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January 4, 2020

Returning to Campus after Travel

Continue to work remotely, if possible and performance is productive and effective.

Upon return to campus, employees must follow all of the University’s Parameters and Protocols.  These include:

  • Keep your distance and limit time physically meeting.
  • Wear a mask indoors when around others, including when traveling in vehicles together.
  • Rotate schedules; in and out times and breaks/meal periods.
  • Refrain from having meals together when social distancing is not possible. This includes visiting restaurants, department potlucks and holiday celebrations.
  • Keep surfaces clean and wash hands thoroughly.
  • Use the UM COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker and monitor for symptoms
  • Don’t come to work when ill.
  • Remain in quarantine while waiting for test results and follow medical providers’ instructions.

“Close Contact”

On Oct. 21, the CDC released new guidance updating the definition of “close contact” as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”

Concerned about “non-compliance” of “Are Your Campus Ready” parameters and protocols?

Contact UM COVID-19 Info Line
Available: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.)  662-915-3600

Wear Your Mask and Wear it Properly

Follow CDC guidance for wearing a face mask:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect
  • The CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent. The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. Masks with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus.

Personal Visitors, including Children in Work Spaces

Our highest priority continues to be safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of the university community.  The University of Mississippi has undertaken extensive and exhaustive measures in order to resume daily operations.

We continue to limit the number of individuals on campus, including employees’ personal visitors.  Personal visitors, including children in workspace, are prohibited.  This is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty as well as our family members.

Leave options are available to employees caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons. Learn more at

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of the community.

Temporary Reassignment Program

UM is implementing a temporary job reassignment option for staff employees. The program is designed to assist the UM community in connecting available UM staff employees affected by the reduction in work with UM schools and departments who may have temporary projects or assignments. Learn more.

Return to Work on Campus Workplace Considerations

Visit for information on the following:

  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Suspected Illness
  • Positive COVID-19 Tests
  • Unable to Return To Work
  • Work from Home (Telecommuting/telework)
  • Manage job stress & build resilience
  • Posters for Workplace

Frequently Asked Questions – Updated July 1, 2020

Questions?  Human Resources representatives are available to assist ( or 915-7431).

Check out our worksite wellness site, RebelWell@Work!

With such a significant percent of employees’ time spent in the workplace, worksite wellness is essential. Wellness is a lifestyle that encourages good physical and mental health. Programs that focus on worksite wellness ultimately benefit everyone involved: an employee’s quality of life is improved, which supports efficiency and raises quality of work in the workplace.

This is why we have RebelWell. RebelWell is a campus and community wellness program designed to support employees as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, and enhance personal effectiveness. We offer a variety of activities such as health fairs, medical screenings, nutritional cooking programs, on-site fitness classes, and more. Check out this site to find wellness programs and activities right for you.



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