Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

A Hillsdale College response team has been activated in order to monitor and respond to developments in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation, and provide on- and off-campus resources to best support our students and community members who may be affected by the spread of COVID-19.

Here at Hillsdale College, we are working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency to monitor COVID-19 developments in our region. Additionally, we are observing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and will communicate regularly with the Hillsdale College community via email and this webpage regarding this developing situation.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Last night the Governor of Michigan announced a handful of new orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that relate to the coronavirus. Among other things, these orders specifically prohibit in-person college classes. Therefore, and regrettably, we are no longer able to hold or attend classes in-person as of Wednesday this week (November 18). More details will follow from the Provost and the Deans. We comply with these orders unwillingly and intend to do everything possible to carry on the life of the College despite this interference. You should know that your classes will continue, though not in-person, and we are presently figuring out how exactly to do this. The dining hall, dorms, library, and gym remain open. The College will continue to provide all services and engage in all activities which are not expressly prohibited by this latest round of rules. It will take us a little time to figure out what is prohibited and what is not, but we will update you as soon as we know.

At this time students are neither required nor encouraged to leave campus before Christmas break, which begins on December 12. All are welcome to stay on campus over the Thanksgiving break. Students should continue to exercise caution especially toward the vulnerable and should consider whether those at home might be vulnerable before going there.

These new rules are scientifically and morally ill-informed, arbitrary, and likely to cause serious harm to colleges and students in the state. It is a grave thing to separate students from one another and from their teachers. As John Henry Newman observed, the unstructured and social interactions among students constitute the most indispensable part of their education.

These rules and others preceding them also represent an unprecedented suspension of constitutional liberties that have been revered and upheld in our country for well over two centuries. Know that we are exploring appropriate legal strategies and intend to carry on college.

Be good, work hard, be tough, and take care of yourselves.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Thank you all for your diligence in following campus-wide guidelines implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19. Over the last two weeks of move-in, registration, and classes, you have demonstrated good judgment and respectful consideration for one another, the faculty and staff, and the local community. Thank you.

To date we have had very few cases of the virus, have managed them appropriately and safely, and are prepared to continue doing so as necessary. Of course, given what we know about the virus, it is almost certain that we will have more positive cases in the future. We will take care of one another. We will remain vigilant and protect those who are most vulnerable. We are well prepared to manage cases with quarantine, tracing, and treatment as they arise. You know of our plans.

As we move forward, these updated guidelines will help us to continue our essential work together:

  • Students need not wear masks as they move about campus. Masks shall be worn in the public areas of classroom buildings, faculty office buildings, and within the Knorr Dining Room until seated. Individual faculty members may request masks in their instructional spaces and offices.
  • On Wednesday, September 9th the Sports Complex will reopen to students, staff, and staff families. Due to the Governor’s order, masks are required while exercising in the Sports Complex.
    Continue diligence in physical and facial distancing, especially in close, indoor settings.
  • Monitor yourself for the onset of symptoms.
  • Practice sound hygiene habits including frequent handwashing.
  • Masks may be required for specific activities and events.
  • Outside visitors are required to wear masks on campus.
  • Daily temperature and health screenings are no longer required unless specified by the senior staff.

We will continue to isolate suspected and positive cases in order to limit the spread and protect the vulnerable. We will continue to review our precautionary measures throughout the semester and adjust them as prudence dictates.

Questions or concerns? Reach out to our security, housing, and health representatives using the contact information below.


Joe Kellam
[email protected]


Carolyn Milligan
[email protected]


Brock Lutz
[email protected]

Health and Wellness Center Open; Availability Limited

The Ambler Health and Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 to 4:00 p.m.

The doctor is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The doctor’s in-office availability may change if the demands of his private practice dictate. Please call ahead if you have any flu-like symptoms, particularly a fever above 100.5°F, cough, and a sore throat.

The Center’s phone number is 517-607-4368.

If you have a health care emergency, call Brock Lutz’s cell phone at 216-789-9605.

If you have a health care or security emergency, call the Security Office cell phone at 517-398-1522; staff members are available 24/7.

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