President Felecia Nave’s Notification for All Employees and Students to Shelter in Place

To: All Alcorn State University Employees and Students

From: Alcorn President Felecia M. Nave

RE: Notification for All Employees and Students to Shelter in Place

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020

On Wednesday, March 31, Governor Tate Reeves announced the "Shelter-in-place" executive order #1466 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. The order requires all persons residing in Mississippi to shelter in place beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 through 8 a.m. Monday, April 20 except for essential services.

In line with the Governor’s executive order and to further reduce the employee footprint on campus, limited essential employees as designated by their area vice president will report to campus to continue critical and emergency services (i.e. Campus Police/Fire, Health Services, CITS, etc.). The campus remains operational, however, all employees should continue to work from home to the extent possible. Classes will continue to be taught remotely.

Most University buildings will be closed, except:   

•    Walter Washington Administration and Classroom Building (restricted access)

•    Campus Public Safety Center

•    Rowan Health Services Center

•    Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Hall (restricted access)

•    Facilities Management

•    Campus Post Office

•    Campus Fuel Station

Employees deemed necessary to report to campus will be notified by their area vice president and/or supervisor, provided a letter signed by the president and have their names placed on a list at each campus entrance. Employees who must work on campus should continue to practice social distancing, and no groups of 10 or more should gather at any time. Nonessential visitors to all campuses will be restricted. 

All remaining essential employees who have not completed an Alternate Work Location form will be automatically placed on telework status and remote work plans will be forwarded to you via email by your supervisor.

The University’s restriction of on-campus operations will also include significantly reducing the amount of facilities staff available to provide the usual grounds maintenance and cleaning and sanitation services in University buildings.

Students still on campus will be consolidated into two residence halls on the Lorman campus. Dining services will be twice daily, take out only.