CCM Student FAQ

The University of Cincinnati's planning is underway for Summer and Fall Semesters 2021.

We anticipate expanded opportunities for in-person learning, teaching, staffing and campus life while keeping the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors paramount.

Our expectation is that the majority of learning will take place in person this fall, and we look forward to welcoming audiences back to our performances during the 2021-22 season while continuing to stay COVID Careful. We will provide additional information throughout the summer.

As UC President Pinto announced on Dec. 3, a “Green Pass” via the UC COVID Check app will be required for students to come to campus and to access our facilities next semester. In accordance, CCM students must be “Green Pass” approved to gain access to CCM facilities beginning January 2021.

Summer 2021 Return to Campus Updates

Our planning is under way for Summer and Fall Semesters 2021. We anticipate expanded opportunities for in-person learning, teaching, staffing and campus life while keeping the safety and health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors paramount.

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.


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 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