Michigan State University is planning for a more typical fall with students on campus, residence halls fully open and the majority of classes in person. Some classes will still be offered online to provide flexibility many students need.
“Making decisions now about the future of our university is not an easy task, as the pandemic has shown us,” said President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “However, with vaccinations continuing to progress, we are optimistic that we can begin to safely transition during the summer and move toward more in-person experiences in the fall — all while continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.”
It is expected that routine mitigation testing and other public health policies will continue at some level in the fall, and all of campus will need to adhere to these policies and engage in the actions and behaviors that have kept us safe and healthy.
The university will offer a residence hall experience to first-year students and as many other students as possible while still providing a safe living space.
MSU Athletics is planning for fall events with spectators again, although the university will follow state requirements and guidelines that will be in place at that time regarding attendance.
Additionally, the Wharton Center and Broad Art Museum are planning events this fall and community-based activities will be permitted in alignment with local and state requirements and guidelines.
Current university-related travel restrictions will be adapted to location-based guidance and more employees will return to in-person positions as well.
“I am excited at the prospect of coming back together again, and I am greatly looking forward to seeing our vibrant community of students, faculty and staff fully engaged in on-campus life,” Stanley said. “Optimism is a good feeling, but let’s not let our guard down. Continue to keep yourself safe, follow safety protocols and be empathetic to each other as we move toward the summer and fall semesters.”