In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalamazoo College decided that courses during the Spring Term will be conducted through distance learning. This difficult decision was made based on rapidly evolving recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and our local and state governments. The action was taken with an abundance of caution. The health and safety of all members of the K community and their loved ones are paramount.
Face-to-face interaction between students and faculty is at the heart of a Kalamazoo College education. The education during the Spring Term will be different; however, in a message to students, faculty, staff and families, President Jorge G. Gonzalez said, “Learning and advising can take place remotely, and I have full confidence that our faculty and students will engage in meaningful ways from a distance. I appreciate the extra work and effort involved from faculty and students.”
At this time, faculty and staff who can conduct their primary work functions from home are doing so, to enhance social distancing for those who must come to campus.
Alumni events previously scheduled for the month of April have been cancelled. The College will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments to determine whether or not events scheduled for May will take place. Commencement is still being planned for June 14, 2020, and is subject to change.
In his message, the President recognized the challenges ahead and offered encouragement to the campus community. “Our humanity is global, and so must be our response. We must think of each other as well as ourselves. I encourage you to be open to the changes we must now all adopt, stay healthy, and be mindful of the safety of others. I look forward to the day that we may all gather together again on our fair Arcadian hill,” he said.
The College will continue to communicate with the K community through our COVID-19 webpage, the College social media channels and through College publications.