Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Updates and Resources

Millsaps College Coronavirus Updates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(Updated March 24, 2020)

Academic Advising

How do I drop a class?

  • Notify your instructor and academic advisor via email that you would like to drop a course, and ask them to reply with their approval. Forward the email with their approval to records@millsaps.edu.

How do I declare a major remotely?

  • Undeclared sophomores will be contacted by Dr. Jennifer Lewton-Yates no later than March 23. Please be on the lookout for an email with instructions.

Access to Campus

Effective March 18, 2020, access gates for Park Avenue, the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, and the Windgate Visual Arts Center will be locked. Students, faculty, and staff must have a valid Millsaps ID to enter the unstaffed South Gate and West Street/Maintenance Gate. The North Gate will continue to be staffed 24/7. Gates on Whitworth Circle will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Access to Internet

Need access to internet? Here are some resources, including internet service providers offering free or reduced broadband and hot-spot solutions.

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots.
  • Altice USA is offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint.
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot spots are free to the public during this time.
  • Cox COVID-19 response: New plans include offering a low-income internet tier with no annual contract and relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers but following the FCC agreement.

A list of Mississippi libraries that offer WiFi access.

Admissions

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. The college continues to provide personalized tours of our beautiful campus with up to ten total individuals, paying particular attention to social distance and hygiene best practices. If you are sick or have been exposed to the coronavirus we ask that you not visit campus at this time. Want to see more but can’t come to campus? Follow us @millsapscollege, like us on Facebook, or visit millsaps.edu.

Athletics

All SAA competition has been suspended for the spring semester, but you can watch the Majors in previous contests free of charge.

What should the Millsaps community expect regarding upcoming athletics events? How can we watch the games?

  • For all information related to Millsaps Majors athletics, visit www.gomajors.com.

Campus Calendar

Will classes be extended into May or will dates for finals or commencement change?

  • During the remote instruction period the college will continue to operate on the approved 2019-2020 academic calendar, with the exception of extending spring break for one week.
  • Specifically, the last day of class remains April 28, final exams are scheduled between April 30 through May 5, Baccalaureate is scheduled for May 8 and Commencement is scheduled for May 9.
  • If this changes for any reason, college administration will alert the community immediately.

Counseling and Health Center

The Wesson Health Center is closed for the semester. Please contact Nurse Lowe at lowecl@millsaps.edu with any health-related questions. This includes refills for medication prescribed by the physician at the Health Center.

Will I have access to my counselor or therapist at the Counseling Center?

  • Our counselors will be able to maintain their scheduled appointments with students who are approved to be on campus during this period. Millsaps counseling staff are also now able to work with our students remotely. If you want or need to have a conversation with one of our professionals, please email counseling@millsaps.edu. If you are currently seeing one of our staff members and would like to continue that relationship, please email your counselor directly.

Dining

Will the dining hall be open during the extended Spring Break and beyond for the students that are approved to be on campus?

  • Until further notice, food service will not be available for faculty and staff. Pickup options will be available beginning Monday, March 16, for students who have obtained residential housing exceptions.

Housing (Residence Halls and Fraternity Houses)

Will a credit or refund be offered for room and board?

  • We understand this is an important question and are currently assessing this situation. We will update this page with additional information about room and board as soon as possible.

Am I allowed to come get my belongings?

  • (Updated March 20, 2020) Effective March 20, residence halls and fraternity houses are closed for the remainder of the spring semester and students should plan to move out between March 21 and 23, 2020. Get more details about the closure of residence halls and fraternity houses.

  • Students who are unable to get to campus during the move-out period should complete the Exceptions Request Form. Student Life is reviewing requests on a case-by-case basis and will individually advise students with regard to their requests.

Will the College be providing cleaning supplies to students that are still here?

  • Housekeeping services will continue to clean all campus spaces including residence halls. They are taking additional precautions in line with recommendations from the CDC. Cleaning supplies will not be available for student use. Please remember to wash your hands and regularly wipe down surfaces.

Is there a different plan for fraternity houses?

  • No. ALL fraternity house residents are under the same directions as students with residence hall assignments.

International Students

Am I allowed to return to campus?

  • Exceptions can be made for international students to return to campus. Before you return, please submit the exception request form. Once you return, you will be required to follow the regulations set in place by the college (distance from others, etc.).

What about my immigration status?

  • F-1 students must continue to maintain status during this time. You will be able to continue with your classes remotely until in-person classes resume.
  • Please let Austin Moore (austin.moore@millsaps.edu) know if you will be staying somewhere else during this time so that he can update your immigration record.
  • Work regulations still apply. Only work off-campus if you are authorized to do so.

Internships

What should I do about my internship during the extended spring break and the remote classroom instruction period?

  • Students are not required to complete internship hours during the "extended spring break" March 16–20, 2020.
  • Off-campus internships can proceed as scheduled as long as work-site policies allow.
  • INTR Students: Mid-Semester Meetings, currently scheduled between March 16 and 27, 2020, will now take place via phone, between March 23 and April 3, 2020. Appointments can be scheduled through your Major Careers account.
  • If you are enrolled in an internship through your department, please be sure you are in contact with your professor about moving forward.
  • Contact Millsaps Internship Coordinator Elyssa Klipsch with additional questions.

Mail and Packages

(Updated March 20, 2020) In an effort to support students as they move out of residence halls, the Post Office at Millsaps College will be open Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will also be open on Monday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Packages may be picked up in the bookstore; the bookstore will handle the signature to minimize contact. If you are a graduating senior or will not be returning to campus, you should leave your post office box key in an envelope that will beprovided for you.

(Updated March 24, 2020) Arrangements have been made to forward mail and packages that may be in the Post Office. If you have mail and/or packages currently on campus, please send your name, mailing address, and phone number to info@millsaps.edu and it will be forwarded to you. If you want to have future items forwarded to a different mailing address, visit the United States Postal Service website to update your mailing information.

The Maurice H. Hall Activities Center (HAC)

Can anyone workout at the HAC during this time?

  • In order to reduce the burden to Millsaps facilities staff responsible for sanitizing the campus, including the cleaning of bodily fluids, all recreational activities in the HAC are closed to Millsaps students, faculty and staff until further notice.

Remote Instruction

What do I need to have to participate in remote instruction?

  • All students are required to have access to a reliable internet connection and a computer.

Student Activities

What is the plan for campus events scheduled for the spring semester?

  • All on-campus events planned for this spring are officially canceled. If you are a student organization with events on the calendar, please contact the appropriate support office in Student Life.

What about Student Body Elections?

  • SBA Executive elections are still happening! Candidate profiles and a timeline of the election will be sent to your Millsaps email and posted on the @millsapsstudentlife Instagram page.

What about commencement?

  • We don't know right now when it will be, but it WILL happen!

Have a question that has not been addressed or want a FAQ added to the list? Email info@millsaps.edu and let us know.