Coronavirus (COVID-19) Archive

Updated May 11, 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.

The Spring 2020 semester has concluded.

  • Classes moved to online instruction the week of March 16 and concluded in an online format. Residence halls closed on 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.
    • A virtual Honors Convocation was held May 1.
    • A virtual Commencement was held May 2, and an on-campus celebration of the Class of 2020 is tentatively scheduled for October 16 at 4 p.m. Details for the on-campus event will be shared promptly once they are firm.
    • Summer camps and conferences have been impacted. Learn more >>
  • Read about how the situation is affecting the admission and enrollment process.

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.

Library Materials Will Be Renewed Through 8/31

April 28, 2020

We know many of you have Library materials you need to return. Because of the current situation, we will be renewing all checked out materials through August 31, 2020. When this change is made in our system, you will receive an email noting the new due date - if you have already returned items to the Library drop box, please disregard that notification. Because we are working remotely, we have not checked in items left in the drop box.

If you are on campus, or plan to be on campus over the summer, and would like to return materials, please place them in the Library's drop box, which is just outside the main entrance.

If you are a graduating senior or do not plan to return to campus in the future, you may mail Library materials before the August 31 due date to the following address:

ALBION, MI 49224

If you have any questions or concerns please email .

Extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order Through May 15, 2020

April 24, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

From Lisa Locke, Director of Human Resources:

Dear Colleagues,

Today Governor Whitmer extended the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order through May 15, 2020. 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.

Under the new order, effective on April 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space. Masks will be required for those visiting Campus Safety, The Kellogg Center and other enclosed public spaces on campus.

To comply with this added requirement, Albion College will be providing non-medical grade face coverings to those employees performing on-site work. We are still working out the details of when and where those will be distributed and will share that information as soon as it is available.

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

Retrieving Personal Belongings

April 15, 2020

When classes transitioned to their current online format and College residences closed, many students left personal belongings in their residence hall rooms. We know that many of you are anxious to retrieve your belongings and check out of your room, but Governor Whitmer's expansion of the stay at home order has made travel restrictions even more stringent. The current order will last through April 30th, but could be extended again. Once the order is lifted, Residential Life will communicate a plan for students to return in an orderly fashion to retrieve their belongings. Students should continue to monitor their Albion College email address and the Albion College COVID-19 webpage for additional information.

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