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Distance Education Policy

All University of Mississippi Medical Center students receiving instruction through distance education shall be provided comparable access to the student support services available to face- to-face students. These services shall include admissions, course registration, academic advising, student orientation, textbooks and materials, financial aid, career development, and other special program accommodations as applicable under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

To this end, each school will ensure:

  • Distance learning courses and programs are in accord with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), Commission on Colleges Principles of Accreditation and Southern Regional Education Board Principles of Good Practice;
  • Academic rigor and quality of instruction in all electronically delivered courses/programs are equal to that of face-to-face offerings;
  • Educational effectiveness of electronically delivered courses/programs is assessed on an on-going basis;
  • Student identity verification is implemented in all online courses;
  • Resources needed to support the electronic delivery of courses/programs are identified and allocated; and
  • Professional development for faculty engaged in electronically delivered courses/programs is identified and supported.

Unless otherwise specified, all current policies that apply to traditional face-to-face delivery of academic coursework shall also apply to coursework that is delivered electronically.