On-Campus Health and Safety

January 2022 Update 

On December 31, President Stanley announced a delayed in-person start for the Spring 2022 semester. This three-week period of remote learning will start Monday, January 10, 2022 and end Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Should this period be extended, students will be informed via email. 

Read President Stanley's Full Message

If you are feeling ill or have tested positive for COVID-19 and have questions, contact MSU’s COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 or your primary health care provider. 

It is recommended all returning students, faculty and staff test for COVID-19 before returning to campus for classes or work. If you need help finding a test, the state of Michigan has good resources for many options.

Once back in East Lansing, we have testing options at Spartan Stadium and through our Early Detection Program. This is a good time to sign up for the Early Detection Program if you haven’t already.

  • Can I still move-in to my residence hall room on January 9?

    Can I still move-in to my residence hall room on January 9?  

    Yes, spring 2022 move-in will occur as planned. Please keep an eye on your email for updated safety procedures.  

  • If I have an early arrival booked for January 7 or 8 can I still arrive then?

    If I have an early arrival booked for January 7 or 8 can I still arrive then?  

    Yes, you can.  

  • Why is the delayed in-person start being done?

    Why is the delayed in-person start being done? 

    MSU has made the decision to delay an in-person start due to the rising number of cases in Michigan and the country. If we come together and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our Spartan community, we vastly increase the chances of being able to come together safely later this semester. 

  • Will I be able to eat in the dining halls?

    Will I be able to eat in the dining halls?  

    Yes, the dining halls will remain open for in-person dining.  

  • Will there be a refund If I choose not to move to campus until in-person classes resume?

    Will there be a refund If I choose not to move to campus until in-person classes resume?  

    No, refunds will not be offered.  

  • Do I have to wear a mask in the residence halls?

    Do I have to wear a mask in the residence halls?  

    Yes. All students, staff and visitors must properly wear a face-covering in the residence halls. This includes living wings and in-room when more than just your roommate is present.  

  • Can I have guests in my room?

    Can I have guests in my room?  

    Students should consider limiting in-room guests and gathering in groups while studying, socializing and dining. All guests and students must be properly masked while in a group setting.  

  • Will residence hall common spaces be open?

    Will residence hall common spaces be open?  

    Public residence hall spaces will remain open. This includes study lounges, laundry rooms, public lounges and community kitchens. 

  • Will Service Centers be open?

    Will Service Centers be open?  

    Service Centers will operate normally. 

  • Will there be increased cleaning in the residence and dining halls?

    Will there be increased cleaning in the residence and dining halls?  

    The REHS Facilities team developed and implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures for residential and dining facilities to follow. These cleaning and disinfection protocols are based upon nationally accepted practices for responding to COVID-19 as well as those outlined in the MSU COVID-19 Non-Healthcare Facility Cleaning guidelines. 

  • Is Covid-19 testing available on-campus?

    Is Covid-19 testing available on-campus?  

    Testing is available for students, MSU community members and the general public including children. The new testing site is located at Spartan Stadium in Concourse B and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a closure for lunch at 1:00-1:45 p.m. Patients can expect results by 9 a.m. the next morning.  

    Walk-ups are welcome and will be directed to register on-site. To make an appointment, visit NxGen scheduler, choose your date and time and check-in upon arrival.   

    The cost of the test at this location will be billable to insurance for those with symptoms or exposure. 

    More information: https://healthcare.msu.edu/COVID-19/covid-testing.aspx 

 

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Over the last year, REHS has used isolation and quarantine housing for on-campus residents, should students need it. Students who need to isolate or quarantine will either remain in their private rooms or move to Hubbard Hall, if they do not choose to return to their permanent residence.

While the thought of students needing to self-isolate or self-quarantine may seem alarming, it is imperative that we support students that may contract COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols 

The REHS Facilities team developed and implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures for residential and dining facilities to follow. These cleaning and disinfection protocols are based upon nationally accepted practices for responding to COVID-19 as well as those outlined in the MSU COVID-19 Non-Healthcare Facility Cleaning guidelines.

The REHS program has two levels of cleaning protocols that have been used for the past several years within its units. Level one is intended for routine cleaning and sanitizing of spaces, which are not suspect for COVID-19, to help decrease the spread of infectious agents that cause routine cold and flu illness. RHS uses stabilized aqueous ozone as a broad-spectrum daily cleaning and sanitizing. Level two is intended to disinfect highly touched surfaces. Both levels of cleaning protocols are currently being used.

RHS currently uses high-level disinfectant products approved for the disinfection of SARS COVID-19 and included on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

Support for Students 

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the Spartan Community. We also acknowledge that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted certain populations including but not limited to the Black, APIDA/A, Latinx and Indigenous Peoples communitiesMSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services offers impacted students the space to process their feelings and get help if needed. MSU is also host to a variety of affinity-based student groups for those looking for community and student involvement.

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