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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. 

Whether or not you can switch your in-person classes to online sections depends on course availability, but changes to your class schedule are not encouraged after the first full week of classes. You may wish to visit with an academic advisor to explore your options via an online appointment at:

Some in-person courses were moved to an online or hybrid format in July. If your in-person courses were affected by this change, it will be indicated on your course schedule. Because of social distancing guidelines, some face-to-face coureses 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. It is important for faculty and students to support the flexibility required by the the pandemic.

Tuition has not been reduced. However, SVSU has suspended the 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:

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.

We expect to return to in-person instruction for the Winter 2021 semester, health conditions permitting.

We have reduced the capacity of each classroom and removed chairs to meet social distancing requirements. Frequent sanitation of classrooms and use of mask coverings will be required. Additionally, we will utilize a number of larger instructional spaces including Malcolm Field Theatre, Rhea Miller Recital Hall and others.

Some classrooms will not be able to accomodate entire classes, due to capacity reduction in those rooms; faculty are currently developing courses that may be technologically enhanced or may require students to attend class on a rotating basis. Faculty will inform their students of any modifications prior to class. More information on potential instructional changes can be found in the July 28 Student/Parent Webinar:

At this time, we ask that students refrain from bringing food or drinks into the classroom.

Students who must drop courses due to COVID-19 may pursue medical withdrawal at any time during the semester. However, 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 under "What is medical withdrawal?" at:

Quarantine procedures following a classmate's positive COVID-19 test will vary depending on the circumstances. When a positive case is reported to COVID Case Management, 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.

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.

We will be monitoring daily health screening data, the health of the campus and surrounding community, guidance from local, state and national health experts and state executive orders to determine the best course of action for the campus community on a regular basis.

At this time, we are tentatively planning for a graduation ceremony prior to Thanksgiving break. The ceremony will be streamed for online viewing, as we cannot welcome visitors to campus. These and other related plans are subject to change per CDC and state guidelines. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at or visit:


Like other retail locations, the Bookstore will require guests to wear face coverings and maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others. Directional arrows and signs will be posted to help with social distancing. Protective barriers have been placed around each register. The maxiumum store capacity will be 41 persons. Because of this capacity limitation, students are encouraged to order their books from the Bookstore website as early as possible to ensure they arrive before classes begin. In-store pick up is an option, but to encourage social distancing, it is recommended that students have their textbooks shipped to their homes. The Bookstore will remain open after Thanksgiving break and will take textbook rentals back until Friday, Dec. 18. More information on Bookstore operations can be found at:

Daily Health Screening, Testing and Quarantine

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 softward should be reported to:

You can log out and then log back into the #CampusClear app to retake your daily health screening if you make a mistake and hit the wrong button.

No. If you do not intend to come to campus on a given day, you do not need to perform a health screening for that day.

The #CampusClear app will direct you the Covenant Health Hotline, (989) 583-3568. From there, medical professionals will discuss potential options for testing or follow up with a healthcare provider in person or virtually.

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 COVID Case Management ( of their testing status. Click here to view SVSU's current testing policy:

Covenant MedExpress near campus (2970 Pierce Rd.) offers COVID-19 testing. SVSU students and employees who call the Covanent Hotline (989-583-3568) after a failed health screening and are advised to receive testing can do so at this location (8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mon. - Saturday and 9-11 a.m. on Sunday) for a turn-around time of 24-48 hours; patients must have a referral from a Covenant Hotline medical professional. Additionally, the Great Lakes Bay Health Clinic near the Dow Event Center in Downtown Saginaw also offers drive-up testing. International student insurance covers testing at this location. 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 the phone. If you were randomly chosen for voluntary testing, Michigan Health Labs will call you with your result. If you have not received your results from voluntary testing after three days, contact

Yes. We have begun to conduct random COVID testing for faculty, staff and students to address the potential for asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Fifty members of the campus community will be invited to particpate in voluntary testing, which will take place on SVSU's campus in the Ryder Center. Individuals will be invited to participate via their SVSU e-mail address. These efforts are in combination with the surveillance testing already taking place among our Athletics teams.

There will be no cost to you personally. Individuals who are randomly selected for voluntary COVID testing on campus should bring their insurance card to their testing appointment. If you are uninsured or your insurance does not cover the cost of the test, the cost of the test will be covered by other means.

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 is expected to self-isolate and should notify COVID Case Management ( of their test result. Residential students who test positive will be asked to return home. 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 14 days, as COVID has an incubation period of up to 14 days. You must have written permisson to return from quarantine from SVSU Case Managers and/or the Covenant Health Hotline.

If you are a residential student, a Residential Life staff member will contact you regarding meals. If you live off-campus, you should plan to use a grocery delivery service.

Dining & Food Services

Yes. The Marketplace at Doan and all other dining locations on campus (aside from the Pod in the Ryder Center) will be operating this fall in alignment with current state executive orders and guidance from local health departments. All Dining Services staff are committed to ensuring the health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors to SVSU. Hours for all campus dining locations can be found on SVSU Food's social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

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

These include:

  • 50% capacity limitation, per current state guidelines
  • Carry out options and the conversion of self-service stations to full-service stations
  • Single use portions of condiments and beverages (condiment stations, refillable cups and salt and pepper shakers have been eliminated)
  • Required face coverings in all dining facilities and coverings may only be removed while seated
  • Table spacing, floor graphics, signage and line queuing to support social distancing

Additional safety processes and protocols can be found at:

Meal plans will still be available for this semester, and students can still use their meal plans if quarantined or isolated.

Health & Safety

Visit this link for SVSU's face covering policy:

Acceptable face coverings should fit snuggly 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 the CDC website at: 

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 & 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.

SVSU has multiple safeguards in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This parent and student webinar provides an overview of how we indend to do this:

However, it is everyone's responsibility to adhere to university policies and guidelines and keep our campus community safe.

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

Claim your mask during by taking the NEST Pledge (click here).

Housing & Residential Life

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to return to their permanent residence, unless there is an exception requiring use of SVSU's limited quarantine/isolation space.

Whenever staff enter the room, all present need to wear a mask; roommates will discuss expectations for mask usage in common areas and note this on their Roommate Agreement.

Students who choose to go home for the remainder of the semester at Thanksgiving break will be required to perform a full check-out with staff assistance, which includes comprehensive cleaning and turning in their room keys. They do not need to take all of their belongs but are encouraged to take all valuables with them. Students will likely undergo some type of check-in process at the beginning of the winter term in January, but they will move back to their originally assigned room. More information on housing details can be found in the August 4 webinar, located here:

Common areas such as meeting spaces in residence halls are temporarily closed. We are increasing sanitation of commonly touched items such as door handles, elevator buttons and railings. Students will be expected to santize their own living units as in prior years.

Guests are permitted within the designated hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Midnight; Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The Roommate Agreement may limit guests further. Guests are defined as SVSU students who do not live in the unit/facility. Overnight visitors/guests are prohibited until further notice.

We are currently evaluating the potential for financial relief if a student must return home earlier than Thanksgiving break due to illness or unexpected change in course delivery.

Information Technology

Starting Sunday, Aug. 31, 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 NEST 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 tech are available for check out. Students should message for details.


Study rooms will be available for students to reserve, but occupancy for each room has been changed to support social distancing. More information can be retreived from the User Services Desk at or (989) 964-4240.

The Gerstacker Learning Commons — including the Center for Academic Achievement, the Math & Physics Center and the Writing Center — will all be open for student use. Most of the tutoring will take place remotely through video conferencing, but some centers may offer limited in-person tutoring appointments. For more information on services, hours of operation and appointments, click here:

Yes, the second floor entrance of the library will be locked for the fall semester.

Library hours will be as follows for the fall semester: Sun. 1-11 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m-6 p.m.

Student Life

Apart from a few exceptions, students are required to wear a face covering in all campus facilities, per current executive orders from the Michigan Governor's Office and the SVSU face covering policy. Students who do not adhere to this policy will be given a polite verbal request to comply and, if they do not put on a face covering, they will be asked to leave the classroom. If students fail to comply with this policy, the Office of Student Conduct Programs will be contacted because failure to wear a face covering is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

RSOs are encouraged to hold a majority of their events and meetings virtually, but some events will be permitted outdoors and with attention to social distancing and face covering protocols. RSO leadership is encouraged to work with the Office of Student Life ( for detailed direction when planning an event.

The Student Life Office has outlined the following requirement for on-campus indoor and outdoor events to ensure that students can socialize safely: RSO Guidelines for Outdoor and Indoor Events (Fall 2020/COVID Restrictions) Current Michigan requirements for organized outdoor gathering need to follow Governor Whitmer’s Amended MI Safe Start Order issued on July 29, 2020 that states outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 for our Region 4.

Requirements for RSO Indoor and Outdoor Events

  • Supervision: an SVSU staff or faculty member/RSO advisor must be in attendance.
  • Max capacity: outdoor gatherings 100 people. (Changes with Governors orders)
  • Max capacity: indoor gatherings 10 people. (Changes with Governors orders)
  • Must have a plan to control capacity. (One entry point to control numbers)
  • Students/staff facilitating the event count toward capacity.
  • Social distancing of 6ft. must be followed by all participants. (indoor and outdoor)
  • Masks required for SVSU event/gathering indoor and outdoor (includes RSO events)
  • Swiping/take attendance of all participants in case contact tracing is required.
  • Check health screening app #CampusClear for GREEN at the entrance.
  • Required Supplies: Hand sanitizer, disposable masks, floor markings/barriers for distancing
  • Food: Single serving prepackaged food or University food service.

Additional Considerations:

  • Roommates cannot sit close(under 6ft.) to each other.
  • Group singing is allowed with masks and proper distancing.
  • Be mindful that students gathering outside event will give the appearance of overcapacity.

The Office of Student Life reserves the right to cancel any event, before or during, that are not following the above requirements. As well the Office of Student Life can alter approval based on state and university COVID-19 safety phases.

Yes, intramural sport will continue to be available for students this fall. A full schedule is linked here:

A list of on-campus events can be found at

The Ryder Center is open for student, faculty and staff use by appointment only. Appointments can be made for up to 90 minutes, 24 hours in advance at this link: Patrons must follow Practice 5 expectations while in the Ryder Center; this includes wearing a mask while exercising. More information on hours and making a reservation can be found at:




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





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