Conduct Policies & Rules

Standards of Academic Honesty

Summer College expects students to conduct themselves with the basic value of honesty and to follow the creed of the University of Mississippi. Dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the university are regarded as particularly serious offenses. Disruptive behavior in an academic situation, or purposely harming academic facilities are also grounds for academic discipline.

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Academic Disciplinary Procedures

In the College of Liberal Arts and in the Schools of Accountancy, Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Journalism, faculty members handle cases of academic dishonesty in their classes by recommending an appropriate sanction after discussion with the student. Possible sanctions include: failure on the work in question, retake of an examination, extra work, grade reduction or failure in the course, disciplinary probation, or suspension or expulsion from the university. An appeals process is available to the student. To search university policies concerning definitions, offenses, penalties, and grievance procedures visit https://policies.olemiss.edu.

The Schools of Law, Pharmacy, and Engineering deal with disciplinary infractions through their student bodies, which maintain Honor Code systems

General Disciplinary Procedures

Summer College categorizes violations as minor or major. Events considered as minor violations are those where a student intends no harm. For instance, being late for an activity, or being too boisterous in the residence hall. Such minor violations will be addressed by the counselors and head counselors and the student may receive some warning or may lose the privilege to attend to an activity.

Drugs, Prescription Medication, Alcohol and Other Substances Policies.

  • Summer College for High School students has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for consumption, possession, distribution, solicitation, assistance in the acquisition, transmission, trafficking, manufacturing, or attempt to manufacture alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia at any time while enrolled in Summer College for High School Students whether on campus, off campus, or at a private gathering.
  • Students are not allowed to be present on any premises where liquor or illegal drugs are sold or consumed (except for restaurants if they are there only to eat). Regardless of the policies or customs of the student’s country of origin, in the United States, the legal drinking age is over 21.
  • Prescription drugs may only be used by the person for whom the prescription was written and only in the dosage prescribed. Any other use, possession, distribution, solicitation, assistance in the acquisition of, transmission of, trafficking of, manufacturing, or attempt to manufacture a prescription drug, whether on campus, off campus, or at a private gathering is prohibited and it is a cause for immediate dismissal from the program.
  • NOTE: Students are responsible for storing and administering or arranging for the storage or administration of their own prescription medication. The University of Mississippi, Pre-college Programs, Summer College staff and employees make no promise, implied or otherwise, to the students or parents/guardians for Summer College students that University personnel will assume responsibility to monitor a student’s prescription(s). Summer College students are responsible for their own prescription.
  • The ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY also includes objects or means employed to induce results of effects similar to intoxication or impairment but which are not necessary illegal, for instance “whip-its”, or “bath salts”, use of over-the-counter medication for such purposes, asphyxiation, and so on. In such cases where means are not illegal to have in possession, intent to use them for such purposes of intoxication or impairment will be a determining factor in dismissal from the program.
  • Summer College students found in possession of a fake ID will have it confiscated, not to be returned, and will be subject to disciplinary procedures, and may be dismissed from the program.
  • The University of Mississippi has a Smoke-Free Environment Policy. The smoking of tobacco products in classrooms, offices, enclosed buildings and facilities, parking lots, and surrounding outdoors areas is strictly forbidden. It is also forbidden to smoke during indoor or outdoor athletic and/or University-sponsored events. This rule also applies to vaping.
  • At the University of Mississippi, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Summer College students are expected to contact appropriate emergency personnel when an intoxicated/impaired person needs assistance. In case of a medical emergency, students should call 911 for assistance by police, fire safety, or medical professionals.

PARTICIPATION IN AN INCIDENT OR ATTENDING A GATHERING INVOLVING ALOCHOL, ILLEGAL DRUGS, AND/OR THE MISUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OR OTHER MEANS EMPLOYED TO INDUCE RESULTS OF EFFECTS SIMILAR TO INTOXICATION OR IMPARMENT IS CAUSE FOR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE PROGRAM, EVEN WHEN THE ONLY EVIDENCE IS SOCIAL MEDIA.

General Rules

  • Cases of assault and/or sexual misconduct are not tolerated and are cause for immediate dismissal from the program. If a complaint of this nature arises, the issue must be reported to a summer college counselor or a staff member immediately. Our staff will report it to the University Police, the Title IX coordinator, and the Mississippi Department of Human Services, providing a written notification as soon thereafter as possible. If the Program Director or staff may be involved in the suspected assault or abuse, the victim or counselor should report the suspected assault or abuse directly to the University’s Title IX coordinator.
  • Taking pictures of other participants and/or counselors and posting them on social media with intentions of harming, bullying, mocking, or showing disrespect is not tolerated. Students involved in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
  • Students are not allowed to drive their own or other vehicles during the program (except for going home and coming back on weekends with parental approval). Students are not allowed to ride in a vehicle other than an official University van and with counselors present. Failure to comply with this rule will result in an immediate dismissal from the program.
  • Participants who bring their automobiles must obtain a parking permit and give his/her car keys to their counselor upon arrival.
  • Other residence halls, fraternities, and/or sorority houses are totally off-limits for high school students at all times. This includes the public lobbies of such buildings. This is a major violation and will result in dismissal from the program.

Housing Rules

  • It is forbidden for students to be in possession of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and/or weapons at any time on campus. These are criminal violations and could result in arrest.
  • It is forbidden for students to smoke either in the residence or anywhere on campus.
  • It is forbidden for students to fight, steal, vandalize, or harass other students.
  • It is forbidden for students to play sports inside the residence halls.
  • It is forbidden for students to have candles, incense, halogen lamps, cooking appliances, or any other device that represents a smoke and/or fire hazard.
  • It is forbidden to tamper with fire alarms and/or fire equipment, or block emergency exits or exits in general.
  • It is not permitted to damage walls, use double-stick or duct tape, or affix any other irremovable item on walls.
  • It is not permitted to damage furniture, move or remove furniture from rooms or common areas, throw things out windows, or vandalize vending machines or any other equipment.
  • It is not permitted to leave trash and/or clothing items in the laundry room, common areas, halls, or around the building.
  • It is not permitted to have pets in the residences.
  • It is not allowed for any student to change his/her room assignment without permission from the Program Director.
  • Loud noises are not acceptable in the Residence hall at any time.
  • Each student and his/her roommate will be responsible for any damage to the assigned room during their stay in the program. Any accidental damage must be reported immediately to his/her counselor and to housing staff.

Rules for Leaving the Residential Hall and Leaving Campus

The University of Mississippi observes strict rules in compliance with Title IX regulations. The following rules have been implemented with the intention of safeguarding Summer College students while on campus.

  • Every student has an electronic chip embedded in their ID card that gives them access to the residence hall and into their own rooms. It is the student’s responsibility to have this ID at all times. There is a cost of $35 to replace a lost ID and a $5 charge anytime a student is locked out of his/her room and must be let in by a counselor. Students may not allow anyone else to use their ID
  • Summer College students are required to be inside their assigned Residential hall from 9:30 pm to 6:00 am every day, and in their room before 10:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday.
    Because of the varying activities during the weekends, curfew may change from one weekend to another.
  • Students are not allowed to leave campus by themselves at any time. Counselors, instructors, and/or staff members have to accompany students if they leave campus. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the program.
  • For security reasons, only program participants are allowed to be in the residence hall, including common areas. Parents are allowed to access the bedrooms only during move-in or move-out days. Off-campus visitors are not allowed during the week. Family visits are permitted during the weekends but they are required to remain in the common areas located on the first floor.
  • Students are allowed to leave campus during the weekends ONLY with parental consent. We strongly suggest students make an effort to stay during the weekend to increase the sense of belonging to the program, to nourish friendships, to catch up with homework, and to participate in the weekend activities that the program staff plans for all to enjoy. We believe it is for the participant’s benefit to remain on campus at least for the first and last weekend.
  • In the case a student decides to leave for the weekend, parents must fill out an online leave request form 24 hours prior to their child’s departure. Before the student is checked out, a counselor will contact the parent via phone to verify the request and to let the parent know about his/her child’s departure. At this point, the university has no responsibility over the student until he/she checks back in. The latest a student can check back in is Sunday at 9:00 pm.
  • A parent can personally check his/her child out for a weekend day or weekend; however, the parent must follow the same check-out procedure explained below and pick up his/her child at the times stated.
  • Weekday check-outs are discouraged. However, weekday check-outs are allowed in the case of an emergency. Parents will need to complete the leave request form and follow the necessary check-out prodedure. Students must communicate directly with their counselor(s) regarding their weekday departure.

Procedure for checking out on the weekend

Student safety is of the upmost importance to us. For that reason it is of great importance that both students and parents follow the instructions closely to check out campus correctly:

  1. Parents are required to complete the Student Leave Form on our website at least 24 hours prior to their child’s departure.
  2. Students must notify their counselor at least 24 hours prior to departure to ensure availability for check-out.
  3. Students must sign out at the desk. If the parent is picking up the student at the residence hall, he/she must do so at the designated times ONLY.
    Fridays: from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Saturdays: from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Sundays: from 8:00 am to 10:00 am (if the student is attending a religious service with any of the Summer College groups, he/she is not required to check out)
    Weekday check-outs are strongly discouraged, but if it is necessary, parents can check out a student between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm to come back no later than 9:30 pm.
    Students cannot leave campus if the parent is not present. If the student was authorized by any parent to leave by him/herself, the student can ONLY leave campus at the designated times above. The parent listed on the leave form will be contacted at this time and the student will be given his/her car keys (if any).
  4. Upon return, (Sunday at 9:00 pm at the latest) students must sign back in at the desk and notify their counselor of their return. Students must also surrender car keys (if any).

Major violations are when a student shows malice and disrespect for the rules. For instance, intentionally harming another student, or if a student intentionally disregards warnings, the use of drugs or alcohol in the dorms, etc. If a student is suspected to have broken a rule, they are subject to a room search and an investigation will be opened. Our staff will follow the following steps:

  • Cellphones of all students involved will be collected, but not involuntarily searched.
  • Students will be separated and facts will be gathered. Depending on the severity, University Police Department (UPD) may be involved in this step.
  • One of three actions will be taken according to the rules and general guidelines of the University of Mississippi and the Summer College Program
    • Take no action if the student was found not responsible
    • Place student on probation
    • Dismiss student from the program (all expenses are non-refundable)
  • Once the investigation is over and a decision made, parents of the parties involved will be notified and given a full report of the events.