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Returning to Campus: Students

Student / Parent Informational Webinars

Student Experience Update

Broadcast Date: August 4, at 5 p.m.

During this pre-recorded event, viewers learned more about 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.

Campus & Academics Update

Broadcast Date: July 28, at 5 p.m.

We invite you to watch a special webinar for SVSU students and their families. During this pre-recorded event, viewers learned more about the NEST Plan, which included campus safety updates and modifications to campus buildings, residence halls and classrooms. In addition, updates regarding academics, course delivery and student support services were addressed. Viewers heard directly from our hard-working staff and faculty about the steps they are taking to enhance the student experience and offer flexible learning environments, both in lectures and labs.

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

Return to Campus Booklet

Return to Campus Guide Cover

Students who attended orientation received the NEST Plan Guidebook, which contains helpful information and resources for a safe return to campus. To download a copy, click:

Return to Campus Booklet (8,387KB)

Fall Semester Calendar

Fall semester classes begin, as scheduled, on Monday, August 31. While all instruction will switch to remote learning after Tuesday, November 24, the semester itself will still conclude on Saturday, December 12. Refer to this calendar for other important dates.

Financial Information

Although tuition has not been reduced for online, hybrid or in-person courses, SVSU has provided financial relief by waiving the online instruction fee and freezing tuition rates. In addition, students may wish to enroll in either an undergraduate or graduate payment plan to spread their educational expenses over four interest-free monthly payments for both the fall and winter semesters.

Similarly, students may wish to use the Easy Pay payment plan for meal plans, which allows for payment over the course of four months.

In terms of housing, on-campus students who wish to return home at Thanksgiving will be eligible for pro-rated room and board. 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.

Returning to the Classroom

For some students, previously scheduled in-person courses were changed to a hybrid or online format, but many will still report to a physical classroom.

What will this look like?

Each instructional space has been modified to support social distancing and reduce density. Because of social distancing guidelines, some face-to-face courses will not be able accommodate all students at one time. Therefore, faculty may modify the delivery of course content by using technological enhancements or requiring students to attend class on a rotating basis. Students will be notified of any modifications to their in-person course delivery by their instructors.

It is important to note that, per current executive orders from the Governor’s Office and SVSU’s face covering policy, face coverings must be worn inside the classroom for the protection of others. Those who cannot tolerate any type of face covering for a medical reason cannot attend in-person classes and should work with the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations ( to determine a course of action.

Support for your Online and Hybrid Classes

No matter the class format, students enrolled in in-person, hybrid or online courses use the CANVAS platform for managing coursework. Some courses include an imbedded research librarian and easy access to library resources and help.

Starting Sunday, August 31, students will be able to chat with NEST ambassadors in real time to address any questions they have on tech and virtual instruction. The information and technology NEST ambassadors will utilize the app, housed in students' CANVAS page, to answer students' questions. Ambassadors will be available to assist students:

  • Sunday: 1:00-5:00p
  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00a-11:00p
  • Friday: 8:00a-5:00p
  • Saturday: 10:00a-5:00p

Students can seek additional assistance with technologies here or visit the support services office on the first floor of the Zahnow Library. A list of needed technology resources for students can be found at this link, and those available for check out can be found here.

Library Hours and Resources

The Zahnow Library will be open to the campus community this fall as follows: 

Sunday                          1:00 pm - 11:00 pm  

Monday - Thursday         8:00 am - 11:00 pm  

Friday                            8:00 am - 6:00 pm  

Saturday                        10:00 am - 6:00 pm  

The second floor entrance of the Library will be closed for the Fall semester. 

The Library now offers curbside pickup services for borrowed library items.  Laptops and needed technologies for coursework are available for check out. Study rooms will still be available for reservation, but study room capacities have been modified to support social distancing. To reserve available technologies or study rooms or for more information on resources available visit the library homepage at 

The Library will also have a number of research resources available. As always, students, faculty and staff can access the library databases from anywhere. Librarians will continue to offer both face-to-face (socially distanced) and virtual research consultation appointments and have office hours via Zoom. Group meetings and workshops for database and course research assignments will also be offered via Zoom, and a Library link has been added to the left menu in all Canvas courses for quick access to resources and services. 

The Gerstacker Learning Commons – including the Center for Academic Achievement, the Math and Physics Center and the Writing Center – will be offering tutoring support throughout the semester. Most of the tutoring will take place remotely through video conferencing, but some Centers may offer limited in-person tutoring appointments. More information on the Centers’ services, hours of operation and appointments can be found at   

In addition, the Testing Center will be open for testing by appointment only.  The Center will be offering Accuplacer Placement tests, CLEP exams, make-up and accommodated exams and College of Business CS150 tests. Students wishing to make an appointment to take a test should visit Additional information can be found on the Center's website: 

Settling into Your Cardinal Home

We are pleased to welcome students back to our nationally recognized residential halls. We know on-campus living is an important aspect of student experience here at SVSU, and we’ve taken some extra steps to provide the safest possible living environment for them.

Capacities in residential units have been modified to reduce density on campus, and all students have come to campus equipped with a 14 day quarantine bag in case of emergency as well as an advance plan, which outlines students’ intended response should they become ill or must quarantine. Here are some additional guidelines to be aware of:

Guests and visitors in the residence halls

Visitors are defined as non-SVSU students, and at this time, are not permitted. Guests are defined as SVSU students who do not live in the unit/facility. Guests are permitted within these designated hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Midnight; Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Roommate Agreements may limit guests further. Overnight visitors/guests are prohibited until further notice.

Keeping your residence clean

SVSU facilities staff will increase sanitation of commonly touched surfaces in residence halls, such as elevator buttons, stair railings and door handles. Meeting spaces in residence halls are closed temporarily to support social distancing and discourage face-to-face gatherings of over 10 people, per executive orders from the Governor’s Office. Students will be expected to clean and sanitize their living spaces on their own, as in prior years.

Campus Dining

All campus dining locations will be open to students, faculty and staff this fall. Reduced capacities (50%) and reconfigured dining areas will support social distancing in addition to floor markers and signage reminding patrons to stay 6 feet apart. Face coverings are required in all dining areas unless individuals are seated at their tables and eating.

Carry out options, the conversion of self-service stations to full-service stations and single use portions of condiments and beverages will reduce cross-contamination. More information on changes to campus dining can be found at this link:

Hours of operation for all dining locations are provided on SVSU Food’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages

Involvement on Campus

Although involvement on campus may look different this year, there are still several ways for students to socialize and meet others. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) will still be active and activities that meet current health and safety guidelines, such as outdoor Valley Nights, will still take place. Welcome Week events and other events currently planned for the Fall semester can be found here: 

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

Wellness Resources for Students

We understand that transitioning back to school in the midst of the COVID pandemic can present various wellness challenges. Student may wish to visit the Student Counseling Center for mental health resources and information on telehealth appointments. 

Student, faculty and staff may also take advantage of the Ryder Center by appointment. Students, faculty or staff may make an appointment of up to 90 minutes via this link: 

Students in need of medical attention may visit Covenant MedExpress located at 2970 Pierce Rd. Students who fail their daily health screening due to symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 may be directed to seek testing at this MedExpress location - or at a testing site that is convenient for them - by the Covenant Health Hotline. 

In medical emergencies, always call 9-1-1. 

COVID-Related University Policies

SVSU has adopted a number of policies related to COVID-19 in order to protect the campus communities. These policies are subject to changed based on current executive orders and guidance from local health authorities. View these policies at


Key Definitions

Isolation: Isolation refers to the period of time an individual should remain away from others, because they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine: Quarantine refers to the period of time and individuals should remain away from others, because it is possible they have COVID-19 (symptomatic, awaiting test results and/or have been in contact with someone with a known case of COVID-19).

Synchronous learning: Students engage with course content and each other at the same time from the same or different locations

Asynchronous learning: Students engage with course content at different times and in different locations


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(989) 964-2110

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