Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, commonly referred to as the "Clery Act," is a federal law that requires each university receiving federal financial aid to annually compile and report specified crime and fire statistics for the university campus and to provide other safety and crime information to members of the campus community. The purpose of this Combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is to describe to the University of Southern Mississippi (faculty, staff, and students) the policies and procedures which support and comply with the various Clery Act requirements.

A notice is mailed annually to students and employees advising them that the report can be accessed on the UPD website. Hard copies of the report may also be obtained from the University Police Department located in Bond Hall, First Floor West or the Dean of Student’s Office located in the Union 2nd floor. Prospective students and employees are afforded the same information at the time they obtain an application for admission or employment. Any person may have access to this report.

Compilation of information for this report as well as criminal statistical data as required by the Act is accomplished through cooperative efforts with Dean of Students Office, Office of Human Resources, the Admissions Office, the Department of Fire Safety, the Department of Resident Life, the Department of Career Services, Deans, the Athletic Department, Advisors to student organizations, and numerous other university departments. Physicians and counselors from University Health and Counseling Center encourage victims of criminal offenses to report their circumstance to the University Police. Crimes may be reported to any of the departments mentioned above.

Criminal statistics for off-campus properties owned or controlled by the University or recognized student organizations, and public property immediately adjacent to the campus are obtained from the local law enforcement agencies.

Campus Security Authority

A Campus Security Authority is any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal activity.


Campus Security Authorities include the following:
1. A campus police department or campus security department of the university
2. Any individual who has responsibility for campus security but who is not a member of the campus police department or the campus
security department
3. Any individual specified in the university’s statement of campus security policy as an individual to which students and employees
should report criminal offenses
4. Any individual of the university who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities

The following individuals are designated as Campus Security Authorities for the Hattiesburg campus:

UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Chief of Police
  • All Sworn Police Officers
  • All Communication Officers
  • Campus Security Officers (CSO)

ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

  • Director of Athletic Programs
  • Senior Associates of Athletic Programs
  • Associate Directors of Athletic Programs
  • Head Coaches for Athletic Teams
  • Assistant Coaches for Athletic Teams
  • Assistant Directors of Athletic Programs

PHYSICAL PLANT

  • Director of Fire Safety
  • Director of Custodial Services
  • Supervisor of Custodial Services

COLLEGES

  • Deans of Colleges
  • Assistant Deans of Colleges
  • Chairs of Departments
  • Academic Advisors
  • Commanding Officers of Military Studies

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

  • Dean of Student’s Office
  • Director of Career Services
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Associate Directors of Residence Life
  • Residence Life Coordinators
  • Assistant Directors of Residence Life
  • Hall Directors of Residence Life
  • Assistant Hall Directors
  • Office of Student-Oriented Services
  • Enrollment Management Area
  • Director of Health Services
  • Interim Director of Parking
  • Director of Disability Accommodations
  • Director of Recreational Sports
  • Associate Directors of Recreational Sports
  • Assistant Directors of Recreational Sports
  • Assistant Dean for Greek Life
  • Greek Life Coordinator

The following individuals are designated as Campus Security Authorities for the Gulf Park campus
and other teaching sites:

CAMPUS MANAGEMENT

  • Director of Campus Management
  • Campus Security

COLLEGES

  • Deans
  • Associate Deans
  • Assistants to the Deans
  • Directors

ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS

  • Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Student Activities Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Associate Vice President of Financial Administration
  • Vice President’s Office
  • Director of Physical Plant