See the university’s academic protocols.
What should students on campus do if they need a place to Zoom for an hour or two for a remote or hybrid course?
Students on campus who need a place to Zoom for an hour or two for a remote or hybrid course may use a Student Zoom Station on campus. These spaces are designed for students to bring their computer and sit at a desk/table to Zoom for a course. They are not designed as study stations, but rather as a place to sit for an hour or two to Zoom for a course while on campus. A list of spaces with the number of Zoom stations available is listed below. Students may also use the WiFi in the Grove and other outdoor spaces or in some classrooms/buildings which may not be occupied. Students should remember to follow all safety protocols while Zooming, including wearing a mask and physical distancing.
- Tad Smith Coliseum — 20 spaces
- Yerby Lobby Area — 22 spaces
- Lamar 208 — 8 spaces
- Lamar 315 — 8 spaces
- Hume 113 — 12 spaces
- Bondurant E114 — 5 spaces
- Bondurant 116W — 5 spaces
Should students in quarantine or isolation go to a face-to-face class?
Students in quarantine or isolation should not attend a face-to-face class until the quarantine period is complete. Students should continue to attend remote and online courses.
Should students contact their instructors if they are in quarantine or isolation?
Students who are quarantined should contact their instructors for face-to-face courses to inform them that they are in quarantine and unable to attend the face-to-face class. Students with COVID-19 should seek medical attention at the Student Health Center and contact their instructor to let them know that they are sick, quarantined, or have some other health-related absence.
Will instructors penalize students in quarantine or isolation for missing face-to-face class?
COVID-19 safety protocols hold the highest priority, and faculty have designed attendance guidelines for students that do not penalize students for adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. Course attendance policies for face-to-face, hybrid, remote, and online allow for absences necessary for isolation, quarantine, or other COVID-19 related absences. Faculty will be flexible with assignment due dates when students have COVID-19-related absences in all courses, regardless of delivery mode.
Where can students go to learn more about remote learning if they are in quarantine or isolation?
The Keep Learning site provides advice, resources, and points of contact for students to assist in their remote learning experience.
Will all Fall 2020 classes meet in-person on campus?
Classroom capacities will be reduced to comply with CDC and national public health recommendations. Based on the facility protocols posted on the web, it is clear that not every instructional space will support the capacity booked for the Fall due to the necessary protocols. Deans, chairs and faculty have evaluated each course section using a principled set of considerations or factors to decide whether a course should be offered in one of four formats: face-to-face, hybrid, remote or online.
What’s the difference between an “online” class and a “remote” class?
Please see the Keep Learning website for more information on online instruction.
For in-person classes offered this fall, will classrooms operate like they did before the pandemic?
You will see several changes in classrooms this fall. Seating will be limited in order to maintain social distancing. Students will have assigned seats, and faculty and students will be required to wear a mask or a cloth face covering in the classroom. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided in classroom buildings. As a shared responsibility, faculty and students will be asked to wipe down high-touch surfaces in classrooms.
Are face masks required on campus this fall?
A face mask or cloth face covering is required in the presence of others in all indoor spaces. In addition, face coverings will be required outside when adequate social distance cannot be maintained and you are within 6 feet of another person. Any exceptions to these requirements will be outlined in the protocols. All faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to comply with this requirement.
If I come to class without a mask, will I be allowed to attend?
Adherence to the protocols will be essential and fundamental to our ability to offer in-person activities on campus. More details about the consequences of non-adherence are here: https://conflictresolution.olemiss.edu/covidupdates/
How will attendance policies work for in-person classes?
While attendance policies are developed by each faculty member for their classes, faculty are encouraged to develop attendance and excuse policies that acknowledge and support students who become ill or are required to quarantine or self-isolate.
What if I have a health issue or I am required to quarantine that prevents me from attending an in-person class for an extended period?
Students with health issues who cannot attend in-person classes may contact Student Disability Services to request an accommodation to allow for the student to complete the course in an alternate format, if appropriate and if possible. Faculty are encouraged to develop attendance and excuse policies that acknowledge and support students who become ill or are required to quarantine or self-isolate.
Do these policies apply across all UM campuses?
Yes, the policies apply at the regional campuses as well.