Face Coverings and Social Distancing

Plaid Protects! Face coverings and social distancing are the most effective way to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets that can contain COVID-19 – and help each other stay healthy. Safety is a shared responsibility.

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

To learn more, click on the arrows in the table below.

Protective Face Covering
  • The use of face coverings helps minimize risks to the wearer and to those around them. Face coverings are required to help protect our community, our families and the general public but are not a substitute for social distancing.

  • Everyone (students, faculty, staff and guests) must wear a face covering on the Alma Campus. Face coverings are not required to be worn in the following situations:
    • Alone or with a roommate in your own residence hall room.
    • Alone in your workplace space, which may include private offices or cubicles with tall walls or with appropriate Plexiglass partitions.
    • Student-athletes and Stone Recreation Center patrons should read the appropriate section of this site for specific face covering requirements in those areas. 
    • Employees performing manual labor who are able to maintain social distance. 
  • Face coverings are not required to be worn outdoors, if you have a reasonable expectation you will be able to maintain social distancing guidelines while outdoors.
    Example: You are walking through McIntyre Mall on the way to class at 9:45 a.m. You should assume you will not be able to maintain social distance, and you should wear a face covering while outdoors.
    Example: You are walking from the chapel to your residence hall room at 6:45 p.m. You can safely assume that you will be able to maintain social distance, and are permitted to forgo a face covering. If, in the course of this activity, you find yourself in a position where it is not possible to maintain social distance (e.g.: you stop to talk to a friend), you should put your face covering back on.
  • 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.