Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Updates and Resources

Millsaps College Coronavirus Updates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(Updated July 30, 2020)

Academic Advising (Updated April 14, 2020)

I'm a pre-health major. Will COVID-19 impact my current (or future) application to medical school?

  • Millsaps' pre-health advisors are tracking the many changes and updates to the medical school application process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may access this information here.

Access to Campus (Updated July 30, 2020)

  • Effective July 20, 2020, the Millsaps campus will be open to visitors based on current college and governmental practices.
  • Visitors must be able to attest that they have not experienced any COVID-related symptoms in the last 14 days, been exposed to anyone with COVID in the last 14 days or are currently waiting on COVID test results.
  • Admissions visitors should check-in at the admissions office upon entering campus at Whitworth/Sanders circle. All other visitors should enter through the North gate and register with campus safety at the entrance.
  • Faculty and staff must follow all protocols and directives set forth in the return to work guidelines provided by Human Resources.
    • Visitors should be limited when possible and every attempt to meet virtually should be made before inviting visitors on campus. Meetings that require face-to-face interaction should follow all protocols set forth in the return to work document provided by human resources.
    • All visitors must have a legitimate business purpose for being on campus. Family, friends, and children should not be allowed to visit for social calls or allowed to congregate in offices or common spaces.
    • Groups hosting visitors on campus are responsible for cleaning/sanitizing areas or making arrangements to have those affected areas cleaned/sanitized after visitors leave.

Access to Internet

Off campus and 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 (Updated July 23, 2020)

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.

Admissions visitors should check in at the admissions office upon entering campus at Whitworth/Sanders circle. Visitors must be able to attest that they have not experienced any COVID-related symptoms in the last 24 hours, been exposed to anyone with COVID in the last 24 hours, or are currently waiting on COVID test results.

Athletics (Updated July 30, 2020)

  • On July 16, 2020, the Southern Athletic Association announced the suspension of all conference athletic competition through the 2020 fall semester. In conjunction with that announcement, Millsaps College has also suspended non-conference competition for the fall semester and, at this time, plans to move all outside competition to the spring semester.
  • Details regarding this announcement are available on the Millsaps athletics website.

Campus Calendar (Updated June 10, 2020)

What will the fall academic calendar look like?

  • In an effort to reduce the campus community's exposure to COVID-19 following Thanksgiving holiday travel, all classes after Thanksgiving will be held online. Finals will also be held online.
  • The academic calendar has been adjusted to support this change, as well as to maximize the number of in-person instruction days and to allow for at least one mid-week reading day.
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day (Monday, September 7) and on what would have been fall break (Friday, October 9). Classes will also be held on the first two days of Thanksgiving week (Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24).
  • Online final exams will occur as originally scheduled during the week of December 10.
  • The college will close for the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 18.

Campus Events (Updated July 30, 2020)

This policy is written in regard to public campus events through the end of 2020 and specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy is subject to change without notice, and will be managed in accordance with guidelines from the city, state, and federal governments (to include the Mississippi Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Effective immediately:

  • No outside groups may rent (or make arrangements to rent) space or facilities on campus through the end of 2020. Events may be tentatively reserved for 2021; however, none will be confirmed as all are contingent on COVID-19 pandemic regulations.
  • Events on campus are limited to those sponsored by students, faculty, and staff. All events must be specific to and geared toward the academic needs and objectives of the student experience.
  • All events must follow the latest guidelines with regard to social distancing and attendance limits. All events must be ticketed and/or by registration only and limited to the number of indoor and/or outdoor guests as dictated by current local/state executive order in force on the date of the event.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to consider virtual events in lieu of in-person events. Arrangements may be made with the Office of Marketing & Communications (OMC) to support recording or broadcasting on a college social media platform.
  • The college's Enrichment Series will be held online.
  • The Arts & Lecture Series will not host in person events through the end of 2020, although virtual events may occur. Additional information forthcoming regarding events held in 2021.
  • An on-campus commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 will not be held before the end of the year. The class will be honored during the next on-campus graduation ceremony, whenever it may occur.
  • Athletic events will be held in conjunction with the guidelines for on-campus events listed above.
  • Homecoming 2020 social events will be virtual. Additional information forthcoming.

Counseling and Health Center (Updated June 23, 2020)

The Wesson Health Center is closed. 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.

Housing (Residence Halls and Fraternity Houses) (Updated June 23, 2020)

Will I be allowed to remain on campus after the Thanksgiving holiday?

  • While all classes and final exams will be held online after Thanksgiving, students will still be able to live on campus and use the dining hall and other on-campus facilities. The choice to return to campus is entirely at your discretion.
  • Room and board refunds will not be made if you decide to stay home following the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

What about my immigration status?

  • F-1 students must continue to maintain status during this time.
  • Email Austin Moore (austin.moore@millsaps.edu) with any questions or concerns regarding your status, travel, housing, etc.
  • Work regulations still apply. Only work off-campus if you are authorized to do so.

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

Please see Dean Brown's update to students sent on June 18, 2020, for more information.

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