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Be WISE. Stay Safe.

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women has published its plan to resume fall operations.

“This plan was carefully and thoughtfully developed with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind.  I am grateful for the time and care that our Campus Renewal Task Force put into this work,” said W President Nora Miller.

The Campus Renewal Task Force comprised of administration, faculty, staff, students and community members formed the plan outlining six areas of strategic focus.

The areas of focus are:

  • Health and Safety
  • Academic Continuity
  • Faculty/Staff Well-Being
  • Student Well-Being
  • Business Operations
  • Communication and Events

 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, The W’s plans and corresponding policies will continue to advance. Plans will align with and be consistent with the orders from local, state and federal authorities and guided by recommendations from health agencies including the Mississippi Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Faculty, staff and administration will resume normal campus operations Monday, July 27.  The first day of classes for the fall 2020 semester will be Monday, Aug.  17. In an effort to enhance physical distancing, course locations and delivery methods continue to be evaluated and most, if not all, schedule changes should be finalized soon. Final exams will be administered Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Tuesday, Nov 24.   Move-in for on-campus housing will take place over an extended period beginning Wednesday, Aug. 12 and ending Sunday, Aug. 16. Students will receive instructions on how to sign-up for move-in slots the week of July 22.

All members of The W community are expected to:

  • Comply with current COVID-19 protocols while on campus.
  • Keep their University ID with them at all times.
  • Continue practicing preventative measures including symptom monitoring, personal safety practices, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection.

All faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear face coverings unless walking alone in an outdoor space or working alone in a personal office space.  Any person experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (or any other illness) should stay home. Protocols for students, faculty and staff reporting any potential exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19 can be found at


To view the full Fall Renewal Plan please visit,