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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Mississippi University for Women continues our commitment to a safe and healthy campus environment by promoting health and wellness protocols, personal responsibility, and compassion for others. Each member of the campus community plays a critical role in keeping individuals and the campus safe.

Symptoms & Exposure

Individuals should not attend class or enter public spaces on campus if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Before attending class or entering public spaces, individuals experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should be tested. Students and employees may test through a health care provider or through a home self-test kit. Testing services are provided free of charge by the Campus Health Center.

Classroom Wellness

Traditional spaces will be utilized and standard capacity can be expected for face-to-face classes as we work to meet the demand for these courses. Instructors interested in locations that would offer more spacing should work with academic leadership to address those requests. Non-attendance does not relieve the student of the responsibility of completing all course requirements.

All courses must be taught though their published delivery method. Courses may be moved to remote delivery for limited periods of time should it be deemed necessary. Students should be prepared to learn in an online or remote environment if it were to become necessary.

Meetings & Events

Events and meetings are no longer restricted by Covid-19 guidelines. Groups and individuals are permitted to host meetings in-person and should use best judgment in determining meeting modality. Participants are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their space and employ practices that the promote health and wellness of the community.

Mental Health Resources

Student Resources

The MUW Counseling Center is available to provide a wide range of free services to currently enrolled students. Staffed by well-trained mental health professionals, the center can assist through in person and virtual counseling sessions. The MUW Counseling Center is located on the corner of 11th Street and 4th Avenue. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and counselors are on-call for nights, weekends, and holidays.

Faculty/Staff Resources

MUW benefits-eligible employees and members of their households are covered under the Humana Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work-Life Services Benefit at no cost to the employee. The services provided are available to help you and your household members manage everyday life issues that can affect you at home and work. They offer assistance and counseling in person or by telephone, a variety of resources for health and wellness as well as numerous referral services, and it’s all confidential. Follow the link for Humana’s contact information and to learn more about this benefit:

Travel

Unless traveling to an area with a travel restriction, normal travel procedures apply, and individuals traveling should be aware of the conditions that exist at their destination. Travelers should adhere to international travel guidelines published by the CDC and contact the Campus Health Center if there are questions.

Travel Guidance

Communication

Any health protocols adopted by the University should be considered institutional directives and are not subject to the discretion of individuals or individual units. The campus community is encouraged to check these guidelines regularly as they are subject to change. When changes occur, campus will be made aware through official means of communication.

Student COVID-19 FAQs

  • How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot? +

    Free vaccinations and booster shots are available to all members of the campus community. If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster on campus, please call the Campus Health Center at 662-329-7289.
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines required by the university? +

    No, vaccination is not required for students, faculty and staff. However, the university strongly encourages individuals to get vaccinated.
  • Can I ask about an individual’s vaccination status? +

    No, an individual’s vaccination status is protected personal information and faculty and staff should not ask individuals about their vaccination status.
  • What should I do if someone asks me about my vaccination status? +

    Generally, you should not be asked about your vaccination status. Exceptions may include times when you are seeking medical treatment, during contact tracing, or in the execution of testing protocols. Otherwise, if you are asked, you can politely respond that you are not comfortable providing personal medical information.
  • Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about Covid-19 classroom protocols? +

    Individuals should contact the Student Success Center (Reneau Hall 1st floor, 662-329-7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about available resources.
  • Will instructors penalize students for missing class due to Covid-19 isolation or quarantine? +

    The university will be returning to pre-pandemic class attendance expectations. Students are expected to attend all classes, laboratory periods, and other meetings that constitute a regular part of their University program, and the student must consult the instructor concerning required makeup work and will be held responsible for all work missed. For more information about this topic, please review the Class Attendance Policy in the Student Bulletin found at http://bulletin.muw.edu/content.php?catoid=36&navoid=2224#missed-class-policy.
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Faculty/Staff COVID-19 FAQs

  • How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot? +

    Free vaccinations and booster shots are available to all members of the campus community. If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster on campus, please call the Campus Health Center at 662-329-7289.
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines required by the university? +

    No, vaccination is not required for students, faculty and staff. However, the university strongly encourages individuals to get vaccinated.
  • Can I ask about an individual’s vaccination status? +

    No, an individual’s vaccination status is protected personal information and faculty and staff should not ask individuals about their vaccination status.
  • What should I do if someone asks me about my vaccination status? +

    Generally, you should not be asked about your vaccination status. Exceptions may include times when you are seeking medical treatment, during contact tracing, or in the execution of testing protocols. Otherwise, if you are asked, you can politely respond that you are not comfortable providing personal medical information.
  • What leave is available for quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19? Can I telecommute while quarantined? +

    An employee will need to use personal leave, medical leave or leave without pay according to State law. Telecommuting may be an option and will be evaluated by the supervisor on an individual basis.
  • Will the University supply PPE, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for offices/departments and how do I request supplies? +

    Yes, you may contact Resources Management at 329-7126 for information regarding supplies and refills.
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