MSU may suspend students who violate health directives, students react

Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 4:27 PM EDT
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State University has recently informed students that those who continue to gather in ways that compromise the health of others could potentially be suspended from the university. The suspension could last up to a minimum of one full semester.

This statement comes after various reports of students participating in large social gatherings. The university urges students to limit social gatherings to 10 individuals or fewer; citing the increase of COVID-19 cases from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31.

On Wednesday evening, students reacted to Michigan State University’s strict new plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It appears that most students agreed with the university decision, even if that meant their fellow classmates could be reprimanded.

“If we wanted to go back to being able to go to in-person -- like being able to go to football games and tailgates -- we just have to follow the protocol. So I understand President Stanley completely and I completely agree with it,” said MSU student Julian Stainback.

Another student feels similarly.

“People should do what they can too -- 'cause I know they might not think we are necessarily at risk - but this is the East Lansing community. Also, you know, people work here, people live here, so I’m proud of the university for stepping in and trying to protect the greater area,” said student Chloe Wolma.

Some students are saying that the more people jump on board with campus guidelines, the sooner they can get back to a new normal.

“If we do really, really well, we might get a spring that’s in-person where we can do what we want. So I think we should do the best that we can,” added student Chloe Wolma.

Julian Stainback shared more of his perspective on the matter.

“They want to increase the number of people that could come around and party, you know. We just have to follow the rules first. I mean, it’s a new normal for me. I’m not used to it, but I’ll adjust to it. Even wearing [face masks] could save a life a day,” said Julian Stainback.

Michigan State University spokesperson Dan Olsen says they are also working with the City of East Lansing to keep not only students safe but the community safe.

If students decide to have a large party, they may face great consequences.

“Taking those instances of violations across the street from Grand River and onto our campus to bring those into our student code of conduct process,” said Dan Olsen. “They can face disciplinary action up to suspension and expulsion from the university.”

The reported behaviors violate the directives outlined in the MSU Community Compact and the Ingham County Health Department Emergency Order.

Michigan State University encourages students to employ social distancing and to be safe. For more information and resources regarding the MSU Together We Will initiative, click here.

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