By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Delta State University will be providing refunds and credits for room, board and parking as a result of the disruption to campus life caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Students were away for spring break when Mississippi began making moves to address the crisis.
Students and faculty have not been able to return to campus and all instruction has shifted to online-only in an effort to prevent a mass gathering of people, which would facilitate virus transmission.
Delta State President William LaForge provided the announcement in his campus update last Friday.
“Based on guidelines approved today by the Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees, Delta State will issue prorated refunds or credits on housing, meal plans, and parking to eligible students due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote LaForge.
“I appreciate the patience of the Delta State family as we have worked with our governing board and sister state universities to develop an overall refund policy that is fair and equitable.”
Refunds and credits will be effective from March 16, the day students would have returned to campus from spring break.
Any refunds and credits will be applied immediately to outstanding balances that students owe.
Any remaining money will be issued to students as direct payments or as a credit for the student’s 2020 fall semester.
Refunds and credits will not apply to students who withdrew prior to March 16, students with housing or meal plans paid through institutional scholarships that apply to such or to students who remain in campus housing. Because classes are still ongoing, tuition is not available to be refunded.
LaForge wrote that the estimated time for disbursement is by May 15 but that it may vary due to each student’s unique circumstance.
Buildings on campus remain closed during the duration of the stay-at-home executive order signed by Gov. Tate Reeves two weeks ago, which is scheduled to end Monday.