Weather impacts first day of spring semester for Mississippi universities. Here is latest on virtual learning plans, closures and cancellations.

Published 5:32 am Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Winter weather has put the brakes on the plans of several Mississippi public universities in their effort to begin the spring semester. Here are the current updates:

Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi campus in Oxford and other regional campuses will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Wednesday, Jan. 17. All campus activities have been canceled.

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Mississippi State

Mississippi State University’s Starkville and MSU Meridian campuses will begin the spring semester on Jan. 16 with remote operations. Students are asked to log in to Canvas for course information from instructors. The university will announce Tuesday by 5 p.m. about the university’s status for Wednesday, Jan. 17. Mitchell Memorial Library and the Sanderson Center will be closed Tuesday.

Delta State University 

Delta State Spring classes, beginning on Jan. 16, will meet virtually until further notice. Faculty should communicate with their students via Canvas, including any pertinent information for the beginning of the semester. The campus will be closed until the end of the day on Jan. 17.

Jackson State University 

Jackson State University will pivot to virtual instruction and telework on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and resume normal in-person operations on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University will close its Lorman, Vicksburg, and Natchez campuses on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The University will resume normal in-person operations on Wednesday. Classes will start on Wednesday.

University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi will delay opening its offices until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, across all locations. Classes and normal operations will resume Wednesday, Jan. 17, as scheduled.