Task Force to develop guidelines for opening campus this fall

As colleges and universities around the nation consider scenarios to reopen their campuses this fall, Alcorn State University is establishing a Reopening Campus Task Force to develop and assess multiple options for determining when and how to safely resume campus activities.

The Task Force will be chaired by Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Keith A. McGee and will include broad representation bringing together a cross-section of campus leadership to ensure a comprehensive strategy.

In alignment with Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), which is developing system-wide guidelines for universities to start and complete the fall 2020 semester, the Task Force will develop plans to open the campus in the safest and most effective way.

Alcorn State University President Felecia M. Nave said the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and local community is the University’s overriding concern. “This process must be thoughtful and take into careful consideration overarching state and federal recommendations as we develop plans for a safe in-person educational experience.”

“We are open and the admissions office is accepting undergraduate and graduate student applications for fall 2020,” added Nave. “Despite the evolving challenges of the outbreak, we will be developing multiple options so we have a game plan regardless of how reopening the campus looks. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to reopen campus for the fall, however, we understand the constraints and will plan accordingly.

Currently, summer classes will be offered in the online format only. The course schedule and registration is open and available. Classes start June 1 for the first summer session.