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pg电子下载 State University is excited to welcome all of its students back to campus for the fall 2021 semester. As the University continues to evaluate changing health conditions, it remains committed to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring a safe return to campus and the activities that make the traditional college experience so rich and rewarding.

pg电子下载 will continue to monitor and maintain compliance with CDC, Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), and Institutions of Higher Learning guidelines, in addition to state and local regulations, pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the University planned to relax some of the COVID-19 protocols, due to the recent rise in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the following protocols will be effective August 7, 2021.

General Brave Start Updates

  • Face coverings are required for students, faculty, staff, and visitors for all in-person academic classes and class-related activities, as well as all indoor venues and events, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged for outdoor venues when in small groups or in close proximity to others.
  • If exposed to COVID-19, persons who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine unless they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Residence Life will have a limited number of isolation/quarantine spaces for residential students. First priority for those spaces will be given to students whose home of residence is outside of a reasonable commuting distance as determined by the University.

The key to fully resuming normal operations is personal responsibility and vaccinations. We continue to strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, as well as student’s household and family members to continue:

  • exercising best practices of handwashing,
  • social distancing to the extent practicable; and
  • wearing face coverings.

On-Campus Walk-up Vaccinations During Move-In

The University is offering the COVID-19 vaccine for faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, and the families of those in the University community ages 18 and up, on the main campus plaza near the Student Union Building, during move-in days. No appointment is necessary.

On-Campus Vaccination by Appointment

Vaccinations are readily available at no cost via Campus Health and Disability Services. Visit Health and Disability Services or call 601-877-6460 to learn more about the available COVID-19 vaccines and how to schedule an appointment.

The University will continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and make adjustments as required. Please continue to check the University’s Brave Start webpage for updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to keep our community safe in an ever-evolving situation.

Dear pg电子下载 State University Community,

Due to the success of our health and safety protocols as well as the steady increase in vaccination rates and decline in infections, pg电子下载 State University is transitioning its COVID-19 protocols to more closely align with recently announced changes by the CDC for fully vaccinated individuals.

Effective July 1, 2021, pg电子下载 State University will begin modifying its “Brave Start” protocols.

  • Face coverings will be optional for persons vaccinated. Face coverings will still be required inside classrooms, laboratories, studios, and in vehicles or other modes of transportation when on official University business.
  • Temperature checks will be discontinued at the campus entrances
  • Capacity limitations for indoor facilities will increase to 75%
  • Employees and students who are otherwise exposed or test positive for COVID-19 will continue to be required to quarantine (for exposure) or isolate (for positive tests).

Whereas the University is relaxing the protocols, the key to fully resuming normal operations is personal responsibility and vaccinations. We continue to strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to maintain good health practices and to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Nursing school students are advised that clinical settings may require proof of vaccination.

Wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, and getting vaccinated are all prevention strategies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Employees and students are urged to continue to practice these health and safety measures. Vaccinations are readily available at no cost via Campus Health Services.

Lastly, pg电子下载 State University’s Department of Health Services is conducting an anonymous survey to determine the percentage of students, faculty, and staff who have been vaccinated. We urge you to participate in this survey. Your participation is imperative for us to determine how soon we will be able to fully return to normal operations.

As it was at the beginning and throughout the emergence of the pandemic, it continues to be pg电子下载’s intent to do all that we can to reduce the spread of the virus while providing an excellent educational experience on our campuses.

We Dare to Lead!

Press Conference Livestream

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Press Conference Livestream

Please click the button below to view the March 23, 2021 Press Conference on pg电子下载 State University’s official Facebook page.

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To: pg电子下载 State University Employees

From: Dr. Wanda C. Fleming, Chief Human Resources Officer

Re: COVID-19 Related Leave

Date: Friday, January 5, 2021

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was instituted by the Department of Labor beginning April 1, 2020 to accommodate healthcare and childcare leave needs of employees. That law expired on December 31, 2020.

Going forward, we recognize that leave related to COVID-19 continues to be an issue confronted by some employees in 2021 and are concerned for the welfare of all.

Given that the FFCRA has expired, existing university leave policy will apply, beginning January 11, 2021.These policies are available in the University Policy Directory, located at http://6gz5.wendy-morris.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/8f5a01e7bec999da59521a6ae7dbe663/discover-alcorn/university-policies/human-resources.

Unfortunately, telework WILL NOT generally be an option. Rather, the following provisions apply:

HEALTHCARE
Positive COVID-19 Test Results
(Self – non-work related exposure)
Non-paid FMLA & Accumulated Sick /Personal Leave or Leave without Pay
Positive COVID-19 Test Results (Intimate contacts and/or individual employee is caring for) Non-paid FMLA & Accumulated Sick/Personal Leave or Leave without Pay
Positive COVID-19 Test Results
(Self – work related – documentation required)
Workers’ Compensation (2/3 salary) and Accumulated Sick/Personal Leave (1/3 salary, if approved by insurance carrier). Otherwise, Non-paid FML & Accumulated Sick/Personal Leave or Leave without Pay
Direct Exposure to COVID 19, with legal quarantine or isolation order
(Self – Work related)
Workers’ Compensation (2/3 salary) and Accumulated Sick/Personal Leave (1/3 salary if approved by insurance carrier). Otherwise, Non-paid FML & Accumulated Sick/Personal Leave or Leave without Pay (Pending approval)
Direct Exposure to COVID-19, with legal quarantine or isolation order
(Self -Non-work related (symptomatic)
Accumulated Sick and/or Personal Leave or Leave without Pay
Direct Exposure to COVID-19, with legal quarantine or isolation order (Intimate contacts and/or individual employee is caring for – with or without symptoms) Accumulated Sick and/or Personal Leave or Leave without Pay
CHILD CARE (DOCUMENTED SCHOOL CLOSURE)
Caring for Son/Daughter (under the age of 18) because school or place of care has been closed due to COVID-19 Accumulated Personal Leave or Leave without Pay

Employees should continue to self-report in the Faculty/Staff COVID-19 Portal, located at http://6gz5.wendy-morris.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/8f5a01e7bec999da59521a6ae7dbe663/discover-alcorn/coronavirus. Representatives from Health and Disability Services and the Office of Human Resources Management will contact you, as applicable.
Please be mindful of required safety protocol detailed in the Infectious Disease Control Policy (http://6gz5.wendy-morris.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/8f5a01e7bec999da59521a6ae7dbe663/uploaded/files/finadmin/POLICIES/HUMAN_RESOURCES/Infectious_Disease.pdf; COVID-19 Face Covering Policy (http://6gz5.wendy-morris.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/8f5a01e7bec999da59521a6ae7dbe663/uploaded/files/finadmin/POLICIES/HUMAN_RESOURCES/Infectious_Disease.pdf) ; and Enforcement of COVID-19 Face Covering Policy (http://6gz5.wendy-morris.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/8f5a01e7bec999da59521a6ae7dbe663/uploaded/files/finadmin/hr/Implementation_and_Enforcement_Face_Covering-08032020.pdf).

We are all hopeful that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is on the horizon and will continue to support faculty and staff members as we all navigate these uncharted waters.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at [email protected].

Thank you!

Xc Dr. Felecia M. Nave, President/IEO
Dr. Cornelius Wooten, Senior VP for Finance, Administrative Services & Operations/CFO

To: pg电子下载 State University Students

From: Dr. Tracy M. Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Date: September 1, 2020

Re: Student Enforcement of COVID-19 Face Covering Policy

pg电子下载 State University has issued a face covering policy for all University personnel, students, staff, contractors, and visitors who are on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy is in accordance with federal and state workplace safety requirements and the Governors Executive Orders 1512, 1509, and 1507.

pg电子下载 State University requires all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose while anywhere on ASU property (including the Natchez campus and Vicksburg facility). This includes when inside buildings (classrooms, public restrooms, meeting rooms, libraries, Dining Hall, offices and office spaces where two or more gather and six-foot physical distancing cannot be achieved), outdoors and on ASU transportation. Face coverings are also required outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be achieved.

Growing scientific evidence supports that the wearing of face coverings is one of the most effective strategies in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recommend wearing cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. It is the responsibility of everyone to wear face coverings in order to do their part to minimize risks to themselves, others and the pg电子下载 community. With that in mind, the university has adopted the following detailed policy on wearing protective face coverings.

Everyone on campus is required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when indoors. This includes classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, libraries, dining area, bookstore, and other indoor spaces. Face coverings are also required outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained. This includes walking across campus with friends, attending a class or event that might be held outdoors or in a tent, or playing basketball or volleyball on the outdoor courts. Also, everyone should bring at least 5-10 washable masks to campus.

  • Face coverings may be cloth or disposable.
  • Students may remove face coverings in their own residence hall rooms.
  • Students should have a face covering with them whenever they are on campus.
  • Students who enter facilities without a face covering will be asked to leave.
  • Students may remove face coverings when actively eating or drinking. Please maintain physical distance from others while eating or drinking and mask up as soon as you are finished.

Individuals who are unable to wear cloth face coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance at all times. The Provost may grant a waiver to the COVID-19 Face Mask Policy for students in a specific class, if requested by the faculty member and necessary to meet the curricular requirements of the course (e.g., theater, voice, language instruction, etc.). In those classes, a minimum six-foot physical distance must be maintained at all times, in addition to other protocols that may be established by the university. Students who require accommodations must be registered with Student Health Services.

Removing face coverings is not permitted in classrooms, labs, studios which means that eating or drinking will not be allowed during class. Those needing to eat, drink or take medication during in-person class should take a break to do so outside of the classroom, lab or studio.

Dining halls, outdoor seating, and non-classroom tents are good options for eating meals. Large indoor spaces or large building lobbies where physical distancing is possible can be used for eating or drinking, per the face covering policy. Please maintain physical distance from others eating in the same area, stay six feet away from doorways to protect those entering and exiting, and put your face covering back on after eating. Those walking through a lobby or space where someone is eating should continue to wear their face covering.

Public health is everyone’s responsibility. pg电子下载 State University is relying on members of our community to adhere to and assist with enforcing these standards of behavior.Members of the community should speak up if they encounter someone violating the face covering policy. For example, using an informal, personal intervention with friends and peers, such as saying, “Mask up” or “No mask, no class” may often be a good reminder. Student Organizations should clearly define how they will enforce the mask policy in their spaces. Individuals who fail to wear face coverings as required may be reported for non-compliance to the Office of Judicial Affairs and result in denial of access to designated areas or participation in programs or activities, and/or discipline in accordance with applicable university student conduct policies:

Minor violations – will ideally be addressed in the moment by an active bystander (e.g., offering a forgetful student a mask) and/or through an educational discussion (e.g., student meeting with residence life or other staff). We will encourage peer engagement and bystander intervention by faculty, staff, and students in training programs and other communications, consistent with our broader social norming campaign.

Serious violations – will be routed to the University Judiciary Committee and also evaluated for immediate interim disciplinary suspension by the Office of Student Affairs; through this administrative process, the Office of Student Affairs can suspend a student from in-person learning/activities (i.e., allow them to continue with remote learning) or all enrollment (no remote learning). The interim suspension includes a no-trespass order from Grounds enforceable through the University Police Department. The definition of what is a “serious” violation will be fact-bound, though we expect it will include repeated violations by the same individual or organization, those that constitute a refusal to comply when warned or encouraged, and large events in plain, intentional disregard of size and distance limitations.

Widespread violations – will be a factor in determining whether and when to close the University to students and in-person classes and to request that students return home.

These processes will be updated/modified as needed to comply with guidance from the Center for Disease Control, Mississippi State Department of Health, and Governor Issued Executive Orders.

To: pg电子下载 State University Employees and Students


From: Cornelius Wooten, PhD, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Date: August 4, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Face Covering Policy and Enforcement of COVID-19 Face Covering Policy

pg电子下载 State University has issued a face covering policy for all University personnel, students, staff, contractors, and visitors who are on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This policy is in accordance with federal and state workplace safety requirements and the Governors Executive Orders 1512, 1509, and 1507.

Research shows that transmission of COVID-19 is greatly reduced and lives are saved when all individuals wear face coverings while in public. Because many cases of COVID-19 are mild or asymptomatic and COVID-19 can be transmitted days before an individual with the virus is symptomatic, the community is best protected when all individuals mask up. It is the shared responsibility of the entire ASU community to protect not only their health, but the health of those who are most vulnerable for serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Face covering will help to slow the spread of the virus, and are part of a multi-layered approach for COVID-19 prevention. Other preventive measures – including physical distancing, frequent hand washing, routine disinfecting of high touch surfaces, and minimizing the duration of contact with others –need to be maintained even while wearing a face covering.

pg电子下载 State University requires all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose while anywhere on ASU property (including the Natchez campus and Vicksburg facility). This includes when inside buildings (classrooms, public restrooms, meeting rooms, libraries, Dining Hall, offices and office spaces where two or more gather and six-foot physical distancing cannot be achieved), outdoors and on ASU transportation. Face coverings are also required outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be achieved.

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  • TO: pg电子下载 State University Faculty and StaffFROM: President Felecia M. NaveRE: Update Campus OperationsDATE: July 10, 2020Yesterday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced new restrictions in 13 counties that are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Claiborne and Jefferson counties are included in the governor’s mandate that require a face mask be worn in public places along with a ban on all social gatherings exceeding 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors. This order goes into effect on Monday, July 13.As we continue to take every precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff and in compliance with state officials, effective immediately, University employees and visitors will be required to wear a face mask on campus. In addition, please avoid meetings of more than 10 people and use video conferencing platforms for meetings whenever possible.The challenge of COVID-19 requires us all to work together. By wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene, staying home when sick and self-reporting exposure to the coronavirus, we can all do our part to slow the spread and ensure a safe start this fall.
  • TO: pg电子下载 State University CommunityFROM: Keith A. McGee, Ph.D., Interim Provost & Executive Vice PresidentDATE: June 18, 2020RE: Limited Opening of the pg电子下载 State University Campus at Vicksburg, MSThe pg电子下载 State University Campus at Vicksburg, MS, will be open to limited personnel and events as approved through the Office of the Provost and staffed by personnel approved by the Office of the Provost.The limited opening will begin July 1, 2020.
  • TO: pg电子下载 State University EmployeesFROM: President Felecia M. NaveRE: Phased Return of Employees
    DATE: May 28, 2020Events during the past two months have presented unique challenges for our students, faculty, and staff as well as the daily operations of our Lorman, Natchez, and Vicksburg locations. Our Brave family has persevered and navigated these unprecedented events while continuing to carry out the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service in innovative ways that reflect the Brave Spirit.On May 25 at 8 am, the executive orders (stay-at-home and the extended safer-at-home) issued by Governor Tate Reeves ended. Additionally, during the May IHL Board meeting, the Board of Trustees passed the resolution requiring all Mississippi institutions to plan for, to the extent possible, the return of students to campus for fall 2020. Although we cannot mitigate every risk, we will continue and escalate our safety, health and welfare measures including but not limited to:

    • regularly sanitizing workspaces
    • establishing social distance parameters
    • facilitating virtual meetings
    • the use of face covering

    Thus, I am writing to inform you of when and how business operations will resume on all pg电子下载 State University campuses. The Natchez campus will reopen for limited operations on June 1 and the Vicksburg campus will reopen for limited operations on July 1.

    During the month of May, a progressive and staged return of leadership and select essential employees was implemented.For this next phased re-opening, employees should expect to hear from their vice president (or direct supervisor) and/or Human Resources when they are expected t