Student housing is an important service rendered by any college. Consequently, Millsaps emphasizes the learning process that takes place within the residence halls. The residence life program is administered by a team of student life professionals and student paraprofessional. Housing assignments for new students are made by the Student Life staff in late June and are determined by several factors, including roommate preference and information provided on the housing preference sheet. It is imperative that only the student fill out the housing sheet and submit the completed application by the date noted on the secure website.
Millsaps is a residential college based upon the belief that a significant amount of learning and growth takes place outside of the classroom. As such, a residency requirement has been established. All students classified by credit units as freshmen or sophomores are required to live in college residence halls. Exceptions to this policy may be granted if the student is married or lives with his or her immediate family in the Jackson area. Freshmen are not allowed to live in a fraternity house during the academic year. Sophomores who have a desire to reside in a fraternity house must receive approval from the Dean of Students or designee before they may occupy a room .
Residence hall rooms, with the exception of Charles, Susanna, and John Halls, are designed to house two individuals each; single rooms, when available, are limited. Therefore, students should plan accordingly. Those students wishing to room together must make their request known on their housing applications. Individuals without roommates will be paired based on the information provided on their housing preference sheet. Assignments for upper class students are made in the spring. The process is arranged through Student Life, and students’ classification factors into the rankings and selection procedures. Students can contact their Resident Assistant or Student Life (601-974-1200) for more information. Room rent cannot be refunded after the semester begins.
Current students who have become academically ineligible before the beginning of the fall semester will, if readmitted, be put on a waiting list for room assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate their housing needs with Student Life and acquire written confirmation that an assignment has been made.
During the academic year, residence halls and fraternity houses will be closed for winter break. Students may not stay or access the residential facilities during that intersession period, unless approved in advance by Student Life. The college reserves the right to assess a daily fee, not exceeding $40 per day, when requests to remain or arrive early are granted for a particular intersession period. Students will have to register with Student Life of they choose to stay on campus during fall break and spring break. Belongings may be left in assigned rooms during the aforementioned breaks, but must be removed at the conclusion of the spring term when the residence hall and fraternity houses close for the summer. Students should arrange for off-campus storage as the college does not provide this service.
Dates and times of hall closings and openings are listed on the housing contract and academic calendar, and will be posted by Student Life. Students may also obtain this information by calling the Division of Student Life at 601-974-1200.
Wesson Health Services
Millsaps College offers a comprehensive health care program for its students. This program is administered through the College nurse, who works with physicians to provide health and emergency care for students. The physicians hold clinic on campus during the week. Students should contact the College nurse at 601-974-1207 for more information regarding the various services provided.
Because counseling is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth, such guidance is offered through Counseling Services. The counselor can assist students in enhancing academic performance by helping them improve study skill techniques such as time management, note taking, problem solving, and test-taking. Help is also available for students wishing to engage in self-exploration and goal-setting; to discuss relationships, stress reduction, or other personal concerns; and to obtain information about other campus or community resources. Referrals to professionals or treatment programs off campus will be made when appropriate. The Counseling Center is located in the Student Life suite on the third floor of the Campbell College Center. Call 601-974-1206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential appointment with a counselor.
Religious life at Millsaps College centers on the faith communities in and around Jackson, as well as the Office of the Chaplain and denominational groups on campus. Area churches, temples, and mosques provide communities of faith, which include students, faculty, and staff. Independent and denominational campus ministry groups provide on campus opportunities for worship, study, fellowship, and interfaith dialogue.
In addition to interfaith and ecumenical dialogues and projects, other student religious organizations operating on campus include the Canterbury Club, the Catholic Student Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Islamic Cultural Organization, the Jewish Cultural Organization, Millsaps Christian Fellowship, Progressive Christians, InterVarsity, and the Wesley Connexion. Both on campus sponsors and individuals from local congregations work with denominational groups on campus. Additionally, the McNair Fund for Christian Missions assists with stipends for international mission opportunities.
The Chaplain and Director of Church Relations serves as a liaison with local churches, the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, and other denominations. The Office of the Chaplain also oversees the work of the Center for Ministry, a shared ministry between the College and the Mississippi United Methodist Conference, which focuses on developing lay and clergy leaders through lifelong learning. Contact the College Chaplain at email@example.com or at 601-974-1226 for more information about religious life and campus ministry at Millsaps.
The athletics policy of Millsaps College is based on the premise that athletics exists for the benefit of the students and not primarily to enhance the prestige and publicity of the College.
Varsity athletics conducted in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and fair play can make a significant contribution to the complete physical, emotional, moral, and mental development of an individual. They are thus an integral part of the educational process. Millsaps College sponsors 18 varsity sports, nine for men and nine for women. The programs for men include football, basketball, baseball, cross-country, tennis, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and track and field. The programs for women include basketball, tennis, soccer, cross-country, volleyball, golf, softball, swimming and diving, and track and field. In addition, a non-competitive cheerleading squad provides students with an additional outlet for athletic participation.
The programs are conducted under guidelines established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for Division III institutions and the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).
Those who participate in intercollegiate athletics are required to observe and maintain the same academic standards as other students.
The Maurice H. Hall Activities Center, a gym and fitness center available for campus-wide use, was constructed in 2000. At 63,330 square feet, the building contains a fitness center with a basketball court, a cardio theater and aerobics room, a full array of fitness and weight training equipment, and a racquetball/handball court.
“Bobashela,” the student yearbook of Millsaps College, gives an annual comprehensive view of campus life. Bobashela is a Choctaw word for “good friend.”
“Purple & White,” the official online student newspaper of Millsaps College, is edited, managed, and written by students. The P&W provides coverage of Millsaps events, and serves as a general campus forum.
“Stylus,” the student literary magazine of Millsaps College, publishes once a year the best poetry, short stories, essays, and art once a year submitted by Millsaps students.
The Music Department offers multiple opportunities for all students regardless of level or major to study and perform, both on and off campus. Private studio lessons are available in composition, voice or instruments such as piano, organ, guitar, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. A variety of music history and theory courses are also available to all students. In addition, students may audition to participate in several ensemble groups, as detailed below.
The oldest music performance organization at the College is the Millsaps Singers. Each year this choir performs a variety of accompanied and a cappella music for the College and community. Music for Singers includes a highly diverse repertoire from well-known masterworks to recent additions to the choral repertory. Academic credit is awarded for participation each semester.
Chamber Singers is selected by audition from the Millsaps Singers. Membership in this 12 voice choir carries a performance scholarship in recognition of the travel and performance responsibilities of the ensemble. Recent tours have taken the Chamber Singers to San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis, Orlando, New York, Atlanta, and Charleston. The group has toured Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, and Ireland.
Academic credit is awarded following the second semester of participation or Spring term.
Instrumental ensembles are open to all Millsaps students. The Millsaps Jazz Ensemble is the larger instrumental ensemble, and is open to all students. A background in jazz is not required. Performances include venues both on the Millsaps campus and in the greater Jackson area. The Millsaps Percussion Ensemble is open to all students interested in developing the skill and flexibility to perform on a variety of percussion instruments in an ensemble setting. Major Pep, the Millsaps Pep Band, performs at the Major’s home football games during fall semesters. Students who have a background in marching band will find Major Pep a familiar experience, but all students are welcome to join. Small string, wind, and other chamber ensembles are also available. Academic credit is awarded for participation each semester.
Music majors, minors, and concentrators can become eligible for membership in Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity. Mu Phi Epsilon fosters scholarship, musicianship, and friendship through service to the school and community. Members may apply for scholarships, grants, and awards and friendship through service to the school and community.
Millsaps College currently has more than 30 registered student organizations. Organizations vary in their individual purposes but all serve to contribute to the educational mission and purpose of the College. Contact the Division of Student Life to obtain a complete list of registered student organizations or to start a new organization. The following pages provide a listing and description of some of the organizations currently active on campus.
Art Club: student organization that celebrates art in all its forms.
Black Student Union (BSU): offers an outlet for students of color to belong to a recognized organization that offers positive support and focuses on the constructive richness that the African-American heritage has contributed throughout American history.
Bobashela: Millsaps College Yearbook.
Canterbury Club: supports the spiritual growth of Millsaps students by providing opportunities for worship, fellowship, and service in the Episcopal tradition.
Catholic Student Association: outreach group for Catholic students at Millsaps College.
Classics Club: strives to provide a forum for the discussion and discovery of Classical Studies.
College Republicans: seeks to make known and promote Republican principles and aid in the election of Republican candidates on all levels.
Enable America: student organization that promotes and advocates for the rights and services of people with disabilities.
Feminist Club: promotes feminism, gender, and gender non-conforming awareness and equity on campus.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes: strives to spread Christ’s news among student athletes.
Intercultural Student Organization (ISO): strives to create awareness around intercultural programs and initiatives, and assists in the coordination of Millsaps Intercultural Week.
Jewish Culture Organization (JCO): member of Hillel International, JCO is for Jewish students and those interested in Jewish culture. It meets regularly for Jewish holidays and sponsors social, educational, and service events on campus and in the community.
Major Havoc: student-led organization that performs between three and five plays for the Millsaps community each year. It is open to any interested Millsaps student and allows anyone the opportunity to direct, act, and produce the performances.
Millsaps College Mock Trial: provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the United States legal system, jurisprudence, and the skills necessary to defend or prosecute a case in a courtroom setting.
Millsaps International Buddy System (MIBS): peer mentoring group that works with international students, programs, and services.
Millsaps Masala: promotes intercultural relations among students of diverse backgrounds as well as any other students interested in promoting cultural unity and diversity. Masala strives to increase cultural awareness by creating programs that celebrate the presence of international students on the Millsaps College campus.
Millsaps Majority: student organization that focuses on supporting all Millsaps athletics teams.
Millsaps PRIDE: organization for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies that provides support and programs throughout the year. Assists Student Life in the coordination and implementation of Safe Space Training.
Millsaps Young Democrats (MYD): pledges itself to support the beliefs and candidates of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, the College Dems declares its intention to support all efforts to increase the involvement of college students in Democratic affairs.
Muslim Student Association: serves as a means for religious and cultural expression and identity between both Muslim and non-Muslim students.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): advocates for mental health awareness and education.
Phi Alpha Theta: aims to develop a closer community among students interested in history. Members discuss historical incidents, watch films, and take excursions to local historical sights.
Political Science Club: aims to create a forum through which politics, issues of policy, and questions of government may be debated and discussed.
Presidential Ambassadors: assists the Admissions office in recruiting students.
Programs and Activities Council (PAC): campus programming board. Members select, organize and host events for the campus including concerts, outdoor movies, talent shows, and more. This is the programming branch of the Student Body Association.
Psychology Club: seeks to keep Millsaps psychology students informed and educated on topics related to the study and application of psychology.
S.L.A.C.K.E.R. (Society for Learning All Cosmic Knowledge of Epistemology and Religion): provides a platform for students and faculty to discuss global religious and cultural issues.
Society for the Advancement of the Electronic Culture (SAEC): allows students interested in video games, the Internet, TV, and film to discuss and enjoy their hobbies.
Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) Club: organization for Millsaps College students majoring in, or with interest in, sociology and anthropology.
Spanish Club: promotes the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
Student Body Association (SBA): membership is composed of all regularly enrolled undergraduate students of Millsaps College. Those taking at least three courses, or part-time students who pay the SBA fee, have full power of voting. The SBA is governed by the Student Senate, the Student Judicial Council, and SBA officers.
Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS): serves the Millsaps community and the Jackson area by encouraging interest in chemistry.
The Collective at Millsaps: Pinelake Church’s campus ministries affiliate at Millsaps College.
Wesley Connexion: gathering of United Methodist students for fellowship, worship, study, and service. The group meets midweek to share a meal and Holy Communion, and holds a Sunday night Bible study as well.
Fraternities and Sororities
Millsaps College Fraternity and Sorority Life is comprised of six fraternities and six sororities at Millsaps College. All chapters are members of well-established national and/or international organizations.
The fraternities are Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
The sororities are Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Phi Mu.
Policies governing fraternity and sorority life are formulated and implemented by the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council.
Questions regarding Millsaps College Fraternity and Sorority Life may be directed to the Division of Student Life.
Eligibility for membership in sororities and fraternities is governed by the following regulations:
- General Conditions for Membership Recruitment/Intake
- Only Millsaps College bona fide regular students (carrying at least three courses) may be pledged and initiated. Activity classes do not count toward this requirement.
- A student may not be pledged to a fraternity or sorority until official registration for classes has been cleared by the Office of Records.
- Chapters initiating new members during the fall semester must obtain approval from the Division of Student Life.
- Scholastic Requirements
- Students involved in fraternity and sorority life must meet the individual organization of membership academic requirements.
- Fraternities require organizations to meet a 2.75 cumulative GPA, while sororities require between a 2.50 and 2.80 GPA to remain in good academic standing with the organization.
- There is no minimum GPA for a student to pursue the recruitment and/or intake process for becoming a member of a Millsaps College fraternity or sorority.
Note: Individual organizations may have higher and/or additional standards for admission.
Because they are members of an academic community dedicated to the achievement of excellence, students at Millsaps College are expected to meet the highest standards of personal, ethical, and moral conduct possible. The commitment of its faculty, staff, and students to these standards contributes to the high respect in which a Millsaps degree is held. Students must not destroy that respect by failure to meet these standards.
The college has the responsibility and authority to establish standards for scholarship, student conduct, and campus life. Therefore, it cannot condone violations of local, state, or federal laws or conduct detrimental to its students or to the college. Students, as adults, are presumed to know the law as to illegal conduct prohibited by municipal, state, or federal law and are governed thereby. In addition, students failing to follow the direction of a college official, who is acting within the scope of her or his responsibilities, may be subject to disciplinary action.
The college expects students to be concerned with the physical and psychological well-being of others, and cannot condone behavior that exploits another individual. Students and organizations are expected to comply with rules concerning the academic, social, and residential life of the college. They are expected to comply with directions of College officials. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests while on Millsaps property and/or at Millsaps functions.
The Millsaps Student Conduct System has been put in place to ensure the protection and preservation of an academic environment on campus where all students are free to pursue their educational goals. The system encourages students to become better citizens and live up to the highest standard of behavior expected of all Millsaps students. Millsaps students are expected to act with honesty and integrity in personal, social, and academic relationships and with consideration and concern for the community, its members, and its property. The system emphasizes education by focusing on growth and development of the individual student, encouraging self-discipline and fostering a respect for others.
The Millsaps Student Conduct System is not intended to mirror any court system. The policies and procedures used are not meant to resemble those in the criminal process. There is a fundamental difference in the nature of student discipline and that of criminal law. Student discipline is meant to maintain a positive living and learning environment. The process is designed to help students make positive choices for themselves, choosing self-responsibility instead of submitting to peer pressure, and to challenge them to accept responsibility for negative choices.
Millsaps College is an educational institution dedicated to a strong academic program and to providing a caring community. The College strives to help its students become self-directed, responsible citizens. The college’s alcohol policy is intended to assist in the creation of a campus environment where students have the opportunity to learn how to deal responsibly, both individually and socially, with alcoholic beverages
Millsaps College does not encourage the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Members and guests of the Millsaps College community who are of legal drinking age (21 years old) and choose to consume alcoholic beverages are expected to do so responsibly and in consideration of the consequences to self, others, and the community at large. Any consumption of alcohol must be done within the limits of the applicable laws and relevant College policies.
All members of the campus community are expected to recognize the potential for alcohol abuse and that abuse of alcohol is absolutely at variance with the mission of the College. Persons who infringe upon the rights of others or who conduct themselves in an inappropriate manner that is caused by or can be shown to be related to the consumption of alcohol shall be held accountable for their actions and subject to disciplinary and/or criminal action.
The regulations and practices governing the use of alcoholic beverages apply to all members of the Millsaps College community. The primary responsibility for knowing and abiding by the provisions of the College’s alcoholic beverage policy rests with each individual.
The College cannot condone violations of federal, state, or local laws regarding any illegal drugs, narcotics, or dangerous substances. The use, possession, or distribution of such substances, except as expressly permitted by law, is not permitted.
Any member of the Millsaps community who is charged with sexual misconduct may be prosecuted under Mississippi criminal statutes. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the College can pursue disciplinary action. This disciplinary action could range from probation to expulsion from the College. Additionally, the College may elect to suspend the accused during the investigation.
Millsaps has an obligation to uphold the laws of the larger community of which it is a part. While activities covered by state and federal laws and those covered by the Colleges rules may overlap, those laws and the Colleges rules operate independently and do not substitute for each other.
Millsaps College may pursue enforcement of its own rules whether or not legal proceedings are under way or in prospect, and may use information from third party sources, such as law enforcement agencies and the courts, to determine whether College rules have been broken. Millsaps College will make no attempt to shield members in the College community from the law, nor will it intervene in legal proceedings on behalf of a member of the community. Membership in the Millsaps community does not exempt anyone from local, state, or federal laws, but rather imposes the additional obligation to abide by all of Millsaps College’s regulations.
Survivors are encouraged to inform the College so that immediate action can be taken to protect the survivor as well as others in the college community. College disciplinary proceedings do not follow the same rigid procedures as criminal cases, and discipline may be imposed upon a finding of clear and convincing evidence of violation of College rules.
Reports concerning sexual assault should be made without fear of self-incrimination concerning violations of visitation or alcohol policies. If a student has already been caught violating the visitation or alcohol policy and the violation is connected with a report of sexual misconduct, the visitation or alcohol violation remains a separate issue. If a student reports sexual misconduct and a violation of the visitation or alcohol policy was not already reported, the student cannot self-incriminate.
A member of the Millsaps community who wishes for the college to consider disciplinary action should contact one of the following informed College representatives:
- The Director of Campus Safety (601-974-1180)
- The Dean of Students (601-974-1200)
After one of these representatives has been contacted, that representative must inform the college’s Title IX Coordinator that a potential violation has occurred. In compliance with federal and state guidance, the Title IX Coordinator will initiate an initial investigation proceed per the college’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Students responsible for serious and/or multiple infractions of College regulations may be subject to disciplinary action including social probation, disciplinary probation, disciplinary suspension, or disciplinary expulsion. The Student Conduct Review Council may enact social probation or disciplinary probation and may forward a recommendation for disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion to the President. The President and/or the Provost and Dean of the College may enact any of these sanctions when warranted.
Social probation is a warning to a student regarding conduct standards. Its primary purpose is to serve as a period of time in which a student is asked to prove responsibility to himself/herself and the College. The terms of social probation include, but are not limited to, prohibiting said student from participating in extracurricular campus activities such as fraternity/sorority social activities and intramural and varsity sports. In addition, a student may hold no office of campus leadership. When an organization is placed on social probation, the organization may not sponsor social activities in the name of the organization, or in a manner that could reasonably be interpreted as sponsorship by the organization, for the period of the social probation.
Disciplinary probation is the most serious penalty, short of suspension and expulsion, that can be incurred by a student. During a period of disciplinary probation, any further infraction of College regulations will render the student liable to suspension or expulsion.
Disciplinary Suspension and Disciplinary Expulsion
Unfortunately, there are times when a student’s conduct is deemed to require the most serious penalty to be exacted by officials of the College. This action may result from a series of less severe actions or from particularly egregious behavior, as determined by College officials. Disciplinary suspension is a decision to temporarily discharge a student. The student will receive grades of W for the semester.
Disciplinary expulsion is a decision to permanently discharge a student from the college. The student will receive failing “F” grades for the semester. When student behavior warrants either disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion, the student’s financial status will be treated as if the student withdrew. (See financial regulations section.)
Ethical Use Computing Policy
The computing facilities at Millsaps College include computers, computer accounts, printers, networks, software, electronic mail, telephones, and telephone systems. These information technology solutions are provided to students, faculty, and staff for educational, research, and administrative activities related to the college. Students, faculty, and staff are required to utilize these systems in an efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Use of these facilities must be consistent with College standards as stated in Major Facts and the honor code. Access to the computing facilities is a privilege, not a right.
By logging onto the system, the user agrees that he/she has read this document and will abide by these guidelines. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in action by the College as described below.
- Users may only use those computer accounts or facilities they have been authorized to use by the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). A user may not use a computer account assigned to another person. Access granted to computer resources through the negligence or naivety of another user is not considered authorized use.
- Computing facilities are to be used for instruction, academics, research and administrative functions. The computing facilities may not be used for commercial purposes or monetary gain. This includes any personal equipment connected to the Millsaps network.
- Individuals are responsible for all use of their computer accounts and equipment. This includes the content of e-mail messages, cloud storage, and computer files.
- Fraudulent, illegal, harassing, embarrassing, obscene, indecent, profane, inappropriate, or intimidating materials cannot be sent, printed, requested, displayed, or stored.
- Users are prohibited from reading, modifying, deleting, or copying another user’s e-mail. Users are also prohibited from sending unsolicited junk mail, chain letters, and for-profit messages.
- Users may not search for, access, or copy directories, programs, files, or data not belonging to them, without expressed authorization to do so.
- No one should attempt to modify system facilities, “crash” any computing system, degrade system performance, or subvert the restrictions associated with computer accounts. The willful introduction of computer “viruses” or other disruptive/destructive programs into the Millsaps computing environment or external networks is prohibited.
- Users may not extend the college’s network with the public or other users beyond what has been configured by ITS. Users are not permitted to connect any network devices or systems (e.g. switches, routers, wireless access points, security cameras, VPNs and/or firewalls) to the college’s network. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by requesting consultation with ITS.
As users have access to other computers and networks, the following is also applicable: use of computing systems in attempting to gain unauthorized access to remote systems, decryption of system/ user password(s), or modify authorized privilege levels are not permitted.
Millsaps College is bound by Title 17 of the United States Code on Copyrights and supports the provisions contained therein. Individuals are likewise bound by copyright laws. The College endorses and supports the EDUCAUSE Code on Software and Intellectual Rights. Various software packages have been licensed to Millsaps College for use. However, neither the College nor its employees own this software or documentation. Material cannot be copied without specific authorization by the software company.
Millsaps College does not condone the illegal or unauthorized duplication or use of software. Every person who uses College computing equipment or any computer while on College property or conducting College business is individually responsible for complying with all copyright laws and software licensing agreements.
Millsaps College recognizes and endorses the privacy of individuals in using the computing facilities and will use good faith in preventing privacy abuses. Users are advised, however, that Millsaps College is a private institution that must protect the integrity and safety of the College and its computing facilities, employees, and students. On occasion, authorized individuals of the College may be required to examine files maintained on the College’s computer facilities. For example, the ITS personnel must have access to all files to provide maintenance, data storage, security of information systems, and software auditing. Additionally, the College reserves the right to authorize or require special examination of computer files if the College determines the action appropriate.
Abuse of computing privileges and any violations of the guidelines and policies established by the College will be considered as serious matters. Infractions may result in:
- loss of use privileges
- referral to the Honors Council
- referral to the Judicial Council
- disciplinary sanctions
- dismissal from the College
- termination of employment
- legal action
- criminal proceedings
During any investigation, the College reserves the right to suspend computing privileges pending a final determination by the College.