Updates and Operations During Coronavirus

Updated May 19, 2020

In an effort to keep Spartans healthy, a myriad of measures are being taken to ensure the safety of all Spartans while maintaining as many services as possible.

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The main office telephone line, 517-355-0210, is being monitored during regular business hours, so please reach out if you need any direction.

The best way to reach any of us during this time will be via email, or using the main phone line (517-355-0210). Please reach out to let us know how you are doing, how you are passing the time, and how we can make the remainder of the semester as fun as possible in these bizarre times.


Informational Resources


Student Financial Resources


RCAH Resources

Academic and Career Advising

Academic and Career Advising - For information and updates about scheduling virtual advising, office hours, and more.


RCAH Courses and Academics

Summer Online Courses: Stay connected this summer! Join one of RCAH's vibrant online courses: 

RCAH 215 Methods in Arts: Introduction to Songwriting and Music Production using Apple Garageband (Scales)
Briefly: Students will create and record popular music, from the initial stages of songwriting through to the recording of those songs, exploring the challenges of the creative process, developing their musicianship skills, and becoming proficient in digital recording technologies. Full course description

RCAH 315 Methods in Arts: A Sense of Place (Sheridan)
Briefly: Students will write stories, poems, and other creative compositions focused on spaces that are important to them, including their homes, home towns, and favorite hangout spots, and will create virtual spaces for sharing the writing and providing supportive feedback to other writers in the class. Full course description

RCAH 325: Methods in Community Engagement: How do we connect? Global Engagement in a Time of Crisis (V. Delgado)
Briefly: Students will consider community engagement alternatives—including the use of remote technology, mutual aid societies, and social networks—and will engage remotely with RCAH’s network of community partners around the world to develop alternatives to traditional community engagement methodologies. Full course description

Read full course descriptions here.


Courses: Students should consult with their professors regarding online classes. If you are having problems with techology related to courses and coursework, contact the MSU IT Helpdesk at 517-432-6200 or 844-678-6200, or visit their website: https://tech.msu.edu/support/help/.

Costa Rica Update: Vincent Delgado, Director of the RCAH Program on Sustainability in Costa Rica, sent this update of work and life in Costa Rica, which “has led the way in Covid-19 response in Latin America—making changes to daily life very early in their response.” Read his full update.

Spring 2020 Semester Grade Options: The MSU Provost has announced new grade options to help students "cope with the many challenges you are facing right now." Undergraduates have the option to have final grades in each of your courses transcribed on a binary S/NS (satisfactory/not satisfactory) scale. The threshold between S and NS will be 1.0. Students will have two weeks to view grades and decide on a class-by-class basis if they would prefer to have grades recorded on their transcripts with the numerical 0.0-4.0 grade or with S/NS. More information

The Provost strongly encourages students to work with academic advisors to help determine if this option is right for them. RCAH advisers can be reached here.


RCAH Admissions and Recruitment

RCAH recruitment coordinators Sahar Mahmood and Ruggie Ramereiz are working and available, even though all MSU admissions events on campus and around the world have been cancelled until further notice. Contact Sahar and Ruggie today to arrange a virtual or in-person meeting.


Technology and Technical Support

A wide variety of technical support and service resources, including remote access to software and applications; internet access; technical support; and other resources, can be found on this page created for RCAH students: http://rcah.msu.edu/coronavirus/coronavirus-tech.html 

If you are having technical issues, contact the MSU IT Helpdesk at 517-432-6200 or 844-678-6200, or visit their website: https://tech.msu.edu/support/help/.


Counseling, Health, and Emergency Services

MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS): Staff is working remotely to help meet the needs of MSU students, and CAPS offices at Olin Health Center, MSU Student Union, and the Neighborhoods are closed. CAPS Phone (517-355-8270) will be set to a voice prompt with 3 options: (Press 1) To talk with a crisis counselor, (Press 2) to leave a message with the CAPS Nurse which will be responded to within one business day, or (Press 3) for general messages.

  • Patients needing a prescription refill prior to their next appointment can use the MyMSUHealth patient portal to make the request: https://mymsuhealth.hc.msu.edu

Student Health Services is advising students to FIRST CALL 517-353-4660 to determine whether you'll schedule an appointment, receive care by phone, or information for self-care.

MSU Recreational Sports and Fitness is offering students, faculty, and staff three options for free fitness: Fitness on Demand FLEX; Group Ex Classes via Zoom!; and Precor Spin Classes free for 60 Days. More information.


Student Housing and Dining

Culinary Services

For the most up-to-date information about all MSU Culinary Services operations, including dining halls, Sparty's, Starbucks, and other places, visit https://eatatstate.msu.edu/news/diningupdatesmarch2020.


Student Housing and MSU LiveOn

For the most up-to-date information on housing and living at MSU, visit https://liveon.msu.edu.


Coronavirus Video

RCAH and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources partnered with Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) on an animation that addresses best practices to protect against the coronavirus through recommended preventative measures. As COVID-19 has spread around most parts of the world and mutual aid efforts are expanding, we are asking your help in sharing this video to places that might not have Internet connections and where education like this would be helpful. See the video and a full list of languages offered.