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.


Looking Ahead to Fall

May 11, 2020

Dr. Mauri Ditzler and Dr. Mathew Johnson, Albion College president and president-elect, respectively, shared the following message in an email to current students and newly enrolled students on Friday, May 8.

Dear Students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to, or back to, campus this fall! Your resilience, tenacity, and courage are inspiring. Your demonstration of these qualities exemplifies what it means to be a Brit. We are committed to the Brit way as well and we are determined to open this fall with on-campus classes and programming for you.

From on campus (President Ditzler) and from Rhode Island (President-Elect Johnson), we have been impressed, and at the same time unsurprised, by your willingness and ability to adapt — exemplified in both current and incoming students. We know it’s not been easy. The transition, for current students, from a residential college experience — that you came to Albion for — to virtual learning and student engagement in a matter of days is, like this pandemic, a once-in-a-generation event. Likewise, for many incoming students, the transition from in-person visits to virtual visit days and all the other virtual ways you have stayed engaged with our staff and faculty has demonstrated you have the qualities to join us in the fall to Become a Brit!

Our tremendous faculty, the instructional technology staff, and the many other campus partners made finishing the spring semester as seamless as possible for our current students and opened our campus to incoming students in new and exciting virtual ways. We are so happy we were able to celebrate our graduating seniors with virtual commencement exercises and we look forward to seeing them, again, in October for an on-campus celebration.

For all of our students who will join us on campus this fall, President-Elect Johnson, and his partner, Dr. O’Neill, are looking forward to seeing you. While it may be a bit ahead of your own schedule, they have started packing as you read this message. Stay tuned for a video message from them next week.

As President Ditzler has often said, “an Albion education is dramatically residential,” and we intend to hold true to that idea in whatever path we may need to walk. Driven by this commitment, steadied by the strength of our community, and challenged by our own claims to be bold, Albion College will do everything that is in our power to be open as a residential campus for the fall semester. We are committed to doing it as safely as we can while following the public health guidelines provided by the state and the CDC.

In the weeks ahead, please stay tuned for more information from President-Elect Johnson, and track his move to Albion as the staff and faculty of Albion plan to welcome back students to campus this Fall. As we proceed forward, together, we hope you will continue to give grace to each other and support one another. After all, our boldness, our tenacity, our courage, all flow from our community. We are Albion College Britons!

Dr. Mauri Ditzler
President

Dr. Mathew Johnson
President-Elect

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.

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