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“New Expectations for a Safer Tomorrow” — NEST

Planning for a successful fall semester with a flexible instructional model — on campus, online or a combination of both.

WATCH: Webinar for Students and Parents - Student Experience Update

This webinar focused on modifications to student housing facilities and plans for moving students into their residential units; plans for some of SVSU’s traditional events, including those hosted by RSOs; the status of intercollegiate and club sports; modifications to spaces dedicated to Dining Services and the bookstore; and an update on-campus employment.

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This fall, SVSU plans to be fully open and operational, with dedicated faculty and staff preparing for all the requirements necessary to do so safely across academics and campus activities.

We are excited to have our SVSU community back together again!

SVSU's small class sizes, caring faculty and staff, and modern housing and academic facilities allow for opportunities to make the adjustments necessary for welcoming students back to campus safely this fall. One thing that will not change is the high quality of education you expect from us.

Even with our best efforts, we may find continued disruption from COVID-19. SVSU's proactive response is the Cardinal NEST Plan, which defines how the university community will manage new expectations that prioritize the health, safety and education of students, faculty and staff.

The Cardinal NEST Plan includes:

  • A flexible instructional model. SVSU plans to offer classes that are taught face-to-face on campus with appropriate safeguards. To facilitate safety and in accordance with health guidance, SVSU also is prepared to teach courses virtually by remote instruction, or through some combination of online and in-person.
  • Investments in realigned technology to maximize instruction and learning in all courses and to facilitate safe interactions on campus.
  • Students living on campus. SVSU's residence halls have been ranked No. 1 among all public universities in the nation in the annual "best dorms" rankings by Niche. We will take measures to provide a safe living environment in our modern housing facilities.
  • Enhanced health and safety protocols to include guidelines such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, increased sanitization procedures, and more. SVSU has enjoyed an outstanding campus safety record for many years.
  • Education and training of the campus community to understand what safety measures are put in place, why they are needed, and how to comply.
  • Safe campus dining options. SVSU is working with its dining partner, Aramark, to follow national best practices.
  • An enriching student experience that includes access to academic support services such as tutoring centers, and student support services such as student counseling, as well as student programming, and social and extracurricular activities that are important to the total college experience.
  • Access to medical services. SVSU has a longstanding partnership with Covenant HealthCare, including a MedExpress facility located on campus. SVSU also has relationships with other health care providers in the Great Lakes Bay Region, including several comprehensive health systems located within minutes of SVSU.
  • Testing capacity. SVSU plans to partner with health care providers to provide the ability to quickly test students, faculty and staff, as needed. SVSU also has plans in place to be able to quarantine residential students who test positive.
  • Contact tracing capabilities. SVSU is planning to train a team of contact tracers to be able to quickly identify individuals who may have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Stay Informed, Stay Engaged, Stay Safe

Practice 5 for NEST
  1. Daily health self-screening
  2. Masks / face coverings
  3. Physical / social distancing
  4. Hand washing / sanitizing
  5. Be considerate of others


Return to Campus Guide Cover
Students and parents will be getting something new during this year's orientation – the NEST Plan Guidebook, which contains helpful information and resources for a safe return to campus.

Return to Campus Booklet (3,672KB)

Donald Bachand Portrait

The primary emphasis of the SVSU experience has always been, and will always be, on student success.

— Donald J. Bachand


NEST Info Line
(989) 964-2110

Undergraduate Admissions
(989) 964-4200

Graduate Admissions
(989) 964-6096