Jan. 30: Letter to live-on students on enhanced-physical-distance directive

Dear On-campus Resident,  

We have experienced a rapid increase in our COVID-19 positivity rate since students moved back to campus for the spring semester. The increase also is a result of a failure by some Spartans to adhere to our health and safety guidelines. To reduce transmission, we are issuing the following directive: Starting tonight at midnight until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, we will observe a period of enhanced physical distancing. Failure to comply with this directive may result in your removal from on-campus housing without refund and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.  

During this time, you must remain in your residence except for: 

  • Picking up meals from a dining location.
  • Attending an in-person class.
  • Conducting research or going to work.
  • Providing a sample for the COVID-19 Early Detection Program.
  • Receiving medical care.
  • Participating in distanced outdoor physical exercise for two people or fewer.
  • Accessing secure internet

Additionally, you may not have any visitors in your residence hall room, gather in groups in lounges or dine together — this includes suitemates, “pod mates” or “bubble mates.” You also must continue to follow the MSU Community Compact, which includes completing a daily health screening form and participating in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program. 

Please note, due to enhanced physical distancing, campus operations will be affected in the following ways:  

  • Dining halls will be open for takeout and mobile orders only.
  • Residence hall service centers will have shortened hours of operation.
  • Maintenance requests will be limited to emergency services only.
  • All public seating areas in the residence halls will be closed, including floor lounges.
  • Campus IM facilities will be closed.
  • Laundry rooms and computer labs will remain open with enforced capacity limits. 

We must reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our Spartan community. If we increase our distance now, we vastly increase the chances of being able to come together safely later this semester.  

If you are feeling ill or have tested positive for COVID-19 and have questions, contact MSU’s COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 or your primary health care provider.

Sincerely,

Vennie Gore, Senior Vice President for Residential and Hospitality Services and Auxiliary Enterprises, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Services  

Dr. David Weismantel, University Physician