Campus Life & Activities

COVID Response / Campus Life & Activities


Calvin is reimagining and adapting student activities and student organizations to ensure a vibrant and healthy experience for students. Engagement, involvement, and leadership opportunities outside of the classroom are hallmarks of the Calvin community that we seek to preserve and cultivate, even as the COVID-19 realities necessitate some changes for all of us.

Student Organizations and Activities

Calvin student organizations are continuing to promote vibrant engagement, while modifying events and meetings using proper physical distancing, as well as virtual options for larger groups and for students who are unable to participate in person.

Student leaders have been trained on physical distancing and facemask guidelines, as well as how to lead virtual meetings. Standard practices have been developed and shared with all student organization leaders, so that event and meeting guidelines are consistently implemented.

Student leaders will be trained on physical distancing and facemask guidelines, as well as how to lead virtual meetings. Standard practices will be developed and shared with all student organization leaders, so that event and meeting guidelines are consistently implemented.

Student Activities Office (SAO)

The ability to host live concerts and films on campus will be challenging, until safety guidelines change for indoor events. But the SAO will continue the conversations on popular culture and “holy worldliness” that are a hallmark of our approach to equipping students to be wise and faithful participants and leaders in contemporary society. SAO will use new venues and mediums to engage music, film, podcasts, articles, and conversation.

Campus Recreation

Campus recreation and wellness is making extensive health-related modifications for the fall semester. Capacity of activity areas have been reduced, extensive cleaning requirements are in place, towel service is temporarily suspended and staff contact is reduced.

Facilities Closures

On Monday, Sept. 14, the Morren Fitness Center, the Venema Aquatic Center, and the Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center will re-open. We will continue to follow the guidance of public health authorities and modify our plans to stay in line with the best public health advice. Visit the Athletics Facilities page to learn more about the policies and hours for use of these spaces.

Recreation and Events

Events will be modified on a case-by-case basis in accordance with appropriate guidelines. We are continuing to evaluate club sports, intramurals, recreation trips, and general fieldhouse usage with an eye toward gradual reopening that will meet physical distancing and sanitation requirements. Additional details will be shared as restrictions on public gatherings in indoor and outdoor athletic facilities gradually lessen.

Outdoor Activities and Protocols

We know adjusting to this new reality of living and learning together on campus in the midst of a pandemic will take time and figuring out exact expectations for every activity or situation may not always be clear. So, what does engaging in certain activities safely on Calvin’s campus look like at this time?

Sand volleyball

Wear masks while playing. If you are on the sideline and at least six feet distant from other players, you may remove your mask.

Yard games (bean bag toss, can jam, spike ball, etc.)

Wear masks while playing.

Hammocking

Make sure your hammock is six feet from another hammock and not right along a walking path. If these requirements are met, you don’t need to wear a mask.

Gathering outdoors

Make sure you remain six feet apart. If you are in a larger group or near an area that may experience high foot traffic, please wear your mask.

Studying outdoors

Wear your mask unless you are by yourself and not near a walking path.

On the path

Wear a mask when walking on a path. If you're alone on a path, you're okay to take down your mask, but you should put one on if you see someone else approaching. Better yet, you can keep it simple and commit to wearing your mask whenever walking on a campus path as you are likely to encounter other people.

Outdoor dining

You can obviously take your masks off when you are eating, but please remain six feet distant from any other person you are eating with.

In all activities, when in doubt, wear a mask.

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