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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

At this time, we expect the winter 2021 semester to be similar in format to the fall 2021 semester, with the availability of online, hybrid and in-person courses available. However, the first week of classes, from Jan. 11-14, will be online only.


Yes, at this time spring break is still scheduled for March 8-14, 2021.


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:https://www.svsu.edu/cfsc/paymentplans/undergraduatepaymentplan/ 


No, CARES Act funding will not be available for the winter semester.


Whether or not you can switch your in-person classes to online sections for the winter 2021 semester 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 online appointment at: https://www.svsu.edu/aac/.


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 https://www.svsu.edu/aac/.


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?": https://www.svsu.edu/officeoftheregistrar/registration/registration/#:~:text=A%20medical%20withdraw%20can%20be,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.


Bookstore

Like other retail locations, the Bookstore will require guests to wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. The maximum store capacity will be 25 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. The in-store option for online order pick up will be suspended until one day before classes start to help encourage social distancing. Students are encouraged to have their textbook orders shipped to their homes. The Bookstore will be open on Saturday, January 16, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and closed January 17-18.

Rental textbooks will be due April 30, 2021. More information on Bookstore operations can be found at this website: https://svsu.bncollege.com/shop/svsu/home 


Daily Health Screening, Testing and Quarantine

Individuals who experience COVID-19 symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19 should continue to use the #CampusClear app and the Covenant Health Hotline to pursue testing. Those who test positive for COVID-19 must contact our contact tracers at covidreport@svsu.edu.


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 (covidreport@svsu.edu) of their testing status. Click here to view SVSU's current testing policy: svsu.edu/nestplan/policiesguidelines/covid-19testingpolicy


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 covidreport@svsu.edu, you do not have to test.


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 during these hours: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mon. - Sat. and 9-11 a.m. on Sunday. Test results are often returned 24-48 hours after the test is performed. Additional testing sites can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-99891_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 in on-campus testing through Helix Labs will receive their results from the lab 24-72 hours after the test is performed via text. 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 (covidreport@svsu.edu) 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: https://www.svsu.edu/nestplan/policiesguidelines/covid-19testingpolicy/ 


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 contact tracers.


Instructions on how to download and use the CampusClear screen app or web version of the program can be found here: svsu.edu/nestplan/sharedresponsibility/campusclear/.


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: support@svsu.edu.


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

Yes. Standard winter hours for all dining locations will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The POD in both Curtiss Hall and Ryder Center will be closed this semester. 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 https://svsu.campusdish.com/.


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

These include:

  • Reduced capacity, 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 (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: https://svsu.campusdish.com/COVID19Information/.


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


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.


Health & Safety

Visit this link for SVSU's face covering policy: svsu.edu/nestplan/policiesguidelines/covid-19facecoveringpolicyandguidance/


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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html 


Students who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources & Accommodations at accessibility@svsu.edu 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 (accessibility@svsu.edu) 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 intend to do this: https://www.svsu.edu/nestplan/webinar/ 

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 https://www.svsu.edu/nestplan/covid-19reportingdashboard/.


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


Housing & Residential Life

Friday, January 15, 2021.


Yes, but results are not required at check-in. You only need to show that you have been tested 1-5 days prior to your scheduled move in date.


Please send proof of testing to covidreport@svsu.edu


Yes, but we recommend doing so at least one hour prior to your scheduled check-in time.


No, you do not have to register to test during check-in, but you do have to sign up for the Helix portal at this link beforehand.


New winter residents can bring two people to assist them during move in.


Domestic students do not have to "quarantine." However, students are strongly encouraged to visit only the dining halls and on-campus student employment until test results are received.


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 tawk.to 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 svsu_library@svsu.edu for details.


Library

Library hours will be as follows for the winter semester: Sun. 1-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m-6 p.m. However, the Library will be open from Jan. 4-8 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. as well.


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


The Gerstacker Learning Commons – including the Center for Academic Achievement, the Math and Physics Center and the Writing Center – will all be open for student use, although tutoring will take place remotely. More information on the Centers’ services, hours of operation and appointments can be found at www.svsu.edu/learningcommons


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 svsu_library@svsu.edu or (989) 964-4240.


Student Life

At this time, only virtual events are permitted. RSO leadership is encouraged to work with the Office of Student Life (studentlife@svsu.edu) for detailed direction and assistance when planning an event. Student Life staff will notify RSOs of health and safety guidelines in January, when health conditions are more certain for the winter semester.

 


Students can keep up on various campus events by using SVSU Engage (https://svsu.campuslabs.com/engage/) or visiting https://www.svsu.edu/officeofstudentlife/


Yes, at this time, intramural sports are planned for the winter semester. A full schedule is linked here: https://www.svsu.edu/campusrecreation/intramuralsports/ 


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


Apart from a few exceptions, students are required to wear a face covering in all campus facilities, per the SVSU face covering policy. Students who do not adhere to this policy will be given a polite verbal request to comply. If a student refuses to comply with this policy, the Office of Student Conduct Programs will be contacted, because failure to wear a face covering as directed is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.


 

 

 

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@svsu.edu.

 

 

 

CONTACT US.


NEST Info Line

nest@svsu.edu
(989) 964-2110

Undergraduate Admissions

admissions@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4200

Graduate Admissions

gradadm@svsu.edu
(989) 964-6096