Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Update June 4, 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.


Extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order Through May 28, 2020

May 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

From Lisa Locke, director of human resources:

Dear Colleagues,

Today Governor Whitmer extended the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order through May 28, 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.

Although this message is about extending the Safe Home, Stay Safe order, we look forward to working, collaborating, and serving the students of Albion together on campus when we are able to do so again, safely. The College has established a Return To The Workplace Task Force responsible for developing a plan for the safe return to campus for employees.

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

Full Executive Order is available here: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-528460--,00.html

Update Regarding Non-Medical-Grade Face Coverings for On-Site Workers

May 1, 2020

From Lisa Locke, director of human resources:

Dear Colleagues,

Under Governor Whitmer's executive oder 2020-59 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.

Employees who were previously identified as a critical worker will recieve a face mask and CDC instructions regarding the use of a face mask via campus mail. Please make sure these get to those essential workers who are working on site for part or all of their work responsibilities. Please note employees are permitted to wear their own face coverings/masks.

If the earlier critical-worker designations need to be modified, please let me know. Any modification to this list must be approved by the senior-level executive for the division.

If you are an on-site worker, please contact me if you need an accommodation for this requirement because you are not able to medically tolerate a face covering.

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

Retrieving Belongings from Student Residences

April 29, 2020

From the Office of Residential Life:

We are pleased to announce that we have developed a process to allow students to return to campus to retrieve personal belongings in a safe and efficient way. For the health and safety of all involved, we have established guidelines for the property retrieval process, which will begin Monday, May 4, at 8 a.m.

Each available day for property retrieval will be broken into three four-hour blocks: 8 a.m. – noon, noon – 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be observed throughout the process. As such, students must make an appointment in order to retrieve their belongings. Appointment time blocks can be reserved online through a simple form. Please see the Residential Life website for full details on the retrieval policy; questions can be sent to . Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this process.

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