MSU Lifts Enhanced Physical Distance Directive

Dear Spartan Students,   

Again, thank you for your participation during this period of enhanced physical distance. The final positivity rate for last week was less than 1% among participating students, indicating the decrease was maintained in our first phase. This is encouraging progress and shows that the positivity rates are currently stable for the on-campus community. As a result, the enhanced physical distance directive will be lifted beginning Sunday, Feb. 28. 

It is our expectation that all students living on campus within the East Lansing area continue to observe all local health orders and ordinances, including the city of East Lansing’s emergency ordinance. Remember, failing to comply with local orders and ordinances is not only a violation of the MSU Community Compact, but it may also be a civil infraction, possibly carrying a $500 penalty for each person involved. 

Upcoming Break Days: March 2-3 
We hope you will take advantage of the semester break days to get some much-needed rest and self-care. Faculty have been asked not to assign work during these days, and we truly hope you can use this time to reset as we move into the second half of the spring semester.  

Staying safe 
It is important to remember this break is not intended to be a replacement for spring break. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline both locally and elsewhere, it is natural to be hopeful that things are returning to normal. But we must not let our guard down now, or we could find ourselves in another situation where we must enforce more stringent safeguards. 

Your safety is important to us, and we want to share with you the following reminders:

  • During the break, all campus, East Lansing and Ingham County ordinances and health rules still apply.  
  • Students are strongly discouraged from traveling outside of the East Lansing area during this break.  
  • Those who do travel must submit a saliva sample within 24 hours of their return to campus in addition to their regular weekly sample. Students should self-quarantine until they receive a cleared test result.  
  • If you do decide to travel, be aware of the local laws and ordinances, particularly around COVID-19. Laws and ordinances are not all the same, and consequences can be severe and costly. 
  • Regardless of where you are, remember you are safer when you stay together. Watch out for your friends and ask them to watch out for you. 
  • Finally, Spartans look out for one another. If a situation feels wrong for you or your friends, say something and/or do something. It’s always better to leave or intervene than to do nothing. 

Winter Fest 
In an effort to help our students to feel more connected and engaged with fellow Spartans – while continuing to follow all safety protocols – MSU will host Winter Fest during break days, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2 and 3. All activities can be done outside. If you aren’t in East Lansing and can’t join us on campus, we have lots of alternative ways to participate!  

Consider joining your fellow Spartans at Winter Fest, no matter where “campus” is for you right now. Learn more about the event and all health expectations if you plan to join us on campus at  studentlife.msu.edu/winter-fest

Help us by encouraging your friends and peers to continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distance, and adhere to health and safety standards. It’s on all of us to protect this community and each other.  

Thank you for doing your part. 

Sincerely,  

Vennie Gore 
Senior Vice President for Residential and Hospitality Services and Auxiliary Enterprises  
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Services  

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