Latest Updates

  • MSU has suspended face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moved to virtual instruction for the rest of the semester. Spring commencement has been postponed. Additionally, campus leaders are urging all units to take every measure possible to encourage employees to work from home. More information and resources for faculty, staff and students are available at remote.msu.edu.
  • The Ingham County Health Department issued an emergency order requiring all essential service providers and businesses to conduct brief health screenings of their workers who continue to report for work. All on-campus employees will be asked screening questions including whether they have had a fever or other symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus. Employees also should maintain a six-foot distance from other employees. More information can be found here.
  • MSU is offering the option to have final grades for this semester transcribed on a satisfactory/not satisfactory scale. Faculty will submit grades as usual to the Registrar’s Office at the end of the semester, and students will have two weeks to decide on a class-by-class basis if they would prefer to have grades recorded on a satisfactory/not satisfactory scale. More information can be found at https://remote.msu.edu/grading-option/.
  • The governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, which suspends in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, does not impact MSU's ability to continue offering classes in alternative and virtual settings or our decision to encourage employees who can do so to continue working remotely. However, it does have a significant impact on members of our community. More information on the order can be found here.
  • The new executive order results in the suspension of construction projects for the duration of the order (April 13). Also, all on-campus research activities deemed as non-essential must stop as well. Please visit vp.research.msu.edu/coronavirus for more information.
  • Human Resources has released information on steps supervisors and employees should take in light of the new executive order including guidelines on determining which employees are necessary and compensation.
  • A university-wide hiring chill has been announced. All hiring decisions must be approved by the relevant vice president or provost, who will consult with the president as needed. At this time, faculty and academic staff hiring processes already begun for Fall 2020 may continue.
  • The MSU Police Department is offering parking rebates to both students and employees for the month of April. Students who are interested in taking advantage of this prorated opportunity can contact the MSU Parking Office; more information can be found at police.msu.edu. For employees, April payroll deduction fees for parking will be waived. No action is needed.
  • Students doing purely remote work should return to their permanent place of residence. But for those not able to go home, we will continue to support students in our residence halls.
  • Events with attendance over 50 people on campus are being rescheduled or canceled. Any exceptions to this must be approved in writing by a vice president or the president. No new events with over 50 people expected should be scheduled.
  • The April Board of Trustees meeting has been canceled. For now, April agenda items will be moved to June. A special meeting will be convened if needed. 
  • All university-sponsored international travel is suspended. University-sponsored non-essential domestic travel also is suspended. For business essential travel, a waiver is required and can only be granted by a vice president or the president through the following form.
  • CATA has suspended all regular bus service.

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.

  • How is the university responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak?

    Campus leaders, including our president, provost and university physician, are meeting daily to manage the university's response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Michigan State University Police Department has activated the university’s Emergency Operations Center, and MSU leaders are engaged with the Ingham County Health Department and local health care systems to coordinate potential response plans for our campus.

    Staff in MSU’s Residential and Hospitality Services as well as Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities are preparing for all possible scenarios of an outbreak on campus. They are increasing sanitization efforts around campus with germicidal disinfectants.

  • Are there confirmed cases connected to MSU?
    MSU learned March 19 of two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus connected to the university. As a community of 75,000 students, faculty and staff, it is reasonable to expect that we will have several cases that will involve members of our community. As cases are confirmed, MSU will work with  local health department officials to assist them in identifying and notifying known close contacts.
  • 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 are not sick but think you have been exposed, you should self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms. More information can be found at the state of Michigan's coronavirus website.

  • Has the university suspended travel?

    All university-sponsored international travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips. Faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students currently abroad should contact the Office of International Health and Safety for further guidance. University-sponsored non-essential domestic travel is also suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips. For more on travel, visit msu.edu/coronavirus/travel-advisories.

  • 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 there resources for faculty, staff, students and researchers as the university moves activities remote?

    MSU has been preparing for pivoting the campus to virtual learning and working. The resource to support all Spartans is remote.msu.edu. This website addresses many commonly asked questions as well and will grow over time as we discover additional needs and create content to address them.

  • Is spring 2020 commencement canceled?

    Spring commencement has been postponed. We will make every effort to reschedule and allow our class of 2020 an appropriate time and place to celebrate their successful Spartan journey.

  • What buildings/services across campus are closed?

    Due to the governor’s executive order, all dining areas across campus have transitioned to takeout only service. Visit eatatstate.com for more information.

    Also, the MSU Main Library, MSU Museum, MSU Broad Museum, MSU Surplus Store, Recycling Center and all IM facilities are closed. The MSU Veterinary Hospital is open to emergencies and critical care only for both small and large animals. Clients are asked to call in before arriving on-site, and a team will triage animals in the parking area.

    Most other services have been moved to a virtual setting. For a list of resources for students, faculty and staff, visit msu.edu/coronavirus/resources.