University of Southern Mississippi is again providing valuable personal
safety information on the Internet and in brochure form in support
of the university’s goal of making the campus a safe and secure
environment for students, faculty and staff.
The information on the Southern Miss Web site
and in the brochure, titled "Maintaining a Safe and Secure
Campus Environment," 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.
University officials, including University
Police Department staff, joined together to produce this year’s
"There is information in the brochure
that all students and employees of the university need to know,"
said Linda Parish of the University Police Department, who assists
annually in the production of the brochure.
Parish said the document 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.
“We encourage our campus community to
take advantage of this resource,” said Vrita Delaine, assistant
to the vice president for student affairs at Southern Miss.
Delaine also urged faculty, staff and students
who are confronting drug and alcohol issues to check information
on the Web site and brochure for referrals for assistance. If needed,
Southern Miss students should also to take advantage of counseling
services at the university’s Counseling Center, located on
the second floor of Kennard-Washington Hall.
The brochure 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.
Colleges and universities that participate
in federal student financial aid programs are required by law to
produce a brochure addressing safety issues, following the passage
of the Jeanne Clery Act.
Jeanne Clery 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.
A copy of the brochure may be obtained from
the Office of Student Affairs 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 then click on the "Safety Compliance Brochure"