Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Belhaven is eager to provide you important information as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is disrupting plans across our nation and around the world. As the situation remains fluid, information will change, so check back often and make sure to "refresh" this page to make sure you are seeing the latest updates. Links to most recent information will be listed first.

During this unprecedented time, we want to make sure that you are still receiving the same level of care that we strive for at Belhaven University. Most of our staff are working at home but they are still eager to connect with you. Please reach out to us.

Main line and Admission: admission@belhaven.edu or 601-968-5940
Student Financial Services: studentaid@belhaven.edu or leave a message at 601-968-5933
Registrar Office: registrar@belhaven.edu or leave a message at 601-968-5922
Bookstore: SM8303@bncollege.com or 601-968-5910

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (will continued to be updated as information changes)

May 1, 2020 - Letter to Students from the President (PDF)

April 24, 2020 - FAQ updated #9, #11, Added #30 (retrieve belongings), #31 (summer housing)

April 1, 2020 - E-mail update to our Traditional Undergraduate Students from the President (PDF)

Watch Dr. Parrott's "online" Chapel messages.

March 26, 2020 - FAQ updated #9, #16 and #17 (residence halls)

March 23, 2020 - FAQ updated #11, #14, #15, #16; added #29 (library books)

March 21, 2020 - FAQ updated #1 (current status)

March 20, 2020 - FAQ updated #14 & 15 (campus facilities)

March 19, 2020 - FAQ updated #12

March 18, 2020 - Video Message to our Adult, Graduate and Online Students from the President

March 18, 2020 - FAQ added Question #27 (international students) and #28 (mailroom), also updated Questions #11 (dining commons), #20 (commencement) and #21 (campus tours)

March 17, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

March 17, 2020 - Video Message to our Traditional Undergraduate Students from the President

March 17, 2020 - Athletics Update (PDF)

March 17, 2020 - Message to Adult and Graduate Branch Campus On-Ground Students (PDF)

March 13, 2020 - Athletics Update (PDF)

March 13, 2020 - Message to Adult and Graduate Branch Campus On-Ground Students (PDF)

March 12, 2020 - Message to Belhaven Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents from Dr. Roger Parrott

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 17, 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Please continue to check the web site regularly as the situation is fluid and information can change.

1. What is the current status of COVID-19 as it relates to Belhaven University?

(Updated April 1) We had one residential student show COVID-19 symptoms yesterday - headache, fever, sore throat. She was immediately quarantined on the top floor of Caldwell Hall. Her mother flew in this morning to drive her home. We have two security officers who have tested positive for COVID-19. They have been quarantined since symptoms began and will not return to work until we have assurance from medical advisors that they are not infectious. We have had a part-time clinical Nursing faculty member contract the virus. She last had contact with students on March 6 - nursing students should be safe from your contact with this faculty member.Please be praying for these four of our Belhaven family who are suffering with the virus.  I’ve heard from many others with extended family members who have the virus.

All faculty and nearly all staff are working from home.  Only essential personnel are allowed on the campus.  See question #16 for more details.  We recommend that you seek information regarding COVID-19 from appropriate sources, including: Centers for Disease Control      Mississippi Department of Health

2. What should I do if I start to feel symptoms – fever, cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose, sore throat

For students, if you are possibly becoming sick, you MUST stay home or travel home. 

(Updated April 1) For students that cannot move home, they will be quarantined a residence hall room separated from other students. We will do all we can to help you if you get sick, including leaving meals outside your door – but we will be limited since we cannot expose others to this highly infectious virus.   If you are living on campus and do not have your own transportation, we will not have a way to get you to medical facilities to be tested.   Taxis and Uber may not be available and airlines will not allow people to fly if showing symptoms.

If someone is sick in your home, you must stay home.

For students, academic work will not be penalized if you are sick and cannot complete the online work on time.  Our faculty are wonderful in accommodating student special needs.

For employees, sick days for Coronavirus will NOT be counted toward your employee sick days – you will be paid. Please contact the HR department for additional information.

3. When will classes resume for Traditional students returning from spring break?

We will extend Spring Break an additional week for traditional undergraduate students, through March 22.  Spring break building hours, limited dining commons service, etc., will continue for an additional week.

Beginning March 23rd and continuing through the end of finals week, all traditional classes will convert to a virtual online format or via other methods other than in-person, on-campus instruction. The faculty will be working next week to prepare for this transition.

** Fortunately, Belhaven University was an early leader in pioneering online education and so we have a robust undergraduate and graduate online program enrolling several thousand students – we have the resources, experience, expertise, and infrastructure to support this shift to online.

4. When will classes resume for Adult, Branch, Graduate, and Online students?

Adult and Graduate branch class schedules will continue as normal, although will be shifted to a virtual online format.  Students received emails on March 13 and March 17 explaining this change. Also view Dr. Parrott's video message for Adult, Graduate and Online students.

All scheduled online classes will continue without interruption.

5. What if I was traveling over spring break? Where do I go now?

If you have traveled to a highly infected area in the USA or internationally, you MUST self-quarantine for 14 days, and work or study from home or in a quarantine residence hall room.  For all of us, do not ignore this requirement, please!

6. Will the semester be extended a week?

The semester will not be extended for a week, but will conclude on time as scheduled.

7. Will registration for Summer and Fall 2020 take place as scheduled?

Traditional student registration for the Fall 2020 semester will move ahead as planned over the next few weeks.  Registration is now completely online. You may also contact your faculty advisor or the Registrar Office for additional assistance or information. Summer 2020 registration for adult and online students will take place as scheduled.

8. What do I need to participate in online learning?

Each professor is working to design the best approach to continue your classes. For some, that may be adopting a virtual synchronous approach using Zoom as a tool for lecture and discussion, for others that may be recording voice over PowerPoint and assigning worksheets, others may follow an asynchronous approach posting materials and having discussion boards, while others—especially in small classes—may treat the remainder of a course more like a directed study. Students can also access the Academic Help in BlazeNet and Tutoring services in Canvas.

9. Will residence halls be open?

(Updated March 26) In light of rapid local, regional (New Orleans is currently the #1 COVID-19 hot spot in the world) and national developments in the spread of COVID-19, and in line with CDC recommendations, on-campus housing regulations are updated as follows: As all students have had substantial time to decide whether they need to return to or remain on campus, no additional students are allowed to move back into their residence hall room this semester or check out. Beginning Monday, March 30, students will not be able to return to campus to retrieve their belongings or check out until after Friday, May 1st, unless conditions require a longer delay. We will continue to monitor and update, as we have an obligation to best care for the health and safety of our students living on campus as well as those who are currently home.

(Updated April 1) At 3pm today the Mayor will be issuing a “Shelter in Place” order for the entire City of Jackson. The order will direct that only essential businesses may remain open - hospitals, clinics, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, banks, and laundromats. 

The Mayor’s Shelter in Place order will require us to limit our food service for residential students only to-go meals because we can no longer operate the dining commons.  You will be able to receive a to-go box to take back to your room to eat.  The to-go meals hours will be: 11:30 - 12:30 for lunch, and 5:00 - 6:00 for dinner.  At dinner you may also pick up a breakfast to-go-sack for the next day as we will not be open for other breakfast service in order to further minimize the risk of exposure.   The student center will only be open during the times you’re coming in to pick up your meal.

 If you live on campus and are working, but you do not work in one of those essential businesses, you may NOT go to work even if the business is outside of Jackson - all Jackson residents must “shelter in place.”  Once the order goes into effect, a student living on campus may not leave campus for any reason other than to go to one of these essential businesses.

(Updated April 24) The residence halls will be closing on Saturday, May 9th as originally planned.  Students who are still on campus must arrange with their resident director, on a first come – first serve basis, their checkout day and time.  For students living in the traditional residence halls the meal plan will also end at lunch on May 9th

In guidance with the CDC, the University is still not allowing overnight guests during this time, even for family members.  However, family members (a maximum of two) may assist with the move out process once the time is scheduled. They must follow the social distance guidelines of staying six feet away, and should wear a mask and gloves.

For students that are no longer living on campus but still have their belongings on campus the checkout deadline has been extended to Saturday, June 6th in order to stagger the number of families in each residence hall at the same time.  Students will need to arrange with their resident director, on a first come – first serve basis, their checkout day and time starting as early as Friday, May 1st.

If a family chooses or cannot come before this time they may arrange their items to be shipped through an independent company, Armstrong Relocations.  Their company is willing to connect virtually, through Facetime or Zoom, with families regarding what items need to be inventoried, packed, shipped, or discarded.  If interested, please contact them for the details and a specific quote (601.856.8504).  We have been informed the boxing and packing of each student is currently $250 plus the cost of shipping but the company .  The shipping cost will vary depending on the amount shipped.   Inform your Resident Director of this decision so they can coordinate with Armstrong a designated day for their company to come on campus. 

The University will not be offering summer housing options for the summer of 2020 and currently plans to open the residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester on Friday, August 21st

10. How do I get the materials I need for classwork out of my room?

If you are unable to travel back to campus to pick up academic materials needed for this semester, please complete this form by Friday, March 20. Your materials will then be shipped to you free of charge.

11. Will the dining hall be open?

(Updated March 23) In response to CDC advice and City of Jackson policy, dining services are only available for residential students who already have a meal plan and remain on campus, through the end of the spring semester.  Faculty, staff and off campus guests are not being served meals in the dining commons nor are they allowed in the dining commons at any time.

(Updated April 1) The Mayor’s Shelter in Place order will require us to limit our food service for residential students only to-go meals because we can no longer operate the dining commons.  You will be able to receive a to-go box to take back to your room to eat.  The to-go meals hours will be: 11:30 - 12:30 for lunch, and 5:00 - 6:00 for dinner.  At dinner you may also pick up a breakfast to-go-sack for the next day as we will not be open for other breakfast service in order to further minimize the risk of exposure.   The student center will only be open during the times you’re coming in to pick up your meal.

(Updated April 24) As planned, the dinning commons will close at lunch on Saturday, May 9th.

12. Will I receive a refund if I do move out of my residence hall?

Because on campus residential housing and meal-plans are being provided for students through the end of the semester, residential refunds will not be available unless a student withdraws from school completely.  If a student chooses to not continue living on campus for the full semester because of the Pandemic, the University is still contractually obligated to pay to our food service provider, each student’s food service cost for the entire semester.  Even more importantly the university is unable to rent the room or apartment to another student this late in the semester or to outside groups since some students will remain on campus and a building cannot be rented if students continue to occupy their rooms.

(Updated March 19) From the media you may read that some Universities are offering students housing refunds, but in most cases they are requiring ALL students to move out of the residence halls - i.e. U of San Diego gave students only 24 hours to get out.  We are continuing to provide housing/food for those who choose to continue to live on campus.  If there was a cost saving to the University by not having most students return, we would give students that savings.  But even though the number of residents is small, the halls must all still be opened, professional residence life staff remain on duty, utilities provided, maintenance and housekeeping services provided, and food service staff in place. There will be a small savings in the quantity of food, but our food service provider is taking a tremendous financial loss because we will not have all the special spring events that they count on for income in order to provide our meal plan to students at an affordable rate. Not only is there not a substantive savings to pass back to students, at this point we are projecting the Coronavirus will increase the University’s costs significantly because of the additional technology services we’ve had to purchase in the last few days in order to keep students’ education on schedule.  We want students to finish the term on time and receive credit for all they have invested so far, so we have equipped all faculty and administrative employees with the technology they need to teach/work at home.  In addition, we project a $600,000 loss to absorb because of canceled summer camp rentals and decreased giving caused by the stock-market crash, although our costs from this crisis are expected to rise much higher.  We are all in this together, and there is no desire to take advantage of this crisis for any financial gain for the University.

13. Will scholarships be reduced if a residential student lives at home for the remainder of the semester?

No.

14. Will activities be restricted for residential students?

(Updated March 23) We will follow the guidance of the CDC. The news from other parts of the world make us anticipate the CDC may eventually require all students to be quarantined in their residence hall rooms for two or more weeks.  Until that time, we require students and employees to keep 6’ distance from each other, sit alone at meals or only with 6’ distance and not gather in groups for study or leisure. Students living on campus must limit all off-campus activity to accessing essential services such as the grocery store, pharmacy, health care providers or work.  Other than these activities, students living on campus must spend each day and night on campus and may not come and go from off campus, including visits home or to the residences of other relatives or friends.  Failure to abide by these rules jeopardizes the health of others and will result in immediate dismissal from the residence hall for the remainder of the semester. In addition, all athletics and recreation facilities are closed and unavailable, including the Bowl Stadium, the track (under construction), weight room, locker rooms, support facilities and team meeting/film rooms. 

15. What facilities will be open and what will be closed?

(Updated March 23) For medical safety, all indoor and outdoor recreation facilities are closed (see #14), as are the STEM laboratories and spaces and arts related studios and spaces (Art & Graphic Design may enter their studio at a supervised time to retrieve their materials but cannot use the space to work).  Until further notice the library is closed (See #29 about books).

16. Will the campus close, or students quarantined in their Residence Halls?

(Updated March 26) All faculty and staff except essential personnel are working from home. Following the guidance of the CDC, it is likely there will be a period of multiple weeks were students will be confined to their residence hall, and be allowed to come to the dinning commons only in small numbers so they can be spread out.

Students living on campus must limit all off-campus activity to accessing essential services such as the grocery store, pharmacy, health care providers or work.  Other than these activities, students living on campus must spend each day and night on campus and may not come and go from off campus, including visits home or to the residences of relatives or friends.  Additionally, students are not allowed to have any outside guests or students in their room.  Failure to abide by these rules jeopardizes the health of others and will result in immediate dismissal from the residence hall for the remainder of the semester.  

Beginning Monday, March 30, students will not be able to return to campus to retrieve their belongings or check out until after Friday, May 1st, unless conditions require a longer delay. We will continue to monitor and update, as we have an obligation to best care for the health and safety of our students living on campus as well as those who are currently at home.

17. When do I need to clean out my room if I am not returning from spring break?

(Updated March 26) At this time, students are allowed to leave their things in their room. Beginning Monday, March 30, students will not be able to return to campus to retrieve their belongings or check out until after Friday, May 1st, unless conditions require a longer delay. We will continue to monitor and update, as we have an obligation to best care for the health and safety of our students living on campus as well as those who are currently at home.  Communicate with your RD if you are not planning on returning to your room this semester

18. What is meant by Social Distancing?

Social Distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus by human-to-human transmission. Social distancing suspends public gatherings and limits on-campus business to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

Everyone must keep a distance of at least six feet from others while on campus.

19. Will campus events take place?

All public group events (concerts, plays, chapel, RUF, FCA, etc.) hosted on campus are canceled for the remainder of the semester.  Students and employees must keep a 6 foot distance if they must meet in groups of 10 or less.

20. Will commencement be held as planned?

(Updated April 1) It is clear that commencement in May will not be possible - so those dates are canceled for our graduations in Jackson, Houston, and Desoto.

We are working on a plan to hold the Jackson commencement in conjunction with Homecoming in the fall - October 30 & 31.  We want to celebrate the moment of your graduation but would also plan some of the kinds of gatherings we’d normally have in the spring for seniors and have more meaningful times to say goodbye.  We’d also like to have an Arts event to showcase portions of the performances that would have been presented this spring, hold Senior Day recognitions for our spring athletes, and enable each academic department to have an event honoring their seniors.

But we are not yet sure on that date of October 30/31.   As you can imagine, everyone is rescheduling large events for the fall.  Finding a venue that will seat 2,200 people twice is not easy to find. (we have two graduations - one for traditional students and one for our Adult/Graduate/Online students).

At this point, this is the commencement plan:

1. We will have a LIVE commencement. This is too special to settle for a virtual ceremony.
2. You will receive your graduation credentials in May as you normally would if you complete your degree.
3. If you need a diploma ahead of graduation in the fall, we will send it to you - employers usually only need an official transcript.
4. We hope to have graduation in Jackson the evening of October 30 and/or the morning of October 31
5. The commencement ceremonies for Houston and Desoto will be held in October as well - dates are yet to be determined.
6. We will have our regularly scheduled graduation on December 12th and those who cannot participate in the special commencement in October are invited to attend that day.  

21. Will Individual prospective student tours be available?

(Updated March 18) Based on recommendations from the CDC and health professionals, Belhaven will no longer host in person campus visits on any of our Belhaven campuses. We are currently working on developing virtual visit formats that will be announced soon. Previously planned Discover Day on March 20, Junior Day on April 17 and STEM Day on April 3 will be canceled.

22. I’m a student worker. Can I return to my job?

Student workers should contact Student Financial Services at studentaid@belhaven.edu to discuss possible provisions regarding student worker requirements during this semester.

23. Is mental health counseling available to students during the remainder of the Spring 2020 academic year?

Yes, virtual sessions are available to students staying in the state of Mississippi only due to compliance either the MS State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. To schedule an appointment, go to Blazenet under Student Life/Services, Traditional Student development, Click Large Orange Button that says REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT.

24. I rented my books from the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore. How do I return them when the semester is over?

If you rented books from the campus Barnes& Noble bookstore, you can print a free return shipping label using the confirmation number that you received via e-mail when you rented your books. All books will need to be shipped back together.

25. How does Belhaven clean and disinfect its campus facilities?

Belhaven University is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through enhanced cleaning and disinfection, including dining areas, classrooms, desks, tables, door handles and all public areas. The university has an adequate supply of cleaning materials.

26. Will athletics events take place?

Please read the Athletics Update Memos from March 13 and March 17 (PDF). The campus recreation facilities and fitness center will be closed.

27. How is Belhaven working with International Students?

(Added March 18) We want to be as helpful as possible to our international students.  As described in this FAQ, our residence halls and food services are available for any student that is unable to return to their home country.  Further, our Primary Designated Student Official for International Students, Ms. Becky Sims, is available to help both on-campus and off-campus international students with any questions or concerns you may have.  Ms. Sims can be reached at bsims@belhaven.edu OR 601-968-8746.

28. When will the Belhaven Post Office be in operation? As a student, what do I do about my mail arriving on campus?

(Added March 18) As of March 23, the Belhaven Post Office will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am – 2pm. Please use the drop box when dropping off mail when appropriate.

The US Post Office will not forward mail; students are responsible for contacting those who send them mail to inform them of their address change.  If you have mail that has arrived on campus and are not planning to return, please email tjohnson@belhaven.edu.

29. What should I do with my library books?

(Added March 23) Until further notice the library is closed. Please keep all library items - books checked out or inter-library loans until you return to campus. You will not be charged a late fee. If you have questions, please contact us by phone or through ask a librarian.

30. What if I am unable to return to campus to retrieve my belongings from the residence halls by the closing date of May 9th?

(Added April 24) For students that are no longer living on campus but still have their belongings on campus the checkout deadline has been extended to Saturday, June 6th in order to stagger the number of families in each residence hall at the same time.  Students will need to arrange with their resident director, on a first come – first serve basis, their checkout day and time starting as early as Friday, May 1st.  Students are still not allowed to physically live on campus past Saturday, May 9th

In guidance with the CDC, the University is still not allowing overnight guests during this time, even for family members.  However, family members (a maximum of two) may assist with the move out process once the time is scheduled. They must follow the social distance guidelines of staying six feet away, and should wear a mask and gloves. 

If a family chooses or cannot come before this time they may arrange their items to be shipped through an independent company, Armstrong Relocations.  Their company is willing to connect virtually, through Facetime or Zoom, with families regarding what items need to be inventoried, packed, shipped, or discarded.  If interested, please contact them for the details and a specific quote (601.856.8504).  We have been informed the boxing and packing of each student is currently $250 plus the cost of shipping but the company .  The shipping cost will vary depending on the amount shipped.   Inform your Resident Director of this decision so they can coordinate with Armstrong a designated day for their company to come on campus. 

31. Will summer housing be offered and when will the residence halls open up for the fall?

(Added April 24) The University will not be offering summer housing options for the summer of 2020 and currently plans to open the residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester on Friday, August 21st.  Returning or new students may continue to reserve their Fall 2020 room online. 

 

March 18, 2020 - Video Message to our Adult, Graduate and Online Students from the President

 

March 17, 2020 - Video Message to our Traditional Undergraduate Students from the President

 

March 12, 2020 - Letter from the President

The concern about coronavirus has grown exponentially over the last few days and even hours.  Hundreds of universities are adjusting their schedule, and many from the hardest hit regions of the country have shifted the remainder of their semester to an online format.  The state universities in Mississippi have just announced their decision to extend spring break for an additional week and then shift all their teaching to an online format for the reminder of the spring semester.

In this time of worldwide dramatic change, we all need as much certainty as possible.  We also need to do all we can to protect our Belhaven University students, faculty and staff from the Coronavirus, and take the dramatic steps necessary to slow the transmission of the virus in our community.

The following decisions are made with much thought, study, insight from key leaders, and a whole lot of prayer.  There is not a perfect solution, but we are convinced this is the best option.

  1. We will extend Spring Break an additional week, through March 22.  Spring break building hours, limited dining commons service, etc., will continue for an additional week. The semester will not be extended for a week, but will conclude on time as scheduled.

  2. Beginning March 23rd and continuing through the end of finals week, all traditional classes will convert to an online format or via other methods other than in-person, on-campus instruction. The faculty will be working next week to prepare for this transition.

** Fortunately, Belhaven University was an early leader in pioneering online education and so we have a robust undergraduate and graduate online program enrolling several thousand students – we have the resources, experience, expertise, and infrastructure to support this shift to online.

  1. Adult and Graduate branch class schedules will continue as normal, although will be shifted to a 100% online format.  Students will receive an email tomorrow explaining this change.

  2. All scheduled online classes will continue without interruption.

  3. General operations of the University will remain open - employees will continue to work as normal, although meetings should be held with appropriate social distancing.

  4. Individual campus visits will continue through our Admission Office, but Discover Day and other group prospective student events will be canceled.

  5. University residence halls will remain open, and students may return to campus.  However, the CDC encourages students to stay home if at all possible as an precaution during times of Pandemic.  Contact your Resident Director to advise or arrange your plans.  Because the remainder of the semester will be taught through an online format, traditional students do NOT need to return if more comfortable at home. 

  6. Dining services will be offered for residential students who choose to stay on campus through the end of the semester.  Because students have the option to continue living on campus, Room/Board refunds will not be available unless a student withdraws from school completely.

  7. All large public group events (concerts, plays, chapel, RUF, FCA, etc.) hosted on campus are canceled for the remainder of the semester.  A decision regarding spring commencement will be made in the next few weeks.

  8. Athletic events may only occur in accordance with recent NCAA guidelines, and will be spectator free except for limited family attendance.  Only teams in season, or participating in a planned spring training season, may hold workouts or use weight facilities.  This could change as we are following the decisions of our athletic conference and the NCAA.  The campus recreation facilities and fitness center will be closed.

  9. Traditional student registration for the Fall 2020 semester will move ahead as planned over the next few weeks.  Call your faculty advisor and get your class schedule set for the fall.

  10. If you are sick or someone is sick in your home, you MUST stay home. Sick days for Coronavirus will NOT be counted toward your employee sick days – you will be paid. 

  11. Students’ academic work will not be penalized if you are sick and cannot complete the online work on schedule.  Our faculty are wonderful in accommodating student special needs.

  12. If you have traveled to an highly infected area in the USA or internationally, you MUST self-quarantine for 14 days, and work or study from home.  For all of us, do not ignore this requirement, please!

  13. While in the workplace, residence halls, dining commons or other places on campus, please practice social distancing – no contact, handshakes, hugs, and 6’ separation - and minimize contact with others. Follow CDC recommendations on hand-washing, coughing, etc.

  14. Our housekeeping services have increased the frequency and depth of cleaning and disinfection in residence halls, dining halls, the common spaces, especially focusing on common contact points, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches and bathrooms.

  15. Questions that Nursing and Arts students will ask:
    a. Nursing students - will continue attending their clinical rotations this week and going forward.  But they are in the center of the health care crisis, and are well prepared to deal with the challenges.  The Dean of Nursing will be communicating directly with nursing students.
    b. The Arts professors are working on solutions. This is tough to do online, but we’ll find a way – after all, the Arts are about creativity.   The faculty will be in contact with their students.

I’m sure you will have some specific individual questions and I’d encourage you to contact the person closest to your need for an answer – but don’t get frustrated if they don’t yet have firm guidance to offer.  This is new territory for all of higher education and we are figuring it out as it goes along.  You’re always welcome to contact me.

This plan could shift as the Coronavirus status changes in Mississippi.  Only one case has been identified so far, and it is not in the Jackson area. We will send additional emails or check the website for updates.

Be praying for those impacted by the virus all around the world.  And ask God to strengthen us as we pull together to deal with this unusual challenge: this will be a time to experience something new through a different format of learning, a time to learn a new level of grace and flexibility, and a time to deepen our dependence on the Lord.

Dr. Roger Parrott                        
President, Belhaven University