Office of Partnerships

Corporate and community partnerships are central to CCS’s educational mission. Collaborating with external partners enhances CCS’ ability to assure success by keeping the institution’s programs’ curricula on the cutting edge. In turn, businesses recognize the importance of creative professionals to economic competitiveness, and industries across the world seek the creatives that CCS produces.  The newly established CCS Office of Partnerships is the entry point for external partners to connect with the talent and resources that exist at the College. The team will help external partners engage with CCS in meaningful ways and will develop and sustain long-term partnerships and relationships that fit the mission and vision of the College. In addition, the team will deliver career development services to students and support the growth of experiential learning at the college.

Campus Safety

Campus Safety provides 24-hour security at both the Ford Campus and the Taubman Center. Three college administrative positions (Director, Assistant Director, Security Manager) are responsible for enforcing the security policies and procedures, as well as directing and overseeing security guard services. Other Security personnel are employed by a contract guard agency that provides fixed and mobile security patrols, patrol supervisors and shuttle drivers supervised by CCS personnel. Services provided by Campus Safety include safety patrols, escort service to parked vehicles on campus, auto lock out service, battery jump starts and tire inflation, and issuing and replacing access cards.

Campus Safety participates in new student orientation and offers periodic specialized training on topics such as active shooter is provided, in coordination with the Student Affairs Office.

Campus Safety also maintains fifty-eight First Aid stations located throughout the campuses that provide immediately accessible first aid supplies to injured persons. The department also has trained first medical responders located on each campus. If immediate medical attention or transportation is needed, Campus Safety will contact the contracted ambulance company which will provide transport to a local medical facility.

Special Events

The Special Events is responsible for overseeing all the logistics of fundraising, community, and third-party events for the College. It works with academic and administrative departments, outside organizations, and individuals to schedule auditoriums, galleries, and conference spaces for purposes other than regular classes. The events team books facilities ensuring that the appropriate facilities are used, and coordinates audio-visual and other equipment set-ups, catering, crowd control, security, and parking arrangements.

The College has outlined General Event Policies for events being held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, and the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus in the Facility Use and Special Events Manual.


The Development unit in IA raises funds to support CCS at all levels, from supporting general operations and addressing ongoing needs to enabling special projects, new initiatives, endowed programs, and positions, reducing the financial burden of students through scholarships, capital improvements, and more. The Development team is also responsible for all gift processing, compliance with IRS laws related to receipting/acknowledgment of gifts, documentation of gifts to support the audit and donor intention, coordination with the Office of Business Services related to philanthropy, as well as coordinating efforts on behalf of the College related to donor relations and stewardship.

If faculty and staff are interested in raising money or securing/accepting a gift-in-kind for a project or initiative, they should begin by discussing their idea with their Department Chair and/or Dean to ensure that their initiative aligns with the College’s mission and priorities. Once approved at a conceptual level, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for further conversation. Policies related to fundraising may be found in the policy database in the section pertaining to Fundraising and Marketing or by searching the database using the keywords “charitable gifts.”

For gifts-in-kind specifically, the College accepts gifts-in-kind on a limited basis and they must be approved by Institutional Advancement (IA) in advance of accepting any such gift. If the donor stated value of the gift exceeds $105,000, approval by the Vice President for Administration and Finance is also required to ensure the College is complying with IRS laws that require an independent appraisal/documentation to determine the value of goods, reporting after use/sale, and more. Refer to the policy in the College’s database titled, “Charitable Gifts – Types and Acceptance” for additional information. The Gift-in-Kind Form can be obtained from the Institutional Advancement (IA) office and should be returned to IA once the donor completes the form for acknowledgment and record-keeping purposes.

Institutional Advancement

Philanthropy helps the College for Creative Studies accomplish its mission by supporting scholarships, faculty, programs, student wellbeing, facilities, and more. A growing base of donors – individuals, corporations, foundations, and government – supplement the financial resources provided by tuition and other operating income. Institutional Advancement (IA) is responsible for overseeing the acceptance of charitable gifts, fundraising initiatives, and alumni engagement at the College-level to complement activities at the department level. Moreover, IA collaborates with the Office of Partnerships (7.6.5), to support their leadership efforts to engage the Corporate community in support of funds to impact the College.

Crisis Management Plan

The College has a Crisis Management Plan, developed by Campus Safety and Human Resources, that details procedures for responding to man-made and natural emergencies that might confront the College. The plan covers medical emergencies, crimes in progress, bomb threats, tornadoes and fires. The focus is on reporting emergencies, critical infrastructure assessment, evacuations of buildings, recovery of services and return to operating standards. The full plan is available on the CCS Policy Database and, additionally, a pamphlet is available from Campus Safety with important summary information.


All CCS mail is processed through the mailroom. Incoming mail is picked up by Facilities staff in the morning from the post office, and all outgoing mail is picked up from CCS offices by 3:00 p.m. so it can be delivered to the post office by 4:30 p.m. Personal mail sent from CCS must have the proper postage affixed. Under no circumstances may CCS postage be used for personal mail.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) supports the College’s mission by implementing and maintaining academic, administrative, and enterprise (shared) infrastructure technologies and systems. These include the institution’s administrative and student information systems software, Colleague; the institutional communication portal, Canvas; the room scheduling system, R25; as well as managing the institutional technology help desk. ITS also manages the campus-wide network and Internet access, email, and voice and data services. ITS further oversees compliance with required governmental and contractual policies and protocols. Finally, ITS manages the College’s physical and virtual computing resources including computer labs, virtual desktop infrastructure, and faculty and staff computers.

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications unit is responsible for planning, budgeting, writing, design, production and distribution of official external CCS communications including student recruitment materials and the CCS website and social media channels. The Marketing and Communications unit also manages the CCS brand and graphic identity standards.

CCS staff needing print, video, or web-based marketing materials should contact the Director of Marketing or the Director of Communications. CCS personnel other than Marketing and Communications staff should not hire designers, contract printing, or develop websites or social media channels for external audiences without the involvement of Marketing and Communications. All external print jobs must go through the Marketing and Communications office.

Public Relations

Public Relations, primarily news media outreach, is managed from within Marketing and Communications. The CCS Public Relations function is charged with engaging key audiences (potential students, donors and potential donors, industry and government opinion leaders) to promote and strengthen the CCS brand image. Communications staff initiates and maintains relationships with the media, promotes newsworthy CCS events and activities to key audience segments, manages CCS announcements, and engages external public relations consulting support. Any requests made to faculty or staff  for media interviews, tours, etc. should be run through the Director of Communications prior to being accepted.

Security Procedures and Services

If you notice any suspicious or inappropriate activity, please notify the Security office (extension 7444, Ford Campus or extension 1444, Taubman Center) immediately, or push the red “assistance button” on one of the Emergency phones located around each campus and in the parking decks. When Campus Safety is notified of an incident, they will take the appropriate action to ensure your safety on campus.

In addition to the emergency phones and patrols, activity on campus and in the parking deck at CCS is monitored and digitally recorded by 250 closed circuit television cameras strategically placed on the campuses.

Victims of a crime while on campus or in the vicinity of campus should call Campus Safety immediately or report to the Campus Safety office on the main level of the Kresge Ford Building, across from the CCS bookstore or on the main floor of the Taubman Center. Campus Safety will provide immediate assistance and first aid if required. If additional assistance is needed, the shift supervisor will make the necessary notifications.

If at any time an escort is needed anywhere on campus, the patron should dial extension 7444 at the Ford Campus and 1444 at the Taubman Center and let the Campus Safety officer know their location. The on duty supervisor will send a Campus Safety officer to escort them to their indicated destination on campus.

A pamphlet on emergency procedures is available in each administrative office. Additional copies can be obtained from the Office of Campus Safety and Security or the Human Resources office.