U-M: Hunker down, students; MSU urges at-home study

Posted at 10:08 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 10:08:20-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is telling students to check their temperature twice a day and avoid social gatherings, work and public transportation for 14 days before returning to Ann Arbor.

Meanwhile, Michigan State University is encouraging many students to think about staying at home to avoid coronavirus risks if they can participate in school through online classes.

“The vast majority of first-year students this fall will have course schedules that are completely online. Living away from campus may be the best choice for you and your family, particularly if you have family members at higher health risk,” MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. said Monday.

The messages from the two schools come just a few weeks before the start of fall classes, which will be a mix of in-person and online instruction at both campuses.

Michigan said students will be required to complete an online review of COVID-19, its symptoms and how to stay safe. It also wants students to hunker down for two weeks.

“It is an important part of our strategy to minimize risk and keep COVID-19 out of our community,” administrators said in a letterMonday.

Students living on campus are expected to be tested for the virus and cleared prior to their arrival.

“U-M is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to provide testing kits, at no additional cost, directly to students for you to self-administer and then mail back to Quest for analysis,” the university said.