On-Campus Health and Safety

Being a part of the MSU community means we all must take personal responsibility in order to protect the health and safety of ourselves and one other. Live On has worked diligently with university partners to ensure campus is safe for all who visit or reside here. This year, first-year students will reside on campus with as many other students as we can safely accommodate. Vaccination rates will influence the extent of in-person activities, and we expect to continue some testing and mitigation measures, but we are looking forward to the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, bustling campus once more. Visit msu.edu/together-we-will for the latest information.

Currently, MSU is planning for a more typical fall start. Read President Stanley's full statement.

A following is a look back in how REHS and the University has kept our community healthy and safe during the ongoing pandemic, and a look forward to the 2021-22 academic year. 

MSU Community Compact

The MSU Community Compact is an agreement by all members of the MSU community to follow health and safety requirements pertaining to COVID-19. These safety requirements include: 

  • Wear face coverings/masks as required while on MSU property (indoors and outdoors)
  • Maintain physical distance of 6 feet when possible
  • Maintain proper hygiene and health practices
  • Complete daily health screening form
  • Participate in weekly COVID-19 Early Detection Program saliva testing
  • Comply with flu vaccination requirement

COVID-19 Early Detection Program

MSU requires all undergraduate students who will be on campus or on university-owned or controlled property for any day during the spring 2021 semester to participate in MSU’s COVID-19 Early Detection Program. All on-campus residents agreed to participate in the COVID-19 Early Detection program when they signed their spring 2021 housing contract. 

2021-22 Housing Contract 

After consultation with the University Physician’s Office, MSU’s COVID-19 medical surveillance and testing programs for the 2021-22 academic year will not involve the collection of blood. MSU is encouraged by the effectiveness of our current testing programs at mitigating the risk of spread, as well as the country’s and the state’s current plan to make COVID-19 vaccinations available to all adults this summer.

Student Vaccination Clinic

As you may have read, MSU switched to providing the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the MSU Pavilion’s student clinic after the FDA and CDC recommended pausing the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

With the change to a two-dose vaccination, students will need to return to the MSU Pavilion three weeks after their first dose. If you plan on staying for summer housing or are able to return to the East Lansing area for your second dose, we encourage you to consider taking advantage of the student clinic at the MSU Pavilion. 

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Over the last year, REHS has used isolation and quarantine housing for on-campus residents, should students need it. This practice will continue into Fall 2021. 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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