College is a wonderful thing: a time of making new friends, learning more than you ever thought possible, and seeing the opportunities you have in this world multiply day by day. But it can be overwhelming, too, particularly for students who are away from home for the first time. College is a lot different from high school, with new rules and different expectations, and sometimes it can be hard to keep up.
Fortunately, there are a lot of people at Southern Miss who are dedicated to helping students succeed. Here are some common problems students have, and what we can do to help.
Where to Go
What to Expect
|Student Counseling Services at Southern Miss offers students up to six free, confidential appointments per semester, where you'll have a chance to talk to someone with lots of experience dealing with the types of issues students face, both academic and personal. Counselors can help with not only with depression and anxiety, but will also talk with you about family problems, motivation and time management, homesickness, alcohol and drug problems, eating disorders, discrimination and anything else that's bothering you.|
Southern Miss is committed to providing equal access for students with disabilities. When you register with ODA, you will fill out several forms and provide the office with documentation about your disability. Then you'll meet with a counselor who will discuss with you the kind of accommodations you need to be successful. Your counselor will provide you with information to take to your professors.
Concern for Another Student
Concern for Another Student
Mental Health or Behavior Issues
If you see another student in trouble, Southern Miss wants to know so we can reach out to the student and offer support. The Campus Action Referral Evaluation System (CARES) allows you to submit a confidential report to our professionals all over campus who can help the student find and use the resources we offer to help people in trouble.
File a report if a student you know is struggling with depression, alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts or actions, mental health issues or unusual behavior that might indicate a problem. We can only help if we know there's a problem.
Moffitt Health Center
All Southern Miss students are eligible to receive health care at the Moffit Health Center on campus. There is a $15.00 co-pay per visit, and there will be additional charges for tests, treatments, and medications. All charges can be charged to your student account. Bring your student ID and insurance information with you to the clinic when you go for your appointment.
Gulf Coast students can visit the Health Center on the Gulf Park campus on Tuesdays from 10 1.m. - 6 p.m.
Emergency Health Services
If you need to see a doctor outside of the campus health clinic's hours or you need immediate attention, visit one of Hattiesburg's immediate care centers, such as the Hattiesburg Clinic.
If you have an emergency, call 911 for an ambulance, or visit one of Hattiesburg's emergency care centers in Forrest General Hospital or Wesley Medical Center.
On the Gulf Coast the emergency care center closest to the Gulf Park campus is at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.
Sexual Harassment or Assault
Unwanted Advances from a Student or University Employee
You have a right to pursue your education in an environment free from sexual harassment.
If you have experienced sexual harassment or assault, tell someone. You can talk to a faculty or staff member you know, or you can talk to someone at the Student Counseling Center. The most important thing is for you to tell someone what has happened so we can help. Southern Miss takes issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault extremely seriously, and university employees have a legal duty to report any instances of misconduct so that we can keep our campus safe.
If you have witnessed or heard about an incident of sexual harassment or assault on campus, you should file a report so that the university can investigate. Note that you may file your report anonymously if you choose.
University Police (HBG)
|We work hard at Southern Miss to keep our campus safe for all students and employees. If you have been the victim of a crime or someone has been making you feel unsafe, file a report as soon as possible with the Southern Miss Police Department.|
|Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning|
Discrimination based on sexual preference is not tolerated at The University of Southern Mississippi, so you should expect to be treated with respect by all members of the Southern Miss community. In addition, you will see rainbow Allies signs outside office doors all over campus, signifying that the person in the office has volunteered for special training in LGBTQ issues and is committed to being supportive, respectful, and affirming to all members of the USM LGBTQ community.
We encourage you to join the Southern Miss Gay Straight Alliance, whose mission is "to provide a supportive, safe social setting for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender persons and their friends and supporters, as well as any other interested parties recognizing sexual and gender diversity on the Southern Miss campus." All are welcome to attend meetings. Student Counseling Services also provides counseling services to current students for a variety of issues including those particular to the LGBTQ community.
Gulf Coast students are encouraged to join the Alliance for Equality.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
|Discrimination||Southern Miss strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, religion, race, color, national origin or veteran status by any university employee. If you believe you've been the victim of discrimination, you should file a complaint form with the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity. Complaint forms are available in the AA/EEO office, McLemore 310 on the Hattiesburg campus.|
Difficulties with a Professor
|Difficulty with a Professor|
|If you are having difficulties with a professor, you should start by talking with that professor about your concerns.If you are unable to talk to the professor about it, you can email the Chair or director of that professor’s department to set up a time to talk about your situation. You can find this information on the web by first locating the department and then identifying the director/Chair and finding his/her email address. If you have any supporting materials (emails, graded papers, etc.), you should attach those to the email you send so that the Chair will have time to review them before your appointment. Be sure your email is clear and professional. Issues with faculty are almost always best resolved at the department level, but if you feel you are not able to resolve things with the department Chair, you may contact your college Dean.|
Failing a Class
|Failing a Class|
|If you are having trouble academically, step one is always to go see your professors during their office hours to talk about your grades. (Check your syllabus for your professor's office hours, or look up your professor here if you want to send an email.) Southern Miss also has lots of resources at your disposal. The Writing Center can help with papers, from helping you form an idea for your paper all the way to teaching you effective ways to proofread your own work. The Speaking Center can help you overcome your fears of speaking in class, and can teach you to communicate more effectively with your professor and your peers. The Think Center can help you determine what type of learner you are and teach you strategies specifically designed for people with your individual learning styles. Some departments offer specialized tutoring sessions. The Student Success Center offers academic coaching to help with study skills, note-taking, time management, and goal-setting. On the Gulf Coast, the Learning Commons offers many resources to help students. Your success is the university's success, and we're here to help.|
Early Childhood Education and Care Services
Early Childhood Education
Child Day Care Services
|The Department of Child and Family Studies in the College of Education and Psychology operates early childhood education and care centers on the Hattiesburg Campus and in Pass Christian on the Gulf Coast. Their services are for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years old, and are available to the general public. Contact the centers directly for details and cost of care. |
Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic
Anxiety and Stress
Depression and Grief
Relationship and Family Issues
The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic helps students, faculty, staff, and adults and adolescents (16+) in the Hattiesburg community with personal, academic, and career issues. While some clients are receiving help for emotional problems, many others find counseling a useful way to bounce ideas off a good listener, improve academic skills, or receive support through a difficult transition.
In addition to counseling, the clinic provides psychological evaluations to assist in the diagnosis of mental health and substance-related problems, help clients gain insight into how their behavior affects others, and determine whether academic accommodations are warranted (e.g., adult ADHD evaluations).
Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Disorders of Childhood (e.g. Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
The Southern Miss Psychology Clinic provides a wide range of high quality assessment, therapy and consultation services at low cost to both students and members of the Hattiesburg community. They provide therapeutic interventions for various psychological disorders, group services addressing specific needs or disorders, and learning disability/ADHD assessments to determine and recommend necessary accommodations. To learn more, please visit the Psychology Clinic website.
|Learn about all the things our university police force do to keep our camps safe and notified in case of an emergency at our safety website. Remember that Code Blue emergency telephones are located all over campus, and that the university police will provide an escort service 24-hours a day if you ever feel unsafe walking around campus.|
Filing a Grievance
|Student Grievance and Appeal Procedures||The easiest way to settle a grievance is at the department level, by talking to your instructor, the department chair, a financial aid counsellor, etc. If you are unable to work things things out with the department, you have a right to file a written appeal with the University. For more information on how to file an appeal, please visit the Student Grievance and Appeal Procedures page.|
Absences related to pregnancy and childbirth
Even when you do your best not to miss classes, sometimes circumstances beyond your control arise—you get sick, have an accident, need to take care of a family emergency, etc. Ombudsman Services can authenticate your absences based on submitted documentation.
If the documentation is authenticated, Ombudsman Services will notify both you and your instructor. At his/her discretion, your instructor will make the final decision regarding the Notice of Absence.
Ombudsman Services can also inform you of your rights and help you should you need to file an appeal. For more information, please visit the Ombudsman Services website.