Health and Safety

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

Face Coverings

Based on guidance from the CDC and our local health department, Alma College will require everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Face coverings are not required outdoors, in your residence hall room, while you are actively eating, during college-sponsored athletic activity under coach supervision, or when you are alone in your office or work space.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 and its variants is always evolving, and we will respond by adapting our policies to best protect the health and safety of our campus community. Please be as thoughtful and flexible as possible as we deal with these continued challenges together. The college will adjust our face covering policy, based on local health department guidance, when it is safe to do so.

Vaccinations and Testing

Becoming vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal choice. The more people in our campus community who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the more likely it is that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms allowed by fewer restrictions.While we are not mandating vaccination, we strongly encourage all members of our campus community to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the fall term.

To assess our current rate of vaccination and to provide updates on any vaccine policy changes and recommendations, we are asking students, staff and faculty to provide your current vaccine status and proof of vaccination, if applicable, by Aug. 1, 2021.The web form to provide this information is available online and has been emailed.

Quarantine

Alma College is required by the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) to comply with certain guidelines related to students in quarantine.

If you have been vaccinated, have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, ​it is recommended that you get tested 4 to 5 days after your initial exposure. If you are an Alma College athlete, testing is required. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you need to test immediately ​and quarantine. You should wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer while you are waiting on the result of your test.

You do not need to quarantine if you are without symptoms while you are waiting on the results of your test. Depending on the result of your test, you may need to isolate.

Employees can work at their offices while they are waiting on the results of their test, if they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19. Employees should wear a face covering at all times while they waiting on the results of their test.

If you have not been vaccinated, have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, you need to ​quarantine and get tested 6 days after your initial exposure. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you need to test immediately. You should avoid contact with other people, wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer while you are waiting on the result of your test. You will need to follow this guidance even if you have had COVID-19 (more than 90 days ago).

A negative COVID-19 test result during quarantine will not reduce or end quarantine. The only people excluded from quarantine are those who have been infected with COVID-19 within the last 90 days or are fully vaccinated for two or more weeks prior to exposure.

People who are not vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 cannot return to class or the office for at least 10 days — and they must have a negative COVID-19 test result before they do.