As we head to the polls for the 56th presidential election in our country’s history, it is an exciting time, especially for many of our students who will be casting their first-ever votes. We also recognize that for many in our community, there is significant anxiety, fear, and uncertainty associated with this election.
Many students, faculty, and staff have worked diligently in recent weeks to encourage everyone to vote and to respect the opinions and perspectives of others. I applaud and support their work.
These individuals and groups, together with the university leadership, call upon our community to support each other during and after the election. The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our top priority. We will not tolerate violent or threatening behavior. Any concerns about the health and safety of any faculty, staff, or student should be reported to the University Police Department at 662-915-7234.
Higher education has a crucial role in addressing the challenges we face together. Here at the University of Mississippi, we embody our commitments to one another in the UM Creed. As this election season concludes, we must let the Creed guide our way so that we approach each other with respect, with dignity, and with civility. By following the Creed, we can model how to have the respectful discussions, in person and online, that we must have as a family, a community, and a country.
I extend my appreciation to the following groups who devoted much time and energy to this important effort:
Associated Student Body
Black Student Union
Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement
Department of Political Science
Fraternity & Sorority Life Councils
Graduate Student Council
Office of the Dean of Students
Office of the Student Union
Residential Hall Association
UM Counseling Center