Growing list of schools suspending in-person classes

Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 22:44:46-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Colleges and universities across Michigan are canceling in-person classes for an extended period and will hold them online.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday night that Michigan had its first two confirmed cases of coronavirus. There is one in Wayne County and another in Oakland County.

Health experts have urged everyone to avoid large gatherings of people to prevent further spread of the illness that is spreading across the country.

So far, the list of universities and colleges that canceled in-person classes includes:

  • Western Michigan University
  • Hope College
  • Ferris State University
  • Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Cornerstone University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • GR Learning Center at GRCC closed Thursday (3/12) and Friday (3/13)
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan Tech
  • Oakland University

GRCC has elected to move face-to-face classes online starting Monday through April 3. The college is suspending all events with an anticipated attendance of 100 until further notice.

At GVSU, classes for the rest of the week are canceled and will all be held online through March 29. Students who need help with finding housing can call 616-331-2120.

In Kalamazoo, WMU has opted to move its classes online through April 3 and canceled classes for Thursday and Friday this week.

U-M’s virtual classes will run through the end of the semester and the athletic department is working to limit spectators at events on campus.

MSU started the virtual classes Wednesday at noon and will continue to do so until at least April 20.

Every school and university are suspending international travel, canceling or postponing events where more than 100 people are expected to show up and discouraging domestic travel as they combat the potential spread of coronavirus.

Updates for students at each institution can be found on their websites. Information and resources are also being provided through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.