Reopening Information for Students



  • Questions about course schedules / modalities: Any continuing student with questions about their schedule regarding modalities will be best served by connecting with their advisor.
  • Academic changes: You should be able to get information about academic changes from your academic advisor. For questions specific to your major, connect with your academic advisor or your department chair.  Contact information for the department chairs can be found on the relevant department website.
  • Interaction with faculty who are teaching online: The many courses we offer are going to be in a variety of modalities with many more in-person options available this semester.  There remain many that are hybrid and online, the latter including asynchronous and synchronous.  For many courses, even if asynchronous, the instructors are setting up separate "meeting" times for real time interactions.  Of course, our "on ground" and hybrid course will give you plenty of opportunities to interact with your instructors in person. Information for virtual meetings with on-line instructors will likely appear in your syllabi. Otherwise, students should connect with their on-line instructors to learn what opportunities for real-time interaction will be available.
  • Field work (e.g., student teaching, internships): Students should contact the individual(s) in the department in which the fieldwork is organized for specific information about fieldwork placements for the semester.  Our on-site off campus internship opportunities and accessibility are driven by our off campus partners so these opportunities, as they exist now, can vary.
  • Vaccination / COVID-19 testing requirements for clinical placements, clinical rotations or classroom practicum:  Clinical providers for allied health programs and the State Office of Early Childhood have indicated that students (and faculty if on site) are required to be vaccinated or tested every week in order to participate in clinical rotations or classroom practicums.  Students who are not vaccinated will be allowed to participate in these programs only if given an exemption and these students must be tested on a weekly basis.
  • Designated study spaces (studying, engaging in online classes): If you have a computer, but need a quiet place to study or to participate in an online class while social distancing, reserve a study room at the Buley Library.



  • Face coverings: The university has designated places where students, faculty, and staff can acquire a disposable face covering if you forget to bring one to campus. The Student Center Info Desk, Buley Library, and the Wintergreen building are among these locations.

Information Technology 

Living on Campus

  • Policies, prodecures, and COVID-19 guide: Visit Residence Life.
  • Testing for residents: Only unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students need to be tested.  Before moving in, unvaccinated students must have uploaded a negative COVID PCR-Test administered within 7 days of arrival.  Unvaccinated students will then be required to test on the day of their arrival.  All unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated residential students will then be required to participate in weekly testing.

Student Employment

  • Masks while working in a campus office: Masks must be worn in cubicle spaces and common spaces.  If in a single occupant office, a mask may be removed, but if someone enters said office, a mask must be worn during that interaction. 

Student Involvement

This semester will bring a dynamic campus life both on-ground and virtually.  We know that students are excited to be back together and enjoy being on campus again.  We were also excited to increase participation through virtual events from students who are not always able to spend extra time on campus.  Our plan is to return to many of our regular traditions like Week of Welcome, Homecoming, and athletics events.  Our clubs and organizations will combine in-person events with online activities and meetings.  Some things might look a bit different based on COVID protocols at the time and we will adjust if conditions necessitate.

We will continue to send out the “This Week @ Southern” email to highlight various events that are being hosted by departments and student organizations. Visit for a list of events hosted by student organizations.

Follow Southern’s clubs and organizations and many departments on social media (Instagram, Facebook, etc)!

Student Wellbeing

  • Housing / food insecurity or barriers to success: Any students who are housing and/or food insecure or have other basic needs that may impact their ability to be successful in the classroom should contact the Dean of Students office at The Dean of Students team will try to support you to the best of their ability.
  • COVID-19 Testing: Starting Monday, January 24, 2022, the university will offer walk-up symptomatic student testing 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, in the security booth at the entrance to West Campus residences. Testing will be available during Spring 2022.