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Questions about Academic Issues 

Undergraduate

For questions about undergraduate academic issues, contact Dr.%20Julie%20Reid%20or Dr.%20Rebecca%20Chambers.

Graduate

For graduate academic issues, see the Graduate Student Association webpage and/or contact the college associate dean for graduate studies, Dr.%20Janet%20Donaldson.

Campus Resources for Undergraduates

Center for Student Success 

The Center for Student Success website has a large directory of campus resources designed to help students. Resources include where students can get free tutoring, find help with personal matters, and much more.

University Advisement Center

The Advisement Center serves first-year students to guide them with SOAR issues,  enrollment in courses, changing majors, progress to degree, academic policies and procedures. 

Preprofessional Office

healthcare clipboard imageThe Preprofessional Office is designed to help students complete their undergraduate education at The University of Southern Mississippi and gain admission to both local and private professional schools in the field of their choice, including medicine, dentistry among others.

Academic Hold Clearance Procedures

Students with academic holds (probation-continued or suspension) should follow the procedures outlined below. See academic standards for more details on the University's policy.

DEADLINES 

  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Deadlines vary by semester. The clearance process may take up to one week.
  • Deadline for clearance of an academic hold is as follows:
    • For Spring 2021 enrollment: January 13, 2021, Wednesday 

STEPS FOR CLEARANCE

  • Step 1 – Academic Success Plan Course Completion: You will be enrolled in the non-credit bearing Academic Success Plan course on Canvas. After successfully completing the modules, your academic holds will be lifted.
  • Step 2 – Enrollment: Make an appointment with your primary academic advisor (the advisor for your major listed in SOAR) to receive course enrollment advisement. Once you’ve been advised, you will be able to enroll in classes for the semester.

DEADLINES 

  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Deadlines vary by semester. The clearance process may take up to one week due to the number of individual appointments students must make. It may be difficult to get an appointment as the deadlines approach, so please plan well in advance and make your appointments early. Zoom and phone meetings with advisors may be arranged when each appointment is made.
  • Make sure to make an advisement appointment to clear probation continued hold well before classes start. Deadline for clearance of probation-continued hold (for students who are not enrolled) is as follows:.
    • For Spring 2021 enrollment: January 13, 2021, Wednesday

STEPS FOR CLEARANCE

  • Step 1 – Petition Form: Complete Section 1 of the Petition for Clearance of Academic Hold. This provides your school and college with your student information.
  • Step 2 – Faculty Mentor/Major Advisor Meeting: Make an appointment with your primary academic advisor (the advisor for your major listed in SOAR) to complete Section 2. This is where you will discuss your academic progress to degree and select your courses for the upcoming semester. 
  • Step 3 – School Director Approval: Make sure your petition is signed by your major advisor and your school director. After the director signs, the director should email the form to your major's advising partner in the University Advisement Center (UAC).  
  • Step 4 – Professional Advisor Meeting: Schedule an appointment through the University Advisement Center (UAC) with your major's professional advising partner at the UAC. During your meeting with your professional advisor, you will develop an Academic Improvement Plan and complete Section 3 of your petition. After this is done your professional advisor will email the form to your college dean.
  • Step 5 – College Dean Review: Your college dean will review your Petition for Clearance of Academic Hold and Academic Improvement Plan, then remove your final academic SOAR hold.
  • Step 6 – Enrollment: Enroll in your classes as listed on your Petition form after your hold is lifted. If any of your classes are unavailable or you need to make changes to your schedule for any other reason, be sure to consult with your major advisor in your school to get a revised schedule of courses approved in writing (by email).

DEADLINES 

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Deadlines vary by semester. The process to clear an academic hold may take up to two weeks due to the number of individual appointments students need to make and the volume of clearances processed by Admissions. Appointments fill up fast, so schedule early! Zoom and phone meetings with advisors may be arranged when each appointment is made.
  • The absolute final deadline to have all paperwork cleared and processed for enrollment is below. If no advisement appointments are available due to late scheduling, students cannot be cleared and will have to wait until the next semester to enroll again.
    • For Spring 2021 readmission: January 13, 2021, Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. 

STEPS FOR CLEARANCE

  • NOTE: After being placed on suspension, you must sit out for at least one fall or spring semester. If you were placed on suspension at the end of fall, you must sit out spring semester. You may attend another institution during this time, but consult with your advisor to ensure the courses you take elsewhere will transfer as you expect to USM.
  • Step 1 - Admissions application: After sitting out at least one or more fall or spring semesters on suspension, you will need to complete the readmission process through the Office of Admissions.
  • Step 2 – Petition Form: Complete Section 1 of the Petition for Clearance of Academic Hold. This provides your school and college with your student information.
  • Step 3 – Faculty Mentor/Major Advisor Meeting: Make an appointment with your primary academic advisor (the advisor for your major listed in SOAR) to complete Section 2. This is where you will discuss your academic progress to degree and select your courses for the upcoming semester. 
  • Step 4 – School Director Approval: Make sure your petition is signed by your major advisor and your school director. After the director signs, the director should email the form to your major's advising partner in the University Advisement Center (UAC).  
  • Step 5 – Professional Advisor Meeting: Schedule an appointment through the University Advisement Center (UAC) with your major's professional advising partner at the UAC. During your meeting with your professional advisor, you will develop an Academic Improvement Plan and complete Section 3 of your petition. After this is done your professional advisor will email the form to your college dean.
  • Step 6 – College Dean Review: Your college dean will review your Petition for Clearance of Academic Hold and Academic Improvement Plan, then remove your final academic SOAR hold.
  • Step 7 – Enrollment: Enroll in your classes as listed on your Petition form after your hold is lifted. If any of your classes are unavailable or you need to make changes to your schedule for any other reason, be sure to consult with your major advisor in your school to get a revised schedule of courses approved in writing (by email).

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