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COVID-19 Visitor Policy

Approved: 9-9-2020

Limiting face-to-face interactions is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19. At Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), we aim to do this in multiple ways, including the limitation of non-essential visitors, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations. Virtual interaction and programming is encouraged, especially where visitors are involved. 

Visitors are defined as non-SVSU students, faculty and/or staff. 

This policy supports compliance with SVSU’s NEST polices and guidelines, current CDC GuidelinesC recommendations  and State of Michigan directives including current executive orders.  

Visitors are not permitted to enter SVSU’s facilities, including: 

  • The Ryder Center, Fitness Center, Fieldhouse and Gerstacker Aquatic Center 
  • The Zahnow Library 
  • The Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum and University Art Gallery 
  • Bookstore (online shopping is available at  
  • All Campus Dining locations, including Starbucks, Einstein Bros., Papa John’s and Cardinal Café locations 
  • All campus housing (click here to view Housing’s guest policy) 
  • Overnight visitor parking permits are not being issued to visitors of residential students at this time. 

Limited exceptions to this policy include: 

  • Students seeking admission to the University and their families may participate in personal tours through the Admissions Department, with appointments preferred  
  • Vendors and contractors must abide by the applicable policies:
  • SVSU affiliated entities including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Stevens Center for Family Business, the Michigan Manufacturing and Technology Center,  the Small Business Development Center, Professional Development, Great Lakes Bay Economic Club and other programs may schedule events at the SVSU Riverfront Center and other non-SVSU locations. 
  • Guest classroom lecturers that cannot be conducted remotely may be scheduled for internal audiences only and are subject to approval by the dean of the college.  
  • Student Affairs and RSO speakers that cannot be conducted remotely may be scheduled for internal audiences only, subject to the Dean of Students approval and applicable scheduling requirements based on the area to be used. See COVID-19 Conference Center Scheduling Policy. 
  • Outdoor activities in areas that do not require scheduling. Areas required for scheduling through the Conference Center, include:
    • The courtyard, Bell Tower, Lillian R. Zahnow AmphitheatreGazelle Fountain areaJoanne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Gardenthe gardens and area surrounding Founders Hall, Yien Garden, all indoor and outdoor athletic venues (other than Ryder Center, Fitness Center, Fieldhouse and Gerstacker Aquatic Center)and all parking areas. 
  • Meetinginvolving university staff or faculty that are job related and consistent with university business necessity with prior approval of a Vice President or the President. 

Other proposed activities and events must be scheduled through The Conference Center in accordance with the COVID-19 Conference Center Scheduling Policy. 

All visitors must abide by the University’s COVID-19 policies, found at this site: This includes the University’s face covering, social distancing and daily screening policies. 

Visitors will use the CampusClear app to complete a health screening assessment before coming to campus. The directions are available at 

All activities and events must be in compliance with any State of Michigan directives involving maximum attendance either within University facilities or outside is mandatory. 

Individuals are encouraged to call the NEST information line (989-964-2110) to report concerns about visitors; from there a referral will be made to an appropriate administrative official for investigation.  


NEST Info Line
(989) 964-2110

Undergraduate Admissions
(989) 964-4200

Graduate Admissions
(989) 964-6096