Information for Students & Parents

The health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. To keep our students, faculty and staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, the College is taking steps to limit interaction and  the College has suspended 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.

Here are a number of updates and resources for students at this time.

The CCS Thrive Guide: Adapting Your Study Habits During COVID-19

You are not in this alone. These are unprecedented times, but you do not have to experience them on your own. Remember why you came to CCS? To express yourself, to learn and to meet like-minded people. There are a lot of unknowns right now but we — and your friends, classmates and instructors — can adapt and help each other through them. First, be mindful of your own well-being and that of your friends and loved ones. Then, take one step, and one task, at a time. We’re here to help you make a plan for the weeks ahead and offer some guidance on how to execute it.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get organized
  • Structure your time
  • Create new study strategies
  • Collaborate with others
  • Stay connected

Tip 1

Working (mostly) remotely is not the same as having daily face time. We’ll make sure the information you need is available to you, but there will still be legwork. Instead of this

  • Procrastinating
  • Stressing
  • Netflixing

Try this

  • Verify assignments (What? How?) and due dates (When?)
  • Check online stream times and in-person meet locations
  • Make sure you understand the necessary platforms, have the URLs and can execute the log-on instructions
  • Know where to get help if you need it: online forums, websites, phone numbers, humans with info

Tip 2

Outside of a traditional classroom, it may feel as if you have all the time in the world. You don’t. Schedules aren’t restrictions. They are just ways to organize your time. They can be adjusted as needed, include breaks and help you get from A to B without crazy making.

Instead of this

  • Multitasking
  • Microtasking (switching quickly between tasks)
  • No tasking

Try this

  • One thing at a time. Assignments take longer when they are constantly interrupted and, studies show, are often less accurate
  • Omit distractions like TV, music that doesn’t relax you, or busy/crowded/loud work areas
  • Take notes. You would if you were in a classroom, yes? You’ll need them later
  • Take breaks. 5 — 10 minutes of “you” time is golden. It strengthens your short-term memory, relaxes you, and lessens stress

Quick Tip: Stick to your instructor’s schedule. Just because you may not be “going” anywhere, doesn’t mean you’re not working. Keeping a schedule maintains a sense of normalcy and prevents you from falling behind.

Tip 3

Look for ways to adapt your usual habits and routines or form new ones.

Instead of this

  • Going to a coffee shop, library, Northern Lights
  • In-person study groups
  • Tight timelines

Try this

  • Recreate your favorite spot at home, including changing spots/rooms when you change tasks
  • Create online groups, including G-Chat, FaceTime, Zoom or telephone
  • Set a schedule that recreates the sense of excitement and accomplishment tight timelines offer. When that gets easy, shorten your finish time even more!

Tip 4

Collaborating remotely doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little effort, you can work together with just as much efficiency, and fun, as you do in person.

Instead of this

  • Procrastinating
  •  Working primarily via email or text
  • Going it alone

Try this

  • Schedule virtual meetings regularly, use an agenda, and stay in touch. Out of sight is usually out of mind. Set regular check-in times and, once in a while, check-in just to reassure each other
  • Have real video conversations. Facial expressions help you understand what others are saying and helps you feel connected. Try to use CCS tools or your own to meet online (or by phone, too) and to share notes and ideas
  • Check on each other. If someone in the group seems to have dropped out or keeps missing deadlines, reach out. If necessary, talk to your instructor. You’re not squealing, you’re being responsible

Tip 5

Whatever you do, stay connected.

Instead of this

  • Watching the news all day
  • Surfing social media
  • Communicating primarily by email or text

Try this

  • Schedule video chats with friends and family. Having a laugh, or getting the 411 on how folks are doing, can be reassuring and ease stress
  • Talk to your instructors during virtual office hours. Connecting with your instructors can make large tasks feel less daunting
  • V-Chat your classmates, even when you aren’t doing course work. They will probably appreciate the effort, and so will you. We’re all in this together

Remember that the current state of things is temporary. It will pass. Take a breath, do your best, get some rest, and wash your hands.

Students have inquired about the possibility of CCS moving to ‘Pass/No Credit’ grading. After discussing the issue with the Department Chairs and College leadership, and surveying the emerging practice across the country, we have decided that it is appropriate to allow students the option to convert any of their course grades to Pass/No Credit (P/NC).

Complete the Pass/No Credit Request Form to request a pass/no-credit grade in lieu of a grade for the Winter 2020 semester. Note, you must log in with your CCS username and password to access the form.

Pass/No Credit Policy

Pass/No Credit Form

What if I can’t go home this summer?

The College will provide summer housing for any student affected by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact the Office of Student Life at 

What if I can’t return to the USA?

If your travel is interrupted due to restrictions related to COVID-19, CCS work with you on an alternate academicplan. Contact: or or 313.664.7449.

What if my Visa expires, or I am out-of-status as a result of restrictions?

Contact the International Student Services Office for assistance. We are in contact with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, as such, all agencies are aware and answering questions related to these concerns.

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19, CCS has made the difficult decision to cancel all outgoing study abroad programs for this Summer (2020) and Fall (2020). Should you have plans to study abroad this summer or fall, we ask that you cancel, or postpone your travel. This decision has been made in the best interest of the health, safety and well-being of students, and our community at large.

We are uncertain of when CDC Travel Warning Levels will be acceptable to travel, or US travelers will be permitted to enter foreign countries due to laws, regulations or orders. For Example, individuals in Michigan must follow (COVID-19) Executive Order 2020 No. 2020-21 which instructs residents to stay home unless their job function is necessary to sustain or protect life. Similar restrictions are in place in foreign countries and are changing rapidly. As such, travel for academic reasons may not be permitted. Please contact the International Student Services office for more information, at:

Along with CCS leadership and the overall community, the Office of Admissions is monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 and its effects on the school and testing schedules of our prospective, current and admitted applicants for the fall 2020 semester and beyond.

With the increasing amount of cancelled or rescheduled English language test dates, CCS will now accept the web-based Duolingo English Test. Applicants can complete the test and submit their scores to CCS by selecting the College for Creative Studies when registering via the Duolingo website. Our minimum required score for the test is 90.

The health and well-being of our applicants, students and the global community is extremely important to us. We encourage prospective, current and admitted applicants to contact the Admissions team at if you have any questions or concerns about the admissions process.

CCS Wellness Center

The CCS Wellness Center is here to support students as we navigate the COVID-19 global health crisis. Phone check-ins will be scheduled for 15-20 minutes during normal business hours. Complete the quick request form to schedule a time to chat about stress reduction, anxiety, isolation or anything else you need. CCS Wellness Center phone session request: Phone Check-In Request

For after hours support, you may wish to utilize the Crisis Text Line, text BRAVE to 741-741.

Our in-person CCS nursing services are suspended at this time, however, we remain in communication with the Wayne State Health Center and McCauley Health Center should we have any questions or concerns that arise and need further consideration.

The Wellness Center is not currently taking walk-in appointments. Questions or concerns about this process can be directed to the Wellness Office at 313.664.7830 or

Taking care of anxiety during Covid-19

Resources, Toolkits and Articles

Local Resources

  • Henry Ford Hospital
    2799 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
    Online Assessment Tool

  • Detroit Receiving Hospital
    4201 St Antoine, Detroit, MI 48201
    Online Assessment Tool

  • Harper Hospital
    3990 John R St, Detroit, MI 48201

  • Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak
    3601 W 13 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073
    Online Assessment Tool

  • Oakwood Hospital Dearborn
    18101 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Student Insurance Policy
Students using the College for Creative Studies Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) who have questions about Benefits, Claims Processing, ID Card Requests, Waiver, Enrollment and Prescription Reimbursement the College for Creative Studies Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) should contact:

Consolidated Health Plans
2077 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104
(877) 657-5030

CCS is committed to providing instruction remotely to ensure that all students have the ability to complete their coursework for the semester. In addition, students will be able to return to campus to use the studios and shops when the Stay Home order has been lifted. All student service and support offices will continue to be available to students throughout the semester. Therefore, since the College is continuing to deliver instruction and services, tuition will not be refunded.

The College has decided to refund the entire Resource Fee paid for the Winter semester.

All students who applied to graduate in May 2020, and paid the Graduation Fee, will have that fee refunded. Students will still graduate on time in May and a Commencement Ceremony will be held on a still to be determined date.

Students who moved out of housing have already received a prorated housing refund. Students who had a meal plan, have been refunded the balance remaining on their plan.

The CCS Business Services and Financial Aid offices are committed to working with students and families to the best of our ability through these challenging times. For assistance with account balances, payment plans, and financial aid, please email the Financial Aid Office at or Mary Tarte in the Business Office at .

All US domestic students are required to move out of the residence halls, along with all of their belongings, by 5:00 pm, Monday, March 23, 2020. Due to travel restrictions, international students may remain in campus housing.

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, please review instructions for doing so. Direct deposit will enable the refunds to be available much faster than writing a physical check.

Direct Deposit Instructions for Refunds

Students with further questions regarding campus housing should contact Ryan Harrison at .

CCS recognizes that students and faculty may miss classes due to COVID-19 illness, potential illness, and/or travel interruptions.  Students, faculty and staff who are concerned that they are ill should exercise caution in attending classes.  Faculty should provide as much flexibility in excusing absences due to illness as possible to avoid any potential spread of disease.  Please refer to the prevention tips included at the top of this message for additional measures you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

CCS is committed to ensuring that undergraduate and graduate students, who have applied to graduate and satisfied all requirements, will complete their degree on time in May and diplomas and transcripts will reflect the May date. 

 The commencement ceremony and student exhibition have been postponed until a later date and will not take place in May.  President Tuski and Dan Long met with student government on March 25, 2020, to gather some input on commencement and the student exhibition.  At this time, there is no decision yet as to when these two activities will take place, but we will keep you posted.  You can view some of the ideas students have posted on the Class of 2020 Facebook page.

Until further notice student employees will be paid according to their normal schedule. Supervisors will reach out to their student employees.

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 Offices will continue to be available to students remotely. Please contact these offices via email.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is available to help students virtually via the following services:

Schedule a Student Success Center Appointment