COVID-19 Guidance

Based on public health guidance, MSU has created the information below for students, faculty, graduate and undergraduate student instructors, and staff on what steps to take in various scenarios related to COVID-19 exposure, testing and confirmed cases. Please note, these protocols have changed over the past few months and likely will continue to change into the future based on federal, state and local public health guidance. Please check back here regularly for the latest guidance.

 

Students

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19
    1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and do not go to class or any social event while you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. This applies to fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
    2. Call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 for further guidance.
    3. If you are asked to get tested: Students experiencing significant symptoms can request a medical appointment at Olin Health Center. A Student Health Services provider will administer a COVID-19 test as medically necessary. Significant symptoms include:
      • High fever
      • Persistent cough
      • Persistent shortness of breath
    4. Asymptomatic students or students with mild symptoms should use the Early Detection Program for a test. Results are typically returned within 24–36 hours. Mild symptoms include:
      • Congestion
      • Loss of taste
      • Loss of smell
    5. You can also receive a test at any of these locations.
    6. If you live on campus, call the RHS COVID-19 Hotline at 517-884-6862 for possible relocation to quarantine/isolation housing.
    7. Email or call your instructors to make accommodations so that you can continue your coursework during periods of illness, required self-isolation or quarantine. You do not need to tell your instructors specifically why you are ill, self-isolating, or quarantining if you do not want to tell them, but you should make clear to them the number of class periods you expect you will miss.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test result
    1. Regardless of vaccination status, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you test positive but do not have symptoms, you should isolate for 10 days from the day you tested.
    2. Call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 and follow their guidance.
    3. If you live on campus, call the RHS COVID-19 Hotline at 517-884-6862 to be relocated to quarantine/isolation housing.
    4. Email or call your instructors to make accommodations so that you can continue your coursework during periods of illness, required self-isolation or quarantine. You do not need to tell your instructors specifically why you are ill, self-isolating, or quarantining if you do not want to tell them, but you should make clear to them the number of class periods you expect you will miss.
  • If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated
    1. If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated, carefully monitor yourself for symptoms for the next 10 days.
    2. Fully vaccinated confirmed close contacts who are not exhibiting symptoms do not need to quarantine, can attend class, but should be especially vigilant about wearing a mask when they are in public spaces for next 10 days from the date of contact.
    3. If you are not already enrolled in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program (also known as Spartan Spit), consider participating and test 5-7 days after exposure. Anyone enrolled in Spartan Spit is expected to test once a week and may also submit samples anytime and may submit samples multiple times a week.
  • If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated
    1. If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine and call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 for further guidance.
    2. If you live on campus, call the RHS COVID-19 Hotline at 517-884-6862 to be relocated to quarantine/isolation housing.
    3. Email or call your instructors to make accommodations so that you can continue your coursework during periods of quarantine. You do not need to tell your instructors specifically why you are quarantining if you do not want to tell them, but you should make clear to them the number of class periods you expect you will miss.

Faculty, graduate or undergraduate student instructors and staff

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19
    1. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and do not come to campus as long as you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
    2. Call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 for further guidance.
    3. If you are asked to get tested, you can do so through the COVID-19 Early Detection Program, your primary care provider, or at any of these locations.
    4. Contact your supervisor to make accommodations. For instructors who are ill, the unit and college will work with you to provide appropriate coverage for class instruction.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19
    1. Regardless of vaccination status, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you test positive but do not have symptoms, you should isolate for 10 days from the day you tested.
    2. Call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 and follow their guidance.
    3. Contact your supervisor to make accommodations. For instructors who themselves are ill, the unit and college will work with you to provide appropriate coverage for class instruction.
  • If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated
    1. If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine but you must carefully monitor yourself for symptoms for the next 10 days. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and do not come to campus until 48 hours without a fever and without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    2. If you are not already enrolled in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program (also known as Spartan Spit), consider participating and test 5-7 days after exposure. Anyone enrolled in Spartan Spit is expected to test once a week and may also submit samples anytime and may submit samples multiple times a week.
  • If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated
    1. If you are a confirmed close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, quarantine and call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 for specific guidance.
  • If you are informed by a student that the student has tested positive for COVID-19
    1. If you are identified by the MSU COVID-19 Triage Team or the Ingham County Health Department as a close contact, they will contact you and provide you with instructions. If they do not contact you but you nonetheless believe you meet the CDC’s definition of a close contact, you should contact the MSU COVID-19 Triage Team. 
    2. Unless specifically contacted by the MSU COVID-19 Triage Team or the Ingham County Health Department, instructors do not play a role in contact tracing. Unless the Triage Team or the Health Department specifically instructs them to do so, instructors should not tell the students in their class that another student in the class has tested positive.
    3. The student informing you of their positive status may report what actions they are taking or ask for what actions to take. If they ask for guidance, please let them know that regardless of vaccination status, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is instructed to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or date of test if asymptomatic. They will need to call the MSU Triage Line at 855-958-2678 and follow their guidance. If the student lives on campus, they need to call the RHS COVID-19 Hotline at 517-884-6862 to be relocated to quarantine/isolation housing.
    4. Faculty are not obligated or expected to change course modalities to suit an individual student’s needs or preferences. Instructors and their departments should work together to help students who are impacted by the pandemic. Supporting students as they navigate challenges brought on by the pandemic will advance both student success and our community’s health and wellness.
    5. Attendance policies and the repercussions for non-attendance are the prerogative of class instructors. MSU suggests the following guidance related to COVID-related absences. For the protection of the health of individuals and the public generally, faculty should be generous about attendance issues related to student self-reports of exposure or illness.  A confirmed close contact may not be able to provide written documentation of their status.
    6. Unless you are a confirmed close contact or have been specifically instructed by the MSU COVID-19 Triage Team or the Ingham County Health Department, you do not need to do anything further.
    7. To help protect yourself, your family and friends, and our community, enroll in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program (also known as Spartan Spit). Anyone enrolled in Spartan Spit is expected to test once a week and may also submit samples anytime and may submit samples multiple times a week.
    8. For more information on how to engage with students to support behaviors that help reduce exposure to COVID-19 and how to best disseminate and communicate updates, please review this presentation.
    9. For more information on how to successfully enforce classroom COVID-19 health and safety standards, please review this resource.