EAST LANSING, Michigan. – Michigan State University students to begin next semester online as campus community and state continue to struggle against increase COVID-19[female[feminine spread.
University president Samuel Stanley announced Friday that classes will begin remotely for the winter 2022 semester starting January 10 due to a spike in COVID infections among the campus community. MSU courses will operate remotely for at least the first three weeks of the semester, officials said.
“I realize that students prefer to be in person, and so do I. But it’s important that we do it in a safe manner,” Stanley wrote in a statement Friday. “Starting the semester remotely and de-densifying the campus in the coming weeks may be a solution to slowing the spread of the virus. During the first three weeks, my management team and I will regularly review the number of COVID-19 cases and other trends to determine what additional protective measures will be implemented. “
The residences, dining halls and library would remain open at the start of the semester for those on campus. Some classes and labs will still meet in person during this time, officials said, and instructors will contact their students directly with details.
The news comes as the coronavirus, likely in part driven by the new omicron variant, continues to spread rapidly across the state and country. Michigan health officials reported the highest number of COVID cases on Wednesday since the start of the pandemic.
Oakland Michigan University and Wayne State University are also starting the next semester online in a bid to slow the spread of the virus amid the wave.
Earlier this month, Michigan State University officials announced that students, faculty and staff on campus would be required to receive a COVID-19 booster in order to be considered “fully vaccinated.” .
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