January 5, 2022
Dear University community,
I hope everyone enjoyed a well-deserved break over the holidays. As we prepare for the return of faculty, staff and students and for the start of classes next Monday, Jan. 10, we will open our residence halls and hold classes in person, as we have planned. We are implementing some additional precautions in the interest of the health and safety of our campus community.
We are temporarily removing the exceptions to our indoor mask policy until further notice. This means that everyone must wear a mask indoors unless they are alone in settings such as their work space or their residence hall room, or are actively eating and drinking.
While we are aware of the recent update from the CDC, we will maintain our current quarantine/isolation guidelines, pending further state and/or local guidance specific to educational settings. This means that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days, and unvaccinated individuals with a COVID-19 exposure must quarantine for 10 days.
Vaccination and Submitting Your Booster Shot
Vaccination – including booster shots – continues to provide the best protection against COVID-19. Vaccine doses are widely available at pharmacies and health care providers. You can find information on locations convenient for you at https://www.vaccines.gov/.
We encourage everyone who is vaccinated to get their booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Students, faculty and staff can upload their proof of a booster shot at www.svsu.edu/boosterstatus.
As we return for the winter semester, all students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated must be tested for COVID-19. Information for on-campus testing in January is posted online at www.svsu.edu/nestplan/. Individuals also may submit results of a test from a pharmacy or health care provider via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SVSU is now providing antigen testing on campus. Individuals who are tested on campus will receive their results in about 15 minutes.
We should not take for granted the care and concern we have shown toward one another. It is an essential element of who we are as a university, and it has been demonstrated throughout our history, including the past 22 months. We must continue to take steps to protect ourselves and those around us, and we must continue with teaching and learning. Let’s support one another as we embark on another semester together.
Donald J. Bachand, President
Office of the President