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August updated SVSU mask guidance


August 5 2021 

Dear campus community,

Throughout the past year and a half, we have worked together to protect the health and safety of our campus community. In response to the emergence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the updated guidance of public health officials, we are implementing additional precautions to reduce the risk of transmission. Midland and Saginaw counties are currently in the “substantial” risk category.

Mask requirements

Effective Friday, Aug. 6:

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear masks in classroom settings, including labs, seminar rooms, group study rooms, and tutoring centers, through Wednesday, Sept. 15, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask except in the circumstances outlined above.
  • 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. This temporary measure is in effect until further notice.

Masks are not required when outdoors.

All SVSU student-athletes must follow NCAA health and safety guidelines when practicing or competing.

At any time, individuals are welcome to wear a mask in settings where doing so may provide additional safety to themselves and those around them. Individuals working in their private office spaces can request visitors – regardless of vaccination status – to wear a mask in their office space. In this situation, all individuals should be masked.


The most effective action you can take to protect yourself and our campus community against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Even with the emergence of the Delta variant, the data shows that vaccines continue to be highly effective, particularly in protecting against serious illness, hospitalization and death.

We know more than 75% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated and survey results show more than 70% of our students indicate they are vaccinated. I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Vaccines are available at most local pharmacies and health departments. Next week, students will receive more information about how to provide proof of vaccination and become eligible for incentives.

Moving forward

Safeguarding the health and well-being of the campus community is and always will be our top priority. We will continue to monitor health conditions and public health guidance and adjust our expectations accordingly. As the start of the fall semester draws closer, I look forward to seeing you on campus.


Donald J. Bachand, President


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