Update: April 10, 2020

Message from the President: IHL Guidance for prorated refunds of room, meals, and parking amid COVID-19

Dear Jackson State University Family,

Our commitment to the well-being of our JSU community remains our top priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the guidance of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, we are permitted to issue prorated refunds or credits to eligible students who are no longer on campus. Below are further details on refund and credit qualifications.

Jackson State University will refund or credit prorated room, board, and parking to students that are no longer on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prorated amount will start on March 16, 2020, which is the 1st day that classes would have resumed if spring break had not been extended.

Room, board, and parking refunds may be a direct payment or credit to a student's fall 2020 semester account.Refunds will be less any outstanding balance owed to the university. Students are not eligible for refunds that withdrew from the university prior to the 1st day classes would have resumed if spring break had not been extended.

If fees were paid with an institutional scholarship, the student would not be eligible for a refund.Given classes are proceeding via online and other remote instructional methods, IHL universities may not refund any tuition or any other fees. We will provide more information in the coming weeks about the distribution of funds. Please continue to follow our COVID-19 blog for updates. I hope that you continue to stay safe and well.


Thomas K. Hudson, J.D.

Acting President



Update: April 9, 2020 


Community service and licensure requirements amid COVID-19


Please find listed below brief updates and changes to specific Jackson State University experiential or didactic learning programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the sake of this communication, experiential learning applies broadly to University community service requirements, field practicum, internships, student teaching, or any other learning activities that involve students at offsite locations (i.e., schools, agencies, or facilities). 

University Community Service Requirement

Spring 2020 Graduating Seniors – All required community service hours have been waived. However, we will accept completed community service hours forms until April 27, 2020. Please contact Jamencia Day at 601-979-4156 for more information.

Service Learning Courses – In light of COVID-19 and the closing of service agencies, please contact your professor for an alternative assignment, if applicable.

The College of Education and Human Development

Teacher Preparation Programs

The Mississippi State Board of Education in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Education has taken the following actions:

  1. Suspended (waived) the test requirements for program entry at both the traditional (undergraduate) and nontraditional (MAT) through December 31, 2021.   Students must still meet GPA requirements. Beginning January 1, 2022, the requirements will be reinstated and students will be required to adhere to all the requirements.
  2. The board also suspended (waived) the licensure requirements of various tests when applicants are applying for licenses through December 31, 2021. Beginning January 1, 2022, the requirements will be reinstated and students will be required to adhere to all the requirements.

Please access the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) at  https://www.mdek12.org/COVID19 for full details and a complete list of SBE policy suspensions for the 2019-20 school year.


The College of Health Sciences

Department of Communicative Disorders (CMD)

After extensive, thoughtful consideration in light of these parameters, the CAA and the CFCC have concluded:

  1. No reductions will be made in the amount of graduate student supervised clinical experience for audiology (the equivalent of 12 months of full-time experience) and clinical practicum for speech-language pathology (400 hours).
  2. The amount of supervised clinical hours that may be obtained by graduate students through clinical simulation will not be expanded.



    • Speech-language pathology programs are allowed to use clinical simulation for up to 75 hours of clinical hours.
    • Audiology programs are permitted to count up to 10% of a student’s supervised clinical experience for ASHA certification through the use of clinical simulation.
  3. Speech-language pathology and audiology programs are permitted to count clinical hours earned through telepractice as part of their required supervised clinical practicum hours, including those earned after January 1, 2020.
  4. The CFCC has extended through May 31, 2020, the previously announced accommodations to allow hours/experience to be counted for ASHA certification in ways which were previously not allowed. The CFCC’s initial timeframe for these accommodations was from March 16 to April 30, 2020. The CFCC will consider future extensions as needed as this situation continues to evolve.
  5. During this time, academic programs are encouraged to find alternative ways to accommodate various methods for students to meet the standards (e.g. distance education, tele options, program extensions, etc.).

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Newkirk-Turner, Department Chair, (brandi.l.newkirk@jsums.edu.).

School of Social Work

Bachelor and Master of Social Work Programs

In light of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) option to reduce field hours for BSW and MSW students:

  1. BSW students must now earn a total of 340 hours for the spring 2020 field internship.
  2. MSW students must earn a total of 383 hours for the spring 2020 field internship.

If you have questions, please contact Professor Candace Riddley, BSW Field Director (Candace.L.Riddley@jsums.edu) or Dr. Theresia J. Ratliff, MSW Field Director (theresia.johnson-ratliff@jsums.edu). Please access the Council on Social Work field hours policy change here: https://www.cswe.org/News/General-News-Archives/CSWE-Statement-on-Field-Hour-Reduction

*For programs that are not listed, please contact your Department Chair for additional information.


Update: April 3, 2020


Novell Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

  1. What are the Latest Updates on COVID-19?


    1. The numbers


      1. Currently there are 213,144 deaths nationwide.
      2. Total number of deaths is 4,513
    2. Cases have been reported from all 50 states plus, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. 
    3. There are a total of 1177 cases in the state of Mississippi with 26 deaths reported.


      1. 104 new cases have been reported on 02 April 2020
      2. 4 new deaths have been reported on 02 April 2020



  2. What are we doing to keep the JSU Community Safe?


    1. Continue cleaning of common areas, classrooms and offices (upon request) using Virex disinfectant.
    2. Continue coordinating with state and federal entities to contain the spread
    3. Completing ICS reporting forms for purposes of reporting to state officials.
    4. Facilities:  Technicians are now riding in separate vehicles



  3. How do we prevent the spread?


    1. Clean your hands


      1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      2. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    2. Avoid close contact


      1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
      2. Practice “social distancing”; a minimum of 6 feet of separation between you and another person.
    3. Stay home if you are feeling sick. 


      1. Self-quarantine if symptoms are present
  4. Protecting Others


    1. Cover coughs and sneezes


      1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
      2. Throw used tissues in the trash.
      3. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    2. Wear a facemask if you are sick


      1. If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
      2. If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).
    3. Clean and disinfect


      1. Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
      2. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.



  5. Household Checklist (CDC Recommendations)


    1. Stay informed and in touch


      1. Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials
      2. Ask your neighbors what their plan includes
      3. Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources. 
      4. Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department and other community resources. 
    2. Prepare for possible illness


      1. Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses. 
      2. Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others. 
    3. Take everyday preventive steps


      1. Wash your hands frequently.
      2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
      3. Stay home when you are sick.
      4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      5. Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at our workplace. 
    4. Watch for symptoms


      1. Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms:


        1. Fever or
        2. Cough or
        3. Shortness of breath
      2. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID=19 get medical attention immediately
      3. Emergency warning signs include:


        1. Trouble breathing
        2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
        3. New confusion or inability to arouse
        4. Bluish lips or face

*This is list is not all inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

  1. Keep away from others who are sick
  2. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (approx. 6 feet)


    1.  If someone is your home is sick


      1. Continue to practice everyday preventive actions
      2. Keep the ill person in a separate room from others in the household
      3. If caring for a sick household member, follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health.
      4. Keep surfaces disinfected.
      5. Avoid sharing personal items.
      6. If you become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or email.
      7. Stay informed about the local outbreak situation
      8. Notify your work if your schedule needs to change.
      9. Take care of the emotional health of your household members; including yourself
  1. Those at Higher risk of severe illness


    1. Consider staying at home and away from crowds.
    2. Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home.
    3. When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact with others.
    4. Practice good hand hygiene


Update: April 1, 2019

Today, Governor Tate Reeves issued a statewide shelter-in-place order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order will go into effect Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. and end Monday, April 20, 2020, at 8 a.m.

Jackson State University will continue to exercise our current mandate of operating with only essential personnel reporting to campus. Essential personnel include employees in the following areas: Facilities and Construction Management, Residential Life, and Public Safety. If you are NOT employed in one of the above-referenced areas, approval must be granted by your area Vice President before you come to campus.

Governor Reeves noted the points below during the press conference.

  1. Non-essential or social gatherings of 10 individuals or more should be canceled.
  2. Only leave your home for essential activities. Examples are grocery or supply shopping, caring for a loved one, or working as an essential employee at a business.
  3. Practice social distancing by spacing yourself 6 feet away from individuals when performing activities outside of your home.
  4. Although many restaurants have closed their dining spaces, curbside and drive-through options are available.


As always, continue to practice the safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect the health of yourself and your family. Please continue to follow the JSU COVID-19 site at https://www.jsums.edu/covid19  for updates.

Update: March 22, 2020


Message from Acting President Thomas Hudson: Telework Continues Indefinitely

The university’s administration is continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. In the
best interest of the university community, we have decided to extend telecommuting indefinitely.
Since our last communication, over 200 individuals have tested positive in the state of

We are continuing to ask only essential personnel report to work 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. 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 teach courses online.This notice is effective now
and until further notice.

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