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critical functions and services faqs

The President, or her/his designee, along with the MSU Police Department, will send communication announcing when MSU will go to modified or curtailed operations. As a matter of policy, Michigan State University does not fully close.

Departmental supervisors and unit administrators must carefully review their department’s/unit’s functions and services to determine which are critical and to inform affected personnel of their roles.

Depending on the nature of the modification or curtailment, employees not otherwise supporting critical functions/services may be required to work remotely or to make a reasonable effort to report to work. Supervisors and unit administrators will inform non-critical personnel what is expected of them.

You should contact your supervisor or unit administrator immediately. If you cannot reach your supervisor or unit administrator and obtain instructions, you should make every reasonable effort to report to work or work remotely (if previously approved by your supervisor or unit administrator). Otherwise, you must use personal or vacation time. 
You should use your sick leave as scheduled and approved by your supervisor. 
You will continue to use your vacation leave as previously approved.
We cannot control the wording of the announcements released by the media. As a general rule, Michigan State University does not fully close. Unless notified otherwise by your supervisor or unit administrator or by Central Administration, if you do not report to work or work remotely (if previously approved), you will be required to use vacation leave or other personal leave to cover the absence. Always check with your supervisor or unit administrator if you are uncertain.
The  MSU website  and updating information and/or managing contact preferences in  MSU Alerts  are the most effective sources of information. All faculty, staff and registered students are already in the MSU Alerts system; however, faculty and staff will have to manually enter a cell phone number to receive SMS text messages. 
Contact your supervisor or unit administrator for further clarification, or contact the Office of Employee Relations at 517-353-5510 or  hr.er@hr.msu.edu . 
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