University of Southern Mississippi senior Alesia Haynes of Kiln has peace of mind when she’s on campus. That’s because there’s a wide variety of resources available at the university to help her stay safe and healthy, and they’re listed in the university’s Safety Brochure.
Available in hard copy and online, the 2009 edition of The University of Southern Mississippi Safety Brochure is a comprehensive information resource for faculty, staff and students that includes helpful information and strategies to maintain a safe and healthy campus.
“As a student and a female, it’s reassuring to know who I need to go to for assistance with any concerns or issues involving personal safety and well-being,” she said.
Updated annually, the brochure is produced by University Police Department staff and other Southern Miss officials. It is available to members of the university community through the university’s Web site at http://www.usm.edu/pubs/safetycompliance/safety_compliance.pdf. Copies of the brochure may be obtained from the University Police Department lobby, located in Bond Hall on the north side of the Hattiesburg campus,
“We’re pleased to again offer this document to the campus community,” said Southern Miss Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Vrita Delaine. “We hope everyone will read it to learn about the resources we provide to make our campus a safe and healthy place to learn and work, and what they can do to help us protect them.”
The brochure has information about using the campus police escort service, the university’s alcohol and firearm policies and telephone numbers for alcohol and drug-abuse issues. Included are statistics of crimes committed in the previous three years on campus and in areas immediately surrounding the school.
“With this brochure, we have another resource at our disposal to help us meet our goals in keeping Southern Miss safe,” said Linda Parish of the University Police Department.
The brochure also features details about the Eagle Alert system which allows Southern Miss students, faculty and staff to receive time-sensitive information via text and voice messages to cell phones and home phones, in addition to e-mail, the university’s Web page and news media, among others.
Important emergency phone numbers, as well as information about services available from the Rape Crisis Center, area medical clinics and counseling services are in the brochure. University Police safety programs, including the escort service, are also covered, along with information about Rape Aggression Defense instruction.
Faculty, staff and students with drug and alcohol abuse concerns are urged to visit the Web site and brochure for referrals for assistance. Southern Miss students can take advantage of the university’s Student Counseling Service, located on the second floor of Kennard-Washington Hall. For other health-related issues, contact Southern Miss Health Services, located next to Kennard-Washington Hall, in person or by calling 601.266.5390.
Information on how to access statistics about registered sex offenders on the Internet through the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry can also be found in the brochure. To view these statistics, visit http://www.dps.state.ms.us.
Colleges and universities that participate in federal student financial aid programs are required by law to produce a brochure addressing safety issues, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, named for a Lehigh University student raped and killed in 1986 in her residence hall room.
To improve security at the school, Clery’s parents worked to make public crimes previously committed on the school’s campus through legislation. That led to the passage of the Jeanne Clery Act by the U.S. Congress, originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.
For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986 or Southern Miss Office of Student Affairs at 601.266.4025.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.