Sexual Harassment Policy





The University of Southern Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. The university, in an effort to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community, is committed to maintaining an educational environment free of sexual harassment. It is the policy of the university that no member of its community shall engage in sexually harassing or sexually violent behavior toward another. Any student or employee who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action which may include expulsion from the university or termination of employment. Sexual harassment, including sexually violent behavior, is illegal under both state and federal law.


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX protects students in connection with all the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of the university, weather those programs take place in a university facility or at a class or training program sponsored by the university at another location. Sexual harassment of students, including acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.


 Sexual harassment has been defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can   includeunwelcome sexual advance advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.


Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.


Any student or employee who wishes to file a claim of sex discrimination, or who has questions about the application of Title IX should contact:


Coordinator, Title IX Office

Dr. Rebecca N. Malley

International Center (IC) 520

118 College Drive #5079

Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Phone: 601.266.6804




Officer for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620

Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214.661.9600

Fax: 214.661.9587

TTY Relay: 1.800.676.3777


In addition to filing a claim of sexual discrimination, as set forth above, anyone who wishes to file an allegation of sexually violent behavior may report such conduct directly to the University Police Department:


University Police Department

The University of Southern Mississippi

103 Black and Gold Blvd

Bond Hall, First Floor

118 College Drive #5061

Hattiesburg, MS 30406

Phone: 601.266.4986     


Download the Sexual Harassment Policy Statement (PDF)