Sept. 10: Updated COVID-19 safety information

Dear Spartans,

As we settle into the fall semester, we want to provide an update on several key safety measures regarding COVID-19 on campus. As President Stanley said last week, this is an exciting time, but we know we must be diligent in mitigating the risk of COVID transmission as much as possible.

Face covering directive

First, we want to announce that the indoor face covering directive adopted in early August will be extended as we continue the fall semester. We will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as from state and local health officials. Until case counts decrease substantially, we can expect the face covering directive to remain in effect.


As we review guidance from federal and state officials, we understand how changing rules can be confusing. As of today, the following rules apply if you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who is positive:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms, you must isolate yourself and avoid any contact with others. Please contact MSU's COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 to report and assist in contact tracing efforts. For employees, that means not coming to work. For on-campus students, isolation space will be provided to you. Off-campus students should remain in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, if available. Visit the CDC website for more information.
  • If you are unvaccinated and a close contact to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine and stay home for 14 days after your last exposure. Again, for employees, that means staying home. For on-campus students, quarantine space will be provided to you. Off-campus students should remain in a specific room and use a separate bathroom if available while under quarantine. If you are a close contact and are vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine but should self-monitor for any symptoms.

COVID-19 testing

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should immediately isolate and obtain a test.

  • Students experiencing significant symptoms (such as high fever, persistent cough or shortness of breath) can request a medical appointment at Olin Health Center. A Student Health Services provider will administer a COVID-19 test as medically necessary. Asymptomatic students or students with mild symptoms (like congestion or loss of taste or smell) should use the Early Detection Program for a test. Results are typically returned within 24–36 hours.
  • Employees experiencing significant symptoms should contact their primary care provider. Asymptomatic employees or employees with mild symptoms also can use the Early Detection Program.

Members of the MSU community can get tested at the Sparrow Laboratories clinic in Frandor at the former Sears Auto Center. Test results are typically available within 24 hours. In addition, many urgent care centers and pharmacies in the East Lansing area offer testing as well. The state of Michigan also runs a test location finder.

Game day experience

Finally, we know many of you are excited about the return of college football at Spartan Stadium this weekend. We ask that you abide by all health and safety directives, including wearing a face covering inside any building on campus as well in the concourse section and restrooms inside the stadium.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep our campus community safe.

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

Dr. David Weismantel
University Physician