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

As of Wednesday, March 9, 2022, face coverings are not required by the college to be worn indoors on campus, provided that the current active case count remains below 12 students. Individual faculty members may require students or staff in their classrooms to wear face coverings at their own discretion. Changes to this policy will be communicated to students, staff and faculty via email.

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. 

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, including any booster shot you have received. The web form to provide this information is available online and has been emailed.

COVID-19 testing takes place at Alma College  three times weekly for unvaccinated students, staff and faculty as well as those who have been identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19. Walk-ins are accepted. Check-in takes place in the main lobby of the Hogan Center from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Register for testing.

Before your appointment, download the NAVICA mobile app so you can receive your results afterward. You can download NAVICA from Google Play or the App Store.

Quarantine and Isolation

Alma College has developed these guidelines related to quarantine and isolation in consultation with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD).

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, you must isolate at home for seven days*, or longer if your symptoms do not improve. Do not leave isolation unless you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-lowing medication. The earliest date to return would be on Day 8.

From Day 8 until Day 10, you should wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public, and avoid travel, eating with others and being around high-risk people. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.

If you are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 and do not have any symptoms, take precautions and monitor for symptoms until day 10 after exposure.

  • Test to Stay: You will be required to test on Day 1 and Day 5 after your exposure date and will receive an email with further instructions.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
  • Avoid travel, eating with others and being around people who are higher risk or activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.

If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay at home until you know the results. Wear a wear-fitted mask around others and note any symptoms on your Daily Health Screening. If you test negative, please see a healthcare provider and stay at home until you are fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.

*Symptom date must be verified through the Daily Health Screening app, or your test date will be used.