HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The University of Southern Mississippi announced it is preparing for a full Fall 2021 semester.
Fall guidelines will be dictated by CDC recommendations on COVID-19 at the time classes start. University leaders said the converted version of classes have been a challenge for everyone, but they are proud of the work they’ve done. Now, they said they’re ready to return to normal.
Officials said they’ve already seen promising numbers of enrollment and hope that the announcement will encourage even more students to return to USM.
“We know that when students are connected to our campus, they’re healthier, they’re learning more and they’re more successful. So that’s our goal for them, so when they have those interactions with our faculty staff and their peers, they’re more likely to make better grades. They’re more likely to retain, and they’re more likely to graduate,” explained Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, vice president for Student Affairs at USM.
Leaders said upon return for the Fall semester, there will not be a mandatory requirement to get vaccinated for students or staff. However, leaders encourage everyone to get vaccinated and wear face masks.