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Campus Life & Events

While campus life looks and feels different this year, we strive to provide unique, rich and transformational student life experiences.  

How is a "gathering" defined?

A “gathering” brings together two or more persons at the same time for a discrete, shared or group experience in a single room, space or place such as a residence, park, auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting room, classroom, or other indoor or outdoor space. However, it does not include situations when residents of the same residence hall room, cottage or apartment are together in their own assigned living spaces.  It should be noted that ALL events are defined as a gathering and should adhere to the guidance found below.

PLANNING RESOURCES

Guidance for All Gatherings
  • Required physical distancing: 6 feet of space must be maintained at all times.
  • Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times indoors or when outdoors and you cannot continually maintain 6 feet of spacing from others.
  • Discourage handshakes, hugs, and other physical contacts.
  • Pre-configured layouts will not be changed and additional seating/capacity will not be added. Rooms have been configured for 6 feet physical distancing and should not be altered.
  • All food and beverages at gatherings must be either (1) provided by Hope College Dining Services; or (2) brought by each individual attendee. Food/beverage cannot be provided to the group by an outside entity, the organizer, or other attendees. For more information see below.
  • Hand sanitizer stations need to be provided for each event. Most venues at Hope College have hand sanitizer stations already in place, but you should double-check your space. If a hand sanitizer station is not present, please request one from the Physical Plant at least 48 hours ahead of time.
  • Unless in a large space (outdoors, Jack H. Miller Concert, Knickerbocker Theatre) please be sure to wipe down all seats and tables with the cleaning items at the venue once your event is finished.
  • People from outside the Hope community cannot be invited to attend an event at this time.
  • Events that feature an outside performer or speaker should be avoided. If necessary, student groups should seek permission from studentlife@hope.edu and academic events should seek permission from the Academic Planning Subcommittee by completing the Guest Speakers and Curricular/Co-curricular Events Request form. Organizers should not publicize the event until approval is received.
Guidance for Standard Gatherings: 10 or Less (Indoors) & 100 or Less (Outdoors)
  • Standard events do not require approval, except that gatherings in reservable spaces must be reserved through the Events and Conferenes Office using their standard processes and lead-time requirements. For more information, see below.
  • For Standard Gatherings with a named organizer:
    • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that the size of the gathering does not exceed 10 persons (if indoors) or 100 persons (if outdoors). If those limits are exceeded, the organizer must immediately discontinue the event and disperse all attendees.
    • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that all attendees maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times, including by designing the gathering to encourage and maintain distancing.
    • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that the space is cleaned in the COVID-recommended manner prior to the gathering.
  • For Standard Gatherings without a named organizer:
    • All attendees are individually responsible for ensuring that they are not participating in a gathering that exceeds 10 persons (if indoors) or 100 persons (if outdoors). If those limits are exceeded, all attendees must disperse.
    • All attendees are individually responsible for ensuring they maintain six feet distance from others at all times.
    • All attendees are individually responsible for ensuring they wear a face coverings over their nose and mouth:
      • When indoors, at all times.
      • When outdoors, at all times when six foot distancing from all others cannot be continually maintained.
    • All attendees are individually responsible for ensuring that their space is cleaned in the COVID-recommended manner prior to the gathering.
Guidance for Large Gatherings: More than 10 (Indoors) or More than 100 (Outdoors)
  • Larger gatherings may not take place at a residence (including residence halls, cottages, and apartments).
  • Larger gatherings must be requested through and approved by the Events and Conferences Office (ECO) using their standard processes and lead-time requirements.  For more information see below.
    • A named individual who will be present at the event must be designated as the “organizer.”
    • A maximum possible attendance for the event will be included with the request, and consideration of approval will be made based on an anticipation of full attendance.
    • Where additional COVID-specific consideration is needed, ECO will consult with the Safety, Health, and Operations Subcommittee prior to approval.
    • ECO will communicate with the organizer indicating the approval or denial of the gathering.
    • Only campus locations that have been previously configured for COVID capacity and safeguards may be approved until at least October 31. Shortly before this date, this parameter will be reviewed in light of campus conditions and public health guidance and may be modified as possible/necessary.
  • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that the size of the gathering does not exceed the maximum attendance included with the request. In the event the maximum attendance is exceeded, the organizer must immediately discontinue the event, disperse all attendees, and notify the ECO.
  • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that all attendees maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times, including by designing the gathering to encourage and maintain distancing.
  • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that all attendees wear a face covering covering the nose and mouth:
    • When indoors, at all times.
    • When outdoors, when six foot distancing from all others cannot be continually maintained
  • The organizer is responsible for ensuring that the approved space is cleaned in the COVID-recommended manner prior to the gathering/event.
Thinking of organizing an event?

Use this event planning document to start planning!

COVID-19 Event Planning Document

Thinking of taking a group off-campus?

The college's Risk and Responsiblity Committee will need to approve all off-campus, college-sponsored group travel, whether local, regional or national travel. Please email risk@hope.edu.

Academic Events and Guest Speakers

Given heightened risks associated with bringing off-campus individuals into the campus community and increased demand for large meeting spaces, the Steering Committee and Academic Planning Subcommittee strongly recommend that events and classes featuring guest speakers be held virtually or postponed to later semesters/years. This recommendation is in accordance with current CDC guidelines and gives Hope College the greatest chance of healthy operations throughout the semester. If a department or academic program wishes to postpone annual events until a later semester they can discuss carrying over event budgets with the dean or the provost.

In a situation where an on-campus guest speaker/visitor is essential to the functioning of the sponsoring program (e.g., academic accreditation), programs should first email their divisional dean and department chair to inform them about the proposed event or proposed speaker/guest and then to discuss the appropriateness and necessity of the event or visitor. If the dean, chair and faculty agree that it is essential to pursue the event or invite the visitor, the faculty member must request to host an external speaker/visitor to the APS via the Guest Speakers and Curricular/Co-curricular Events Request form. The APS will provide an answer to the request within a week of its submission. Faculty should not schedule additional out-of-town speakers until completing this process and receiving approval.

Make a reservation

The Events and Conference Office will review your reservation and help you prepare for a safe and healthy gathering.

Reserve a virtual event in EMS
We know that many events will take place virtually this year, so we have added an “online building” with a “virtual” room to the list of reservable spaces on campus. When making your virtual reservation, you will be able to request that your event appears on the campus calendar and also request assistance with video streaming/recording platforms as well as other technical resources.

EMS

How many guests will be in attendance?
If the gathering guidelines allow for it and your event has more than 10 people in attendance, please make your reservation 72 hours in advance so we can ensure you have all of the necessary resources to make it safe and healthy for your guests.

 COVID ROOM CAPACITIES?
For a complete listing of spaces available for reservations along with their COVID capacities, click here. 

Are you having food at your event or meeting?

Although virtual meetings are being encouraged whenever possible, there may be times when in-person meetings are scheduled. If these meetings will include catering support, please follow the usual protocol by reserving space for your meeting in EMS and indicate that you desire catering support. The catering office will contact you to work out the details.

All guidelines and directives put forth by the State of Michigan and the CDC will be followed. For now, this means we are limiting support to pre-packaged meals, snacks and bottled beverages. We will, of course, offer more options as allowed and appropriate.

Visit the Creative Dining Services catering website to place your order.

Guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone

  • Food preparation and service:
    1. Have all food and drinks individually packaged (boxed meals, individual cans or bottles, pre-wrapped utensils, etc.)
    2. Guests may bring their own “grab and go” meals from one of the campus dining facilities.
    3. It is recommended that groups stay on campus for meals to reduce the risk associated with eating in restaurants
  • Ask guests to use hand sanitizer or wash hands before and after eating
  • Ask guests to dispose of their own garbage

Upcoming and Current Events

Commencement
COMMENCEMENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2020 WILL BE MAY 2021

Our team made a valiant attempt to plan a commencement ceremony in August, but in the end we determined it was not going to be the proper celebration our students have earned and deserve. For this reason, we have decided to further postpone in-person commencement for the Class of 2020 to May 2021. For the full message from President Scogin to recent graduates and their families, please visit the Commencement website.