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Michigan State University switching to virtual instruction amid coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 18:07:27-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan State University is moving to online-only classes effective at noon on March 11.

The university is suspending face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and is moving to virtual instruction. The suspension of in-person classes will last until April 20.

The move comes after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Oakland and Wayne County. Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency.

MSU students doing purely remote work can return to their residences, which the university encourages. Officials say that if this is not possible, the university will continue to support students in residence halls and dining facilities.

Officials say there will be more communications regarding university employees, remote and telecommuting options.

The campus will remain open during this period.

Additionally, all university-sponsored international travel is currently suspended. MSU previously suspended all nonessential MSU-sponsored travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Italy.