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To: Alcorn State University Employees and Students

From: Cornelius Wooten, PhD, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Date: August 4, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Face Covering Policy and Enforcement of COVID-19 Face Covering Policy

Alcorn State University has issued a face covering policy for all University personnel, students, staff, contractors, and visitors who are on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This policy is in accordance with federal and state workplace safety requirements and the Governors Executive Orders 1512, 1509, and 1507.

Research shows that transmission of COVID-19 is greatly reduced and lives are saved when all individuals wear face coverings while in public. Because many cases of COVID-19 are mild or asymptomatic and COVID-19 can be transmitted days before an individual with the virus is symptomatic, the community is best protected when all individuals mask up. It is the shared responsibility of the entire ASU community to protect not only their health, but the health of those who are most vulnerable for serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Face covering will help to slow the spread of the virus, and are part of a multi-layered approach for COVID-19 prevention. Other preventive measures – including physical distancing, frequent hand washing, routine disinfecting of high touch surfaces, and minimizing the duration of contact with others –need to be maintained even while wearing a face covering.

Alcorn State University requires all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose while anywhere on ASU property (including the Natchez campus and Vicksburg facility). This includes when inside buildings (classrooms, public restrooms, meeting rooms, libraries, Dining Hall, offices and office spaces where two or more gather and six-foot physical distancing cannot be achieved), outdoors and on ASU transportation. Face coverings are also required outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be achieved.

Policies can be found at:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

​Friday, April 10, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020

UPDATE #14 – Saturday, March 28, 2020

UPDATE #13 – Friday, March 27, 2020

UPDATE #12 – Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UPDATE #11 – Sunday, March 22, 2020

UPDATE #10 – Saturday, March 21, 2020

UPDATE #9 – Thursday, March 19, 2020

UPDATE #8 – Thursday, March 19, 2020

UPDATE #7 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UPDATE #6 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UPDATE #5 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

University Communications on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and have begun implementing contingency plans for university operations. As always, our top priority remains the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and community.