MSU says an individual linked to campus is being monitored for coronavirus

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EAST LANSING, MI (WILX) - Michigan State University and U of M are switching to online-only classes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

MSU President Samuel Stanley made the announcement after learning a student is being monitored by the Ingham County Health Department.

Campus is still open, including the residence halls.

However, many students are taking the university's advice and heading home to take their classes online.

They're just worried about passing their classes.

"Last semester was a little hard for me. I was really trying to get my grades up," said sophomore Emily McCue.

McCue is one of many students who worried how moving her classes online will affect her grades.

"I'm scared I'm not going to do as well with my online classes because I'm an in-person learner," said McCue.

She's not alone.

Sophomore Sydney Jones said it is difficult to have all her classes online.

"I'm using programs that I wouldn't use at home, so it is kind of stressful and I haven't gotten a lot of information yet," said Jones.

Michigan State University said the decision to suspend face to face classes wasn't taken lightly.

"It's part of our commitment to making sure we protect the health and safety of our campus and our students, so today we made the decision," said MSU spokesman Dan Olsen.

Students said the university is doing the right thing.

"I don't really want to stay on campus just because as my mom says, it's a Petri dish for diseases," said freshman Amanda Featherson.

While the university is encouraging students to return home, not everyone is able to.

"I wish I could go home, but I recently got a job here. So until I find out what my job has prepared I'm going to be staying on campus so far," said freshman Erik Diaz Santiago.

Olsen said the dorms will have extra cleaning for the rest of the semester.

"Continuing to sanitize common touchpoints, doorknobs, common spaces, that residents congregate around," said Olsen.

MSU is also not booking any new events with more than 100 people.

Graduation was affected Wednesday night, however, Olsen said that could change.

This policy is in place until at least April 20.

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