Faculty and Staff

What you need to know

  • While the spring semester will start Jan. 11, the state's extension and broadening of its COVID-19 public health order mean MSU will not resume classes until Jan. 19. All classes will begin online, and in-person instruction begins Jan. 25.
  • The undergraduate semester begins Jan. 11 with a “Reading, Reviewing and Reflection” period that does not include any online or in-person class instruction. Faculty are being asked to provide students with syllabi and course schedules to allow students to have this week to prepare for the semester. More information on academic planning for the spring semester can be found here.
  • Employees who are working remotely should continue to do so for the spring semester, in accordance with direction from their supervisors.
  • Faculty and staff are strongly urged to receive a flu vaccine.
  • If you are on campus, face coverings must be worn (including all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors) indoors and outdoors while you are on property owned or governed by MSU and while participating in MSU-related or MSU-sponsored activities. 
  • All employees must fill out a health-screening form each day they come to campus to work. A guide has been created for supervisors and administrators so they can access screening reports for employees in their units.
  • Human Resources keeps an updated FAQ website for employees, and information on resources for faculty, staff and researchers operating in a virtual setting can be found at remote.msu.edu.
  • For those administrative and academic functions that are deemed necessary to return to campus, a template has been created to help guide them through that process, along with a decision making guide and supporting documents
  • MSU also has prepared a Building Safety Information Plan that serves as the principal safety plan for all buildings on campus. It will be important for each building to share and review the plan with its occupants so that everyone can work together to promote building safety.
  • Expedited processes for requesting temporary accommodations, flexible work arrangements and teaching adjustments have been created.
  • There is updated guidance on university vehicle occupancy to minimize the potential for transmission of the virus while traveling with a group or other individuals.