Message from the CANR Dean: August 18, 2020

From: Ron Hendrick, Dean, CANR
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Subject: Message from the Dean's Office

CANR Colleagues:

As you have already heard, Dr. Stanley and the MSU Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to move undergraduate courses to an online space. Graduate and professional programs are exempt from this decision. Our primary focus has always been the health and safety of our Michigan State University community. I fully support this decision, to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and healthy.

Instructors and undergraduate students who were slated to teach or take face-to-face or hybrid courses will be most affected by this decision. There will be some exceptions made to this on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the instructors, department chairs, the college administration and with final approval by the Provost. Department chairs and school directors will be working closely, and rapidly, with faculty to identify courses that will be requested for exceptions. We will have a list of exceptions in our college to be forward to the Provost by the end of the week.

In partnership with International Scholars and Programs and other offices on campus, we will work to ensure that our international students make progress toward their degrees as well as meet the necessary federal guidelines for them to stay in the country.

Research and MSU Extension activities, and any associated travel, will continue to operate as they are now, and in accordance with University guidelines and Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Orders. All faculty and staff should continue to work from home to every extent possible.

While we were all working hard to welcome our students and instructors back to the classroom, this is a disappointing turn of events. As we think about the changes this decision will bring, I encourage you to be in touch with your colleagues and your students.

We met with chairs and directors tonight to discuss specifics. Please work quickly with your unit leaders and department chairs to get necessary information to them. We will continue to relay updated information to you as it becomes available.


Ron Hendrick, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources