Student behavior and expectations

Important update

Beginning Jan. 31 until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, all students living on campus and within the East Lansing area are expected to observe a period of enhanced physical distancing.

Off-campus gatherings

Indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 15 people from no more than three households per a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) order. Outdoor gatherings are limited to up to 50 people.

Additionally, aIngham County Health Department emergency order remains in place prohibiting outdoor gatherings of no more than 15 people in parts of East Lansing.


City of East Lansing expectations

MSU’s top priority this fall remains the safety and well-being of our Spartan community — on our campuses and in our surrounding off-campus neighborhoods. The city of East Lansing has adopted a mask policy similar to MSU’s requirement — all residents and visitors are now required to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors in all public spaces in the Downtown Development Authority District.

Student compliance with COVID-19 directives and local ordinances

While having fewer people on campus certainly keeps the campus safer, our greater community — the city of East Lansing and other communities that host our students in off-campus housing — also deserve to be safe places to live. That is why I am reminding each of you today that we still expect all students, faculty and staff to follow the MSU Community Compact. Wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, monitoring daily for symptoms and avoiding large gatherings are vital.

MSU believes in an education-first approach to ensure compliance with these directives. However, we do have existing processes and policies in place that will be used to reinforce our expectations for everyone in our community.

Additionally, the university will work closely with local law enforcement agencies, the county health department and the city of East Lansing on all state and local ordinances. If a student is reported as having violated one of these ordinances or our campus directives and puts the public’s health or safety in danger, even while in an off-campus setting, the university will follow its General Student Regulations process. Although our first focus is education, students who are found in violation of these directives can face consequences including suspension or expulsion.

MSU is taking these matters seriously and will hold students accountable for their actions.