Welcome to Spring Semester 2022

Spartans,

Welcome back Spartans. I hope you had a restful and relaxing winter break.

It’s a new semester in a new year and I hope you are as excited as I am for new experiences and all the possibilities a new year brings.

Some of you are new to Michigan State University (MSU), and others are returning for your next semester. We are grateful for each one of you.

Like you, I had hoped we would start the year a little differently. But COVID-19 remains with us, so we must continue to do the right things. As you know, MSU is starting the semester with remote learning for the most part at least for the first three weeks of the semester. In addition, MSU’s COVID-19 vaccine and face covering mandates will continue. Please remember, all students (new and returning) must fill out the vaccine verification form and be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot when eligible, or have an approved medical, religious or online-only exemption. The deadline for students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID‑19 booster and submit their information is Feb. 1. The vaccine verification form will begin accepting booster submissions Jan. 26, and a reminder will be sent out as this date approaches. 

Vaccines and testing are available both on campus and in the community. You can learn more about vaccinations and testing and stay informed about COVID-19 and other university information at the Together We Will website.

Housing and dining services are open during this period. Spring semester dining hours begin today. There are currently nine dining halls on campus, some offering all-you-care-to-eat, some are Grab & Go locations and two locations offering mobile ordering. A complete list of dining options and hours can be found at eatatstate.com/dining-hall-hours and more information can be found about mobile ordering at eatatstate.com/mobilemenu.

Academic buildings and classrooms are also open for students. There are great study spaces available across campus, including the MSU Library, 1855 Place, the MSU Union and the Student Services Building.

While we continue to navigate our way with COVID, we want you to know we are here to support you in your journey and to help you be engaged while here at MSU. Springticipation gives you the opportunity to learn about MSU’s Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) where you can live out your interests and build community. The event will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Duffy Daugherty Football Building. Mask and other safety guidelines will be followed. MSU students may ask questions and gather information from the 200-plus RSOs in attendance. Spartans may also explore all 1,000-plus RSOs at Involve@State.

We hope you also take advantage of your access to the IM facilities on campus where you can play a sport, work out, swim or take part in numerous other activities to stay active and healthy during the winter months in Michigan. Visit Recreational Sports and Fitness Services (RSFS) to learn more about the facilities and programs, as well as activating your passport.

Your health and safety are important to us. The following resources are available, should you need them:

MSU has made many significant changes to foster a safer campus and address instances of relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking and has launched a new effort based on one of the actions outlined in the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Strategic Plan. 

The Support More initiative focuses on providing guidance for how to respond to disclosures of relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking in a manner that is helpful to survivors, as well as promoting the availability of related campus resources and services. This unique video series provides a behind-the-scenes look at supportive resources on campus and details on how to access each program. The Support More initiative website also includes suggestions for supportive statements that can help guide a survivor on a path toward healing.

I want to thank all of you for doing what is necessary to keep yourself, other Spartans and your communities safe. We wish you a successful semester and an outstanding 2022.

Go Green!

Vennie Gore

Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement

Michigan State University

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