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Several Michigan universities will be moving to online classes due to coronavirus concerns.

The universities made the announcements on Wednesday, March 11 - a day after two coronavirus cases were confirmed in Michigan.

Below is a breakdown of the measures that universities and colleges across Michigan are taking currently.

Mott Community College

Mott Community College is canceling all in-person classes starting March 14 and running through April 5. There will be no on-campus food during the three weeks.

March 16-22 training is being offered for students, faculty and staff to prepare for inline learning.

Classes already in an on-line format will resume March 16 as normal.

Delta College

Delta College is suspending in-person instruction immediately. Online learning will begin March 18 through April 10.

The college is closed to the public through April 10.

Baker College

Lecture-based classes are being moved to an online format starting March 16.

The college suspended on-campus lab courses on March 17.

"To the greatest extent possible, lab courses will continue online. However, there may be specific lab activities that will need to be made up at a later date. Details regarding the transition will be communicated directly to students by faculty within their Canvas course," the college said.

Clinical and internship courses will continue based on the organization's availability, the college said.

Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University announced most classes will be moving to remote learning.

All classes are canceled Thursday and Friday and remote learning will begin Monday March 16 through April 3.

Most lab classes will still meet in-person. Any exceptions will be made by the dean of the respective college.

All large gathering are being canceled.

A decision for the rest of the semester and final exams will be made by March 30.

You can read NMU's update here

Oakland University

Oakland University said they will be canceling classes Thursday and Friday and then moving to remote learning on Monday, March 16.

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University will cancel face-to-face classes and move them online until at least April 6. 

CMU said the change will take place after spring break and run through March 20. 

“The choice to move face-to-face classes online and cancel campus events was not an easy one, but we felt it was prudent to exercise an abundance of caution in the interest of our community’s health and well-being,” CMU President Bob Davies said. “We will continue to monitor the developing situation and make adjustments to our plans as information becomes available; we urge all students, faculty, staff and parents to closely monitor our CMU coronavirus updates page for frequent updates.”

The university posted on its website that as the spread of COVID-19 continues, their top priority continues to be the health and safety of the CMU community. The university said there are no known cases of COVID-19 at CMU, but there are now two confirmed cases in Michigan. 

Students should not return to campus following spring break. All face-to-face classes at the university's main campus in Mt. Pleasant, and all satellite campuses through the U.S. - with the exception of military bases - will move to an online format. 

In addition, the university is canceling all university-sponsored events or gatherings of more than 50 people through March 31.

CMU's Student Food Pantry will remain open on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on the CMU cancellation, click here

Due to the cancellation of on-campus classes, Commuter Shuttle services will be suspended from March 16 through March 20. If you need a fare-free ride that would normally be serviced by the Commuter Shuttle, call 989-772-9441.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University said in a tweet on March 14 that they were notified of their first confirmed case related to the university.

The university said that they will continue hosting classes online for the remainder of the semester, and that commencement will not go on as scheduled.

 The university said that they will make every effort to reschedule commencement and allow the class of 2020 to have an appropriate place and time to celebrate graduation.

The university also said that they will continue to care for students that are on campus.

 You can read updates from MSU here

University of Michigan

After originally saying they would continue in-person classes, the University of Michigan chose to suspend in-person classes.

U of M classes are canceled Thursday and Friday. Online classes will begin Monday March 16 through April 21.

The University of Michigan will cancel events on campus and all university international travel until at least April 21 with rare exceptions requiring approval. Study abroad programs will be altered or suspended, according to the university.

You can read the latest updates from the University of Michigan here.

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Tech has also suspended face-to-face classes effective Monday, March 16 until Friday, April 17.

Michigan Tech said any student or employee who has completed travel to either a Level 2 or Level 3 country or believe they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus will not be allowed to return to campus for a 14-day period. If you are an employee or student and you believe you have been exposed to the virus, please contact the university via email at

In the Mid-Michigan area, Delta College, University of Michigan - Flint, Kettering University, and Saginaw Valley State University are also keeping face-to-face classes.

You can read the latest updates from the university here

University of Michigan-Flint

University of Michigan-Flint will cancel classes on March 12 and March 13 so faculty can prepare to conduct classes in alternative format that isn't face-to-face through April 17. 

All other university operations will continue as normal.

Read the university's full update here

Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University has suspended face-to-face instruction from March 16 to at least Friday, April 17. Professors will contact students no later than March 18 about protocol for those classes.

Academic, student support services and business operations will remain open.

The university has also canceled all large gatherings of 50 or more people through Friday, April 17.

You can read SVSU's coronavirus updates here

Kettering University

Kettering University said it will post regular updates here.

Wayne State University

Wayne State University said they will extend their spring break and cancel all classes until March 23. A committee is taking a look at alternative options to limit face-to-face classes. 

Wayne State said that housing and dining will remain open. You can read the university's full update here

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University will suspend face-to-face lectures and seminars through March 31 with in-person classes currently set to resume on April 1. 

The university said they are working to move on-campus classes to online instruction and expect to begin classes online on March 16.

Students are encouraged to stay at home, but residence halls and dining halls will remain open if students need them. 

You can read Eastern's full update here

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University announced that they will begin offering instruction through distance on March 16 through at least April 3 for all locations. 

In-person instruction will be suspended on March 12 and March 13 so professors can prepare for the transition to alternative learning.

Residence halls, dining services and other university functions will remain open as of right now.

Read WMU's full update here

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University announced that they will cancel classes through March 15, and will begin remote teaching beginning on March 16 through at least March 29.

University buildings and offices will remain open. Students are encouraged to stay at their permanent residence, but the university will support on-campus students who do not have a permanent or alternative residence.

You can follow GVSU's updates on the situation here. 

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College will move their classes to an online format from March 16 to at least March 27. 

Students are being asked to refrain from visiting the campus following spring break. The campus will remain closed to the public, but business operations will continue.

You can stay up to date with the latest from the college here.

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