Michigan State University won’t allow in-person learning until the last day of January, but at the same time it had no problem opening the school arena to nearly 15,000 screaming fans to attend. at every Spartans home basketball game this month.
On December 31, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced in a letter that the school’s 2022 spring semester would begin virtually on January 10 and continue to be learning remotely until January 31.
Stanley notes that Michigan suffered a spike in COVID-19 cases in December — which at the time was an all-time high of more than 11,000 cases.
“Given this intense increase in cases, we now believe the best decision for our campus is to begin primarily remote classes on January 10 and for at least the first three weeks of the semester,” writes Stanley – who uses the pronouns favorites of “he” and “him” in the letter.
Stanley admits, “I realize that students prefer to be in person, and so do I. But it’s important that we do it in a safe way.”
“Starting the semester remotely and dedensifying the campus in the coming weeks can be a solution to slow the spread of the virus,” reads the letter to MSU students. “During the first three weeks, my management team and I will regularly review the number of cases and other trends of COVID-19 to determine what additional protective measures will be taken.”
Michigan State University will be on remote learning for most of January, requiring all faculty, staff, and students to wear face coverings indoors. The university also requires all faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as “receive their booster if and when eligible.”
While in-state students pay over $25,000 in tuition and out-of-state students hand out over $51,000, they won’t receive in-person learning until March 31. January. Meanwhile, Michigan State’s basketball arena is operating at 100% capacity for all home games this month.
“Attendance for all Michigan State University home basketball games in the month of January at the Breslin Center was 100% with 14,797 fans in attendance,” Fox News reports.
The Spartans men’s basketball team will play four home games at Breslin Center this month.
Michigan State University requires attendees of indoor sporting events on campus to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative for COVID-19, and has instituted a mask mandate.
The sold-out stadium was packed with basketball fans despite a record number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan.
Since January 1, there have been more than 13,000 cases of COVID-19 every day. Michigan hit a pandemic high of 23,460 COVID-19 cases on Jan. 6 and 7, according to Worldometer.
“The fact that students can fill the (Breslin Center) neck and neck for hours before the game, for the entirety of the game and be together for, you know, probably three hours at night without social distancing, without even including all foreigners being brought onto campus for the game is extremely hypocritical,” MSU student Blake Maday told Fox News.
Dan Olsen – the deputy spokesman for Michigan State University – released a statement to Fox News regarding the situation.
“Athletics events are optional events that students or the public [sic] can attend, unlike classes that are necessary for our students to progress to and graduate,” Olsen said. “Our decision to start the first three weeks remotely was difficult and was influenced by two key factors. One of the factors was the uncertainty in Omicron’s time and having had time to better understand him and his impact.”
“The other factor was recognizing that we would have a significant increase in cases that would result in hundreds of students and staff being quarantined or isolated outside of the classroom, we wanted to ensure consistency over the first weeks of our spring semester so that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn with minimal disruption to their education,” Olsen said.