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COVID-19 Mar. 18 Update

SAU Community,

These are extraordinary times, with details rapidly evolving and impacting our nation and our community. We recognize how incredibly difficult this is for everyone and are grateful for the commitment of our community to band together to weather this storm.

We are aware of one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jackson County as of March 18. Additionally, the availability of testing in Michigan has limited our ability to track the significance of the situation for the Spring Arbor community. In order to do our part in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, we are taking the following proactive steps:


  • We are extending remote instruction through the end of the spring semester.
  • We are committed to continuing to provide high-quality instruction and meaningful student care.
  • There are some experiences—required to be completed in-person according to accreditation guidelines—that will continue (e.g., clinical placements). Some schools such as Nursing and Health Sciences have unique requirements to complete because their students are involved in providing care. Students, staff, and faculty impacted will receive additional guidance related to these experiences from their academic leadership.


  • We are strongly encouraging students who have not already done so to leave campus housing by Sunday, March 22 at 8 pm. We realize that for some students, leaving campus may present a significant hardship. Those seeking the ability to remain in campus housing due to exceptional circumstances must request an exemption by Friday, March 20 by 8 am(This does not apply to residents of the University Apartments.)
    • To officially check out of your room, click on the yellow house icon (“My Housing and Campus Life”) on the SAU mobile app or MySAU Portal and complete the self-checkout form.
    • For students who have already left campus without all of their belongings, we request that you not return to campus to retrieve those items at this time. We will communicate a safe and orderly process for retrieval and check-outs at a later date.
  • We are exploring options for potential adjustments to room and board charges and are working through the complexities of how best to do this. We will not have a specific plan or answers for a couple of weeks but will communicate those as soon as they are finalized.
  • Food service will continue in its current, limited form for those students who are approved to remain in campus housing.
  • For the few students who remain on campus, please know that you will be served by people who love you and have your best interest at heart!


  • Following our plans communicated on March 16, we are continuing and expediting the implementation of remote operations.
  • As the situation on our campus changes regarding essential operations, we will continue to review the necessary staff presence. Please work closely with your supervisor to coordinate appropriate levels of service for students and University operations.

We have continued to be in touch with federal, state, and local authorities and are convinced this is the best approach to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Thank you for the way you have responded to the many changes put in place for our spring semester. We recognize the impact of these difficult decisions and grieve with you. However, our highest priority is the health, safety and well being of our students, faculty, and staff. Your gracious response has allowed us to continue to support our community well. We will continue to provide you with updates and the most current information we have on COVID-19 and its far-reaching impact on the remainder of your semester.


If you (1) are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, and body aches), (2) have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19, or (3) have reason to believe you are at risk:

  1. E-mail (only): to address your concern.
  2. Please identify a location for testing near you. Henry Ford Allegiance is now offering testing at One Jackson Square, 100 E. Michigan Ave, Jackson, Michigan.
  3. Next, you need to notify that you are being tested, the date of the testing and the expected result date. Following your test, we are asking that you leave campus and go home until your test has come back as negative. If you are not able to go home, please contact your RD (via phone or email) or

The CDC recommends not going to any health center initially, but e-mailing, calling and/or scheduling a virtual appointment with your healthcare provider. For all updates regarding this situation, please review as this is the most up-to-date space for communication. If you have any general questions about SAU’s plans and responses to the Coronavirus outbreak, please email