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Planning for fall 2020
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Safety on campus

Our goal is to create a healthy, supportive environment that allows our students to thrive academically, artistically and socially. At CIA, we are building a shared understanding of the importance of the healthy-campus measures we've put in place in consultation with state and local health experts.

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General guidelines

Masks  All faculty, staff and students will be required to wear masks in common areas on campus and in larger group settings. People are asked to supply their own masks.

Daily health screening  Faculty, staff, students and visitors will participate in a quick health screening upon entering the Gund Building. Details are forthcoming.

At the Gund building, CIA's main academic facility:

  • high-touch surfaces are cleaned repeatedly throughout the day
  • room occupancy limits will be reduced in accordance with government recommendations
  • some common-area furniture has been removed to discourage large group gatherings
  • plexiglas barriers in areas where 6-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • furniture and equipment in some areas, such as computer labs, will be rearranged to enhance safe distancing
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In the Uptown and Euclid 117 residence halls

Our apartment-style living suites, with bedrooms and bathrooms shared by a maximum of two people, allow for residents to create a familial pod with minimal social distancing while keeping a safe distance from residents of other suites.

For safety reasons, temporary guidelines will be in place for those who live in our residence halls. These guidelines will be part of CIA's code of conduct. Violations will be reported as failure-to-comply, as found in the student handbook.

Residence hall move-in

To maintain physical distancing during the move-in process, CIA developed a plan for students to move-in gradually over the course of several days.

New student move-in will take place August 7–12.
Returning student move-in will take place August 6–16.

  • Student Life + Housing have assigned students a date and time for move-in. If you'll be living on campus, you should have received an email.
  • Students will be scheduled for two-hour move-in time slots, between 8am and 6pm, based on their home address. Students from farther away will move-in first.
  • Five students at a time may move in during each two-hour window.
  • Each student can bring one helper to assist them with their move.
  • Students and helpers must wear masks in all common areas in the residence hall and on campus.
  • Students should expect additional procedures regarding move-in, which were sent with your move-in day and time. 

If you have any questions, email the Student Life + Housing office.


As in previous years, CIA students can buy meal plans through Case Western Reserve University, or purchase CaseCash, which can be used like a debit card, at a number of local restaurants.

Our Stone Flower Cafe in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Atrium will resume operations this fall with grab-and-go options.

Two students collaborating on a project in their residence hall suite

For more information:

Matthew Smith, PhD
Director of Student Life + Housing
216.421.7495 | Contact

Important Dates

August 7–12  New students move in to residence halls

August 6–16 Returning students move in to residence halls

August 17 First day of class


Building Hours

Effective August 10, 2020:
Mon–Sat 7am–midnight
Sun noon–midnight

Visit our campus

Visit our campus

In-person campus visits have been suspended until the end of September. By September 15, we will have an update about scheduling future appointments. Until then, view our virtual tour and see other video resources.

CIA's Smart Return to Campus

CIA's Smart Return to Campus

Learn more about our plans to return to campus this fall.