FAQs

MSU requires students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as receive one booster shot (regardless of type), with limited medical and religious exemptions, as well as online-only exemptions for students only. 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?

    If you are feeling ill or have tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-isolate and avoid close contact with all others. There is no requirement to report your case to the university.

    Students are asked to not come to class if they have symptoms and reason to believe they have COVID-19 and reach out to their instructors for accommodations so that they can continue their coursework. If students have any questions about COVID-19 guidance or protocols, including regarding symptoms and testing, they can call 888-353-1294.

    Employees experiencing symptoms should not come to work and contact their supervisor to make accommodations. 

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

  • Where can I get a vaccine or booster?

    In the U.S., anyone 6 months 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 or booster through the MSU Health Care Pharmacy

    You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster near you by visiting vaccines.gov.

  • How do I get tested for COVID-19?

    Testing options are widely available: 

    • PCR testing at the MSU Clinical Center is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. No appointment is needed. 
    • Students experiencing significant symptoms (such as high fever, persistent cough or shortness of breath) can request a medical appointment at Olin Health Center. A Student Health Services provider will administer a COVID-19 test as medically necessary.
    • Many urgent care centers and pharmacies in the East Lansing area and other communities offer testing.
    • Members of the MSU community 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. There is no requirement to report your case to the university. 
    • Regardless of your vaccination status, if you are exposed to COVID-19, carefully monitor yourself for symptoms for at least five days and then get tested. The CDC also recommends wearing a mask for 10 days. If you are not exhibiting symptoms and test negative, you do not need to quarantine

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

  • Is isolation and quarantine housing being offered in the residence halls?

    MSU is unable to provide quarantine and isolation housing for on-campus residents in 2022-23. Students should have a plan of what they do if they test positive or have close contact with someone who tests positive. There is no requirement of notifying the university.

    Expectations for students who test positive:

    1. Isolate yourself and limit non-essential contact with others
    2. Do not attend in-person classes or activities
    3. Utilize takeout, grab-and-go dining or mobile ordering
    4. Contact medical personnel if symptoms worsen or do not improve

    Expectations for students whose roommate tests positive:

    1. Self-monitor for symptoms, and leave the room when possible
    2. When in your room, limit contact with your roommate and consider wearing a mask
    3. Get a test if you exhibit any symptoms
  • Is MSU offering any COVID-19 treatments?

    The MSU Health Care Pharmacy is dispensing two COVID-19 treatments to both patients of MSU clinics and to members of the broader campus and local community.

    The two oral medications can help prevent severe illness and hospitalization when taken soon after symptom onset. Patients must meet select criteria to receive the medicines.

    To access the treatments, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 will need to obtain and provide a doctor’s prescription. For MSU students who meet the select criteria, they can receive a prescription after testing positive via the Olin Health Center, or they can see their primary care physician virtually or in person and obtain a prescription after testing positive via a home or community test.

    Click here for more information.

  • What are the COVID-19 protocols for athletic, music, art and theater events on campus?
    MSU athletic events, regardless of campus venue, no longer require masks. In addition, the proof of vaccine requirement at indoor athletic venues no longer applies. Wharton Center and other performance venues may still have COVID-19 requirements, such as masking, depending on artist/promoter contracts. Please check with the venue before the event.

COVID-19 vaccine/booster mandate

Vaccine exemptions

Face coverings