As a residential college, Albion is concerned with the growth and development of the whole student in a number of interrelated realms: intellectual, personal, social, spiritual, emotional, physical and vocational. The various programs described below assist students’ education outside the classroom. Personal growth is encouraged and supported through programs that practice community development, healthful living and the ability to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. The vice president for student affairs is responsible for providing leadership to most of the programs and services below, all of which support the academic mission of the College and enhance the full educational experience.
Albion is a residential college and expects all of its students to live and board within the College residence system. As such, residential life provides opportunities for students to integrate the academic mission of the College with the out-of-class experience. The Office of Residential Life offers numerous programs and activities to meet students’ educational and social needs.
An Albion education involves more than time in the classroom and library. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available to them, including approximately 100 clubs and organizations, student government, publications, Greek organizations and athletics. The Office of Campus Programs and Organizations (CPO), located in the Kellogg Center, serves as a resource center for students, faculty and student groups.
Albion is a charter member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), founded in 1888. It is the oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. For more information on intercollegiate sports for men and women, visit gobrits.com.
The First-Year Experience
Through the William Atwell Brown, Jr. and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience, all first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar. This seminar is an important building block for Albion community development. With the First-Year Seminar as a basis, first-year students participate in structured experiences for personal, academic and professional growth that are facilitated by Student Affairs staff, faculty and student mentors.
Office of the Chaplain
As an institution founded by and related to the United Methodist Church, Albion College celebrates pluralism and spiritual development. The Office of the Chaplain embodies this commitment as it strives to create a welcoming and affirming environment, and prepare graduates to enter a diverse global workplace. “Spirituality” is understood in the broadest terms as a basic characteristic of every human, and therefore the office is here to serve all students.
In support of Albion’s commitment to an inclusive, pluralistic and equitable community for learning, the Office of Intercultural Affairs works cooperatively with students, faculty, staff and the Albion community to heighten awareness of an appreciation for cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. Emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of educational programs and activities that assist in the transition and retention of under-represented students. These programs include an orientation and mentoring program.
The Office of Counseling Services’ mission is to help students solve problems and acquire the skills they need to reach their academic and life goals. Counseling Services assists students when emotional, relationship or psychological issues negatively impact their ability to make the most of their educational experiences at Albion.
Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center
Founded in 1985, the Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center coordinates programs focused on women for the Albion community. This includes organizing activities that raise awareness of women’s issues, support women in their quests for empowerment and equality and build a collaborative community in which women’s voices are heard and honored. For Women’s History Month in March each year, the Women’s Center, in coordination with the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee, provides programming to honor Dr. Shaw’s life and work by highlighting women’s lives, interests and passions.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services (SHS) is open Monday through Friday and is staffed by registered nurses. In addition, the College physician and/or a physician assistant are available for scheduled appointments on a part-time basis. Students needing care after hours may visit the SHS Web site and use the online self-care guide or list of area walk-in clinics, or call a telephone support service. In addition, the Department of Campus Safety or Residential Life staff can provide more information. A Student Health Record with updated immunizations is required of all incoming students.
The Department of Campus Safety is staffed with professional officers. The main objective of Campus Safety is to provide the campus community with a safe environment. The Department of Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond to student, faculty and staff needs.
Student Regulations and Basic Principles of Responsibility:
Attendance at Albion College is a privilege, and students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner that reflects the ideals and educational aims of the College. Where student responsibility does not reflect this expectation, concern will be expressed and suitable action taken which may include suspension or permanent dismissal from the College.
To establish high standards and to encourage greater understanding and responsibility, College expectations, regulations and practices, including customs and traditions, are contained in the Student Handbook which is made available online to students each fall. For more information, see “Policies and Expectations” in the Student Handbook.
Albion College shall not be liable for any injuries to or property damages suffered by any student regardless of cause. This disclaimer of liability shall apply to, but not by way of limitation, the following:
- Any injury or damage incurred on property owned by or under the control of the College, or its subsidiaries, such as classrooms, residence halls or other housing, any other structures, all common areas and grounds, and vehicles;
- Any injury or damage incurred as a participant, spectator or otherwise in any intramural or intercollegiate or other event or contest, athletic or otherwise, or while in transit thereto or therefrom;
- Any injury or damage suffered while engaged in or attending a classroom or related activity, whether required or elective, and regardless of cause;
- Any injury or damage suffered by reason of theft, fire, damage by the elements or by other cause;
- Any injury or damage suffered by reason of any act or omission of any College trustee, officer, member of the faculty or staff, employee, contractor or student.
By applying for admission or readmission to the College, or by continuing their enrollment with the College for a subsequent semester, students accept the foregoing disclaimer and agree to be bound thereby.
Insurance of Personal Belongings
The College does not insure personal effects of students. Therefore, it is recommended that students insure their belongings either through their parents’ homeowner policy or a separate rental insurance policy.