MSU COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information

On March 10, state officials announced the first two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. Following guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies and in the interest of public safety, Michigan State University made the decision to suspend face-to-face instruction in lectures, seminars, and classroom settings and move coursework to virtual instruction as of noon on March 11.

The suspension of in-person classes will last through the conclusion of the semester, including finals, and spring commencement ceremonies are being postponed. University officials will continue to reevaluate this decision on an ongoing basis and will share additional updates or modifications as more information becomes available. 

As we work to support faculty and staff in providing meaningful student learning experiences in virtual environments, the safety of our community through social distancing and the success of our students are our top priorities. To this end, we have collaborated with MSU IT and the HUB for Innovation in Learning and Technology in developing face-to-face workshops, online tutorials, and support services to help all faculty at MSU with remote teaching.

For Faculty and Staff

For further information from the university, please visit:


  • The MSU campus remains open for essential functions only. More information about working remotely is available at:
  • Returning to campus: The Ingham County Health Department has issued an emergency order requiring all employees still reporting to work to answer health screening options. To facilitate compliance with this order, we are directing you to this Covid-19 Workplace Heath Screening Form to be filled out prior to each time you enter your campus building.
  • Access to high-speed internet is critical for working remotely. Please visit the following link for resources that are available:



  • All University-sponsored international travel is suspended until May 15. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and then. If you are currently in an international location not impacted by a CDC advisory, you are not required to return home.
  • University-sponsored non-essential domestic travel is also suspended until May 15. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and May 15.
  • For updated information on travel advisories, please visit:

For Students


  • Face-to-face classroom instruction has been suspended through the conclusion of the semester. Courses will continue through online virtual instruction.
  • Access to high-speed internet is critical for remote instruction and online classes. Please visit the following link for resources that are available:


Grade Reporting (Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory)

  • All eligible Michigan State University students may request to have their grades recorded to a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) for each eligible course in which they are enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester. For more information please visit:

University and College Events

  • Many on-campus events have been canceled. MSU is not scheduling new events with more than 100 individuals in a confined space through the remainder of the semester.
  • For a list of college event cancellations and updates, please visit:

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid for Students

  • The College of Arts & Letters has setup an emergency fund for students due to the hardship COVID-19 has caused financially. Please follow the guideline below to apply for funding:
    • Complete the application form. NOTE: you must sign in using your MSU NETID, not your Google credentials
    • Decisions about funding will depend on the individual situation of each student and will be funded by the College of Arts & Letters. Students must be a College of Arts & Letters primary major.
    • A College Committee will review applications twice per week and make decisions about your funding. You may receive a call from the College to seek clarification of your responses.
    • The Office of Financial Aid will be contacted for information about student's existing aid package and to determine what type of award each student may receive.

Study Abroad and Study Away

  • All study abroad and study away programs have been suspended for the remainder of the academic year, through Summer 2020.

2020 Spring Commencement

  • MSU College of Arts & Letters has created a website,, to celebrate the Class of 2020. This includes commencement speeches, congratulatory videos and messages, and social media content from graduates, parents, faculty, and alumni.
  • Michigan State University will hold a virtual commencement celebration on May 16 for all undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees at the end of the 2020 spring semester. For more information, please go to:

Student Resources

  • A university list of off-campus housing and financial resources are available to students: off campus housing and financial assistance.
  • College of Arts & Letters physical and mental health resources, financial aid, housing and food options, virtual career fairs, and unemployment information can be found here.  

For Parents and Families

  • MSU has created a toll-free hotline to address questions from students, parents, and their families: 888‑353‑294
  • For information on current Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) housing please visit
  • MSU’s Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) is committed to supporting all students impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the summer, especially those who are unable to travel home. For info on summer housing visit
  • For updates from the university and president, please visit:


Dean's Office Communications


College COVID-19 News Stories

  • For all the latest news stories about how are students, faculty, staff, and alumni, are making a difference in the world during this pandemic, please visit

University Communications