JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi’s eight public universities are extending spring break for one week.
The Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr said the move was made in response to coronavirus.
In a news release, Rankins said “The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are paramount. Our universities are modifying the schedules for the spring semester out of an abundance of caution.”
All eight universities, including Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi will extend spring break until March 23.
Classes will resume the following week on Monday, March 23 and will be taught online and via other alternative instructional methods.
Students are encouraged to remain at home and will participate in their classes remotely.
Students enrolled in professional and graduate programs will be notified of any exceptions to meet clinical and other requirements.
Faculty, staff, students and their families should monitor their university’s website, official social media accounts and their email daily for updated information.
The IHL doesn't oversee the state's community colleges.