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.

Information on CARES Act Emergency Grant Distribution

Friday, May 29, 2020

Albion College has received funding for federal emergency grants through the CARES Act and will be distributing grants to students the week of June 1, 2020. The purpose of the federal emergency grant is to help students cover some of the costs associated with the transition from in-person to online learning due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All eligible students* who have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA application and were determined by the Office of Student Financial Services to be eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV) will receive an emergency grant between $500 and $1,300 based upon need. Students do not have to apply or take any action for this grant. For all eligible students, the emergency grant will be posted on the student’s account and within a week a refund will be generated for the posted amount.

Albion College highly recommends the use of direct deposit (eRefund) to expedite the delivery of the student refund. If you are not already signed up for eRefund, you can complete the banking information in your TouchNet account. For those not currently signed up for eRefund through TouchNet, the College will mail a paper check to the home address on record. We ask that students verify their home address to ensure that it is current by reviewing this information in your ACIS account. If you have questions related to setting up an eRefund via TouchNet, please reach out to the Office of Accounting at or 517/629-0507.

The College will retain some funds for any students who may have additional needs and/or for those who have not registered for the Fall 2020 semester. Students who have not registered for Fall are encouraged to contact the Registrar’s Office at .

*Eligible students must be currently enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester, be in good academic standing, have been enrolled in a degree program at Albion College on March 13, 2020, and meet all qualifications for federal financial aid (Title IV).

Note: The above information also has been directly communicated to students via email.

Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing May 30-31

Friday, May 29, 2020

The National Guard will be here this weekend to conduct Drive-Up COVID-19 testing.

Dates: Saturday 30 May & Sunday 31 May

Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Location: Parking lot of the Marshall Opportunity High School, 225 E Watson St, Albion, MI 49224.

Cost: FREE

Calhoun County Public Health will collect the name, personal information and contact information for each person tested.

National Guard medical personnel will collect the test sample via nasal swab, transport the test samples to the lab and provide Calhoun County Health the test results.

Calhoun County will have responsibility for notification of individuals who are tested.

Albion Public Safety will be present to assist with traffic control.

Health Screening Required for On-Site Work Effective May 27

Friday, May 22, 2020

The College's return-to-work plan includes incremental steps in several phases (full plan will be released soon). Phase 1 is planned to begin May 27. Under this phase, most employees will continue to work remotely.

The following departments have approval for on-campus work in Phase 1. Supervisors in each area are working closely with the Return to the Workplace Task Force and Human Resources on their department's plan with the health of employees and the community top of mind. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through your respective supervisor.

  • Facilities - Maintenance
  • Facilities - Grounds
  • Campus Safety
  • Equestrian Center
  • Critical/Essential Workers (designated by Senior Leadership and recorded by Human Resources)

All other administrative and academic departments should continue remote work. Supervisors who believe an exception is necessary for other employees to return to campus must contact Human Resources ().

Health Screening Station Requirement

Effective May 27, 2020, all employees coming to campus for on-site work will be required to report to a Health Screening Station BEFORE their worksite for the day.

Please review the Health Assessment Screening Station Guidelines and Face Mask Guidelines. Both of these are subject to revision as this is an ever changing situation.

Health Screening Station Hours of Operation

The Health Screening Station will be open Monday through Friday (closed on holidays) from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please adjust your on-site working schedule to ensure you're able to be screened before reporting to work on campus. Departments with nontraditional schedules have alternative screening arrangements.

At the Health Screening Station employees will:

  • Wear a face covering or mask during full interaction;
  • Have a photo ID ready to present;
  • Answer three questions related to COVID-19 symptoms, close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, and air travel in the last 14 days;
  • Have their temperature taken by a no-touch thermometer (must be under 100.4℉).
  • If the employee passes the above requirements, they will receive a visual indicator (i.e. wristband) of their authorization to work that day that will be worn at all times while working on campus.
  • Additional details about the process can be found in the Health Assessment Screening Station Guidelines.

Health Screening Station Location

The Health Screening Station is located in the parking lot between Goodrich Chapel and the Methodist Church under the connecting archway:

  • Please enter from Oswego Street.
  • Please exit onto Michigan Avenue.
  • If driving, the assessment will be conducted through your passenger window to maintain social distancing.
  • If walking or biking, please enter from Oswego, maintaining at least 6 feet from others in line and the health assessment screener(s).

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