Published: Feb. 1, 2011

MSU suspends classes Feb. 2; only essential staff should report

Contact(s): Kent Cassella Asst. VP of Communications cell: (517) 599-8537

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University is suspending classes Wednesday, Feb. 2, for students at its East Lansing campus because of the blizzard conditions forecast for the region.

At midnight, Feb. 2, MSU will switch to emergency procedures per the university's emergency operations plan. Critical functions will be maintained, and only employees supporting those critical functions are expected to report to work Feb. 2.

All electronic services will be maintained, and other business operations will be supported remotely to the extent possible. Campus events scheduled for Feb. 2 and in-person services will be suspended. University buildings will be closed to the public.

According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard warning is in effect for mid-Michigan from 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2. The warning calls for 10 to 16 inches of snow, high winds and frigid temperatures, combining to create whiteout conditions and dangerous wind chills.

For students:

  • All classes scheduled for Feb. 2 are canceled. Students should not come to campus.
  • For students living in campus housing, all dining halls will be open and serving food at regular hours. Olin Health Center will remain open.
  • Operations and classes at MSU's Secchia Center in Grand Rapids have been suspended for Feb. 2.
  • Students at MSU's medical campuses in Clinton Township and Detroit should consult their colleges regarding schedule changes.
  • Students in clerkships should check at their clinical sites to determine their hospital or clinic responsibilities.
  • All other campus operations in Detroit are suspended Feb. 2.

For faculty/staff:

  • Only personnel supporting critical functions should report to work. Employees should contact their unit administrator with questions.
  • Several clinics at the MSU Clinical Center will remain open; please call your clinic before coming to campus.

For those on campus:

  • Parking is limited to MSU ramps only, and employee shuttles are on demand by calling (517) 355-1855 or using campus green phones. Drivers should use one of the following campus entrances: Shaw Lane at Hagadorn Road, Shaw Lane at Harrison Road, Collingwood Drive at Grand River Avenue or Mount Hope Road at Farm Lane.
  • CATA bus service will be suspended for Feb. 2.
  • The Veterinary Teaching Hospital will continue emergency services. Routine appointments will be re-scheduled.
  • IM facilities and the library will open at 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

Students, faculty and staff should continue to check for updates. All normal university operations are set to resume Feb. 3.


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