Cowbell Well

Mississippi State University’s main goal is for a safe return to our campuses. We plan to continue residential living as well as in-person classes. To ensure an exceptional and safe experience for our students, faculty, staff and visitors, we have developed the Cowbell Well campaign to educate the MSU and Starkville community on strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I make sure I don’t get COVID-19?

There are some basic steps you can take to greatly reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19. These include:

  • Get the vaccine. Visit http://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ for more information
  • Wear a mask and keep your distance if you have not been vaccinated
  • Contact the Health Center if you don’t feel well or have questions

Who do I contact if I don’t feel well or feel I may have been exposed?

If you are not feeling well or feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and contact the Health Center at 662-325-2055. They can guide you through the next steps. 

I have questions relating to vaccines. Who do I contact?

Visit http://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ to learn more about vaccines. Call 662-325-2055 if you have questions relating to vaccines or quarantining. To schedule an appointment for a vaccine, call the Longest Student Health Center at 662-325-2431.

What other steps are being taken to keep campus safe?

Mississippi State University is encouraging everyone who can take a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to the vaccine, the university continues to:

  • Offer masks to those who are unable to get a vaccine or wish to wear a face covering
  • Provide enhanced cleaning or common areas 
  • Provide hand sanitizer and wipes in office and classroom spaces
  • Improve air filtration in university buildings
  • Monitor cases on campus and in the community

Do I have to wear a face covering?

Masks are required inside all university buildings regardless of vaccination status. This includes all public spaces such as classrooms, hallways, restrooms, residence hall lobbies and common spaces. Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth. It is our hope that we may be able to move to a mask-optional policy if our cases on campus & in the community decrease and our vaccination rates improve substantially.

Students and employees are required to wear face coverings that provide good protection and cover the nose and mouth. Face shields are not permitted except in a limited number of circumstances; e.g. instructors or presenters who need to be understood clearly or students who must articulate foreign language enunciation. When a face shield is worn, strict physical distancing of at least six feet must be observed at all times.

What if I get behind in my course work due to being sick?

The University has policies and procedures for helping in these situations. View the Class Attendance & Absence Policy. Contact your faculty by email or other channels if you are sick so they can assist you in planning. You can also contact the Dean of Students office at 662-325-3611.

Will social distancing still take place in classes?

We expect all classrooms to be at full capacity in the fall semester.

Will all classes be in person?

Our primary mode of instruction is face-to-face. MSU has always offered several courses via remote learning and will continue to do so. When registering for classes students can choose their preferred mode of instruction for some courses, but all courses will not offer a remote instruction option.

Will I get to attend football games?

We expect Davis Wade Stadium to return to full capacity in Fall 2021. Student tickets will be available through hailstate.com.

What will student activities look like for the Fall?

We are excited to offer in-person New Maroon Camp, sorority & fraternity recruitment, and Dawg Days in Fall 2021. We expect some student organizations will offer both in-person and virtual engagement opportunities.

Will I have to quarantine if I’m exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Students who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they are exhibiting symptoms. You should contact the COVID Hotline at 662-325-2055 to discuss your situation with clinic staff.