Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated April 8, 2020

An Albion College Response Team continues to monitor the situation, respond to developments, and work with on- and off-campus resources to best support our community members who may be impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

We are also working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) to monitor coronavirus developments in our region. Additionally, we are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and are communicating regularly with the Albion College community through email and this webpage.

Additionally:

  • Classes have moved to online instruction. Residence halls closed on Tuesday, March 24 to comply with the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Limited exceptions have been granted for students with extraordinary need.

  • Decisions on previously scheduled events will continue to be communicated as they are made. Commencement (scheduled for May 2) and Milestone Reunions (scheduled for May 14-16) have been postponed. Milestone Reunions have been rescheduled for May 20-22, 2021. Commencement will be rescheduled and that date will be shared promptly when it's set.

    The Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium (April 16) has been canceled. Information on summer camps and conferences will be shared as it becomes available. More info on cancellations and postponements can be found below.

  • Read about how the situation is affecting the admission and enrollment process.

Albion College has created the email address for members of our campus community, parents and others to ask general questions about the College's plans and responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We will respond to any questions sent to this address within 24 hours. In addition, MDHHS has created a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about COVID-19. The phone number is 1-888-535-6136 and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Again, the best way to keep updated on the COVID-19 pandemic and Albion's response is through this page, as it is being regularly updated by the College.

And it can't be said often enough: Wash your hands frequently. Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you are sick, stay at home or in your room.


Extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through April

April 9, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

From Lisa Locke, Director of Human Resources:

Dear Colleagues,

Today Governor Whitmer extended the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order through the end of April. This means Albion College will continue to operate on-site limited to the identified critical workers in order to ensure our minimum basic operations are met as well as our basic infrastructure activities and continued support of remote teaching, learning and work activities.

Thank you for your commitment to Albion College. Please stay well and stay safe.

Counseling Service is Still Supporting Students

April 9, 2020

Counseling Services continues to be available to assist all Albion College students for the remainder of the semester. We are not available for face-to-face appointments but can arrange phone or virtual consultations. We are available during our regular business hours — Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. You can call Counseling Services at 517/629-0236 or email us at to request an appointment. We also continue to have a counselor available for after hour consultations. To speak to a counselor after hours call Campus Safety at 517/629-1234 and ask to speak with a counselor.

Gerstacker Summer School Update

April 8, 2020

From Laurel Draudt, Gerstacker Institute director:

Hello Summer School Gerstackers,

After conversations with the Provost and other relevant stakeholders on campus, the difficult decision was made to shift Gerstacker summer courses and related programming to a remote format. This decision was based on the best public health information that we have at this time.

I will be meeting virtually with Professor Bedient and Dr. Erlandson later this week to discuss their plans and needs for your classes and meeting times. The professional development programming will continue and will include the mock interview program and special topics shared through alumni and professional engagements, in addition to programming led by Gerstacker staff.

One of the greatest benefits of summer school is the opportunity to grow and experience new things together, offer each other support, and build new and stronger friendships. We are dedicated to fostering this online and I am also looking into the possibility of us gathering in the late summer for a short time. As I research this option, I will share more details as things get closer.

Please understand that this was a very hard decision and one that was not made lightly. While we're disappointed, know that the Gerstacker staff is looking at this as an opportunity to innovate and learn from all of you in ways that we haven't done before. We invite you to join us in our unexpected summer journey with open, positive minds and approach this as a Gerstacker family.

We remain excited to spend our summer with you.

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