The following statement was read by University Physician David Wisemantel on behalf of MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., who could not attend the Asian Pacific American Student Organization’s town hall on coronavirus Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
While I couldn’t be here in person, I want each of you to know that we understand your concerns and want you to feel supported and, most importantly, safe, as we continue to monitor the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China.
As Spartans, we value inclusivity. We welcome students, scholars, faculty and staff from all parts of the world. We take pride in the diverse perspectives that move our community and the world forward.
Unfortunately, as some of you know firsthand, misinformation can be the root of anxiety, fear and confusion. Actions people take based on such incomplete or incorrect understanding can negatively impact others across campus.
Difficult and stressful times underscore the importance of coming together as Spartans. They provide us a challenge and an opportunity to support one another.
In the coming days, you can expect to see additional communications that share factual information on the coronavirus and what we believe to be the low risk it presents to our campus. We also established a page on our website where that information will be updated in real time – msu.edu/coronavirus.
MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.