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Glenn Boyce: University has limited its operations to “mission-critical”

Oxford’s Board of Aldermen approved the “Stay at Home” resolution during a special meeting on Sunday, and on Monday, the University of Mississippi’s chancellor issued a response.

Glenn Boyce voiced his support of the resolution in a statement sent through the UM Today portal to the Ole Miss community.

Read his entire statement below:

“Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill and the Board of Aldermen approved a ‘stay-at-home’ resolution Sunday night for residents of Oxford, effective immediately until April 6. The university strongly supports this resolution, which is mandatory for all city residents, as part of our collective efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

We have already limited our operations to ‘mission-critical’ functions, and I’ve asked our vice chancellors to examine ways in which we can restrict the definition of ‘mission-critical’ even further in light of this resolution. Any university employee who can work remotely is expected to do so. Please do not come to campus to work simply because you want to get out of the house. All of us need to do our part by staying home and practicing good hygiene and social distancing.

These limitations will pose additional challenges as we continue to support our students, but I know that the people of the University of Mississippi are up to the task.”

Last week, Boyce announced the remainder of the spring semester would take place online or through other methods and that the University was working to come up with a system to allow students who live in residences halls to come pick up the rest of their belongings.

Ole Miss’s spring Commencement ceremonies were also postponed to later this year on a yet-to-be-determined date.