT) and Leadership Team (LT) will continue to meet daily, mostly by ZOOM, to bring you the latest updates and decisions to keep all of us safe and to create the best educational experience possible.

Over the next few weeks we hope to communicate more on the options for the summer, which will depend on the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on Michigan and the country.

Thank you to all of the faculty, staff and especially students who are working so hard to be creative in a time of uncertainty.


Contact Information

Study Abroad Concerns and International Students
Katherine Campbell, Director of International Student Services

Student Life Questions or Concerns
Dan Long, Dean of Students