As we conclude the spring semester, it is clear our COVID‑19 mitigation efforts were successful in allowing MSU to continue most in-person classes and activities safely. I want to thank the members of our community for their efforts: Your diligence and sacrifice the past year, and since the pandemic began in winter 2020, are greatly appreciated.
Now, I want to provide an update on where things stand now for MSU’s COVID‑19 directives as we look to summer sessions and the following 2022-2023 academic year. As always, we will adapt and respond as and if the situation calls for it.
As stated above, faculty, staff and students are required to be vaccinated and boosted, or they must obtain an exemption. Regardless, they must then submit their information via MSU’s vaccine verification form. Employees who fail to submit their information once eligible for a booster will be referred to the appropriate disciplinary process; students who fail to submit their vaccine information will be prevented from enrolling in summer 2022 and fall 2022 classes. Visit the Together We Will website to find a vaccine provider.
For more information on how these announcements may impact you, please see the FAQs at Together We Will.
Even as much of society returns to a more normal environment, we must remember the significant impact that COVID‑19 has had, and is still having, on many members of our community. Now, more than ever, is a time for civility, empathy and respect.
Many in our community will continue to take preventive measures, such as masking, to protect themselves and their loved ones. Members of the MSU community need to respect others’ personal health decisions, which should not be the basis for assumptions about those individuals’ personal views or vaccination status.
As we have since early 2020, we will continue to monitor and respond to the pandemic as necessary. I thank you again for your commitment to our collective health and success.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)