Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Update June 30, 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.


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.

Room and Board Update

April 1, 2020

Albion College students who were charged room and/or board in the spring of 2020 semester and who are no longer residing on campus will receive a credit, applied to their student account, by the end of the semester. In some cases, these credits will require adjustments to a student’s financial aid. For students who carry an unpaid balance on their account, these credits will first be applied to that balance.

The average credit will be approximately $1,000, but will vary based on the specific housing and/or board option selected by the student for the current Spring 2020 semester.

For graduating seniors, credits will be applied and refunds will be issued after graduation status is applied and final fee balances are settled.

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

President Mauri Ditzler sent the following e-mail this afternoon:

Friends,

Since March 13, just a little over two weeks ago, we have been presented with a rapidly changing global health crisis; information and guidance that continues to develop by the day and sometimes by the hour; and a Stay Home, Stay Safe order from our state’s governor.

We first responded by moving classes online to ensure that social distancing could be implemented appropriately, and then by closing campus when it became necessary for everyone’s safety. I am personally so sorry that, whether you are a senior preparing to graduate or a first-year student enjoying your new home in Albion, the Albion experience you’ve grown to love has been swiftly interrupted. It stinks.

Especially for our seniors, we are all proud of you and we will find ways to celebrate your accomplishments, even though Commencement has been postponed until a time when it is safe to hold a large gathering on campus. Potential dates are being discussed and a new date will be shared with you as soon as it is set.

For students who are eager to return to in-person instruction—we are eager to welcome you back! I have heard some concern that classes might continue online this fall. Rest assured that we have every expectation that come fall semester, the COVID-19 pandemic will be controlled and campus will again be open with in-person classes.

In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to the Office of Academic Affairs with feedback about how your classes are going online. I hope you would also share any ideas you have about how your classes can be even more valuable and engaging in this new temporary format.

Again, we can’t wait to have you back on campus. And we are excited to see you in Albion this coming fall.

Sincerely,
Mauri

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