MSU recognizes all instructors face different circumstances that will impact their ability and willingness to teach in-person. An instructor may be immunocompromised or otherwise at a greater risk from COVID-19, per CDC guidance, or may have household members who are high-risk. If you are at high risk and haven’t notified your chair or dean, please do so as soon as possible if you need an alternative to the planned course delivery method for one or more of the courses you are scheduled to teach in the fall.
Academic units have been instructed by the Provost’s Office to be as flexible as possible with work arrangements. Deans, chairpersons, and directors will not request or gather personal or family health information but have been asked to work with the instructors who request alternatives to the planned course delivery method and to find strategies to meet all responsibilities. If such mutually agreeable strategies cannot be found, the unit administrator should contact the Dean, who will engage Academic Human Resources (AHR) to attempt to arrive at a resolution.
For those of you who will be in classrooms, we would like you to keep the following issues in mind and communicate them with your students.
In addition, Environmental Health and Safety has posted safe return forms and FAQs for teaching laboratories and research.
Registration is ongoing for the Early Detection Program. All undergraduate students living on campus or coming to campus at any point during spring semester 2021 must register. To learn more about Early Detection and Spartan Health Check, please visit the program’s website at https://earlydetection.msu.edu/faq. Additional FAQs that are not related to compliance can be found on the Together We Will site.
At a glance, here are the expectations for students based on their academic status:
Please note, pre-nursing students should follow undergraduate guidance.
All students living on campus and most undergraduates regularly coming to campus for in-person coursework, research, or work must participate in weekly spit testing and daily health screenings (for those days on campus).
Undergraduate students admitted to the College of Nursing as well as all students in the Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary Medicine should follow the guidance provided by their College.
Other students, faculty, and staff in the East Lansing area are encouraged to voluntarily join in this program to play a crucial role in enhancing the health and safety of the Spartan community.
No, all undergraduate students living, working, or coming to campus, or any property owned or governed by MSU, for any day during the Spring 2021 semester are required to participate in the Spartan Health Check program.
Some students may receive accommodation for MSU Community Compact directives, and they should contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) by phone at (517) 884-7273 or by web (https://www.rcpd.msu.edu/).
Yes, any students who have been designated as mandatory must participate even if you have previously had COVID-19.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 while participating in the MSU testing protocols will have their testing paused for 90 days.
If a student missed the January 11 deadline, they must register for the program immediately. Students may receive sanctions in compliance with MSU Student Rights and Responsibilities, the MSU Community Compact, and the MSU On-Campus Housing Handbook for failing to register.
For the spring semester, students need to do the following before engaging in-person with MSU activities:
Students who want to live, work, and learn on campus must participate in MSU testing protocols and follow the MSU Community Compact.
Students who are required to register but do not register and maintain weekly testing will have a red status. If students are red due to nonparticipation, they can receive conduct sanctions that include implications to their housing status, academic probation, or — in extreme cases — interim suspension.
Class attendance policies are at the discretion of the instructor, so the first consideration is how you framed your attendance policy in your syllabus. You should clearly outline the policy and the consequences for not following it.
Recommendations are available on the Keep Teaching website, but in general, instructors should consider the following best practices:
If you have concerns related managing student issues, consider consulting with campus resources such as the Academic Advancement Network or the Office of the University Ombudsperson. You can also contact Dr. Jim Lucas (email@example.com), the area lead for COVID issues in undergraduate classrooms.
For general observations and concerns, you can use the MSU Misconduct Hotline or web system. Information is available online at https://oarc.msu.edu/misconduct-link/index.html.
For more information on how to engage with students to support behaviors that help reduce exposure to COVID-19 and how to best disseminate and communicate updates, please reference this presentation.
MSU has established a set of area leads who are charged with overseeing the COVID-19 response and policies in their designated area. These individuals and units are listed below.
Natisha Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelsey Skinner, Kskinner@msu.edu
Geoffrey Parkerson, email@example.com
Justin Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carla Iansiti, email@example.com
Alice Smith, Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
JR Haywood II, Regulatory Affairs, email@example.com
Dianne Wagner, College of Human Medicine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Small, College of Nursing (admitted students), email@example.com
Kirsten Waarala, College of Osteopathic Medicine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Hamilton, College of Veterinary Medicine, email@example.com
Jim Lucas, Undergrad Education, firstname.lastname@example.org