Michigan State University will offer more in-person classes and more single-occupancy residence hall spaces for the spring 2021 semester.
MSU President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley sent a letter to students and faculty on Thursday outlining the university's plans for the next semester.
Classes will start as scheduled on Jan. 11, 2021, according to Stanley. They will offer about 400 in-person classes with a focus on courses students need to graduate on time, and will have about 2,500 more single-occupancy residence hall spaces for those who want or need to live on campus.
According to Stanley, MSU will cancel spring break, and classes will end on April 23 with finals week being held one week earlier.
There will be three midweek days without classes spread out throughout the semester for students to have a break.
Finally, MSU will require participating in the COVID-19 Early Detection Program for students living on campus or who go to in-person classes.
"The fall has shown us that our systems and protocols set up for on-campus housing have proven effective and successful, and we are confident we can return more students to our residence halls. Many Spartans continue to express a desire to live on campus. Residential and Hospitality Services has developed a request process that will be offered soon, with a priority on Spartans needing additional assistance to be academically successful, those who have an in-person or hybrid class and first-year students. All students currently living on campus will remain in their current rooms," he wrote.
This fall, only about 40 in-person classes were offered at MSU.