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August 13 updated SVSU mask guidance

August 13, 2021

Dear SVSU community,

We continue to monitor changing health conditions and adjust accordingly. We are now taking additional steps in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, based on the recommendations received from Dr. Matt Deibel of Covenant HealthCare, who has advised us throughout the pandemic.

Effective Thursday, August 5

  • As previously announced, masks are required in classroom settings, including labs, seminar rooms, group study rooms, and tutoring centers, through Wednesday, Sept. 15, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must wear a mask when indoors on campus, unless they are by themselves in an isolated area, such as an individual office or residence hall room, or are actively eating or drinking.

Effective Monday, August 16

  • Masks will now be required to be worn indoors in all buildings by faculty, staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status with the following exceptions:
    • Fully vaccinated individuals may gather without masks in enclosed spaces, such as an office or conference room, in groups of up to 5 fully vaccinated people.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals may remove their masks in common areas when they are alone, at least 6 feet from others, including when actively eating or drinking.

These temporary measures are in effect until further notice. It follows the medical guidance we have received, as the incidence of COVID-19 is on the rise in our surrounding community and the Delta variant is more easily transmitted.

Vaccines are effective

We have relatively high vaccination rates among our campus community, and we appreciate those who have acted to protect themselves and others. The vaccines continue to prove effective against the known variants of COVID-19, especially in providing protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death. We continue to strongly recommend that everyone be vaccinated. Many members of our campus community live with others who are vulnerable and cannot be vaccinated, such as children under 12. We are all in this together. I ask you to do your part to keep our campus and our community safe.

We also remind students to upload their proof of vaccination online at Students who provide this information are eligible to receive $1,000 scholarships and other prizes.


In the event of a COVID-19 exposure, individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine unless they show symptoms. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days if exposed. The SVSU contact tracing team will use the online submissions for proof of vaccination in making their quarantine decisions.

University life

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we continue to adjust our policies and expectations to prioritize the health and safety of the university community. We will continue to evaluate health conditions on a regular and ongoing basis and will adjust our expectations accordingly.

We also must move forward with university life. Classes will be taught in person. Student groups will gather in person. When in larger groups indoors, we will have to wear masks again for a while, but I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Finally, please prioritize your overall health and well-being and that of those around you. Your mental health matters. Your physical health matters. Talk with a friend or colleague, or if needed, a professional. Make time for exercise and activities you enjoy. This is sound guidance at all times, but I think we can all use a reminder right now. Take care of yourself and each other.


Donald J. Bachand, President


Office of the President
Wickes 349
(989) 964-4041