Fall Reopening Plan

CCS Fall Reopening Plan

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is excited to welcome our campus community back for Fall semester on Monday, August 31, 2020. This is one week earlier than previously communicated.

Both the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education will offer on-campus studio courses for new and returning students. On-campus instruction will conclude on Wednesday, November 25, before the Thanksgiving break, at which time students will continue with remote learning until the end of semester on December 12, 2020.

All campus facilities will remain open to students who continuously remain on campus through the end of the semester. If students choose to leave at the Thanksgiving break, they will be expected to remain off-campus for the remainder of the semester and only participate remotely.

Summer Workshops and Studio Access

To accommodate the earlier start date, the dates for the on-campus Summer Workshops have been adjusted to start on Monday, July 27 and end on Friday, August 28. Summer Studio Access will begin on Monday, July 13 and end on Friday, August 28. Additional information will be shared with registered students through their departments. 

Fall Housing

Fall move-in to Campus Housing for new and returning students will take place by appointment August 26-29, 2020. Student Affairs will share more details about Fall Housing with affected students.

Academic Instruction

It is our plan that this revised academic schedule will provide a safe learning environment that not only minimizes the spread of the coronavirus but also enables the College to adapt to unforeseen challenges during the fall and winter months. In addition, in order to increase much-needed classroom space for in-person learning, all undergraduate Liberal Arts coursework will be conducted online. Detailed plans for in-person instruction are currently in development and will be shared with students and their families this summer.

This fall, students can opt to attend courses completely online, on campus, or in combination. The College remains committed to accommodating the needs of all international students, those with underlying health conditions or those who are concerned about returning to campus.

Campus Health and Safety

With the guidance of Campus Safety and Facilities, the CCS Plan for Preparedness, to be shared in the coming weeks, implements public health and social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Prior to arrival, students will participate in an online training protocol that includes a self-screening health questionnaire and a review of CCS health and safety protocols and resources. CCS has already instituted, and continues to strengthen, heightened health and safety measures on both campuses, including touchless hand sanitation, plexiglass barriers at service desks, reduced elevator and classroom capacity, a new disinfecting equipment, visual cues and directional signage to aid social distancing measures. We will continue to monitor and adhere to public health and safety guidance from local, state, and federal government.

We are very excited to welcome our students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, as well as during the Summer Workshops this August. Our mission is to preserve what is best about the CCS experience, while offering instructional flexibility. We are more committed than ever to hands-on, collaborative learning; the tradition of mentorship between faculty and students; and to providing a safe, student-centered, and vibrant college experience. While we are prioritizing in-person instruction in our plans, we are very excited about adopting new and innovative online and blended teaching practices that will enhance learning and enable more accessible scheduling. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing more details about the additional investments we are making to even further enhance our students’ educational experience.


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