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MSU issues "enhanced physical distance directive" for two weeks

Michigan State University
John M. Quick
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Michigan State University has issued what it calls an "enhanced physical distance directive" for students, effective Saturday, January 30 at midnight and lasting two weeks, through February 13.

In a letter to students, officials say, "We have experienced a rapid increase in COVID-19 positivity rates since students returned to the East Lansing area for the spring semester. There also has been a failure by some to adhere to our health and safety guidelines."

Students who live on campus are expected to remain in their residence except for:

  • Picking up meals from a dining location.
  • Attending an in-person class.
  • Conducting research or going to work.
  • Providing a sample for the COVID-19 Early Detection Program.
  • Receiving medical care.
  • Participating in distanced outdoor physical exercise for two people or fewer.
  • Accessing secure internet.

Officials are also telling students that they may not have any visitors in their residence hall rooms, or gather in lounges or eat together. Dining halls will be open for takeout and mobile orders only. The letter notes, "Failure to comply with this directive may result in your removal from on-campus housing without refund and/or suspension or expulsion from the university."

Rebecca Williams is senior editor in the newsroom, where she edits stories and helps guide news coverage.
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