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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus outbreak is changing rapidly. SVSU continues to monitor developments and update this webpage as information becomes available.

Cardinal NEST Plan — Planning for a Successful Fall 2020 Semester

SVSU plans to be fully open and operational for the fall semester, with dedicated faculty and staff preparing for all the requirements necessary to do so safely across academics and campus activities.

"We continue to adapt to the rapidly changing world around us and are moving forward. As circumstances continue to change, so will we. During this difficult time, take care of yourself, your family and our SVSU Cardinal family. We will get through this together." — President Bachand

Important COVID-19 Updates:

  • SVSU planning for safe return to campus for fall 2020 semester. Changes to campus operations are grouped under a new “Cardinal NEST Plan."
  • There is one confirmed case of the virus on campus (SVSU has been working with local public health departments and Covenant HealthCare). Any student who tests positive should self-report to Student Affairs, Any faculty or staff member who tests positive should self-report to HR,
  • Spring & Summer courses will be online. Registration for Spring courses is open and the payment deadline has been extended to April 22. Academic Computing Fee ($79/course) and the Online Course Fee ($44/ for Spring and Summer 2020 have been waived. Students who had already signed up for an online course for the spring term will receive a credit or refund for the online fees they had already been charged.
  • Face-to-face instruction for lecture and discussion classes has been suspended and moved to online or remote instruction, through the end of summer semester, including final exams.
  • Stay Home, Stay Safe. Shelter in place as much as possible and if you must interact with others, practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • All SVSU events, and events organized by others on our campus are canceled.
  • RSOs and other student groups must suspend face-to-face meetings.
  • Residence halls will remain open.
  • The C-Store is open daily from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (maximum of 4 guests at a time) until further notice. Grab-and-go meals will be available for pick-up at the C-Store in exchange for a meal swipe. Marketplance at Doan, Starbucks, Panda Express, and Subway are closed.
  • The Fitness Center, Zahnow Library, and Gerstacker Learning Commons are closed. Library and tutoring services are available online.
  • Faculty and staff are working remotely. There will be further reductions in the number of staff reporting to campus, while maintaining University operations. Consult with supervisor for details.
  • All university-sponsored international travel has been suspended through at least June 30.

COVID-19 Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Learn more about symptoms using the guidelines provided by the CDC.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 virus. The best way to prevent infection is to take simple precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

State of Michigan hotline is 1-888-535-6136, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

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Campus Communications to Date

May 13, 2020 - SVSU announces Cardinal ‘NEST’ plan with New Expectations for a Safer Tomorrow

SVSU planning for safe return to campus for fall 2020 semester

Saginaw Valley State University President Donald Bachand announced Wednesday, May 13 that the university is putting plans in place to safely welcome our Cardinal community back to campus for the fall 2020 semester.

Changes to campus operations are grouped under a new “Cardinal NEST Plan.” The NEST acronym stands for “New Expectations for a Safer Tomorrow.” The Cardinal NEST Plan offers an organized response to potential further disruptions caused by COVID-19. It defines how the university community will manage new expectations that prioritize the health, safety and education of students, faculty and staff.

“We are absolutely committed to providing quality instruction to our students and doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our entire campus community,” Bachand said. “We believe our small class sizes, our caring faculty and staff, and our modern housing and academic facilities provide us with opportunities to make the adjustments necessary for our ‘new normal,’ which includes bringing students back to campus safely this fall.”

The Cardinal NEST Plan includes:

A flexible instructional model. SVSU plans to offer classes that are taught face-to-face on campus with appropriate safeguards. To facilitate safety and in accordance with health guidance, SVSU also is prepared to teach courses virtually by remote instruction, or through some combination of online and in-person.

Investments in realigned technology to maximize instruction and learning in all courses and to facilitate safe interactions on campus.

Students living on campus. SVSU’s residence halls have been ranked No. 1 among all public universities in the nation in the annual “best dorms” rankings by Niche. We will take measures to provide a safe living environment in our modern housing facilities.

Enhanced health and safety protocols to include guidelines such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, increased sanitization procedures, and more. SVSU has enjoyed an outstanding campus safety record for many years.

Education and training of the campus community to understand what safety measures are put in place, why they are needed, and how to comply.

Safe campus dining options. SVSU is working with its dining partner, Aramark, to follow national best practices.

An enriching student experience that includes access to academic support services such as tutoring centers, and student support services such as student counseling, as well as student programming, and social and extracurricular activities that are important to the total college experience.

Access to medical services. SVSU has a longstanding partnership with Covenant HealthCare, including a MedExpress facility located on campus. SVSU also has relationships with other health care providers in the Great Lakes Bay Region, including several comprehensive health systems located within minutes of SVSU.

Testing capacity. SVSU plans to partner with health care providers to provide the ability to quickly test students, faculty and staff, as needed. SVSU also has plans in place to be able to quarantine residential students who test positive.

Contact tracing capabilities. SVSU is planning to train a team of contact tracers to be able to quickly identify individuals who may have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

SVSU’s plans are being developed in accordance with local, state and federal guidance.

“The primary emphasis of the SVSU experience has always been, and will always be, on student success,” Bachand said. “What our students find appealing about SVSU – our small class sizes, our open spacious campus, and our dedicated faculty and staff – place us in a unique position to accommodate social distancing and to have flexibility to adapt to changing demands for health and safety.”

SVSU has a unique ability to accommodate social distancing. The average class size is 23 students and only 5% of class sections have more than 50 students. Many classes are broken into smaller labs and sections of fewer than 25 students.

“Our students want to be back on campus this fall. They are not only telling us that; they are showing us,” Bachand said. “Despite all the challenges students and families are facing, we continue to receive housing deposits at the same pace as last year. We have an obligation to do all that we can to serve them and to establish the proper procedures to allow them to safely return to campus.

“We are doing all of this to ensure students receive a quality education while also maintaining affordability. We already have the lowest tuition among Michigan’s public universities, and I have recommended to our governing board that we freeze tuition for the year ahead. We continue working to expand our commitment to supporting students through scholarships and financial aid, as well.”

Fall classes at SVSU begin Monday, Aug. 31. Students, parents, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay informed of the university’s plans by visiting

April 30, 2020 - Spring/Summer and Fall Semesters
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - End of Semester Updates
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - SVSU student tests positive for COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Update Regarding Spring Semester Course Offerings
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Additional information regarding Pass / No Credit
Monday, March 23, 2020 - Campus Update Concerning "Stay at home" Executive Order
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Update Concerning Pass / No Credit Option
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Campus Update from President Bachand
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Message From Provost to Students
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Campus Update
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Message From the Provost to Faculty
Friday, March 13, 2020 - Campus Update From Provost
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Campus Update
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Provost Update to Faculty
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Provost Update - Remote and Online Learning
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Update for Large Gatherings
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - SVSU Classes
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Provost Message to Faculty
Friday, March 6, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Prospective Students, Parents or High School Counselors

What if I have questions about SVSU or want to speak with an admissions representative?
Our source of income has recently been impacted. I can’t afford to pay the fees for applying, orientation, or housing. What can I do?
How are you handling orientation? Will I still be coming to campus?
I haven’t applied yet but I want to come to SVSU. Can I still send in an application?
Are you extending scholarship deadlines?
Is there a deadline to send in my housing application?
I don’t understand how to send in my transcripts because my high school is closed. What do I do?
I’m a high school counselor and my school doesn’t use Parchment. I want my students to be able to send their transcripts electronically.
My school is considering switching to a different grading system, such as pass/fail or credit/no credit. Will this affect my application?
Because my SAT or ACT retake has been canceled due to the coronavirus, is SVSU considering test-optional admission for students this fall?
How are you accepting my AP and/or IB classes?
Is my financial aid going to change? What do I do if I have questions about my financial aid?
I’m a freshman/sophomore/junior and am just beginning to explore my college options. Where can I find out more and ask questions?

Classes and Academics

Will there be a pass / no credit option for winter semester?
How do I get academic advising?
How do I setup tutoring appointments (including Math & Physics Resources, and the Writing Center)?
I am stressed about all of this. Who can I talk with?
I need assistance with access to a computer and/or WiFi, what should I do?
Does this impact internships at all?
What will happen to students that need face-to-face sessions?
What happens to lab, studio/art and performance classes that need to be done in a classroom?
Is the Bookstore open to return or order course materials?
Will I be able to schedule exams through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (formerly Disability Services)?
As an MSW student, our classes are half role-plays and demos. How we will do those parts?
Are we recalling students studying abroad?

Housing and Dining

Will there be any changes to on-campus dining?
What happens to my mail/packages if I lived on campus but checked out early?
Can I have an overnight guest?

Campus Operations and Events

When should I attend Orientation?
Is University Police and Parking Services available?
Is the Cardinal Food Pantry open?
Will May commencement go forward as usual?
Is the Grad Fair still happening?
Are events/large gatherings/speakers/performances still being held?
Will the Ryder Center still be open?

RSOs and Extracurricular Activities

How will this impact club sports?
Will varsity sports continue? Will fans be allowed to attend sports?
How does this impact my RSO? Can we still meet? I have questions about fundraisers and scheduled events?

Faculty, Staff and Student Workers

There is one confirmed case of the virus on campus (SVSU has been working with local public health departments and Covenant HealthCare). Any student who tests positive should self-report to Student Affairs, Any faculty or staff member who tests positive should self-report to HR,

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