Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Aug. 21

Colleagues:

With just one week left before students repopulate the East Lansing area and our residence halls, leaders are diligently preparing campus for a safe and health-informed return of in-person activities. RHS, IPF and several other units and colleges are preparing campus for more individuals to live and work in-person and there has been no shortage in important communications with important information for all students, faculty, staff and families.

Here’s your weekly communications update.

Important information:

  • Wednesday, MSU Student Affairs and Services hosted a parent and family office hour to help answer questions from MSU families about the university’s fall semester plans. You can re-watch the family office hour on Teams.
  • Friday, MSU Athletics provided additional guidance on masking expectations for Spartan Stadium and athletic events this fall. Included in their announcement was clarification that masks will be required in indoor spaces in Spartan Stadium. Learn more about these masks requirements here.
  • Also Friday, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Mark Largent sent a message to all faculty, advisors and academic staff with information and guidance around the mask and vaccine requirements this fall. A copy of his message is attached.
  • This week, an appeals process was developed for those who wish to appeal their vaccine exemption denial. You can learn more about the appeal process here.
  • Next week you will receive additional information about compliance in the mandated vaccine information, reminders about the Aug. 31 deadline for information, and new vaccine opportunities at MSU Pharmacy and local Ingham County locations.
  • Lastly, University Communications added a number of FAQs related to our mask and vaccine requirements to the Together We Will website this week and continues to do so regularly. New FAQs are added each day with at least 20 additional FAQs added this week alone, some of which include:
    • Additional direction for clinical faculty and those on leave on the vaccination requirement
    • The appeal process for those who have been denied an exemption 

 

Spartan Stories

  • Morgan Clark, a third-year doctoral student, discusses the learning curve of joining the Reguera Lab during the pandemic. Read more here.

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic, and MISpartan Impact for stories on partnerships and collaborations across the state. Attached is an updated 800 script for you and your units to use when responding to callers or those who have questions about MSU’s response to COVID-19.

 

Best,

Emily