FAQs will be updated at: https://studenthousing.olemiss.edu/covid-19-faqs/
What if I live on campus?
Students are strongly encouraged to return to their family home and stay there during this period to promote social distancing and minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
It is imperative that we all do our part to stem the spread of this pandemic by promoting social distancing to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. This is not a time to gather for parties or treat it as an extended vacation. You may not get sick, but failing to practice social distancing may lead you to transmit the virus to someone else who could die from it. Please act in the interest of the greater good and stay home.
Can I make an appointment now to get the rest of my belongings and move out, or grab some additional essential items?
The Oxford Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a “Stay-At-Home” resolution ordering all residents of Oxford to stay at home until April 6, and ordered many businesses to close for that same time period. University leadership strongly supports the city’s action, and took additional steps to restrict the number of university employees who will continue to come to campus to work during this emergency. Given the requirements of this order and the larger public health need to practice social distancing, we cannot accommodate any requests to access residence hall rooms at this time. Our residence halls are locked, and your belongings are safe and secure in your room and can remain there.
We plan to open an appointment system at a future date for you to schedule a time to gain access to your residence hall to retrieve your belongings. However, given the fluid nature of this evolving pandemic, we cannot say at this time when that will occur. Public health considerations will be the driving factor in determining when it is safe to open the halls for your return.
Where are students living on campus who have been approved for alternative housing?
Student Housing is using Residence Hall 2, Residence Hall 3, Luckyday Residential College, Residential College South, Northgate, and Campus Walk for those students approved for alternative housing. Limited staff will be available. Signs will be posted providing residents with instructions on how to contact Student Housing staff.
For the time being, will anyone enter my room?
Housing staff will need to enter residence hall rooms for the limited purpose of removing perishable items that can cause spoilage, attract ants, or create other sanitary problems. Otherwise, nobody will enter your room, and it will remain locked. Air conditioning and heating continues to run in all of residence halls, so your belongings in your room are in a temperature-controlled environment.
Will I receive a refund for housing?
At the moment our first priority is ensuring our campus community is safe and healthy, and an efficient plan is in place for students to retrieve their belongings. We understand that this question is important to you, and as soon as this information becomes available, we will make it available to you.
What additional measures are being taken to ensure the halls are cleaned and disinfected?
The Department of Student Housing has increased the cleaning of all campus housing facilities. As of Friday, March 13, all campus housing buildings were cleaned and disinfected (all touchpoints, flat surfaces and public restrooms) in preparation for the return of the students on March 15. We implemented an increased and enhanced cleaning schedule for all public areas within Student Housing. All public areas will be cleaned and disinfected every 1-2 hours depending on the student traffic for that area. After buildings closed on March 18 at 5:00 pm, the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of all empty buildings continued. All open front desks are being stocked with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
Is Student Housing planning to hire student staff (CAs and CDAs) for Fall 2020?
Is Student Housing planning to hire student staff (CAs and CDAs) for Summer 2020?
Currently, we are still determining if this is a possibility and will provide more information once it becomes available.