MSU President: Stay home for the fall if you can

 Source: Stony Brook University
Source: Stony Brook University (WLUC)
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 6:39 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley is telling students that if they can, stay home for the upcoming fall semester due to concerns about COVID-19 exposure.

Undergraduate classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2nd, while some graduate students could be back in the classroom about two weeks from now.

In an email sent to students and their parents Monday, Stanley says “If you can live safely and study successfully at home, we encourage you to consider that option for the fall semester.”

Stanley said the university is talking “a multitude of steps” to address safety on campus - from cleaning procedures to social distancing (at least 6 feet apart).

MSU will allow students who choose to live on campus to move in to their residence halls later this month.

Stanley said MSU will change its dining hall layouts in the residence halls to help prevent the virus from spreading.

Seating and capacity in classrooms on campus will be reduced and new technology will be added to classrooms to assist with instruction, he added.

Students can be released from their contract with MSU to live in a residence hall. To do that, they must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Regarding the residence halls, Stanley said in his email to students and their parents that overnight guests won’t be allowed and face coverings will be required.

The coverings will also be required in other buildings on campus and outdoors.

Stanley’s email can be found online here.

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