The University of Mississippi announces "Campus Ready" plan for Fall 2020.
The full plan can be found on the coronavirus info page at coronavirus.olemiss.edu. Here's what you need to know:
The Academic calendar for Fall 2020 has been updated so that students will not return to campus between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Classes will instead end on November 17th with final exams occurring November 18-20 and 23-24. This measure is meant to prevent students who have traveled from returning back to campus and potentially spreading the coronavirus. Classes will begin on the date originally set, August 24th.
Courses are updated with new delivery modes to adhere to room capacity guidelines and social distancing. Courses will either be held in person, remotely but simultaneous with an instructor, a combination or hybrid of the previous two modes, or completely online with no simultaneous time with the instructor. These updates should be announced by July 20th through the My Schedule page on MyOleMiss.
General Move-In will occur August 15-21 as per this statement from Student Housing. An online appointment portal will be used. Students may have only two guests to help them move in, and everyone must wear a facial covering. Students Housing is facilitating early move-in information. Visitation and overnight guests in living spaces will be temporarily suspended at the start of the fall semester. Face coverings must be worn during the semester in any common area or lobby space.
Face Coverings must be worn by all students and employees of the University. Everyone on campus is expected to adhere to the 6-foot social distancing guideline and to disinfect their hands regularly. All students and employees must complete a COVID-19 protocol training before returning to campus. All students and employees will also have to check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms daily with the Unviersity's COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker. Students are required report positive tests to Students Health Services, and employees are required to report positive tests to their supervisor and Employee Health. The University states confidentiality will be maintained. University Health Services will offer COVID-19 tests, but only by appointment. Walk-ins will not be permitted to prevent the spread of the disease.
Some social events may require limiting the number of participants, choosing virtual options, and/or social distancing. Greek Life recruitment will be held in a combination of in-person and virtual events. Seating in dining facilities and the Student Union will be reduced to encourage social distancing. Some Campus Recreation facilities will open July 13th with reduced capacity and pre-screenings.
Chancellor Boyse states, "Please note that the plan will evolve as campus protocols are finalized, the pandemic unfolds and new information and updated public health recommendations are made available." The extensive plan is in compliance with guidelines from local, state, and federal organizations. Further reading can be found on coronavirus.olemiss.edu.
UPDATED JULY 4, 2020
Nine Flag Designs Move Forward in the Selection Process.
Here's what you need to know:
The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag have chosen nine designs to move forward in the process. A public poll is available https://www.mdah.ms.gov/flagpoll with the designs, and public comment will be open from August 25th to September 1st. The commission is set to meet again on August 18th, 25th, and September 2nd. At the September 2nd meeting, the commission will decide on the final design which will be sent to the Governor and Legislature. This flag will be put on the November 3rd general election ballot for the citizens of Mississippi to vote yes or no.
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill is a member of the commission.
UPDATED AUGUST 14, 2020
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