Face Coverings and Social Distancing

We are committed to the safety of our campus and expect all faculty, staff, students and guests to adhere to the following policies. Safety is a shared responsibility.

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Protective Face Covering
  • In accordance with rules from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021, fully vaccinated Alma College employees, students and campus visitors are no longer required to wear a face covering indoors.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering indoors.
  • Currently, face coverings are still required in a classroom setting (for students, faculty and all guests) regardless of the vaccination status of participants, per MDHHS guidelines. 
  • Face coverings are not required to be worn if you are:
    • Fully vaccinated.
    • Younger than 2-years-old.
    • Cannot medically tolerate a face mask.
    • Eating or drinking while seated in a designated area or at a private residence.
    • Swimming.
    • Receiving a medical or personal care service for which removal of the face mask is necessary.
    • Asked to temporarily remove a face mask for identification purposes.
    • Communicating with someone who is deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and whose ability to see the mouth is essential to communication.
    • Actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, and where wearing a face mask would seriously interfere in the performance of their public safety responsibilities.
    • Engaging in a religious service.
    • Giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience, provided that the audience is at least 12 feet away from the speaker; or
    • Engaging in an activity that requires removal of a mask not listed in another part of this section, and are in a facility that provides ventilation that meets or exceeds 60 ft.3/min. of outdoor airflow per person
  • Face coverings must cover your nose and mouth.

Scotty demonstrates the proper way to wear a face covering.

Alma College mascot, Scotty, shows proper placement of a face covering.

Wilcox Medical Center staff demonstrate how to put on and remove a face covering. 

  • Dining services has special guidelines regarding face coverings, depending on the location:
    • Hamilton Commons: A face covering is required when entering Hamilton Commons and while walking around to choose food or when finished eating. If dining in, students can remove the covering when sitting at the table to eat.
    • Joes’s Place: A face covering needs to be worn when entering Joe’s at all times. The face covering can be removed if eating in the designated area.
    • Starbucks: A face covering needs to be worn when entering the building and can be removed when eating or drinking food inside.
  • Students or employees who cannot wear a face covering due to medical or other reasons should contact Disability Support Services or Human Resources to begin the process of requesting accommodations. 
Social Distancing
  • Practice social distancing by putting at least six feet of space between yourself and others.

  • Inside facilities, keep right in stairwells and hallways and make every effort to maintain social distancing. Do not gather in groups or entrances to buildings. Stay out of crowded places and avoid large gatherings.

  • Signage with social distancing guidelines has been installed in classrooms and dining areas.
Healthy Habits
  • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces. Avoid touching your face and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or face covering.

  • Be particularly careful during the two weeks prior to coming to Alma College, and take great care when traveling here.

  • Once you return to campus, please limit your non-essential travel to help protect the health of your family, friends and the campus community.

  • The CDC requires anyone who travels internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.