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End of the Semester Facts: Students

November & December Reminders

The University has switched to remote learning as of Wednesday, November 18 (see the 2020 Fall Semester Update for some exceptions).

Final exams conclude on December 18. Refer to this calendar for other important dates.

  • All classes as of November 18 take place online. You do not need to come to campus physically to complete or submit assignments or projects or engage in synchronous academic activities.
  • Thanksgiving break will take place from November 25 to 29, during which time there will be no classes.

Coursework / Projects

  • For classes with scheduled meeting times, faculty may continue to utilize scheduled meeting times remotely so please plan your schedules accordingly.
  • If you are engaged in research projects on campus, you can continue to come on campus to conduct this research; however, such on-campus activities are entirely voluntary, should be minimized whenever possible, and must follow all SVSU safety protocols.

Final Exams

  • Synchronous online final exams conducted during final exam week may take place during regularly scheduled times. View the final exam schedule. Please review your course syllabi for details regarding your individual classes and contact your instructor if you have any questions.

On-campus Housing

  • Students who plan to check out prior to Thanksgiving break must schedule a checkout with an RA 48 hours in advance and be checked out by Wednesday, November 25, by 4 p.m.
  • Checkouts begin Monday, November 16, and end Wednesday, November 25. Residence halls will re-open on Friday, January 8, at 8 a.m.
  • Personal belongings may be left inside dorm rooms during this time, but students are strongly encouraged to take home valuables.
  • The amount refunded for early checkout is dependent on the type of unit the student resides in. Students are encouraged to contact for specific details related to their early checkout refund.

Support Services

  • Student support services will continue to be open after Thanksgiving. This includes academic support services such as the Library and the Gerstacker Learning Commons, as well as student support offices such as the Academic Advisement Center, Office of the Registrar and Student Counseling Center. Computer labs will also remain open.
  • The Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations will continue to offer on-campus services after Thanksgiving.

Technology Requirements and Resources

  • Please be aware of all technology requirements needed for online learning (e.g. webcams, software, etc.). Visit SVSU Information Technology Services for procedures on checking out needed technology and software.

Support for your Online Classes

Online courses use the CANVAS platform for managing coursework. Some courses include an imbedded research librarian and easy access to library resources and help.

Students can chat with NEST technology ambassadors in real time to address any questions they have on tech and virtual instruction. The NEST ambassadors will utilize the app, housed in students' CANVAS page, to answer students' questions. Ambassadors will be available to assist students during the following hours:

  • Sunday: 1:00-5:00p
  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00a-11:00p
  • Friday: 8:00a-5:00p
  • Saturday: 10:00a-5:00p

Students can seek additional assistance with technologies here or visit the support services office on the first floor of the Zahnow Library. A list of tech resources available for check out can be found here.

Library Hours and Resources

The Zahnow Library will be open to the campus community this fall as follows: 

Sunday                          1:00 pm - 11:00 pm  

Monday - Thursday         8:00 am - 11:00 pm  

Friday                            8:00 am - 6:00 pm  

Saturday                        10:00 am - 6:00 pm  

The second floor entrance of the Library will be closed for the Fall semester. 

The Library offers curbside pickup services for borrowed library items. Laptops and needed technologies for coursework are available for check out. Study rooms will still be available for reservation, but study room capacities have been modified to support social distancing. To reserve available technologies or study rooms or for more information on resources available visit the library homepage at 

The Library will also have a number of research resources available. As always, students, faculty and staff can access the library databases from anywhere. Librarians will continue to offer both face-to-face (socially distanced) and virtual research consultation appointments and have office hours via Zoom.

Group meetings and workshops for database and course research assignments will also be offered via Zoom, and a Library link has been added to the left menu in all Canvas courses for quick access to resources and services. 

The Gerstacker Learning Commons – including the Center for Academic Achievement, the Math and Physics Center and the Writing Center – will be offering tutoring support throughout the semester. At this time, all tutoring will take place remotely through video conferencing. More information on the centers’ services, hours of operation and appointments can be found at   

In addition, the Testing Center will be open for testing by appointment only.  The Center will be offering Accuplacer Placement tests, CLEP exams, make-up and accommodated exams and College of Business CS150 tests. Students wishing to make an appointment to take a test should visit Additional information can be found on the Testing Center's website: 

Campus Dining

Regarding the recent emergency order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in-person dining will remain available on campus with proper social distancing and cleaning precautions in place. Face coverings are required at all dining locations.

Dining Services will continue with existing hours of operation until Thanksgiving Break hours begin on Tuesday, November 24. Standard and holiday hours can be found at this website: 

Residential students who choose to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break that are not in isolation or quarantine may place an order through Dining Services for grocery-style items to reheat in their rooms while operations are closed.

To purchase these food items, students are asked to complete and send an order form to by noon on Monday, November 23. This order form was sent to residential students the week of November 16 via e-mail.

  • Orders may be picked up in the Dining Services Office, C122, on Tuesday, November 24 from noon until 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment options include meal swipes, declining balance, credit/debit card, or cash at $5.50 per meal. 

Questions regarding this program can be directed to

Wellness Resources for Students

The Fitness Center will continue to operate on a reservation system and will be open 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Nov. 18-19; 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20; 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Nov. 21; 2 – 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 22; 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Nov. 23-24; 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.

The Fitness Center will be closed for Thanksgiving November 26-29.

Starting Monday, November 30, the Fitness Center will be open Monday – Thursday 6:30 – 8 p.m. and Fridays 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. until Friday, December 18. There will be no weekend hours in the month of December.

Students in need of medical attention may visit Covenant MedExpress located at 2970 Pierce Rd. (Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.).

Students who fail their daily health screening due to symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 may be directed to seek testing at this MedExpress location during limited hours - or at a testing site that is convenient for them - by the Covenant Health Hotline.

Always call 9-1-1 in a medical emergency!

Students and employees in need of mental health support and care during this time are highly encouraged to visit

Daily Screening, Testing and Quarantine

At SVSU, we continue to implement and enforce various guidelines and procedures meant to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

All members of the campus community and visitors are asked to complete a daily health screening via the #CampusClear app. and to follow the instructions provided by the app. when results are provided.

Members of the campus community who must get tested for COVID-19 can refer to this site to review possible testing outcomes and test result communication flows. This site also includes quarantine and isolation guidelines for residential and commuter students.

Questions related to your testing and quarantine status can be directed to More general questions can be directed to or (989) 964-2110.

COVID-Related University Policies

SVSU has adopted a number of policies related to COVID-19 in order to protect the campus community. These policies are subject to change based on current guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or local health agencies. View these policies at


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