Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

"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:

  • There are no confirmed cases of the virus on campus (SVSU has been working with local public health departments and Covenant HealthCare).
  • 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 winter semester, including final exams. Michigan Executive Order 2020-21 issued March 23, 2020 did not change this plan.
  • Stay Home, Stay Safe. Shelter in place as much as possible and if you must interact with others, practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Students will be able to select the “Pass” or “No-credit” option for any of your courses beginning in mid-April until after final grades are submitted. Classes and Academics FAQ ⤏
  • 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 Marketplace at Doan will move to a paper form ordering system for take-out options. C-Store is open daily. 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.
  • Campus hotline is available at 989-964-2110. It will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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

March 31, 2020 - Update Regarding Spring Semester Course Offerings

Dear Students,

I hope that things are going well as we work through a very challenging semester. These unprecedented circumstances have been met with unprecedented efforts by the SVSU community and we continue to do our best to support you through this difficult time. In order to ensure that you can continue your education through this crisis, we have made the decision to offer courses only online for the spring semester. Fieldwork courses remain on the schedule, however, please check with your academic department as fieldwork is subject to agency, state and federal policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The schedule has been updated to show our online course offerings for the Spring semester. For those of you who were enrolled in a face-to-face course, you have either been or will be contacted directly to make the switch to online. For those who are not enrolled for Spring courses, the online options have been expanded so this may be a great opportunity to take a course remotely. Registration for Spring courses is still open and the payment deadline has been extended to April 22.

To help you continue your education uninterrupted, we are waiving the Academic Computing Fee ($79/course) and the Online Course Fee ($44/ for Spring and Summer 2020. 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.

We have not yet determined whether summer courses will be entirely online; however, we are monitoring the situation closely and will provide you with updates as soon as possible. Please continue to support each other and take care of yourselves during this difficult time.


Deborah Huntley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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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Classes and Academics

Will there be a pass / no credit option?
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? How do I return my rental textbooks?
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?
I live on campus, do I have to go home?
What do I need to do to move out (Campus Housing)?
Will I get a refund if I move out of housing?
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

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

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Department Contacts

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