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COVID-19 Protocols

Effective Wednesday, May 18, 2022, face coverings are no longer required in instructional and health care settings, in addition to other public spaces.

Per CDC guidance, individuals with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Individuals may choose to mask at any time. View CDC Use and Care of Masks for more information.

All eligible students, faculty, and staff are strongly urged to get a COVID-19 vaccination and all applicable boosters.

Protocols last updated May 18, 2022

Community Standards

Community Standards last updated May 24, 2022


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

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USM Health Protocols

Previous Updates Still in Effect

  • The University's COVID-19 Response Status has moved to Green, which means the University is operating under normal procedures on all campuses, teaching, and research sites.
  • 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.