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Summer Academy

for Students Entering Grades 8, 9, and 10

Conduct Policies and Rules

Academic Honesty Drugs/Substances General Rules Housing Leaving Campus Weekends Discipline Conduct

Standards for Academic Honesty

The university is conducted on a basis of common honesty. 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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Drugs, Prescription Medication, Alcohol and Other Substances Policies.

  • Summer Academy 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 Academy 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 Academy staff and employees make no promise, implied or otherwise, to the students or parents/guardians for Summer Academy students that University personnel will assume responsibility to monitor a student’s prescription(s). Summer Academy 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” “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 determinant factor of dismissal from the program.
  • Summer Academy students found in possession of a fake ID will have it confiscated, not to be returned, and will be subject to disciplinary procedures and can 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.
  • At the University of Mississippi, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Summer Academy students are expected to contact appropriate emergency personnel when an intoxication/impaired person needs assistance. In case of a medical emergency, students should call 911 for assistance by police, fire safety, or medical professionals.


General Pre-College Programs/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 the 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 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 devise 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 will be provided with a temporary card key that gives him or her access to the residence hall and into his or her own rooms. Students must carry this card with them at all times. Students may not allow anyone else to use their temporary card key
  • Summer Academy 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. Due to the different activities during curfew can change for Friday and Saturday night.
  • 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 Sunday ONLY with parental consent. We strongly suggest students make an effort to stay for that day 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 during the weekend.
  • In the case a student decides to leave on Sunday, 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 Sunday; 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.

Procedures for checking out for 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 at least 24 hours prior to their child’s departure.
  2. Students are required to notify their counselor at least 24 hours prior to departure.
  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.
    Saturday: from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Sunday: from 8:00 am to 10:00 am (if the student is attending a religious service in any of the Summer Academy groups, he/she is not required to check out)
    Sunday 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).

General Disciplinary Procedures

Pre-College Programs 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. Such minor violations will be addressed by the counselors and head counselors and the student can receive some warning or can lose the privilege to attend to an activity.

Major violations are when a student shows malice and disrespect for the rules. For instance, intentionally harming a 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.

University of Mississippi General Conduct Standards

Pre-College Programs students are considered admitted students to the University of Mississippi; therefore students are not only obliged to follow and comply with Pre-College Programs rules and regulations but also academic, housing, dining, recreation and other campus facilities’ rules. All students admitted to the University of Mississippi should conduct themselves in a manner that conforms to the University’s 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.