Campus Life & Activities

Safe Return / Campus Life & Activities

Calvin will reimagine and adapt 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.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will include educational and engaging online content as well as small-group based opportunities, within the best guidelines of the Kent County Health Department and the State of Michigan.

Attention will be given to the size of indoor meeting spaces, with limits on occupancy matching classroom density limits used for academic classes.

Student Organizations and Activities

Calvin student organizations will continue 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 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.

Cokes and Clubs

This outdoor gathering that encourages student organization marketing and sign-ups will continue, with appropriate spacing and hygiene practices. Student Organizations will also be encouraged and empowered to increase their online presence, so that students have virtual access to sign-up information.

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 will make extensive health-related modifications for the fall semester. Capacity of activity areas will likely be reduced, extensive cleaning requirements will be in place, towel service will be suspended and staff contact will be reduced.

Facilities Closures

At this time, Spoelhof Fieldhouse complex is closed to the general public. We continue to monitor public health authority guidance and will move toward opening once it is safe to do so. Note: Some spaces on campus may open earlier in the semester for instructional use and not right away for recreational/activity use (depending on guidance from local and state health officials).

Recreation and Events

Events will be modified on a case-by-case basis in accordance with appropriate guidelines. We are currently evaluating 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.


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