Nov. 11: Required next step for students with online-only exemption

As you received an online-only exemption for the fall 2021 semester, I want to remind you of the necessary steps you must take as you plan for the spring 2022 semester.

Dear MSU Student,

You received an online-only exemption to the MSU vaccine mandate for the fall 2021 semester. I want to remind you of the necessary steps you must take before the start of the spring 2022 semester in order to attend MSU in Spring 2022.

Your next steps:

  • If you are continuing to take online only courses for spring, you will not be coming to campus for any reason and you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, you must re-apply for an online only exemption at
  • If you have any in-person classes for the spring semester or plan on coming onto campus for any reason, you must comply with MSU’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement by being fully vaccinated or applying for and receiving a medical or religious exemption.

Important notes regarding exemptions:

  • Even students who have applied for an exemption must fill out the vaccine verification form to indicate they have submitted an exemption request. Requesting an exemption and filling out the verification form are two separate and required actions.
  • Students granted medical and religious exemptions, and those whose exemption requests are pending or on appeal and are coming to campus must participate in the Early Detection Program and test weekly.
  • Students granted an online-only course only exemption must not come to campus for any reason during the spring semester.
  • Instructors are not expected to offer online options for individual students seeking online only exemptions.

As President Stanley announced last week, MSU is beginning the spring semester with both its vaccine mandate and face coverings directive in place. I strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 so that you can fully experience being a part of the Spartan community.


Thank you,

Dr. Mark Largent