Frequently Asked Questions

Lakers Together FAQ

Question Answer

What is the Virus Action Team and what do they do?

The GVSU Virus Action Team (VAT) is made up of faculty and staff members who are working daily to monitor the health and safety of the Grand Valley community. Questions about COVID-related policies can be directed to Other questions may be directed to the Lakers Together Call Center, which can be reached at (616) 331-INFO (4630).


What is the plan for cleaning university buildings and housing?

Grand Valley is continuing enhanced cleaning procedures and following CDC guidance. Details on cleaning information are available.


What is the guest policy for on-campus living centers?

    The only guests permitted into GVSU housing Living Centers and Apartments are other GVSU on-campus housing residents, with the exception of move-in and move-out. Full details can be found on the policy page.


    What is the Campus Readiness Team and what do they do?

    The Campus Readiness Team (CRT) has been formed and is now meeting weekly to develop plans, set timelines and guidelines, and consider space requests in the transition period from the end of Winter Semester through the start of the Fall Semester.


    What is GVSU’s face covering policy? 

    Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required indoors. Face coverings are required outdoors when not alone. 



    What are GVSU’s personal travel guidelines?

    To protect the health of the GVSU community, employees and students are encouraged to refrain from personal travel to areas identified as being at higher risk for COVID-19 transmission. More guidelines are available.


    Is the university randomly testing students, faculty and staff for COVID-19?

    Weekly invitations are sent to students, faculty and staff who are known to be on campus at least one day per week. Invitations are also sent to selected student groups such as resident assistants, dining staff and student teachers. More information can be found on the testing and contact tracing page. 


    If I disclose in my self-assessment that I have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been quarantined, what happens to that information?

    By completing the self-assessment, you agree to allow the information to be shared with Spectrum Health so they can reach out to you.  Also, the information you share in the self-assessment is considered educational records not health records so it is not covered by HIPAA.


    If I agree to being tested as a part of the random testing for the COVID-19 virus, what happens to the test result?

    When you are tested for COVID-19, you will be informed of your test results. If you test positive, the result and your identifiable information must be reported to the county health department as required by law. For tests administered through the GVSU testing program, your consent to be tested also allows the information to be shared with certain university representatives in order to provide support to you. If you are tested outside the GVSU testing program, you are encouraged to update your self-assessment.


    How will testing and contact tracing be handled?

    The university is implementing a variety of steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the university community, as well as to identify individuals who may have been exposed or who have symptoms, through daily self-assessments. 


    How will bus transportation between campuses work?

    The new Laker Line will accommodate 40 percent more passengers than the current Campus Connector. The Rapid will require passengers to wear face coverings. The buses are disinfected regularly. Buses will arrive every 10 minutes during peak times. 

    The Laker Line will also be faster than the current Campus Connector because of stop light priority and improved loading stations.

    Students should always carry their student ID, as Rapid employees may verify student status to ride.

    More details can be found at Lakers Together Bus Schedule.


    How have classrooms been adjusted to accommodate for social distancing?

    Grand Valley has redesigned our standard classrooms, embracing the ideas of social distancing. Seats are 6 feet apart, and there will be a 6-foot divide between the instructor and the first row of students.

    An example of a classroom layout.


    How are classes being offered in Spring/Summer 2021?

    For Spring/Summer 2021, Grand Valley will offer classes in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. 

    Get more details on the academic plan.


    Do I need to fill out the online self-assessment form?

    Creating a safer environment is a shared responsibility among all who come to GVSU and its off-campus partners. The university is encouraging personal responsibility by providing education, supplies, and resources to assist individuals in following public health guidance and university policy.  As part of our work toward a safe environment, a web-based self-assessment (accessed by phone, tablet or computer) is available for faculty, staff and students. 

    • Employees must complete a self-assessment on any day they are working, including remote work.
    • Students coming to campus for class or work must complete a self-assessment before coming to campus.
    • While not required, it is expected that all members of the GVSU community will complete the self-assessment daily to support efforts to protect the health of the community. It is strongly suggested that the self-assessment be completed before noon.

    The daily self-assessment is simple and quick to complete. The self-assessment is the primary means for us to collect daily information – including weekends – about how the virus is affecting the GVSU community, minimize its spread, promote public health and make sound decisions.


    Are positive COVID tests being reported to county health departments?

    Yes. All positive tests are reported to county health departments. GVSU is working with Kent and Ottawa county health departments and will support tracking and tracing efforts. Spectrum Health will assist in providing follow-up with all students who are in quarantine (exposed to someone positive) or in isolation following a positive test.