Protecting of Minors on Campus
Albion College is dedicated to the welfare and safety of all Minors who visit the Albion College campus to participate in Albion College related programs. We are particularly interested in ensuring that staff, whether they be employees or volunteers, for youth oriented programs and activities are sufficiently screened and trained for the role of working with youth.
Employees and volunteers participating in such programs and activities:
- Shall not spend time alone, either on or off campus, with a Minor away from others. If one-on-one interaction is required, meet in open, well lit rooms or spaces with windows observable by other adults from the Program. It is expected that activities where minors are present will involve two or more authorized adults.
- Shall not engage in inappropriate conduct of any kind toward, or in the presence of, a Minor.
- Shall not strike, hit, administer corporal punishment to, or touch in an inappropriate or illegal manner any Minor.
- Shall not engage in the use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during such programs or activities.
- Shall not be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal drugs which may endanger Minors participating in the program or activity.
- Shall not view pornography in front of Minors or make pornography in any form available to Minors participating in programs and activities covered by this policy or assist them in any way in gaining access to pornography.
- Shall not develop inappropriate relationships with individual program participants under the age of 18.
- Shall be alert to the physical and emotional state of all children each time they report for an educational program. Any signs of injury relating to suspected child abuse should be reported to the appropriate authorities.
- Shall report as soon as possible, any suspected incident of sexual violence (see policy).
- Shall not tell children "this is just between the two of us" or use similar language that encourages Minors to keep secrets from their parent/guardians
Mandatory Training on the Prevention and Recognition of Child Abuse
Albion College utilizes a service provided by in2vate.com to provide online training. Please send an email to
to request access to this resource.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and Sex offender registry checks are required of each employee or volunteer, to be completed and affirmative confirmation is cleared to work prior to his or her interaction or participation in youth oriented programs and activities.
- Regular employees of the College and non-student volunteers must be cleared through a comprehensive background check process administered by the Human Resource Office. There are select circumstances where this standard background check may also be administered for student employees and volunteers.
- Student employees and student volunteers must be cleared through an I-CHAT background check and a sex offender registry check in the individual's home state and the state of Michigan. Complete and return ICHAT_Form.pdf to the Human Resources office in person, by email (scanned)
or by fax to 517-629-0661.
Seasonal employees, including students who are not registered for student employment, working for summer camps will also need to complete appropriate employment forms:
The Albion College wireless network transmits on the standard 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz radio frequencies. These radio waves are subject to interference from active and passive sources. Knowing about the sources of such radio interference can help you position your wireless devices to limit or avoid interference.
Active Sources of Wireless Interference:
An active source of wireless interference is usually a device that emits a radio signal on the same 2.4 ghz frequency as the wireless network. Below is a list of common devices that can emit 2.4 ghz radio signals and can thus be potential sourches of wireless interference:
- Cordless Phones (2.4 ghz) - Cordless phones that use the 2.4 ghz frequency can cause severe wireless signal interference
- Bluetooth devices - Bluetooth devices transmit over a short range 2.4 ghz signal. Many cell phones, game controllers, cordless mice and other devices use Bluetooth.
- Other wireless networks - Multiple wireless networks setup within close range can cause mutual interference.
- Other wireless devices - Many other devices, such as wireless keyboards and mice, use the 2.4 ghz frequency
- Microwave ovens - Improperly shielded microwave ovens can emit 2.4 ghz frequency radio waves
- Video Players - Devices such as AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku players frequently transmit on the same frequencies as wireless.
If you find that you have a poor or inconsistent wireless signal in your room, see if you have any of these devices nearby. In most cases, simply moving your wireless device farther away from the source of interference is enough to solve the problem.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to remove the interfering device from the environment. This step can be problematic if the device is immovable or doesn't belong to you. Under such circumstances, testing your wireless device in various locations may be your only option.
Tips to improve wireless access:
- Place a work request, or contact the
. IT can resolve many connection issues, if we know you are having trouble.
- Replace, or relocate, your microwave - The biggest cause of interference in residential wireless networks are old or poorly shielded microwave ovens. A microwave that causes such interference is likely faulty and needs to be replaced.
- Moving your device closer to the hallway will improve signal strength. The access points in the hallways are generally easy to see – place your device so that there are the fewest possible number of obstructions between the device and the access point.
- Turn around – the Human Body is a great absorber of radio frequencies. Make sure you do not place yourself between the device and the access point.
- Turn off interfering wireless devices – Bluetooth devices, gamebox controllers, smart TV’s, and other wireless electronics cause interference on the wifi. Powering these down when not in use will reduce interference.
- Update your drivers – make sure your laptop has the most current drivers for the wireless connection. Visit the Helpdesk if you need assistance.
- Switch to 5 ghz – the 5 ghz channel is less susceptible to interference. Most newer laptops are able to choose between 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz. Visit the Helpdesk if you need assistance.
VMware (virtual network)
VMware is a virtualization technology which allows you to connect to your Albion office/lab machine when you are home or traveling so you may access the Albion network as you would on campus.
Instructions to connect to VMware via a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome):
- Enter https://hvgw1.albion.edu/portal/webclient/index.html#/disclaimer into your browser of choice
- Read and accept disclaimer.Click Accept.
- Enter your Albion network Username and Password. Please be certain the "Domain" field is left as "Albion"
- Select the "Staff" or "Student Lab" button
- If prompted, select "I understand the Risks" "Add Exception" and "Confirm Security Exception"
- You will soon see a campus desktop with the Albion background through which you can access campus resources.
- When finished, select "Log Off" from the Start menu.
WARNING: Save all documents and files onto your network drives (G, H, W, P) as files saved onto the virtual machine desktop will be lost.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact the helpdesk at 517-629-0479 or email
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