Messages and Statements


Plans for spring 2021 semester
Oct. 22, 2020

I know many of you have questions about the spring semester; here are highlights of recent MSU leadership decisions. Read more.

Our duty to vote, our commitment to community
Oct. 20, 2020

Today marks exactly two weeks before the general election after months of a turbulent political season. I take immense pride in voting, and I truly believe it is our civic duty to vote in every election — no matter how big or small the issues may seem. Read more.

Important new tool in fight against COVID-19
Oct. 15, 2020

In partnership with the state health department, MSU is bringing an important new tool to the fight against COVID-19. Read more

Update on MSU’s financial situation
Oct. 14, 2020

Despite our challenges, we will continue providing a world-class education, conducting high-caliber research and advancing outreach and engagement locally and globally. Read more

Cheering safely for the Spartans
Oct. 13, 2020

We must embrace the excitement for the return of Big Ten football responsibly. Read more

MSU health and safety directives still in effect
Oct. 6, 2020

The recent MI Supreme Court ruling does not change the health directives and orders we have for Michigan State University. Read more

Selection of vice president and chief diversity officer
Oct. 6, 2020

I am pleased to announce the selection of Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., as Michigan State University’s vice president and chief diversity officer. Pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its October meeting, Dr. Bennett will start Dec. 1. Read more

Help recognize leaders in diversity
Oct. 5, 2020

As MSU continues its vital work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, the opportunity to recognize those moving us toward a more safe, respectful, welcoming and supportive campus is presented once again. Read more

MSU remains committed to living our values
Oct. 2, 2020

While our campus and nation work to create a more equitable and inclusive society through awareness, dialogue and action, we want to reemphasize our commitment at Michigan State University to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education. Read more

COVID-19 update: Resources, decisions to keep Spartans healthy, safe
Sept. 29, 2020

COVID-19 has been hard on our community. It has been especially hard on the mental health of our students and employees. I write to you today to acknowledge those difficulties and to remind you of the resources that are here for you. Read more

Statement on Proposed Department of Homeland Security Rule
Sept 28, 2020

While the university is actively reviewing the proposed rule submitted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, we will say that the spirit of this proposed rule is deeply concerning and a flagrant disregard for the value our international students and scholars bring to American universities and colleges. Read more.

Moving forward in a new academic year
Sept. 18, 2020

As I enter my second year as president of our great university, I want to thank all who have made me feel welcome. I also thank all those who continue to demonstrate Spartan spirit by rising to the significant challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Extending appointment of VP Marti Heil
Sept.  16, 2020

I am pleased to share that I am extending the appointment of Vice President for University Advancement Marti Heil, whose original term at MSU ends next month. She now will serve on an at-will continuing basis like other executive managers at the university. Read more

Statement on resuming college football
Sept. 16, 2020

I support this decision to allow a modified fall football season. MSU will adhere to the regulations put forth by the Big Ten Conference to move forward in a safe and thoughtful manner. Read more

Message to faculty and staff: Administrative Restructuring
Sept. 9, 2020

Successful institutions are always growing and evolving and MSU is no different. Even in the most challenging of times, like we find ourselves in today as we face the coronavirus and its numerous impacts on our institution, we must continue to plan for the future. Read more

Message to the community: COVID-19 Early Detection Program
Sept. 9, 2020

Early detection remains critical to mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more

An open letter to Spartans
Sept. 9, 2020

If you are new to MSU, welcome! If you are returning, welcome back! I’m writing to you today as president of Michigan State University and also as a parent. We are glad to have you here, whether in person or virtually. Read more

Message to staff: Thank you from President Stanley
Sept. 4, 2020

I want to thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our great university. Read more

One-year progress on Title IX federal review
Sept. 1, 2020

Today I’m providing an update on the progress made over the past year and where we will direct our focus in the months ahead. Read more

Message to the community: Setting expectations for our fall semester
Aug. 28, 2020

This pandemic has tested our resolve. From its onset, it has been unpredictable and continues to remind us that we are on its timeline, not ours. But as Spartans, our will carries on. Read more

Living our values of inclusion and respect
Aug. 27, 2020

The Spartan community sends our thoughts and prayers to Jacob Blake and his family, and the countless other families impacted by similar tragedies. Read more

Message to the community: Fall semester plans change
Aug. 18, 2020

Effective immediately, we will be asking undergraduate students who planned to live in our residence halls this fall to stay in their current locations and continue their education with MSU remotely. Read more

Statement on the postponement of the fall athletics season
Aug. 11, 2020

I know how disappointed the whole Spartan community is over the cancellation of fall sports. But safety remains our top priority, and we are still focused on creating a safe environment in which our university’s mission can continue. Read more

Message to the community: Latest information on fall semester planning
Aug. 10, 2020

Whether we are 6 feet apart or you are 6,000 miles away, I want to make sure everyone feels part of a successful and socially engaged fall semester at MSU. Read more

Message to students and parents: Defining the student experience and expectations
Aug. 3, 2020

As MSU makes final preparations for the start of classes this fall semester and reacts to the newest state executive orders and updates from government leaders, I wanted to provide an update to help describe the student experience and set campus expectations. Read more

Message to students: Michigan primary election reminder
July 31, 2020

MSU has long encouraged Spartans to participate in civic engagement. An important opportunity is the Michigan primary election on Aug. 4. Read more.

Message to the community: Update on fall semester planning
July 28, 2020

Campus will undoubtedly look different this year. But one thing will be the same as it is year after year: our drive to come together as a community and our determination in the face of adversity. Read more

Message to the community: MSU Community Compact on COVID-19
July 22, 2020

As we continue the monumental task of safely bringing Spartans back to campus, I wanted to share with you a key part of our reopening efforts: The MSU Community Compact. Read more

MSU Police Department leadership transition
July 20, 2020

MSU Police Department Chief Kelly Roudebush recently informed me she will be going on medical leave effective July 21. I am appointing Assistant Chief Doug Monette as interim chief. He will remain in this role while we conduct a national search for the next chief of our police department. Read more

Leadership changes related to diversity, equity and inclusion
July 20, 2020

Following the departure of Paulette Granberry Russell, Acting Provost Thomas Jeitschko appointed Deborah Johnson to serve as the interim director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3). Read more

Message to the campus community: The latest information on campus reopening plans
July 16, 2020

We are carefully monitoring COVID-19 in Michigan and across the United States, as well as information from public health leaders. The next few weeks will be critical as we prepare for arrival on campus. We’ll be ready to adapt our plans, if needed, moving forward. Read more

Back-to-campus planning website
July 14, 2020

Our COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force, subcommittee members and many dedicated staff and faculty are working overtime to get the details right. You can learn more on our Together We Will website, recently redeveloped to make it easier for you to find the information and updates you need. Read more

Statement on federal government's decision to rescind directive impacting international students
July 14, 2020

This is welcome news for all international students who come to our country to study at our colleges and universities. Read more

Statement on new government guidance regarding international students
July 7, 2020

The worldwide pandemic we’re all facing together has only highlighted the need for more global collaboration, not less. The federal government’s new policy that places additional restrictions on international students is profoundly concerning and incredibly unfair to those who have come to us to further their educations. Read more

July 2020 campus update
July 7, 2020

Since my first days at MSU last August, I have emphasized our shared mission of creating a safer, more diverse, more inclusive and welcoming campus. Events in recent months tragically and powerfully have driven home the importance of that goal, not only for our campus but also for our country. Read more

Transition in the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
July 1, 2020

Paulette Granberry Russell has accepted a position at California Polytechnic State University as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Read more

Message to the campus community: Update on returning to campus
June 26, 2020

The challenges we, and every other institution of higher education in the country face in planning for a return that is as safe as possible, are significant. Read more

President’s statement on visa suspensions proclamation
June 24, 2020

This proclamation does nothing to make Americans safer in this global pandemic, but does harm the nation’s economic competitiveness by at least temporarily barring the entry of scientists and other skilled and motivated people from around the world into the United States. Read more

Statement on MSU-related confirmed COVID-19 cases
June 23, 2020

These positive cases underscore the importance of personal responsibility among our students, faculty and staff, and taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others from the unnecessary transmission of COVID-19. Read more

Message to staff and faculty: Update on financial impacts of coronavirus pandemic
June 22, 2020

As we close our fiscal year June 30 and look ahead to start the next budget cycle, I wanted to provide an update about some of the decisions and actions we are taking to address lost revenue. Read more

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court DACA decision
June 18, 2020

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision preserving the DACA program, for now, is welcome news for Dreamers and for all of us celebrating the strength of our communities by keeping them here in their homes. Read more

Message to community on Black Lives Matter and police accountability
June 12, 2020

The horrific abuse and deaths of Black Americans cannot continue, and we all must demand answers and accountability. At MSU, we have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them. Read more

A message to alumni and donors
June 4, 2020

We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair regarding the recent high-profile violent events targeting Black Americans. Read more

Message to the campus community on the shocking events in Minnesota
May 29, 2020

It is important, as Spartans, that we collectively understand and acknowledge the impact of racism and that the Black community is under attack in many ways right now. Read more.

Message to the campus community: Update on Fall 2020 semester plans
May 27, 2020

Based on guidance from health care professionals, feedback from faculty, staff and students as well as MSU leadership and recommendations from the university’s COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force, I am writing today to inform you of our intention to bring Spartans back on campus this fall. Read more.

Provost transition update
May 20, 2020

As you may be aware, Teresa Sullivan’s tenure as Interim Provost will end on June 30 and Teresa Woodruff’s tenure begins on August 1. As such, I will be recommending Thomas Jeitschko, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School to serve as Acting Provost for the month of July, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at their June meeting. Read more

Message to staff and faculty: On-campus research reactivation
May 15, 2020

We received some good news this evening from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Executive Order 2020-90, signed today, allows laboratory research to resume under precautionary measures. Read more

Letter to the MSU community
May 14, 2020

A most challenging spring semester is now behind us, and I trust this message finds you safe and well. I hope you have been keeping up with the many ways MSU is contributing to the community, state and national response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Budget update for employees
May 11, 2020

I continue to be incredibly proud of the ways our Spartan community has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The value of Michigan State University has never been clearer, as we translate our research into new testing technologies, extend the lifetime of key protective equipment and help educate more health care workers and get them to the front lines, all while continuing to provide our key education and extension services as resources to the residents of Michigan and beyond. Read more

Message to students: Information on student emergency funding options
April 28, 2020

As we enter the end of the spring semester and seven weeks of profound changes affecting our daily lives, we would like to pause briefly to once again thank each of you for your collective hard work, patience and commitment. Read more

COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force appointed
April 24, 2020

MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. has established the COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force charged with developing and reviewing a range of scenarios for when and how to resume various on-campus activities. Read more

Message to alumni: COVID-19 update
April 21, 2020

As we face the global impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak — from health threats to social isolation, food insecurity, racism and economic instability — so many Spartans have found comfort and purpose in being there for others. Read more

Message to faculty and staff: Novel coronavirus financial implications
April 16, 2020

Student and community reliance on MSU force me to confront a growing threat. It is with a troubled heart that I must announce to you today a series of budget reductions as a result of the financial strains placed on the university due to the novel coronavirus. Read more

Letter to the campus community
April 6, 2020

The novel coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, personally and professionally. I know this is a hard time, but the strength I’m seeing from our community is inspiring. I want each of you to know that Michigan State University is doing everything it can to keep people safe and still continue our commitment to an excellent education for our students. Read more

Provost search update
March 25, 2020

This search began on October 29 when I announced a diverse and inclusive search committee chaired by MSU Foundation Professor Beronda Montgomery and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Ronald Hendrick. Earlier this week the co-chairs recommended to me, with support from Parker Executive Search, a process for completing the search while adhering to the governor’s executive order and my campus directives regarding novel coronavirus precautions. Read more

Presidential update: Governor's executive order
March 23, 2020

As many of you know, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that suspends in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. In the immediate hours following the order, MSU leaders worked with the governor’s office to determine the impact on our university’s workforce and operations. Read more

Coronavirus update, cases confirmed
March 19, 2020

I was informed today by the Ingham County Health Department of two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus connected to our university. Both individuals are being treated, and neither person is currently on our campus in East Lansing. On behalf of our Spartan community, I know you will join me in wishing them both a full recovery as they battle this virus. Read more

Message to alumni
March 18, 2020

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. Read more

Campus coronavirus update
March 14, 2020

Today, we decided that all classes and instruction will continue to be offered in virtual settings through the conclusion of the semester, including finals. Students do not need to plan for the possibility of returning to campus by April 20 as we had originally announced earlier this week. The university remains committed to providing a strong education to all our students and especially helping those who are graduating this year to succeed. Read more

MSU operations update
March 13, 2020

We understand the growing number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in our state coupled with the K-12 school closings through April 5 will cause many employees added strain in the coming days and weeks. MSU intends to be as flexible and accommodating as possible during this situation as we maintain university operations and specifically continue to support students completing their academic coursework. Read more

Modification to in-person classes
March 11, 2020

Effective today at noon, MSU is suspending face-to-face instruction in lectures, seminars and classroom settings and moving coursework to virtual instruction. This suspension of in-person classes will last until Monday, April 20 and we will reevaluate this decision on an ongoing basis, sharing additional updates or modifications as more information becomes available. Read more

Novel coronavirus update
March 10, 2020

As the global epidemic associated with the novel coronavirus continues to rapidly evolve internationally and domestically, I want to reassure our community that we’re actively monitoring while preparing our campus to ensure the continued health and safety of all Spartans. Read more

Coronavirus and campus updates
Feb. 27, 2020

Michigan State University continues to monitor the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, to ensure the safety of our campus community. Beyond public health considerations, we are concerned about the well-being of students affected by the impact of the outbreak. Read more

Statement on impacts of coronavirus
Feb. 20, 2020

Delivered to the Asian Pacific American Student Organization’s town hall on coronavirus:
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. Read more

Addressing the bias incident at Wharton Center
Feb. 6, 2020

I write to you about another incident that has left many members of our community horribly offended, outraged and frustrated. It has prompted many to question the safety of our campus and our commitment to inclusivity. Read more.

Letter to the community
Jan. 17, 2020

This month, the MSU community joins together to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Read more.

Letter to the community
Jan. 10, 2020

Near the end of last semester, I launched a comprehensive planning process around diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more.

Progress update in response to federal reviews
Jan. 3, 2020

I’m pleased to provide this update on our progress in addressing relationship violence and sexual misconduct issues, including important components of our response to reviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more.

Letter to the community
Dec. 19, 2019

With fall semester having drawn to a close and the holiday season just ahead, I want to update you on several aspects of our ongoing work at Michigan State and introduce a few important new initiatives. Read more

Preparing for MSU's future (video)
Dec. 6, 2019

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announces the launch of two key planning initiatives at Michigan State University. Read more.

Letter to the community
Dec. 6, 2019

Since I began my tenure as president four months ago, I have given much thought to the history of MSU and its vision for the future. Read more. 

New MSU Board of Trustee announcement
Dec. 4, 2019

I look forward to meeting and working with Ms. Knake and welcoming her back into the MSU community. Read more.  

Campus climate survey results, and next steps
Nov. 21, 2019

Last spring, more than 15,000 of our students, faculty and staff participated in an online campus climate survey. It was designed to assess the culture, perceptions and policies associated with RVSM at Michigan State. Read more.

Letter to the Community
Nov. 7, 2019

As I pass the three-month mark as MSU’s 21st president, I wanted to share a few updates and again thank the many Spartans who have welcomed me. I continue to be impressed with the university’s scope and scale, growing research portfolio, facilities, and outstanding students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Read more.

Provost search committee announcement
Oct. 29, 2019

I am pleased to announce a diverse, inclusive and distinguished search committee that will guide us through this process. The 22-person committee includes faculty, staff and students representing many areas of the university. Read more.

Fostering a safe and inclusive campus
Oct. 22, 2019

Our community has been affected in the past several days by incidents causing concern and anger. I, too, am concerned, because a safe, inclusive and respectful campus is my top priority. Hate has no home at Michigan State. We want every individual to feel welcomed, valued and heard. Read more

Health care realignment
Oct. 11, 2019

I am pleased to announce a new alignment between the university’s three human health colleges and the creation of a position for executive vice president for health sciences. Read more

Excellence in Diversity Award nominations
Oct. 8, 2019

The foundation for a safe, respectful and welcoming campus must include diversity, equity and inclusion. Every year, MSU’s Excellence in Diversity Recognition and Awards Program recognizes individuals, teams, units and organizations across campus for exemplary commitment to these principles and for their contributions to MSU. Read more

Letter to the community
Oct. 3, 2019

It’s been a busy start to the academic year, and my first Homecoming as president of Michigan State University is already a pleasant memory. It was a wonderful experience to connect with so many Spartan alumni, students and friends of MSU. Read more

Update: Search for new provost
Sept. 6, 2019

Following the resignation of the provost yesterday, I want to let the campus community know I will appoint an interim provost in the coming days. Read more

Message to the MSU community on U.S. Department of Education investigations
Sept. 5, 2019

As you may have seen in the news, two separate investigations by the U.S. Department of Education have concluded. They outline specifically how Michigan State University needs to improve in light of its handling of the Larry Nassar and William Strampel cases. Read more

Letter to the community
Aug. 29, 2019

Students are settling in, faculty and staff are getting back into the school year routine, and it has been a busy first month for me as Michigan State’s 21st president. Read more

Message to faculty and staff
Aug. 1, 2019

It’s a busy time with preparations for the new academic year nearing completion, but I wanted to drop a quick note to introduce myself and tell you how pleased I am to be here. Read more

Letter to the community
May 31, 2019

Thank you to the entire Spartan family for the warm and wonderful welcome as I accepted the honor of being selected Michigan State University’s 21st president. Read more