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Frequently Asked Questions
Associated Accounting Student Body
The purpose of Associated Accounting Student Body is to familiarize students with the accounting profession, enhance understanding between faculty and students, work with the administration in all matters affecting the welfare of accounting students, and to promote the School of Accountancy and all of its programs. Any student who is duly registered in the School of Accountancy pre-accountancy or professional programs, or any student who is duly registered in the graduate program specializing in accountancy, shall be deemed an eligible member of this organization.
Beta Alpha Psi is a national scholastic and professional fraternity for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of the fraternity is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility. Visit bap.org for the national BAP Web site.
Tau Alpha Chi
Tau Alpha Chi is a professional organization established to promote scholastic excellence in the field of taxation. Founded in 1983 at Georgia State University, Tau Alpha Chi has initiated more than 1,000 members. Membership is open to undergraduate, graduate and law students with a common interest—the area of taxation. Visit taualphachi.org.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $40,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Patterson School of Accountancy students volunteer to provide free income tax assistance through a local VITA site. The students receive income tax training so that they may prepare basic tax returns for needy individuals. To learn more about the program, visit www.irs.gov or contact the Office of the Dean.
How do I change my major?
To change your major, you need to go to the dean’s office of the school to which you wish to change and declare your new major. Be sure to bring copies of all transcripts with you to the dean’s office.
Some schools have requirements you must meet to change to a major within them. The School of Accountancy requires currently enrolled UM students to have a residence (UM course work only) GPA and an overall (includes transfer work) GPA of at least 2.0 to be admitted into one of the degree programs in our school.
If you wish to add a second degree, you will need to go to the dean's office of the school at which you would like to pursue your second degree. Be sure to notify the dean’s office that you are working on more than one degree. The student information system will list you in both majors but will only show the first school you were in, as well as the first adviser to whom you were assigned. Although you may have your advising hold lifted by your original adviser, it is strongly recommended that you see an adviser in both of your majors each semester to make sure that you stay on track with your course requirements for each major.
At some point before registration opens for the next semester, an adviser hold is placed on each student’s account. To have that hold lifted so that you can register, you must see the academic adviser in the dean’s office to help you make out a schedule for the upcoming semester.
Any student may drop or add a course online using his or her WebID provided this is done before the drop/add deadlines. These deadlines are very important to keep in mind. They may be found on the Office of the Registrar’s home page under the heading Academic Calendars.
After the final day for course withdrawals, as posted by the Office of the Registrar, the decision to allow a student to drop a course rests with his or her academic dean. No accountancy student will be permitted to withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline except for a documented extreme and unavoidable emergency as deemed appropriate by the Office of the Dean of the School of Accountancy.
If you wish to take courses at another institution during the summer while you are at home, you must first obtain permission from the dean's office. You will be given a form to fill out in which you will provide the name of the institution you wish to attend, as well as the numbers of the courses in which you wish to enroll.
A few UM policies are important to remember, however, regarding transfer courses:
Our office recommends that students request a degree audit during the first semester of the senior year to verify the remaining degree requirements.The academic adviser can review your records to determine how close you are to graduating. We also strongly suggest that you review the audit with your academic adviser.
During the first semester of the senior year, graduating seniors will receive a degree audit during their advising appointment. Once students know that they will graduate the following semester, they will submit an online diploma application through MyOleMiss and will need to do so before the deadline determined by the Office of the Registrar. If a student is not authorized to complete the application, he or she will need to contact the adviser in the dean’s office.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) is a federal law that governs access to students’ education records. This law grants students guaranteed access to their educational records; such access includes the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to obtain copies of the records (a copying fee may be charged), and the right to challenge or supplement information on file to prevent flawed interpretation. Certain records (i.e., medical records) are not deemed to be educational records and are therefore not accessible to students. Additionally, the Buckley Amendment prohibits the disclosure of “personally identifiable information” to third parties without the prior written consent of the student. Exceptions may be made only for university officials and others with legitimate educational interests. The university may disclose “directory information” unless the student notifies the university to the contrary. Directory information is defined as a student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, student activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended by the student. You may access your privacy preferences through MyOleMiss. If you have questions about the law or want more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 662-915-7226.
Under certain conditions, University of Mississippi seniors within 15 semester hours of the bachelor’s degree may enroll for a maximum of 3 semester hours of graduate courses at the 500 level. Seniors within 12 semester hours of the bachelor’s degree may enroll for a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate courses at the 500 level on which graduate credit will be given toward a degree program in the Graduate School. The conditions are that the student must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and be otherwise qualified for admission to the Graduate School; that these courses must not be counted towards satisfying the requirements for the bachelor’s degree; and that the department chair concerned and the dean of the Graduate School must have approved the courses for graduate credit before the undergraduate enrolls in them. In no case may more than 6 semester hours be earned by an undergraduate for graduate credit. Courses taken by undergraduates for graduate credit must be designated with the suffix G. Under no circumstances may undergraduates enroll in courses at the 600 level or above. Students must file the Reserve Graduate Credit form prior to the semester during which they take the course; this form can be found on the Graduate School Web site: www.olemiss.edu/depts/graduate_school/.
For any courses you wish to take abroad, you must obtain an application form from the Study Abroad office and follow the procedure for submitting that form.