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.

A Message from the College Chaplain

March 27, 2020

Rev. Donald L. Phillips recorded the following message for the Albion College community.

Access to Campus Buildings During Shutdown

March 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

To comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive order, campus buildings have been closed and faculty and staff access has been removed. Employees who have been identified by Division Heads as essential to maintain critical infrastructure and minimum basic operations will continue to have access to the spaces they need to fulfill their functions. These employees should be able to access to the appropriate campus building via keycard. Campus Safety has been given the names of these employees, and can provide access for those who have difficulty with a keycard lock after confirming that the requesting employee has been identified as essential.

An exception to the building closures is the Kellogg Center, which will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday – Friday so students and employees can access the campus post office.

Division Heads may continue to identify faculty or staff as essential employees by emailing names to and . Other faculty and staff will not be permitted access to campus buildings until the executive order has been lifted.

Custodial staff continue to work hard to provide a clean and safe environment. To support essential functions, areas that have not been identified as necessary for use while the campus is closed will be cleaned, and signs posted indicating the area should not be used. If a faculty or staff member needs to use one of these marked areas, please email so custodial staff are aware.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to navigate through this difficult time.

College Residential Facilities to Close

March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Based on today's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (which at this time runs through April 13, 2020), all College residential facilities will be closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. While online instruction will continue, students must leave their residential spaces by no later than that time.

Students should take all personal belongings with them if possible. If you are unable to take all personal belongings, you may leave them in your assigned residential space. Students will not be permitted to return to campus while the Governor’s order remains in effect, including students who have already left campus. The process for retrieving personal belongings will be communicated by Residential Life at a later date.

While we understand the desire to help a fellow Brit, we cannot stress enough the importance of practicing appropriate social distancing during the move-out process.

Limited exceptions may be granted for students with extraordinary need. Students should explore all options for leaving campus before requesting an exception.

Students granted an exception may be required to move to a different space on campus and should expect limited food service as well as other campus resources. Students who need to request an exception should email the Student Development Office () by 7:00 p.m. tonight to concisely explain their reasons for needing to remain on campus.

Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and very few exceptions will be granted.

Please travel safely and be healthy and well. Know that we will look forward to seeing you again soon.

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