UM provost 'very optimistic' about having students return to campus this fall
A day after Michigan State University announced its plans to reopen campus for the fall semester, the University of Michigan says it is increasingly optimistic about welcoming students back, as well.
Calder Lewis of The Michigan Daily reported that University of Michigan Provost Susan Collins has growing confidence that the school will host on-campus classes in some capacity this fall. It’s an improvement from being “cautiously optimistic.”
“We are very optimistic that the University of Michigan will have a public health-informed, in-residence academic year,” Collins said, according to Lewis.
BREAKING: @UMich Provost Susan Collins: “We are very optimistic that the University of Michigan will have a public health-informed, in-residence academic year.”
A change from “cautiously optimistic” in previous statements, one day after @michiganstateu announces in-person fall.
— Calder Lewis (@CalderLewisTMD) May 28, 2020
Already, a handful of other B1G institutions have released plans to reopen campus to students in the fall. Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State are among those that have announced their fall schedule.
The comment from the provost is also big news for Michigan football. Last week, university president Mark Schlissel stated that there would not be football this fall if students were not permitted back on campus.