Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus outbreak is changing rapidly. SVSU continues to monitor developments and update this webpage as information becomes available.

"We continue to adapt to the rapidly changing world around us and are moving forward. As circumstances continue to change, so will we. During this difficult time, take care of yourself, your family and our SVSU Cardinal family. We will get through this together." — President Bachand

Important COVID-19 Updates:

  • There are no confirmed cases of the virus on campus (SVSU has been working with local public health departments and Covenant HealthCare).
  • Face-to-face instruction for lecture and discussion classes has been suspended and moved to online or remote instruction, through the end of winter semester, including final exams. Michigan Executive Order 2020-21 issued March 23, 2020 did not change this plan.
  • Stay Home, Stay Safe. Shelter in place as much as possible and if you must interact with others, practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Students will be able to select the “Pass” or “No-credit” option for any of your courses beginning in mid-April until after final grades are submitted. Classes and Academics FAQ ⤏
  • All SVSU events, and events organized by others on our campus are canceled.
  • RSOs and other student groups must suspend face-to-face meetings.
  • Residence halls will remain open.
  • The Marketplace at Doan will move to a paper form ordering system for take-out options. C-Store is open daily. Starbucks, Panda Express, and Subway are closed.
  • The Fitness Center, Zahnow Library, and Gerstacker Learning Commons are closed. Library and tutoring services are available online.
  • Faculty and staff are working remotely. There will be further reductions in the number of staff reporting to campus, while maintaining University operations. Consult with supervisor for details.
  • All university-sponsored international travel has been suspended through at least June 30.
  • Campus hotline is available at 989-964-2110. It will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

COVID-19 Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Learn more about symptoms using the guidelines provided by the CDC.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 virus. The best way to prevent infection is to take simple precautions such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

State of Michigan hotline is 1-888-535-6136, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

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Campus Communications to Date

March 24, 2020 - Additional information regarding Pass / No Credit

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and that your classes are going well. As you know, we recently announced that undergraduate students would be given the option of electing a letter grade as usual or a Pass/No Credit option. This message provides details and clarification of this option.

  • The option to elect Pass/No Credit applies only to undergraduate students and only to courses taken in the Winter 2020 semester. The Pass/No Credit option does not impact grading procedures and faculty will assess and submit grades as usual.
  • You will have the option of converting your grade to Pass/No Credit by submitting a form to the Registrar's Office between April 13 and May 11. An electronic form is being developed for this purpose and will be available on the Registrar's website. When you submit your form, you can choose to elect this option for any number of your courses from the Winter 2020 semester.
  • If you elect the Pass/No Credit option, grades of D or higher will be changed to Pass in the courses specified. Grades of F will be changed to No Credit. Pass grades and No Credit grades will not impact your GPA.
  • Pass grades from the Winter 2020 semester will fulfill General Education, major and minor requirements, and satisfy pre-requisites.
  • If you are enrolled in or applying to a program that requires professional licensure you should discuss this option with the faculty and dean of your college. We do not yet have guidance from the licensing bodies regarding the impact of Pass/No Credit grades on licensure.
  • If you anticipate applying to a professional or graduate program (e.g. Medical School, Law School, Master’s or Doctoral programs), you should meet with an advisor or faculty member to discuss the impact of Pass/No Credit on admissions in your post-baccalaureate program.
  • If you are a military-affiliated student, please contact the Office of Military Student Affairs prior to electing the Pass/No Credit option.
  • If you are an NCAA student-athlete, please contact the Athletics Academic Advisor or the Athletics Compliance Director prior to electing the Pass/No Credit option.

We are all facing uncertainty and challenges as the impact of the coronavirus grows. I want to assure each of you that we are working very hard to maintain SVSU's core operations, including instruction, academic support, safety, housing and dining through this public health crisis.

My advice is for you to do your best to do well in your classes. As always, reach out to your faculty members if you are having trouble or need clarification and utilize the online tutoring that is available. If you are struggling with the emotional impact of these changes, our counseling center is offering their services in a virtual setting. To schedule a meeting, please call the office at: (989) 964-7078 or email

With your hard work and dedication along with our efforts to retain instructional continuity, I have confidence that you will be successful this semester.

The campus is far too quiet these days and I cannot wait to see all of you back on campus as soon as possible. Until then, take care of yourself and be well.


Deborah Huntley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


March 23, 2020 - Campus Update Concerning "Stay at home" Executive Order

Dear campus community,

In light of Governor Whitmer’s executive order to “stay at home” through Monday, April 13, we are moving forward with plans to further reduce the number of staff reporting to campus, while maintaining University operations. Classes are continuing in the remote/online formats begun last week.

Many faculty and staff have been in a “work from home” environment since last week, and that will continue for them. Some individuals who had been reporting to campus now also will transition to work from home. All supervisors and staff should communicate with one another regarding expectations and accountability for assignments during this public health emergency.

A few hundred students continue to reside on campus. We will continue to serve them through Campus Dining, using “grab and go” service. University Police will be visible on campus as they continue to protect and serve the campus 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Campus Facilities staff will continue their important work to ensure sanitization and other critical services, though fewer of them will be reporting to campus on a daily basis. Due to the reduced staffing levels, we will be securing certain areas of campus, locking exterior doors, closing some restrooms, etc.

Faculty, staff or students who need a computer to complete their duties should submit an IT support ticket or call 989-964-4225 and leave a voice mail. An IT staff member will be in touch to make arrangements for use of a loaned laptop.

Faculty and staff who experience problems with university equipment should submit an IT support ticket or call 989-964-4225 and leave a voice mail. If a remote session fails to resolve the issue, an IT staff member will make arrangements to provide a loaned laptop.

We cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing, wherever we might be. SVSU is a friendly, welcoming place. In normal times, we hold doors open for one another, and we gather together in close proximity. These are not normal times. The most friendly, welcoming thing you can do right now, for yourself and others, is to shelter in place as much as possible; when you must interact with others, please practice social distancing and good hygiene.

Registered Student Organizations and all other student groups must suspend face-to-face meetings for the duration of the governor’s executive order. Many have already moved their meetings online.

At the same time, we know students, faculty and staff may be experiencing changes in our every-day routines and social isolation during this difficult time. Please reach out to your fellow Cardinals. Offer them a word of encouragement. Share ideas on how you are staying on top of your work and school assignments. Let’s stay connected, learn from one another and show one another – and everyone else watching us – how much we care.

Finally, to all of our students and alumni working on the front lines to respond to this pandemic: thank you. Our Cardinal family is supporting our state and our world as first responders, health care professionals, educators, IT professionals, business leaders, and in countless other ways. As a former criminal justice professor here at SVSU, I have heard from dozens of my former students working at the local, state and federal level. Their commitment to serving others inspires me and motivates me to ensure that we work together to continue to prepare the next generation of servant leaders.

Stay healthy. Stay home. Stay safe.


Donald J. Bachand, President

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Update Concerning Pass / No Credit Option
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Campus Update from President Bachand
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Message From Provost to Students
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Campus Update
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Message From the Provost to Faculty
Friday, March 13, 2020 - Campus Update From Provost
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Campus Update
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Provost Update to Faculty
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Provost Update - Remote and Online Learning
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Update for Large Gatherings
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - SVSU Classes
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Provost Message to Faculty
Friday, March 6, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Classes and Academics

Will there be a pass / no credit option?
How do I get academic advising?
How do I setup tutoring appointments (including Math & Physics Resources, and the Writing Center)?
I am stressed about all of this. Who can I talk with?
I need assistance with access to a computer and/or WiFi, what should I do?
Does this impact internships at all?
What will happen to students that need face-to-face sessions?
What happens to lab, studio/art and performance classes that need to be done in a classroom?
Is the Bookstore open? How do I return my rental textbooks?
Will I be able to schedule exams through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (formerly Disability Services)?
As an MSW student, our classes are half role-plays and demos. How we will do those parts?
Are we recalling students studying abroad?

Housing and Dining

I live on campus, do I have to go home?
What do I need to do to move out (Campus Housing)?
Will I get a refund if I move out of housing?
Can I have an overnight guest?
Will there be any changes to on-campus dining?

Campus Operations and Events

Is the Cardinal Food Pantry open?
Will May commencement go forward as usual?
Is the Grad Fair still happening?
Are events/large gatherings/speakers/performances still being held?
Will the Ryder Center still be open?

RSOs and Extracurricular Activities

How will this impact club sports?
Will varsity sports continue? Will fans be allowed to attend sports?
How does this impact my RSO? Can we still meet? I have questions about fundraisers and scheduled events?

Faculty, Staff and Student Workers

What assistance is available to help my family and I cope with life challenges?
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
How does Governor Whitmer’s executive order “stay home, stay safe” affect me?
Where can I get a computer so I can work at home and who can help if I have problems with it?
Where can faculty get assistance with online courses?
How can faculty place orders for fall and winter course materials?
Are students employed at the university still able to work?
What if I have a student employee that wishes to continue working but I am unable to provide them with any hours?

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