Dean: Dr. John Garner
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Dr. Driscoll DeVaul
Assistant Dean for Administration: Kim McGaugh
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions: Dr. Molly Ratcliff
Dr. Angela Burrell, Department Chair and Program Director
Dr. Britney Reulet, Department Chair, Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Administration
Dr. Judy Gordy, Program Director, Master of Health Systems Administration
Dr. Lisa Morton, Program Director, Health Informatics and Information Management
Medical Laboratory Science
Dr. Jana Bagwell, Program Coordinator, MLT-MLS Advanced Standing Program
Dr. Stacy Vance, Program Director, MLS Traditional program
Dr. Renee Wilkins, Acting Department Chair and Histotechnology Program Director
Dr. Megan Ladner, Department Chair and Program Director
Dr. Melanie Lauderdale, Department Chair and DPT Program Director
Dr. Cody Pannell, PT Sports Residency Program Director
Dr. Janet Slaughter, PT Pediatric Residency Program Director
Dr. Kim Curbow Wilcox, PT Neuro Residency Program Director
Dr. Kristi Moore, Department Chair
Dr. Lee Brown, Program Director, Radiologic Sciences (Traditional Program)
Dr. Mike Ketchum, Program Coordinator, Radiologic Sciences (Advanced Standing Program)
Dr. Chelsea Stephens, Program Director, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Dr. Asher Street, Program Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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This Student Handbook, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Bulletin, and PolicyTech (located on the UMMC Intranet) are the primary sources of information about the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP). Individual departments at the school may also have student policies and procedures that complement or extend the expectations of the SHRP handbook. It is the responsibility of each SHRP student to read and become familiar with each document.
Rules, regulations, and responsibilities are included in this handbook. However, in the event of a contradiction between this handbook and the UMMC Bulletin, the UMMC Bulletin will prevail. The University may revise the handbook, UMMC Bulletin, policies, and procedures at any time without prior notice.
As a student, you are responsible for maintaining established standards of scholarship and conduct essential to the educational mission and community life at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The policies and regulations of the Bulletin and this handbook take effect at time of initial registration in the first semester of enrollment. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the academic requirements and regulations stated in the Bulletin and in this handbook. Ignorance of these requirements and regulations, incorrect statements or advice from faculty, students, or others, or misunderstandings of these procedures will not be accepted as cause for waiving any requirement or regulation in the Bulletin or in this handbook.
The School of Health Related Professions was authorized in 1971 and established in 1972. The first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1975. The School of Health Related Professions currently offers programs leading to the Certificate in Medical Scribe Specialist, Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Administration, Bachelor of Science in Histotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership and Management, Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Master of Health Informatics and Information Management, Master of Health Systems Administration, Doctor of Health Administration, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In response to the significant demands in Mississippi for more allied health professionals and better allied health educational programs, the School of Health Related Professions seeks to expand its student population along with a related increase in the size and quality of its faculty.
The mission of the University of Mississippi Medical Center is to improve the health and well-being of patients and the community through excellent training for health care professionals, engagement in innovative research, and the delivery of state-of-the-art health care.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center will be a premier academic health sciences system that is recognized nationally for high-quality clinical care, for innovative research, and for training committed health care professionals who work together to improve health outcomes and eliminate health care disparities.
The mission of the School of Health Related Professions is to equip diverse health professionals to provide quality and innovative health services for our Mississippi communities.
The School of Health Related Professions envisions being the premier educator that will excel in connecting diverse professionals who provide dynamic service delivery, pursue innovative discoveries, and embrace transformational leadership and advocacy for a healthier Mississippi.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The Medical Center 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, socioeconomic status, culture, or genetic information. Inquiries or complaints may be referred to the Office of the Director, Employee Relations, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.
Diversity within the School of Health Related Professions of the University of Mississippi Medical Center encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in a community, both online and on-campus, that is bound by the desire for equal consideration for all people. This commitment to equality is exercised by cultivating an academic and working environment that is collaborative and inclusive in educating students and residents, as well as training faculty to be culturally aware, respectful, and sensitive to diverse populations. This is affirmed by the school’s policies and strategies to develop a diverse student body and faculty membership committed to education, health care, and research, thus ensuring that all members of our community have the ability to reach their individual and collective potential.
The growing cultural diversity of Mississippi and the United States calls for health professionals who continually strive to achieve cultural competence and function effectively across an array of multicultural, interpersonal, and social situations. Becoming culturally competent enhances the capacity of health professionals and health care organizations to assess, plan, deliver, evaluate and continually improve care that is sensitive to and respectful of the diverse beliefs, values, practices, and needs of the individuals, families, and communities served. The School of Health Related Professions is committed to this aim in its continued assessment of the curriculum; admission of students; recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, residents, and students; community engagement; and contributions to education, health care, and research.
View the full SHRP Policy on Diversity and Inclusion in PolicyTech. View the UMMC Policy on Diversity and Inclusion in PolicyTech by clicking here.
To view the current UMMC Bulletin – Click here.
The student is responsible for knowing the academic regulations for the School of Health Related Professions as stated in the UMMC Bulletin and PolicyTech. Although we strive to avoid discrepancies, if there are differences in the regulations as stated in this document and the above referenced, the Bulletin is the ruling document. Please see PolicyTech (accessible via the UMMC Intranet) for SHRP Academic Policies.
Individual departments within the school could also have academic policies and regulations for students that would be in addition to those shown in the UMMC Bulletin and SHRP Handbook. Please check departmental information for these policies.
The School of Health Related Professions academic calendar can be found in the SHRP section of the Bulletin and on the SHRP website.
The School of Health Related Professions believes that both students and faculty have significant roles within the educational process. Academic misconduct can influence this educational process by causing a distorted picture of the academic achievement of individual students and jeopardizing the success of the student's total educational program. Although monitoring of academic performance is primarily the responsibility of the faculty, students ultimately have the responsibility and are expected to act in an honest and professional manner during the educational preparation for their professional role.
The School of Health Related Professions offers instruction in its academic programs in lecture, laboratory, and clinical environments. In the clinical environment, there is frequent contact with patients and individuals outside the academic community. It is expected that students will be academically honest in all classroom assignments, testing, laboratory activities, clinical activities, recordkeeping, and patient contact.
Upon graduation, health care professionals are expected to practice their profession with integrity and a commitment to high standards. Moreover, they are expected to protect patients from those who abuse professional ethics in providing care. This commitment to high standards and integrity is expected during each student's course of academic study.
Academic responsibilities of students include, but are not limited to, the following examples of conduct:
It is expected that students will not practice academic dishonesty or tolerate it in other students, and that all acts of dishonesty will be promptly reported to the appropriate school and administrative officials.
The School of Health Related Professions believes that both students and faculty have significant roles within the educational process. Academic misconduct can influence this educational process by causing a distorted picture of the academic achievement of individual students and jeopardizing the success of the student’s total educational program. It is expected that students will be academically honest in all classroom assignments, testing, laboratory activities, clinical activities, recordkeeping, and patient care activities.
View the full SHRP Academic Dishonesty Policy in PolicyTech.
A student in the School of Health Related Professions is expected to exhibit conduct that is compatible with the functions and mission of the University of Mississippi Medical Center as an educational institution, and with the ethical standards of his/her chosen profession. Each student is expected to comply with requests of university officials in the performance of his/her duties; to obey the laws of the city, state, and nation; and to refrain from conduct that would demean the ethics and integrity of his/her chosen profession.
The following are examples of non-academic responsibilities of students in the school. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disciplinary action being taken by the dean up to and including probation or dismissal. If the actions of a student are such that there is potential or actual harm to the university, school, department or its faculty, staff, students, patients or others, a student may be immediately removed from classroom, laboratory, or clinical activities without prior notice.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center has always sought the opinion of its students about its educational programs, ways and means of accomplishing the school’s activities better, and other matters of student interest. From time to time, however, the university, like any other organization, has to make decisions without prior consultation with its students. The university must, therefore, maintain exclusive discretion to exercise the customary functions of educational management including, but not limited to, the discretion to: select and enroll students, employ and supervise faculty, determine the size and composition of the instructional staff, enforce academic regulations, determine the size and location of classes, make instructional and clinical assignments, modify organizational structures, establish, change and/or abolish policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, and make any and all changes or modifications in educational programs in accordance with the needs and requirements of the institution.
Visit the document in PolicyTech to view the Title IX Sexual Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy for Students and Employees. Additional information can be found on the website as well.
Mississippi Law requires all health care workers, including students, to have completed criminal history background checks. All UMMC students will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, before enrollment. Be advised that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility to sit for certification, registration, or licensure examinations. Affected students must contact the appropriate certification, registry, or licensure agency. All students should keep their letter of clearance in a personal file for later use.
All students will complete an in-house background check during the New Student Onboarding process. This is conducted by UMMC Human Resources. A second type of background check may or may not be required by your department. Currently, SHRP has an agreement with Pre-Check (www.precheck.com/students) to conduct the additional background check and drug screening if needed for clinical rotations. There is a small cost to the student for using the Pre-check services. Departments will provide students with further information if the additional background check is required.
Medical Center policy requires that students wear their identification badges at all times at all facilities which are operated by the Medical Center. The badge should be worn with the name and photo clearly visible on the front, upper torso affixed to a collar, pocket, or displayed on a short break-away neck strap close to the face. The identification badge may be used for building access, check cashing in the bookstore, library checkouts, and security identification purposes. Students who lose their ID badge should report the loss immediately to Human Resources Service Center. A nominal fee will be charged for a replacement badge. Students who come to school without their identification badge may be subject to disciplinary action up to being asked to leave the campus.
The School of Health Related Professions considers postal/U.S. mail and electronic mail official forms of communications. Students are expected to check their official UMMC email account daily at a minimum during the school semesters and periodically during breaks.
The Student Services Office at SHRP provides onboarding and new-student orientation, advising, and support to its students. Student Services staff are available to provide guidance and referrals as needed to help students be successful in their programs of study. Activities in various formats are offered to assist student in acquire skills necessary for success. During the academic semesters, weekly emails are developed and sent to all students with reminders, announcements, and helpful tips as a method of constant communication. Also, the Student Services office utilizes electronic message boards throughout SHRP as a way to communicate with students.
Students are responsible for complying with all policies and procedures, rules and regulations, and other information published by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the School of Health Related Professions, and their academic department. In addition, students are expected to abide by all federal, state, and local laws.
Students are expected to:
Students who violate any of the above when involved in any school or school-related activity/function, whether on or off campus, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Mistreatment and abuse of students by faculty, residents, staff, or fellow students is contrary to the educational objectives of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the School of Health Related Professions and will not be tolerated. Mistreatment and abuse include, but are not limited to, berating, belittling, or humiliation; physical punishment or threats; intimidation; sexual harassment; harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, age, religion, physical or learning disabilities; assigning a grade for reasons other than the student’s performance; assigning tasks for punishment or non-educational purposes; requiring the performance of personal services; or failing to give students credit for work they have done. Students have rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and all appropriate federal, state, and local laws. Primary among those is the right to a fair and impartial hearing if the student is accused of misconduct or violating university regulations. Additionally, students have the right to file a complaint for alleged mistreatment. The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the School of Health Related Professions has existing policies and procedures that relate to the following: financial aid; sexual harassment; final grade appeal; parking; drugs; alcohol; firearms; student access to records; student privacy; computer/internet use; dress and professional conduct; health insurance. Issues that relate to these specific policies should be addressed to the appropriate office. The Office of the Dean or Student Services can help students with information about those policies.
Student and Employee Health serves as the primary resource for occupational-health services such as immunization and tuberculosis screening when needed for academic purposes, such as documentation required for clearance to participate in learning activities at other institutions. Student and Employee Health is also the preferred option for initial assessment of non-emergency occupational health related injuries that occur on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. Student and Employee Health does not charge for provider or nurse actions in providing services to students, but charges may be incurred for laboratory or imaging services. Student and Employee Health can be contacted for appointments or questions about services by calling (601) 984-1185.
If there is a severe occupational injury or a situation, such as a blood or body fluid exposure, that requires urgent treatment at night or on a weekend, students should seek care at the UMMC Emergency Department and notify Student and Employee Health afterward. Students in Mississippi are not covered by Workers Compensation and so may incur costs related to workplace injuries. Normal health care procedures, such as billing insurance, will take place as appropriate.
Students may access primary care services through UMMC’s Quick Care clinic, which is operated by the Department of Family Medicine in the Lakeland Medical Building at 764 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS. Quick Care is a full-service primary care practice in a private, confidential setting, and will provide students a large spectrum of services, including sick visits, preventive services, and care for chronic conditions. The physician and other providers at the Quick Care clinic do not teach, evaluate, or make recommendations for student advancement. Quick Care is available Monday through Friday from 7:40 am to 4:20 pm and offers both in person and telehealth visits. To schedule an appointment at Quick Care students may call (601) 984-6800. Additionally, if students prefer to obtain primary care services elsewhere, they are free to do so.
Students at the School of Health Related Professions (excluding students in select distance learning programs specifically named in the policy below) are required to meet and maintain the immunization requirements found in the Immunization Requirements Policy located PolicyTech. Click here to view the policy in PolicyTech via the UMMC Intranet.
SEH does offer the Influenza, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis B vaccines for current students. All vaccines are administered at a cost to the student (with the exception of Influenza). Students should pay at Student Accounting and bring receipt to SEH for vaccine. For additional information and forms – Click here.
SHRP Programs with clinical courses may have requirements beyond those mandated by UMMC. Students are expected to comply with the requirements of any assigned clinical facility to fulfill programmatic coursework.
Pursuant to the Anti-Drug Abuse Act passed in October 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), UMMC is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. All students are to abide by this policy. The institution has educational resources available for students regarding the dangers of alcohol and illicit drug abuse through Employee and Student Health Services. Refer to the Bulletin for additional information.
Visit the Office of Enrollment Management, and the Bulletin for additional information in regards to student access to records, release of information, and accuracy of education records per the FERPA regulations.
Health insurance is required for all students enrolled at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with the following exception. Students enrolled in distance education programs with no clinical or research components requiring the physical presence of students on any UMMC campus are not required to show evidence of health insurance and are not eligible to apply for coverage on the UMMC student insurance plans. These programs include the following: School of Dentistry – Advanced Standing Dental Hygiene; School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences – Biochemistry Certificate; School of Health Related Professions – Advanced Standing Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science MLT-MLS, Advanced Standing Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Administration, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership and Management; John D. Bower School of Population Health – Executive Master of Science in Population Health Management, Master of Science in Population Health Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Analytics, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Population Health Science.
All students, except those enrolled in the programs noted above, may enroll in one of the group plans offered by the Medical Center or must demonstrate comparable coverage under another provider. Students not enrolled in the Medical Center’s student group health insurance plan, except those enrolled in the programs noted above, will be required to complete a waiver online in the student portal specifying the name of their insurance carrier. The student insurance plan is administered by the Office of Student Accounting, and any questions regarding enrollment or coverage should be addressed directly to the Office of Student Accounting.
The Student Counseling and Wellness Center assists students with managing the stresses and difficulties of daily life – life inside and outside the classroom. Mental health services for students are provided by a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner and clinical psychologists who do not have any role in student’s academic assessment or evaluation. Students should call (601) 815-5588 or email email@example.com to make appointments at the SCWC. For additional information, visit the Student Counseling and Wellness Center website.
TELUS Health (formerly LifeWorks) is a confidential employee assistance program (EAP) and an exciting and innovative well-being solution available to all University of Mississippi Medical Center employees and their household family members, as well as to UMMC students.
Feel supported 24/7, 365 days a year with a confidential employee assistance program (EAP) that can support you anytime, anywhere with work, health, and life. When the world around you gets stressful, TELUS Health can help you manage your reactions with well-being articles, podcasts, digital programs, tools, and resources.
Access TELUS Health on October 1, 2022, by following the below instructions:
The Rowland Medical Library (RML) is located on the second floor of the Verner S. Holmes Learning Resource Center. The RML provides resources and services to students officially enrolled in UMMC programs, faculty and employees directly involved in health education, research, and patient care.
For more information about hours, resources, and services available at the library, please visit the RML website.
This office maintains the official academic records of all matriculated students and provides a wide range of services to those students. The office also works closely with each school in the admissions process of students.
Official Transcripts, enrollment verifications, degree verifications, and letters of good standing can be requested online at www.umc.edu/transcripts. There may be a fee charged for certain documents.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management directly.
Office of Enrollment ManagementUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterVerner Holmes Learning Resource Center, U121Phone: (601) 984-1080https://www.umc.edu/registrar/
The Office of Student Accounting is responsible for the assessment and collection of all charges to students, such as tuition, late registration fees, and health insurance premiums, as well as disbursing excess financial aid proceeds to students.
Prior to the beginning of the academic term, tuition, fees, and applicable insurance charges are charged to the student's account. Billing statements are available in Workday. Late fees are assessed to accounts not paid by the payment deadline.
Updated tuition costs may be found online on the Student Accounting website.
Office of Student AccountingUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterVerner Holmes Learning Resource Center – 2nd floorPhone: (601) 984-1060https://www.umc.edu/student_accounting/
Each recipient of student financial aid must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in order to maintain his/her eligibility for financial aid.
Scholarship and state grant programs have differing requirements for continuing eligibility. These criteria are outlined in the terms and conditions that accompany the scholarship and grant awards.
Office of Student Financial ServicesUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterVerner Holmes Learning Resource Center, U124Phone: (601) 984-1117https://www.umc.edu/financialaid/
All students must complete orientation prior to attending any courses. Failure to complete orientation may result in dismissal from the program and/or school. Please be advised that each individual program may have specific orientation requirements in addition to UMMC General Orientation (conducted online in Canvas) and School of Health Related Professions Orientation.
The Office for Student Success provides the following University of Mississippi Medical Center services.
Students who want to take time to become involved may find useful avenues of expression in membership in professional organizations. Membership is open to students in the various professional organizations. Each department will advise students of appropriate professional organizations and opportunities for membership. As student members, there is an opportunity to increase knowledge of the discipline and to begin to establish collegial relationships with other students and practitioners within the profession.
The School of Health Related Professions’ Student Government Council was formed in 1978 and is responsible for all official student activities of the school; serves as liaison between faculty, students, and alumni; and strives to establish relationships between disciplines.
The Council is composed of three (3) student representatives elected from each discipline's first, second, and third year cohorts. The SHRP Student Government will provide representatives to represent SHRP on the Associate Student Body Council. The ASB is the student organization on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus with representatives from each school (Dentistry, Graduate Programs, Health Related Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Population Health) that plans all campus-wide student activities. The SHRP Council has advisors appointed by the dean. Elected officers must maintain good academic standing. If a student is on probation, he/she is not eligible to serve as a student government officer.
The administration and faculty of the Medical Center believe that it is important to involve students in the decision-making processes that affect institutional programs, policies, and operations. More often than not, institutional policy, proposals for institutional change, or suggestions for improvement in the institution’s day-to-day operation begin at the committee level. For this reason, it has long been the institution’s practice to include student representatives on appropriate campus-wide and school committees.
Student activities on this campus, for the most part, are coordinated by the Associated Student Body (ASB) or through the respective student councils in the individual schools. The UMMC Office of Student Services assists with and supervises UMMC ASB activities on a daily basis.
Any on campus events that includes our students, whether sponsored by a class or sponsored in name by a class and where class members will be present, should be coordinated with the SHRP Student Services Office. This includes, but is not limited to, luncheons and presentations that may be conducted by outside vendors/employers. Some events may require the approval of other offices on campus (i.e., the UMMC Compliance Office). Additional information may be requested before or after the event to meet outside approval or guidelines. To allow time for proper approvals, all events must be submitted to the Student Services Office no later than two (2) weeks prior to the event.
All fundraising must be approved by the SHRP Student Services Office and UMMC Office of Development. View the UMMC Policy in PolicyTech via the UMMC Intranet. As a guideline, any sales of clothing apparel, which names a particular program or department, must also include the School of Health Related Professions with the identified department. All fundraising must be aimed at supporting departmental or class projects. Class events and fundraising will be discussed at the first SHRP Student Government Meeting in September and reminders will remain on agendas throughout the year.
Graduating students are expected to participate in commencement regardless of the semester of graduation. Exceptions may be considered if a request is made in writing to the dean. Students deemed eligible for graduation (pending final requirements set by individual departments) will be asked to complete the online program completion application (including the cap and gown order form) in Workday the semester prior to expected graduation. Students may order commencement invitations from the UMMC Bookstore during early spring of the graduation year. During the latter part of the week of commencement, students are expected to obtain caps and gowns from the bookstore. Student commencement instructions from the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will be emailed to participating students during the month of April prior to the commencement ceremony.
Commencement is generally scheduled for late May, at 10:00 am on Friday, and usually lasts approximately two (2) hours. The Mississippi Coliseum (located on High Street in Jackson) is the traditional location for commencement.
SHRP students with a record of exceptional achievement over the duration of their degree program may be recognized with individual honors, scholarships, and awards upon graduation at the SHRP Honors Day Ceremony. Each SHRP department establishes its own criteria to determine honors, scholarships, and awards. Please consult the SHRP website for a complete list of honor, scholarship, and award descriptions bestowed by each department.
The Virginia Stansel Tolbert Award, sponsored by the School of Health Related Professions, is given at each commencement to the graduating SHRP student who is graduating with the highest grade point average.
SHRP graduate and undergraduate students are elected to membership in Honor Societies, such as Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Eta, on the basis of their total academic achievements in college.
SHRP graduate and undergraduate students may also be eligible to receive Latin Honors at commencement. Eligibility requirements for Latin Honors is available by contacting the Dean’s Office.
Eating and drinking are not permitted in SHRP computer laboratories. If you are found eating or drinking in any computer lab, you will be asked to leave.
Eating and drinking are not permitted in the Collaboratory. If you are found eating or drinking in the Collaboratory, you will be asked to leave.
Capped bottled water is allowed in SHRP classrooms. No other form of eating or drinking will be allowed in classrooms without permission from the Office of the Dean.
Policies regarding eating and drinking in departmental laboratories is at the discretion of the department. Students will be advised of the policy during departmental orientation.
As a reminder, all students with vehicles parked on UMMC leased or owned property are required to comply with the Policies for Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations located on the Parking Services website.
Students are only authorized to park at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, which includes Lots A, B, C, E, and Overflow. Stadium parking is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The only exception is home football games for Jackson State University (JSU). Advanced notification for any parking challenges for game nights will be provided. Employee Relations will assist in the efforts of arranging parking accommodations at the Stadium for students with verified disabilities and medical needs.
Students will not pull a ticket from any parking ticket machine and park for any length of time. Parking citations will be issued to violators, and continued violation of parking policy will lead to increases in administrative fines, vehicle immobilization devices (boots), academic holds through Student Accounting, and referrals to Deans for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal proceedings.
Students can obtain evening parking access to Lot 21 after 4:45 pm until 1:00 am, Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday, and on UMMC officially observed holidays. Parking in Lot 21 outside these hours by pulling a ticket is not allowed. Students can register vehicles and activate UMMC Student ID badges by sending a request via email firstname.lastname@example.org that includes:
Vehicle License Plate #:
Vehicle Plate State and County:
UMMC Student ID#:
Campus police will issue UMMC parking violation tickets as well as official State issued tickets when deemed necessary. Monetary fines and other penalties may be associated with these tickets.
Due to the increased number of vehicles parking in the stadium, a map is shown below displaying available parking spaces in the stadium. It is important to note that there are both regular and handicap spaces in the stadium. In order to park in a handicap space, the vehicle must display an official handicap placard or tag. There are also spaces that are considered handicap, only on football game days. There is signage on these designated spaces.
View Interactive Campus Map or select the image below to enlarge.
Questions and concerns regarding parking should be posed to Parking@umc.edu.
UMMC's shuttle service provides daily transportation to and from designated shuttle stops throughout the main campus and the stadium parking lots for patients, visitors, students, and staff. The shuttle operates Monday through Friday, and does not operate on UMMC holidays. In order to provide timely and efficient service for the greatest number of passengers, we operate the highest number of shuttles during the morning and evening peak hours. Maps for each shuttle route are available online (Click here). Students can download an app on their cell phone for bus lines, estimated arrival times, and bus stop locations (Click here).
The shuttle service is free and available to all members of the UMMC community. Questions and concerns regarding shuttles should be posed to Parking@umc.edu.
Bicycles provide a handy way of getting around campus. When parked on campus, a bicycle should be locked to prevent theft. Bicycle racks are available at the north entrance of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and in areas adjacent to the School of Health Related Professions building. The designated areas may change during construction.
Cars may not be parked where the curbing is painted yellow, blue, or red; on sidewalks; at sidewalk-street intersections; across parking lines; on lawns; or in other restricted areas. No double parking is permitted. Parking is also not permitted in any of the private or patient parking spaces located at offices or apartment buildings adjacent to the Medical Center campus. The areas adjacent to the SHRP building are for active loading/unloading only.
The SHRP building is now open for SHRP student access after hours and on weekends; however, access is limited to the common areas of the SHRP building unless otherwise noted via posted signage. Only SHRP students who are actively enrolled in a SHRP program with on-campus requirements will be granted building access via their UMMC student ID badge. The SHRP building is closed on official UMMC holidays.
Specific usage policies regarding programmatic lab spaces can be found in each program’s handbook and/or Canvas student resources course. Signage is also placed to notify students regarding approved space usage. Students are responsible for knowing policies and procedures regarding usage of space at SHRP as it relates to their access. Please review your program policies (as referenced above) and the Student Building Access and Usage for the School of Health Related Professions policy in PolicyTech.
Failure to comply with policies regarding student building access may result in disciplinary action being taken by the dean, up to and including probation or dismissal. The SHRP building is monitored by cameras 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Questions regarding building access should be directed to the SHRP Dean’s Office
The UMMC Police and Public Safety Department (formerly Campus Police) uses advanced equipment and techniques for crime prevention and to carry out a number of programs and services to promote safety and security. State law grants campus police the power to enforce all state and federal criminal statutes. Officers are certified in compliance with state law to assist in providing effective campus security. The department works in conjunction with local law enforcement authorities. All reports of criminal activity will be handled and investigated in an appropriate and professional manner. Campus police officers provide 24-hour assistance to students, employees, and the public. Campus Police will escort students at night or on weekends to or from destinations on campus or the Veterans Memorial Stadium parking lot. Students who wish to be escorted should contact Campus Police at (601) 984-1360 (or extension 4-1360 if calling on campus) or by contacting a campus police officer on duty.
Because of the unreasonable and unwarranted risk of injury or death to employees, students, visitors, and patients, and in accordance with sections 45-9-101 and 97-37-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, the University of Mississippi Medical Center prohibits the possession of pistols, firearms, or other weapons in any form by any person other than those duly authorized (i.e., Campus Police Officers).
In 1977, graduates of all SHRP programs formed a Health Related Professions Alumni Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association. The School of Health Related Professions Alumni Chapter plays a vital part in various programs and events conducted at the School of Health Related Professions. The SHRP alumni chapter serves as a key link between students, the school, faculty, alumni, and health related professional businesses.
The bookstore, located in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union building, services the health sciences community and is open Monday through Friday, from 7:45 am until 4:30 pm. Available for purchase are textbooks, medical instruments, related school supplies, insignia items, computer, software, and gifts. The bookstore can be contacted at 1-800-BKSTORE (257-8673) or by visiting their website.
There are several food service centers, as well as vending machines, in various buildings on campus. For more dining information – Click here.
Contact SHRP Student Services and/or the SHRP Officer in the School of Health Related Professions or the Campus Police Office ((601) 984-1360) for information on articles lost or found.
The Norman C. Nelson Student Union houses the bookstore, food services, convention facilities, and student facilities. A gymnasium is on the first floor and includes a full-sized basketball court, locker rooms, and showers. A walking-running track on the second level above the basketball court is skirted by rooms for aerobic exercise and weightlifting. A student lounge with a game room, a TV room, and a study room adjacent to the gymnasium. The ASB offices and conference rooms are on the second floor, as well as a large multipurpose meeting room with a seating capacity of 400 that can be subdivided into six smaller meeting rooms. For luncheons and receptions, a kitchen adjoins this meeting room.
The School of Health Related Professions and individual departments may use pictures of students in various print media, video media, and social media. These items are used to promote the school and UMMC. If you do not wish to participate in these pictures and/or media, please notify the SHRP Dean’s Office and your departmental office in writing or via email to revoke your permission.
Photocopy services are available in the Rowland Medical Library and in the University Print Shop. A fee for photocopying may occur. All copyright regulations must be observed in the use of the photocopy services.
The Post Office, located in Room N019 in the basement of the hospital’s north wing, operates as a contract station of the U.S. Post Office and offers most standard services. It is open to students from 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday.
Medical Center policy prohibits the posting of notices on painted walls or any other painted surfaces, and on the entrance doors to any building. All departments have bulletin boards for the posting of authorized notices.
The Office of Institutional Advancement, a center-wide service area located in the Learning Resource Center, Room U015, is the only authorized channel for the release of University of Mississippi Medical Center information to the news media. The office welcomes suggestions from students for media stories or ideas for the University of Mississippi Medical Center's own publications.
Student bulletin boards in the School of Health Related Professions building are located in the student lounge and bus lobby area. SHRP Student Services should be consulted about posting items on bulletin boards.
The student lounge in the SHRP building is located on the first floor, Room SH195/196. Student space for study or small group meetings is available in this space. Pharos Printing is also available in the student lounge.
The Student Bus Lobby (Break Room area) is located in SH190. Adjacent vending machines, microwave ovens, and refrigerators are available. Additional student facilities are available across the street in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
At the request of the SHRP Academic Program, students enrolled in on-campus programs are assigned a mailbox for school and on-campus communication. These are currently located in the first floor east hallway adjacent to the vending area.
Students are not permitted to remove UMMC property from the premises. Any UMMC property used by a student must be properly assigned to or checked out by a faculty member. Any faculty member who possesses and uses and/or removes Medical Center property from the premises for any reason must have an authorization form in hand. The department head or his/her designee must complete the property authorization form.
Personal use of UMMC property is prohibited. All UMMC employees or students using or possessing UMMC property can be held financially responsible for the damage or loss of the property due to negligence. Any damage, loss, or theft of the property should be promptly reported to the designated departmental representative.
While working at the university, students and employees may come in contact with information that is of a confidential nature. Treat it as such. If you are given such information, it is expected that you will keep the confidence placed in you and not give this information to persons not authorized to receive it.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has implemented a compliance program to develop effective internal controls that promote adherence to applicable federal and state law, and the program requirements of federal, state, and private health plans furthering the fundamental mission of UMMC to provide quality care to patients. All SHRP students are required to complete a student compliance and safety-training course in Canvas during program orientation and on a continued basis. Failure to complete compliance training courses will result in a Canvas hold and removal from course participation, which could result in a failing grade on scheduled course assignments and could result in dismissal from the program.
Appearance and conduct are a reflection of our role as a professional. As health care providers, professionalism is expected in the classroom, in laboratories, in clinical areas, and any campus location. The School of Health Related Professions has adopted a dress code that promotes a professional atmosphere. This dress code requires dress and grooming guidelines to promote a consistent professional appearance that contributes to a respectful and safe environment for faculty, staff, students, and others who you will encounter on campus. Refer to the full SHRP Professional Appearance policy in PolicyTech.
To establish and support the uniform prohibition of tobacco use at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and designated sites, the use of tobacco products, specifically smoking, is a major cause of preventable disease and death. The Medical Center is committed to promoting prevention and the treatment of diseases, as well as to providing a safe, clean, and healthy environment for all persons on this campus. The Medical Center strives to provide an environment that contributes to our mission. Therefore, it is this institution’s intent to provide a total tobacco-free environment and to conduct programs designed to assist in adhering to this commitment.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center recognizes that social networking websites are popular means of communication. Students who use these websites must be aware that posting certain information is illegal. Violations of existing statutes and administrative regulations may expose the offender to criminal and civil liability, and the punishment for violations may include fines and imprisonment. Offenders also may be subject to adverse academic actions up to and including dismissal.
Students should review the Policy and Guidelines for Personal Use of Social Media document located in PolicyTech via the UMMC Intranet.
SHRP is committed to utilizing the most advanced technology available to communicate with students. Therefore, the university will employ electronic means, when appropriate, to affect such communication, and students are expected to monitor appropriately these electronic communications. To facilitate this goal, all students will be assigned an electronic mail address in "Outlook" when they are accepted for admission.
Electronic means may include, but are not limited to, electronic mail, electronic bulletin boards, and information portals.
Refer to the UMMC Acceptable Use Policy in PolicyTech via the UMMC Intranet.
A computer lab for SHRP students is located in room SH136. The laboratory will be closed during Medical Center holidays. Automatic password assignment may be made for classroom exercises. Students should be familiar with the policy regarding Student Building Access and Usage in PolicyTech
The computer laboratory may be closed for scheduled classes or for special events. Notices of such closure will be posted outside the laboratory. Unauthorized use of the laboratory or any of the equipment or software is prohibited.
There is no eating or drinking in the computer laboratory. Students who violate this policy will be asked to leave the computer lab.
Pharos printing is now active in the computer lab at SHRP and in the Student Lounge. When you send a job to the printer, it will not automatically print. You will need to swipe your badge to retrieve your print. Please note that printing in the SHRP labs uses the same print credits as when you print in the library. Once your Pharos print credits have been used for the academic year, you will need to pay to have more added. Additional print credits may be purchased at the Library Circulation Desk. Instructions will also be placed by the printers at SHRP. If you have any questions or have an issue printing, please contact the helpdesk at (601) 984-1145 or send an email to SHRPOnsiteSupport@umc.edu.
If you need assistance for any computer related issue or have any questions, please contact the service desk at (601) 984-1145 or 4-1145 while on campus. The Service Desk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When contacting the Service Desk, please be sure to include your student ID number, phone number, and email address.
Coursework will require ongoing use of a computer and a broadband connection to the Internet. Students, especially online students, will be expected to have a computer meeting the requirements below or purchase a computer meeting the minimum configurations required by their program. Cost of meeting this requirement should be included in your financial aid considerations.
Please verify specific computer requirements with your program. Most computers are capable of meeting the following general requirements. A student’s computer configuration should include:
Chromebooks are not fully supported devices for any program. You will be required to submit assignments that can be opened using MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. If you use a Chromebook, you must be able to convert your assignments to this format.
The School of Health Related Professions uses Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) software to deliver course content. Once you are enrolled in a course in Workday, visit the Canvas website to log in and retrieve course material. You will receive an email notifying you of enrollment in a course using Canvas.
How do I access Canvas? Go to https://umc.instructure.com and log in using full UMMC email address and UMMC network password.
Students in the online learning environment are expected to respect all who are participating in the learning community by:
The School of Health Related Professions will use Respondus Monitor for proctored testing in online courses. This software is provided at no additional cost to the students through UMMC. However, each student is responsible for a computer that meets system requirements, an external webcam, and reliable high-speed internet. Additional information regarding Respondus Monitor can be found within the Student Orientation Module in your Canvas course and in the Remote Proctored Testing Policy for the School of Health Related Professions located in PolicyTech.
UMMC faculty, staff and students will be notified of a campus emergency through the Alert U system. Alert U provides rapid notification of emergency messages via text messaging and e-mail. To receive alerts, students, faculty and staff must have a current cell phone number in Workday. To verify that your cell phone number is accurate, please visit Workday.
Alert U uses the Everbridge mobile safety app that allows students, faculty and staff to instantly contact UMMC Police, check in while on campus, and safely walk to and from parking areas by sharing a location trail in the app.
To learn more about Alert U, visit the Alert U page.
In the event of a medical emergency, faculty, staff, or students should dial 5-7777 and speak with the campus dispatcher. Additionally, notify the dean’s office at (601) 815-4026. The appropriate incident report should be completed within 24 hours and emailed to the dean’s office.
In the event of severe weather requiring immediate action, personnel in the dean’s office will contact departmental offices to indicate that severe weather procedures should be followed. Each departmental office will notify departmental faculty and staff.
Faculty, staff, and students should proceed to the nearest location as defined below:
Information in regards to defending against an Active Shooter (also known as Run, Hide, Fight) can be found on the UMMC Police and Public Safety Department website.
All numbers are (601) area code
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