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COVID-19 Operating Status Levels

Operating status levels will help notify the MC community of the current health and safety conditions of on-campus operations.

COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and all members of our community must remain vigilant in taking active steps to curb the spread of the virus. Despite MC’s safety protocols, we cannot fully eliminate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. In partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health, the university is monitoring a variety of indicators to determine what actions may need to be taken should conditions change.

We will use MC Alert, the University’s emergency notification system, to inform the campus of a change in operating status. 


Cases remain stable/low within the MC campus and surrounding communities.

  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff are expected to wear masks indoors on the MC campus. 
  • Ongoing random (surveillance) COVID-19 testing.
  • Daily health and wellness monitoring by all.
  • Classes are structured with flexible technology to support a shift to remote learning if needed.
  • Those exhibiting symptoms should be tested immediately, followed by isolation, quarantine, or monitoring of symptoms depending on test results.


MC campus and surrounding community cases remain stable/low with some increased numbers of reported cases.

  • Continue all Green level actions.
  • All faculty, staff, students and visitors must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Evaluate and implement new health strategies to decrease risk to the MC community.
  • May introduce random, required COVID-19 testing for individuals.
  • Consider adding restrictions or extra guidance for on and off-campus activities. 
  • Increase disinfection and cleaning of campus facilities. 
  • Encourage the MC community to take steps to maintain distancing when practical. 


Multiple positive cases or increase of cases within the MC campus and surrounding communities.

  • Continue all Green and Yellow level actions.
  • Evaluate additional strategies to decrease the risk to the MC community.
  • Increase mandatory testing.
  • Consider additional restrictions to all on-and-off campus student activities and community living.
  • Restriction of some MC community events to limit exposure and potential risk.


Significant MC community spread or increase in cases.

  • Continue all Green, Yellow, and Orange level actions.
  • Shift to on-campus remote learning and activities.
  • Consider having employees work remotely unless deemed essential to university operations.