Dear Spartan alumni,
As valued members of the Spartan family, I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the entire MSU community. I also want you to know that you are in my thoughts. I know you may feel stress and concern about keeping your own families and loved ones safe at this time. You are important to us, and I urge you to follow the guidance of health officials and to take care of yourselves and others during these unprecedented times.
Michigan State University is doing its part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many individuals, groups and units have stepped up and are making a positive difference. With that as background, I want to personally update you on the situation here on campus and beyond, including some of the steps we are taking to protect health and safety while continuing the important mission of our university.
It is our goal to be both proactive and safe and continue the important work of the university. As we navigate this rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to make operational and education decisions based on scientific data and health care practices that will keep us safer.
I encourage you to stay informed and gather authoritative information on the pandemic yourself. We are encouraging staff to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites for the very latest information. To stay updated on our efforts, please visit msu.edu/coronavirus.
On a personal note, I would like to thank those of you who have reached out to me and our staff offering help and support. This, along with the dedication I have witnessed — whether it’s supporting our students or keeping our campus running — is uplifting and shows the resilience of the Spartan spirit.
Thank you for your continued support of Michigan State. I hope you and your loved ones stay well.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.