Oct. 29: Spring calendar break days

Last week we announced our 2021 spring break, originally scheduled for March 8–12, is canceled. Our primary goal with canceling spring break was limiting unnecessary travel to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus locally and throughout our state and the country. The majority of Big Ten universities have made a similar decision, as have hundreds of other colleges and universities.

We also announced that classes would end one week earlier than scheduled and that the spring calendar would include several midweek days without classes. Today, we are happy to inform you that there will be four new days without classes in spring semester. These four days are:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2-3
  • Thursday and Friday, April 22-23 (the last two days of the semester) 

In addition, there will be no classes held during campus-wide observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18.

We are requesting that faculty not assign additional work expectations for the first two break days in March. The last two break days in April are intended to provide you with study days before finals week, something Academic Governance learned was highly desired by students and faculty alike. For graduate professional students, please keep an eye on your academic calendar, especially if it differs from the undergraduate calendar. 

Please also note that classes will end on Wednesday, April 21, and finals week will be held one week earlier than previously scheduled. 

Your Mental Health Is Important 
The pandemic and its many effects powerfully impact our mental health. With these four breaks throughout spring semester, we hope you are able to decompress and recharge. MSU’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services is on standby to help students throughout the academic year. CAPS has expanded its virtual resources to ensure you have access to the help and support you need in this remote learning environment. You can take advantage of crisis counseling, download a virtual care kit and seek consultation services, among many other programs. Please, reach out if you need support or a listening ear. If you need immediate help, our crisis hotline is available 24/7: Dial 517-355-8270 and press "1" to be connected with a crisis counselor.

Finally, we ask that you all work to extend kindness and empathy to one another and to all members of our MSU community. As you study and learn, please remember we need to continue to be supportive of one another and understand that we each face unique challenges as we continue to navigate the remote environment and a global pandemic.

Sincerely, 

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
President

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
MSU Foundation Professor