Human Resources

University of Mississippi

Top 10 Policies – May 2017 Issue

Number 10:

Objectivity in Research policy provides standards for avoiding conflicts of interest when conducting research and guidelines for protecting the credibility and integrity of research at the University.

Number 9:

Could a decision I make appear to benefit me personally? The Conflict of Interest policy provides guidelines for determining whether an employee has a conflict of interest in regard to a business transaction or relationship.

Number 8 and Number 7:

Procurement card violations are serious. Anyone using a university procurement card (credit card) should review and understanding both of these policies: “Use of Procurement Card” and “Procurement Card Violations.”

Number 6:

Employees at the University are expected to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. This policy outlines some sources of information concerning
ethical standards on campus.  Code of Ethics and Conduct

Number 5:

The University of Mississippi’s goal is to ensure the safety of all university campuses, facilities, activities, and events so that students, employees (faculty and staff), and visitors can work, learn, and enjoy an environment free from violence and threats. The purpose of this newly established policy, Violence-Free Workplace, is to encourage all employees to report incidents of threats, aggression, and other prohibited behaviors and acts of any individual(s) on university properties to their immediate supervisor, University Police Department, and/or Human Resources. This policy lists prohibited conduct and outlines reporting responsibilities and procedures should a safety concern arise.

Number 4:

Considering working for extra spending money? If you would like to work after hours and weekend hours in a retail shop, sale and distribution products such as Mary Kay, Avon, CAbi, Juice Plus, jewelry, etc., teach at other institutions while teaching at the University, consult or participate in outside business ventures, check out the Non-Institutional Employment Practices policy. These are just a few examples of outside employment. Review the policy for a complete explanation of non-institutional (outside) employment and submit a form at the beginning of each fiscal year, July 1.

Number 3:

Are You Ready….for another holiday?! Nonexempt employees employed in benefit eligible positions who are assigned to work by their supervisor on an official holiday, such as Memorial Day on May 29th, should be paid one and one-half times their regular rate in addition to the holiday pay, which is eight hours. However, if an employee should prefer time off within the holiday period, it may be granted at the option of the department head on an hour-for-hour basis. Learn more about “Holiday Pay.

Number 2:

We are here to serve. University employees have the responsibility to serve the University as they would serve any other efficient and progressive organization, and to give courteous service to students, faculty and visitors on campus. Learn more about the “Employee Responsibilities” policy.

And the Number 1 Policy is (wait for it)…

Performance management!  The Annual Performance Appraisal policy has been updated and is now simply title, Performance Management.  A supervisor and a staff member (non-faculty personnel) should have frequent candid discussions about performance expectations, actual performance, and future development. The comparison of actual performance with expectations and standards serves as a basis for recognizing accomplishments, fueling performance, and planning for continued progress and improvement where deficiencies may be found.  Performance Reviews are due Wednesday, May 31st. More Info


These and all policies may be found at

The University complies with all applicable laws regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity in all its activities and programs and does not discriminate against anyone protected by law because of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, status as a veteran or disabled veteran or genetic information. More information

For more information please contact the Andrea Jekabsons at 662-915-1530.