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Coronavirus Information

What is KCAD doing about COVID-19?

Due to increased worldwide health concerns, KCAD and Ferris State University are closely monitoring news related to the coronavirus (Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19) outbreak. Please stay tuned to your Ferris email, KCAD social media channels, and this page for the latest updates and information.

For more information on how Ferris State University as a whole is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit ferris.edu/coronavirus.

Governor Whitmer Announces "Stay Home" Executive Order

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a “Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.” executive order, effective March 24 and extending through April 13. Her orders are simple and clear: Stay home, unless it is absolutely essential to be out in public.

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Coronavirus Feedback Portal

KCAD students: As we work together to navigate these unprecedented circumstances, we want to be sure that all of our efforts are focused on understanding and addressing your needs as well as ensuring your safety.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Are classes canceled?

No, but all face-to-face class meetings are moving to alternate delivery methods for the duration of the spring 2020 semester. Faculty will be communicating with you regarding the strategies that they are employing to deliver content while you are away from campus.

Is the campus closed?

With the recent news that there are now cases in Kent County, KCAD has decided to proactively close its campus buildings including UICA and the studios at UICA and 89 Ionia, effective immediately. At this time, employees will still have access to campus so the college can continue to support curriculum and essential operations. Students, alumni, guests, and the general public will not be permitted access to campus until further notice. Please understand that this situation is fluid.

What if I need access to facilities/materials on campus to complete work for class?

At this time, we are not allowing students on campus or in campus buildings to access any personal items. If this causes a challenge for your course work please communicate directly with your professors.

What if I have advising questions during this campus closure?

Faculty will move advising to an online platform, phone calls, or email. Please send any questions regarding advising to your program advisor for information on courses in your major, or to Carol Sloan, Academic Advisor ([email protected]) for general advising.

What if I have an on-campus student employee position?

All student employees should not report to work at KCAD during this time. However, ALL student employees will be provided with an opportunity to work remotely and be paid. Supervisors will follow up with their student employees on an individual basis to make arrangements for students to work remotely.

If I am a student employee, will I be paid for the days on which I couldn't work due to the campus closure?

Yes! Spring 2020 student employees will be paid for this week and the previous week on March 27th and April 10th; respectively. Hours and pay will be determined using the hours worked in the last full pay period (February 23rd through March 8th). Students who have had circumstances causing them to work less hours over the last full pay-period may receive less than they expect. In this circumstance, students can appeal the amount of the payments by contacting Lisa Start Spinner at [email protected].

What if I'm having challenges accessing food or other essentials?

If this closure is causing you challenges with access to food and essentials please reach out to Nicole Dekraker, Director of Student Engagement ([email protected]) and we will work to coordinate a way for Food Pantry items to be available to you.

Who can I talk to if I'm feeling anxious/stressed about the ongoing situation?

If you are experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety as a result of COVID-19, please reach out to Marie Yowtz, Director of Counseling and Disability Services ([email protected]).

What should I do if I am not feeling well, or if I am presenting symptoms of COVID-19?

If you are not feeling well, or presenting symptoms, we encourage you to call the Spectrum Health Free Virtual COVID-19 Screening hotline at 616.391.2380 and follow any guidance provided.