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COVID-19 Protocols

  • As we prepare to begin another semester of in-person classes and activities, The University of Southern Mississippi’s COVID-19 protocols have been updated in accordance with current public health guidance, effective January 14, 2022.
  • Individual employee concerns that have not already been addressed should be discussed with the department head, director, or dean in consultation with HR. View HR’s COVID-19 FAQs for more information.

Protocols last updated January 14, 2022

Community Standards

Community Standards last updated January 14, 2022

UPDATED January 7Students and Families: Take Flight

UPDATED January 14 - Faculty and Staff

UPDATED January 11 - Vaccination Information

UPDATED January 14 - Community Standards

UPDATED January 11 - COVID-19 Testing Data

Previous Updates Still in Effect


  • Get Your Vaccine and Your Booster
  • Wear Your Face Covering
  • Keep Your Distance
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Monitor Your Health

CDC Prevention Guidelines


CDC Protection Guidelines

USM Health Protocols

Previous Updates Still in Effect

  • The University's COVID-19 Response Status has moved to Blue, which means the University has issued health advisories and modified select procedures.
  • University of Southern Mississippi faculty have launched a free, online public course that assists in understanding COVID-19 and related pandemic topics. Each module is presented in a video format by a USM faculty member whose expertise and academic focus is on the given topic. Access the course.
  • Eligible students may now apply for the laptop loan program, which is made possible through the generosity of the USM Foundation as well as an allocation from CARES funding.
    • Loaner laptops are available on both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses and must be picked up in person at the respective campus.
    • Students must be enrolled full-time and have a valid USM ID. Priority will be given to students who have no technology available to them off campus.
    • To request a laptop, log in to the online application with your USM SOAR credentials and complete the application.
    • Laptops must be returned at the end of the current semester.
  • For Students
    • For immediate relief in managing stressors, try Eagle Cares.
    • Student Counseling Services remains available to assist students who may be feeling anxiety related to COVID-19 or social isolation.
      • Counselors are available remotely for students who are currently residing in Mississippi.
      • Counselors will assist students who are currently residing out-of-state with finding resources where they are located.
      • Students may call 601.266.4829 for assistance during normal business hours.
      • For after-hours and weekend emergencies, call 601.606.4357.
      • More information is available on the Student Counseling Services website.
  • For Benefit-Eligible Employees
    • USM’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), GuidanceResources, has a Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources toolkit available online. Access instructions for benefit-eligible employees and their dependents are available on the Human Resources website.
    • Remember, benefit eligible employees and members of their household have telephonic access to talk to a counselor, financial advisor or legal advisor: 800.272.7255.