Contact: Sid Salter
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s Starkville and Meridian campuses will close today [March 17] at noon with all classes moving to a remote instruction format due to an abundance of caution over predicted severe weather.
Other campus activities are canceled for the afternoon and evening at both the Starkville and Meridian campuses.
The National Weather Service is predicting potentially dangerous weather which could produce extreme conditions such as tornadoes or hail in Central and North Mississippi.
“Employees should go home, but all faculty should continue to teach their classes in a remote learning format,” said Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw.
The university encourages all students and employees to review instructions for coping with severe weather at emergency.msstate.edu. Those on campus should follow the building or Residence Hall safety instructions specific to their location. Starkville campus residence halls remain open.
Non-essential employees should not report to work. Faculty, staff and students are urged to use caution to ensure personal safety.
Monitor the MSU and MSU-Meridian websites and social media for updates. Follow and closely monitor MSU Maroon Alert on social media. Monitor local news outlets for changing conditions and advisories.
MSU Dining will continue full operations until 1 p.m. Then, Fresh Food Co., Subway and Moe’s only will continue operations until 8 p.m. PODs in Hathorn and Dogwood will be open until 8 p.m. Other MSU dining facilities will be closed, including those in the Colvard Student Union Food Court.
Mitchell Memorial Library and the Sanderson Center will close at noon.
MSU Athletics has announced that Wednesday’s scheduled softball game has been postponed.
The university plans to resume normal operations on Thursday, March 18.
Media inquiries should be directed to Sid Salter, MSU Chief Communications Officer, at 601-507-8004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.