The University of Southern Mississippi fosters an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community. The University is committed to maintaining an educational and work environment free of sexual misconduct. It is the policy of the University that no member of its community shall engage in sexually harassing or sexually violent behavior toward another.
The term “sexual misconduct” describes a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to:
- Non-consensual sexual intercourse
- Non-consensual sexual contact
- Sexual exploitation
- Sexual harassment
- Dating/relationship violence
- Domestic violence; and
The University of Southern Mississippi strongly encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct. Reporting provides resources to victims and contributes to keeping the campus safe.
If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct, you should report the incident(s) to the University Title IX Coordinator or to the University Police Department. Such incidents may violate the University’s sexual misconduct policy as well as the law. As a result, the University encourages individuals to pursue their complaints through the University’s process for sexual misconduct and if they choose, through the criminal justice system.
If an individual makes a report to the University Police Department, the University Police will notify the Title IX Coordinator of the report. If the individual reports first to the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the person with making a report to the University Police Department, if he/she chooses to do so.
Unless designated as a confidential resource, all University employees are required to report incidents of possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Additionally, employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report possible sexual misconduct to the University Police.
The University prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or witnesses an incident of possible sexual misconduct.