do I collect belongings that I left in the residence hall?
This answer was updated May 20
There is now a process in place starting for retrieving your belongings from the residence halls. Find more information in this announcement.
What is the status of the upcoming LandSea trip?
Due to COVID-19 developments, LandSea will not take place in the Adirondacks in New York this summer. This was a difficult decision, and it is easily the most significant change in the program’s 47-year history. However, we do still plan to have LandSea this year; we have immediately pivoted to offer a local LandSea option. We will be updating registered students and the LandSea website with all the details. The preliminary plans for this trip include a week-long experience at a local, Kalamazoo-area camp, and we’re looking into activity options of low ropes initiatives, paddling, hiking or biking, and possibly a solo or service experience.
This decision to implement local LandSea programming was independent of any College decisions regarding fall term. Because of the in-depth nature of the LandSea program, our LandSea staff would ordinarily be undertaking major planning and preparation in order to be ready to leave for the Adirondacks in August. The current Michigan “stay home” order necessitated an earlier decision about summer programming than the College itself will be required to make. We are prioritizing student safety via conservative decision-making; instead of putting a decision off until later in the summer, we wanted to be able to communicate with you about these changes as early as possible.
Due to these changes, we will be extending registration, deposit, and scholarship application deadlines. We are also adjusting our cancellation policy and are willing to refund deposits if a student chooses not to participate in this local program. Since this trip is shorter and closer to campus, the price of the program will also be adjusted. In the coming weeks, we will be updating our website to include these deadlines and details.
If you have any questions, you may contact the LandSea staff OutdoorPrograms@kzoo.edu.
What is the status of K’s Commencement?
In response to the coronavirus pandemic
and recommendations from public health organizations, Kalamazoo College has
announced it is postponing its in-person Commencement 2020 ceremony until a
leadership is working with the leadership of the Kalamazoo College Council of
Student Representatives (KCCSR) and with the Office of Alumni Engagement to
evaluate the different options available.
This group will be seeking input from seniors regarding the events to be
held and the best dates for this Commencement celebration.
will hold a virtual conferral of degrees ceremony on June 14. Members of K’s
Class of 2020 and their friends and families are invited to gather together
online as College leadership recognizes each student and confers their Kalamazoo
As more details
become available, information about Commencement and the Conferral of Degrees ceremony
will be emailed to seniors and will be found at kzoo.edu/alumni/commencement/.
When will the library and fitness
This answer was updated March 23
The Upjohn Library Commons and the Fitness and Wellness Center have been closed by executive order of the Governor of Michigan. These facilities will remain closed to everyone except employees who work in those facilities until further notice.
I have a campus job and rely on that
income. Will the College still pay me?
The College will pay students
enrolled full-time for the Spring Term who have already scheduled campus jobs.
They will be paid their regularly scheduled hours. Students may be asked
to work remotely where possible.
housing be available this summer?
This answer was updated April 15
Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, the College will be unable to offer housing for Summer 2020.
How will spring Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grades impact
scholarships and financial aid?
Kalamazoo College merit scholarships (Lux Esto, Passages, JT Williamson, Global
Leadership, Enlightened Leadership Award, etc.) must maintain a cumulative 2.5
GPA by the end of their sophomore year. If Spring 2020 is the end of your
sophomore year and you are under a 2.5 GPA, you will automatically be given
Fall 2020 as an additional term to increase your GPA.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is another
year-end academic review required by the federal government to maintain
eligibility for all scholarships and financial aid. SAP requires
students to maintain specific GPAs and to earn certain percentages of
units to make progress towards graduation.
- First-Year students must have both a 1.67 cumulative GPA and earn units in 67 percent of the classes they attempted.
- Sophomore and higher students must have both a 2.0 GPA and earn units in 75 percent of the classes they attempted.
Student academic records are reviewed for SAP
eligibility at the end of each academic year. Scholarships and financial aid
(grants, work, and loans) will be lost if SAP requirements aren’t met. Students
can appeal for one term of probation that, if approved, reinstates all scholarships
and financial aid giving students one term to improve their academic record. The
Financial Aid Office will communicate with and work with impacted students. Due
to the rapidly changing circumstances, the Financial Aid Office is keeping a
close eye on guidance from the Department of Education and will work with
students through the process.
If you continue to have questions, please email the
Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How might CR/NR affect home institution review for international
We are working with the Center for International
Programs to continue to address this issue for international students. Again,
colleges and universities around the globe have entered unparalleled times.
Among support options, we will provide letters for these students indicating
that college grading policy changed for spring 2020 due to the COVID-19
outbreak and that all courses were graded CR/NC.
if I was counting on spring term to boost my GPA?
Because K is on a trimester system, students take at most
three courses for letter grades during any given term (with exception of those
overloading). Students at semester schools are taking four to six courses any
semester. There is a lower impact of grades on GPA for any given term at K compared
to semester schools.
A junior with a 3.553
GPA could boost their GPA by 0.05 points IF they earned straight As (not A-) in
spring term. And, if they got straight Bs in spring term, their GPA would drop
by 0.08. For seniors, the numbers are even smaller. The impact is simply too
small to advantage or disadvantage one’s GPA by over-performing in one quarter.
For first- and second-year students, there are still future academic terms to
earn letter grades that impact GPA. It is important to note that there is an assumption
here that everyone will get a better or just-as-good grade in distant learning
as in-class learning. That may not be the case.
For GPA, the important indicator is trajectory, rather
than final GPA. Faculty will be able to speak to trajectory in letters of
Students re-taking a course to replace a grade
previously earned (which is possible if you earned less than a C- in a course
and haven’t taken any courses beyond that course), the old grade will be
replaced with the CR and the old grade will no longer be used in the GPA
We highly recommend that you give the term your best work and take your courses seriously. The letters of recommendation for all students across the country are going to be even more important than in the past, as professional and graduate schools look to faculty to give a more nuanced evaluation of students’ abilities, engagement and trajectory.
How will the credit/no credit
system affect my GPA and progress toward graduation?
Coursework completed during spring 2020 will enable you to
progress toward graduation but will not impact your GPA. A notation will appear
on student transcripts to the effect that CR/NC is the only grading option
available for spring 2020 courses.
Will this affect my ability
to take CR/NC courses in future semesters?
Courses taken during spring 2020 do not count toward a
student’s choice to use CR/NC in other terms. Courses taken CR/NC in quarters
other than spring 2020 remain governed by catalog policies about CR/NC.
If I forgot to return my room keys, how do I do so?
Keys should be returned only if you have completely vacated your room. Place the key(s) in a padded envelope with a piece of paper that notes your name and student ID. Transit hazards tend to damage regular envelopes. If a padded envelope is not possible, it is recommended that you at least tape the key(s) to something such as cardboard or wrap them in paper to prevent them from falling out if the envelope gets damaged.
Mail the envelope to:
1200 Academy St.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
Attention: Residential Life
E-mail email@example.com to let us know that you have done this so we can expect your key.
When we receive the key(s), we will confirm that with you. If they get lost in the mail, you will be
charged accordingly. You significantly reduce the risk of that happening by
taking the necessary precautions outlined above.
How can we sign up for housing for the 2020-21 academic year?
You will receive specific information about how to sign up
for housing, including the Living Learning Houses, in the coming weeks as we
transition to a remote process.
What if we have don’t have internet
access at home?
Several companies are
offering extended free trial periods and other deals to homes of K-12 and college
students. Here are some links to information and resources:
the mail center be open and will it hold/forward packages?
This answer was updated March 26.
The Mail and Copy Center is open Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. There will be one outgoing United States Postal Service pickup at approximately 10 a.m. Monday–Saturday. All USPS mail should be sorted and in the correct mailboxes by 10:30 a.m. daily. Any package needing UPS overnight shipping needs to be received by 12 p.m.
As Kalamazoo College complies with the statewide “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order, students living off campus will not be able to access the Mail and Copy Center to retrieve mail and packages. Students are encouraged to avoid added time and expense in retrieving their packages by specifying their correct current addresses on future online orders.
If students have packages and mail currently in the Mail and Copy Center, they should call 269.337.7252 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to arrange forwarding. The Mail Center can accept credit card information over the phone to process the shipping charges for this service.
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