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CCS Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

This page serves to answer questions students, faculty and staff may have regarding the College's reopening. It will continue to be updated as information becomes available. 


In these FAQs and campus communications, we’ll refer to modes of instruction simply as online, hybrid, or in-person, but in fact, your course schedule will show as many as 7 types of instruction that fall into those categories. To see the full list of descriptions and codes, please visit here.

  • Online - Online learning is delivered 100% using the internet either synchronously (students log-in at the time of instruction) or asynchronously (students engage with pre-recorded classes, quizzes and posted materials) or a combination of the two.
  • Hybrid - Hybrid learning is where part of the class is taught online (see above), and part of the class is taught in-person (see below).
  • In-Person - students attend campus for timetabled classes in studios, labs, shops and classrooms. Social distancing measures will require that student groups are small, with numbers determined by the space available.

There are no tuition adjustments planned. CCS intends to provide a full semester of coursework.

The Pass/No Credit policy is available for the Fall 2020 semester and has been extended to the Winter 2021 semester. Incompletes or grade changes can be discussed with your faculty member. The entire Pass/No Credit Fall 2020 policy is located in the CCS Policy Database.

Students may contact the IT Help Desk for help with the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or software issues. 

Students may also review case studies or access instructions for the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

While a traditional Spring Break is not possible due to the pandemic, we will have a "Recharge Week." Faculty are planning refreshing and inspiring activities during class time the week of March 8-13 that may include classroom demonstrations, tutorials, one-on-one sessions with students, and guest speakers, depending on the instructor. No assignments or critiques will be due during this time. All students, whether attending in person or remotely, will receive additional information directly from their faculty with details on this week as it draws closer.

International Students

Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is requiring that visitors to the United States be tested before travelling by air into the United States (US), or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel. A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be provided to the airline prior to boarding. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show the test was done within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result must show the test was done within the 3 months before the flight.

View the CDC Order
View and print the Passenger Attestation 

CCS is providing Visa advising using the March 2020 DHS Guidance and FAQS for Non-Immigrant Students. The International Student Services Office will alert all new and continuing international students of the impactful sections as needed.

In the event that the college has to move to an entirely online course delivery unexpectedly, your Visa status will be kept active from inside the USA or abroad.

Yes, if you cannot return due to a current travel restriction please reach out to the International Student Services Office. Together with your department chair, we will develop a plan for your semester online.

CCS is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to self-quarantine for two weeks and get tested prior to using campus facilities on January 25 to try to minimize any potential risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please continue to monitor your symptoms daily using the MI Symptoms app, wear a mask, maintain social distance, and avoid moderate and high risk behaviors as much as possible both on and off campus. If you arrive on campus at a date later than January 25, please make similar arrangements. If you need to attend your courses remotely for a time, contact your Academic Program Administrator, or Academic Advisor for assistance.

Because of the changing nature of DHS Guidance during the Covid-19 Pandemic, We recommend you contact the International Student Services Office for more information on your specific situation. The ISSO will work with all International Students to optimize your ability to qualify for future opportunities and help you to maintain your visa status appropriately.

Because of the changing nature of DHS Guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic, We recommend you contact the International Student Services Office for more information on your specific situation.

If you need to arrive late by a few days, or a week please contact the International Student Services Office to obtain a travel support letter to present at the border, and in some cases an adjusted Form I20. We strongly encourage you to communicate with your professors about your arrival plans and begin your classes online prior to entry. Please remember to check-in with the International Student Services Office by email immediately after entering the USA, and reporting to CCS. You can email , the Primary Designated School Official for CCS.

For a list of Presidential Proclamations on travel to the USA, please refer to

For US/Canada land border restrictions and information, please refer to

For US/Mexico land border restrictions, please refer to

Visa application fees and SEVIS fees are valid for one year from the date of payment. Please continue to work with the consulate nearest you, to schedule your VISA interview and update the International Student Services Office on your progress. We also recommend that you utilize the Education USA Office in your area for Visa support.

CCS is currently working with the City of Detroit Health Department and will provide updates to students, when more information is available.

Campus Facilities

Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students and employees on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, restrooms, hallways, etc.). You should also wear face masks when using public transportation and CCS Shuttle Services. While masks or cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing, they do help in minimizing the spread in close quarters.

Disposable masks will be provided by CCS if needed, and are intended to be worn until wet or soiled or for no more than one day (8 hours) before being placed in the trash. Students and employees are encouraged to wear their own cloth face coverings. Cloth masks should be worn for 8 hours and properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

If you are wearing a clear face shield, you do not have to also wear a face mask at the same time.

While on campus, you may eat food in CCS dining facilities, outside on the grounds, or in your private office or dorm room. CCS Dining is open and available to students and employees with some changes to ensure health and safety of our campus community. Foods served in all dining locations are focused on prepared and packaged meal options in order to decrease the amount of employee and guest interaction and the amount of time required to purchase food. All self-service food items (salad bars, coffee and drink dispensers, soups), condiments, and utensils have been replaced with pre-packed items distributed by Continental staff members.

Diners must wear masks until they are seated and ready to eat. Seating capacity has been reduced by 50% and other social distancing measures, heightened sanitization, and clean practices have been instituted. Dining areas will be sanitized every 30 minutes during service hours.

In addition, all dining employees undergo daily health screenings and are required to wear masks and gloves at all times. Dining employees have received additional training in the appropriate use of personal protective equipment in conjunction with food safety guidelines; food safety health protocols, such as cleaning between customers and managing shared objects such as condiments; and how to manage symptomatic customers who seek entry into the facility.

Cash payment at all dining locations is not available at this time. Credit cards, mobile pay options (Google Pay, Apple Pay), CCS Dining Dollars, and CCS Flex dollars are all accepted forms of payment. CCS Community members can add cash to their CCS Flex account through the Business Office to be able to use that form of payment in the dining locations.

CCS has developed a comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting plan to reduce risk and potential spread of infection. Environmental Services will ensure that all highly touched or high-traffic surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, etc. are sanitized every four hours.

However, all employees and students can also do their part in making sure shared spaces and equipment are safe. Disinfecting supplies will be placed in offices, studios, and other shared spaces so that equipment and surfaces can be wiped down prior and after use.  Additional supplies can be requested from Campus Facilities by employees. 

For more detail please click here or review the CCS Preparedness Plan

Air scrubbers have been installed in the Administration and Fritz buildings to help keep indoor air clean. All air filters have been changed at both campuses and will continue to be replaced on a regular basis. 

Currently, CCS buildings are open only to students and necessary staff and faculty.

In order to minimize the number of people on campus, we are asking employees to work from home if possible.

The CCS Bookstore in the Taubman Center is currently open for online and phone orders only. In-store shopping and regular store hours are planned to resume on Monday, January 25 for the CCS community and tenants of our buildings. The Ford Campus Bookstore is closed permanently.

Visitors will not be allowed in CCS Housing.

Students are welcome in common areas on campus outside of class but must adhere to all CCS health and safety policies in the Returning to Campus Preparedness Plan. This includes wearing masks while on campus, only eating in dining facilities, respecting all posted facility signage, and maintaining 6 ft social distance at all times. Students may use classroom space after class as long as the room is available, disinfect their workspace when they are finished working, and follow the other health and safety procedures outlined above.

All Ford Campus common areas and student areas remain open in their prior locations.

In the Taubman Center, common areas have been moved to the second floor of the building in order to allow for other facilities to be modified to accommodate social distancing needs. In addition to dining facilities, students will find the following on the second floor: common areas for studying, a 24-hour computer lab, Marketplace, and a new workspace.

Effective Monday 9/21/20 the ACB Fitness Center will be open during the hours listed below. We are doing additional cleaning throughout the day, limiting access hours, and providing more cleaning products for use during your time in the fitness center. Anyone using the facility is required to continue wearing a mask at all times and to maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirements. At this time we will not have the fitness room open on the weekends. The TC Fitness Room and the TC Gymnasium will not be open at this time, the ACB Fitness room is available to all students. CCS Employees will not be permitted to use the Fitness Room due to the limited hours available. Students must schedule a time through the Patron Portal to use the ACB Fitness Room and access is limited to 2 students at a time. Reservations are for 1 hour only. If these restrictions and processes are not adhered to, we will have to close the fitness center again.

ACB Fitness Room Hours
Monday - Friday

2 person max, 1 hour reservations through Patron Portal

Masks and social distancing required.

Clean equipment before and after usage.

TC Fitness Room and Gymnasium closed until further notice.


Students that live on campus or attend in-person classes must be free of ANY new symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 as listed below:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Current or Recent Fever (within past 24 hours)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • New unknown muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms without explainable cause (such as allergies, chronic illness), stay home!

Contact your instructors. You can decide if you are well enough to attend remotely or will need to make up classwork and assignments at a later date. Students living on campus should also alert their RA.

Several “at risk” symptoms does not mean a positive COVID-19 infection. Please continue to isolate through your illness. If your symptoms are prolonged for more than two days, you should get tested.

You can access testing through our partnership with Beaumont Health or contact your preferred medical provider / urgent care.

Employees that report to work on-campus must be free of ANY NEW symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 as listed below:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Current or Recent Fever (within last 24 hours)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • New unknown muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms without explainable cause (such as allergies, chronic illness), stay home! You must be without a fever for at least 24 hours.

First, contact your supervisor. You can decide if you are well enough to work remotely or will need to take time off.

Several “at risk” symptoms does not mean a positive COVID-19 infection. Please continue to isolate through your illness. If your symptoms are prolonged for more than two days, you should get tested.

You can access testing through our partnership with Beaumont Health or contact your preferred medical provider / urgent care.

You must notify CCS so we can take the necessary steps to keep you and the community safe. Please complete this  CCS COVID Self-Report Form.

Necessary members of Campus Safety, Student Affairs and Human Resources will be notified and next steps will be followed on a case-by-case basis.

You will need to self-isolate for a minimum of ten (10) days. You may return to on-campus activity after the 10th day if your symptoms are improving and you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours.


  • Students living on campus with roommates will relocate to one of the predetermined isolation rooms located in the St. Regis.
  • Students participating in overseas or off-campus programs must notify the Director of International Student Services.

For more details, please refer to the Isolation and Quarantine plan.

If you have not been in contact with anyone on campus (or anyone who is going to be on campus), there are no further campus steps you are required to take. However, if you would like to disclose your health status, we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible to Emily VanWormer, Health Resource Manager, at . CCS can help you with off-campus resources, communicating with your instructors (if needed), and coordinating medical benefits.

Fully remote employees should contact HR if they need extended PTO or medical leave.

If you have symptoms of influenza or coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, or fatigue) after-hours or over the weekend, please call the WSU Campus Health Center at 313-577-5041. The answering service will take your information and a health care provider will call you. For your safety and the safety of others, please do not walk into WSU Campus Health Center or other medical facilities unannounced. Please call ahead.

CCS employees can contact the Detroit Medical Center at 888-362-2500, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Employees on the CCS health insurance plan can also contact the Blue Cross nurse line at 1-855-642-5214.

For the health and safety of our staff, the Nurse's Office is operating virtually. The Nurse Practitioner is available Monday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Thursday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. for the Fall 2020 Semester. Most medical ailments can be assessed and prescribed via telemedicine. Please contact the Wellness Center if you have any questions. Students can access the Doxy Virtual Waiting Room during the nurse office hours and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit

For general first aid supplies, you may schedule a pick up from the Wellness Center by emailing .

Yes, Students and employees living, working, or studying on campus must conduct self-screening every day before reporting to campus. Please see details about MI Symptoms below.

MI Symptoms App

  • Employees working on campus must complete a self-assessment on any day they are coming to campus (Executive order from Gov. Whitmer, EO 2020-161). Employees may either report with the MI Symptoms app or through an email to a supervisor. Each office may handle this process differently, please connect directly with your supervisor on how your office will manage this requirement. 
  • Students living on campus or coming to campus must complete a self-assessment any day they are on campus. If students choose not to create a MI Symptoms account and use the app to report symptoms, they will be required to complete a paper form at campus security each time they come to campus.
    • Students living in CCS Housing will need to have an up-to-date Wellness Check in order to leave the building and/or return to their dorm.
    • Students coming to campus for class or work must complete a self-assessment before coming to campus.
  • Visitors to campus will complete the visitor form and check in with Campus Safety.

While not required off-campus, it is expected that all members of the CCS community will complete the self-assessment daily, whether on campus or not, to support efforts to protect the health of the community. It is strongly suggested that the self-assessment be completed before noon.

Employees coming to work in campus buildings need to complete a Wellness Check and show results to their supervisor, either in-person, via email, or text message. Employees may use MI Symptoms or another agreed-upon method with their supervisor.

Students coming to campus buildings or leaving their dorm need to complete a Wellness Check and be prepared to show their results at Security Checkpoints. If students do not use MI Symptoms, they will be required to fill out a visitor form at Security.

Security checkpoints are:

ACB 1st floor
Campus Safety: Kresge Ford Building
WB Ford Lobby
Taubman Center Lobby
Campus Safety: Taubman Center

Visit MI Symptoms to create an account. 

Once an account is created, CCS community members should edit their account info and add their workplace and appropriate code.

Work Address is 201 E Kirby, Detroit 48202



Survey results should not be interpreted as a diagnosis. COVID-19 symptoms have overlap with several other diseases, such as the seasonal flu. Further follow up is needed. However, we do not want ANY infectious disease on campus and we still want you to stay home if you’re sick.

Please remember to report only new and unusual symptoms. Not symptoms related to chronic conditions or other non-COVID conditions.

If you are symptomatic or exposed to a positive case, we ask that you do not attend classes or share spaces with others until we have more information. Please stay home and/or in your room. The CCS Health Resource Manager will reach out to determine next steps.

If you think you received an at-risk result in error, you may contact the .

Yes, the symptom monitoring is only for NEW symptoms related to infectious disease. You do not need to record those symptoms in your daily Wellness Check.

The supervisors will only see the employee’s name and risk status. The college will only have access to the individual’s name, risk status, and a phone number for follow up. A report for students and employees is compiled daily.

No. There are no GPS tracking features within the MI Symptoms Wellness Check. Data will be shared between MDHHS and University of Michigan School of Public Health as further outlined in the privacy notice. Please review the full MI Symptoms Privacy Policy.

Daily screenings for in-person attendance are a requirement by the state. The results of MI Symptoms by the CCS community will help us identify at-risk populations and departments and contact those who might be at risk.

If you have COVID-19-like symptoms, the CCS Health Resource Manager and the state or local health department may reach out to inquire about your health situation or about programs that could help you find testing or services.

While there is not a mobile app version, you are able to easily make a link to this website appear as an application on your smartphone’s homepage! This will work the same way as a traditional mobile application.

On Android:

  • Open MI Symptoms on your browser
  • Click three dots in the top right of your browser. Depending on the browser, this may be located elsewhere.
  • Click “Add shortcut to desktop” and you will create the shortcut as an icon to the desktop

On iOS:

  • Open MI Symptoms on Safari
  • Tap the icon in the middle of the bottom bar. Depending on the browser, this may be located elsewhere.
  • Click the button “Add to Home Screen”
  • Name the shortcut “MI Symptoms” and click “Add”

The college will place visual reminders, but if a phone alert works best for you, please set that up to remind you as you start each day!

Students will be required to fill out a visitor form at Security OR, if they can access MI Symptoms on their phone, we ask that they complete the screening on-site. If they get the green clearance, they can proceed.

If a CCS community member is unable to access MI Symptoms, we ask that they report to a Campus Safety checkpoint and complete the paper version of the screener in order to enter the buildings.


The college has arranged monthly testing. More information is here.

CCS is expecting students and employees that live, work, or go to classes on campus regularly to get tested at least once a month. However, if you are exhibiting symptoms, or are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and get tested sooner.

The pandemic situation is rapidly changing. Current science suggests that up to 40% of positive cases could be asymptomatic. Providing and encouraging frequent testing, also known as surveillance testing, is a strategy to help understand the infection rate of our population.

Maintaining a safe and healthy campus is the top priority. Testing is just one component of our response. It takes all of us to practice preventative behaviors like wearing facial coverings, social distancing, sanitization and hand hygiene, and staying home/working remotely if you are symptomatic or living with someone who is infected.

If you have been tested recently (within 1-3 weeks) you can delay your test until the following month as long as you are not exhibiting symptoms, and have not been exposed to a confirmed case.

If you’d like to get tested outside of the on-campus dates, you may access any facility of your choosing. For more information about testing locations, please view the CCS Health and Safety page.

Yes, CCS will cover the cost of screening and testing with Beaumont.

Begin by first completing the medical release form which will identify you as a member of the CCS community. When scheduling your telemedicine appointment, select “Self Pay” and continue the following steps. CCS will receive the invoice.

Many other testing sites are offering free or sliding scale costs for uninsured patients. Confirm with the testing site before arriving.

We are strongly encouraging anyone who is coming to campus to be tested. If you do not plan to come to campus, you do not have to get tested.

Antibody testing detects if you had and recovered from COVID-19; this would give a positive antibody test result. A negative antibody test does not always rule out a current viral infection. It is possible to be currently infected but test negative for the antibody test because you have not built up enough antibodies yet. Antibodies typically indicate an immunity to a disease, but because this virus is so new, it is uncertain if you can be reinfected again.

COVID-19 Vaccine

CCS is currently working with the City of Detroit Health Department and will provide updates to students, when more information is available.

Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing is a public health tool to identify those who may have been exposed to an infectious disease. Those in close contact with someone with the virus will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine to stop the spread of the disease. The Detroit City Health Department will also reach out for further information.

Self-isolation is the directive to stay home because an individual is symptomatic and/or tests positive for COVID-19.

Self-quarantine is the directive to isolate a healthy individual who has been exposed to a positive case to make sure they do not contract the virus.

Self-monitoring is the directive for those who are at low risk of exposure. They do not need to stay home but should monitor symptoms and reduce contact with others.

These three strategies help contain and prevent the virus from spreading.

A close contact is a person who spent at least 10-15 minutes within 6 feet of an infected person. You are most at risk because this virus spreads mostly through nose and mouth droplets via talking, coughing or sneezing, laughing, etc.

Close contacts need to self-quarantine for 7-14 days since the most recent exposure. If you were informed by an individual or the health department, you also need to let CCS know. Fill out the reporting form and we will make sure that the appropriate campus departments are notified while helping you determine your quarantine timeline and return plan.  

You will be directly contacted via email or phone if you need to self quarantine. Casual passes in a hallway or a shared air system are not considered high risk. If a section of a facility needs to be closed for a period of time that affects your work or living space, you will be notified directly.

If you were in close contact (6 feet or closer for longer than 10 minutes) with someone who was displaying symptoms related to COVID-19, you are encouraged to monitor your symptoms and stay home if you begin to feel ill. A self-quarantine is not required, but can be acted on for extra precautions.

Your identity will be kept confidential when contacts are notified. We will only share the exposure date range (+/- 1 day). You are encouraged to share your health status with your personal networks if you feel comfortable doing so. Please keep in mind that it may be possible for close contacts to identify you based on the dates and locations where they were exposed


The College is evaluating options for both in-person and virtual events for the May 2021 commencement ceremony.

Our priority remains providing an in-person commencement experience if state and local guidelines permit us to do so. We will provide more information on the exact format in the coming months.

In addition, the Student Exhibition Planning team has started planning the details for the exhibition in May 2021. We are planning to develop a robust online exhibition to augment an in-person experience, not only to be ready for any COVID-19 limitations but to also provide even broader exposure for our talented students' work. We are committed to producing an exhibition experience worthy of the culmination of your art and design education.

May 2020 and December 2020 graduates are both invited to participate in the May 2021 Commencement Ceremony and Student Exhibition if you would like to participate.

Thanks for all your patience as we work to adjust plans with the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.


To adhere to social distancing guidelines, there will be a minimal number of in-person events held on-campus this academic year. All virtual events will continue as planned.


For questions please email