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Jan. 1, 2022

Vaccine proof or negative COVID-19 test required for athletic, arts events

MSU will begin requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test for athletic, music, art and theatre events happening on campus.


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event will be required of all attendees ages 12 and up. Attendees who cannot provide the required information will not be allowed into the venue. Negative tests must be from a medical professional. Home tests will not be accepted. 


The policy applies to ticketed events at the MSU Broad Art Museum, Wharton Center, the Auditorium and College of Music performances, such as concerts and recitals, that take place at Fairchild Theatre, Alumni Memorial Chapel, Cook Recital Hall, Murray Hall or Hollander Hall. Theater, art and music events will begin this policy on Jan. 4 with the Cats performance at Wharton Center and continue through the Spring 2022 semester.


The policy also applies to men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, wrestling and gymnastics home events. The first scheduled athletic event with the policy in effect will be the men’s basketball game against Nebraska on Jan. 5 and it will continue for the duration of winter/indoor athletic events. For more information, please review these frequently asked questions.


The university’s indoor mask requirement remains in effect for events and all MSU indoor spaces.


To meet the vaccine requirement, attendees must show their COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital image along with a photo ID matching the name on the card. MSU students, faculty and staff can show their university ID as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccine mandate. Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination should bring a photo ID and either a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event start time. People ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show a photo ID.


Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to allow additional time for verification and entry. No testing opportunities will be available for event attendees on site. Prior to arrival, guests should have their negative COVID-19 results completed and in hand.


For those who need help locating a COVID-19 testing site, please visit the state of Michigan website.


Additionally, the MSU Museum will be temporarily closed to the public through Jan. 31. Museum collections will remain available for researchers by appointment.

By: Dan Olsen

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