MSU Community Compact

Spartan Community Compact



The Michigan State University Community Compact applies to MSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, contractors, vendors and visitors. In return for being part of the MSU community, by this Compact, I am taking personal responsibility in order to protect the health and safety of myself and others. My actions will impact everyone. 

The novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic. The COVID-19 virus is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. There is no guarantee that I or others on campus will not become infected by COVID-19. I acknowledge the risks of COVID-19 and returning to campus, and I acknowledge that I will do my part to protect myself and others.  

Accordingly, as a member of the MSU community, I agree that I will follow these requirements until MSU instructs me otherwise while on the property owned or governed by MSU and while participating in MSU-related or sponsored activities, wherever they may occur:


Face Coverings

I will wear an appropriate face covering over my nose and mouth while I am indoors on MSU property, unless I am unable to tolerate a face covering for medical reasons.    

Physical Distancing

I will maintain 6 feet of distance between myself and others with whom I do not live, to the maximum extent possible.

Personal Hygiene

I will maintain proper hygiene and health practices, including:

  • Washing my hands frequently with soap and water or, if soap is unavailable, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Routinely cleaning and sanitizing my living space and/or workspace
  • Using the bend of my elbow or shoulder to shield a cough or sneeze
  • Refraining from shaking hands

Adherence to Signage and Instructions

To protect myself and others, I will (a) look for instructional signs posted by MSU or public health authorities, (b) observe instructions from MSU or public health authorities that are emailed to my “” account, and (c) follow those instructions.


I will monitor myself for flu-like symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, sore throat or loss of taste or smell). If I experience any flu-like symptoms, I will stay at my place of residence and contact a health care provider to determine what steps should be taken.

Mandatory testing for undergraduate students and Designated CHM, COM, CON and CVM Students 

If I am an undergraduate student and will be on campus or property owned or governed by MSU for any day during the summer semester, I will participate in MSU’s COVID-19 Early Detection Program. If I am a student in the College of Human Medicine (CHM), College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), College of Nursing (CON), or College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and have been designated by my college to participate, I will participate in MSU’s COVID-19 Early Detection Program.

Exposure to COVID-19

If I have been exposed to someone who is ill or has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, I will stay at my place of residence, contact a health care provider and follow all public health recommendations. 

Adherence to Public Health Guidance and Cooperation with Public Health Authorities

I will follow all applicable state and public health guidance, and I will cooperate with public health authorities, including, but not limited to, contact tracing. Further, I have been encouraged by MSU to (a) participate in COVID-19 surveillance and screening, (b) participate in COVID-19 testing, and (c) receive a flu vaccination this fall.

Additional information on these requirements can be found here.

Compact Compliance

Protecting the health and safety of MSU students, faculty, staff and visitors requires the cooperation of all members of the community, not only through personal compliance with the Compact, but to encourage others to comply. 

Concerns about noncompliance can be made anonymously to the MSU Misconduct Hotline at 800-763-0764 or Compact compliance concerns reported via the online hotline should be submitted under the "Health & Safety" section.  

Persons who violate the Compact will be subject to disciplinary action in the same manner and magnitude as violations of other university policies.


Residence Education and Housing Services staff and Student Life staff are expected to educate students regarding the Compact and to promote compliance with it. 

Faculty and Staff

University leaders, managers, supervisors and facilities managers are expected to educate employees regarding the Compact and to promote compliance in their areas of responsibility as well as on the larger campus. 

Additional information on compact compliance can be found here.

Additional guidance

In addition to the compact, MSU has created Additional Guidance for Engaging with Partners and Public Events to further guide partners, visitors, and participants. Those engaged in MSU-sponsored activities and events, wherever they may occur, are asked to abide by the guidelines.

Together We Will