Jackson State University student move-in has been delayed because of the city’s low water pressure. Jackson State University’s official Facebook page posted the news late last night. Freshman move in has postponed to Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19, from 8 a.m. CST to 8 p.m. CST. Returning students are able to move in on August 20 from 8 a.m. CST to 8 p.m. CST with classes beginning August 22nd.
Local news affiliate WAPT reports the low water pressure has “impeded water flow to the upper floors of residence halls.” This would make devices running water such as toilets, faucets and showers unusable. Members of the Jackson State community were upset with the context and timing of the news. Jackson State addressed the decision on their Facebook page, saying, “While we know this is a huge inconvenience, the postponement is the right thing to do to prevent students from arriving on campus while we’re experiencing these water issues.”
Jackson, Mississippi has experienced a water crisis for years. In February 2021, a winter storm crossed the southern region of the United States and left the city of Jackson without running water for for up to a month. Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders chronicled the issue in Season 1 of his Barstool Sports Docuseries “Coach Prime”.
We hope that the water pressure issues the city is facing doesn’t delay students from beginning their college experience. We will keep you updated via our social media platforms.