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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 Lifts "Stay Home" Executive Order

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has lifted Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order as of Monday, June 1, immediately easing limits on gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact.

"While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to be smart and practice social distancing, and encourage those who meet the criteria to get tested for COVID-19," Gov. Whitmer said during a news conference announcing the lift.

Desipte the lifting of the order, all KCAD campus buildings—including UICA—will remain closed until further notice.

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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.

Submit your questions, comments, or concerns here.

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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 and the entirety of the summer I and summer II semesters. 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?

KCAD has closed its campus buildings including UICA and the studios at UICA and 89 Ionia, effective immediately. At this time, essential 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.

However, a plan is being developed to allow faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to collect belongings from—and return items to—campus, while taking care to comply with social distancing guidelines and painting the safety of our campus and community. More information on this plan will be released in the coming days.

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.

How does the COVID-19 situation impact KCAD's 2020 Commencement ceremony?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the 2020 Commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 9, 2020 at 10am, via a reproduced video that will be streamed live on the KCAD Facebook page. We want to celebrate our 2020 graduates and their incredible accomplishments now, in the present moment, in the best way we are able to. However, please know that we are continuing to evaluate what might be possible to celebrate in person at a later date.

2020 graduates: please review the KCAD 2020 Commencement Info Page for important details on what you need to do to participate in the virtual Commencement ceremony, and direct any questions to [email protected].

How does the COVID-19 situation impact KCAD's 2020 Annual Student Exhibitions?

Like many colleges and universities across the nation, KCAD made the difficult decision to delay many of its Commencement related activities and events this spring to protect the health and safety of our campus community and guests in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is no replacement for seeing art and design in person, without the ability to gather in a physical space it seemed natural to develop an online platform to showcase the amazing work of KCAD’s 2020 graduates.

KCAD's 2020 Master's Thesis, Excellence Awards, and Undergraduate Senior Exhibitions are currently on view at kcad2020.org.

What is the plan for the fall 2020 semester?

In our planning for fall 2020, we will apply empathy and care to ensure health, safety, and welfare for our students, faculty, staff, and community members. We will be innovative to meet our mission and maintain academic integrity while delivering a quality educational experience. We will be resilient and adjust rapidly to changing, imperfect information as circumstances evolve.

This planning includes exploring ideas for reducing densities and developing additional protocols so we can provide access to campus and continue to ensure a safe and healthy learning and working environment for everyone. This planning also includes training opportunities and contingency preparations to ensure that the quality of education is maintained, in the event of another wave of COVID-19.

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

All student employees should not report to work at KCAD during this time. However, student employees will be provided with an opportunity to work remotely and be paid.

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.