July 2020 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends July 2020
COVID-19 guidelines, plans in place for students

COVID-19 guidelines, plans in place for students

Campus life and learning look different than they did in March, and we have new guidelines and procedures in place to accommodate physical distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But even though things have changed, we remain firmly committed to our academic mission. It's important to note that some plans and guidelines may change as conditions evolve and new information becomes available. 

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Wayne State graduation rate continues record-setting improvement  

Wayne State University’s rise as a national model for student success hit a new milestone in May, as its six-year graduation rate surpassed its goal of 50% more than a year prior to completion of its Distinctively Wayne State strategic plan. The current six-year graduation rate is 50.5%. Data indicates that it will improve to between 51% and 52% following the completion of spring and summer courses.

Board of Governors unanimously approves 0% tuition increase  

The Wayne State University Board of Governors unanimously approved a 0% tuition increase for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year. President M. Roy Wilson and his administration proposed the 0% tuition increase, but acknowledged that there will be some budget adjustments because Wayne State, like other universities, relies primarily on two sources of revenue: tuition and state appropriation. Depending on fall enrollment and the state’s higher education budget appropriation, financial models predict a budget gap of $20 million to $60 million.

Wayne State University Police Department establishes headquarters of the National De-escalation Training Center  

The Wayne State University Police Department has taken a stronger stand on police use of excessive force with the establishment of the headquarters of the National De-escalation Training Center (NDTC) on campus. The NDTC has filed for nonprofit corporation status with the state of Michigan and has already begun de-escalation training of sworn Wayne State University police officers.

Stay up to date with Wayne State's COVID-19 response

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In the news

Detroit News: Wayne State announces mixed plan for fall return of classes

Michigan Chronicle: Mapping the road to return

The Detroit News: New lessons on campus: How to stay safe in a pandemic

Forbes: How to stay informed but protect your mental health

Detroit Free Press: Art student designs signs that 'Say Their Names'

Flashpoint: Fall schooling as virus cases surge

CNN: Behaviors once considered extreme are now crucial to protect us amid a dangerous pandemic

The Detroit News: New Detroit, leaders urge 'relentless' war on racism

CNN: Neighborhood friendships on a comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic

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Presidential town hall

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