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Safe Return 2020

Calvin University is prepared and equipped for your safe return

As we enter our living and learning community, we do so following our playbook for a safe return to campus. This handbook lays out the practices and protocols that will guide our individual and collective actions in the many facets of campus life. We know that each of us must take responsibility for loving our neighbor and maintaining the health of our community.

We are ready for another semester of thinking deeply, acting justly, and living wholeheartedly as Christ's agents of renewal. And, we are prepared to adapt to local and global developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. With thorough contingency plans created for these unique times, we can ensure that no matter what happens, our mission will be accessible for every one of our students, faculty, and staff.

What you need to know

Arriving on campus

Review the simple but effective steps to take upon arrival at Calvin University to ensure your safety and the safety of others.


Your personal protective gear

Find what tools you’ll need to stay safe and how to access them.


Your daily health checkup

Consider these simple questions daily to monitor your health and report any changes.


Leading the way

Safe Return Team

Our Safe Return Team is actively planning for multiple scenarios to promote your wellness and support your learning on campus. As a university community of our size—in which we know students by name—we are able to provide a flexible and agile response to changes in the local and global health climate, as they develop.

Health Services

Calvin’s Health Services team continues to lead the way for safe and healthy campuses around the country. For eight years running, The Princeton Review ranks our team among the top 20 higher education health services in the nation. Led by a medical doctor who has decades of experience and connections in Grand Rapids, our health services professionals are ready to serve you.


Through our groundbreaking partnership with Helix Diagnostics, every Calvin faculty member, staff member, and student will receive an initial screening test for COVID-19 upon arriving to campus. This allows Calvin to quickly identify those who may need to be quarantined or isolated for their own safety and the safety of others.

Calvin’s president, Michael Le Roy, serves as board chair for the organization of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU). He led the team that created MICU’s Playbook for COVID-19 Response & Reopening, a guide of best practices for campus health and safety during this season.

Campus news & announcements


August 9, 2020 - Important information for commuting students.
August 7, 2020 - A Safe Return update for students.
August 3, 2020 - Safe return guidance for returning students living on campus, and an email to all students about a safe return.
JULY 31, 2020 - Safe return guidance for new students living on campus.
JULY 24, 2020 - Message to students as well as faculty & staff about arrival to campus.
JULY 15, 2020 - President Le Roy and administrators answer questions related to Calvin's Safe Return to campus for Fall 2020.
JULY 10, 2020 - Information about planning for a safe return in August for students and faculty and staff.
JUNE 24, 2020 - Safe return to campus update email from Sarah Visser.
JUNE 9, 2020 - Email from Sarah Visser introducing the Safe Return Team.

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Important health reminders

Maintain physical distancing

Please keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and your neighbor.

Wear your mask properly

Cover your mouth and nose, and avoid touching your face and mask.

Wash your hands

Use soap and water to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more.

Stay at home if sick

Monitor for any potential symptoms daily, for you and for other members of your household.


Keep the spaces you use clean upon entering and exiting.

Coughing and sneezing

Cough or sneeze into an elbow or tissue instead of your hands.


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