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Stay Safe Spartans Will


MSU’s top priority remains the safety and well-being of our Spartan community — on our campuses and in our surrounding off-campus neighborhoods. The responsibility of keeping the greater campus community safe belongs to all of us. MSU, the city of East Lansing and Ingham County work hand-in-hand to ensure Spartans young and old can enjoy the MSU experience and celebratory events. Now, more than ever, we need all Spartans and community members to continue to make safe decisions with the end of the pandemic on the horizon.

Need-to-know messages 

  • No more than 15 people may gather outdoors in parts of East Lansing, including the downtown area, per an emergency order issued on March 4 by Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. A map of the boundaries where this order is in effect is pictured below:

Ingham County gathering order boundaires.

"COVID-19 cases are decreasing, but we are still seeing higher numbers in certain areas of East Lansing. With sports and Saint Patrick's Day celebrations on the horizon, it is critical to keep social gatherings small," said Vail. "We are making excellent progress in fighting COVID-19 but we do not want to take steps backward."

  • Additionally, the current statewide MDHHS order restricts indoor gatherings to no more than 15 people from no more than three households.
  • Those who disregard these orders may be subject to a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months and/or a fine of up to $200 through Ingham county. Under current City of East Lansing ordinance, any person who violates these orders may alternatively or additionally receive a municipal civil infraction ticket, punishable by a fine of $500.

COVID-19 safety reminders for the East Lansing-MSU community from community leaders

Helping friends be safe: Watch out for one another!

  • Most students choose to watch out for friends during celebratory events and make plans to get home safely.
  • More than 9 out of 10 students approve of cutting off a friend who has had too much to drink.
  • More than 9 out of 10 students approve of getting medical help for a friend that needs it.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 students say they would call 911 for a friend in need.
  • Of those students who choose to drink during a celebration, most eat before or while drinking to help limit the negative effects of alcohol.

Michigan Medical Amnesty Information

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Guidelines for staying safe on St. Patrick's Day in 2021. 93% of MSU students watch out for friends in their bubble to make sure they stay safe on St. Patrick's Day.92% of MSU students approve of 'getting the assist' and cutting off a friend before they have too much to drink.