Mississippi colleges and universities release coronavirus guidelines for students, faculty and staff


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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Colleges and universities across Mississippi have released guidelines for students, faculty, and staff due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far, no confirmed cases have been reported in Mississippi.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

The following schools have released guidelines for students on their websites:

  • Alcorn State University: Click here for guidelines
  • Mississippi College: Click here for guidelines
  • Mississippi State University: Click here for guidelines
  • University of Mississippi: Click here for guidelines
  • University of Southern Mississippi: Click here for guidelines

Jackson State University released the following guidelines:

  • In response to the coronavirus outbreak across the nation but no reported cases in Mississippi, Jackson State University’s Acting President Thomas Hudson shared the following information with the campus community: As you are aware, the rapid spread of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has caused great concern for many universities throughout the United States and around the world. I would like to emphasize that, thus far, the vast majority of people who have contracted COVID-19 have only experienced relatively mild symptoms as a result. However, at Jackson State University, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, we have closely monitored this situation and have taken the following actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campus:
    • We have assembled a team of diverse campus personnel (JSU Coronavirus Response Team), whose function is to create and execute a plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and to mitigate its potential effects on our day-to-day operations.
    • Our facilities management staff is currently conducting a deep, thorough cleaning of every building on the campus.
    • We will be installing hand-sanitizer stations at various locations throughout the campus.
  • Additionally, the following travel restrictions are now in place until further notice:
    • All university-related international travel is prohibited.
    • With few exceptions, all university-related domestic travel to areas where there have been confirmed cases is prohibited.
  • Furthermore, we are working with campus leadership to ensure that our colleges, schools, and departments are prepared to conduct class activities online should that be required.

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