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COVID-19 Response

Extended Spring Break

Dear Students,

As part of USM’s response to COVID-19, Spring Break has been extended through March 27, 2020.  We urge you to continue taking this critical international public health issue seriously and to read this message in its entirety.

This is a time to think critically about travel and whether that travel is in your best interest considering COVID-19. This guidance does not prohibit you from going home if you feel like that is something you need or want to do.

If you are in a situation where travel is unavoidable, please submit any new or updated travel plans in case the University needs to contact you by using this link:

Register Student Travel

You should be aware that upon your return, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days, given the rapidly changing circumstances.

During the extended Spring Break period, the University’s offices and all student services will remain open, including residence halls, dining services, libraries, campus recreation, student health services, student counseling services, and other student services.  Hours may be modified slightly during the break, so we encourage you to visit each area’s website for current information.

Students should prepare for the strong likelihood of all coursework being delivered online or through an alternate delivery method, including securing adequate internet access.  Resources and guidance are available on the Advisement Center's website. For students who are on campus and not exhibiting symptoms, libraries and computer labs will remain open.

Student employees should consult with their supervisors regarding work during the extended Spring Break period.

Regardless of your Spring Break plans, remember we want you to be healthy, stay connected, and continue to learn. Make good choices, take care of yourself and others, and use common sense. Utilize this additional time to get ahead in your classes. Retention, progression, and ultimately your graduation are all important to you and your ability to be successful – and important to the University.

Please be aware that rumors and inaccurate information are spread easily on social media. You should continue to monitor the University’s official COVID-19 website for accurate information and critical updates, and check your University email account frequently.

For questions, please contact the Dean of Students office at 601.266.6028.


Dee Dee Anderson, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs