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Extended Library Hours
Beginning Oct. 26, the J.D. Williams Library will be extending its hours for the remainder of the semester.
- Monday, 7:30am – 10:00pm
- Tuesday, 7:30am – 10:00pm
- Wednesday, 7:30am – 10:00pm
- Thursday, 7:30am – 10:00pm
- Friday, 7:30am – 5:00pm
- Saturday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm (closed when there is a home football game)
- Sunday, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosting social gatherings
The university has launched a pilot to expand student social activities safely. The pilot is a two-week process to allow some off-campus social gatherings under delineated parameters and requirements. See Oct. 19 message to students for details.
Revised Spring 2021 Academic Calendar and Commencement Plans
On Oct. 5, the university released information about a modified academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester, as well as details regarding Commencement activities for 2020 and 2021 graduates – all with continued emphasis on health and safety protocols to protect students, faculty and staff due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Read the full message.
Updated guidance about hosting events and gatherings
MSDH COVID-19 testing for university students and employees
Universal testing is available through the Mississippi State Department of Health for university students, faculty and staff with appointments at the Lafayette County Health Department.
You will need to make an appointment before you visit by filling out an online questionnaire. You will receive an appointment regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is infected. When completing the online questionnaire, be sure to answer the questions through the fourth question which asks, “Are you a student, faculty, or staff member of a Mississippi college or university?” When you respond “yes” you will be taken through options to choose a location and select a day and time.
In addition to Lafayette County Health Department, free testing is also offered at other county health department locations only on scheduled days (listed on this page), or daily at the free testing site in Jackson.
Free Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing
The University will offer free asymptomatic (i.e., without symptoms) COVID-19 testing for faculty, staff, and students on campus. This testing and data collection will serve as the university’s Sentinel Testing Program (which involves asymptomatic testing of our population) and will add to the current protections to keep our community safe. Invitations to register for an appointment time will be sent weekly. See more information about the program.
Need to report your positive COVID-19 result over the weekend or after business hours? There are two ways you can accomplish this.
Download the Everbridge App and select the Report Positive COVID-19 button. Then scan or take a picture of your results and upload it to our HIPAA compliant UMBOX. Only University Health Services personnel will be able to view your documentation.
Fill out the UHS Self Report form, scan or take a picture of your results and upload both the form and your results to our HIPAA compliant UMBOX. Only University Health Services personnel will be able to view your documentation.
Answering your questions
UM Human Resources has shared the following guidance with employees.
UM faculty are encouraged to use the following guidance to continue to work flexibly, quickly, and collaboratively.