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April 2, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Order for Mississippi

On April 1, Governor Tate Reeves issued a shelter in place order for all of Mississippi to go into effect on Friday, April 3, at 5:00 p.m.

The shelter in place order is consistent with Mississippi College’s commitment to educate, protect, and care for our students and our MC community. Even as this situation changes daily, we continue to honor these commitments.  

What does this order mean for MC?
The health and safety of our students has been an MC priority since the COVID-19 crisis began. Mississippi College had already paused most campus activities and started practicing social distancing, with classes moving to online instruction and on-campus services limited. The shelter in place order means MC will institute a few additional precautions.

  • All MC offices will close to the public and all building entrances will revert to card-swipe access only for faculty and staff.
  • Non-essential campus business offices and operations will close.
  • The library will be closed. Librarians will provide services remotely.
  • Employees should not report to campus unless notified by your supervisor. Supervisors will provide additional guidance to employees.

MC essential services that will remain open include:
Health (Student Health Services is open at the Baptist Healthplex on the MC campus.)
Public safety

MC services with limited on-campus operations include:
Financial/business affairs
Physical plant
Post office
Registrar
Residence halls (open only to students who have already received permission to stay on campus)
Technology support
To-go food services that support residence halls

Residence halls will remain open for the limited number of students who have received permission to remain in their rooms. Students who consider the MC campus their primary residence will not be displaced. MC staff will be on hand to make sure these students receive the care and support they need.

Retrieving Belongings from the Residence Halls
Many of our students have asked if they can return to campus to collect their belongings and move out of their dorm rooms for the school year. The shelter in place order will not allow for that at this time. Students can rest assured that the residence halls are secure and their belongings are safe. Students will be alerted as soon as it is safe to return to campus to gather their belongings and move out of the dorms.

Questions?
For up-to-the-minute information, please continue to visit www.mc.edu/coronavirus. The website is updated frequently and includes a list of FAQs. 
MC employees who have additional questions may also contact their supervisors. 

Blake Thompson
President