University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg,
 Mississippi  
39406-0001

General information

This campus is:
4 year
Public
Highest level of degree offered:
Advanced Degree
Student population
16,861
Student population: undergraduate
13,581
Primarily online?
No

Disability resource office

Student Accessibility Services
118 College Drive, Box #8586
The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg,
 Mississippi  
39406
Office phone
601.266.5024
Office email
sas@usm.edu
Contact people
Name
Elizabeth Killinger
Email
elizabeth.killinger@usm.edu
Telephone
6012665024
Job title or role
Disability Specialist of Technology and Auxiliaries, Hattiesburg Disability Services Contact
Name
Susie Murphy
Email
oda@usm.edu
Telephone
601.266.5024
Job title or role
Assistant Director
Name
Richard Ladner
Email
richard.ladner@usm.edu
Telephone
2282143302
Job title or role
Gulf Coast Disability Services Contact
Number of full-time disability service staff
4.0
Number of students who have submitted disability documentation
800

Three most common types of disabilities disclosed by students to the disability resource office

  • Attention Deficit Hyperacticity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Chronic illnesses (examples: diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, cancer)
  • Psychiatric and disabilities related to mental and emotional health
Within the last three years, how common has it been for your institution and/or disability services provider to serve these specific populations of students with disabilities?
Students with low-incidence types of disabilities
GroupLevel of service
Autistic students (includes Asperger’s or autism spectrum) Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Culturally Deaf students who use American Sign Language Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Students with chronic health conditions and illness Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Students with food allergies Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Students with intellectual disabilities Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Students with disabilities in advanced academics or interests
GroupLevel of service
Students in STEM fields, including health sciences Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Professional and graduate students Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Law students Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
NCAA athletes Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Veterans Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided

Disability accommodations and services

Accommodations for students with disabilities
Academic accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Notetaking Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Test accomodations Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Alternate formats (e.g.,e-text, large print) Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Scribes Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Readers Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Assistive technology (e.g., screen readers, voice input) Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Sign language interpreters Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
CART or C-Print Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Programmatic accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Course substitutions Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
Priority registration Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
Reduced courseload Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Medical leave Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Accommodations in residence halls Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Other accommodations
GroupLevel of service
Dietary accommodations for meal plans Not provided in the last three years
Not provided
Service animals or emotional support animals Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Accommodations and services for institution-sponsored study abroad programs Provide occasionally in the last three years
Provided occasionally
Accommodations and services for internships, externships, field placements, or other for-credit off-campus work experiences Commonly provided in the last three years
Commonly provided
Other: Standardized Test Accommodations Provide occasionally in the last three years

Campus accessibility and resources

Campus access
GroupLevel of service
Student health services Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Counseling and psychological services Completely accessible
Completely accessible
The library(ies) Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Institution websites Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Recreation and athletic facilities Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Student union or other main building designated for students to socialize Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Main academic buildings where most undergraduates would attend classes Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Entertainment, theater, and event facilities Completely accessible
Completely accessible
On-campus transportation Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Nearby off-campus transportation Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Residence halls Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Key administrative offices (e.g., financial aid, registration, multi-cultural affairs, students services, career counseling) Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Sexual assault services and reporting mechanisms Completely accessible
Completely accessible
Security and saftety programs (e.g., late-night escort services on campus) Completely accessible
Completely accessible

Policies and procedures related to students with disabilities

  • Standardized or recommended syllabus statements regarding disability accommodations
  • Institutional policy requiring that all online materials are accessible to students with disabilities ( compliant with Section 508)
  • Emergency evacuation procedures include plans for students with disabilities
  • Formal grievance policies and procedures for students with complaints about campus disability access
  • Grievance procedures for students with complaints about the disability resource office

Types of counseling and psychological services available at the institution

  • Short-term counseling (e.g., 10 session limit)
  • Long-term counseling
  • Support groups
  • 24/7 Mental health hotline or crisis line
  • Peer counselors or peer supports
  • Online mental health services, trainings or supports
  • Cross-campus behavioral, mental health, or crisis team(s)
  • Campus-based chaplains
  • Other: Mental Health Awareness Events

General Campus Resources

  • TRIO Student Support Services programs designed for students with disabilities
  • Food shelf or food pantry
  • Child care services that are accessible to students with disabilities
  • Services for veterans with disabilities
  • Resources for students with disabilities to address assistive technology needs and information technology (IT) access needs

Academics and campus climate for students with disabilities

Courses or degree programs

  • American Sign Language courses or degree programs

Campus groups that address disability issues but do not provide direct services to students

  • Institute for Disability Studies
  • ADA Committee
  • Textbook Committee
  • CARES Committee
How often does your institution have public events or activities related to disability, culturally Deaf people, or ASL?
1-2 times each term or semester