Last updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Guided by a comprehensive set of public health protocols, Albion College will return to full operations, including on-campus housing and dining services, academic and student support and co-curricular activities, this fall. Over the coming weeks, we will be updating this page regularly as more information about our plans for campus life in fall 2020 becomes available.
Students can submit requests to travel and work off-campus, receive visitors to campus, or manage their travel as a commuter student using the forms below:
A member of our staff will be in contact within three business days to discuss the request.
While life on campus may look a little different this fall, our faculty and staff are working hard to ensure that the semester is safe, engaging and fun. We have made adjustments to campus programming to ensure that students feel connected while staying healthy by following our health and safety guidelines.
Yes. In-person classes are already small and easily adaptable to social-distancing guidelines. Many activities, including the annual fall play, will still occur in person following public health protocols. Albion has installed several outside tents, created several outside instruction areas for classes, moved fitness equipment outside, and will be adding outside fire pits throughout campus in the coming days. Campus is already buzzing with activity!
Yes, students are able to leave campus. We have not defined a perimeter around campus. We are a college town. “Campus” to us includes many locations in Albion like local businesses and parks, and extends beyond College property. New locations are being added daily as we verify health and safety protocols. The measures allow us to manage risk, not to limit movement.
Students can request permission to leave the area we have defined as campus (inclusive of most of the City of Albion) for a wide variety of reasons. Requesting permission involves a brief conversation with a College administrator to understand and evaluate the risk of exposure. This case-by-case approach, focused on education and risk assessment, is exactly what we do best as a small liberal arts college. If a student has a recurring reason (weekly, monthly, etc.) to leave campus, or if the student has a family emergency, they do not need to request permission each time.
Yes, families and guests are welcomed on Albion’s campus as long as they register with us, remain outside of our enclosed facilities, and agree to observe our health guidelines of staying physically distant and wearing masks.
Guests may not enter or stay in any residential facilities, including apartments and fraternity houses, for the Fall 2020 semester.
Students may work in an off-campus job if:
Otherwise, residential and in-person students should not work off campus. This policy will operate on an honor system. Students who wish to take classes in person and participate in on-campus activities but need to work should work on campus. Students who wish to work off-campus should fill out the Fall Off-Campus Work Request form.
We understand that during this unique year, student plans may change. Our team at the Cutler Center for Student Success is here to support students as they make decisions about their future at Albion.
All students who want to take a leave of absence or withdrawal must meet with a Cutler Center staff member (in-person, virtually, or over the phone). The Cutler Center staff member will help the student decide whether a leave of absence or a withdrawal is better in their situation and start the Leave/Withdrawal Intake form if the student has not already completed it. Students need to coordinate with Financial Aid and/or Student Accounts on the financial implications of their decision.
Students who wish to return from a leave must notify the College using this Intent to Return form by April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester if they want to participate in the pre-registration process and have some housing selection.
Albion College and the Department of Residential Life are working around the clock to create plans for move-in and beyond that focus on the health and safety of our residential students. One of our goals is to foster community environments that are defined as “pod” or “clustered” family living units, where together, residents can create and honor expectations for living in a shared space. We anticipate that you will have the ownership of creating a sense of security and comfort amongst your family.
Listed below you will find answers to frequently asked questions. We will provide updates as appropriate and will continue to follow national, state, local and college guidance as we update our plans.
Move-in is scheduled by building, and there will be no early arrival move-ins. The move-in schedule below limits the number of students moving in on each day to accommodate physical distancing and to allow healthcare staff to conduct the required COVID-19 testing. Every student will receive an email confirmation of their move-in date on Wednesday, July 29, which will contain a link that can be used to reserve a move-in slot during one of two time blocks (either 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m). Students will also receive an email reminder 48 hours before their scheduled move-in slot with reminders and updates about check-in procedures. Students can arrive anytime during their scheduled time block. Please know that space is limited each of the time blocks.
Students are allowed up to two helpers to assist them in moving in. Say your goodbyes and good lucks before leaving home, and only travel with the people who are absolutely necessary to help you bring your belongings into your residence hall, apartment or fraternity house. Make sure you share a selfie or two with your families once you're moved in!
Students who are unable to move in during their assigned move-in date will not be permitted to move in early. Students who miss their move-in date should email . Students who show up to campus outside of their scheduled move-in dates will not be allowed to move in.
The following expectations are required of students and their helpers during the move-in process:
In order to provide a safe environment for students to move back to campus, the move-in process for Fall 2020 will include the following procedures:
As we continue preparing for fall 2020, each member of the Albion College community will be asked to sign the Albion Community Commitment before they return to campus. This social compact highlights the commitment each of us must make to each other, the College, our local community and our own personal health. Later this summer, students will be required to complete an online public health training and will be asked to sign the Community Commitment as part of that training. Additionally, the Contingency Planning Team, a group of faculty, staff, and public health experts, has developed COVID-19 Health Guidelines, a 4-phased model that guides public health measures on campus based on the condition of the pandemic as it relates to the ongoing operations of the College.
To help keep one another safe, students should plan to quarantine at home for at least 7 days before their move-in date. During this time, we ask that students;
Students or their helpers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not return to campus on their scheduled move-in date. You should email to make other arrangements to return after you have been cleared by health officials.
Finally, Albion College will be implementing new resources to help students navigate insurance coverage, and will require that all students provide the necessary documentation for Medicaid and verification of insurance prior to arrival.
Yes, after students have moved in they will be required to isolate in their assigned living space for three days, or until they have received the result of their COVID-19 test. As you plan for your self-isolation experience, think about what entertainment or activities you may want to do while remaining in your assigned living space. We know that students arriving on campus are eager to make connections with their peers, so virtual community-building opportunities will be offered throughout move-in week. Make sure to pack your favorite snacks, a fan for hot days, or a board game or puzzles. If you test positive, the College will work with you on next steps.
During the three-day self-isolation period, students are expected to follow these guidelines to limit contact with other community members:
Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test will be moved to a designated isolation space on campus and will be required to remain there until approved by the Calhoun County Health Department. Roommates without symptoms will be allowed to isolate in their room for a 14 day period provided that they do not test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms.
Student involvement and support is essential to provide a safe and healthy living environment and to keep as much physical distancing as possible to have a safe and successful semester. Along with the health personal hygiene steps laid out above, the following adjustments have been made to residential spaces on campus:
We have made a number of adjustments to campus buildings over the summer, including installing new signage with instructions and directionals to keep our community safe. While on campus, students, faculty and staff should:
Residential Life staff will work to create an environment where social engagement is possible while practicing physical (social) distancing and other health measures. As mentioned above, within your “clustered” family living unit, residents will create and honor expectations for living in a shared space.
The Residential Life Staff are planning for specific events and programs to develop communities by “clustered” family living units that include a combination of virtual and in-person activities.
Students enjoy having many personal items and amenities in the rooms and apartments to make these spaces feel more like home. Given that students will be living and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage all students to bring the following items to support your health and safety.
The College is anticipating that in the event of a surge of COVID-19 cases in Michigan, the Governor may issue Executive Orders that require students to leave campus relatively quickly, as happened this past Spring Semester 2020. If this occurs, it will be easier for students to leave if they do not have to arrange for large items to also be moved, especially if there are also restrictions to travel that would prevent others from coming to campus to assist with the move-out. process. In addition, more furniture and other items in student rooms will make physical distancing more challenging for room occupants. For these reasons, the College is setting limitations on what students can have in their residence hall rooms, fraternity rooms, suites, and apartments. The College wants students to only bring what they need for the fall 2020 semester.
Listed below are items that students are prohibited from bringing to campus this fall.
The College recommends that roommates communicate and agree to share items such as microwaves and refrigerators, and also share in the cleaning and sanitizing of these and all items in their residential space.
The campus sanitizing plan has been developed to provide a safe re-entry of students to campus residential spaces and a plan for maintaining a safe and sanitized environment throughout the academic year. A contingency plan has also been created in the event a case of COVID-19 is confirmed on campus. Our custodial contractor ABM has provided essential information on best practices and recommendations on the levels and frequency of sanitization to provide a safe, clean and sanitized campus. The cleaning protocols in place follow the recommendations and processes developed by ABM for their entire international organization. These protocols meet or exceed the CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.
Students who have a disability that require special housing, transportation, academic-related, or other accommodations must contact Disability Services by emailing Dr. Pam Schwartz at or calling 517/629-0825. She will work with the Office of Residential Life, Campus Safety and the Provost's Office to provide the appropriate accommodations.
The College has designated spaces for isolation and a process for quarantine, which includes minimally shared bathroom access, delivery of meals, laundry availability and the opportunity to continue course work remotely while in quarantine or isolation. Please become familiar with the following procedures:
Please note that all of the above procedures are subject to change based on the guidance and directives the College receives from health officials or other medical professionals for responding to students who have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19.
Albion College faculty members have always made modifications for students with excused absences due to illness or personal emergency. This will hold true for those students who need to isolate due to a positive Covid-19 test or quarantine due to Covid-19 exposure. If a student is quarantined or isolated, their professors will be notified. Faculty will work with students who must quarantine or isolate to modify class assignments in ways that best accomplish the learning objectives according to their expertise. This might take the form of live streaming the class, recording the class, meeting separately (virtually) with the student who is quarantined or isolated, or providing alternative assignments.
In response to the recent increases in COVID-19 cases in Calhoun County and the state of Michigan, starting November 16, Albion College has given faculty the option to move their courses online for the remainder of the semester so that students are able to depart campus early and finish the semester remotely. Students, faculty and staff should check their email regularly for updates on departure plans.
Students may have one helper assist with their move out process. Helpers must not:
For more information on student departures, visit the ResLife Winter Break 2020 page.
As a residential college, we value eating together as a community, and we are working to keep that available and safe for all. Recently, the College partnered with a new dining vendor, Metz Culinary Management. This company has a large footprint in higher education, K-12, hospital and corporate dining as well as through restaurants that they own and operate. We're particularly excited about the potential for more food venues around campus, more variety in cuisine, more developmental opportunities for students who work in food service (including the potential to collaborate on a culinary certificate in the future) and new ways to contribute to our growing collaboration with the local community.
Similar to the Spring 2020 semester, dining setup and accommodations will be provided based on State of Michigan Executive Orders. Robust cleaning and sanitation will also be conducted in all campus food venues. As we continue to plan for Metz engagement on campus, they are already preparing services centered around COVID-19. We will share more information as the transition begins in earnest over the next few weeks. Please visit Albion College - Metz Dining Services Frequently Asked Questions.