Update: March 17, 2020

JSU GAP Emergency Fund

While it is imperative that students return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the uncertainty, inconvenience and frustration caused by this disruption in routine. We pride ourselves on being a family-oriented institution, with a campus always teeming with students enjoying life and their academic journey. 

We now find ourselves amid a severe public health crisis, and we are doing everything within our control to maintain a sense of normalcy as we transition to online classes. However, we still urge students to return home for the protection and safety of all. To possibly help combat the financial strain of traveling home or to other accommodating destinations, we have the JSU GAP Emergency Fund. 

The JSU GAP Emergency Funding Program is designed to provide financial support to students with emergency expenses, such as unexpected illness, accidents and economic hardships. Developed through the Division of Institutional Advancement Major and Planned Gifts unit, the fund is managed with the assistance of the Office of Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Admissions and the Jackson State University Development Foundation. 




The University Academic Advisement Center joins the University and other public universities by modifying schedules for the 2020 spring semester.  To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, “Summer and Fall 2020 Early Registration” has been extended.  Registration is continuous, but the identified dates for the upcoming Sophomore week have been changed to March 23-27, 2020.  Freshmen week will follow March 30-April 3, 2020.  If you were unable to register during your classifications identified time, open registration begins April 6 for all students.   Registration options will be offered by appointment only, so be on the lookout from communication directly from your advisor on how to schedule appointments.



New cases of the novel coronavirus continue to surface around the nation and in the state. The first case for a Mississippi resident was reported just last week and others have followed, most cases reportedly related to recent travel.  

These new cases demonstrate how the swift intermingling of people by modern means of travel accelerates the spread of this virus.  Therefore, essentially all persons are at risk for exposure, even in geographical areas where there have been no reported cases.

Therefore, it is highly advisable that ALL students, faculty and staff self-monitor for flu-like symptoms, especially the following:

·     Fever
·     Cough
·     Muscle aches
·     Feeling tired or weak

All persons with symptoms of any respiratory illness should avoid class or work and seek medical advice until all signs of illness have passed or cleared by a health professional.

Although a test is available for detection of the novel coronavirus, the availability of these tests is currently limited as agencies scramble to make more test kits available. 

While a significant number of apparently healthy young people have needed intense treatment after becoming infected, persons living in our communities with chronic medical conditions or who are of advanced age continue to comprise the majority who have required hospitalization and critical care. 

Special care must therefore be taken by all to prevent transmission of this novel virus to vulnerable populations (including parents and chronically ill members of your family).

To reduce the chance of contracting the virus, all persons should continue to monitor their surroundings and observe good preventive health practices, i.e.

·     Limiting unnecessary travel
·     Avoiding contact with persons exhibiting signs of illness
·     Keeping frequently touched surfaces disinfected by spray or wipes
·     Decontaminating hands and fingers by washing them frequently using proper techniques (www.cdc.gov/handwashing) and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
·     Routinely keeping a distance of six (6) feet or more between one's self and others to reduce the chance of transmitting the virus between persons who may be unaware they have acquired the virus.
·     Covering your cough with a tissue and throwing it into the trash or wearing a surgical mask if coughing for any reason will reduce your chance potentially spreading this newly discovered virus to others. 

For more information, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov/conoravirusor the Mississippi State Department of Health website at www.msdh.ms.gov

To report signs and symptoms of illness suggestive of the Covid19 virus or otherillnesses, call the Health Center at 601.979. 2260 for instructions or email us at healthservices@jsums.edufor general inquires.

For secure communication between patients and our health care providers regarding more confidential matters, students and staff can also log on to the patient portal in the Health Center’s electronic medical records system and click on the message button to send a message or to review our response.  

If you have not already done so, you can register for access to the portal at https://jsu.studenthealthportal.com

We’d love to assist you.

Tiger Pride,
Health Center