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Guiding Statements

UM 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.

UM Mission Statement

The University of Mississippi’s mission is to create, evaluate, share and apply knowledge in a free, open and inclusive environment of intellectual inquiry.

Building upon a distinguished foundation in the liberal arts, the state’s oldest university serves the people of Mississippi and the world through a breadth of academic, research and professional programs.

The University of Mississippi provides an academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking; encourages intellectual depth and creativity; challenges and inspires a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate and professional students; provides enriching opportunities outside the classroom; supports lifelong learning; and develops a sense of global responsibility.

UM Core Values

In pursuing its mission, the University of Mississippi:

  • Reaffirms its identity and purpose as fundamentally academic
  • Nurtures excellence in teaching, learning, creativity and research
  • Provides the best and most accessible undergraduate education in the state of Mississippi
  • Offers high quality graduate and professional programs
  • Protects academic freedom and cultivates individual integrity and academic honesty
  • Promotes inclusiveness in its student body, faculty and staff
  • Requires respect for all individuals and groups
  • Fosters a civil community of shared governance and collaborative endeavors
  • Practices good stewardship of its resources
  • Devotes its knowledge and abilities to serve the state and the world
  • Honors the dignity of all employees and compensates them fairly