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.

Employee Return to Work Questionnaire

Friday, June 12, 2020

Lisa Locke, director of human resources, shared the following message in an email to Albion College faculty and staff:

Albion College will follow a phased plan to gradually return to working on campus beginning in June 2020. The plan’s goals are to protect the health of employees, help ensure the well-being of the community, and carefully and deliberately prepare for fall semester.

Albion College will phase in a return of staff over time in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate;

  • social distancing,
  • availability of PPE (personal protective equipment) and
  • testing capabilities for COVID-19.

Please take the time to assist us with answering a few questions so that the College can make data-driven return to work plans to provide departments with basic office coverage while recognizing the challenges individuals face as we phase back to on-campus work including childcare and high risk medical conditions.

Employee Return to Work Questionnaire

Health Screening Station Updates

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lisa Locke, director of human resources, shared the following message in an email to Albion College faculty and staff:

Thank you to everyone who has been coming through the health screening station before reporting to on-campus work. Your cooperation with this process is a key step for us to provide a healthy,safe environment for our community.

Health Assessment Screening Station - UPDATED HOURS

Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
5:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Beginning next Monday, June 8, 2020, we are modifying the morning hours for the screening station. This earlier start will accommodate our grounds and maintenance staff who start their work day much earlier than many of us and anyone else who wants/needs to have an early start to the work day.

Due to the limited utilization of the noon-1 p.m. time slot we will not be modifying the afternoon schedule at this time.

Self-Health Assessment Outside Regular Business Hours

We know we have employees who need to be on campus outside the 8 a.m.-5 p.m. business hours and on weekends. We have developed a Google form (distributed to employees via email) for self-reporting of the Health Assessment Screening questions. This should only be used by individuals who are unable to go through the Health Assessment Screening Station and who are accessing campus facilities after-hours or on weekends and holidays.

Limited Access to Work Space

We are now permitting limited access for faculty and staff to access to their work spaces to retrieve items or for other specific short term reasons. To access your work space, you need to complete the health screening process for the day in which you would like access. Once you have completed the screening process, call Campus Safety (517-629-1234) to request admittance into the building where you work. Please be sure you are wearing your wristband (issued at the Health Assessment Screening Station once authorized) and be prepared to present your Albion College ID card when you meet the officer. Please build in extra time to your expected time on campus to allow for Campus Safety.

Faculty and staff who would like regular, extended access to their workspaces should contact their division head. If approved, division heads should communicate approval to and .

Albion College Bookstore Reopens

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Todd Shayler, General Manager, Albion College Bookstore, shared the following message in an email to the Albion College staff.

Your Albion College Bookstore will reopen to the campus tomorrow, Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily (M-F) until the need arises for the hours to be extended. Per Albion College and Barnes & Noble College policies, customers entering the store will be asked to wear a face mask for the protection of both our customers and employees. We also ask that you maintain the recommended 6ft social distancing while in the store. Hand sanitizer will be available for your use at the door and the cash register.

As you can imagine, we have had perishable inventory loss due to this Covid-19 closure. So, many snack and beverage items to which you may have been accustomed may not currently be available. But, rest assured that we do have stock and items available to fill your snack and lunchtime needs. And we will be working to restock the inventory as soon as possible, realizing that shipping delays and product availability will be an ongoing issue for some time.

You will notice a different layout and traffic flow to the store with directional arrows and social distancing queues marked on our floor. Traffic will likely remain low for the next few weeks over the summer, and these changes will likely not appear significant now. But, please stay tuned for further communication on important updates to the service flow of the store as we approach heavier traffic and Fall semester reopening. All future updates will be communicated to the entire campus community via Albion Today messaging.

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