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Update - January 15, 2021

Preparing for the Spring 2021 Semester

Update - December 4, 2020

Celebrating the Class of 2020

Update - December 3, 2020

Spring 2021 Flight Path


  • Wear a Face Covering
  • Maintain 6 Feet of Distance
  • Wash Hands Frequently
  • Avoid Touching Your Face
  • Stay Home If You Are Sick

CDC Prevention Guidelines

USM Health Protocols

CDC Protection Guidelines

USM Health Protocols

Previous Updates Still in Effect

  • The University of Southern Mississippi has released a condensed academic calendar for Spring 2021, which includes changes to holiday schedules and Commencement ceremonies, in an effort to limit travel and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with health and safety protocols.
    • Spring classes will still begin on Wednesday, January 20, and regular instruction will conclude Thursday, April 22, with exams to follow.
    • Traditional Mardi Gras and Spring Break student holidays have been replaced with two new student holidays on Friday, February 19, and Friday, March 19.
    • A University-wide holiday will be observed on Friday, April 2.
    • Commencement ceremonies that were tentatively scheduled for December have been moved to May of 2021. Additional details have been distributed via email.
    • The full Spring 2021 academic calendar will be posted on the Office of the Registrar’s website by October 2.
  • 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.
  • The Everbridge App is now available to current USM students, faculty and staff to assist with COVID-19 prevention. The app includes multiple features, including a daily symptom checklist, direct links to Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center for scheduling a COVID-19 test, and confidential reporting.
  • To download and access the app:
    • Search and download “Everbridge” in your phone’s app store (Click here for iPhone and here for Android).
    • Identify USM as your “community” within the app.
    • Enter your USM ID (ex: and password to sign-in.
    • Opt-in to services in which you wish to participate.
  • COVID-19 testing data is updated weekly on the Student Health Services website. Data represents results across all categories of individuals served by the Moffitt Health Center, including students, faculty, staff, and immediate family members.
  • The University's COVID-19 Response Status levels have been updated to reflect Fall 2020 plans. The current response status has moved to Yellow, which means the University has implemented comprehensive health protocols and adapted traditional course work, select student services and select operations to virtual formats.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.