Update - August 11, 2020
- Students may find and order textbooks online through the Barnes & Noble bookstore.
- Three options are available to simplify the shopping experience for textbooks and
- Pre-order online and pick up in store. Students will receive an email when the order is ready, typically within 24-48 hours. Students should be prepared to show an email notification indicating the order is ready for pick up.
- Order online with free shipping. Note that the shipping address cannot be changed once the order is placed.
- Purchase digital course materials, where available.
- The Barnes & Noble Bookstore is located in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus, and in Hardy Hall on the Gulf Park campus.
- Barnes & Noble Bookstore Hours
- The University has released a video message from President Bennett regarding preparations for the Fall 2020 semester, USM’s institutional commitment to our students during this challenging time, and how each member of the USM community can help ensure we have a successful fall.
- All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to Do Your Part: Wear Your Mask, Keep Your Distance, Wash Hands Often, and Self-Screen Each Day.
- University-wide updates will continue to be posted at usm.edu/covid-19 as plans evolve.
- The Flight Path: Fall 2020 website includes the latest information for students and families.
- The COVID-19 Faculty and Staff web page includes the latest information for faculty and staff.
- Local and statewide updates will remain accessible through the Community Updates web page.
- Questions may be directed as follows:
- Students who are anticipating a delay in their arrival on campus due to illness or other concerns related to COVID-19 may contact the Dean of Students office by emailing dosFREEMississippi.
- Other student questions may be submitted through the Ask an Advisor form.
- Faculty and staff should continue to discuss any potential concerns with their supervisor and/or Human Resources.
- All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to Do Your Part: Wear Your Mask, Keep Your Distance, Wash Hands Often, and Self-Screen Each Day.
- The University is implementing a phased transition period before larger in-person course activities take place this fall. All classes will still begin August 17, but traditional lecture course work will be delivered remotely for the first three weeks of the semester, with in-person meetings for face-to-face and hybrid lecture classes beginning September 8. This change only affects the delivery of course content; no changes to the academic calendar will be made at this time.
- Specific information has been sent to students, faculty and staff via email and may be accessed online.
- Please visit the Flight Path: Fall 2020 website for more information as plans continue to evolve.
- The Graduate School has extended standardized test waivers (excluding English proficiency exams) to applicants through the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. Please be aware that applicants to certain programs will not be eligible for this waiver due to accrediting or state and/or federal admission guidelines. Details are available on the Graduate Admissions website.
- The University has launched a new webpage with plans and information for the Fall 2020 semester, as students prepare to return to USM campuses. Flight Path: Fall 2020 contains updated health and safety protocols, academic course delivery details, and includes information about Community Standards, housing and dining, academic success, as well as additional student, faculty and staff resources.
- The University's Return to On-Site Work Guidelines have been updated. These plans could change, as guidance from public health officials
monitoring COVID-19 continues to evolve.
- Employees should continue their current work assignments until they are notified otherwise by their supervisor.
- Employees who are returning to work on-site will be expected to comply with all current federal, state, local and institutional protocols.
- Employees who have concerns should refer to HR’s COVID-19 Employment FAQs and discuss their situation with their supervisor.
- As public health officials continue to express significant concern for spikes in cases
of COVID-19 across our state and strongly advise against large gatherings, USM will
not be able to host Commencement ceremonies that were tentatively rescheduled for
- We understand that Commencement is among the most treasured traditions for our graduating students and their families, and we remain committed to welcoming all Class of 2020 graduates as participants in the next Commencement ceremonies we are able to host in person. Specific information regarding next steps has been sent to graduates via email and may be accessed online.
- We extend our sincere apologies to our Class of 2020, and we share in the disappointment of this difficult decision, but we are concerned about the elevated risk associated with the size of our graduating class and guests gathering in one location.
- As it is difficult to predict the status of evolving public health guidelines, plans for Commencement ceremonies currently scheduled for December may also change. University officials are continuing to monitor all applicable public health guidance and will communicate a final decision regarding December ceremonies by September 15.
- COVID-19 Event Planning Guidelines are now available and will be modified as needed based on evolving public health guidance.
- Beginning July 1, 2020, University-sponsored domestic and international travel may be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require approval by each division’s executive officer.
- The University of Southern Mississippi announced plans to condense the Fall 2020 semester
calendar in an effort to limit student travel into and out of the region and help prevent
the potential spread of COVID-19. These plans could change, as guidance from public
health officials monitoring COVID-19 continues to evolve.
- USM will now begin the semester on August 17 and end regular instruction on November 23, with exams conducted online November 30-December 3.
- The modified fall calendar is one part of a comprehensive strategy the University is developing and implementing to help ensure a successful academic year for students, faculty and staff. Additional health protocols and procedures will be implemented in the fall, following ongoing consultation with public health officials and forthcoming guidance from the IHL Safe Start Task Force.
- The Office of Admissions is temporarily waiving the requirement for high school seniors
to submit an ACT or SAT score to complete an application for freshman admission for the Fall 2020 term.
- Students who meet the State Institutions of Higher Learning requirement of a 3.2 core high school grade point average (GPA) will be admissible without test scores, provided all other application criteria are met.
- Please be aware that students will need to submit official ACT or SAT score reports for placement purposes before advisement at New Student Orientation, or no later than August 24, 2020.
- Details are available on the Admissions Requirements web page.
- 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.