Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - Jan. 28

Colleagues:  

On Monday, the university will transition back to mostly in-person learning as planned. We have a number of measures in place to help create a safer and healthier campus community, including free KN95 masks for students and employees, on-campus testing options, a university-wide booster requirement and the continuation of an indoor mask requirement for all Spartans. As a reminder, if you have still not received your COVID-19 booster please do so soon and update your vaccination verification form by Feb. 1 (or as soon as you are eligible). MSU will host two more booster clinics for students and employees in partnership with the Ingham County Health Department — Monday, Jan. 31 and Thursday, Feb. 17. 

Important updates:  

  • On Wednesday, President Stanley in a letter to the MSU community shared that the booster verification form is now live. Students, staff and faculty are required to update their form by Feb 1. Those who are not yet eligible for the booster have 14 days after they become eligible to comply with the booster requirement. 
  • Following President Stanley’s letter to the community, MSU Human resources sent a memo informing employees how KN95 masks will be distributed. Departments and other units will have masks sent to the mailroom at their official department address by Feb. 1.  
  • Also on Wednesday, the office of the provost sent an email to faculty and academic staff about relocating their classes. Availability for classrooms can be viewed here. If class-assigned rooms need to be altered, the provost's office asks that faculty work with their departmental staff to make the room assignment change in Campus Solutions and notify all affected students of the room change. For any questions or assistance please contact the Office of the Registrar via email at es.ro.classroom.reg@msu.edu
  • Thursday, CATA and MSU Police and Public Safety shared an update on on-campus services. Due to staffing shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CATA has adjusted its operations temporarily and through at least March 6.   Earlier today, MSUPD announced that the university will provide complimentary parking at single- and multi-space metered parking for next week to help offset challenges with the CATA service disruption, and CATA will be sending a Tripper (a floating bus) to held add some capacity to campus routes.

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. 

Stay warm this weekend. 

Best,  
Emily