FAQs

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Michigan State University is requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as receive a booster shot, with limited medical and religious exemptions, as well as online-only exemptions for students only. Additionally, all individuals are required to wear a mask indoors on any MSU property, and MSU is requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test for athletic, music, art and theatre events happening on campus. 

Below are answers to questions about these requirements as well as general FAQs.

General

  • What do I do if I am feeling ill or test positive for COVID-19?

    Any member of our community exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should seek medical attention. If you are feeling ill or have tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate and avoid close contact with all others. You also should contact MSU's COVID-19 hotline at 855-958-2678. More information on what to do if you feel sick can be found on the CDC website.

    Students are asked to not come to class if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19. It is incumbent on these students, as well as those self-isolating and quarantining, to reach out to their instructors to make accommodations so that they can continue their coursework.

    Faculty are asked to be especially empathetic to those who are unable to attend class for a time and to recognize the mental health challenges that students and colleagues may be experiencing. For those instructors who themselves may fall ill, the unit and college will provide coverage for the class instruction and student learning.

    For more information on what to do if you are ill, test positive or are asked to quarantine, visit the COVID-19 guidance page.

  • Where can I get a vaccine or booster? What about for my child?

    Vaccines are widely available in communities across the country and world. In the U.S., anyone 5 years of age and older, including international students, is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It is being distributed via doctor’s offices, hospital systems, pharmacies, grocery stores, county health departments and many other locations.  

    All members of the MSU community age 12 and older, including students, faculty, staff, patients, retirees and their families, can receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy. You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine near you by visiting vaccines.gov.

    The Pfizer vaccine is now approved and available for children 5 years old and older. For those with children who are already patients of MSU Health Care Pediatrics, more information, as well as scheduling options, can be found here.   

    Parents also can contact their local health department or visit vaccines.gov for a location.

  • How do I get tested for COVID-19?

    MSU offers several testing options for members of the campus community as well as the general public.

    • The COVID-19 Early Detection Program is a key part of MSU's health and safety strategy. It is a free, saliva-based, PCR test designed to identify the presence of COVID-19. Anyone in the MSU community can sign up and test weekly (NetID required). Individuals with an exemption to MSU's vaccine mandate (or those awaiting an exemption decision) must take part and test weekly. You can register for the program at go.msu.edu/spartan-spit-register
    • MSU Health Care is partnering with Grand Rapids-based NxGen MDx to provide additional high-quality COVID-19 PCR testing, plus influenza and RSV testing, with overnight results. Testing is available for students, faculty, staff, MSU community members and the general public at Spartan Stadium, through Gate B, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Parking is available in Lot 79. For more information or to schedule a test, go to healthcare.msu.edu/COVID-19/covid-testing.  
    • Members of the MSU community also can get tested at the Sparrow Laboratories clinic in Frandor at the former Sears Auto Center. Test results are typically available within 24 hours. In addition, many urgent care centers and pharmacies in the East Lansing area offer testing as well. The state of Michigan also runs a test location finder.
  • Who must isolate or quarantine?

    The following rules apply if you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who is positive:

    • If you test positive for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms, you must isolate yourself for five days and avoid any contact with others. Please contact MSU's COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 to report and assist in contact tracing efforts. For employees, that means not coming to work. For on-campus students, isolation space will be provided to you. Off-campus students should remain in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, if available. Visit the CDC website for more information.
    • If you are unvaccinated and a close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine for five days. Again, for employees, that means staying home. For on-campus students, quarantine space will be provided to you. Off-campus students should remain in a specific room and use a separate bathroom if available while under quarantine. If you are a close contact and are vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine but should self-monitor for any symptoms. Visit the CDC website for more information.

    For more information on what to do if you are ill, test positive or are asked to quarantine, visit the COVID-19 guidance page.

  • Is MSU tracking the amount of cases on campus and the percentage of people vaccinated?
    Yes, MSU is updating its COVID-19 dashboard daily, which can be found at msu.edu/together-we-will/testing-reporting/.
  • What is the COVID-19 Early Detection Program?

    The COVID-19 Early Detection Program is a key part of MSU's health and safety strategy. It is a free, saliva-based, PCR test designed to identify the presence of COVID-19. Anyone in the MSU community can sign up and test weekly (NetID required). Individuals with an exemption to MSU's vaccine mandate (or those awaiting an exemption decision) must take part and test weekly.

    Note: Some medical students are also mandatory due to clinical site requirements. Those students will receive specifics directly from their college point of contact.

  • I’m not near campus, but I need to participate in EDP. What should I do?

    Students: Online-only students with an approved exemption do not need to participate in EDP. Students attending remote locations such as Grand Rapids or Flint can participate there (outdoor drop boxes are available).

    Employees: Faculty and staff who do not live or work near the East Lansing campus will be directed to an off-site EDP location, or if not available, home tests will be sent to them. Please complete the following survey to enroll for the home testing kit program. Those in the home testing kit program do NOT need to enroll in the Early Detection Program.

  • For mandatory EDP participants, what do I need to do to stay compliant?

    All mandatory EDP participants must:

    • Register for the EDP program.
    • Submit a sample once a week on your selected day, unless you are on leave (such as vacation or using sick time), in which case you must submit a sample upon your return to campus.
    • If you receive notice of a rejected sample, you must submit a new sample that week.

    Failure to register and submit weekly samples (that are not rejected) will result in individuals being referred to the appropriate discipline process.
  • What are the COVID-19 protocols for athletic, music, art and theatre events on campus?
    Michigan State University is requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test for athletic, music, art and theatre events happening on campus.

COVID-19 vaccine mandate

COVID-19 booster requirement

Federal mandate on proof of vaccination

NOTE: The executive order on all federal contractors being required to show proof of vaccination has been paused due to legal challenges. At this time, there is not a deadline for employees to show proof of vaccination. More information will be sent to employees as soon as it is available.

Vaccine exemptions

Face coverings

Students

Faculty and staff