EVENTS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
University departments and registered student organizations (RSOs) may arrange events, gatherings, and extracurricular activities. Arrangements should take into consideration the comfort-level of all attendees based upon their vaccination status. Please see the requirements and recommendations below to assist you with your event planning.
- Effective August 5, attendees of indoor events on campus are required to wear a mask, per the August 5 update to campus protocols. The temporary mask requirement protocol will be updated as soon as safely possible.
- Event organizers should encourage respect for those who also choose to wear a mask when it is not required. The university has produced signage that can serve as a resource, if needed.
- Event organizers should also take into account the structure of the event and the size of the venue in order to provide an opportunity for attendees (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to practice physical distancing to the extent possible.
- RSOs must submit their events through The ForUM based on the University of Mississippi’s event registration policy. RSOs must attend Fall 2021 RSO Orientation in order to register all events as well as to apply for Student Activity Fee funding from the Associated Student Body. RSOs may sign up for RSO Orientation here.
- University departments and academic units are encouraged to continue utilizing the ForUM (without any approvals) for student facing events.
Recommendations and Guidelines for Events and Extracurricular Activities
- Everyone is required to wear a mask at indoor events on campus.
- Individuals who are unvaccinated should wear a mask and maintain social distance when indoors or outdoors.
- Physical distancing highly recommended for indoor events and extracurricular activities (Capacity of space should allow for 6 feet distancing or 3 feet distancing for classroom-style seated events)
- Food services recommended to be grab and go or served (not buffet style)
- List of attendees recommended to assist with potential contact tracing
- Transportation: Masks required per CDC guidance(vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals)
Vaccination against COVID-19 is the best mitigation strategy and highly encouraged for all members of the university community.
Guiding Principles for Activities Based on CDC Guidance
- The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
- The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
- Community mitigation strategies should be layered upon one another and used at the same time—with several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of another spike in cases and deaths. No one strategy is sufficient.
- Mitigation strategies can be scaled up or down, depending on the evolving local situation, and what is feasible, practical, and legal in a jurisdiction. Any signs of a cluster of new cases or a reemergence of broader community transmission should result in a re-evaluation of community mitigation strategies and a decision on whether and how mitigation might need to change.
How can I find out what events are occurring on campus?
- Explore events and organizations at The ForUM.
- Read The Powder Blue, the weekly student newsletter that provides helpful information, connection and campus happenings for all students.
- Follow the social feeds of Ole Miss Student Services and the Associated Student Body.
- Check out the university’s events calendar.