COVID-19: Information for Employees

Kalamazoo College is committed to the health and safety of our community. As the pandemic continue to evolve, Kalamazoo College adapts to adjusting conditions while supporting our students in their academic pursuits. The resources below provide guidance to employees and support a healthy environment. Questions or suggestions may be directed to Renee Boelcke at

What are the Fall 2021 health protocols?
Is there a vaccination mandate for faculty, staff, and/or students?

Yes, faculty, staff, and students are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an accommodation has been approved. Read the Hornet Hive announcement issued on August 24, 2021 for faculty and staff. Learn more about the requirement by visiting

How can I learn more about vaccination resources?
What does fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and exempted mean?
  • Fully vaccinated: At least two weeks past their second (Pfizer, Moderna) or final (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Partially vaccinated: Started the vaccination process with any of the approved vaccine products in the United States, but are less than two weeks past their second or final dose.
  • Exempted: College-approved exemptions/accommodations to the vaccination mandate.
I may have been exposed to COVID or am exhibiting COVID symptoms. How can I locate information about COVID testing?

Faculty and staff who are believed to be exposed or are experiencing COVID symptoms are expected to notify Renee Boelcke, Director of Human Resources, at, (o) 269.337.7248, or (c) 773.391.7128.

Testing for exposed and symptomatic faculty and staff should be done off-campus. Testing locations may be found by visiting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website. Students who may have been exposed or symptomatic are invited to contact Kalamazoo College’s Student Health Center for testing assistance. Kalamazoo College has concluded on-campus random testing for COVID.

I tested positive for COVID. Now what?

Testing positive for COVID can be difficult to hear. It is strongly recommended that you follow your physician’s instructions. Here is what you are asked to do and what you can expect from Kalamazoo College.

  • Notify your supervisor that you will not be able to come to work due to a medical condition. Do share the number of days (typically 10) that you expect to be away from campus. You may share the condition with your supervisor, but are not required to do so. If you feel up to it, have the appropriate resources, and are supported by your supervisor, you may work remotely during the quarantine period.
  • Notify Renee Boelcke, Director of Human Resources, at, (o) 269.337.7248, or (c) 773.391.7128. This is an important step so that you can be advised of your rights and options and so that community exposure can be evaluated.
Where can learn more about how to Protect the Hive and to Protect My Nest?
How can I request a COVID-related accommodation?
How do I find out more and request a COVID-related leave?
How can I request a cloth mask?
How do I access the COVID modules on Vector/ Safe Colleges?
How do I find the College’s COVID Preparedness and Response Plan, released in July 2020?
What was the plan to return to a completely in-person experience?
How do I know what my COVID potential exposure is with my position?
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