Michigan State University To Resume In-Person Classes In The Fall

WWJ News
May 27, 2020 - 4:42 pm

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(WWJ) Michigan State University will welcome students back to campus this fall, for a mix of in-person and online learning.  

"The fall 2020 semester will look different from any previous semester at MSU," President Samuel Stanley said, making the announcement in an email to students, staff and faculty. 

"Based on guidance from health care professionals, feedback from faculty, staff and students as well as MSU leadership and recommendations from the university's COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force, I am writing today to inform you of our intention to bring Spartans back on campus this fall," Stanley said.

In-person classes will resume on September 2, and will end the day before Thanksgiving, with final exams moving to online only, Stanley said. There will be no fall break.  

Remote instruction will be available to students who can't make it to campus or those who choose not to return for health or other reasons. Freshman applicants for the fall 2021 semester will have the option to go through the admissions application review without submitting an ACT or SAT score. 

Stanley said the university's campuses will remain closed until the state's COVID-19 stay-home order ends, set for June 12, and not all employees will return at once.

This comes as the future of eduction is largely up in the air; with parents teaching young children at home, and college students across the U.S. awaiting word on future plans.

There's a lot of concern about how students can safely head back to class without the risk of an outbreak. 

Stanley said the university's preparations include increased cleaning standards, establishing a strong supply chain for appropriate amounts of personal protection equipment and partnering with local health care facilities in preparation for an outbreak. "At this point, we believe that a values-driven return is possible and can be done in a way that mitigates the risks to our community," Stanley said.

The fall semester will begin as scheduled Sept. 2. In-person classes will end Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, and the last three weeks of the semester will be conducted remotely. The altered schedule is designed to eliminates travel to and from campus over the holiday.

MSU announced March 11 that it was suspending all in-person classes and moving them online. Online-onlu instruction will continue through the summer.