Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - July 31

Colleagues:

Yesterday, President Stanley announced new changes to MSU’s approach to the fall semester to best protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities. This decision was not made lightly, but it is one the university firmly believes is best for our Spartan community. As we have each seen throughout the pandemic, current data on the virus can change quickly and dramatically. Thursday’s data from the CDC necessitated these added measures and we will continue to share more information and details on these requirements next week.

Here's what you might have missed this week on coronavirus-related communications.

Important updates:

  • Last week, the Protect Michigan Commission Tribal Workgroup released a Healing Song video encouraging all Native Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect all generations, youth and Elders, of their communities. Native Americans can contact their Tribal Health Center or Urban Indian Health Center to schedule their vaccine appointment. 
  • Thursday, President Stanley sent an email to all students about the required COVID-19 vaccine survey. Students who complete the survey will win $20 of Spartan cash, and those who answered that they are vaccinated will be entered to win an additional $1,000. A similar email was sent to faculty and staff strongly encouraging their participation. The cash prizes for vaccination and $20 incentive to complete the survey are only available to students.  Responses to the survey are due Aug. 6.
  • Dan Bollman, vice president for strategic infrastructure planning and facilities shared an infographic to help units as they are returning more team members to on-campus and in-person business locations. The document is attached and has many great resources for units to use in the coming weeks as they check back in on workspace locations.
  • Friday, President Stanley sent a message to the campus community informing them of additional measures MSU is taking to keep them safe, including an indoor mask requirement for all individuals and a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all students, faculty and staff.  More details about these new requirements will be shared next week.

Spartan Stories:

  • Anjana Susarla, Omura-Saxena Endowed Professor of Responsible AI in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Broad College of Business, provides ways to identify misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on social media. Read more here.
  • Marie Hopfensperger, assistant professor of health programs in Small Animal Clinical Sciences at MSU, talks with WXYZ Detroit about tips to help ease separation anxiety in pets as individuals head back to in-person work.

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic.

Best,
Emily