Update: March 13, 2020

Message for Faculty and Staff from JSU Human Resources

As a part of the JSU Coronavirus Response Team, the Department of Human Resources is providing the following employment guidance and FAQs. These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated as this situation unfolds. Although Spring Break has been extended for students, Jackson State University remains open and all faculty and staff should report for work as normal. 

Any employee who has traveled to an impacted Level 3 or Level 2 country, or has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, should follow these steps: 

  • Faculty and staff returning from one of these countries must self-quarantine even if no symptoms of illness are present Those individuals must contact the Department of Human Resources at 601-979-2015 to ensure proper designation of leave and receive important information about work arrangements. Please also notify your supervisor. 

  • Employees who traveled to an impacted COVID-19 Level 3 or Level 2 country for official University business will be placed on paid administrative leave during the 14-day self- quarantine period.Employees who traveled to an impacted COVID-19 Level 3 or Level 2 country for personal reasons, or who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, must use accrued medical or personal leave during the 14-day self-quarantine period. 

  • If a healthcare provider determines an employee has contracted COV1D-19, the employee may become eligible for FMLA leave and any accrued medical leave may be used concurrently with the FMLA leave. Any employee in this circumstance should notify HR so that leave time is properly designated. 

  • At the end of the 14-day quarantine, faculty and staff who are free of symptoms and have followed quarantine procedures should make an appointment with their doctor to be cleared to return to campus. Please call ahead and let the healthcare provider's office know you have been in quarantine. Please send your return to work form to Human Resources for review and determination of when you may come back to campus via fax 601-979-5856 or email hrservices@jsums.edu. 

What if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

You should not report to work if you have symptoms (fever of 100.4 F or greater along with cough or shortness of breath). You should report your absence in accordance with your department’s call-in procedure. Per our usual leave policies, your first day (8 hours) absent will be personal leave, and then sick leave can be used for additional days needed. If you do not have leave time available, unpaid leave will be approved. For faculty, sick leave may be used on day one.

What if I am sick but unable to get a doctor’s appointment or note?

JSU is waiving the requirement to provide a doctor’s note during this time.

What if I need to take care of a family member who has COVID-19?

If you have sudden caring responsibilities for a family member, you should report your absence in accordance with your department’s call-in procedure. Per our usual leave policies, your first day (8 hours) absent will be personal leave and then sick leave can be used for additional days. If you do not have leave time available, unpaid leave will be approved. For faculty, sick leave may be used on day one.

What if my child’s daycare or school closes and I have to stay at home?

If you are unable to work due to caring responsibilities, you should report your absence in accordance with your department’s call-in procedure. Per our usual leave policies, personal leave or comp time should be used for these absences. If you do not have leave available, unpaid leave will be approved.

What if I need to self-isolate and can’t come to work?

Self-isolation will be condition-specific. For example, if you are required to self-isolate due to exposure, our usual leave policies will apply (first day/8 hours  personal leave time then sick leave or unpaid time may be approved if no leave is available). If you plan to personally travel to an area that requires known self-isolation upon return, then you should factor the self-isolation period into your personal leave request. If you are self-isolating by your own decision, then our usual leave policies will apply for requesting time off (personal leave or unpaid).

What if I, or a family member, am at high risk for the virus?

We encourage you to discuss your situation with your supervisor so that they are aware of your circumstances, can support you appropriately and discuss your personal needs with you as this situation develops. It is likely that the guidance we issue will become role-specific. For example, those who are in roles that have a large amount of face-to-face contact are in a different position than those who work in an isolated way. HR will ask supervisors to work with the individual to agree on how they are best protected. We will address this sympathetically on a case-by-case basis while considering individual circumstances and current guidance from health care officials.

Do I need to complete FMLA paperwork?

We are not requiring FMLA documentation specifically for COVID-19 symptoms. However, if the absence involves hospitalization or longer-term treatment, FMLA paperwork should be requested. For other medical conditions (such as surgery or pregnancy), our FMLA policy will remain in effect.

What if it is believed someone is abusing this situation?

We very much hope that this isn’t the case, but if you do have concerns please contact Human Resources at hrservices@jsums.edu.

What should I do if someone is being harassed for their national origin due to COVID-19?

The University does not tolerate any forms of discrimination and harassment, so these instances should be addressed immediately. Please contact Human Resources at hrservices@jsums.edu.

Can my student worker work during the extended spring break period?
Supervisors are encouraged to consult with their student employees to discuss work during the extended spring break period. Students are not required to work during this period unless it is deemed that the work is essential for University operations. Additional information will be disseminated regarding student workers during the alternate and online delivery period of course work.

Please continue to check the University's website as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. 

 

 

 


Message from Acting President Thomas Hudson

 

Dear JSU Community,

The global impact of COVID-19, also called coronavirus, continues to grow as we work to keep our students, faculty and staff safe. While we have no reported cases of COVID-19 on our campus or within Metro Jackson, the Mississippi State Department Health has reported its first confirmed case within the state. JSU’s Response Team has been activated to make decisions with our overarching focus on our community’s health and safety – especially for those in high-risk categories. Taking these actions now reduces the exposure of JSU community members to COVID-19. 

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Mississippi State Department of Health and the State of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, we are implementing measures intended to protect the health of the JSU community. 

Classes:  We are extending Spring Break for an additional week, with all classes resuming online March 23, 2020.  All faculty are asked to utilize this additional time to move their courses online or provide alternative instructional methods. Beginning the week of March 23, all students must take their courses online or through alternative instructional methods. We ask faculty to work with students who have limited Internet access or need other accommodations. 

Campus:  Campus, including computer labs, is open and will remain open until further notice. Dining services will also continue as normal until further notice.

Residential Students:  Students living in the residence halls are encouraged not to return to campus at this time. However, we recognize that some students may need to reside on campus. Therefore, all of the residence halls will remain open. Students must do what is best for them. Again, we will work to ensure that all students can complete their program of study online, through alternative instructional methods or have other accommodations made.  

JSU Employees, Faculty and Staff:  All other normal campus operations will continue. Employees who are experiencing health issues are asked to remain home until symptoms subside.

Travel:  We are indefinitely suspending all university-sponsored travel, both domestic and international effective March 12.  As this is a rapidly moving issue, we will continuously reevaluate this restriction as more information becomes available.  For personal travel, we urge you to carefully consider intended destinations and check on restrictions or quarantine measures that may be recommended or required by the CDC upon arrival or return. 

Events:  We are indefinitely suspending all university-sponsored events at this time, effective March 12. Again, we will reevaluate this restriction as more information becomes available. 

Athletics: Following NCAA and Southwestern Athletic Conference guidelines, all Spring Sports and related activities are postponed until further notice.

 Best Practices:  You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the following ways:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

You can find the most recent information, updates, guidance and Frequently Asked Questions at https://www.jsums.edu/covid19. You may also send questions directly to the Office of the President via email at president@jsums.edu. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the JSU community.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this rapidly evolving issue.



Events

 

All JSU hosted events scheduled March 12 – April 15 are postponed until further notice.



 

Auxiliary Enterprises Extended Spring Break Hours of Operation

 

JSU DINING SERVICES 

Heritage Dining Hall

Monday – Friday                                          

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                   

Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                        

Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday

Brunch: 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dinner: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


SubConnection

Monday – Friday                                          

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday                                       

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.                         

 

MEAL PLANS ACTIVE · TIGERBUCKS & DINING DOLLARS WILL BE ACCEPTED


 JSU CAMPUS STOR E

Monday – Friday                                          

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday

CLOSED                  

                        


 JSU POSTAL 

Monday – Friday                                          

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    

                        


WALTER PAYTON RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER

Monday – Friday                                          

5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                  

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                                         

Saturday                                                                   

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Sunday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.