Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Jan. 7

Colleagues –

Happy New Year!

As we begin our spring semester during a time of increased COVID-19 transmission, the university has taken several actions to better protect our Spartan community while ensuring a more equitable learning environment for our students and educators. Since our last update there have been several communications that have been shared with students, faculty, staff and our community that are important for you to be aware of and share with your teams. Those are listed below.

Important updates:

  • On Dec. 31, President Stanley announced his decision to start classes remotely for the first three weeks of the spring semester.
  • Jan. 1, 2022, MSU shared it will now require vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test result for entrance into ticketed athletics and arts events.
  • Thursday, MSU HR shared updated quarantine and isolation guidance with all supervisors. These updates are aligned with federal, state and local guidance.
  • Also Thursday, the university updated the Together We Will COVID-19 guidance page for students and employees to inform them of the steps they should take in various scenarios related to COVID-19.
  • Friday, HR shared information with support staff about retirement benefit reductions as a result of the fiscal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which align with those experienced by non-union faculty and academic staff, as well as executive managers.
  • Also Friday, the university also updated its COVID-19 directives to be consistent with new and updated policies related to COVID-19.

Spartan stories:

  • Michigan State University Spartans shined brightly in 2021. We set records in graduation rates, program rankings and sports. Spartans got to the Olympics and got NASA to Mars. We helped develop new treatments and vaccines. Most importantly, we did all this together. Here’s a recap of our successes together, in case you missed it.

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.