In accordance with evolving public health guidance and the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines, effective Monday, May 17, 2021, all vaccinated individuals (those who have received their final COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks ago) are no longer required to wear a mask or maintain social distance when indoors or outdoors on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi. Anyone who is unvaccinated should still continue to wear a mask. This revised guidance does not apply to healthcare settings such as University Health Services. Faculty and supervisors should allow and support all those in our community who continue to wear masks in classroom and office spaces.
Intersession classes underway and first and full summer classes will continue in their current formats and capacities. We encourage everyone to support and respect those who need to or choose to continue wearing masks.
This updated public health guidance is a great development in our fight against the pandemic, and it is a direct result of adoption of the COVID-19 vaccines. The best way that each of us can continue the return to pre-pandemic life is to get vaccinated. If you have not received the vaccine yet, please make a plan to do so to protect yourself, your friends and loved ones.
The university will continue to monitor the health and safety of our campus community and adapt, if necessary, to comply with government orders and public health guidance.