Michigan State University Moves Fall Undergraduate Classes Online

Michigan State University is going online for the fall and is encouraging students to stay home.

MSU President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. made the announcement on Tuesday. Read his full letter, addressed to Spartans, here.

He said “it is my ultimate responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. That has been my guiding principle.”

Remote learning for undergraduates is scheduled to begin Sept. 2. The move to online learning is just for undergraduates right now.

Undergraduate students who planned to live in residence halls this fall are being asked to stay home. Students who paid for on-campus living for the fall semester will receive refunds or credits.

Stanley says a small number of students will continue to be housed on campus.

“We also realize that for some students, MSU is their home or they need to be on campus for employment. Just like we did this spring, we will continue to provide a safe place for a small number of students in our residence halls. We remain committed to our students, their success and their safety.”

Off-campus students are also encouraged to consider staying in their home communities “if that is a safer place for you.”

MSU does have some exceptions for remote learning in specific colleges.

Stanley said, “There will be some exceptions for the colleges of Law, Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine and Veterinary Medicine as well as all graduate programs. Those colleges and programs will learn more details soon.”

The University of Michigan says it plans to offer a mixture of in-person and remote classes.

Meanwhile, Central Michigan University was the first major public college in the state to welcome students back for move-in last week.

Both CMU and Northern Michigan University started in-person classes on Monday.

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