Michigan State Will Be Remote-Only After Other Colleges See Outbreaks

Amid ongoing debate regarding whether or not U.S. schools should be reopening amid a still-raging COVID19 epidemic, Michigan State University has just announced all classes for the fall semester will be remote-only. The university had been slated to open on August 27th, but in the wake of outbreaks at other major universities, the decision was made to close down the campus for the time being.

Days before students were set to move in for the fall, they received a letter from MSU President Samuel Stanley explaining the late decision. “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,” President Stanley’s email reads.

“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. While a vast majority of our classes already were offered in remote formats, we will work the next two weeks to transition those that were in-person or hybrid to remote formats.”

Stanley, who is a medical doctor, had sent an earlier email to students to encourage those who could to remain home in the hopes of avoiding closing the school. But in the wake of outbreaks at Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, the MSU President had to make the decision to shut down the entire campus. These outbreaks coincide with others in middle schools and high schools around the country as there is still no real national plan on how schools might safely reopen.

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