Kalamazoo College remains committed to the health and safety of our community. Each one of us has an important role to play to support our collective health and safety and be good stewards of our resources while students advance towards their degrees. As a reminder, to reduce the spread of illness and maintain continuity of operations, the College has set the following expectations. These can also be found on the COVID-19 Health and Safety page.
- Wear cloth face masks without a ventilation valve in shared interior campus spaces. The nose and mouth must both be covered.
- Shared interior spaces include but are not limited to classrooms, laboratories, hallways, points of service, offices and all campus buildings.
- In spaces that are not shared (residence hall rooms, discrete offices), you do not have to wear a face covering if you are alone with the door closed or cracked open. Face coverings are required if another person enters the space.
- Frequent, thorough handwashing (20 seconds in duration) is expected.
- When soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer with 60%+ alcohol content (hand sanitizer stations are provided across campus).
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that gloves are not necessary in most situations. The CDC recommends wearing gloves when cleaning (such as food service) or caring for someone who is sick. Judicious use of gloves will ensure that supplies remain available even as the supply chain is burdened.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw used tissues in the trash.
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Maintain at least six feet of space between people who are of different households.
- Please stay away from campus if you have symptoms of illness, regardless of your academic or work commitments. Communication about such absences must be initiated by the person who is staying home to the appropriate instructor or supervisor.
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services limits indoor residential gatherings to no more than ten people and proper use of face masks is encouraged.
- No large gatherings are permitted on campus.
- While these expectations focus on campus behavior, the same principles apply to responsible behavior while away from campus.