Student Conduct and Expectations Update: April 2, 2020
Since nearly two weeks of online instruction and virtual student service delivery have elapsed, it seems advisable to remind ourselves of the UM Creed and how it can motivate us all to be our very best. Even though we’re learning and engaging in ways none of us imagined a few short weeks ago, let us strive to uphold the ideals set forth in the Creed and recall that Conduct Rules and Regulations still apply.
The UM Creed
The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community:
- I believe in respect for the dignity of each person
- I believe in fairness and civility
- I believe in personal and professional integrity
- I believe in academic honesty
- I believe in academic freedom
- I believe in good stewardship of our resources
- I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.
As a student pursuing coursework via online delivery, you are still a valued member of the University of Mississippi community. Not only do you enjoy the benefit of the pursuit of academic knowledge, socialization with others, and support of the University regardless of your location, you also have the responsibility to your family, friends, the University of Mississippi, and yourself to be a good citizen and community member at all times. As a result, we want to remind you of the following:
Student Conduct Rules and Regulations and the jurisdiction of the University conduct system apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University sponsored or associated events or activities, and to off-campus conduct that has institutional implications. Such conduct would include but certainly not be limited to large gatherings that are in violation of municipal, state, or federal directives regarding social distancing to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
Behavioral issues occurring in virtual classrooms and technology supporting these educational endeavors such as Blackboard, Zoom, email, etc. can be address by the Office of the Provost (Academic) and also the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct (non-Academic).
You may report a potential policy violation at the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Webpage.
Finally, during this stressful and uncertain time, be ever mindful to demonstrate patience, support, and respect for our community members. Social media, while tremendously helpful in bringing us together, also makes it more difficult to realize the anxiety, fear, and uncertainty that a person may be enduring. Look out for one another and take care of yourself.
The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct
Latest Update 3/24/2020
In response to the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct would like to provide the following update:
· A person can continue to provide information or file a complaint by accessing the report athttps://conflictresolution.olemiss.edu/form/
· University Judicial Council will conduct hearings via Videoconferencing.
· If you have received a CRSC Allegation Notice for a scheduled intake meeting, these meetings will take place via videoconferencing. If your letter did not have information about videoconferencing, please contact the office at email@example.com prior to the appointment time.
· If you were assigned RebelAde or Community Service, please click here to sign-up for information on how to complete your sanction. You will be provided more information in the near future.
· If you have already enrolled in RebelADE but have not yet completed the course, all future sessions are currently postponed. We will provide you information soon regarding RebelADE as it relates to possible alternative educational opportunities.
· If you have a sanction involving Community Service and/or RebelADE, and expect to graduate in May of 2020, please email your conduct officer so that person can be aware of your situation in order to provide an alternative sanction that would not impede your graduation plans.
Please check back on a regular basis. As the situation continues to evolve, we will explore options to find the best way to communicate and work with you.
The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct provides a comprehensive array of approaches to support The University of Mississippi’s values of civility, respect for human dignity, and the honoring of community standards. Our purpose is to:
- Support students as they overcome mistakes
- Engage in character development with an emphasis on ethical decision-making and integrity
- Resolve conflict at the lowest level possible through education, facilitation, and support
- Foster a safe community
- Provide a process to adjudicate possible violations of University policy when appropriate and necessary