Ole Miss cancels all campus academic and athletic events until August
Ole Miss has just taken its suspension of athletic and academic events to a new level as the school announced on Thursday the decision to cancel all summer camps, conferences, events and other experiences through Aug. 1.
That includes any and all academic and athletic events.
This is the farthest an SEC institution has pushed back its cancelations and appears to make it so that the start of the Lane Kiffin era cannot begin until Aug. 1, at the earliest.
Here is the statement provided by the school’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Noel Wilkin:
In light of the continuing uncertainty about our ability to conduct programming safely on our Oxford and regional campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Mississippi is canceling all in-person on-campus summer camps, conferences, events and other experiences through Aug. 1, 2020. This includes all academic and athletics programs on the Oxford, Tupelo, Southaven, Booneville and Grenada campuses.
Online or remote experiences will be offered where possible. Further details will be forthcoming from programs that can offer virtual experiences. Individuals who registered previously for canceled programs will receive direct communications from those programs.
While this was a difficult decision, this action is necessary to uphold our commitment to the safety, health and well-being of our campus community. We recognize that this decision presents disruptions and challenges for students, families, faculty and staff.
We also know that these camps held many benefits for our camp participants, their families and our university units. We are encouraging all units to think about how they might offer a virtual or alternative experience for students that might help to accomplish some of these important objectives.
We appreciate your continued patience and support as we implement the necessary operational and logistical adjustments during this trying time and look forward to the time when we can again convene on our campuses.