MSU Novel Coronavirus Response Updates

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 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:

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

  • Spring commencement has been postponed and TBD. We will make every effort to reschedule and allow our class of 2020 an appropriate time and place to celebrate their successful Spartan journey.

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:


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:
  • 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:


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