With the end of the fall semester quickly approaching, the Michigan State Administration has announced COVID-19 requirements for the spring semester 2022.
President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. wrote in an email sent Oct. 8 that despite face coverage requirements and the 90% vaccination rate in the MSU community, there has been an increase in cases in the community last week.
“We must remain vigilant,” wrote Stanley. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. Clearly these measures are making a difference in containing the spread on campus. “
University to maintain the following COVID-19 requirements in the spring semester:
All students, staff, and faculty should be vaccinated against COVID-19, but the University will allow limited exemptions for medical or religious reasons and online exemptions only for students.
Everyone will be required to wear face coverings indoors, at the start of the semester, in all campus buildings and at MSU facilities in East Lansing and the rest of the state.
Additionally, the University has announced some new or updated COVID-19 requirements for spring. semester:
New students must complete the vaccine verification form before the start of the spring semester.
Students with an online-only fall semester exemption will need to reapply for the spring semester exemption, in order to continue learning online only.
“Remember, students with online-only exemptions cannot come to campus for any reason,” Stanley wrote in the email. “A new exemption request process will be introduced later this semester.”
Employees and students who have received a religious or medical exemption do not need to reapply for the exemption, unless they have had a medical exemption with an end date. People with a medical end date or medical deferral must be vaccinated or be approved for a new exemption.
Much of the University’s teaching arrangements for the spring semester will be in person, but different work locations may exist for some non-student units.
“More detailed advice will be published on this topic,” Stanley wrote. “Please contact your supervisor with any questions. “
Stanley wrote that he encourages all eligible people to receive a reminder when they can.
“While the CDC has not changed its definition of ‘fully immunized’ and boilers are not required at this time as part of the MSU vaccine verification process, recalls provide additional protection against COVID-19.” Stanley wrote in the email.
Stanley added that members of the MSU community can find COVID-19 vaccine or booster opportunities in their area by visiting vaccins.gov.
“I know the past 20 months have been tough for a lot of us, and I realize we all wish this pandemic was behind us,” Stanley wrote. “But it doesn’t, and we will continue to make decisions based on our commitment to health and safety. I appreciate the efforts of our students, faculty, staff and others to protect the Spartan community. “
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