Syllabus Statements

University of Southern Mississippi

We provide applied and innovative educational experiences as we inspire a competitive spirit for working within this dynamic global economy.

Our scholarship focuses on intellectual contributions that advance knowledge in our disciplines, understanding of applications of theory for organizational problems and practices that influence teaching excellence.

Our goals:

  1. Enhance our competitiveness
  2. Foster applied experiences
  3. Promote innovation opportunities and global connections
  4. Invest in our people, infrastructure and community

These goals build on our traditional focus on career development  (competitiveness) for our faculty, staff and students as they emphasize innovation and applied experiences for our students and organizations in the region…and beyond.

We will be recognized as an educational leader in the Gulf South region for providing innovative strategies addressing business challenges.

Business Analytics Statement

Understanding business analytics is critical to success in the business world.  Junior, senior and graduate students who are listed as College of Business majors will be assessed a fee of $19 each fall and spring semester which will provide access to a variety of business analytics software and databases.

The Academic Integrity Statement

As a course offered in the College of Business, all students enrolled in this course and the instructor will adhere to the CoB's Academic Integrity Policy.  Students can access the policy directly at Registration in this course automatically makes the College of Business Academic Integrity Policy applicable to the student. 

The ADA Statement

If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders.  Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies.


The University of Southern Mississippi, Office for Disability Accommodations
118 College Dr. #8586
Hattiesburg, MS 3940-0001

Voice Telephone: 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232;

Fax: 601.266.6035;

Individuals with hearing impairments can contact ODA using the Mississippi Relay Service at 1.800.582.2233 (TTY);
or e-mail Suzy Hebert at  

Course Enrollment Statement

It is the responsibility of each student to determine that he or she is appropriately enrolled in each course.  Students are expected to confirm their registration in the selected courses prior to the last day to register for full-semester classes, the fifth class day of the semester. 

The College of Business strictly enforces add/drop policies.  Thus, students should not request to add classes after the fifth class day, except in extenuating circumstances (e.g., removal from class roll because of tuition/fees nonpayment), and under no circumstances after the last day to drop full-semester classes without academic penalty. 

Students can drop a course on SOAR up to the last day to drop full-semester classes without academic penalty.  After that date, students should not ask to drop a course except in extenuating circumstances (e.g., medical incapacity), and under no circumstances after the University withdrawal deadline. 

Please check the Registrar's calendar regarding add/drop deadlines.

Grade Review Policy Statement (Current University Bulletins 2012-present, Undergraduate, under General Academic Information)

The instructor, defined as one who has the responsibility for a class, special problem or thesis, has the authority in his or her class over all matters affecting the conduct of the class, including the assignment of grades.  Student performance should be evaluated according to academic criteria made available to all students within the first two weeks of each semester.  Grades should not be determined in an arbitrary or capricious manner.

When a student disagrees with the final grade given by an instructor, fair play requires the opportunity for an orderly appellate procedure.  A student must initiate the appeal procedure within 30 school days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and official student holidays) of the beginning of the semester subsequent to the one in which the grade was awarded, or 120 calendar days after the issuance of spring semester grades, should the student not be enrolled during the summer term.  The procedure assures due process for both the instructor and student.  For policies and procedures governing grade review, contact the dean of the appropriate college or the Office of the Provost.  Southern Miss Gulf Coast students should contact the Academic Dean's Office, Long Beach, MS.

Grade changes are initiated via SOAR by the instructor and submitted to the chair and dean of the college.  Grade changes which impact tuition changes will only be processed after all fee payments are confirmed.

Student E-Mail Accounts

Please be sure to set up your USM e-mail account.  Even if you are using another e-mail account as your primary account, you should still activate your USM account and route it to your other primary account.  The iTech HELP desk (601.266.HELP; 601.266.4357) can assist you in doing this or you should be able to activate it through SOAR.  The University is moving more toward e-mail notification for all types of issues and this will help to keep you informed about various deadlines and other things that may affect your academic career.