Orientation Update

Below is a message that recently went out to the incoming first-year class along with the updated orientation schedule. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Hello Class of 2024!

Please find the updated orientation schedule now that the College has made the decision to move online for the fall term. A majority of this schedule will now take place in your orientation groups team that you have been using to communicate with your peer leader and seminar group. Your peer leader should have also reached out to you about setting up a third call to further talk through this schedule and how we will be utilizing Teams on those days.

In addition to the orientation experience taking place on Teams, all documents and videos that you will need to watch that day will also be found in the 2020 Orientation Groups Team under the “Files” tab. Over the course of this week and leading up to orientation, you will see more documents there. Please check back often.

Finally, while we understand that this virtual experience might not have been what we all had been hoping for, we can promise that there is much to look forward to, both in orientation and beyond. By the beginning of next week, we will also be providing you with the link to develop your own unique orientation experience on Saturday, September 12. This will be a great opportunity for you to begin to make the connections and find the groups and people that make Kalamazoo College such a special place. Please take advantage of this day and continue to reach out to your peer leaders with any questions you might have.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

Jon Collier
Director of Student Activities

Dana Jansma
Senior Associate Dean of Students

Campus Parking Update

For the coming academic year, students may request parking permits without charge. All parking permits must be registered online using the WebAdvisor. First-year students that have opted out of on-campus housing are eligible to apply for a commuter parking permit.

Please note that the issuance of a parking permit does not guarantee you a place to park on the campus lots. The permit only grants you permission to park in an authorized lot. However, we do anticipate more parking availability in lots and streets due to reduced staff on campus and fewer in-person classes. Please watch your student email for more information about parking, or visit the Motor Vehicle and Parking Policy.

Fall Term Intercollegiate Athletics

K is postponing the fall intercollegiate athletic season. A decision on winter sports will be made later this fall. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) also announced that the President’s Council has voted to postpone fall conference competition and conference tournaments for football, cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The Conference will develop schedules for these sports to take place later in the academic year.

Campus Offices and Services, Fall 2020

As part of our efforts to maintain physical distance and reduce the density of individuals in campus spaces, many campus employees will continue to work remotely throughout the fall term. Offices and services will remain available to students, but hours for in-person interaction and drop-in access to services will be more limited than in terms past. As we get closer to the beginning of the fall term, specific hours and contact information for each office will be available to the campus community.

Fall Term Student Employment

Students will follow the College’s usual processes to attain employment on campus. Students may begin the process by visiting the campus employment website. All employees, including student employees, are expected to complete a pre-work health screening with a temperature reading, wear facial coverings and sanitize their workspace(s).