COVID-19 Information Center
College Responses and Messages
OC CARES Grant
(May 15, 2020) Olivet College applied for and received CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $1,315,706. These funds have been provided by the federal government to directly support students facing urgent needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College is using $657,853 of the fund to provide an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students who have demonstrated additional needs in basic living expenses and technology due to the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with federal guidelines for this funding.
Of the College’s total eligible population of 904 for the Spring 2020 term, the OC CARES Grant was awarded to 874 students.
- Students were awarded a baseline OC CARES Grant according to Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as reported on the most recent FAFSA form using an initial awarding matrix, with students with an EFC of zero receiving the greatest amount of funds.
- Students were invited to submit an online OC CARES Grant application indicating additional needs in basic living expenses and technology and to add additional comments regarding their needs. A grants review committee reviewed student responses in which additional needs were identified and an awarding matrix determined.
- All students eligible for the CARES Act funding, defined as those students eligible for Federal Financial Aid (whether or not they accepted it), and who submitted a FAFSA form for the current year received funding under the OC CARES Grant program.
Read the Olivet College press release here: Olivet College Students to Receive CARES Act Funding Distribution (May 15, 2020)
Read the Olivet College CARES Grant guidance to students and parents here:
Managing COVID-19 Anxiety
Self Care – Helpful Articles
- Managing Anxiety and Stress (CDC)
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health (CDC)
- Strategies and Tips for Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of
America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic)
- Tips to Manage Stress (The Jed Foundation)
Mental Health, Wellness and Counseling Services
Adult Mental Health Emergency Crisis
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Text TALK to 741741
Olivet College Campus Counseling Center Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For more
information and hours, email Gayl Dotts or call 269-749-7607.
Olivet College Mental Health Triage Counselor
Community Mental Health
812 East Jolly Rd., Lansing
517-346-8200 (to schedule appointment)
888-800-1559 (non-crisis services)
800-372-8460 (mental health emergency crisis)
Abbott Road Center for the Family
425 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Peaceful Balance Counseling
64 Van Sickle Dr., Charlotte
123 Lansing Rd., Charlotte
Students can also contact the wellness or mental health provider of his or her choice.
Visits are not free. Your health insurance will be billed when seen by a medical or mental health provider
(most forms of insurance are accepted.) Students are responsible for all expenses associated with
Safe Living Space
Help is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 if you have been placed in a
home that is not safe.
Visit thehotline.org, call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for support.
Medical Services – Olivet College
Oaklawn Medical Group (downtown Olivet)
202 N. Main St., Olivet
200 N. Madison, Marshall
Sparrow Eaton Hospital
321 Harris St., Charlotte
- Food bank locations or food resources can be found by visiting www.auntbertha.com or by
contacting the Why Hunger hotline at 1-800-5-HUNGRY.
- Feeding America also offers a food bank locator and information about SNAP (Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at www.feedingamerica.org. Some students may become
newly eligible for SNAP during this crisis.
- Learn more about SNAP or other food assistance programs through the Michigan Department of
Health and Human Services at www.michigan.gov/mdhhs.
Olivet College Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund is an emergency fund for Olivet College students who need extra support
for academic-related expenses as well as health and personal needs. To learn more, please email Gayl
Dotts or call 269-749-7607.
Prevention Information from the CDC
Below are helpful tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC webstie.
What can you do?
The following simple steps go a long way in helping to avoid the spread of viruses, be it a cold, the flu or another infectious disease, such as COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep a container of hand sanitizer at the ready for when you do not have immediate access to soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm or cover your mouth/nose with a tissue (and dispose of the tissue immediately).
- Use your arm or foot to push open doors. If you have to pull a door open, use a paper towel (or any paper) or pull your sleeve down to cover your hand to open the door.
- Maintain at least six feet between you and others.
- Do not share beverage containers.
- Avoid shaking hands; use a fist or elbow bump.
- Avoid large crowds in areas where viruses are prevalent, such as event venues, popular tourist attractions, public transit systems and airports.
- Clean your computer keyboard, phone, doorknobs, light switches and other commonly touched areas with disinfectant frequently.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Wear a cloth face mask
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Presently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. Most individuals will recover on their own. Symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider by phone or through a video chat before going to the doctor’s office, an urgent care or the emergency room. To learn more, read “What to Do If You Are Sick” from the CDC.
The following may help to relieve the flu-like symptoms:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take pain and fever medications such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.
- Take a hot shower or use a humidifier to relieve the discomfort from a cough or sore throat.
- Stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours.
CDC and State of Michigan Helpful Resources
Class of 2020 - Commencement Information
Olivet College is committed to celebrating our 2020 graduates at a future date with a traditional in-person Commencement ceremony, once it is safe to have such a large gathering with family and friends. Details will be posted here when a future date is determined and more details become available.