CCM Student FAQ

On Aug. 24 CCM welcomed back students, faculty and staff for the official start of Fall Semester.

A carefully crafted blend of in-person and virtual offerings, in addition to enhanced health and safety measures, is providing our students with the best collegiate experience possible in this new era of living and learning. Some CCM areas will continue to operate remotely to facilitate social distancing.

Return to Campus

The University of Cincinnati recognizes the health and safety benefits of implementing a multi-phased return to campus in advance of the start of the fall semester on August 24. Each of the four phases of this stepwise approach is underpinned by a set of essential health and safety measures. All members of our community are expected to do their part to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others.

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.

Return To Campus Updates

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. 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: 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

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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

July 23 Update: UC Director of International Services Ron Cushing answers common questions related to fall semester. Learn more about what to expect as an international student this fall

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July 21 Update: CCM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Stephanie P. Schlagel provides an update on class registration information and online accommodation resources. Learn more Catalyst listings and online accommodation requests

July 15 Update: Vice President of Student Affairs Debra Merchant shares tips for students to stay engaged at UC. Learn more about what student life will be like this fall 

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July 9 Update: Executive Director of University Health Services Kim Miller gives advice for staying healthy during the COVID era. Learn more about how UC is keeping campus safe this fall

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July 8 Update: CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein provides an update on the reopening of CCM Village, CCM's instructional model for Fall Semester and the impact of the recent ICE directive on international students. Learn more about the plans to reopen CCM VIllage

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July 2 Update: Vice provost and UC Family Physician Chris Lewis shares insight into staying safe on campus. Learn more about how you can stay safe when you return to UC

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July 1 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto has shared the university's Return to Campus Guide, which covers safety, teaching and learning, campus life, housing, contingency planning and other resources related to Fall Semester. Read the Return to Campus Guide

June 25 Update: CCM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Stephanie P. Schlagel provides an update on fall instructional delivery at CCM. Learn more about updates coming to Catalyst

June 22 Update: Vice Provost of Enrollment Management Jack Miner discusses UC's response to COVID-19. Learn more about what fall 2020 classes look like

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June 11 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto and Kristi Nelson, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, share plans to welcome back students to campus on August 24 for the start of the fall semester. Learn more about UC's plan for the start of fall semester

May 20 Update: UC President Neville G. Pinto has announced provisional planning for a return to campus. Learn more about the multi-phased plan

May 5 Update: Employees and students on campus this summer term are required to wear facial coverings. Learn more about campus requirements to wear facial coverings

FAQs For Spring and Summer 2020 Activities

Below is a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers that are specific to CCM. These questions are organized into three sections:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Events
  • Building Access

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.

View additional university-wide student FAQs and student housing-related FAQs on UC’s public health website.

Curriculum and Instruction

Remote instruction is an alternative to having instruction provided via face-to-face, in-class sessions. Individual instructors are determining the best way to satisfy the learning objectives of their courses using remote delivery of course content.

Given differences in the specific attributes and learning objectives of different courses, it is likely that different instructors will choose different methods and approaches to remote instruction. Students are encouraged to check their UC email as well as Canvas/Blackboard for more information and next steps from course instructors.

CCM Staff advisors are available and happy to meet with students for academic advising via phone, web conferencing and email.

  • Undergraduate students in BFA programs can contact Josh Chal
  • Undergraduate students in BM and BA programs can contact Brian Derico
  • Graduate students in all programs can contact Patti Rencher


All remaining student recitals, rehearsals and recording sessions are canceled until further notice. Students are not required to submit any cancellation paperwork as a result of this change. Applied instruction faculty members will communicate directly with affected students to make alternative arrangements for in-person recitals that are degree requirements.

All Student Artist Program recitals organized through CCM Placement Services are also canceled until further notice.

All of CCM’s public performances scheduled now through May 31, 2020, are canceled or postponed.

If you purchased a ticket to a CCM event that has been canceled due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, you can contact the CCM Box Office at to request a refund.

The University has postponed spring 2020 commencement and convocation events in accordance with CDC and State guidelines on eliminating large gatherings to combat the coronavirus. This restriction impacts the undergraduate ceremony, doctoral hooding and master’s recognition ceremony, professional degree ceremonies and CCM’s Graduation Convocation ceremony.

Although we are temporarily unable to applaud your academic accomplishments in person, we are excited to recognize everything that you have achieved during your time at CCM.

We are inspired by your resilience during this unprecedented crisis and we are proud to count you amongst our global network of CCM alumni.

Please visit us at for a digital acknowledgement of this year's graduates, along with our 2020 student and faculty award recipients. 

In the coming months, we still hope to join together to celebrate graduation in person. We will be in touch with updates when more information is available.

Building Access

The University of Cincinnati has limited open access to buildings on campus. As a result, all CCM Village facilities — including the practice rooms in Memorial Hall — will be closed to students until further notice. Students who need to return their building keys to CCM can do so via mail.

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.

In addition, you may send queries to