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

  • 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.

    Effective July 6, 2021, masks and social distancing are no longer required on campus, but anyone is welcome to follow these practices if they choose.

    Most summer and fall 2021 classes will be 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 summer and fall 2021 classes will be 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 at 85% maximum capacity for students who need or want to live on campus. 

    For fall semester, all residence hall students will be 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 will be sent directly to residence hall students as the move-in date for the semester draws near.

    For more information, see the Preparedness and Response Plan on

  • Are Students Required to Be Vaccinated?

    Though not required, we strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff 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 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 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 must check in using the #CampusClear app each day they'll be on campus. More information on #CampusClear can be found at

    If you experience fever, cough or shortness of breath, per CDC guidelines, do not report to work. Please follow proper call-off procedures and notify your supervisor of symptoms. 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.

  • When can I register for fall classes?

    Registration for fall 2021 classes is now open. 

    New students should apply for admission and complete the rest of the admission process. Returning students may meet with their advisor for help selecting the next courses in their program sequence. 

  • How is SMC distributing CARES Act funds to students?

    The federal government has given colleges the direction to distribute grants in the manner they deem appropriate to the students who most need it. SMC has thoughtfully decided on a process to do so. Eligible students have been contacted directly via email and encouraged to apply for these funds through the link available on the SMC Wired home page.