CCM Student FAQ

Our current plan is to offer more in-person activities this year, including face-to-face classes, public performances and other on-campus events — providing students, faculty, staff and visitors with the best CCM experience possible while maintaining the health and wellness of our community.

The health and safety measures outlined on UC’s Public Health website provide the operational framework that CCM will follow this fall. As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC’s physician-led COVID response team.

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors remains our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed through UC's Public Health website, which is updated regularly.

CCM is also providing regular updates through this website and through our email newsletter. Subscribe to get the latest CCM news, performance videos and other campus updates delivered directly to your inbox.



Sept. 1 Update: UC announces requirement for faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read the update

Aug. 27 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto shares important updates for fall semester. Read the update

Aug. 25 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto shares statement on vaccinations. Read the update

Aug. 17 Update: Dustin Calhoun, M.D., the Chief Medical Preparedness Officer and Chair of UC's COVID Response Team, provides a regularly scheduled update. Read the update

Aug. 11 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein shares update on college health and safety protocols for fall 2021 semester. Read the full message

Aug. 3 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto announces new facial covering requirement and vaccine incentives for UC community. Read the full message

June 24 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto shares return to campus reminders. Read his full message

May 18 Update: The campus and community can now obtain a Daily Green Pass using a new web-based version of COVID Check. Learn more about the new version of UC's COVID Check App, which is now available

April 29 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto reflects on our atypical but outstanding year. Read his reflections on 2020-21

April 26 Update: UC announced that Thursday's commencement has been postponed to 2p.m. Friday due to forecast of heavy rain. Learn more about the revised date

April 12 Update: UC announces on-campus vaccine clinic for UC employees and their family members on April 14. Learn more about this opportunity

April 7 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto provides an update on vaccine distribution plans and the university's three-phased return to the workplace. Learn more about these plans and other logistics

April 5 Update: UC announces that students can opt-in to be eligible for on-campus COVID-19 vaccine opportunity. Learn more about an on-campus opportunity to obtain the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine

April 2 Update: UC announces that on-campus vaccine distribution is being planned. Learn more about how the state's expanded COVID-19 vaccine distribution includes Ohio campuses

March 11 Update: UC announces that spring 'know before you go' testing for students will be offered in mid-April. Learn more about how to get free COVID testing April 12-13 and April 19-20

March 4 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto shares an update on campus planning for Fall 2021. Learn more about the current plan for the 2021-22 academic year

March 1 Update: UC Vice President for Student Affairs Debra Spotts Merchant provides an update on UC's commencement planning. Learn more about the ongoing planning

Feb. 17 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto shares plans for Summer Semester 2021. Read the update

Feb. 9 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein shares an update on how the CCM community can maintain its momentum in the fight against COVID. Read the update

Feb. 1 Update: UC COVID Response Team Chair Arthur Pancioli shares an update on the current state of Ohio vaccine planning. Read the update

Jan. 22 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein provides a reminder about UC's Spring 2021 Return to Campus testing requirements. Learn more about testing for residential and non-residential students, along with information about UC's COVID Check App


Dec. 22 Update: UC provides additional information on Return to Campus COVID-19 testing and the COVID Check App. Learn more about the app, spring semester testing and healthy behaviors that are important to reducing the transmission and spread of COVID-19

Dec. 21 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein provides an update on CCM's building access hours for students starting Dec. 21 through Jan. 24. Learn more about CCM Village building access during winter break

Dec. 3 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto shares an update on Spring Semester 2021. The first two weeks of learning for the Spring Semester, from Jan. 11-24, will be conducted online. Read the full update update

Nov. 6 Update: For peace of mind, to contribute to public health efforts, and to help you and your families take any added health precautions, the university will provide free, voluntary COVID testing Nov. 16-18 to any currently enrolled student in a “Know Before You Go” testing blitz. Learn more about the process

Oct. 26 Update: CCM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Stephanie P. Schlagel provides information about registering for Spring Semester classes. Learn more about spring registration and CCM's online accommodation resources

Oct. 14 Update: UC Vice President of Student Affairs Debra Spotts Merchant provides details on the expansion of UC's COVID-19 testing among students. Learn more about the implementation of the new testing process

Oct. 2 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein shares health and safety reminders from University Health Services. Stay informed as we continue to work and learn together

Sept. 24 Update: UC has adjusted the Spring Academic Calendar to maintain alignment with our Return to Campus Plan and protect the health and safety of our Bearcat community due to COVID-19. Learn more about the spring calendar adjustments

Sept. 4 Update: UC Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Juan R. Guardia shares important campus resources and COVID-19 safety reminders. Learn more about how to utilize these resources

Sept. 3 Update: CCM Scheduling Manager Eric Louie provides an update on study space available in Mary Emery Hall. Learn more about these spaces

August 27 Update: CCM Professor Jenny Doctor provides an update on the reopening of the Albino Gorno Memorial Library/CCM Library. Learn more about the reopening of the CCM Library's physical spaces

August 13 Update: UC Director of Housing Carl Dieso shares how the university is keeping student housing safe. Learn more about UC housing during COVID-19

July 24 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein provides an update on CCM's health and safety enhancements for fall semester. Learn more about the steps we are taking to keep the campus community safe this fall

FAQs For Fall 2021 Activities

Below is a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers that are specific to CCM. 

These questions are reviewed and revised as new information develops, so please check back often. If the State provides further direction for public institutions, the University of Cincinnati will adapt accordingly.

Current campus expectations, as of August 5, 2021:

Given the most-recent developments with the virus, and in keeping with new guidance from the CDC, we will require all individuals, both fully vaccinated and those not fully vaccinated, to wear a facial covering indoors (unless you have received an exemption or accommodation; or when eating, drinking, or alone in a private room).

Specific mask styles will be assigned by faculty as needed. Wind and Brass players must purchase and wear a mask with a flap while playing instruments. When moving throughout a rehearsal space, players must wear your normal facial covering. Your program heads will provide you with more specifics on the mask with a flap. CCM will continue the use of bell covers for trumpets and trombones as added precaution.

Learn more about campus requirements to wear facial coverings

To safeguard the campus community, and in response to the FDA's full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the University of Cincinnati is requiring faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The deadline for all UC students, faculty and staff to have at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is October 15, 2021. Those receiving a two-dose sequence must have the second dose by November 15, 2021. 

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination can be submitted using the web version of the UC COVID Check App.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccination is available to members of the campus community through many medical providers and pharmacies, including UC Health and Hamilton County Health Collaborative. 

 All vaccinated students, faculty and staff may voluntarily submit snapshots of your vaccination card (front and back), and you may upload those at Please do not submit other personal information to this address.  

To further encourage vaccination against COVID-19, the university will conduct drawings for weekly awards in varying amounts of $2,500 or $5,000, depending on the week. In all, the university will award nearly $50,000. Learn more on UC Public Health's website.

Students enrolled for Fall 2021 who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations and voluntarily report those to the university are eligible to enter and win! 

Similarly, faculty and staff who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations and voluntarily report those to the university are eligible to win awards too.

Fall semester course listings are available in Catalyst, which is the most reliable source for registration information. For your convenience, a more concise listing of CCM courses is available at the CCM Community Canvas site. The CCM College Office continues to update Catalyst with course delivery modes and classroom assignments.

Students are encouraged to check their UC email as well as Canvas/Blackboard for information and next steps from course instructors.

If students have questions about class delivery modes or scheduling, please consult with your College Office staff advisor:

  • Graduate students should contact Patti Rencher
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (except BFA Ballet) students should contact Josh Chal
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and BFA Ballet students should contact Gabe Saba

We anticipate CCM’s performance halls will be open to the public for the fall 2021 semester, allowing audiences to experience events in person again. Based on current conditions, venues will be reduced to 50% capacity and all individuals will be required to wear facial coverings indoors. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC’s physician-led COVID response team.

CCM’s facilities – including classrooms, restrooms, practice rooms and performance spaces – are being cleaned daily by UC Housekeeping staff. High-traffic, high-use areas will be prioritized. To facilitate this cleaning within Memorial Hall, practice rooms will be available from 6 a.m. until midnight only. The rest of CCM Village will follow the same schedule. These operational hours will be strictly enforced to guarantee the daily cleaning of practice rooms and other shared spaces.

If you have questions or concerns regarding building access, please contact CCM Senior Director of Performance Operations Ray Dobson at or 513-556-9461.

The University of Cincinnati has more information available about its response to COVID-19.

Additional FAQs are available on the UC Public Health website.

In addition, you may send queries to