Mississippi State University to extend remote operations on January 17 due to winter weather

Winter weather is impacting Mississippi State University’s campuses in Starkville and MSU-Meridian, prompting remote operations on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Students are advised to access Canvas for course updates from their instructors.

The ongoing severe winter weather has resulted in hazardous driving conditions in Central and North Mississippi, and these conditions are expected to continue affecting transportation on Wednesday [Jan. 17].

Employees who are capable of working remotely are encouraged to do so. However, designated employees who have been instructed by their supervisors must report to work on campus. For more information on MSU’s Operational Guidance, please visit https://www.emergency.msstate.edu/guidelines/op-guidance.

The university emphasizes the need for caution among faculty, staff, and students in order to ensure personal safety. An announcement regarding the institution’s status for Thursday, Jan. 18, will be made by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Stay updated by visiting the MSU website and social media platforms, and keep an eye on local news outlets for changing conditions and advisories.

The residence halls on the Starkville campus will remain open. For students and staff on campus, the Marketplace at Perry Cafeteria will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the PODs in Hathorn and Dogwood will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Maroon Markets in Griffis and the Wise Center will be open 24 hours a day.

On Wednesday, Mitchell Memorial Library, Longest Student Health Center, Colvard Student Union, and the Sanderson Center will be closed. Students are cautioned to be careful when moving around campus, as sidewalks and outside stairs are likely to be extremely slippery and icy in certain areas.

It is important for everyone on campus to watch out for sheets of ice and chunks of ice sliding off building roofs as the ice thaws. The university advises individuals to stay inside as much as possible.

Due to the possibility of icy road conditions, SMART service will be suspended on Wednesday [Jan. 17]. For updates, please visit www.smart.msstate.edu and the SMART social media platforms.

For media inquiries, please contact Sid Salter, MSU Chief Communications Officer, at 601-507-8004 or ss51@msstate.edu.

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