Latest Updates

Academics

  • President Stanley has announced MSU's intention to bring Spartans back on campus this fall. Classes will begin Sept. 2, as previously scheduled. There will be both in-person and online components to instruction. All in-person instruction will end Nov. 25, with remaining instruction, study sessions and final examinations moving remotely for the remaining three weeks of the semester.
  • There will be no fall break. Remote instruction will be available to those students who cannot make it to campus or those who choose not to return to campus for health or other reasons.
  • Freshman applicants for the fall 2021 semester will have the option to go through the admissions application review without submitting an ACT or SAT score. More admissions information can be found here.

University operations

  • The governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, extended through June 12, requires all non-essential employees to work from home. However, MSU will not have a mass return to work once the shelter order lifts. Employees should remain working from home until otherwise directed by their supervisors. 
  • MSU is reactivating on-campus research operations after a new executive order was signed by the governor May 15.
  • As MSU continues planning to begin allowing some employees back on campus, IPF is making every effort to make the return-to-work transition as safe, healthy and comfortable as possible. 
  • MSU health clinics are beginning the process of reopening with extra safety measures in place. More information can be found here.
  • The suspension of all university-sponsored travel has been extended indefinitely.
  • Effective April 28, the university is waiving the 10-day limit for excused unpaid time through the end of May, meaning employees can take unpaid time off without fear of losing benefits. More information can be found here.

Financial/budget impact

  • The financial impact of the novel coronavirus on MSU is already in the $50 to $60 million range for the 2020 fiscal year, which ends June 30. Looking forward to fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), MSU anticipates an additional $150 million to $300 million in lost revenue to the university’s general fund budget and auxiliary units.
  • Furlough and layoff notices have begun going to employees in different units across campus, and negotiations and ratifications with many of MSU's unions are ongoing. 
  • Read more about the difficult budget and employment decisions impacting the campus community.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is COVID-19?

    Public health officials across the globe are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first detected in China that has now spread worldwide. The novel coronavirus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). For more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

  • What should I do if I feel ill or have been exposed to COVID-19?

    If feeling ill, students can contact Olin’s 24-hour nurse line at 517-353-5557 or contact your personal health care provider for health concerns. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician. If you are ill, you should self-isolate yourself and avoid close contact with all others. More information on what do if you feel sick can be found at the CDC website.

    If you think you have been exposed from a close contact, you should self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms. More information can be found at the state of Michigan's coronavirus website.

  • Are there confirmed cases connected to MSU?
    MSU is aware of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus connected to the university. MSU continues to work closely with local and state health departments and follow all appropriate steps to mitigate further spread.
  • What are MSU's plans for the Fall 2020 semester?

    President Stanley has announced MSU's intention to bring Spartans back on campus this fall. To help assess how the university safely accomplishes that, President Stanley has appointed a task force to research return to campus options and to put recommendations in place as we make decisions. If you would like to read more about the task force's efforts, please visit our Reopening Campus webpage.

  • What steps do essential employees working on campus need to take?

    Essential employees working on campus must complete a health screening every time they come to campus. The University Physician's office has provided a form employees must complete before coming to work.

    Employees on campus also must wear cloth face coverings. Supervisors are responsible for providing coverings; more information can be found here.

  • What resources are available for students?

    Congress provided funding for colleges and universities to use as student aid in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19. MSU received $14.9 million and has disbursed all of its allotted funding to 7,844 eligible students. Additionally, 265 other students received $309,991 in emergency institutional/donor grants.

    Additionally, due to the overwhelming number of applicants and the limited resources available, applications for the Support our Spartans Student Emergency Needs Fund for COVID-19 are no longer being accepted.

    A virtual Parents Office Hour was held April 22 via Microsoft Teams. Leaders shared up-to-date information about a variety of topics.

    Other resources for students can be found at msu.edu/coronavirus/resources/.

  • Are research activities continuing at MSU?

    MSU is reactivating on-campus research operations after a new executive order was signed by the governor May 15.

    Please visit vp.research.msu.edu/coronavirus for more information.

  • What is the status of MSU Athletics and upcoming events?

    The MSU Athletics Department is meeting regularly with the Big Ten Conference, fellow athletic directors and the NCAA on the fall athletic season.

    All summer sports camps have been canceled

  • What health care services are still open on campus?

    MSU Student Health Services remains open, and medical visits for MSU students are available at Olin Health Center and require an appointment be scheduled prior to arrival at the clinic. Call 517-353-4660 Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:45 am and 12:45 to 4:50 pm.

    MSU Health Care clinics are beginning the process of reopening with extra safety measures in place. More information can be found here. Almost all locations still offer telehealth visits. MSU Pharmacy offers prescription delivery within a 30-mile radius of campus, same-day curbside pick-up at both locations, 90-day supply and will assist with early refills. To learn about these services, visit healthteam.msu.edu/covid19.

    MSU Health Care is now offering drive-through testing for COVID-19 to the campus community and general public from 9 a.n. to noon, Monday to Friday, in Parking Lot 100 at 804 Service Road, just east of the Clinical Center. Patients will need a doctor's order for testing and a valid photo ID.

    While regular veterinary services have been permitted to reopen statewide beginning May 29, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will maintain its current level of operations in order to best protect its clinical staff, patients, and clientele. This means the hospital will continue to see only emergency and critical care patients at this time. In coming weeks, hospital administrators will begin implementing a plan to gradually reopen the hospital to allow for specialty service visits. Clients are asked to call in before arriving on-site, and a team will triage animals in the parking area. For more information on the revised operations at the medical center, click here.

  • Is MSU canceling all events on campus?

    Nearly all events across campus have been rescheduled or canceled.

    No new events should be scheduled on campus at this time. Any exceptions to this must be approved in writing by a vice president or the president. Please contact the event organizer or venue to for further details, including whether the event is being rescheduled.

  • Are summer classes and programs affected?

    Yes. MSU has moved to virtual instruction for all summer sessions, and new student orientation will be offered online for all incoming students

    On-campus programs for undergraduate students that are unable to be offered online are suspended, including those offered by the Graduate School. Additionally, all MSU pre-K-12 summer academic camps and pre-college programs that are unable to be transitioned online are suspended for the summer. 

    Additionally, all summer sports camps have been canceled.

    Several large events scheduled for this summer also are canceled:

    • Grandparents U is canceled, and participants will receive a full refund. 
    • Youth in Government is canceled for the summer.
    • The Michigan Disabilities Sports Alliance Victory Games is canceled. 
  • Is MSU suspending international and domestic travel?

    The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak is dramatically impacting international and domestic travel. The U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House have all issued travel advisories or declarations. 

    All university-sponsored travel (international and domestic) is suspended indefinitely. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips. 

    No waivers are being given for international travel.  A waiver is required for domestic business essential travel; it can only be granted by the provost, a vice president or the president through the following form and must be approved before a trip begins. In-state travel is permitted to perform one’s essential job duties, but also requires a waiver. Non-essential in-state travel to state conferences or other gatherings should not occur.

    If you have upcoming travel planned through June 30, it is strongly recommended that you cancel your reservations and seek refunds. You also should cancel approved requests to travel in Concur. For those who registered their international travel in the Global Travel Registry, you or your travel arranger should cancel those plans in the registry or send an email to the Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS) at oihs@msu.edu requesting that your trip be deleted.

    If you need further assistance, please contact concurhelp@msu.edu

    This is a rapidly evolving situation, and MSU's recommendations may change. If you're planning future travel, we strongly recommend keeping your travel plans as flexible as possible.

    • For general international travel health and safety questions, contact the Office of International Health and Safety.
      If you're abroad on MSU-sponsored international travel and have specific questions, contact International SOS at (215) 942-8478.
    • If you're considering international travel and you have a specific health question, contact the MSU Travel Clinic.
    • If you are an international student or scholar and you have questions about re-entry into the United States, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

    MSU also has suspended all academic year 2019-20, spring 2020 and summer 2020 education abroad programs. This suspension also includes 2020 First-Year Seminars Abroad. 

     

  • What buildings/offices across campus are closed?

    Most offices and respective services have been moved to a virtual setting, and many buildings across campus are closed to the public. Essential employees can access the buildings they work in with a keycard.

    All dining areas across campus have transitioned to takeout only service. Visit eatatstate.msu.edu for more information.

    The MSU Main Library, MSU Museum, MSU Broad Museum, MSU Surplus Store, Recycling Center and all IM facilities are closed. The MSU Union remains open.

    For a list of resources for students, faculty and staff, visit msu.edu/coronavirus/resources.

  • Are on-campus students allowed to remain in the residence halls?

    Residence halls are open and available to students taking summer classes, unable to go home or for whom MSU is their home. More information can be found by reaching out to the Housing Assignments Office at 517-884-LIVE or liveon@msu.edu.