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Michigan State University will start the semester online due to COVID-19 rates

Posted at 11:50 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 17:26:14-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University will offer most classes remotely for the first three weeks of spring term the university announced Friday.

The announcement comes just days after the university said students could return to in-person classes.

"Given this intense surge in cases, we now feel the best decision for our campus is to start classes primarily remotely on Jan. 10 and for at least the first three weeks of the semester," MSU President Samuel L. Stanley wrote in a letter to the university community.

Classes at MSU begin on Jan. 10.

"A few days ago we were watching the numbers and mid-Michigan did not look as serious as it seemed to materialize in the last 48 hours," said Emily Gerkin Guerrant, a spokesperson for MSU. "So those additional numbers and the highly contagious nature of Omicron-- those factors really altered what we thought would be important to de-densify the campus a little bit."

Guerrant says school officials will continue monitoring COVID numbers in mid-Michigan and could extend remote learning as they see fit.

"We know that our students want to be in person and the university, and the president does too, but we have to be able to be safe," she said.

Some in-person academic work, like labs, music instruction and health professional education will still be allowed with discretion, according to Teresa K. Woodruff provost and executive Vice President for academic affairs.

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