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NEST Bulletin, June 25, 2020

Mask and Face Covering Requirements

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In SVSU’s continuing efforts to protect and promote the health and safety of all who come to SVSU and to comply with the State of Michigan Executive Orders and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance, the following requirements are effective immediately until further notice, and are subject to updates:

Non-medical grade face coverings/masks are required in any enclosed public space, unless an individual cannot medically tolerate a face covering.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear a face-covering/mask in the following indoor locations and when conducting certain activities:

  • All retail stores, such as the bookstore.
  • All campus dining units, except while seated.
  • Any hallway.
  • Public waiting or reception areas.
  • Public restrooms.
  • Classrooms, conference rooms and other shared spaces when two or more people are gathered.
  • Cubicles, reception areas and other open workspaces.
  • All in-person meetings.
  • Construction/renovation projects. This applies to all University employees who work on projects. The SVSU Office of Facility Planning and Construction Projects managers must also ensure that all external contractor personnel wears face coverings.
  • All vendors visiting or making deliveries to offices or other indoor locations.
  • Whenever it is not possible to consistently maintain 6 feet of separation from other individuals for short periods of time, both indoors and outdoors.

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Fall Semester to Finish Online After Thanksgiving break

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The final two weeks of the fall 2020 semester will be conducted through online and remote instruction, so that students do not need to return to campus after Thanksgiving break. SVSU will begin its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 31, as scheduled.

“We want our students, faculty and staff to be safe, and this is one prudent measure we can take to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 in the event of a late fall resurgence,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU president. “Most on-campus operations will continue, and we plan for academic and student support services, such as Zahnow Library, to be open after Thanksgiving, following appropriate health and safety protocols.”

SVSU plans to return for face-to-face instruction for the winter 2021 semester, subject to health conditions at the time. We made the decision now to move the end of the fall semester online to allow students and faculty to prepare accordingly and thus avoid the disruption some experienced this past spring.

We anticipate that students who choose to return to their residence halls after Thanksgiving break will be allowed to do so. Students who check out of their residence halls prior to Thanksgiving will be eligible for partial refunds.


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