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Campus safety information

Supportive resources for students, faculty and staff

Please view information about supportive resources as well as a list of updated FAQs on campus safety and related matters.

Police investigation

MSU Police and Public Safety is posting verified and accurate updates to their Twitter account. Recordings of MSU media briefings are available online.


10:30 a.m., March 29
Interim Provost Thomas Jeitschko and Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement Vennie Gore shared a message with the campus community regarding the reopening of the MSU Union planned for April 3 and the status of Berkey Hall for the fall 2023 semester. These decisions were made after numerous conversations with key stakeholders including students, faculty, staff and building partners.

10 a.m., March 10
Interim Provost Jeitschko shared a message with educators (faculty, academic staff, graduate assistants and advisors) about returning to campus after spring break, what to expect in the second half of the semester and resources for students and educators.


9 a.m., March 10
MSU Department of Police and Public Safety provided an update to their investigation into the Feb. 13 campus shooting. The update provides a timeline of the shooting, the number of 911 calls received, a copy of the note that was found on the shooter and information regarding supportive resources available to students, faculty and staff.


4 p.m., March 8

MSU HR is providing support staff with an opportunity to hear from senior leaders and each other to discuss plans moving forward and provide input. Community Connections sessions will be held both in-person and virtually from March 15 through March 29. Registration is required for in-person attendance.


2 p.m., March 1

An announcement from campus leaders to the MSU community on campus safety measures. Changes will be made to building and room accessibility, campus monitoring, safety training, and an external third-party review of the university’s emergency response will be conducted.


Feb. 28

Due to harsh weather conditions and the deterioration of flowers and signs left in memoriam at the Rock, Spartan Statue, the MSU Union and Berkey Hall, items will be collected and processed on March 2. Flowers will be turned into mulch and used in the planting of a memorial tree. Other items will be preserved by MSU Archives and the MSU Museum. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate starting at 10 a.m.


10 a.m., Feb. 24

A message to advisors about additional resources on the credit/no-credit option, a new Advising Resource page and a Trauma-Informed Response Training for Advisors webinar on March 3 at 1 p.m.


11 a.m., Feb. 23

The Office of Provost shared additional information about the credit/no-credit option for spring semester.


8 a.m., Feb. 22

Due to the inclement weather expected today and tonight, supportive resources at the Hannah Community Center, therapy dogs and in-person community counselors have been cancelled for Feb. 22 and 23. All virtual counseling options remain available along with standard operations at the Olin Health Center and Counseling and Psychiatric Services.


2 p.m., Feb. 20

A toolkit to assist in the transition to standard operations was sent to supervisors


10 a.m., Feb. 20

Message from the vice president and chief human resources officer to staff


3 p.m., Feb. 19

Message from the Office of the Provost and Graduate School to graduate students

The Office of the Provost shared a 6-Step Approach to Starting Class.

1 p.m., Feb. 19
MSU Leaders addressed the media

10 a.m., Feb. 18
Psychiatric resources for students, faculty and staff
MSU Health Care Psychiatry is providing counseling services in coordination with Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the Employee Assistance Program, Worklife Office and the Center for Survivors.

8 p.m., Feb. 17
The Office of the Provost and Student Life and Engagement sent messages to students and faculty, academic staff and advisers.

MSU is offering a credit/no credit grade reporting option for all 100- to 400-level undergraduate courses for spring semester 2023. Students will have the entire semester to make that selection.

With the number of media representatives on campus, “No Media Please” cards will be available at Spartan Sunday and at welcome desks in buildings.

1 p.m., Feb. 17
Crisis resources for students and employees

Uwill is offering three teletherapy drop-in sessions for students and employees.

  • Friday, Feb. 17, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

A Support Webinar will be available for students, faculty, and staff on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.

Through a partnership with Uwill, students and employees receive free immediate access to teletherapy with a therapist of their choice. Students and employees can select a therapist based on their preferences, with day, night and weekend availability. Create a profile with your MSU Net ID to schedule a session.

8 a.m., Feb. 17
Retrieving personal property
MSU DPPS has all unclaimed personal items from Berkey Hall and the Union. Any students, faculty or staff who still need to retrieve property are asked to call 517-355-2222 to schedule an appointment for pick-up. 

3 p.m., Feb 16
Message from the interim president to the MSU community

10 a.m., Feb 16
Building updates
Berkey Hall will be closed for the rest of the semester. Classes are being reassigned to other locations. Students should expect to hear from their instructors about new locations for their class. It is unknown when the Union will reopen. Police are still conducting investigations at both locations. 

7:30 p.m., Feb. 15
A vigil was held at The Rock on MSU's campus. The recording can be viewed here.

9:20 p.m., Feb 14
Message from the interim president to the MSU community

8:30 p.m., Feb. 14
Property assistance information
Starting Wednesday, Feb. 15, the FBI’s Detroit Field Office and Victim Services Division will be assisting students, faculty, and staff to recover personal items.

Students or representatives of students who were in the MSU Union are welcome to meet FBI employees and victim specialists at the West entrance of the Union beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Faculty and staff who were in or have office space in the MSU Union are welcome to arrive at the West entrance beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 15.

Students, faculty and staff who were at or have office space in Berkey Hall are welcome to meet FBI employees and victim specialists at the East entrance to Berkey Hall at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Each person will be met by FBI victim specialists and special agents who will assist them beginning at check-in and continuing through retrieval of their belongings. 

If possible, please bring a form of identification to the check in. We recognize that student IDs, driver’s licenses, and other typical forms of ID may still be inside the building. Please do the best you can. No one will be turned away without further assistance.

12:30 p.m., Feb. 14
Supportive resources for students, faculty and staff
MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services counselors are moving to Akers Hall, Brody Square and Shaw Hall private dining rooms to provide services. 

Employee Assistance Program counseling is moving to the Akers Hall private dining room. Location information: Akers Hall (CAPS and EAP services) 908 Akers Road, East Lansing. Brody Square (CAPS services) 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing. Shaw Hall (CAPS services) 591 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing.

Community providers will remain at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, with the WorkLife Office supporting. Families can come to the Hannah Center at 819 Abbot Road in East Lansing for support until 9 p.m.

More information about counseling services is available on the Counseling and Psychiatric Services website.

Noon, Feb. 14
Message from Board of Trustees

8 a.m., Feb. 14
Modified operations and canceled classes
As a result of the Feb. 13 shooting on campus, MSU has moved into modified operations through Wednesday, Feb. 15. 

The university will resume normal operations Thursday, Feb. 16. All classes – online and in person – have been canceled through Friday, Feb. 17 and will resume Monday, Feb. 20.

Message from interim president the faculty and accedmic staff

MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services and the Employee Assistance Program are partnering with local providers to offer counseling to students, faculty, staff and MSU family members in need from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Hannah Community Center located at 819 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. CATA is running a small bus, with the header signage reading "SHUTTLE," that will transport individuals from the Shaw Ramp (MSU/CATA Transportation Center) to the Hannah Community Center, and back.

For more information on counseling services available to our MSU community at

2:30 a.m., Feb. 14
Message from Board of Trustees

1:50 a.m., Feb. 14
Message from interim president and chief of police to students

Message from interim president and chief of police to staff and faculty

1:05 a.m., Feb. 14
Shelter-in-place order lifted

MSU Police has announced there is no longer a threat to campus. A suspect has been located and is deceased. Individuals who are on campus and in surrounding areas no longer need to shelter in place.

All classes – virtual and in-person – are canceled, as are athletic events and all other campus activities for at least 48 hours. Supervisors will be notifying designated essential employees if they should report to campus tomorrow. More information will be provided to employees soon.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services and the Employee Assistance Program will be making programming and services available in the coming days. Stay tuned for further information.

12:05 a.m., Feb. 14
Shelter-in-place order update

MSU Police and Public Safety are doing everything they can to assure the safety of our campus. Those on campus are urged to continue sheltering in place. 

All campus activities, including classes, have been suspended for the next 48 hours.  

Unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, employees should not come to campus for the next 48 hours. 

For families of MSU students, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS AT THIS TIME. We will contact you with more information about when you can come to campus.

Please follow @msupolice on Twitter for all updates. 

Feb. 13
Shelter-in-place order
Shots have been fired at Michigan State University and police are warning of an active shooter. This is an active and ongoing situation. The incident occurred at 8:18 p.m. inside Berkey Hall. Police are actively working to secure campus. Suspect is still at large and believed to be on foot.

All persons on campus and in neighboring community should immediately shelter in place and secure the room they are in.

All classes, sporting events and other organized university activities are canceled for the next 48 hours.

Health & safety information

MSU Police

Dial 911 for emergencies; 517-355-2221 for all other questions.

MSU Alert

Register to receive emergency text messages, emails and phone calls.

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Team is responsible for all facets of crisis response.

Student Health Services

General info: 517-884-6546; 24/7 nurse on call: 517-353-9165

Employee Assistance Program

EAP is a confidential, free counseling service for employees. 517-432-0155.

Resources for RVSM, discrimination issues

The university provides resources tailored to a variety of groups on campus.

Counseling & Psychiatry Services

CAPS is the place for students seeking help for a wide range of health concerns.