- Valuable information regarding security on The University of Southern
Mississippi campus is available to members of the university community
on the Internet and in brochure form.
shows how to use the campus police escort service and contains information
about the university's alcohol and firearm policies. It also has
telephone numbers for alcohol and drug-abuse issues, among others.
Included are statistics of crimes committed in the previous three
years on campus and in areas immediately surrounding the school.
sure our campus is as safe and secure as it can be is one of our
top priorities," said Vrita Delaine, assistant vice president
for student affairs at Southern Miss.
officials, including University Police Department staff, joined
together to produce this year's brochure. Colleges and universities
that participate in federal student financial aid programs are required
by law to produce the document, following the passage of the Jeanne
was a Lehigh University student who was raped and killed in her
dorm room in 1986. Her parents sought to make public previous crimes
that had been committed on the school's campus - but had not been
reported - as a way to help students become more security conscious.
The Clerys joined with other campus crime victims to persuade Congress
to pass the act, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness
and Campus Security Act of 1990."
is information in the brochure that all students and employees of
the university need to know," said Linda Parish of the University
Police Department, a member of a team of university personnel who
produced this year's edition of the brochure.
the brochure also includes important emergency phone numbers, as
well as information about services available from the Rape Crisis
Center, area medical clinics and counseling services. University
Police safety programs, including the escort service, are also covered
in the brochure along with information about the popular RAD (Rape
Aggression Defense) classes.
also contains information on how to access statistics about registered
sex offenders on the Internet through the Mississippi Sex Offender
Registry at www.dps.state.ms.us.
A copy of the
brochure may also be obtained from the Student Affairs office in
the R.C. Cook University Union, Room 219, or at the University Police
Department, located on the first floor of Bond Hall. To access the
brochure on the Southern Miss Web site, go to www.usm.edu,
click on the publications link and from there click on the Safety
Compliance Brochure link.