When the spring semester begins at Western Michigan University, all classes will be held virtually to prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19 when returning from the holiday, according to an email from President Edward Montgomery to the WMU community Dec. 18.
The move was made in accordance with an order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking colleges around the state to delay move-in until Jan. 16 and in-person learning until Jan. 19.
Move-in for Arcadia Flats will proceed as planned and has already started, Western View move-in will begin Jan. 8.
Residence halls will now open Jan. 16 one week later than originally planned. Residence Life asked students to fill out paperwork to arrive at your residence hall which can be found in the housing portal.
Arrangements for Seita Scholars, international students and others with no alternative housing will remain unchanged. Food service will resume on Jan. 17.
Anyone living in the residence halls will receive financial consideration when it comes to room and board. Information about this will be shared when it is available and residence life urges students to check their emails or go to the Housing and Residence life website.
Montgomery urged students to be cautious upon returning to campus.
“While recent news about COVID-19 vaccines raises our hopes for the future, it’s critically important that we continue those practices that prevent coronavirus transmission—wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from those around you, washing your hands frequently and limiting in-person interactions,” Montgomery said.