Recently, the university shared its willingness to bring additional students back to campus, for spring 2021, if they have a need or want to be here. MSU Residential and Hospitality Services have carefully considered how we can safely expand on-campus housing, and we will be able to offer housing to about 2,500 more students.
While we are still committed to providing a welcoming, secure, and successful student experience in our residence halls, please note that there are many health and safety measures students need to adhere to while on campus. All residential students are held to the MSU Community Compact. This includes:
- Wearing a face-covering outdoors, as well as indoors when not in your closed room
- Maintaining physical distancing, and practicing good hygiene
- Residents are also required to complete the MSU Health Screening form each day.
- Additionally, residents will be required to participate in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program
Students residing on campus for spring will be placed in a single room, within a combination of suite-style halls and community-style bathroom halls. While most students in suite-style halls will not share their bathroom, we will offer the opportunity for a small number of students to share a suite. We will look at placing students who are part of a living-learning community near each other, though it may not be in their community’s usual residence hall.
The Residence Education and Housing Services and Culinary Services teams have been hard at work this summer to prepare for your arrival this spring!
This year, move in is going to look a little different than previous years. So, as we prepare for your arrival to campus I want to walk you through the changes that we have made to provide a safe and smooth move-in process for you and your guests.
Health Screening Form
As part of the MSU Community Compact, all students must fill out the health screening form prior to coming to campus. All on-campus residents must complete the form daily.
COVID-19 Early Detection Program
For the spring semester, MSU will require participation in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program for students living on campus and undergraduate students coming to campus during the spring semester due to, for example, in-person classes, labs or work. Residents will complete their Spring 2021 Housing Contract and the COVID-19 Early Detection Program consent form prior to arrival to campus.
Residential and Hospitality Services has announced the decision to develop isolation and quarantine housing for on-campus residents, should students need it this fall. Currently students who need to isolate or quarantine will either remain in their private rooms or utilize the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 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.
MSU Residents: What to do if you're concerned about COVID-19.
Residence Hall Operations
Service Centers operations will have modified operations for spring 2021. If your Service Center is not open, there will be signage about where to go for packages, keys and rental items. View the full list of service center operations
At this time, our facilities team will be responding to emergency requests only. This does not include bed adjustments. To submit a request visit liveon.msu.edu/maintenance
Cardio Fitness Rooms
Due to the State of Michigan executive orders, fitness facilities, such as the IM centers at MSU, have been approved to open by the University Physician. However, due to staffing requirements and increased cleaning procedures, this does not include residence hall cardio fitness rooms. For information on purchasing a membership to IM West, visit https://recsports.msu.edu/.
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. REHS 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.
REHS 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. Below is a list of common, but not all, frequently touched surfaces:
FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES
- Doorknobs & Handles
- Drinking Fountains
- Restroom Dispensers
- Door Push Plates & Crash Bars
- Restroom Partitions & Latches
- Light Switches
- Classroom Desks and Tables
- Restroom Fixtures
- Elevator Buttons
- Meeting Room Tables
- Toilet, Faucet & Urinal Handles
- Classroom & Meeting Room Chair Arms
Laundry Rooms and Study Lounges
All public area spaces will have revised occupancy limits to ensure social distancing while in those spaces. We will also be removing furniture from many of these spaces to help to foster social distancing.
Residents will be asked to wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with provided products that meet the CDC guidelines against COVID-19.
The MSU Union will be open for an alternate study space for you, with access to socially distanced seating and building services, open 7 days a week.