COVID-19 and Fall Reopening Information

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Latest Information from Kalamazoo College

Updated July 22, 2020

The College continues to follow the guidelines and restrictions set forth by the State of Michigan in the MI Safe Start Plan.

  • The College is prioritizing the housing of first-year students and visiting international students. Students living on campus will reside in rooms or in individual bedrooms by themselves, with no roommates. Residential student expectations in the context of the coronavirus and logistical details will be communicated once the housing process is under way.    
  • After reviewing the “opt out” data from first-year and sophomore students, it is clear there will not be space to house sophomore students on campus, including those who had planned to live in Living Learning Houses. Sophomores should make plans to live off campus (in Kalamazoo or at home).
  • The College will offer classes in person, in a hybrid (partly in-person and partly virtual) format, and in a virtual format. Students who wish to take a full load of courses remotely will be able to do so. The mix of courses offered in each format will be informed by a short survey. Please take the time to complete the survey if you have not already done so. Not every course will be available in every format, but our goal is to provide a full load of courses that will enable each student to continue progressing toward their degree.  
  • Information about the final mix of classes in each format (and also directions on how to search the course schedule by format) will be available by the beginning of August when the add/drop period reopens for returning students so students will have several weeks to adjust their schedules.
  • K has adopted a phased-in approach to the re-engagement of in-person work for employees. The reopening plan covers how to keep our valuable human resources safe while we perform in-person work as permitted under the State of Michigan’s orders related to emergency management of the COVID-19 crisis. Find more on the reopening plan.

Please continue to send your questions to info@kzoo.edu, and they will be answered as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students (Updated 7.14.20)

Human Resources Information for Staff (Updated 7.22.20)

Learning Strategies: K from Anywhere (Uploaded 4.1.20, Printable PDF)

Learning Strategies: K from Anywhere (Website)

Previous videos by President Gonzalez for the Kalamazoo College community can be found at YouTube.

For Your Health

For Local Residents:
Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services (HCS) is strongly encouraging people to follow CDC guidance and wear face coverings in public settings. HCS is also making an urgent appeal for residents to donate much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to combat COVID-19. The donated products will add to the County inventory designated for preparedness efforts, and will be sent to facilities throughout the County according to need. The HCS April 6 news release lists items that will be accepted for donation.

For medical questions regarding COVID-19, call Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services at 269.373.5267, Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDHHS has also activated a hotline for community questions. Their hours are Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888.535.6136.

Kalamazoo County public health recommendation to use face covers in public


Messages to the Kalamazoo College Community

Fall Term Update

The following message was sent earlier today to students and families. Dear Students and Families: Planning for the fall quarter at K continues and we are eager to welcome students back for the new academic year. This message provides a comprehensive update on where we are with fall planning, including some information that we have…

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Update on Housing, Classes

To Students and Families: Planning for the fall quarter at K continues. Here are some important updates: Housing As communicated earlier, the College is prioritizing the housing of first-year students and Visiting International students. Students living on campus will reside in rooms or in individual bedrooms by themselves, with no roommates. This is the most…

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