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FAQ on the NEST Plan

We've compiled some of the frequently asked questions about life on campus under the NEST Plan this fall. Additional information will be added as necessary. 

Academics & Instruction

For the fall 2021 semester, SVSU plans to return to 80% in-person instruction. However, online and hybrid courses may be available.

It is possible that in-person classes could switch to an online format depending on the health and safety needs of the campus community, and we are ready to accomodate this change. Because of social distancing guidelines, some face-to-face courses will not be able to accomodate all students at one time, so it may be required for students to attend class on a rotating basis. Students should feel free to reach out to their professors with questions about their course schedule.

Tuition will not be reduced. However, SVSU has suspended online instruction fees. In addition, SVSU has placed a freeze on tuition to assist families during the pandemic. Students may also wish to consider a tuition payment plan during this time: 

Yes. The Academic Advisement Center has moved to remote advising services to allow you to continue to work with our advisors virtually. Contact them to schedule an appointment at

We understand the pandemic is likely to contribute to circumstances that would keep a student from physically attending class. Faculty at SVSU have been asked to be flexible in terms of in-person attendance and to provide alternative, remote activities that give students the opportunity to continue their academic progress if they are unable to physically attend class; students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty members for details on how this will be managed.

Students who must drop courses for medical reasons may pursue medical withdrawal at any time during the semester. Students will be required to provide authorized medical verification of the date(s) they were ill, which must coincide with the term in question. More information can be found at the Registrar's registration site under "What is medical withdrawal?":,attend%20SVSU%20as%20a%20student.&text=If%20you%20have%20any%20questions,or%20989%2D964%2D4085

Students who must miss class due to illness or a failed daily health screening are asked to notify their instructors of their absence immediately and to request information regarding alternative, remote assignments or activities. Students who fail their daily health screening, are quarantined or isolated cannot come to class, per university policy.

Quarantine procedures following a classmate's positive COVID-19 test will vary depending on the circumstances. When a positive case is reported to SVSU's contact tracers, they will work together with local health experts to determine the best course of action for those who may have been in contact with the individual who tested positive. It is worth noting that all classrooms have been reconfigured to support social distancing and masks will be required; these measures are meant to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the classroom.


Like other retail locations, the Bookstore will request guest to maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. The maximum store capacity will be posted at the entrance to the Bookstore. Because of this capacity limitation, students are encouraged to order their books early and have them shipped to their homes from the Bookstore website as early as possible to ensure they arrive before classes begin. More information on Bookstore operations can be found at this website: 

Daily Health Screening, Vaccination, Testing and Quarantine

Quarantine guidance for individuals who have received their COVID-19 vaccination is not the same as for individuals who have not been vaccinated. Here is the SVSU policy:

If any student is experiencing symptoms for COVID-19, they should still notify SVSU contact tracers ( for further instructions.

If a student is directed to get tested for COVID-19 per the results of their daily health screening, they should quarantine while awaiting test results and notify SVSU contact tracers ( of their testing status. Click here to view SVSU's current testing policy:

If you have received only the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, yes, you do need to test if you become symptomatic. If you have received a complete vaccine and can provide proof to, you do not have to test.

Covenant MedExpress near campus (2970 Pierce Rd.) offers COVID-19 testing. SVSU students and employees who call the Covenant Hotline (989-583-3568) after a failed health screening and are advised to receive testing can do so at this location during these hours:

  • 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday
  • 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday

Test results are often returned 24-48 hours after the test is performed. Additional testing sites can be found here:,9753,7-406-99891_99912-531745--,00.html.

Students, faculty and staff who test at the Covenant Med Express location or another Covenant Lab location will receive their results via MyChart or by phone. Participants will receive a card with instructions to register for the Helix portal, where test results will be available about three days after testing and can be accessed at any time.

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 is expected to self-isolate and should notify SVSU contact tracers ( of their test result. Residential students who test positive will be asked to return to their permanent residence to quarantine as noted in their Advanced Plan. Students who test positive should work with their instructors to discuss remote learning options, which will be unique to each class even if those classes are face-to-face. Click here to view SVSU's current testing policy: 

You should quarantine 10 days after your symptoms have begun or after the date of your positive test. Do not return until you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and other symptoms have subsided. If you have been quarantined due to exposure, but have not necessarily tested positive, quarantine for 10 days. You must have written permisson to return from quarantine from SVSU contact tracers.

Instructions on how to download and use the CampusClear screen app or web version of the program can be found here:

Individuals who cannot access the app for any reason should complete their screening via the web version of #CampusClear. Prolonged issues with the software should be reported to:

Yes. You should continue to screen even if you do not intend to come to campus, as the #CampusClear app is the first step in reporting symptoms and getting tested for COVID-19.

Dining & Food Services

All open dining locations will be operating in alignment with guidance from local, state and national health agencies. All Dining Services staff are committed to ensuring the health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors to SVSU. Up-to-date hours for all campus dining locations can be found on SVSU Food's social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and at

Dining Services has several safeguards in place to protect guests to all dining facilities.

These include:

  • Reduced capacity, per current state guidelines
  • Required face coverings in all dining facilities (face coverings may only be removed while seated and actively eating)
  • Table spacing, floor graphics, signage and line queuing to support social distancing

Additional safety processes and protocols can be found at:

Health & Safety

Visit this link for SVSU's face covering policy:

Acceptable face coverings should fit snugly over the nose and mouth. Face shields are not an adequate substitute for a traditional face mask, but neck gaiters that are doubled up are acceptable. Additional information on appropriate face coverings can be found at this CDC webpage: 

Students who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources & Accommodations at or (989) 964-7000 for guidance. Students will need to provide authorized medical verification as part of this process. Students cannot attend class or enter SVSU facilities apart from their dorm rooms without a face covering.

Students who are considered at risk of severe illness, or live with someone who is at risk, should contact the Accessibility Resources and Accommodations Office ( to discuss potential options for remote learning. Faculty at SVSU have been asked to be flexible in terms of in-person attendance and to provide alternative, remote activities that give students the opportunity to continue their academic progress if they are unable to physically attend class; students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty members for details on how this will be managed.

For data on active cases of COVID on campus, visit our COVID-19 dashboard at

Housing Operations

Room assignments for freshmen will be posted on Friday, 6/18/21, before the close of business.

Upperclass and other student categories will be posted on Friday, 7/2/21, before the close of business.

Residents can use the SVSU email search function to contact their roommate(s).

The university is not presently collecting information regarding COVID-19 vaccination status and the university would not be able to disclose the information to others regardless. Students who are interested in the vaccination status of their roommates will need to ask them directly, understanding and respecting that not all people are willing to disclose personal health information.

Guests/Visitors will be welcome again on campus, including overnight, per the Residential Guest/Visitor Policy that was already in place prior to the pandemic. Should the university see a surge and need to respond to protect our campus community, we will enact our COVID-19 version of the Guest/Visitor Policy to restrict guests/visitors.

Check-in for freshmen will be Wednesday, 8/25/21 and Thursday, 8/26/21 for residents in First Year Suites, MJ Brandimore House, Living Center Southwest and Living Center South.  Residents will be assigned a date/time.

Check-in for upperclass students will be Friday, 8/27/21, and Saturday, 8/28/21 for residents living in Living Center South, University Village, and Pine Grove.  Residents will be assigned a date/time.

Check-in materials will be emailed to residents in early August, if not before.

Yes, guests/visitors are welcome back on campus and must to adhere to all safety procedures in place.

Freshmen check-in will be outside in a tent with faculty/staff volunteers invited to assist families in the welcome to campus.  Collings Drive will be closed to one-way traffic for our freshmen days and staff/volunteers drive golf carts to help transport belongings to the front doors of the residential areas.

Upperclass students will check in at the UV 450/PG 7800 community buildings on Friday with limited golf carts drivers to assist.

All families on any day are encouraged to bring hand trucks/dollies to help with any heavy items. Any resident who missed the designated date/time will be invited to the Housing Office on Saturday; no golf carts/volunteers this day.

Yes, guests/visitors are welcome to enjoy our dining locations. Higher volume is expected during check-in week and the first weeks of the semester.

At this time SVSU is not requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  However, the University is continuing to review practices that will allow the safest possible operating environment and could decide to require vaccines for all or certain groups of students at a later date.

SVSU highly encourages all vaccinations to be up to date when living in community.

SVSU highly encourages covid testing if you are not vaccinated. COVID testing will still be offered during the fall semester for the campus community. Case managers continue to service the SVSU community and any concerns/questions can be sent to

Click here for SVSU's current/updated mask policy.

The university highly encourages residents to wear masks within their living space if the residents are not vaccinated until 14 days have past.  The university encourages mask wearing again when there are significant time spent away from each other (i.e. Thanksgiving/Winter break/Spring Break) if residents are not vaccinated.

Information Technology

Students will be able to chat with NEST Ambassadors in real time to address any questions they have on technology and virtual instruction. The Information & Technology Ambassadors will utilize the app, housed in students' CANVAS page, to answer students' questions. Ambassadors will be available to assist students: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Yes, laptops and other needed technologies are available for check out. Students should message for details.

Student Life

Virtual events are still highly encouraged, and RSO leadership should work with the Office of Student Life ( for detailed direction and assistance when planning an event. However, RSOs are presently allowed to meet indoors within certain guidelines and with an advisor in attendance. Click here for a full list of guidelines and available indoor meeting locations.


Students can keep up on various campus events by using SVSU Engage ( or visiting

The Fitness Center will continue to operate on a reservation system. Up-to-date hours of operation can be found at this link: 




All answers to questions included on this FAQ page are subject to change depending on current state executive orders and health guidance from experts at the local, state and national levels regarding COVID-19. Our goal is to provide the most accurate information available; if you have more questions, contact SVSU at





NEST Info Line
(989) 964-2110

Undergraduate Admissions
(989) 964-4200

Graduate Admissions
(989) 964-6096