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Office of the Dean of Students

Campus Action Referral and Evaluation System (CARES) Team

The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming University community. In turn, it is the responsibility of each person within the University community to join in creating an environment in which others have a positive experience. USM CARES is a team of campus professional who respond to reports of concern regarding the academic progress and well-being of students.

CARES reports address concerns related to persons making threats to harm themselves or others; that pose a significant threat to the University and/or its community. For other emergency issues, please immediately contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986 or 9-1-1.

What to Report

Submit a CARES Report

  • Self-harm
  • Family/relationship difficulties
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety, addictions, and mental health concerns
  • Homelessness
  • Threatening or violent behavior

Not for a CARES Report

  • Truancy, poor academic performance and inattention in class might be signs of a greater concern. However, these alone do not necessitate a CARES report.

CARES Review Process

flowchart showing CARES review process


Contact Us

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Hattiesburg Campus

118 College Drive #5204
Hattiesburg, MS 39406




Office Hours

8am-5pm, Monday-Friday