The academic catalogs at Albion College are organized by school year and govern the requirements for degrees dictate for the incoming class of students for that year.
These links below will take you to the catalog of entry for your incoming class:
Programs of Study
All of the departmental information contained in this section of the Academic Catalog was accurate as of July 1, 2012. Any departmental changes made after that date will not be reflected here. Information on changes may be obtained from the respective department or from the Registrar's Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building.
Course Numbering System
The following lists include all courses normally offered at Albion College. However, not all courses are offered every year. When possible, courses offered in alternate years are designated. For details, students should consult the Class Schedule for each semester, available online at: www.albion.edu/registrar. The College reserves the right to add or withdraw courses without prior announcement, as conditions may require.
Unless otherwise stated, 100 level courses are intended for freshmen, 200 level for sophomores, 300 and 400 level for juniors and seniors.
A list of courses which meet the core and category requirements, organized by departments, is available online at www.albion.edu/registrar.
Further information may be obtained at the Registrar's Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building.
Refund Policy During the Semester
If a student withdraws or is suspended or expelled from Albion College during a semester, then the student may be eligible for a refund of a portion of the tuition, fees, room and board paid to Albion College for that semester. If the student received financial assistance from outside of the family, then a portion of the refund will be returned to the grant, scholarship or loan source from which that assistance was received.
If a student plans to withdraw, then the student should complete the Mid-Semester Withdrawal Notification Form, available from the Student Affairs Office, to begin the withdrawal process. This procedure will enable Albion College to refund the maximum possible institutional charges.
Two formulas exist for determining the amount of the credit: Albion's refund policy and a federal formula (Return of Title IV Aid) derived from the 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The federal formula is applicable to any student receiving federal aid other than Federal Work-Study if that student withdraws on or before completing 60 percent of the semester. These students may also receive a refund of non-federal aid through Albion's refund policy. Students not receiving federal aid will have their refund calculated using only Albion's refund policy.
Albion's refund policy is as follows: Students who withdraw from Albion College may receive a pro-rated refund of tuition and board fees, according to the following schedule:
*Pb=pro-rated board fees
The federal formula provides for a return of Title IV aid if the student received federal financial assistance in the form of a Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Perkins Loan, Federal Family Educational Loan Program or PLUS loan and withdrew on or before completing 60 percent of the semester. The percentage of the return is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester divided by the total number of calendar days in the semester. Scheduled vacation periods of more than four days are excluded.
If any refund remains after the return of Title IV aid, the refund will be used to repay Albion College funds, state funds, other private sources and the student in proportion to the amount received from each non-federal source if there was no unpaid balance due at the time of withdrawal. If there was an unpaid balance, then all aid sources will be repaid before any money is paid to the student.
If funds were released to a student because of a credit balance on the student's account, then the student may be required to repay some of the federal grants or loans released to the student.
Students who have questions about the refund policy should contact the Financial Aid Office.
Appendix: Privacy Rights Policy
Albion College Policy on The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (The Act) of 1974 (as amended) is a federal law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The Act provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student educational records and access to them by students.
FERPA Definition of Records
The Act defines education records as records, files, documents and other recorded materials which contain information directly related to a student and which are maintained by Albion College or a person acting for the College. The term education record does not include records of instructional, supervisory and administrative personnel and educational personnel ancillary thereto that are in the sole possession of the maker thereof and which are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a substitute; records on a student who is 18 years of age or older that are created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in a professional or paraprofessional capacity, or assisting in that capacity and in connection with the provision of treatment to the student, and are not available to anyone other than persons providing such treatment, provided, however, that such records can be personally reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of the student's choice; records of students as employees unless the employment results from the employee's status as a student; and alumni records.
Access to Records
FERPA accords all the rights under the Act to all students at the College. This includes the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Albion College will make disclosures without consent in these circumstances.
- To school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position (including law enforcement unit and health and counseling staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as a company providing services with respect to financial aid awards, student insurance, or other administrative support and research services, including those related to student testing and retention; an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a person assisting a school official in performing his/her tasks (such as employment responsibility). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
- Upon request to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- To persons or organizations providing students financial aid.
- To accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function.
- To persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.
Albion College will also release information to be in compliance with a judicial order; this release will occur only after an attempt has been made to contact the student at the current campus or last known permanent address.
Under certain circumstances information may be released to parent(s)/guardian(s). On an annual basis, students are expected to notify the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs whether or not, for tax purposes, students are dependents claimed on the income tax return of their parent(s)/guardian(s). The vice president for student affairs will facilitate this notification process. A representative of the College may communicate with parent(s)/guardian(s) relative to the following circumstances: discontinuance of enrollment; medical (including psychiatric) and/or psychological examinations required for the maintenance of enrollment as determined by the vice president for student affairs; alleged violation of a College regulation that will likely result in suspension or expulsion from the College if the student is found responsible; absence from the campus when there is reason to be concerned for the student's well-being because the student's whereabouts are unknown; academic or disciplinary probation; needed medical or psychological attention, the nature of which might jeopardize a student's ability to maintain the status of enrolled. Parent(s) or guardian(s) in these cases will be defined as the individual the student has recorded as the parent(s) or guardian(s) on the admissions application. A student may change this designation at any time at the Registrar's Office.
A record of all disclosures will be maintained in the student record, except when the request is made by (1) the eligible student, (2) a school official who has been determined to have a legitimate educational interest, (3) a party with written consent from the eligible student, or (4) a party seeking directory information. The record of each disclosure will contain the name of the parties who have requested or received information and the legitimate interest the parties had in requesting or obtaining the information.
A listing of the types, locations and custodians of education records follows.
The rights of this policy are extended to all students enrolling in Albion College after January 1, 1975.
Directory information is the property of Albion College. At its discretion, the College may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act to include: name, permanent home city and state, name of parent(s)/guardians(s), local address, local telephone number, e-mail address, dates of enrollment, degrees earned, dates of degrees, class year, majors, minors, concentrations, adviser, awards/honors/scholarships, photographs, sports and activities, and height and weight of members of athletic teams. The College, including faculty, staff, and students, may not release directory information to any party on or off campus if the intent is to contact students for purposes such as (a) to increase an agency’s membership, financial gain, or event promotion, and (b) to promote an individual’s candidacy. It should be known that it is the College’s choice to release this information, and careful consideration is given to all requests to insure that the information is not released indiscriminately. A student may withhold directory information by notifying the Registrar’s Office in writing within two weeks after the first day of class for the term.
Requests for non-disclosure will be honored by the institution for only one academic year; therefore, authorization to withhold directory information must be filed annually in the Registrar’s Office.
The Act provides students with the right to inspect and review information contained in their educational records, to challenge the contents of their educational records, to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in their files if they feel the decisions of the hearing panel to be unacceptable. The Registrar's Office and the Vice President for Student Affairs' Office have been designated by the institution to coordinate the inspection and review procedures for student educational records, which include admissions, personnel, academic and financial files, and placement records. Students wishing to review their education records must make written requests to the registrar or the vice president for student affairs, listing the item or items of interest. Records covered by the Act will be made available within 45 days of the request. All documents will be reviewed in the presence of a designated official. Any document a student may see he/she may have copies of, unless a financial hold exists, the document involves another person, or the student has waived his or her right to access. These copies would be made at the student's expense at 10 cents a page.
As outlined by the Act, a student may not inspect and review the following: financial information submitted by parent(s)/guardian(s); letters of recommendation to which the student has waived the rights of inspection and review; or education records containing information about more than one student, in which case the institution will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student. The institution is not required to permit a student to inspect and review confidential letters and recommendations placed in the files prior to January 1, 1975, provided the letters were collected under established policies of confidentiality and were used only for the purposes for which they were collected.
A student who believes that the education records contains information that is inaccurate or misleading or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy or other rights may ask the College to amend a record. The student should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record he/she wants changed, and specify why the student believes it is inaccurate or misleading. The College official should consult with the vice president for student affairs or the registrar. If the decisions of the College official are in agreement with the student's request, the appropriate record will be amended. If not, the student will be notified within a reasonable period of time that the record will not be amended, and the student will be informed by the registrar or the vice president for student affairs of the right to a formal hearing. A request for a formal hearing must be made in writing to the chief academic officer (provost), who, within a reasonable period of time after receiving such request, will inform the student of the date, place and time of the hearing. Such a written request will be deemed a consent to disclosure to the hearing panel of the student's records to the extent necessary for the appeal to be considered and decided. The hearing will be conducted according to the challenge procedure adopted by the College. At the hearing, the student may present evidence relevant to the issues raised and may be assisted or represented at the hearings by not more than two people of the student's choice. The hearing panel that will adjudicate such challenges will be the chief academic officer (provost), the registrar if the challenge concerns a document maintained by the vice president for student affairs, the vice president for student affairs if the challenge concerns a document maintained by the registrar, two faculty members selected by the Faculty Steering Committee and two student members selected by Student Senate. No member of the hearing panel may have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
Decisions of the hearing panel will be final, will be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing, and will consist of a written determination which will include a summary of the evidence, the decision, and the reasons for the decisions, and will be delivered to all parties concerned. The panel may decide to revise or amend a record by inserting corrective information into the student's file, or to allow a record to stand. If the decision is unsatisfactory to the student, the student may place with the education record statements commenting on the information in the record or statements setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decisions of the hearing panels. The statements will be placed in the education record, maintained as part of the student record, and released whenever the record in question is disclosed.
A student has the right to submit a written complaint to the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605, if the student believes the College has violated the student's right under the Family Education Rights
and Privacy Act.
Revisions, clarifications and changes may be made in this policy at any time and will be effective upon publication by e-mail, printed announcement distributed to all students, posting in a prominent location on campus, or any combination of those means, or publication in subsequent editions of the Student Handbook.
Students will be notified of their FERPA rights annually by publication in the Student Handbook.
Types, Locations and Custodians of Records
The following is a list of the types of records that the College maintains,
their locations and their custodians.
||Vice President for Student Affairs
||Student Health Services
Cass Street Building
616 E. Michigan Ave.
|Financial Aid Records
||Office of Financial Aid
||Vice President for Student Affairs
|Occasional Records (Student education records not included in the types above such as minutes of faculty committee meetings, copies of correspondence in offices not listed, etc.)
||Appropriate official will collect such records, direct the student to their location, or otherwise make them available for inspection and review
||The College official who maintains such occasional records
First Semester, 2012-13
Final deadline for registered students to notify College of intention not to return for first semester, 2012-13. Remainder of general deposit forfeited for withdrawals after this date.
Residences open for all first-year and new transfer students at 8 a.m. First contract meal—lunch.
Residences open for all upperclass students at 8 a.m. First contract meal—dinner.
First day of classes. Final enrollment for all students.
Labor Day. No classes.
Last day to drop and/or add a course
Albion Community Day
Last day to register for credit/no credit option
Rosh Hashanah (sunset 9/16-sunset 9/18)—Jewish
Yom Kippur (sunset 9/25-sunset 9/26)—Jewish
Sukkot (sunset 9/30-sunset 10/7)—Jewish
Shemini Atzeret (sunset 10/7-sunset 10/8)—Jewish
Simchat Torach (sunset 10/8-sunset 10/9)—Jewish
Academic advising for second semester, 2012-13 (through November 1)
Eid al Adha (begins sunset 10/25-sunset 10/26)—Islam
Online registration for second semester, 2012-13 (through November 15). Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of "W."
Birth of Baha'u'llah—Baha'i
Thanksgiving vacation begins. No classes. Residences close at 10 a.m. Last contract meal—breakfast.
Residences open at noon. First contract meal—dinner.
Classes resume at 8 a.m.
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib—Sikh
Last day of classes. Final deadline for registered students to notify College of intention not to return for second semester, 2012-13. Remainder of general deposit forfeited for withdrawals after this date.
Chanukah (sunset 12/8-sunset 12/16)—Jewish
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe—Catholic Christian
Final examinations. Residences close at 7 p.m. Last contract meal—dinner.
Second Semester, 2012-13
Residences open at noon for all students—no contract meals.
Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. No classes. Orientation for entering first-year and new transfer students. First contract meal—dinner.
First day of classes. Final enrollment for all students.
Last day to drop and add a course
Last day to remove incomplete grade from first semester, 2012-13
Last day to register for credit/no credit option
Chinese New Year
Purim (sunset 2/23-sunset 2/24)—Jewish
Mid-semester. Spring vacation begins at 5 p.m. Last contract meal—dinner. Residences close at 7 p.m.
Residences open at 10 a.m. First contract meal—dinner.
Classes resume at 8 a.m.
Academic advising for fall semester, 2013-14 (through April 2)
Passover (sunset 3/25-sunset 4/2)—Jewish
Classes end at 1 p.m. Good Friday—Christian.
Last day to withdraw from class with a grade of "W"
Yom HaSho'ah (begins sunset 4/6-sunset 4/7)—Jewish
Online registration for fall semester, 2013-14 (through April 18)
Honors Convocation. Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.
Last day of classes
Final examinations. Residences close for all underclass students at 9 p.m. Last contract meal for underclass students—dinner.
Commencement. Residences close for all students.
Summer College, 2013
Residences open for summer college residents at noon.
May 20-July 5
August 1, 2013 is the final deadline for registered students to notify College of intention not to return for first semester 2013-14. The remainder of general deposit forfeited for withdrawals after this date.
Dates in bold are religious holidays that may be cause for students to request an excused absence from class or other academic requirement. Dates in italics are during a weekend or break. They are important to note for purposes of scheduling class trips and extracurricular activities, as well as honoring campus diversity.
2012-13 Academic Catalog
Catalog of Entry Philosophy
Though graduation requirements of the College may change while a student is enrolled, it is expected that each student will meet the graduation requirements outlined in the Academic Catalog that is in effect at the time he or she entered Albion. The "catalog of entry" philosophy is considered applicable for students who leave the College and whose interrupted course of study is not longer than five years.
The Academic Catalog is a general summary of programs, rules, policies and procedures for academic and student life, and is provided for the guidance of students. However, the catalog is not a complete statement of all programs, rules, policies and procedures in effect at the College. In addition, the College reserves the right to change without notice any programs, rules, policies and procedures that appear in this catalog. The 2012-13 edition of the Academic Catalog was published July1, 2012. Anyone seeking clarification on any of this information should consult with the Albion College registrar.
Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment. Questions or concerns about this College policy should be directed to the Human Resources Office.
Students who have learning disabilities should contact the Academic Skills Center.
As a residential college, Albion is concerned with the growth and development of the whole student in a number of interrelated realms: intellectual, personal, social, spiritual, emotional, physical and vocational. The various programs described below assist students' education outside the classroom. Personal growth is encouraged and supported through programs that practice community development, healthful living and the ability to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. The vice president for student affairs is responsible for providing leadership to most of the programs and services below, all of which support the academic mission of the College and enhance the full educational experience.
Albion is a residential college and expects all of its students to live and board within the College residence system. As such, residential life provides opportunities for students to integrate the academic mission of the College with the out-of-class experience. Numerous programs and activities are offered to meet students' educational and social needs.
Student residential facilities at Albion include residence halls, fraternity houses, apartments and annexes. Most student rooms are double occupancy, encouraging the personal growth that comes with having a roommate. Most residences have study rooms, informal lounges and recreation areas. Kitchenettes and laundry rooms are available in all housing units.
Language-learning housing is available for upperclass students studying modern languages.
College-owned fraternity houses give members their own eating, living and recreational facilities. Family and married-student housing may be available in the College-operated Burns Street apartments.
Full-time residence hall directors supervise each residence hall, and selected upperclass students serve as staff members (i.e., resident assistants). All Residential Life staff aid in the management of residence hall programs and help to facilitate group and individual development and growth occurring in a residential unit.
An Albion education involves more than time in the classroom and library. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available to them, including approximately 100 clubs and organizations, student government, publications and athletics.
Community service is a cornerstone of co-curricular life at Albion, and most student organizations participate in and plan service activities. The Student Volunteer Bureau acts as a clearinghouse for campus community volunteer opportunities. Most students participate in such activities at some point during their time at Albion.
Entertainment is provided through student-run organizations like Union Board, which regularly brings bands, comedians and other performers to campus and also sponsors off-campus trips.
The Kellogg Center is a campus center where all members of the campus community are welcome and encouraged to interact on a formal and informal basis. The campus center provides support and opportunities for participation in educational, cultural and recreational activities, and provides services for the convenience of the campus community.
The Office of Campus Programs and Organizations (CPO), located in the Kellogg Center, serves as a resource center for students, faculty and student groups. The Kellogg Center also houses the Student Volunteer Bureau, Union Board, Student Senate, The Pleiad, WLBN, Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, as well as a number of other student groups.
Fraternities and Sororities
The national fraternities are Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The national Panhellenic sororities are Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Kappa Delta. The Pan Hellenic sorority at Albion is Alpha Kappa Alpha. About 40 percent of the student body belongs to these groups.
Albion is a charter member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), founded in 1888. It is the oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States.
For more information on intercollegiate sports for men and women, visit www.albion.edu/sports.
The First-Year Experience
Through the William Atwell Brown, Jr. and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience, all first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar. This seminar is an important building block for Albion community development. With the First-Year Seminar as a basis, first-year students participate in structured experiences for personal, academic and professional growth that are facilitated by Student Affairs staff and faculty.
Office of the Chaplain
As an institution founded by and related to the United Methodist Church, Albion College celebrates pluralism and spiritual development. The Office of the Chaplain embodies this commitment as it strives to create a welcoming and affirming environment, and prepare graduates to enter a diverse global workplace. "Spirituality" is understood in the broadest terms as a basic characteristic of every human, and therefore the office is here to serve all students.
In Christian life, Wednesday Night Chapel, a student-led outreach supervised by the College Chaplain, is focused on empowering and uniting all the Christian traditions on campus. The Office of the Chaplain sponsors numerous other programs throughout the year to nurture Christian unity and diversity awareness. There are seven student Christian organizations each of which support numerous Bible studies and outreach programs.
In interfaith life, The Bridge serves as the Chaplaincy spiritual life leadership group. Supervised by the College Chaplain, this group seeks to represent the wide diversity of spiritual life at Albion College and to facilitate dialogue across lines of belief. The Office of the Chaplain sponsors numerous other programs throughout the year to nurture diversity awareness in spirituality. There are a number of student organizations from under-represented traditions: Hillel (Jewish), Muslim Student Association, Secular Humanist Group, as well as Buddhist Sitting Group supervised by the College Chaplain.
The Office of the Chaplain serves as liaison with area churches and diverse religious, philosophical and spiritual organizations. Most of these are very welcoming of visitors and students who want to be involved. A current directory can be accessed via www.albion.edu/chaplain. Programs for college-age students are noted. Please contact the Office of the Chaplain if you have questions regarding an area religious organization or have suggestions for inclusion in the directory.
The College Chaplain is available to offer spiritual care and mentoring. Such meetings are often helpful in bringing comfort and encouragement as well as clarifying life goals and vocational discernment. Couples counseling and pre-marital work are also available.
In support of Albion's commitment to an inclusive, pluralistic and equitable community for learning, the Office for Intercultural Affairs works cooperatively with students, faculty, staff and the Albion community to heighten awareness of an appreciation for cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. Emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of educational programs and activities that assist in the transition and retention of under-represented students. These programs include an orientation and mentoring program.
The office is concerned with all aspects of each student's development. A concerted effort is made to assist students in assessing educational goals and academic skills, and to identify and refer students to appropriate support services. The office advises student organizations that work in the spirit of diversity and community. These groups include (but are not limited to) the African-Caribbean Student Union, Albion College Hillel, Arab Club, Asian Awareness Group, Black Student Alliance, LGBriTS, International Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Organization of Latino/a Awareness, Power, Secular Humanist Group, Umbrella, and United Voices of Albion College.
The Office of Counseling Services' mission is to help students solve problems and acquire the skills they need to reach their academic and life goals. Counseling Services assists students when emotional, relationship or psychological issues negatively impact their ability to make the most of their educational experiences at Albion.
Students seek assistance from Counseling Services for a variety of reasons, including adjustment to college, interpersonal or relationship conflicts, stress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Some students come to counseling to help clarify values and to help foster personal growth.
Counseling Services offers a spectrum of services to meet the individual needs of students, including individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling and psycho-educational groups. Workshops and structured groups are also offered on a variety of personal growth and wellness topics throughout the year. Counseling Services staff can help facilitate referrals to community mental health agencies or to practitioners in the community.
All information shared in Counseling Services is confidential and may not be released without a written consent.
Counseling Services welcomes all students and embraces a philosophy respectful of diversity including students' race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability and sexual orientation. The staff is committed to helping all students deal with discrimination and identity issues.
Counseling Services also works with students who have problems with alcohol and other drugs (AOD). Assessments are offered to help students identify problem drinking and other drug use problems. Students may also receive short-term AOD counseling to help increase the awareness of risk factors and lifestyle decisions related to alcohol and other drugs and to foster the development of healthy coping skills. Staff will also make referrals to various 12-step groups that hold meetings in the surrounding area. Students with serious or chronic problems with alcohol and other drugs may be referred to either in-patient or out-patient treatment programs for intensive care. Counseling Services also provides educational workshops and alcohol and other drug-related screenings for students throughout the year.
Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center
Founded in 1985, the Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center coordinates programs focused on women for the Albion community. This includes organizing activities that raise awareness of women's issues, support women in their quests for empowerment and equality and build a collaborative community in which women's voices are heard and honored.
For Women's History Month in March each year, the Women's Center, in coordination with the Women's and Gender Studies Committee, provides programming to honor Dr. Shaw's life and work by highlighting women's lives, interests and passions. Other educational programs throughout the year are co-sponsored with student organizations that share mutual interests. There are formal and informal ways for students to be involved in and benefit from the Center's activities. Student involvement is essential for the Women's Center to be successful.
Women's Center staff assist to educate the Albion College community about sexual assault/sexual harassment prevention and intervention. Staff work collaboratively with student groups, Campus Safety, Student Health Services and Counseling Services in responding to the needs of the women and men on campus on these and other issues.
The Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center belongs to the Albion College community. Contact the Women's Center to become involved.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services (SHS) is staffed by registered nurses, Monday through Friday. In addition, the College physician and/or a physician assistant are available for scheduled appointments on a part-time basis. Students needing care after hours may visit the SHS Web site and use the online self-care guide or list of area walk-in clinics, or call a telephone support service. The Department of Campus Safety or Residential Life staff can provide more information.
Some of the services available include: emergency first aid, allergy injections, medical consultation and treatment, referrals to specialty physicians, physicals and gynecological services, immunizations and diagnostic laboratory testing. Visits and most services are offered free of charge. Occasionally there is a small fee to cover supplies, medications or lab tests (performed at SHS).
A Student Health Record with updated immunizations is required of all incoming students.
All students are required to have health insurance, and Student Health Services should be contacted for additional information.
The Department of Campus Safety is staffed with professional officers. The main objective of Campus Safety is to provide the campus community with a safe environment. This is accomplished by offering crime prevention education and by providing a number of services to protect against theft and injury. Campus Safety officers and dispatchers attend extensive training sessions and handle a variety of requests concerning fire safety, first aid, building security, crisis intervention, personal safety and multicultural awareness. The Department of Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond to student, faculty and staff needs.
Student Regulations and Basic Principles of Responsibility
Albion College is committed to a philosophy whereby students are treated as adults. As such, each student has primary responsibility for the quality of his/her educational experience and for meeting the College's academic and social expectations.
Albion College strives to be more than a reflection of the society of which it is a part. Through its programs and its example, the College seeks to challenge the society to adopt ever higher standards and expectations for its members. The College is not, however, a sanctuary from the larger society, nor from the laws and expectations of that society.
Institutional expectations, regulations and practices are established to provide an environment conducive to human growth, to reflect the values to which the College subscribes, to recognize the proximity in which students live with one another, and to recognize the developing capabilities of students as they encounter and progress through the college experience. The purpose of these expectations, regulations and practices is to promote:
- The academic mission of the College,
- Those opportunities and settings that facilitate the coming together of persons of different persuasions and backgrounds,
- Respect for the rights of others, and
- The values that evolve from our heritage as a College related to the United Methodist Church.
To establish high standards and to encourage greater understanding and responsibility, a number of the College's regulations are formally stated here. Other expectations, regulations and practices of the College, including its customs and traditions, are contained in the Student Handbook, which is made available online to students each fall.
- Attendance at Albion College is a privilege and it is expected that students will conduct themselves in a responsible manner that reflects the ideals and educational aims of the College. Where student responsibility does not reflect this expectation, concern will be expressed and suitable action taken which may include suspension or permanent dismissal from the College.
- Central to a College's purpose is the pursuit of truth. This quality, the proximity in which students live, and the freedom of campus life depend upon the personal integrity of all members of the College community. Activities that represent an intention to steal, actual stealing or dishonesty in any form are extremely serious offenses which may result in suspension or expulsion from the College. Questions of academic dishonesty are handled by procedures set up by the faculty and are outlined in the Student Handbook.
- The residential nature of the campus affords opportunities for maximizing the undergraduate educational experience. As a residential college, Albion requires all students to live and board within the College residence system. Exceptions to this expectation are made for married students, commuters (defined as those students who reside with their parents or legal guardians within 50 miles of the campus), students with legal dependents, students age 23 or older (housing may be available if desired), and United States military veterans. Written notification must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life.
- Albion College does not consider the use of alcoholic beverages as necessary or conducive to the processes of higher education. Albion College students are expected to abide by College policies and the laws of the State of Michigan and the City of Albion relative to the possession, consumption and serving of alcohol. Only students 21 years of age or older may possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages. Students under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages. Possession, consumption and/or provision of alcohol in public areas of the campus is not permitted. Use of alcohol or other drugs which jeopardizes or endangers the well-being or safety of oneself or others, or contributes to other irresponsible or offensive action or behavior, is a violation of College regulations. All students and groups are subject to disciplinary action for violation of Albion College policy pertaining to the possession, consumption or serving of alcohol.
- Involvement in the illegal merchandising, possession, use or distribution of paraphernalia or drugs including marijuana, or misconduct resulting therefrom, is an offense that is subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion.
- Student participation in activities which develop to a degree that elicits public alarm, disturbs the public peace, threatens or endangers personal well-being or safety, or harms public or private property is prohibited. In a like manner, student behavior that disrupts or interferes with the orderly processes of the College is also prohibited. ``Orderly processes of the College'' are viewed to include, but not limited to, the holding of classes, the carrying forward of College business, arrangements for properly authorized and scheduled events and the observance of regulations and procedures. Students who individually or in groups commit, engage in or plan (whether or not a plan is carried out) a violation of any College policy will be subject to disciplinary action that may result in suspension or expulsion from the College.
- To avoid jeopardizing their status with the College and to assure the maintenance of accurate records, students are required to notify the vice president for student affairs whenever enrollment is voluntarily terminated.
- Health forms and updated immunizations are required of all incoming students. Completed records including evidence of immunizations must be on file.
Albion College shall not be liable for any injuries to or property damages suffered by any student regardless of cause. This disclaimer of liability shall apply to, but not by way of limitation, the following:
- Any injury or damage incurred on property owned by or under the control of the College, or its subsidiaries, such as classrooms, residence halls or other housing, any other structures, all common areas and grounds, and vehicles;
- Any injury or damage incurred as a participant, spectator or otherwise in any intramural or intercollegiate or other event or contest, athletic or otherwise, or while in transit thereto or therefrom;
- Any injury or damage suffered while engaged in or attending a classroom or related activity, whether required or elective, and regardless of cause;
- Any injury or damage suffered by reason of theft, fire, damage by the elements or by other cause;
- Any injury or damage suffered by reason of any act or omission of any College trustee, officer, member of the faculty or staff, employee, contractor or student.
By applying for admission or readmission to the College, or by continuing their enrollment with the College for a subsequent semester, students accept the foregoing disclaimer and agree to be bound thereby.
Insurance of Personal Belongings
The College does not insure personal effects of students. Therefore, it is recommended that students insure their belongings either through their parents' homeowner policy or a separate rental insurance policy.
The Albion Campus
In recent years, Albion's main campus has expanded so that it now includes more than 30 major buildings. The College is located in the city of Albion, a community of 9,000 founded in the 1830s along the banks of the scenic Kalamazoo River. The city is located 90 miles west of Detroit and 175 miles east of Chicago on Interstate 94.
The south boundary of the College is bordered by the Kalamazoo River's east branch. Interstate 94 business route borders the campus on the north, and the downtown shopping area is only a few blocks away.
Albion's original campus is today known as the Quadrangle, and from it have radiated the many new buildings erected during the past 30 years.
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Admission Office is located at the Bonta Admission Center, 100 N. Hannah St., one block south of Michigan Avenue. The Admission Office is open weekdays, Saturday mornings and by special appointment. The building is named for long-time dean of admissions Frank Bonta, '49.
Alumni Field serves Albion's varsity and intramural athletic programs for men and women, as well as the Kinesiology Department. The facility includes Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, Schmidt-Fraser Football Field, Isaac Track, Joranko Baseball Field, Dempsey Softball Field, a varsity soccer field, varsity tennis courts, practice fields and the Beese-Havens Boathouse.
Astronomical Observatory, erected in 1883, houses a large refracting telescope and related equipment. Portions have been remodeled to house the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. The building is a State of Michigan registered historical site.
Baldwin Hall Alumni Center, named for Dr. Charles W. Baldwin, a former College trustee, includes the student dining facilities.
Bellemont Manor is the colonial mansion that serves as a conference center, under the supervision of the College's Office of Dining and Hospitality Services. The mansion offers meeting rooms, lodging and dining facilities. Situated on a five-acre site one-half mile from campus, Bellemont Manor was built by Mr. and Mrs. George Dean in 1927-28 and was donated to Albion College in 1962.
Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, built in 1965, houses the Department of Art and Art History, and includes the Elsie E. Munro, '26, Art Gallery and one smaller gallery. It is named for long-time visual arts professor Vernon L. Bobbitt. The Center has studios for painting, sculpture, printmaking and other media. An adjacent ceramics facility was built in 1973.
Dean Hall is a cooperative residence for women. The facility, built in 1937 and located two blocks west of the campus, provides accommodations on a shared-work basis. The cooperative plan results in lower room and board costs than those of some other residence units.
Dickie Hall, a State of Michigan registered historical site, is one of Albion's oldest buildings. Construction began in 1857, although the facility was not completed until 14 years later. In this structure, the famous song "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" was written in the early 1900s. The building is named for Dr. Samuel Dickie, president of the College, 1901-1921. Originally housing the College chapel and offices, Dickie Hall is now incorporated into the Kellogg Center.
Dow Recreation and Wellness Center, located adjacent to Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, is devoted to educational and recreational purposes, including individual and group sports activities, physical conditioning, and health and wellness programs. The building's Bernard T. Lomas Fieldhouse contains flexible court space for intramural basketball, volleyball and badminton as well as a 1/9-mile track. Also included in the facility, completed in 1988, are two racquetball courts, training and rehabilitation areas, a classroom, locker rooms and Department of Kinesiology offices. The building was made possible by a gift from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. The Fieldhouse is named for Dr. Bernard T. Lomas, president of the College, 1970-1983.
Incorporated into the Dow Center is the Dean Aquatic Center, completed in 1978 and named for W. Clark Dean, '21, a long-time Albion College trustee and benefactor. It contains a T-shaped pool, 25 yards by 25 meters. The pool's diving area has 1- and 3-meter diving boards. In 1999 the Ungrodt Tennis Center, containing four indoor tennis courts, was added at the north end of the Lomas Fieldhouse. The facility is named for Paul W. Ungrodt, Jr., '52, a College trustee.
Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building, completed in 2002, houses offices for the president and for five of the College's administrative divisions: academic affairs, finance and management, information technology, institutional advancement and student affairs. It brings together in one location a broad array of student services, including computing laboratories and instructional technology support. Located on the previous site of the Lottie L. Gassette Memorial Library, the building is named for trustee William C. Ferguson, '52, principal donor for the project.
Fraternity Houses were rebuilt in 1966 for all campus fraternal organizations by the College. The six fraternities in the complex are Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Goodrich Chapel with its stately steeple dominates the Albion campus and serves as a landmark to travelers approaching the city. Chapel offices and classrooms house the Music Department. The building was dedicated in 1958 and is named in honor of Dr. F. S. Goodrich, professor of English Bible and a College chaplain for more than half a century. The sanctuary seats more than 1,400 persons.
Held Equestrian Center is a 341-acre facility located a short distance from the main campus. In addition to the Heathman Arena and a modern stable for boarding student-owned horses, it includes an outdoor ring and riding trails set amidst scenic hills and woodlands. Opened in 2004, the center is named for Nancy G. Held, professor and director of the Education Program, emerita.
Herrick Center serves the Theatre Department and has the principal college theatre, as well as a smaller studio theatre. It is named for Michigan industrialist Ray W. Herrick. The structure, located on the west edge of Alumni Field, was completed in 1975.
Kellogg Center, completed in 1996, serves as a meeting ground for the entire campus community. The facility features lounges, meeting rooms, student organization offices, all campus mailboxes, a grill/snack bar, a convenience store, the College Bookstore and the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations. Gerstacker Commons, a multipurpose area located within Kellogg Center, is available for any campus group planning concerts, lectures, dances or other events. The five-level Kellogg Center adjoins and incorporates historic Dickie Hall. The center is named for Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, donor of the principal gift for the project.
Kresge Gymnasium includes the varsity basketball and volleyball court, along with the Ferguson Dance Studio. Completed in 1925 and totally remodeled in 1988, the building is named in honor of philanthropist Dr. Stanley S. Kresge, '23.
Kresge Hall houses classrooms, laboratories and research spaces, primarily for the study of biology and chemistry. Also included is the Ludington Greenhouse. Added to the science complex in 2005, the four-story facility is named for College trustee Bruce A. Kresge, '53, and was made possible, in part, by a $4.5-million grant from the Kresge Foundation.
Mudd Learning Center/Stockwell Memorial Library complex houses library collections and services, the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA), and the Academic Skills Center.
The library contains over 350,000 books and non-print items, rare book collections, the College archives, and a collection of United States government documents which Albion receives as a depository library. The library maintains video viewing facilities, as well as areas for individual and group study. The historical archives of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church are also located in the library. A 2011 renovation of the Stockwell Library's main floor created the Cutler Commons which includes interactive study spaces, a one-stop services area and a café.
Built in 1938, Stockwell Memorial Library is named for Charles F. Stockwell, Albion's first principal, and is a gift of his daughter, Madelon Stockwell Turner, one of Albion's early graduates. The Wendell B. Will Faculty Room is on the second floor of the Stockwell building. The Mudd Learning Center, completed in 1980 and connected to Stockwell Library by an enclosed walkway, is named for Seeley G. Mudd, a physician and medical researcher.
Norris Center is a central lecture facility of the four-building science complex and is named for Dr. Louis W. Norris, president of the College, 1960-70. Built in 1969 and completely renovated in 2006, it contains the 340-seat Towsley Lecture Hall, the Mitchell Museum, classrooms and the Dow Analytical Science Laboratory.
Olin Hall, completed in 1983, houses the Departments of Communication Studies, Education, and Psychological Science, as well as the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development. The three-story facility was built and equipped through a $4.5-million gift from the Olin Foundation. Olin Hall contains a large lecture room, classrooms, seminar rooms and research spaces.
Palenske Hall is another of the four buildings in Albion College's science complex. Housed in the four-level facility are classrooms, laboratories and research spaces for the study of geology, physics, mathematics and computer science. Built in 1969 and completely renovated in 2005, it is named for Fred C. Palenske.
Putnam Hall includes classrooms, laboratories and research spaces, for the study of chemistry, biology and mathematics. Part of the four-building science complex, it was constructed in 1969 and named for Mark E. Putnam, '10. It was completely renovated in 2006.
Robinson Hall, renovated in 1992, houses the Departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Economics/Management, History, and Political Science, as well as the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. This structure is located on the site of the original Central Building, which was completed in 1843 but subsequently rebuilt with gifts from the late George O. Robinson.
Sorority Lodges are maintained by five of the six national sororities on campus. Although members do not live in the lodges, they use them for meetings, special dinners, studying and social functions. Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Kappa Delta maintain lodges. The sixth sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, uses other meeting spaces on campus.
Student Residences include several buildings--Wesley Hall (1925) with its east and west additions (1956), Seaton Hall (1949), Mitchell Towers (1965) and Whitehouse Hall (1963). Wesley Hall was remodeled in 1986, Seaton Hall in 1993 and Mitchell Towers in 2002-03. Seaton Hall is named for Dr. John L. Seaton, president of the College, 1924-1945; Whitehouse Hall for Dr. William W. Whitehouse, president, 1945-1960; and Mitchell Towers for Dr. Peter T. Mitchell, '67, president, 1997-2007. All of Albion's student residences are coeducational with separate sections for men and women.
Several homes have been remodeled for special-interest housing, and a limited number of College-owned apartments are also available. The Mae Harrison Karro, '31, Residential Village (2001) houses up to 56 students in apartment-style units. The residence was made possible by a gift from Roy Karro in memory of his wife.
Vulgamore Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, was erected in 1854. Renovated in 1993, it houses the Departments of English, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The building was renamed in honor of Dr. Melvin L. Vulgamore, president of the College, 1983-1997.
Whitehouse Nature Center is a 144-acre preserve with scenic nature trails. Located on the Kalamazoo River and adjacent to the campus, it is used both for field instruction in the sciences and for quiet walks and observation. An Interpretive Center was built in 1977 to house a classroom, work space and a place for permanent nature displays. The Nature Center is named for Dr. William W. Whitehouse, president of the College, 1945-1960. For more information, visit the Nature Center Web site at: www.albion.edu/naturecenter/.
The College has a pioneering heritage, originally serving the educational needs of settlers' children and Indians alike. Albion also is one of the earliest Midwest schools to introduce coeducation.
Thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers of Michigan Territory, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature in 1835. Early attempts at coeducation were made in 1850 when the legislature approved the founding of the "Albion Female Collegiate Institute." This school for women was controlled by the Wesleyan Seminary corporation until 1857 when the two schools merged under the name of "The Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion."
On February 25, 1861, Albion was fully authorized by the State legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women.
From the time the cornerstone was laid for the first permanent building in 1840 until today, Albion College has remained on the same site, the original part of which is now affectionately called "the Quad." In 1861 there were only two classroom buildings. By 1901, Albion had added a chapel, an observatory, a gymnasium, a chemistry building and a library.
Today Albion stands on 225 acres with more than 30 major buildings, and from 500 students in 1901, enrollment has grown to 1,710 students. Full-time faculty today number 126, and the College has over 23,000 living alumni.
Emphasis on excellence in liberal arts education became the Albion College hallmark through the years, and in 1940 Albion was the first private college in Michigan to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Today the College remains true to its liberal arts commitment.
The campus itself has also changed dramatically in recent years. Since 1975, Albion has built the Herrick Center for Speech and Theatre, Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, the Whitehouse Interpretive Center, Dean Aquatic Center, Mudd Learning Center, Olin Hall, Dow Recreation and Wellness Center, Kellogg Center, the Mae Harrison Karro Residential Village, the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building and Kresge Hall. In addition, many older campus buildings have been thoroughly renovated.
Albion's Principals and Presidents
Charles F. Stockwell, Principal, 1843-1845
Clark T. Hinman, Principal, 1846-1853
Ira Mayhew, Principal, 1853-1854
Thomas H. Sinex, President, 1854-1864
George B. Jocelyn, President, 1864-1869 and 1871-1877
J. L. G. McKown, President, 1869-1870
William B. Silber, President, 1870-1871
Lewis R. Fiske, President, 1877-1898
John P. Ashley, President, 1898-1901
Dr. Samuel Dickie, President, 1901-1921
John W. Laird, President, 1921-1924
Dr. John L. Seaton, President, 1924-1945
Dr. William W. Whitehouse, President, 1945-1960
Dr. Louis W. Norris, President, 1960-1970
Dr. Bernard T. Lomas, President, 1970-1983
Dr. Melvin L. Vulgamore, President, 1983-1997
Dr. Peter T. Mitchell, President, 1997-2007
Dr. Donna M. Randall, President, 2007-
Albion College Diversity Statement
A liberal arts education, by definition, should liberate minds. This process is enhanced in a community that is committed to educational equity, diversity and unrestricted inquiry. We seek therefore to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation and caring for all members of our community. To this end, Albion College condemns all forms of discrimination and harassment, while reaffirming our commitment to academic free speech. We also commit ourselves to the recruitment and retention of both women and minority faculty, staff and students, the integration of cultural diversity in the curriculum, and the development of a truly inclusive multicultural campus environment.
Approved by the Albion College Faculty and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, 1991-92.