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University Policies and Procedures

Policies at the University of Southern Mississippi:


Plans and Procedures:

  • Strategic Plan for Online Learning (pending approval)
  • Strategic Plan for Retention and Persistence for Online Learners (pending approval)
  • Training Plan for Online Instructors (pending approval)
  • Online Course Approval Process

Online Disaster Recovery Policy

The Learning Management System infrastructure at the University of Southern Mississippi is strategically designed to recover from a disaster.  The data center at the University hosts the users log in data.  This data is also hosted on a redundant server in Birmingham, AL.  Blackboard LMS is hosted offsite at one of multiple United States data centers.  The data center is equipped with 24x7x365 Management, Redundant Core Infrastructure, and Security.  In the case of a disaster, the datacenters have redundant power distribution infrastructure, backup generators and battery systems.  Blackboard Managed Hosting also has International resources if the event requires additional redundancy.  Additional information about the hosting core infrastructure, which promotes security in the face of a disaster, can be found at the Blackboard Managed Hosting website http://www.blackboard.com/learning-management-system/managed-hosting.aspx.