Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The fall semester is fast approaching, with Move-In Day and the start of classes just four weeks away. As we prepare for the start of a new academic year, I wanted to provide you with an update on our approach to this fall.
Our Return to Normal
As we prepare for students to return to campus and begin classes, we are returning to normal operations. Classes for the 2021-2022 academic year will be held as they were pre-pandemic (in-person, not taught remotely), without masking requirements for students or faculty and at normal classroom capacities. Returning to a traditional in-person educational experience will provide educational interactions that we know have a high impact on your ability to learn and be successful here at the College.
Resuming Traditional Student Engagement Activities
We will return to traditional student engagement activities, giving students, faculty and staff the ability to interact in ways on and off campus that foster the relationships we value so deeply at Olivet College. Service learning trips will once again occur, and where and when we can, international and study abroad trips will resume. Participation programs and athletics will resume operations, as our athletic training department continues to work with physicians and the NCAA to operate under best practices providing a safe environment for those participating.
Move-In Day Experience
New student Move-In Day is scheduled for Friday, August 13. College employees will be present to welcome and assist students and excited families with Move-In and their transition into their next phase of life. We will once again experience the Olivet College we have missed during the pandemic.
A Positive Outlook
Michigan continues to report low COVID-19 infections and is one of the states across the nation with the lowest case counts per population maintaining a testing positivity rate below 2% over the last month.
The College continues to do well after lifting our daily health screenings, mask wearing and physical distancing requirements. We have hosted several New Student Orientations, athletic team camps and have returned to in-person work responsibly, and we anticipate continued success.
We will not require the vaccine for students or employees; we feel it is important for the College to provide educational resources while allowing people to make decisions they believe are best for themselves. This decision also reflects Olivet College’s efforts toward inclusiveness, supporting all members of our community without passing judgment for one’s personal beliefs and situations.
We will continue to educate our campus community on ways to help protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19. In addition, we will work with state and local agencies monitoring COVID-19 statistics throughout the year, with adjustments made to our policies and procedures as needed to ensure the health and safety of our entire Olivet College family.
We ask that everyone – students, faculty and staff – continue to do your part to maintain your health and to support the health and well-being of all members of our campus community. We have a shared commitment to Individual and Social Responsibility.
Opportunities to Ask Questions
Faculty and Staff: Check your email for the July 13 OC CARES message that include information on the July 27 optional Employee Town Hall and how to submit a question in advance.
Students: Check your email for a July 13 OC CARES message that include a information on an upcoming Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) for students and how to submit a question to be addressed in the FAQ.
This is an exciting time for Olivet College. We have long awaited the day we could return to a normal college environment. The Pandemic Response Team will continue to provide the institution with evidence-based guidance this fall. They have done a great job managing this difficult time with a thoughtful, evidence-based approach and decision-making process. This work could not have been done without their collective effort.
I look forward to seeing all of you around campus. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Chief Pandemic Response Officer