COVID-19 Information

This information page will communicate the most up-to-date information as decisions are made. Please stay tuned to this page—as well as your Ferris email and KCAD social media channels—for the latest updates and information.

For more information on how Ferris State University as a whole is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

Ferris/KCAD Response

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Kent County and some surrounding counties are now considered areas of high transmission. Other surrounding counties are currently tracking a substantial rate of transmission.

Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) are committed to the health and safety of our campus community. In keeping with this commitment, and in following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the university is requiring masking at all Kent County campus locations, including KCAD.

A mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn inside all KCAD campus buildings. Students may request a face-covering exemption by emailing [email protected].  Employees may request a face-covering exemption by emailing [email protected].

Additionally, students and employees should continue to complete the daily symptom checker, stay home if they are not feeling well, and wash their hands frequently to help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 while on campus.

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year on August 30 and working together as a community to ensure our campuses remain healthy and safe learning and working environments.

Do Your Part! Report A Positive Test Result

It is critical to report a positive test result so KCAD can take measures to protect the campus community. Even if you are not exhibiting symptoms and feel fine, it is important that you report a positive test result. Your information will not be shared with the general public, but KCAD is required to report the number of positive cases.

File an online COVID-19 positive test report


KCAD students: All of us—students, faculty, and staff—will need to be flexible and adaptable, and more importantly, we will need to practice empathy and understanding toward one another. As we work together to navigate the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we want to be sure our efforts are focused on understanding and addressing your needs as well as ensuring our campus remains a safe and healthy learning environment.

If you need assistance, have questions, or would like to share your concerns or comments, please contact us via our Ask KCAD feedback portal.