Important Information Regarding the Spring Semester

Updated January 16, 2018

Due to the inclement weather affecting our area, Millsaps College will officially close today at 1 p.m. Please use caution when driving for the remainder of the day and through tomorrow.

This closure includes all academic and administrative functions, including night classes, through 12 noon tomorrow. Tonight's Arts & Lecture Series event is also postponed. We will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions, and will update as necessary.

Updated January 12, 2018

Millsaps College will reopen the campus as planned on Sunday, January 14. Please note the following important information:

Updated January 6, 2018

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we get the spring semester underway with the least possible disruption. Please read the following information related to classes.


Additional Required Class Blocks

Classes will begin at 12:55 p.m. on January 15 (MLK Jr. Day)—Lecture E, F, Lab 1, Studio 1.1.


Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the joint MLK Celebration in the Kroger Gymnasium at Tougaloo College. The program begins at 8:00 a.m. and will be followed by service opportunities that will end by noon. Some campus offices, including the Office of Records, the Business Office, and Admissions will open at 12:30 p.m.

Classes will be held on the morning of March 30 (Good Friday) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.—Lecture A, B, C, D. Most administrative offices will be closed that day, as scheduled.


Extension of Add/Drop Period

Students can still register for classes (with advisor’s approval), and Add/Drop is active through Major Portal. Students are encouraged to finalize the registration process immediately if they have not done so already. Please contact the appropriate office to address any issues. While College offices are currently closed due to the weather-related water shortage, administrators are monitoring email and/or voicemails.


If students encounter issues registering for a class that they plan on taking this term, the instructor should be contacted directly via email as soon as possible. Many instructors have already sent out syllabi, assignments and modified schedules.


Remote Engagement in Classes

The academic term will start as scheduled on Monday January 8, even though the start of on-campus activities has been delayed for one week. Students are responsible for submitting all required work on time and for making every effort to participate in all required activities. Some instructors are planning to hold virtual class meetings and discussions during regularly scheduled class times, and students are required to make every reasonable effort to fully participate in these activities. Failure to do so will be treated as an unexcused absence. Instructors should be notified in advance if it is not possible to participate in a required session or activity. If a virtual class meeting cannot be joined due to technological issues, the instructor should be notified immediately with an explanation.


It is understood that virtual, remote engagement with course material is not equivalent to the typical, intimate, face-to-face instruction that is the hallmark of a Millsaps education; however, it is important to maintain the integrity of the academic experience as best we can during times of distress. Please be patient and accommodating and recognize that everyone is doing the best they can to thrive in a challenging situation.

January 4, 2018

At this time, Millsaps College is delaying the start of on-campus activities for the spring semester, including all athletic practices, by one week. The academic term will start as scheduled on Monday, January 8, as faculty begin distributing course material to and actively engaging with students via email, but on-site attendance in classes will not officially begin until Tuesday, January 16. This delay applies to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Residence halls will open for the spring semester at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 14. We will observe the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 15.

The remainder of the academic calendar for the spring semester will not change. The last day of classes will still be April 24, and we will plan for commencement on Saturday, May 5.

Due to several days of below-freezing temperatures in the area, the city of Jackson is actively managing an emergency situation related to broken and damaged water lines throughout the area. This situation includes breaks in lines, loss of water pressure, and in some cases, no water at all. As of Thursday, January 4, the city has issued a precautionary boil-water advisory for the entire area.

Here at Millsaps, low water pressure has made toilets (particularly on upper floors) and showers largely unusable. Dining Services lacks adequate water for food preparation, and water outages are projected to continue through the next several days. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as warranted.

Please contact the Office of Student Life at 601-974-1200 if you have questions related to housing and support.

Additional information will be relayed to all students, faculty, and staff as the situation warrants.