Keeping Spartans Safe

To slow the spread of COVID-19, Michigan State University is directing everyone to take personal responsibility to protect their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of MSU faculty, staff, students, visitors and loved ones. 

As part of that responsibility, all employees and students must fill out the health screening form before coming to campus (students living on campus must fill it out daily as well). Additionally, MSU is strongly recommending that all students living off campus in East Lansing or the surrounding communities also complete the health screening form every day, even if they will not be on campus that day. You will be directed as to whether it is safe for you to come on campus.  

wear a face covering. Cover your nose and mouth in public  Maintain physical distance. Stay at least 6 feet apart.

wash hands often Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer.  Feel Sick? Stay home. Fever, cough, aches, fatigue, nausea? Stay home.

Face coverings

woman walking down hallFace coverings are a crucial public health measure and help protect others by reducing exposure to droplets if someone is unknowingly infected with COVID-19. Wearing a face covering, whether you feel ill or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, is critical to maintaining everyone’s health and safety.

Face coverings must be worn by everyone (including all faculty, staff, students, alumni, 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. If you have a medical condition that may prevent you from safely wearing a face covering, or you would like a clear face covering, you should contact MSU’s Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to begin the accommodation process. Exceptions to the requirement for face coverings will be limited. Read the full directive, including information on compliance and enforcement, on coverings here.

Practice physical distancing

Keep at least six feet of separation between yourself and others when possible. You must avoid large gatherings and crowded events that exceed the State of Michigan’s gathering guidelines, abide by mandated event and business closures and minimize close contact with people from outside your household as well as those who may be sick or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

Practice good personal hygiene

Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing and before eating. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects, such as doorknobs, tables, light switches, phones, keyboards and faucets. Clean your personal spaces and workspaces regularly with soap followed by using an approved household disinfectant.


student walking outdoors with mask

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.


There is no vaccine currently. To protect yourself and others, follow everyday preventive actions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, and before eating (If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as doorknobs
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wear a face covering in public

MSU COVID-19 Early Detection Program

Early detection remains critical to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. That is why the COVID-19 Early Detection Program is a key part of MSU's health and safety strategy. This initiative will help MSU identify the possible presence of the virus in people who are asymptomatic. By analyzing saliva samples throughout the semester, officials will be able to better monitor and manage infections on campus before outbreaks might occur. MSU is asking all faculty, staff and students who will be in the East Lansing area this fall to volunteer and by doing so, you’ll help us mitigate the spread of the virus — the larger our volunteer pool, the better we’ll be able to detect outbreaks. You can read more about the program and enroll here.