K Lifts COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Dear Kalamazoo College Community, In late January, the White House announced that the COVID-19 public health emergency and national emergency will end May 11, 2023. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has noted that since the peak of the Omicron surge in January 2022, COVID-19 deaths have declined by over 80% and new […]

Winter Break Health Reminders

As we approach winter break, we would like to share some reminders to help ensure a healthy return to campus in January. We know that this time of year often includes family gatherings, seasonal jobs and other activities that bring people close together indoors, and that there are many respiratory illnesses circulating this season, including […]

COVID-19 Protocols for Summer/Fall

Dear Campus Community: Before we say goodbye to students for the summer, we wanted to take a moment to outline the expectations for COVID-19 safety protocols starting this summer and continuing into the next academic year: VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS  Students As previously communicated, all students are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to arriving […]

COVID-19 Protocols for Commencement Weekend

Please note that all Commencement health protocols remain subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions.  MASKING: Following the campus mask-optional policy, Commencement activities will generally be mask-optional throughout the weekend, including the Commencement ceremony and Baccalaureate. The College will support all students, faculty, staff and visitors who choose to wear masks, and some of the smaller events […]

Mask-Optional Policy Effective April 6

Dear Campus Community, After review of the most recent COVID data, Kalamazoo College’s mask-optional policy will take effect today, Wednesday, April 6.  As a reminder, mask-optional means: Masks will not be required as a general rule inside College buildings. They may still be required by faculty members or staff inside classroom spaces or in individual offices, […]

Timeline To Go “Mask-Optional”

Dear Campus Community: With the latest CDC guidance on masks released at the end of February, we wanted to provide further update on K’s indoor masking requirement. As previously announced, the College will continue to mask through the end of Winter term and through at least Week 1 of Spring term. Provided that we do not see […]

K Adjusts Q/I Guidelines to CDC Recommendations

Dear Campus Community: The College has been transitioning its quarantine and isolation (QI) guidelines to align with the latest CDC QI recommendations issued on January 9, 2022. We will be updating the health protocols on the COVID-19 website; in the meantime, here are four key items that have changed for both students and employees, effective immediately: Who […]

Week 2 COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

On Tuesday, Michigan public health officials presented the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, noting that the state’s strategies are focused on preventing severe outcomes and death, protecting health care capacity and keeping vital infrastructure, such as schools, functioning amid the latest surge. Michigan’s chief medical executive (and Kalamazoo College alumna) Dr. […]

Additional COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Dear Campus Community, Consistent with national and global trends, we are seeing increased COVID-19 transmission within the local area and our campus. The latest data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows a COVID-19 positivity rate in Kalamazoo County of 28.7%. Fortunately, cases seen at the Student Health Center have been largely […]

COVID-19 Update

Students: Welcome back to campus! We hope you had a great winter break and a happy new year. We are beginning the winter term amidst the latest surge of COVID-19, so we wanted to touch base with you about important health and safety protocols that are essential to maintaining in-person living and learning. Because the […]