by Jake Dima
Michigan State University (MSU), two weeks prior to the institution’s fall start date, announced that in-person learning has been cancelled for undergraduates and that students planning to live on campus may have to stay home.
“But given the current status of the virus in our country — particularly what we are seeing at other institutions as they re-populate their campus communities — it has become evident to me that, despite our best efforts and strong planning, it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus,” MSU president Samuel Stanley said in the announcement.
“So, effective immediately, we are asking undergraduate students who planned to live in our residence halls this fall to stay home and continue their education with MSU remotely,” he continued.
Effective immediately, we are asking undergraduate students who planned to live in our residence halls this fall to stay home and continue their education with MSU remotely. https://t.co/vMDZAcy5fc
— MSU (@michiganstateu) August 18, 2020
Classes are set to begin on Sept. 2 and the university claims the online-only teaching protocol will be ready by the start date, the announcement read. MSU also urges students planning on living in off-campus properties to remain in their home communities as they are “a safer place,” Stanley wrote.
Exceptions to the remote-only ruling will be made for graduate students in programs such as law, veterinary work and human medicine, according to the release. MSU will offer refunds for students who have already pre-paid the fall semester and will continue to allow students who use the university as their primary residence and who are currently staying in dorm to remain on campus, the announcement detailed.
Michigan ranks 19th in cases confirmed in the U.S., according to Center for Disease Control data.
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Jake Dima is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “The Michigan Spartan in the COVID Era” by Michigan State University.