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Michigan colleges and universities are scrambling to figure out what a new federal government rule means for their international students.

That comes after the government’s announcement this week that the government will no longer issue student visas to foreign students whose universities go to online-only classes.

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Concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic are scrapping plans for a 2020 presidential debate taking place in Ann Arbor this fall as planned. 

The University of Michigan was scheduled to host the second of the three debates between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee former vice president Joe Biden on October 15.

But university officials this week withdrew from the debate hosting duties, saying it would be not be “feasible” to safely host the presidential debate as planned.

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The union representing non-tenure instructors at the University of Michigan is upset that dozens of lecturers are losing their jobs because of budget cuts.

The staff cuts are hitting particularly hard on U of M’s Flint and Dearborn campuses.

U of M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the main reasons for the layoffs are declining enrollment and a change in teaching approach. 

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Two University of Michigan student-athletes and one at Michigan State University have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent tests.

Between them, U-M and MSU have tested more than 300 student-athletes as the Big Ten schools prepare to return to athletic competition.

Two other MSU athletes previously tested positive for COVID-19.

U-M Athletic Director Warde Manuel says the testing is part of the Ann Arbor university’s plan to restart its athletic program.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is raising concerns among some University of Michigan students in Dearborn and Flint about whether they are getting the same financial help that students on the Ann Arbor campus receive.

Alysia Trevino is with the group One University.

Trevino says the pandemic is adding to the burden of students with fewer financial resources.

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Martin Philbert, the former provost of the University of Michigan who was fired following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, has "voluntarily relinquished" his faculty position and no longer receive tenure, the University announced Wednesday.

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The University of Michigan’s President says he hopes the school soon can decide when to reopen the campus to faculty and students. Mark Schlissel says it will be a gradual return.

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Today on Stateside, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel talks about plans to restart on-campus instruction in the fall. Plus, an epidemiologist's advice for navigating reopened public spaces.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

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University of Michigan researchers say Detroiters will need many more protections to protect people from losing their homes in the wake of COVID-19.

The U of M Poverty Solutions paper examines existing housing instability in Detroit, also finding that there’s a shortage of affordable housing in the city, when taking into account blighted and uninhabitable units.

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Without gallery openings or open studios, artists are heading online to connect with their audience. A new YouTube series from the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan is giving them a platform to do just that. 

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Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan's health system, will lay off and furlough about 1,400 full-time employees.

The job cuts are part of a plan, announced today by Michigan Medicine, to address a financial loss of up to $230 million projected for the fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2020. The health system expects the losses to continue into the 2021 fiscal year.

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A new University of Michigan study finds teens are drawn to vaping products even though they're aware of the health risks. Teens expressed a ‘desire to fit in,' 'getting a buzz,’ and ‘experimentation' as reasons for vaping.

Researchers asked more than a thousand teenagers about using vaping products, particularly Juul products which are the most popular on the market.

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The University of Michigan is instituting a hiring and salary freeze as part of an effort to combat major financial losses because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Possible exceptions” are those positions fully funded by federal grants or roles considered critical.

In an email to staff today, President Mark Schlissel says U of M expects losses of $400 million to a $1 billion through the end of 2020 to “preserve financial resources.”

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Black people make up over a third of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan, according to data the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Saturday. And while black people make up only about 12% of the Michigan’s population, they make up about 40% of all COVID-19 deaths reported.

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The University of Michigan health system is making plans for a field hospital for an expected overflow of COVID-19 patients.

Officials hope to transform an indoor track facility at U of M into a field hospital by April 9th or 10th. 

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents Thursday voted unanimously to fire a prominent tenured professor accused of sexual misconduct.

David Daniels is a renowned opera singer and was a professor in the U of M School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

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Regents at the University of Michigan are expected to consider a recommendation from its president that the school fire an opera singer and tenured music professor facing sexual assault charges.

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The highest-ranking elected official at the University of Michigan says he too was abused by the late sports physician Robert Anderson.

That's according to an exclusive interview with the Detroit News.

Ron Weiser is the chairman of the University of Michigan's Board of Regents.

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The University of Michigan has removed a faculty member from his job as chief academic officer over sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him.

Martin Philbert has been on paid leave since January when several allegations were made. He lost his job as provost on Wednesday but will remain on the payroll as a faculty member with tenure protection while the investigation continues.

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The University of Michigan said it is replacing the law firm pegged to lead the investigation into allegations a deceased team doctor molested hundreds of people after learning that some of its attorneys represented high-profile clients accused of sexual misconduct.

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As spring breaks wrap up, university campuses across the state are preparing for students and faculty returning from travel abroad with coronavirus anxieties in mind.

Universities are prompting returning students to self-monitor for symptoms. Faculty, students and staff traveling to or from China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

Michael Vrooman is the Chief International Officer for Grand Valley State University. He says students there should miss minimal instruction time.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s willing to investigate allegations of sex abuse leveled against a University of Michigan doctor. But she set some conditions that would have to be met first.

Former U of M students and athletes have stepped forward with claims of abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008. They also say U of M failed to protect them from the abuse.

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A man who was a University of Michigan wrestler in the 1980s has sued the school, alleging he was molested dozens of times.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit identifies the man as John Doe. He accused the university of failing to remove Dr. Robert Anderson years earlier despite complaints about him. Anderson died in 2008.

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A former patient has told a Detroit newspaper that a late University of Michigan doctor accused of sexual abuse wrote letters certifying students were gay so they could avoid military service during the Vietnam War in exchange for sexual contact.

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Three men who accuse a late University of Michigan doctor of sexual abuse say they want accountability from the university—and for others to speak up.

Former U of M wrestlers Tad DeLuca, Thomas Evashevski, and Andy Hrovat spoke publicly about that abuse, and the school’s reluctance to deal with it at the time, alongside attorneys on Thursday.

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A University of Michigan wrestler from the 1970s says he was kicked off the team and lost his financial aid after complaining to a coach that he had been abused by a sports doctor.

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The Board of Regents of the University of Michigan announced at a meeting on Thursday that it will put a freeze on new fossil fuel investments. This means that it will not make new investments in the fossil fuel industry while it studies its own investment policy.

The announcement came from Regent Mark Bernstein, right after U-M Central Student Government President Ben Gerstein discussed a Big Ten resolution, where student governments from Big Ten universities called on their institutions to freeze fossil fuel investments.

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The president of the University of Michigan  apologized to "anyone who was harmed" by a late doctor after several former students said he molested them during medical exams at the school.

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Updated Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:53 p.m.:

A sixth person is accusing a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse. The university says it has received more than 20 calls to a hotline since it announced an investigation into Dr. Robert E. Anderson Wednesday.

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There may be hope for bat populations devastated by a disease caused by a fungus. 

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