UPDATE: MSU Trustees discuss fall restart
Michigan State University's Board of Trustees met Friday morning with a key focus on the return to campus in the fall.
University President Samuel Stanley said he currently has 22 different subcommittees giving him guidance on reopening MSU.
President Stanley said he's encouraged by the state's response to the virus so far.
"One of the encouraging aspects about reopening is that Michigan has been much further ahead than the other states in containing the coronavirus. However, localized outbreaks as we saw recently in this community underscore the importance of personal responsibility and taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others," said Stanley.
Stanley also said when students, staff and faculty return to school in the fall, they'll have to wear face masks and if they refuse, they will face discipline.
The university is expecting a 15% cut in state funding due to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, President Stanley said at the meeting. He talked about some of the ways MSU will reduce spending in order to make up for the loss in funding.
"The cancellation of summer programs, the cancellation of part of our winter and all of our spring sports, modest decline in research support and significantly increased costs associated with our move to fully remote and online teaching," Stanley said.
President Stanley said the pandemic is also hurting enrollment, especially among international students, which hurts MSU's budget even more because those students pay full tuition.