Because Albion is a residential college, students must reside in College housing. Even though there is a sense of safety when living closely with one's peers, be sure that you do not allow anyone - students or non-students - to exploit that environment. The vast majority of crimes in the residence halls involve theft of personal property.
Almost always, the theft is from an unlocked room or an unattended common area. YOU CAN prevent these "crimes of opportunity."
Security Measures in the Residence Halls
1. Do not prop open residence hall doors—even for a friend.
2. Lock your door when you leave—even for a short time.
3. Lock your door before going to sleep.
4. Lock windows that are accessible from outside.
5. Keep your small items of value, such as wallets, purses, money and jewelry out of sight.
6. Participate in Operation Identification—engrave all valuable items with your driver's license number. Call Campus Safety for information.
7. Do not leave notes on your door announcing that no one is in the room.
8. Never loan out your keys or ID card.
9. Report any persons acting suspiciously in and around the residence halls. Note their description and location and call. Campus Safety immediately.
10. Report any doors, locks or windows in need of repair to your resident assistant or Campus Safety.
11. Report all thefts immediately to Campus Safety.
Albion Area Spiritual Opportunities
A directory Albion Area Spiritual Opportunities is available to any current Albion College student, faculty, or staff member. You must come by the Office of the Chaplain (Ferguson 103) to pick up a hard copy. The guide provides information on over 100 different organizations in or near Albion College, representing 16 different spiritual traditions. For information on specific faith communities, please contact the College Chaplain.
Boyd Meditation Chapel
Individuals and groups affiliated with Albion College are welcome to use the Boyd Meditation Chapel, located on the south end of Goodrich Chapel. Storage lockers are available for reservation by College-affiliated groups focused on spiritual life. Zabutons, zafus, and literature about spiritual practices are available for use. Boyd Meditation Chapel is available for reservation by contacting
Stockwell 305: Spiritual Life Library
Individuals and groups affiliated with Albion College are welcome to use Stockwell 305, located on the upper level of the historic Stockwell Library. Books, literature, and other items used by spiritual life group can be checked out on an honor-basis. Shelf space (locked or unlocked) is available for reservation by College-affiliated groups focused on spiritual life. Starting fall semester 2010, there will also be a coffeemaker, microwave, hotpot, and other items. Stockwell 305 is available for reservation by contacting
Students who have lost a loved one (or are going to) often find comfort through their faith. The College Chaplain offers spiritual care in times of grief, offering confidential space, bereavement resources, and prayer. At times, the College Chaplain collaborates with Counseling Services to co-facilitate a bereavement support group.
The College Chaplain is available to meet with couples about their relationship, and with couples who are preparing for marriage. It is strongly advised that couples meet with a clergy and/or counseling, to prepare for a life together. The Office of the Chaplain offers pre-marital curriculum, available for free for members of the Albion College community.
The College Chaplain facilitates a co-curricular group for students considering ministry. The group meets occasionally throughout the academic year, with discussion topics based on the individual needs of participants. The group is partnered with academic departments, as well as with the Department of Career Services. Contact the Office of the Chaplain for more information.
The Office of the Chaplain maintains a current listing of ministry opportunities, gathered from a variety of sources. Students seeking an opportunity (short-term or long-term) are encouraged to inquire. This listing is maintained in conjunction with the Department of Career Services.
Offices and Programs
Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center
The Women's Center coordinates social, cultural, and political programs focused on women for the Albion College Community. The Center also works to develop and disseminate resource materials that help educate the community about ideas and issues that impact and involve women. Acknowledge that a key component of feminism is sisterhood, the Center seeks to co-create an environment at Albion in which women can flourish and achieve to their potential.
Campus Programs and Organizations
The Office of Campus Programs and Organizations (CPO) provides students with numerous opportunities to enhance and complement their classroom experiences through co-curricular programs such as student organizations, Greek life (fraternities/sororities), community service, new student orientation, and many major campus-wide programs and events. CPO works diligently to augment students’ academic experiences while supporting a broad and challenging series of opportunities beyond the classroom.
The Department of Campus Safety, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, works with the college community to ensure the safety and security of the entire campus. Directed by professional staff members, the Department provides building patrols, building openings and closings, after-hour admittances, escorts, parking enforcement, emergency fire and medical response, and general patrol of campus property. The department works very closely with the City of Albion’s Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies.
The Office of the Chaplain celebrates and cultivates religious devotion and spiritual development, and strives to create a welcoming and affirming context for the entire College community. The office does this in a variety of ways, such as providing connections between students and religious communities (both on and off campus), hosting interfaith dialogue opportunities, leading Christian unity efforts on campus, supporting students exploring ministry, and offering pastoral care in times of joy and loss.
In both group and individual settings, Counseling Services provides students a confidential environment to explore concerns related to a variety of issues. College is a time of growth and transition and students often attend counseling to address eating concerns, depression, interpersonal relationships, stress management, sexuality, loss and grief, and other concerns. Educational programs, consultation on counseling-related topics, and referrals to area mental health resources can be provided as well. Counseling Services welcomes students from all backgrounds and embraces a philosophy of respectful diversity.
Through the First-Year Experience Program, Student Affairs staff members coordinate many programs and activities for first-year students to assist them with their transition to Albion College.
The Office of Intercultural Affairs is dedicated to the support of minority students and to promoting the awareness of multicultural issues among students, staff and faculty. The office affords students the opportunity to participate in a number of organizations, activities and programs that assist minority students in developing a sense of belonging at Albion and helps the entire student body expand it’s knowledge of multicultural issues.
While at Albion College, you will find that learning opportunities provided in the campus residences enhance the more formal classroom learning. Sharing common living spaces with other students challenges each resident to develop skills such as communication and assertiveness. Students can also gain leadership and organizational skills through their participation in hall government and program development. Visit the Office of Residential Life.
Student Health Services
The focus of Student Health Services (SHS) is to take a holistic approach related to the health of the student population at Albion College, stressing health promotion and disease prevention. There is a minimal fee for some services provided and there are convenient, daily walk-in-hours. Under the direction of the Medical Director (physician), SHS is staffed full-time by registered nurses. The Physician and a Physician Assistant provide an additional 10 hours of service weekly.
Dining & Hospitality Services
Albion College provides the campus and community with high-quality products and services through a variety of experiences. Albion is proud to have Bon Appétit Management Company as the premier onsite company to operate its dining and hospitality services, including campus lodging and conference services.
Bon Appétit cares about the way food and food production impact the environment. Their commitment to social responsibility improves the educational value of Albion's living/learning environment.
Bon Appétit believes that dining rooms are gathering places meant for breaking bread together—to create a sense of community and comfort that is core to Albion College's small liberal arts tradition.