EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Officials with Michigan State University spoke Sunday afternoon to update the public on what’s next for MSU after Monday night’s shooting.
Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff spoke first Sunday, commending the Spartan community’s dedication to one another.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas D. Jeitschko announced that classes and work will begin Monday, Feb. 20.
Jo Kovach, the chief administrative officer and the chairperson of the ASMSU General Assembly, also spoke during the press conference.
Michigan State’s Department of Police and Public Safety confirmed on Twitter that one student is in fair condition, one student is in serious condition, but stable and three students remain in critical condition.
“This is a different semester than anyone had hoped for,” read a release from Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas D. Jeitschko. “This coming week is not a return to normal, nor will this semester be.”
On Friday, it was announced that students will have the option for a credit/no credit grade reporting option for all 11 to 400-level undergraduate courses for the rest of the semester, the provost wrote. That decision can be made throughout the entire semester. Jeitschko urged students to reach out to their academic advisers to help with class accommodations.
There was no word on virtual classes or a hybrid semester, although by Friday night over 20,000 students had signed a petition urging the school to make that an option.
While urging students to give themselves and their peers grace and empathy, Jeitschko said instructors had been told not to rush to “catch up” and are encouraged to be flexible with their syllabus.
The release also said MSU would be beefing up its security.
“In addition to MSU Police and Public Safety, the East Lansing Police Department will be providing additional support to the university and have a greater presence on campus,” the release said.
You can watch the press conference live in the video player above.