A team of faculty and staff have been working diligently to plan for a safe reopening of campus. This group, known as the COVID-19 response team, has set safety guidelines and identified needed resources. See the Return to Campus page for information on how campus will look at the start of the fall semester; including topics like face coverings and social distancing, screening and testing, housing and residence life, and more.
We continue to work closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) to monitor coronavirus developments in our region. Additionally, we are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Alma College does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. If any cases are confirmed, we will communicate that information, as well as the college’s steps in response, to the campus community.
Please keep in mind that the situation changes daily and some timelines or decisions may need to be altered in the coming days, weeks, and months. It continues to be important that every member of our campus community follows recommended health precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them.
The Alma College Advancement Office has created the Coronavirus Mitigation and Student Relief Fund to help enable Alma’s faculty and staff to continue to provide students with extraordinary care and support during this crisis.
Students who are able to move home to their families must do so as soon as possible and by no later than Thursday, March 19 at noon.
We, of course, will support those students and families whose circumstances prevent a move home. Some international students, for example, cannot safely go home, if at all, and some domestic students live in parts of the country with high numbers of cases. If your student’s situation prevents you from leaving campus by March 19 at noon, they are required to contact Housing and Residence Life at (989) 463-7251 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive permission. The staff can also answer any questions you may have about housing and dining.
We recognize the challenges you are facing and thank you for your cooperation in this difficult time. Please contact Housing and Residence Life at (989) 463-7579 or email@example.com with any questions
- We recognize international students face particular pressures right now. International students may choose to stay on campus through the summer; should they choose to return home, they will maintain their current visa status, as SEVIS has confirmed. Graduating seniors should contact Amanda Duval at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
International Travel and Spring Term
- All international travel prior to June 1, including Spring Term, is canceled. We will work with faculty and staff leading those trips on next steps, and we will determine what course accommodations can be made.
- Domestic Spring Term travel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
We will work closely with seniors who need Spring Term credit to ensure that they can complete their degrees on-time.
- We continue to evaluate summer international travel (beyond June 1) and will make a decision at a later date. We will use the approval process previously outlined for all other travel.
- The US Department of State global travel advisory (level 3) that was issued triggers travel restrictions under our travel policy for students currently studying abroad. We are assisting these students with their return to the US.
Athletic and Academic Travel
- All NCAA athletic practices and competitions for Alma College teams are canceled as of Monday, March 16.
- Athletic teams and academic groups may continue to travel for competition in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. However, if the competition is outside of that region, the travel will be permitted only if it is on a national championship track; such travel may only include essential students and personnel.
- All college sponsored travel by faculty or staff (such as conference or recruitment travel) must be approved by the President’s Office and should be sent to Amanda Slenski (email@example.com) and Cassie Tennant (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review.
- At this time, only travel critical to the college’s operations will be approved.
- We also ask faculty and staff to be cautious about the domestic travel they undertake.
Social Distancing and Upcoming Events
- In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s executive order, seating will be closed at all of our dining options (Hamilton Dining Commons, Joe’s Place, and Starbucks) and we will transition to a take-out only service beginning at 3 p.m. today, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
- All athletic events and performing arts events have been canceled for the remainder of the semester.
- Commencement has been indefinitely postponed. We will reach out with a new date as soon as we are able.
- Students who have a health provider’s recommendation to limit exposure should contact Rhonda Linn at email@example.com for accommodations. Employees with similar concerns should contact Amanda Duval at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have any concerns about exposure or have traveled internationally or on a cruise ship since January 1, please contact the Wilcox Center at (989) 463-7181 or email Anne Lambrecht at email@example.com before returning to campus.