Coronavirus

May 8, 2020 - Student Update

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski

Dear CCS Students:

As we come to the end of the Winter semester, I want to thank you again for your flexibility and persistence working through many obstacles to make it to this final week. Congratulations! I also want to extend my congratulations to those of you who are graduating at the end of the semester – a great accomplishment.

Many of you will return this summer to participate in our workshops and open studio access, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus. I also want to provide some information about the fall.

We plan to resume on-campus academic programs for the Fall semester on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Both the Ford Campus and the Taubman Center, including all administrative offices, will re-open for students, faculty, and staff.

The College’s priority is to maintain a safe environment that minimizes the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 while delivering the best possible educational experience. CCS has developed a Plan for Preparedness and will follow public health and social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of Michigan, Wayne County, and the City of Detroit.

In our plan, we strive to preserve what is best about the CCS experience: a hands-on, collaborative learning experience; a tradition of mentorship between our faculty and students; and our commitment to a safe, student-centered, and vibrant college experience.

While none of us can predict what may happen next, we can do our best to be prepared. CCS is planning for various scenarios so that adjustments can be made in real-time to ensure that our campus community remains safe and that students are receiving the best possible educational experience. While we fully intend to be back on campus in fall, we will be prepared to make adjustments, if necessary, that incorporate modifications based on this semester’s experience and student feedback.

I am pleased to announce that CCS has received its share of the CARES Act funding for students. Earlier this week, BFA and MFA students, currently enrolled in the winter semester, received an email from Julie Hingelberg with details about this funding. Please refer to that email for details on the amount and distribution timeline.

I also want to provide an update on the “12 Point Plan to Move Forward” I presented to you a few weeks ago. Please see the status update in the chart below:

Updated CCS 12 Point Plan to Move Forward:

ItemDescriptionApproved?Status
1Prorated Housing RefundYesComplete
2Prorated Dining/Meal RefundYesComplete
3Refund entire Winter semester Resource Fee (Full-time = $590, Part-time = $490, Less than Part-time = $255)YesComplete
4Refund Graduation Fee ($100 BFA, $175 MFA)YesComplete
5Pass/No Credit Option (in parallel with standard grading)YesComplete
6Free Summer Access to Studios/Labs/ShopsYesComplete
7Free Summer Housing for International and U.S. Students living beyond a 50-mile radius.YesComplete
8Free Summer WorkshopsYesComplete
9Industry Day - Career EventsYesComplete
10Student ExhibitionYesIn the planning stage with Student Government
11CommencementYesIn the planning stage with Stu. Gov.
12Student Employees Paid Through the End of the Winter SemesterYesComplete

I will continue to provide updates on a regular basis throughout the summer, and all of our offices will continue to be available to assist you. I look forward to welcoming you to campus in the fall.

Stay safe.

Don

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski 

Dear Students,

As we near the end of the semester, we want to provide details about this summer. As stated in my previous emails, we are offering free summer workshops and studio access, as well as free summer housing. All of these on-campus activities are predicated on “Stay Home, Stay Safe” restrictions being lifted by July; if for some reason this does not happen, we will revise this plan.

If you plan to be on campus this summer, you must register for the workshops and studio access and secure your spot in housing (if applicable) by June 1, 2020. Please review the following instructions:

Summer Housing
Free summer housing will be available from July 11 through August 20. Students who sign up for summer housing and plan to return to housing for the 2020–2021 school year will be assigned to their 2020–2021 suite, if at all possible, and will be able to remain in housing after August 20.

You will sign up for summer housing through Room Choice. We will prioritize housing accommodations for those students who live farther than 50 miles away, but our goal is to provide housing to as many students as possible based on available capacity. You will receive an email from Ryan Harrison later today with detailed instructions on how to reserve summer housing.

Optional Summer Workshops
Summer 2020 Workshops are listed on Blackboard under Campus Offices – Academic Advising and Registration. The workshops will take place from August 3 through September 4 and you will register for these workshops through Self Service. There is no charge for the workshops.

Summer Studio Access
CCS requires students to register for studio access, so we can determine the demand for these spaces. If there is a high demand for a particular studio, you may be asked by your department to sign up for specific time slots to accommodate the demand and allow for the proper physical distancing requirements. Studio access will be available July 13 through September 4 and will be listed on the Summer 2020 Workshops Blackboard page. You will register for this access through Web Advisor or Self Service, and there is no charge for studio access.

We encourage you to sign up for these summer opportunities as soon as possible — but no later than June 1 — to ensure that we can accommodate your needs. Thank you for your patience during this very difficult time, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus this summer and in the next academic year.

Be safe.

Don

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski

Dear Students,

As we approach the end of what has been one of the most unusual and challenging semesters, I want to thank you for your flexibility, persistence, and resilience in working through many obstacles.

I have some important updates to share with you this week. Since many of you still have personal belongings in the residence halls, we are developing a few options for you to retrieve your property or have them stored on campus until August or the start of school in the fall. This information will be sent to you by the Housing Office next week if you still have items in the residence halls.

Second, we are close to having the summer workshops developed and organized and will release the schedule next week. The workshops will be scheduled for August, along with open studio, lab, and shop time. In mid-July, only studios, labs, and shops will be open for students to use to create work and improve your portfolios. Workshops will only run in August. Remember, this is all contingent on executive orders regarding social distancing.

As some of you may have read there will be federal relief funds for some college students from the CARES Act. CCS has not received any funds yet. The U.S. Department of Education is still in the process of clarifying which students are eligible to receive a portion of the funds. We need to collect additional data from a few of our currently enrolled students. Please watch your email for a request for this information from Julie Hingelberg, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, and respond to this request as soon as possible. As soon as we receive the funds from the CARES Act, and have all the requested data and final guidance from the Department of Education, we will process payments for qualified students.

The normal end-of-year activities, Commencement, and the Student Exhibition are being redeveloped with input from student government. We have a number of ideas and plans to put in place once we learn more about the limitations COVID-19 may impose in the future. More details regarding Commencement and Student Exhibition plans will be made available as we receive more information. Updates on Commencement regalia were sent out this past week from Student Affairs.

All students received an email from Terese Nehra, Director of Career Development, with information about the Spring 2020 Career Development initiatives listed below:

  • Career Network for Professional Opportunities (formerly Job Book) www.collegecentral.com/ccs
  • Workshops about best practices for networking and marketing yourselves in a virtual world
  • Career counselors are available for virtual appointments. Staff can be reached by email or phone.
  • Industry Day 2020 (in person): We are planning to host an industry day in conjunction with the Student Exhibition, as we do annually. We do not have a specific date for this event at this time. The event will be open to all students in all departments.

Additional career initiatives for students who graduate in May

  • 2020 Graduating Student Showcase
    • Digital profiles on departmental page of the CCS website
  • CCS Class of 2020 Virtual Career Day: May 20, 2020
    • Open to graduating seniors in all departments

Regarding wellness: It is important that you care for yourself. As we have all discovered, virtual learning platforms can use a lot of mental and emotional energy. Please take breaks and reach out to the Wellness Center, as they remain committed to providing support services to you during this time of transition. Email to schedule phone sessions with our wellness team. Assistant Dean Dr. Deirdre Young of the Office for Institutional Equity & Inclusion offers these resources focused on well-being tips and community resources to help us all during this time. In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has released a COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide that you may find useful.

One thing that our current situation has made clear is the importance of the arts to our well being. Across the world, people have come together to share songs, poetry and art, either in person while maintaining social distance, or virtually. Many performers have offered their work to the public for free. Please check out Six Feet of Distance, a new online platform providing a real-time arts archive of the COVID-19 quarantine. The project highlights the importance of arts in these strange times and includes work by CCS faculty. You can read more about the project here.

Thank you, again, and we will continue to keep you updated about the summer and fall.

Be safe.

Don

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski

Dear CCS Students,

As the COVID-19 pandemic advances, it impacts an increasing number of us personally. Daily rituals and cultural traditions are disrupted. The threat of the virus makes it necessary to find new ways to acknowledge and commemorate what is important to us. Those who celebrated holidays recently were challenged to find new ways to come together with family and friends — and many did. People are being creative, thinking differently. As artists and designers, you are special because you think this way already. This kind of mental exercise is a part of your toolbox. Please continue to support one another and to offer help. And please don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it.

As we start to finish this semester, I am encouraged to hear how students have engaged with new faculty approaches to achieving course learning objectives. We even had a company approach us for recommendations of students who could work remotely for them. We have had another company approach us too about a design competition. Success requires creativity and resilience on everyone’s part.

Summer programming is almost complete, and we hope to have the workshop topics announced soon. We will keep you updated. We are all excited to welcome you back to campus.

While the academic deans, chairs and faculty are working hard to support your program goals and help you finish this extraordinary year, other CCS community members are busy creating events to enrich your learning experiences, too. Stay active, stay engaged. Check out Design Core Detroit resources and events at designcore.org. Design Core offers career development opportunities — take advantage of them. Sign up for their monthly newsletter to hear about events (virtual) with local and national industry leaders. These artists, designers and creative professionals are valuable connections who can help develop your professional network. Virtually attend the Carved exhibition curator and CCS sculpture professor, Chido Johnson’s talk with CCS alumni on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:00 pm and hear them talk about their work and creative process. Maybe get a group of friends to virtually attend at the same time. (Register at http://bit.ly/carvedvirtual.)

Please continue to take the precautions recommended by the CDC and remain socially connected online and on the phone. When you need to go out for groceries or just to get some fresh air, please be careful. For more safety information, see: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

Stay safe and take care of each other.

Thanks.

Don Tuski
President

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski


Dear CCS Students,

As we begin April, we hope your transition to remote learning has gone well and that you are making any necessary adjustments to care for yourself and others at this time. Please remember to let your instructors know how it is going and if there is anything they can do to help the classes better meet your needs. All CCS services are available online, via email and, in some cases, by phone.

Please continue to practice social distancing. Some now refer to it as physical distancing because we are still able to connect socially online and on the phone. When you need to go out for groceries or just to get some fresh air, please be careful and use caution. For more safety information see: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

As stated in the 12-point plan last Friday, CCS completed the details for point #5, the Pass/No Credit Option. Academic Affairs and the Department Chairs worked together to ensure that all areas have been addressed. However, we know there will be questions. If you have questions, please contact Nadine Ashton, Dean of Academic Affairs, at or via phone at 313-664-1495. The updated plan is below.

We also modified point #7 regarding free housing this summer. Free summer housing will be available to international students and to U.S. students who live outside of a 50-mile radius, as available. We will require a reservation fee of $20, which will be refunded upon arrival on campus. This will help ensure that we use all of our rooms that have been reserved. We’ll give you more detail on this in the next few weeks.

As I mentioned previously, we have been working with student government on the Student Exhibition Opening and a Commencement ceremony for late summer. There will be no graduation fee for the late-summer Commencement.

All academic departments and the Academic Affairs Office have been working with Career Development as well as Marketing and Communications to ensure that we have a robust virtual Industry Day for graduating BFA and MFA students. All students will receive an email from Career Development tomorrow with additional details.

The details for points #6 and #8 are being developed now, and we are working on a schedule for workshops and access to studios/labs/shops. If you have suggestions, please communicate these to your department chairs. Currently, we are scheduling 30 different workshops for late summer. Again, we’ll have more details on this in the next few weeks.

As stated in the 12-point plan, we will communicate with you weekly.

Thank you, again, for all of your hard work and flexibility this semester. Stay safe and continue to let us know what is working and what is not.

Don Tuski
President

ItemDescriptionApproved?Status
1Prorated Housing RefundYesComplete
2Prorated Dining/Meal RefundYesComplete
3Refund entire Winter semester Resource Fee (Full-time = $590, Part-time = $490, Less than Part-time = $255)YesIn process
4Refund Graduation Fee ($100 BFA, $175 MFA)YesIn process
5Pass/No Credit Option (in parallel with standard grading)YesComplete and on website
6Free Summer Access to Studios/Labs/ShopsYesIn planning stage
7Free Summer Housing for International and U.S. Students living beyond a 50 mile radius.YesIn planning stage
8Free Summer WorkshopsYesIn planning stage
9Industry Day - Career EventsYesIn planning stage, in collaboration with industry
10Student ExhibitionYesIn planning stage in collaboration with student government
11CommencementYesIn planning stage in collaboration with student government
12Student Employees Paid Through the End of the Winter SemesterYesComplete

Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski

Dear CCS Students,

Thank you for working hard to navigate an uncertain world. We are working hard to navigate it with you. In order to add some certainty to your academic and professional future — and after listening to the concerns many of you have expressed — we have created a 12-point plan to help us move forward together.

We will continue to listen carefully to you, as individuals and as a collective, especially through student government. While we think the plan below addresses many of your concerns, they may not address them all. I will be attending student government meetings to answer your questions via ZOOM. We will also ensure that weekly emails from the College go out regularly to address issues as circumstances change, and we all will need to respond.

CCS has invested resources and time toward transitioning to alternative online platforms and remote learning. Both faculty and staff are working very hard to keep the semester moving and to help all students advance and graduate on time. This not only includes winter 2020 classes but also other career opportunities for all students in summer 2020. Additionally, all other services are being supported by staff online or by phone. This includes the Library, Academic Advising and Registration, Student Success Center, Information Technology Center, Wellness and Counseling, Financial Aid, International Student Services, Business Office, Center For Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Residence Life, Student Life, Admissions, Career Development, Facilities, Campus Safety and Security, and the Academic Affairs Office.

As the plan below addresses, we want to provide an on-campus experience as soon as possible for all returning students and graduates. It should be noted that, while we are planning a Commencement ceremony in late summer along with student government, all students scheduled to graduate in May will receive their diplomas in May — as long as graduation requirements are met.

We encourage all students to set up direct deposit on their bank accounts in order to receive a Resource and Graduation Fee refund. Please note: when a student signs up for direct deposit, they will see a “not verified” notification until we run a process in the Business Office, but this will still be faster than getting a check in the mail.

ItemDescriptionApproved?Status
1Prorated Housing RefundYesComplete
2Prorated Dining/Meal RefundYesComplete
3Refund entire Winter semester Resource Fee (Full-time = $590, Part-time = $490, Less than Part-time = $255)YesIn process
4Refund Graduation Fee ($100 BFA, $175 MFA)YesIn process
5Pass/No Credit Option (in parallel with standard grading)YesIn planning stage
6Free Summer Access to Studios/Labs/ShopsYesIn planning stage
7Free Summer Housing for International and Out-of-State StudentsYesIn planning stage
8Free Summer WorkshopsYesIn planning stage
9Industry Day - Career EventsYesIn planning stage, in collaboration with industry
10Student ExhibitionYesIn planning stage in collaboration with student government
11CommencementYesIn planning stage in collaboration with student government
12Student Employees Paid Through the End of the Winter SemesterYesComplete

Once again, thank you for working hard to adjust to this uncertain world. Thank you for developing more resilience and flexibility as you create your professional path. We will continue to work hard with you to make the best of this situation and help you prepare for your career as a creative professional.

Thank you.

Don Tuski PhD
President and Professor
College for Creative Studies
T 313 664 7474

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:

Verizon
Spectrum
Xfinity
AT&T


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.


Don

March 20, 2020 - Community Update 

Dear CCS Community,

The health and safety of the CCS community is our top priority, and we continue to take steps to reduce risk. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals may interact and transmit disease. As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan continue to rise, we have made revisions to the plans communicated to you on March 16, 2020.

Below are a number of updates related to classes, work arrangements and campus events that will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community.

Course Completion and End-of-Semester Activities

  • In-person instruction for lectures, studio sections, seminars, and other similar classroom settings has moved to remote learning, effective March 23, 2020, through the end of the semester.
  • All facilities, studios, computer labs, 24-hour labs, maker spaces and offices are closed. We will notify you when the campus reopens physical spaces, services and offices.
  • Students should have received communication from their Department Chairs and course information from faculty members after the extended spring break. This applies to all undergraduate, graduate and dual-enrollment students.
  • We are committed to ensuring that seniors and second-year MFA students are able to complete their degrees in May as planned.
  • All activities related to the Student Exhibition and Commencement have been postponed. We will be reaching out to Student Government to engage students in rethinking these events.
  • Career Development events have been canceled or postponed. We plan to have career-related activities as soon as we can during the summer. The Career Development staff will work with Department Chairs to develop various options to create industry networking opportunities.
  • This summer the studios, computer labs and maker spaces will be open for portfolio development to all students, including those who have graduated, at no charge. These experiences will be organized around workshops. The goal is to make these spaces available so students can make work on campus in our facilities.

Student Housing

  • All domestic students living in CCS housing are being instructed to move out of housing with all of their belongings. This does not include international students. We will continue to house and support international students who remain in CCS residences.
  • We have received numerous questions regarding prorating housing and dining charges, and we will process the prorated housing refunds after the remaining domestic students move out this weekend.

Student Services

  • We will continue to have the Libraries, Wellness Center, Student Success Center, Academic Advising and Registration, Career Services, International Student Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life, Business Office, and Financial Aid available to students remotely. Please contact these offices via email as this will be the most reliable way to communicate.
  • Until further notice student employees will be paid according to their normal schedule. Supervisors will reach out to their student employees.
  • CCS is committed to serving each and every student personally with all of our faculty and staff. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Avoid gathering socially in large groups

The Federal COVID-19 Task Force recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. Gathering in large groups is not recommended – and this includes gathering socially. Reducing the density of people in physical spaces will help to prevent the spread of disease, not just within our community but for society at large. Even in small groups, we strongly recommend practicing social distancing.

We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other city, state, and federal agencies. While there are no known CCS-associated cases of COVID-19, we know that there are at least 335 confirmed cases in the state of Michigan, and we know there will be more. We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the College. CCS Environmental Services are cleaning all hard surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, railings, emergency panic bars, desks and keyboards at least three times a day. We have dedicated extra resources to assist with the cleaning. Our cleaning supplies are well stocked.

There are everyday actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Physical distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing, and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

Students with questions should contact Dan Long at or via phone at 313.664.7675. Faculty can contact the appropriate Dean, Vince Carducci at  or phone 313.664.1488 or Ian Lambert at  at 313.664.1474. Staff may contact their supervisor. Please check our website for updates and other information.

Thank you for your patience and willingness to work with us to make the best of a very difficult situation. We are dedicated now and well into the future to helping you become a great artist or designer. Please check your email often for more updates.

Thank you again.

Don

March 20, 2020 - Campus Housing Update

Dear CCS Residents,

CCS is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As a result, CCS is closing all facilities, computer labs, 24-hour labs, studios, maker spaces, offices and residence halls. This was a difficult decision to make, but we need to put health and safety first for everyone in our CCS Community.

We now require all US domestic students to move out of the residence halls, along with all of their belongings, by 5:00pm, Monday, March 23, 2020.  This means that students who are not currently on campus need to return to CCS in order to remove all of their belongings. Due to travel restrictions, international students may remain in campus housing and can expect a follow-up email from Katherine Campbell outlining the procedure for remaining in the residence halls, as well as available support services.

You should check out at the front desk in your building when you have finished moving out.

Housing refunds will be prorated to March 15, 2020 for all residents who move out by March 23. Remaining balances on meal plans will be refunded on March 23. Your housing refund will not be processed until you have moved out of your residence hall completely.

Refunds will be issued to your student account. If you have not set up direct deposit, the instructions for doing so are attached. Direct deposit will enable the refunds to be available much faster than writing a physical check.

Direct Deposit Instructions for Refunds 

Thanks.

Don Tuski PhD
President and Professor

T 313 664 7474
F  313 664 7467

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March 16, 2020 - Student Update

Dear Members of the CCS Community:

The health and safety of the CCS community is our top priority and we are taking every step to reduce risk. At the same time we are working very hard to provide remote completion of classes and making sure all students scheduled to graduate will graduate on time.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals may interact and transmit disease. Below are a number of updates related to classes, work arrangements, and campus events that will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community.

Course Completion and End of Semester Activities

  • In-person instruction for lectures, studio sections, seminars, and other similar classroom settings are moving to remote learning, effective March 23, 2020 until the end of the semester.
  • 24-hour computer labs will be open for residential and commuter students to complete their coursework or to access the remote learning provided by their faculty. 
  • All studios, shops, and maker spaces will be closed until April 6, 2020 and then reassessed.
  • Students can pick up their materials and supplies left behind in studios.  Please contact your Department Administrators this week to make arrangements.
  • Students can expect communication from their Department Chairs and course information from their faculty after the extended spring break. This applies to all undergraduate, graduate, and dual enrollment students.
  • We are committed to ensuring that seniors and second-year MFA students are able to complete your degree in May as planned.
  • All activities related to the Student Exhibition and Commencement will be determined in the weeks to come.
  • Career Development events have been canceled or postponed. We are planning to have career-related activities as soon as we can and during the summer. The Career Development staff will work with Department Chairs to develop various options to create industry networking opportunities.
  • This summer the studios, computer labs, and maker spaces will be open for portfolio development to all students, including those who have graduated, for no charge. The goal is to make these spaces available so students can make work on campus in our facilities.

 
Student Housing

  • Students who can complete their coursework remotely should return to their permanent place of residence.  For those not able to go home, we will continue to fully support students in our Residence Halls and dining facilities.
  • This summer, the Residence Halls will be open for students to live in free of charge. The process for signing up to live in the Residence Hall will be sent out in the next few weeks.
  • We have received numerous questions regarding prorating housing and dining charges and we are examining this issue. 

 
Student Services

  • We will continue to have the Libraries, Wellness Center, Student Success Center, Academic Advising and Registration, Career Services, International Student Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life, Business Office, Bookstore, and Financial Aid available to students via email, phone, and in some cases in person. Please contact these offices via email.
  • Students may need to use their CCS SmART Card (your ID card) to swipe into campus buildings.
  • Until further notice student employees will be paid according to their normal schedule. The supervisors will reach out to the student employees.
  • CCS is committed to serving each and every student personally with all our faculty and staff. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Avoid gathering socially in large groups
The Federal COVID-19 Task Force recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. Gathering in large groups is not recommended – and this includes gathering socially. Reducing the density of people in physical spaces will help to prevent the spread of disease not just within our community but for society at large.  Even in small groups, we strongly recommend practicing social distancing.

We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other city, state, and federal agencies. While there are no known CCS-associated cases of COVID-19, we know that there are at least 53 confirmed cases in the state of Michigan, and we expect that there will be more. We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the College. CCS Environmental Services are cleaning all hard surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, railings, emergency panic bars, desks, keyboards at least three times a day. We have dedicated extra resources to assist with the cleaning. Our cleaning supplies are well stocked. We have added hand sanitizer and wipes throughout both campuses, which will allow individuals to clean the surfaces they use/are using/used.

There are everyday actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing, and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

For questions students should contact Dean of Students, Dan Long at  or via phone at 313-664-7675.

Students, thank you for your patience and willingness to work with us to make the best of a very difficult situation. We are dedicated now and well into the future to helping you become a great artist and designer. Please check your email often for more updates.
Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Don Tuski PhD
President and Professor

T 313 664 7474
F  313 664 7467

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March 16, 2020 - Faculty & Staff Update

Dear CCS Faculty and Staff:

The health and safety of the CCS community is our top priority and we are taking every step to reduce risk. At the same time, we are working very hard to provide resources for remote completion of classes and making sure all students scheduled to graduate will graduate on time.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals may interact and transmit disease. You were copied on an email sent to students today with a number of updates related to classes, student employees and campus events that will allow us to continue educating our students while protecting our community. Thank you for continuing to support our students and each other.

CCS Employees

All Directors will provide opportunities for employees to work remotely when possible while keeping their offices open for business. This includes student employees. I recognize that not all work can be performed remotely, so I encourage flexibility and creativity.

CCS is taking this action to reduce the density of people in physical spaces. This aligns with the general public health guidelines to diminish disease transmission and protect everyone in our communities, particularly the most vulnerable, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Employees who are sick need to stay home from work. All CCS employees who may be at greater risk should stay home and contact their supervisor and Human Resources for assistance.

To all employees, I very much appreciate your commitment to our College, students and parents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Avoid gathering socially in large groups

The Federal COVID-19 Task Force recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of ten people or more throughout the United States. Gathering in large groups is not recommended – and this includes gathering socially. Reducing the density of people in physical spaces will help to prevent the spread of disease not just within our community but also within society at large. Even in small groups, we strongly recommend practicing social distancing.

We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies. While there are no known CCS-associated cases of COVID-19, we know that there are at least 53 confirmed cases in the state of Michigan, and we expect that there will be more. We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the College. CCS Environmental Services are cleaning all hard surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, railings, emergency panic bars, desks and keyboards at least three times a day. We have dedicated extra resources to assist with the cleaning. Our cleaning supplies are well stocked. We have added hand sanitizer and wipes throughout both campuses which will allow individuals to clean the surfaces they use/are using/have used.

There are everyday actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • Unless you are sick with coughing, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

Faculty can contact the appropriate Dean, Vince Carducci at or phone 313-664-1488 or Ian Lambert at  at 313-664-1474. Staff may contact Mike Hill at  or 313-664-7650. Please check our website for updates and other information. 

Thank you for all of your efforts to promote a safe and healthy campus community at the College for Creative Studies.  The rapidly changing situation due to the COVID-19 virus has created challenges across campus, and I know that it has affected the work and personal lives of our students, faculty and staff.

Thank you again.

Don Tuski PhD
President and Professor
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Dear Members of the CCS Community:

As you know we are in the midst of an unprecedented national emergency. The health and safety of the CCS community is our top priority and we are taking every step to reduce risk. 

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals may interact and transmit disease. Below are a number of updates related to classes, work arrangements, and campus events that will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community.

Guidance for faculty and students:

  • We are suspending in-person instruction for lectures, studio sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings and moving to remote learning, effective March 23, 2020 until the end of the semester. Students can expect instruction from their faculty after the extended spring break. This applies to all undergraduate, graduate, and dual enrollment students.

  • While completing classes remotely, we strongly encourage students to return to their permanent place of residence. 

  • International students holding F or J visas must report any change in residence to Katherine Campbell in International Student Services. Please contact Katherine at  or 313-664-7448.

  • CCS is closing all shops, studios, and facilities until further notice with the exception of the two 24-hour labs on the Ford and Taubman campuses. We are making adjustments to learning outcomes and deliverables that would otherwise require on-campus technical resources.

  • The remote learning plan will enable students to complete credit for the academic year.  We are committed to ensuring that seniors and second-year MFA students are able to graduate in May as planned.

  • More information on supplemental access to studios and labs for summer and fall will be coming next week.

Guidance for employees:

  • Please contact your supervisor and Human Resources () as soon as possible if you need to stay home to take care of dependents or if you have underlying health risks.

  • Information about COVID-19 reporting, employee-leave management and associated workplace issues are available on the College’s website

Events and Facilities:

  • The library is closed to the public.

  • Valade, Center, and U-245 Galleries are closed to the public.

  • Career Development Events are cancelled.

  • No new, non-essential events will be scheduled on campus through the end of the semester.

  • The Student Exhibition Opening and Commencement will be determined in the weeks to come.

We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies. While there are no known CCS-associated cases of COVID-19, we know that there are at least sixteen confirmed cases in the state of Michigan, and we expect that there will be more. We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the College.

I understand that our policy guidelines will cause measurable disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. The safety of our campus community is always our top priority. Your cooperation and collaboration will help to ensure an appropriate response across our institution to this rapidly changing situation. 

For questions students should contact Dan Long at  or via phone at 313-664-7675.  Faculty can contact the appropriate Dean, Vince Carducci at  or phone 313-664-1488 or Ian Lambert at  at 313-664-1474. Staff may contact Mike Hill at  or 313-664-7650. Please check our website for updates and other information. 

Thank you for all of your efforts to promote a safe and healthy campus community at the College for Creative Studies.

Sincerely,

Don Tuski PhD
President and Professor
T 313 664 7474
F 313 664 7467

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