Update: March 15, 2020

For Employees: Coronavirus work guidelines for the week of March 16-March 20

As you know, Jackson State University has been closely monitoring developments with the "Coronavirus disease 2019" (COVID-19) pandemic. New cases are being reported daily, including several recently reported in the Metro-Jackson area. Additionally, Gov. Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency. It is vital that we treat this situation with a sense of urgency for the safety of our faculty, staff and students.  

Therefore, we ask that only essential faculty and staff at Jackson State University, and its satellite locations, to report to campus at this time. All Public Safety, Facilities and Construction Management, and Residential Life staff are asked to report as normal as we have several students remaining on campus. Those outside of this designated group please await direction from your supervisor before reporting to work. This notice is effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

Jackson State University is implementing telecommuting options for non-essential personnel to stem any disruption in University services. We are requesting that non-essential personnel work from home if you are able. If you are not able to do so, please contact your supervisor for further instruction.

Faculty will dedicate time preparing for the transition of traditional and/or hybrid courses to online and related modalities. Various professional development options, such as self-paced online and live remote training, are available to assist with course development. Additional information from Academic Affairs is forthcoming.

We thank you for your patience and ask that you remain flexible as we deal with this evolving pandemic.


 

Message from Acting President Thomas Hudson: JSU has confirmed case of COVID-19

 

Dear JSU faculty, staff, and students, 

The university has been made aware that a Jackson State University student has tested positive for the coronavirus. The student is currently isolated at home. 

We are working closely with officials from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) for guidance to ensure the continued safety of our campus community. MSDH has notified individuals who have been in contact with the student. These individuals have been advised of the proper protocol to monitor symptoms. 

The health and safety of our students and campus community remain our top priority. We are following the protocols in our response plan to minimize the impact of this disease. 

Last week, JSU implemented a coronavirus response team to assist with minimizing the spread of the disease. Other measures taken include an extended Spring Break, suspension of in-person classes, installed additional hand sanitizer stations, deep cleaned all campus buildings with special attention to residence halls, and restricted travel. 

Please continue to follow safety protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and local health agencies. Here are some below – 

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.

Facts regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Mississippi State Department of Health website here. You can find the most recent university information, updates, guidance, and Frequently Asked Questions on the JSU website. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the JSU community.

We care about our campus community and your families. Please continue to take steps to stay in good health during this time.


 

Sincerely, 

Thomas. K. Hudson, J.D.

Acting President