DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION — Diversity and inclusion are integral to the core mission and vision of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and its three mission areas – health care, research, and education. UMMC commits to attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and student body in order to achieve mission-driven outcomes among the UMMC community. In addition, teaching, curricula, and learning environments must foster a culture of inclusiveness where individuals are respected and differences are recognized as strengths that enhance the educational and patient-care experience. In an effort to respect students' religious customs, academic departments will attempt to adjust schedules to allow the observance of these holidays. Any observance of religious holidays will not be a negative factor in the grading of a student's performance. In the event the conflict is with an essential experience (e.g., board exams) or required educational activity, then these events will take precedence. It is the student's responsibility to inform the appropriate person in the department prior to or at the initial clinical rotation orientation of their request for accommodation so that patient care and on-call responsibilities can be met in full. It is also the student's responsibility to obtain coverage so that patient care and on-call coverage are not compromised. In the event students cannot obtain coverage, they are expected to meet their responsibilities by taking call regardless of the schedule conflict. Conflicts with religious observances and daily patient care or educational activities will be resolved by the school or department on a case-by-case basis. These arrangements must be made in advance and must be satisfactory to the school or department.
Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to either the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, chief diversity and inclusion officer, student affairs officers or the director of pastoral services.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement — The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. UMMC complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee, student, or applicant based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic status, culture, or genetic information. Inquiries or complaints may be referred to the Office of the Director, Employee Relations, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216-4505.