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Mississippi Public Universities

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees has authorized Mississippi University for Women to refund or credit certain expenses to students who are no longer on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a specially called meeting, held via teleconference Friday morning, the Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to a pro rata refund of room, board and parking fees for the remainder of the semester.

Per IHL guidance: refunds will be less any outstanding balance owed to the university and, if the room or board fee was paid with an institutional scholarship, the student will not be eligible for a refund. Additionally, given classes are proceeding via online and other instructional methods, IHL universities may not refund any tuition or other fees.

To protect the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff, The W extended its spring break a week and moved all courses to alternate delivery methods which began March 23. Students who were able to return to their permanent residences were encouraged to do so and staff were encouraged to work remotely.

Next week the university will announce how it will disburse the pro rata refunds to eligible students.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2020

Student COVID-19 FAQs

  • How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot? +

    Free vaccinations and booster shots are available to all members of the campus community. If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster on campus, please call the Campus Health Center at 662-329-7289.
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines required by the university? +

    No, vaccination is not required for students, faculty and staff. However, the university strongly encourages individuals to get vaccinated.
  • Can I ask about an individual’s vaccination status? +

    No, an individual’s vaccination status is protected personal information and faculty and staff should not ask individuals about their vaccination status.
  • What should I do if someone asks me about my vaccination status? +

    Generally, you should not be asked about your vaccination status. Exceptions may include times when you are seeking medical treatment, during contact tracing, or in the execution of testing protocols. Otherwise, if you are asked, you can politely respond that you are not comfortable providing personal medical information.
  • Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about Covid-19 classroom protocols? +

    Individuals should contact the Student Success Center (Reneau Hall 1st floor, 662-329-7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about available resources.
  • Will instructors penalize students for missing class due to Covid-19 isolation or quarantine? +

    The university will be returning to pre-pandemic class attendance expectations. Students are expected to attend all classes, laboratory periods, and other meetings that constitute a regular part of their University program, and the student must consult the instructor concerning required makeup work and will be held responsible for all work missed. For more information about this topic, please review the Class Attendance Policy in the Student Bulletin found at http://bulletin.muw.edu/content.php?catoid=36&navoid=2224#missed-class-policy.
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Faculty/Staff COVID-19 FAQs

  • How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot? +

    Free vaccinations and booster shots are available to all members of the campus community. If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine or booster on campus, please call the Campus Health Center at 662-329-7289.
  • Are COVID-19 vaccines required by the university? +

    No, vaccination is not required for students, faculty and staff. However, the university strongly encourages individuals to get vaccinated.
  • Can I ask about an individual’s vaccination status? +

    No, an individual’s vaccination status is protected personal information and faculty and staff should not ask individuals about their vaccination status.
  • What should I do if someone asks me about my vaccination status? +

    Generally, you should not be asked about your vaccination status. Exceptions may include times when you are seeking medical treatment, during contact tracing, or in the execution of testing protocols. Otherwise, if you are asked, you can politely respond that you are not comfortable providing personal medical information.
  • What leave is available for quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19? Can I telecommute while quarantined? +

    An employee will need to use personal leave, medical leave or leave without pay according to State law. Telecommuting may be an option and will be evaluated by the supervisor on an individual basis.
  • Will the University supply PPE, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for offices/departments and how do I request supplies? +

    Yes, you may contact Resources Management at 329-7126 for information regarding supplies and refills.
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