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NEST Bulletin, August 6, 2020

Student Experience Webinar

Tuesday's Student Experience webinar focused on modifications to student housing facilities and plans for moving students into their residential units; plans for some of SVSU’s traditional events, including those hosted by RSOs; the status of intercollegiate and club sports; modifications to spaces dedicated to Dining Services and the bookstore; and an update on campus employment.

Watch Student Experience Webinar

SVSU intends to provide the best possible answers to questions submitted by viewers. Please submit questions or comments to the following email:

In case you missed it, our previous webinar featured updates on campus safety and modifications to campus buildings; as well as updates regarding academics, course delivery and student support services.

Daily Screenings

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Housing Check-in Dates & Times Available

Monday, August 24 – Wednesday, August 26

Freshmen living in First Year Suites and Living Centers
9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily - see Move-in Schedule for full details

Thursday, August 27 – Saturday, August 29

Returners living in University Village, Pine Grove, or Living Center South
9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily - see Move-in Schedule for full details
REMINDER: Each student will be assigned a specific date and time per the Housing Office. It is important that students arrive at their assigned time to ensure proper health and safety protocols are followed.

Polina Literati

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We are committed to providing students with an enriching and engaging college experience. Hear from SVSU student, Polina Literati, to learn about our dedication to Red Pride and Cardinal traditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I switch my class schedule from in-person to online courses?

Whether or not you can switch your in-person classes to online sections will depend on course availability. You are encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to explore your options. Academic advisors are available to meet virtually to address your course scheduling questions. Contact Academic Advisement Center to schedule an appointment.

Is it possible that any of my courses will switch from an in-person format to an online or hybrid format before the semester begins?

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 courses will not be able to accommodate all students at one time; faculty are currently developing courses that may be technologically enhanced or may require students to attend class on a rotating basis. More information on potential instructional changes can be found in the July 28 Student/Parent Webinar.

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NEST Info Line

(989) 964-2110

Move-in Plans Making News

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SVSU’s preparations for reopening campus facilities are earning headlines. In recent weeks, ABC-12 reporter Mark Bullion has produced two stories about those reopening plans.

This week, he examined plans to move students safely into residential facilities later this month.

View the story

In July, ABC-12 aired an earlier story that examined campus safety measures and visited classrooms equipped for practicing social distancing.

Renee McKinnie, Your NEST Ambassador

Among the NEST Ambassadors who participated in their first virtual orientation sessions this week was Renee McKinnie.

The senior rehabilitation medicine major from Detroit also will be among a group of NEST Ambassadors who live on campus, where they will be tasked with helping the SVSU community adjust to the Cardinal NEST Plan. McKinnie – a member of the SVSU chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority – is no stranger to living on campus. She serves as an RA.

“I like helping people,” she said. “That’s my goal of being an Ambassador and being an RA.”

NEST Ambassadors will serve in a variety of roles on campus. McKinnie will work as a contact tracer. The j ob will involve identifying people and places potentially exposed to someone who later tests positive for the coronavirus.

McKinnie expects she will be a natural fit in the role.

“As an RA, I’m already around students and keeping track of things 24/7,” she said.

Protect Your Coworkers: Wear A Mask

Should I keep my office door closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Generally, yes. Keeping your door closed will require guests to your office to knock, giving you time to put your mask on. This advice will depend on the configuration of your office space.

Am I required to wear a face mask when speaking with someone across the hallways or office suite or in someone’s doorway?

Yes. Per our face-covering policy, masks should be worn in shared, enclosed spaces at all times.

SVSU employees - join us Thursday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. for a virtual town hall which will provide updates and answer remaining questions that faculty and staff may have. Watch your email for details.

Coming Soon! Daily Screening Mobile App

Soon, faculty, staff and students will have access to a mobile app that will make returning to campus an easier process.

Currently, returning workers are asked to fill out an online form that helps determine if they are healthy enough to enter campus facilities

This new mobile app would allow users to easily complete their daily screening using their phones.

A select group is beta-testing the app, and officials hope to make it available to the entire campus community soon.

Keeping it Clean

For those who are returning to campus in the coming weeks will notice an emphasis on sanitation.

Maintenance staff will be regularly deployed to visit facilities, where they will wipe down surfaces people often touch including door handles and hand railings.

When classes begin, hand sanitizer and environmentally-friendly cleaning agents will be available in classrooms. Many offices already are equipped with such products. Members of the campus community will be expected to clean their work and classroom surfaces as part of a shared responsibility to maintain a safe campus.


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(989) 964-2110

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(989) 964-4200

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(989) 964-6096