The University of Mississippi will cancel classes March 16-20 and move classes online following an extended break.
UM Chancellor Glenn Boyce released a statement Thursday saying the decision is a response to the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
University leaders hope the decision will help maximize social distancing, and slow transmission of the virus.
“All classes on the Oxford campus and the regional campuses are canceled for March 16-20, 2020, the week that students were scheduled to return from spring break,” the statement reads. “This decision will extend UM’s spring break by one week so that faculty and staff can prepare to move classes online following the extended break.”
Beginning Monday, March 23 and until further notice, the university will hold all classes and related coursework online or via methods other than in-person, on-campus instruction, the chancellor said.
“The timeframe for this approach is open-ended, and we will monitor this approach continuously with the hope of returning to normal operations before the end of the spring semester,” Boyce said in the statement.
Students will hear directly from their respective deans and/or faculty instructors regarding any specific instructions. Students are strongly encouraged to return to their family home and stay there during this period to promote social distancing and minimize the risk of spreading the virus.