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Alma College’s Response

With the health and safety of the entire campus community in mind, Alma College has implemented a multifaceted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A summary of our response:

  • Alma College ended in-person classes for the winter semester on March 13 and on March 18 students and faculty began distance instruction for the remainder of semester. Spring Term continued in an online delivery format. 
  • All non-essential faculty and staff will continue to work remotely until the stay-at-home executive order is lifted, at which point the college will slowly resume standard operations with the health and well-being of the entire campus community top of mind.
  • Summer programming and research, which was planned to begin in June, has been delayed.
  • We plan to welcome students back to campus for in-person classes in the fall semester. We will follow an adjusted academic calendar for the fall semester. We will now begin classes on Monday, August 24, 2020, which is a week prior to our originally scheduled date. The last day of standard classes for the fall semester will now be Friday, November 20, 2020. Finals week will be November 30-December 4, 2020 and final exams may be delivered remotely, if needed. We will share first-year move-in and orientation dates with campus as soon as they are available. In order to achieve the instructional days needed for this new calendar, Labor Day and the days set aside for Fall Break will now be standard instruction days and all campus offices will be open. In response to the change with Labor Day and Fall Break, campus will now be closed for the week of Thanksgiving. Staff will not need to report to work that week. 
The following information provides a broader picture of other ongoing safety measures. 

Expert guidance:  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.

Cleaning and sanitizing: The college has taken unprecedented measures to ensure the residence halls, and other areas of Alma College, are as safe as they possibly can be to fight the spread of the virus. 

Wilcox Medical Center: The on-campus medical provider contracts with MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot, which allows the campus to be directly connected with the leaders in community health. Wilcox employs a full-time medical assistant and a board-certified family nurse practitioner. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at Wilcox have issued preventative measures people can take to avoid spreading the virus, provided health screenings for student, staff and faculty, and offered personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to people who remain on campus. Wilcox also collaborates with MidMichigan and the county health department to develop protocols for managing someone who has been exposed to coronavirus.

MidMichigan Medical Center- Gratiot: Alma College is located less than two miles away from MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot, a 97 licensed-bed hospital with convenient urgent care and state-of-the-art emergency services. MidMichigan utilizes a telemedicine program, which enables patients to consult with specialists at the health system or other organizations, including the University of Michigan, without leaving home.

Summer camps: Decisions about summer programming, such as camps and on campus research, will be made in phases. Alma College camps currently scheduled to run prior to June 15 have been postponed for a later date. 

College-sponsored travel: The travel policies below are in effect until August 15, 2020: 

  • All college-sponsored international travel is canceled.
  • There will be no college-sponsored student travel.
  • Remote internships, internships local to a student, and other approved experiences that do not necessitate travel may still utilize approved college funding. Questions should be directed to Carla Jensen at jensencr@alma.edu. Faculty and staff domestic travel must be approved by the sector Vice President.
  • Faculty who have mission-critical professional travel scheduled for the summer months should contact the Provost’s Office.
  • Per Mid-Michigan District Health Department guidelines, at this time, individuals who have traveled via airplane internationally or domestically must self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus.