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COVID-19 Updates

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please email to learn what steps you need to take.

We are excited to bring our students back to campus this fall. The chart below indicates a variety of course delivery options. We understand that you value interactions with staff and faculty, but we also want you to succeed in a safe environment that makes you feel comfortable. For more information on returning to campus, please click here to view our Recommendations to Return to Campus Safely Guide.

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June 4, 2020

To: CCSJ Students
From: Dr. Ginger Rodriguez

Dear Students,

It’s been an unimaginable spring semester and start to the summer, and I hear your concerns about what you can expect in the fall. Because of our small size and long history of commitment to supporting all students as they earn a degree, we can assure you that we are taking all possible steps to ensure your safety and help you achieve success.

Your safety is our paramount concern, and it is at the basis of all our plans to resume classes on campus in the fall. We have carefully considered classroom capacity and additional safety procedures, and we have plans to offer classes in person, online, and as a combination of those two approaches. That means that you can expect to meet in small groups for some of your classes, partially in small groups and partially online for others, and completely online for classes that can best be offered virtually.

Each class option is designed to provide you with the best possible educational experience. Along with appropriate class structures, we will provide a full range of support services, from virtual office hours and small group meetings with faculty to in-person and online tutoring, advising, library services, disability services, and counseling.

Now more than ever you belong at Calumet College!


Dr. Ginger Rodriguez
Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 22, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

Dear CCSJ Community,

Last week would have been commencement time and yet the campus was quiet. At the same time, the trees and flowers are in bloom and the grass is greening, which are reminders of the growth and renewal that comes with a new season. I was given a note from a student last year during finals, and I have it posted on my office door. The students were trying to encourage their fellow students during finals, and my note is simple, but yet profound. It says, “# you grow through what you go through.” The growing and blooming season of spring, on the heels of what we are going through, provides a sense of hope and encouragement.

Flexibility during the year ahead will be paramount. Faculty members are evaluating their courses and delivery method under various scenarios, which will include a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online options. The return to campus will need to be flexible to ensure we maintain social distancing and accommodate those that are vulnerable. The return to “normal” is not an option, but creating a new normal is an opportunity. The summer gives CCSJ a chance to slowly return to work and consider options to continue with flexible work schedules to avoid density in offices. We are blessed to have private offices for nearly all of our full-time faculty and staff, and we all know that summer is a very quiet time with few people on campus.

On May 1, Governor Holcomb announced the Back on Track Indiana plan. We will use the plan as guidance, and you can access the plan at Back On Track Indiana. A phased re-opening will begin in June, but on a very limited basis. Enrollment and Advising will work together to serve students, by appointment only. The building will remain locked and security will monitor entrances and require people to log in and out. This way, we can do our best to identify areas of travel and make sure extra cleaning is provided. For anybody that is on campus, you should have identification and 1) log in and out at the security desk, 2) maintain social distancing, and 3) follow the CDC guidelines posted. We continue to follow CDC guidelines around social distancing and have taken cleaning precautions as we prepare for people to visit our campus. If you are on campus, we ask that you have a face covering handy for situations where you might be in closer quarters.

It is important that students are able to complete placement exams and visit campus so that they can register and we can plan course offerings and identify faculty needs for the fall. During June, our committee will be preparing to welcome back faculty, staff, and students. We have ordered various supplies and will maintain social distancing recommendations with staff rotations to make sure we provide a safe working environment. At this time, we plan to re-open campus on Monday, July 6th. There is a COVID committee that is gathering, reviewing and sharing information. In the next few weeks, you will receive information on how to access agendas, meeting notes, and resources. In addition, we will be providing a tool to gather input and provide answers to questions.

The crisis of COVID can provide an opportunity for us to think creatively and identify new ways of teaching, learning and serving our students and our community. We can’t operate out of fear and limit our potential. I recall an important sermon I heard by our former Bishop Donald Hying when I was preparing to come to CCSJ. It is a message that I think of often during these days. His message was simple, but also thought provoking for me. While he didn’t know me at all, he looked right at me as if he did, and said, “If you operate out of fear and worry that means you don’t operate with faith.” My faith in CCSJ and our college family is greater than my fear. We will work together to be better.


Dr. Amy McCormack

May 5, 2020

To: CCSJ Students
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

Dear CCSJ Community,

As you are in the midst of the last week of the semester and turning in papers and taking your online finals, we are underway with planning to reopen campus in June with protocols in place that ensure the health and safety of our college community. We know that all of you have been impacted by COVID 19 in various ways – physically, financially, emotionally, and mentally. It has been a very difficult 8 weeks as the news of the coronavirus unfolded, our country began to shut down, and family and friends were impacted by this terrible virus. You have been in our hearts and minds as we have all tried to navigate the unimaginable.

I have listened to testimonials and interviews from seniors that have been devastated by the move to a virtual graduation. There is nothing that can replace the feeling of graduation day when you are surrounded by family and classmates as you walk across the stage, receive your diploma, and celebrate your accomplishments. We will have a virtual commencement on June 20th and I am confident we will do our very best to make it special, but it won’t be the same. Seniors all across the country are mourning the loss of their commencement ceremony. As a parent of a college senior, I know the disappointment and sadness, but I hope that you don’t let COVID 19 be the only thing that defines your college experience. There is much more to your years at Calumet College of St. Joseph. I salute you and congratulate you on your accomplishments, perseverance, and dedication.

I have been able to witness class presentations that were outstanding and listen to student interviews and reflections that were incredibly moving. I am always energized by the work of students. The cancellations of the Science Fest, Trustees’ Scholarship Gala, awards banquet, athletic seasons and other events in the spring have left a void for many. Calumet College will always welcome you back and I look forward to seeing you on the other side of COVID 19. I also want to recognize those students that are first responders, teachers, care providers, and managing family demands and yet uncertain futures. Your strength, flexibility, and care for others speak to your values and our mission.

CCSJ will receive funds under the federal CARES Act to distribute to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants. We are working out the details and will notify eligible students of their distribution this week. The compliance and distribution requirements and uses of funds are more complicated, so information will be forthcoming.

In closing, I wish you luck on your final exams and projects, continued perseverance through the coming months, and the best on this Cinco de Mayo. I look forward to seeing many of you in the fall. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay hopeful.


Dr. Amy McCormack

April 22, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

Dear CCSJ Community,

It has been four weeks ago today since the official work from home order went into place for Indiana. We have all been hearing about a phased plan to reopen businesses, and CCSJ has also begun to discuss. I am in constant contact with presidents at other independent colleges in Indiana, as well as the associations that represent colleges and universities in Indiana and across the country. We share some commonalities and yet some big differences and we are all trying to figure out what is best for our own situation. I am so appreciative of the collegial nature of our discussions and how we can help each other.

Governor Holcomb has extended the work from home order through May 1, but has clearly communicated that it may be necessary to extend the date further for different counties. I continue to track the daily updates on COVID-19 on the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) website. I watch trends in the state, Lake County and surrounding counties at the Indiana State Department of Health. We also border Chicago and Illinois, and I recognize that actions in both could impact CCSJ. My heart is heavy for those who have been touched by this terrible virus – physically, economically, mentally, and emotionally. It is a difficult time for so many, and I often think of a saying that I recently heard, “We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

We have started to talk about when and how we begin to come back to some form of life and activity on campus. If there is any return to work in mid-May, it will need to be in accordance with state and federal guidelines and closely monitored with policies and procedures in place. The end of the semester and a virtual Faculty Education Day are on May 8th. We know that school districts will be teaching online the rest of the year, so many parents are working from home and homeschooling. Faculty and staff members have been able to work effectively from their homes, and have done an incredible job serving students, maintaining operations, and managing multiple new activities during this challenging time. Although I have always known that CCSJ has navigated some tough times in the past, our deep commitment to mission, compassion for others, and determination have been proven again and again as we all respond to a rapidly changing world caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Strategic Enrollment and Retention Committee and Faculty Education Day will be focused on scenario planning for the fall semester. On May 1, the Senior Staff will focus on what an appropriate phased reopen looks like for Calumet College of St. Joseph, and I will share our plan. The Commencement Committee is preparing for a virtual commencement to recognize and celebrate our graduates. The Vice Presidents are also tasked with thinking through fall enrollment implications, which are very difficult to predict at this time, but it is essential that we have contingencies identified for classes, schedules, and the organization that will help us continue to be efficient and effective.

On Good Friday, I shared that CCSJ was approved for a loan under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, and we have since received the funds. We have also received 50% of the funds under the CARES act and the DOE has just issued further guidance on the student allocation. We continue to register students, but there are many who are waiting to register for various reasons. There are some prospective students that want to visit campus before registering and others that are waiting to better understand their financial situation. There are some students that have indicated they are waiting to see if we will be in person or online. It is my hope that May will bring some clarity and June 1st will provide better data for our planning and decisions.

I can’t help but think about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and how so many people on Planet Earth have been impacted by something that could not have been predicted. In approximately 30 days, trillions of dollars have been mobilized to address the COVID 19 pandemic, and that is just in the United States. The coronavirus has demonstrated that we are a global society, but as with the coronavirus and the environment – we might be in the same global storm, but we are definitely not all in the same boat. I pray that this storm will pass. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.


Dr. Amy McCormack

April 1, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

Dear CCSJ Community,

It has been a week since the official work from home order went into place for Indiana, and I anticipate Governor Holcomb will extend the order through the end of April. President Trump indicated in his recent remarks that the next two weeks are going to be very tough for our nation, so I wanted to touch base with the college family. I have been tracking the daily updates on COVID-19 on the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) website. It probably isn’t healthy to view it daily, but I am sharing the link at . Lake County is the county with the second highest number of positive cases in Indiana with approximately 7% of the total cases. In the past week, we also became aware of an employee and a student that have tested positive. I am happy to report they are recovering.

I try to pause periodically to take in the reality of the situation and to pray for family, friends and those that are experiencing great challenges and anxiety right now. April will be a difficult and long month, so please know that Calumet College of St. Joseph is part of your support system. While things will be different during April, your pay and benefits will be the same. Even if your job responsibilities can’t be done from home, your pay will remain. CCSJ is also planning to support student workers during April, even though they are not able to work. At a time when your communities need funding, make sure you are counted in Census 2020. It is another way you can have a positive impact.

I have heard from a few students and hear from faculty members that transitioning to a new mode of learning is going well -- for the most part. There are some students that are not engaged and faculty, advisors, and counselors continue to reach out and offer support and guidance. I know that some students are lonely and some are struggling with financial matters, which I am sure is true for some of our faculty and staff. We are waiting on the final details for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and working through the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to access funds. Calumet College of St. Joseph also qualifies for the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan because we have less than 500 employees, so we will be submitting our application. The SBA Loan Program also provides for a paycheck protection provision. Be assured that we are pursuing numerous channels to help support the college family and the institution.

We have established our virtual tour on the website and continue to reach out to our prospective student pool to help guide them in their decision making at this uncertain time. We know that high school students are also adjusting to e-learning and weighing options at a time when families are strained and the path forward might appear unclear. We want prospective students to know that CCSJ is a community that cares in good times and bad. Seeing posts on social media from some of our current students helps remind me of the important role that CCSJ has played in the life of so many students. I am grateful that we have been such a positive force, and I look forward to continuing to offer a community with a sense of belonging. I long for the time when we can gather, in person, as a college family.

Once again, I want to thank you and recognize your commitment to Calumet College and to maintaining the community and the quality that make us all grateful to be part of something bigger than the coronavirus. Be strong, be safe, and take it one day at a time.


Dr. Amy McCormack

March 27, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff

This afternoon, CCSJ was alerted by self-disclosure that member of our community has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). This individual was last at work on Tuesday, March 17. Please join us in keeping this individual in our thoughts and prayers and in wishing them well for a full recovery.

Those who have had close contact with the individual have been notified of the potential exposure. It’s important to reinforce that we have a responsibility to maintain the privacy of this individual. Thank you in advance for helping us honor our obligation to maintaining this privacy while fulfilling our commitment to keep the campus community informed.

Given the spread of the virus, it was only a matter of time before our campus community would be more directly affected by COVID-19, which is why we’ve taken steps over the past several days and weeks to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community. Please continue to take appropriate precautions to keep yourself and your family well. Practice social distancing, wash hands often, and disinfect frequently touch surfaces daily (including phones, tables, door handles, and keyboards). More information on how to protect yourself can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website (

We encourage everyone in our campus community to continue caring for each other during these trying times.

March 23, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

Dear CCSJ Community,

While we have no reported cases of COVID-19 on campus and no reported cases of known exposure from our students, faculty or staff, Indiana now has 259 positive coronavirus cases and 7 reported deaths out of 1,960 people tested. At noon today, Governor Holcomb announced a stay at home order, effective Wednesday, 3/25, which will continue through April 7th. While we had hoped to keep the building open for essential student support services and access to computers for the students, this is no longer feasible. If you need access to your office, please make arrangements to come to campus tomorrow, 3/24, and please maintain safety and social distancing measures.

We know that our students will need support during this unsettling time and the transition to virtual learning. Faculty members are discussing grading options and options to access internet and specialized equipment and software licenses. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will be sharing further information later this week. For students, I want to repeat services and contact information and encourage you to stay positive and focused on your future. We will get through this together, but your health and safety is our top priority.

  • Tutoring services are available by emailing , calling 219-473-4285, and contacting your professor during virtual office hours. We are exploring 24-hour tutoring services.
  • Disability Support Services will continue to provide accommodations, so students should reach out to John Mackowicz at or call 219-218-3105.
  • Advising and Enrollment will be available to assist with registration for returning and new students. All registrations can be done virtually by contacting academic advising at or 219-473-4220.
  • Kerry Knowles, our Student Assistance Program (SAP) therapist, will be available by phone or email to students and faculty and staff, and telehealth is also an option. Please contact Kerry by phone (cell: 219-413-3702 or office: 219-663-6353) or email ( ).
  • Pre-packaged bags from the food pantry will be available for pick-up tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/24, between 11-2, or until supplies last. Students will need to sign in with security and only one bag per person will be allowed. The food pantry will be closed, effective Wednesday, 3/25, and remaining supplies safely redirected.
  • The library computers will not be available beginning tomorrow, 3/24, and through April 7. Use the chat function on the library webpage for library services. Dr. Qi Chen, Director of the Library, will assist you.
  • Financial Aid will continue to process financial aid applications and issue awards and refunds remotely. Utilize this time to complete your FAFSA and contact financial aid at if you need assistance.

There is significant work happening in Washington, D.C., and I have sent letters to Congressman Visclosky and Senators Braun and Young asking for student and institutional support. I have heard from the Lilly Endowment and know our funding opportunities are still available. We are continuing to stay in contact with our scholarship donors, while being sensitive to this unprecedented time. Faith and prayer are strong means of support, so use them often.


Dr. Amy McCormack

March 19, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

Dear CCSJ Community,

I want to start with expressing my concern and empathy for our seniors and graduating students. They are in my heart and mind, and I know this is a very difficult time. This is not how their college career should end, and for that, I am very sad for our Crimson Wave graduates. Given the current guidelines around large gatherings, the traditional graduation ceremony will not take place on May 16th. Creative efforts are underway to celebrate our seniors and recognize their accomplishments, so more information will be shared with graduating students. For all students, it is important to remember that the semester isn’t over, and that structure in your day is important and communication with your faculty and classmates is essential.

While we have no reported cases of COVID-19 on campus and no reported cases of exposure from our students, faculty or staff, the first case in Lake County, Indiana, was reported on March 17. More reports will come as testing increases in our county and region for those exposed. I want to stress the guidelines set forth by the CDC to:

  • Cancel all gatherings of greater than 50 people, which we have done,
  • Limit non-essential meetings/gatherings to 10 people or less and make virtual options available for any essential meetings,
  • Practice social distancing and avoid contact with the elderly,
  • Maintain 6 feet in distance, wherever possible,
  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching your face, mouth or eyes,
  • Stay home if you have compromised health conditions,
  • Stay home if you feel sick, especially if you have a fever.

Social distancing and staying home can be very difficult, but the use of technology and old fashioned phone calls can help keep you connected. You can also find places to walk, run, or sit where you can be away from multiple people but be outside. You should know that many people at Calumet College of St. Joseph are working together to manage through this difficult time while doing our best to serve current and prospective students and support one another. I am so grateful for our college family, and I thank all of you for your commitment, courage, and creativity as we deal with the coronavirus.

You will continue to receive communication through various channels, but I wanted to provide an update to share information with all constituents that are part of the college community.

  • Campus offices will remain open with limited staffing Monday-Friday from 9:00 – 5:00.
  • Virtual courses will begin Monday, 3/23, and based on guidance to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, virtual courses will continue for the rest of the semester.
  • Tutoring services are available by emailing , calling 219-473-4285, and contacting your professor during virtual office hours. We are exploring 24-hour tutoring services, and more information will be on the website. Please check with your professor if you need additional support.
  • Disability Support Services will continue to provide accommodations, so students should reach out to John Mackowicz at or call 219-218-3105 to make an appointment.
  • Advising and Enrollment will be available to assist with registration for new and returning students. I encourage you to register virtually by contacting academic advising at or 219-473-4220 and advisors will assist you.
  • Kerry Knowles, our Student Assistance Program (SAP) therapist, will continue with on-campus appointments on Wednesday from 9:00-3:00 pm and Thursday from 9:00-4:00 pm in room 276. If you are not able to meet with Kerry in person, telehealth is also an option. Please contact Kerry by phone (cell: 219-413-3702 or office: 219-663-6353) or email ( ) to set up an appointment.
  • The food pantry is available by contacting or stopping by room 101.
  • The library and computers will be available to students. Modifications will be made to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. Utilizing the chat function on the library webpage is strongly encouraged, and Dr. Qi Chen, Director of the Library, will be available to assist you.
  • Financial Aid and the Business Office will continue to process financial aid applications, award letters, and payments. If you have not processed your FAFSA, please utilize this time and contact our financial aid office at if you need assistance.
  • Students currently employed under federal work study will continue to get compensation, and more information will be forthcoming to those students.
  • In accordance with the NAIA decision this week, all spring sports are cancelled. Athletes will get 2 additional semesters of eligibility. Seniors/4th year athletes should contact coaches, advising, and financial aid if you plan to continue at CCSJ to understand the academic and financial implications.
  • The Rittenmeyer Athletic Center is closed, except for appointments with coaches.

Activities and Events Update:

  • The Annual Trustees’ Gala on April 25th has been cancelled and we will acknowledge the support of our sponsors and recognize awardees with a special feature in our summer magazine.
  • The international honors trip will be cancelled, but honors students will have the opportunity to participate on the 2021 Honors trip, which we anticipate being to Spain.
  • The graduation banquet is cancelled. Refunds will be issued for tickets purchased, and we will find a way to recognize our award recipients.
  • The Higher Learning Commission has asked for their virtual accreditation visit to be rescheduled to May 11 & 12, which allows us to direct all of our attention to students. More information will be provided to those participating in virtual meetings.
  • It appears that the April visit by the Council for Accreditation for Education Programs (CAEP) will be deferred to a date in the fall.

In difficult times, I am so grateful that I am part of a strong faith community that can pray together and talk openly about the role of faith in helping to guide us and provide hope. At this time of year and during this time of separation, I am also grateful for this common Irish Blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

With hope and gratitude,

Dr. Amy McCormack


March 13, 2020

To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

I see and sense the worry and anxiety of our community as a steady stream of information about the COVID-19 virus has dominated our media and conversations. It has been a very unsettling week as dramatic actions have been taken to curb the spread of the virus with the cancellation of major events, competitions, rallies, and gatherings. As of yesterday, Indiana had 12 positive cases reported out of 73 people tested according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Governor Holcomb provided a statewide communication yesterday and the Centers for Disease Control continue to provide guidance, which we have made available on our website along with other resources.

Your health and safety is a priority and you should avoid any exposure to others if you feel flu-like symptoms. Calumet College of St. Joseph will continue to be an anchor for our local community and our students and do whatever we can to support your needs at this unsettling and uncertain time. As of today, March 13, 2020, we have decided to take the following actions.


  • The week of March 16-23, will be Spring Break: Take 2. Campus will remain open, but classes will NOT meet. Students can use this time to catch up on homework and provide care and service for themselves and their families -- get additional tutoring at the library, seek counseling services, meditate or pray, care for siblings. Turn a second spring break into a “service break” to help yourself and others in need. In this way, you can use your energy to produce positive impact rather than anxiety. You should avoid crowds and follow the CDC guidelines for “social distancing.”
  • CCSJ will offer additional tutoring services, faculty will maintain office hours or other options for communication, and administrative offices will be open.
  • Food will be available (M-TH), free of charge, in the Crimson Café from 10-2 for students, and we will use next week for a designated donation drive to increase supplies in our food pantry.
  • Effective immediately, the athletic center is closed to athletes that are not in-season. For athletes that are in-season, a coach must be present. From March 23 through April 4th, faculty will offer classes remotely utilizing virtual course delivery.
  • Campus will remain open, unless guidance from federal, state and local authorities requires otherwise.
  • Healthy students are welcome on campus to access computers, disability support services, counseling services, library services and advising. Please assess your health and any potential exposure to others.
  • We will suspend our spring sports for this 3-week period until April 4th, and will await further guidance from the NAIA.
  • For traditional undergraduate classes, the spring semester will be extended to May 8th, adding one week to the schedule.
  • As of today, we still plan to have commencement on May 16th.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching and all Public Safety classes will migrate to online immediately due to the exposure to crowds that teachers and police experience in their daily work.
  • Organization Management (ORMN) and Graduate classes in MSM and MAP will continue as scheduled due to their small class size, infrequent in-person classes, and accelerated format; however, all students and faculty should take personal responsibility and make accommodations, as needed.
  • Faculty should continue to prepare for virtual course delivery and staff should prepare for remote working options. All faculty and staff are encouraged to access the CCSJ website for resources.
  • While campus will be open, accommodations will be made for faculty and staff who have compromised health conditions.
  • Considering child/parent care and the well-being of our college family, it may be necessary to implement rotational staffing. All departments will be open and staffed, but individuals can coordinate with your department supervisor if it is necessary to work remotely.
  • Staff will be given 8 hours of additional time off (XSV) to provide service for the community, help care for young children or elderly parents, seek personal care, or provide for family in need. These are additional hours to help others or your state of mind. If you are sick, continue to use your sick time.
  • All staff should download Skype and Zoom for ease of communication. Please see the faculty and staff page on the website for more information.
  • The St. Joseph Society Luncheon on 3/19 has been cancelled, and those funds will be redirected to provide free food for students, faculty and staff during next week.
  • Faculty Senate will meet as scheduled on Wednesday, March 18, in Room 200. The group will include 28 people and lunch will be provided on Wednesday for all faculty and staff.
  • I encourage contributions to our food pantry. The following items would be greatly appreciated: non-perishable food, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, canned items, and paper and hygiene products.
At this time, the following school events have been cancelled:
  • Public Safety Institute speaker scheduled for March
  • STEM Fest scheduled for March 30-31
  • Open House scheduled for April 4

  • Large gatherings are to be avoided, but we will look for ways to maintain our family and community feeling and provide a comforting place. We will communicate additional support services next week, so please continue to monitor your CCSJ email and the College website. Be assured that we will also take next week to do additional cleaning on campus and in offices.

    I want to underscore the need to be responsible for your health and the health of others, but I also want to help with the mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and overall panic that this virus is causing. We are a college family, and we have students who need our services during this troubling time. We are still a place where “You Belong” both virtually and in person.


    Dr. Amy McCormack

    March 12, 2020

    To: CCSJ Students, Faculty and Staff
    From: President Dr. Amy McCormack

    Over the past two weeks, we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We have shared information via email, posted information around campus, increased our cleaning efforts, and prepared for implications. I am in communication with private schools across the state, city officials, and other educational leaders in our region, and I am staying abreast of communication from the NAIA and Indiana State Department of Health.

    As you know from following the news and social media, this is a very fluid situation and we will be monitoring and having conversations daily. As of today, Calumet College of St. Joseph will remain open and continue to conduct classes to minimize the disruption to students. While large institutions in the area have migrated to online instruction to avoid large gatherings of students, Calumet College does not offer classes or host events that require a large number of students to gather in one place. There are factors that we have considered in making our current decision: our classes are small, we do not have residence halls, we do not have a large international population nor any study abroad programs, and because of our size, we are aware of individual experiences and travel. We are not aware of any students that traveled abroad during spring break nor any faculty or staff members that traveled to high-risk areas. We are a small and intimate college community and ask that each member be responsible for self-reporting any known exposure to the coronavirus. This should be reported to Dr. Dionne Jones-Malone, ( In checking the latest information available, there are no confirmed cases in Northwest Indiana.

    There are two activities, which we will continue to evaluate over the next two weeks that I want to highlight. Our only large event where we will be hosting a large number of guests is graduation on May 16th. At this point, we are hopeful we will be able to continue with our ceremony, but we will need to evaluate the situation as the time nears. The other is our planned honors trip the first week of May. We will make a decision on the honors trip no later than March 31st.

    We will continue to seek and share guidance from local authorities, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Independent Colleges of Indiana, as well as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. I want to reiterate that the spread and implications of the virus are unfolding, and Calumet College of St. Joseph will continue to prepare for a migration to online coursework should that be necessary. I ask that you be responsible for your own well-being and those around you. Please wash your hands often and self-report any illness, known exposure to the virus, and any international traveling. As this situation continues to evolve, please check our website for updates on Calumet College’s efforts.


    Dr. Amy McCormack

    COVID-19 Guide