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Fall 2021 Health Protocols

Every person associated with the College shares in the responsibility for “Protecting the Hive.” Public health guidance advocates specific practices designed to prevent and limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. In keeping with this guidance, Kalamazoo College expects that all students, employees and visitors to campus abide by our campus protocols and follow steps required to mitigate and manage potential illness. If recommendations change, we will adjust our protocols accordingly. Thank you for Protecting the Hive!


Vaccinated: At least two weeks past the final dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated: Have not received any dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine or are less than two weeks past the final dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Quarantine: The practice of separating people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. 

Isolation: The practice of separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Close Contact: The CDC defines close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.

Shared Interior Spaces: Shared interior spaces of campus buildings include but are not limited to classrooms, laboratories, hallways, points of service, offices, lounges, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

Health Protocols

Vaccination Requirements
  • All K studentsfaculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a World Health Organization-authorized vaccine. Exemptions will be rare.
Masking Guidelines
  • All K students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus will be required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth while indoors in shared spaces, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
    • In spaces that are not shared, such as single-occupancy offices, you do not have to wear a face covering if you are alone. Face coverings are required if another person enters the space.
    • Masks may be briefly removed while actively eating or drinking, after which they should immediately be put back on. There may be restrictions on where eating or drinking is permitted (watch for signage or follow guidance from faculty or staff).
    • Limited exceptions to mask requirements may be made for individual speakers in large spaces where the presenter is at least 12 feet from the audience.
  • Masks are not required in private interior spaces of residence halls (e.g. bedrooms, quads, suites); Masks are required in public spaces such as laundry rooms and lounges. See Residential Life COVID-19 policies for details. 
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and those who are feeling ill are respectfully asked to wear a mask at all times to protect yourself and others from infection. 
  • Those who would simply feel more comfortable doing so are encouraged to mask at all times.
Guidance for Gatherings and Campus Visits
  • There are currently no restrictions on gatherings in terms of size or location. Outdoor gatherings are encouraged where possible.
  • Event participants and visitors must follow latest campus masking requirements. Additional protocols may be required for events on a case-by-case basis for the safety of our community.  
If You’re Feeling Ill: Students
  • Please wear a mask at all times while you are symptomatic with any illness.
  • Please distance from others when ill. 
  • Use the daily symptom checker before you come to campus and please stay home or in your residence hall room if you are symptomatic.
  • Call 269-337-7200 if you need to schedule a COVID-19 test at the Student Health Center
If You’re Feeling Ill: Employees
  • Please wear a mask at all times while you are symptomatic with any illness.
  • Please distance from others when ill. 
  • Do a symptom check or use the Campus Clear app before you come to campus and please stay home if you are symptomatic. 
  • Contact your supervisor for further instructions.
  • Visit the COVID-19: Information for Employees page for more information. 
Quarantine Guidelines if Exposed to COVID-19

If you ARE fully vaccinated:

  • You do NOT need to quarantine after close contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless you have symptoms.
  • You do need to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if you are symptom free. If you are a student, contact the Student Health Center at 269-337-7200 for testing options. 
  • You do need to wear a mask in public for 10 days following exposure or until test result is negative.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated or are unvaccinated:

  • You need to quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with.
  • Watch for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact the student health center or your healthcare provider.
What to do if you have COVID-19
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. (For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.)
  • Isolate. Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people.
I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms. When can I come out of isolation?
  • You can be around others after:
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.)
I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
  • If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.”
Quarantine and Isolation Housing
  • Off-campus students should quarantine or isolate in their personal residences. 
  • A limited number of spaces have been allocated for the purposes of quarantine and isolation in the event of breakthrough cases among residential students. Should the College’s Health Center staff determine that a student needs to be relocated for the health and safety of the campus community and isolating in place is not possible, the Office of Residential Life will work with them to relocate to Q&I housing. 
  • Any student who feels ill should be proactive in contacting the Health Center to discuss their concerns and be evaluated.

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