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A guide to Michigan State's coronavirus website

May 19, 2020
A Michigan State University sign on Beal Street on Aug. 23, 2019.
A Michigan State University sign on Beal Street on Aug. 23, 2019. —
Photo by Annie Barker | The State News

Michigan State's coronavirus website is the official avenue for official communication, updated with information about the effects of COVID-19 on the university.

The coronavirus section of The State News also houses our complete coverage and latest community focused stories surrounding the pandemic.

MSU's website includes resources, general updates from the state and the university and a toll-free hotline for MSU-specific questions that can be reached at 888-353-1294.

Here's how to navigate MSU's website.

Latest Updates

Under the Latest Updates section, you will be able to find some of the most recent general news from the university. 

On-campus research has resumed authorized by an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and health clinics are beginning the process of reopening for in-person visits.

This section communicates the financial impacts of the pandemic on MSU and its operations, such as the suspension of university-sponsored travel and other decisions made by the Reopening Campus Task Force.

Information is also listed about the tuition freeze, family support through financial aid and advising, as well as answers to many frequently asked questions from the community.

International 

The International page houses resources for international students through the Office for International Students and Scholars, or OISS, which have set up their own coronavirus specific website as well.

Additionally, this addresses the cancellation of study abroad programs and its latest updates.

Travel

As university-sponsored travel has been suspended indefinitely, the travel section has information for those with previous travel plans or those planning to request the university for waivers for essential in-state travel. 

Additionally, they provide the contact for the Office of International Health and Safety and MSU Travel Clinic for health resources for those who have traveled or must travel.

Communications

In Communications, the latest updates and press releases can be found in order of when they were released. This allows for you to see more information on the notable decisions the university has made pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources

MSU students, employees and overall community can find contacts for MSU resources specific to them under resources. 

This includes information for students on mental health resources through Counseling and Psychiatric Services, or CAPS, human resources available for employees and a list of other mental health contacts for the community. 

There are also more campus specific resources for student health and summer housing

Financial Impact

The pandemic has had a great financial impact on MSU. Thus far, the university has lost $50 to $60 million this fiscal year and expect $150 million to $300 million in 2021. 

As the fallout continues, the financial impact section of the website will be updated on what decisions have been made within the university’s budget in response. 

Some responses have included budget reductions, executive salary cuts and eliminations of other expenses. Here you can find basic information and updates on the university's union agreements as they adjust within the budget.

MSU Responds

Lastly, under MSU Responds, you can find institutional, college, and research responses to COVID-19. 

This sheds light on some of the work the university has been doing in support of the pandemic such as alumni research and support for health care workers

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