Be sure to check out the FAQs on the COVID-19 Update Page as a great way to stay up-to-date with all the information and changes.
Chancellor Supports Oxford “Stay-at-Home” Resolution
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill and the Board of Aldermen approved a “stay-at-home” resolution Sunday night for residents of Oxford, effective immediately until April 6. Chancellor Boyce sent a message to all faculty and staff strongly supporting this resolution, which is mandatory for all city residents, as part of the university’s collective efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The university has already limited its operations to “mission-critical” functions. Chancellor Boyce asked all vice chancellors to examine ways in which we can restrict the definition of “mission-critical” even further in light of the city’s resolution. Any university employee who can work remotely is expected to do so. Please do not come to campus to work simply because you want to get out of the house.
This resolution applies to all students who are staying in Oxford as well. All of us need to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus by staying home and practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
Ole Miss Bookstore
Through April 6, the Ole Miss Bookstore will be open for online business only. The Bookstore is ready to serve the campus through its app and on the web. Products will be delivered during this temporary store closure with free shipping on all orders, though customers may experience longer shipping times than usual based on local conditions.
Z and P Grade Options
Visit the Keep Learning site for a complete explanation of the Z and P grade options recently adopted by the university for the Spring 2020 semester.
Faculty and Staff
Keep Teaching: Drop-in Sessions
As we shift to online delivery, the Keep Teaching team remains ready to assist faculty, including daily Zoom drop-in sessions each day from March 23-27:
- 9:00 AM Proctorio Intro: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/755066059
- 10:00 AM General Teaching Support: https://zoom.us/j/688917651
- 1:00 PM Blackboard Office Hours: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/995909765
- 2:00 PM Assignment Design: https://zoom.us/j/557359975
- 3:00 PM Proctorio Setup Help: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/556634913
Notes on Internet Connection Speeds
Most people working from home have asynchronous connection speeds (upload typically being much slower than download.) When you upload videos or content to Box, YouTube, etc., from home, it could take a long time, much longer than typical on the campus network. Please be patient and factor this into your workflow.
To run video conferencing without lagging, we recommend a download bandwidth of at least 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second) and an upload bandwidth of around 600 kbps. Test your bandwidth to see how well it performs. Asking your students to keep their webcams off can help with bandwidth issues.
Other Things to Know
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill issued a new resolution requesting all citizens stay at home except for essential needs. See these links for additional information:
Coronavirus Testing Stations in Lafayette County https://lafayettems.com/coronavirus-testing-stations-in-lafayette-county/
Covid-19 Has Forced Higher Ed to Pivot to Online Learning. Here Are 7 Takeaways So Far (Chronicle of Higher Education)