Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Questions Regarding the Coronavirus

Please note: This information may be updated as the situation in Southwest Michigan changes. For full coronavirus updates from SMC visit swmich.edu/coronavirus.

  • Is SMC open?

    Dowagiac campus offices are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Niles Campus Student Service Center is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Virtual appointments are still available for those who prefer that option.

    Hours for the Fred L. Mathews Library, bookstore, Zollar Cafe, and Student Activity Center may differ.

    Based on guidelines recently issued by the CDC and the county health department, effective Monday, February 28, masks are recommended for all students, employees, and visitors while in shared areas within campus buildings and in the classroom during all scheduled face-to-face academic sessions, regardless of vaccination status.

    Most spring 2022 classes are being conducted in-person, though there will be an increased number of online and hybrid classes available. Learn more about online and hybrid classes here.

  • Will classes be in-person or virtual?

    Most spring 2022 classes are open in-person, though there will be an increased number of online and hybrid classes available. Learn more about online and hybrid classes here.

  • Will the residence halls remain open?

    Yes, the residence halls remain open for students who need or want to live on campus. 

    For spring semester, all residence hall students were required to show proof of vaccination or be tested on campus and receive a negative result before moving in. 

    Further details regarding health safety expectations in the residence halls were sent directly to residence hall students.

    For more information, see the Preparedness and Response Plan on swmich.edu/coronavirus.

  • Are Masks Recommended?

    Based on guidelines recently issued by the CDC and the county health department, effective Monday, February 28, masks are recommended for all students, employees, and visitors while in shared areas within campus buildings and in the classroom during all scheduled face-to-face academic sessions, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Are Students and Employees Required to Be Vaccinated?

    Though not required, we strongly encourage students, employees, and visitors to educate themselves on the benefits of vaccination from COVID-19 and to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is a very important step in allowing our college to further return to more normal operations: group activities, meal gatherings, in-person clubs, and performances...all of the personal growth opportunities we want to enjoy. We will continue to provide education and information on vaccination sites, including on-campus clinics.

  • What happens if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19?

    Please refer to the Preparedness and Response Plan found at swmich.edu/coronavirus for steps we will take for commuter students, employees, and campus residents.

  • Are employees encouraged to work from home?

    In compliance with the state's MI VACC to Normal plan, and in order to provide excellent service to our students and each other, SMC expects employees to work in their on-campus offices. Employees may work from home with the permission of their manager in accordance with SMC's telecommuting policy.

    Employees who work on campus should follow CDC guidelines. For example, if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should not report to work. Instead you should follow proper call-off procedures, notify your supervisor of symptoms, and complete the Coronavirus Reporting Form. Use sick and vacation time if you need to stay home to care for a school-aged child and if the telecommuting option is not feasible.

  • Are campus tours available?

    On-campus tours are available by appointment. Reserve a time here.

    You can also learn more about campus here and view additional videos.