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Faculty asked to move 75% of courses at least partially online

June 18, 2020
<p>A tub of disinfectant wipes are pictured in an empty Kedzie Hall classroom after MSU canceled classes due to coronavirus March 11, 2020.</p>

A tub of disinfectant wipes are pictured in an empty Kedzie Hall classroom after MSU canceled classes due to coronavirus March 11, 2020.

Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

Seventy-five percent of each Michigan State faculty members' classes will be held at least partially online this fall according to a briefing sent out by the COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force on Wednesday.

Co-chairs Norman Beauchamp Jr. and David Weismantel announced that the provost's office has asked MSU faculty to put about half of their classes online, a quarter of their classes to a hybrid format and move the remaining classes to in-person classrooms large enough to accommodate a distance of six feet between each student.

Since June 11, the enrollment system has been closed to allow incoming students attending virtual New Student Orientation to enroll. Since this time, classes have been updating on a rolling basis regarding the status of their online, hybrid or in-person instruction.

MSU originally announced it would welcome students back in the fall on May 27, prior to organizing any official online or hybrid classes. Students will return to campus Sept. 2 before all in-person instruction ends on Nov. 25. From there, the remaining three weeks of the semester and final exams will be held virtually.

The briefing sent out by the task force also including notes on the continued encouragement to work from home if possible, the slow reopening of MSU research facilities and daily health screening and mask requirements for students and faculty on campus currently.

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