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As University of Michigan students wait to hear whether their fall term will be online, in-person or some combination of the two, University President Mark Schlissel predicts that whatever decision is made regarding classes will likely last through the academic year, not just for fall semester.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Schlissel discussed making the call in the coming weeks on whether classes are online or in person for the following school year.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay at home order until June 12.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the Michigan stay-at-home order would be extended through June 12 this Friday evening.

The order will keep movie theaters, gyms, casinos and other public spaces closed. However, beginning May 26, retail business and auto dealerships will be able to reopen, given that customers shop by appointment. Starting May 29, doctors and dentists will be able to treat non-emergency patients. Lastly, Whitmer announced groups of 10 or less may gather as long as social distancing is being practiced.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced more openings for Michigan Thursday morning.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two executive orders on May 21 updating statewide policies on the reopening of businesses, access to nonessential medical care and workplace safety in reopened outpatient care facilities. 


Earlier this week, President Donald Trump announced he would visit the Ford Rawsonville Components plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County Wednesday morning.

Severe flooding hit Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford Dams breached on Tuesday, forcing thousands of central Michigan residents living along the Tittabawassee River to evacuate. Gov.


James T. Dalton, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy dean, has been chosen as the next executive vice president and provost for the University of Alabama.

Michigan reaches 500 deaths

Michigan’s COVID-19 related deaths have climbed to 5,017 according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday.

Trump is visiting Ypsilanti Thursday

Ford Motor Company released a statement Sunday night confirming President Donald Trump is visi


In an email sent Saturday, University President Mark Schlissel announced that laboratory research will begin to resume with restrictions, citing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order which allows research activities to resume.

In the email, Schlissel said all lab work that can be done remotely must continue to be done remotely. As Whitmer detailed in the MI Safe Smart Plan, some economic work can begin in phases. The University plans to follow a similar plan with a gradual return, beginning with some in-person lab work.