Mac Stays Safer
Our Shared Community Commitment

Our individual and community health depends on our choices and actions. Our ability to stay safer is only as strong as our shared commitment to each other. We are asking each of you—students, staff, and faculty—to be flexible and adopt new behaviors to support the well-being of our community and keep each other as healthy and protected as possible. The elements of our community commitment come from the Minnesota Department of Health and other public health guidance. We each have a role to play in our culture of mutual care, accountability, and safety.

The coronavirus does not differentiate an individual’s particular identities, characteristics, or roles. Inequitable societal structures, however, have led to disparate impacts, resulting in higher burdens of illness among members of BIPOC communities and other historically marginalized groups. Macalester College reaffirms its commitment to creating a community free of any form of bias, harassment, or discrimination.

Community Commitment
As part of this community’s culture of mutual care and accountability, we all will:

  • Secure a COVID-19 vaccine or complete the paperwork required for a medical or non-medical exemption. Employees should affirm their vaccination status using this form. Students should upload vaccine documentation using the medical portal maintained by the Hamre Center.
  • Follow the college’s Face Coverings Policy.

Regardless of immunization status:

  • Maintain a physical distance of six feet with people outside of my pod [1]
  • Wash hands regularly throughout the day or use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t readily available
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with sleeve or elbow
  • Comply with signage and move through spaces as directed
  • Regularly monitor for symptoms and stay home if ill or experiencing COVID symptoms
  • Seek testing when experiencing COVID symptoms
  • Follow guidelines to isolate, if tested positive, or quarantine, if considered a close contact or awaiting test results
  • Provide timely responses to assist with contact tracing
  • Follow posted guidance or specific instructions provided by department or programs or facilities (e.g. lab spaces, library, Leonard Center)


[1] A “pod” is a small group (i.e. people that a person lives with and/or regularly occupies space within six feet of each other and only each other, including intimate or sexual contact).