Sexual Misconduct Policy

The university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and related procedures may be found at the University’s Sexual Misconduct website:  www.usm.edu/sexual-misconduct (available spring 2013). Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force or intimidation or that is otherwise unwelcome.  The term includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation and sexual harassment.  Federal law views sexual misconduct and sexual assault as forms of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX.  Therefore, in accordance with Title IX regulations, the university has designated Rebecca N. Woodrick, Ph.D., director of the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity, as the university’s Title IX coordinator.  The Title IX coordinator is knowledgeable about and will provide information on all options for complaint resolutions.  Questions regarding the sexual misconduct policy, as well as concerns or complaints of non-compliance may be directed to the Title IX coordinator as follows:

TITLE IX COORDINATOR

Rebecca N. Woodrick, Ph.D.

310 McLemore Hall (MCL), Hattiesburg Campus

118 College Drive #5168

Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001

Telephone: 601.266.6618

Fax:  601.266.6344

Email: Rebecca.Woodrick@usm.edu

Website:  www.usm.edu/sexual-misconduct (available spring 2013)

The university provides educational programs on a year-round basis to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses. These programs are conducted by the University Police Department, Department of Residence Life, the Office of Greek Life, the University Counseling Center and University Health Services in residence halls and with student and employee organizations.

Southern Miss strongly encourages prompt reporting of sex offenses to the proper authorities. Victims should seek medical attention immediately and notify either the UPD or other law enforcement agencies. The UPD is available 24 hours a day to assist victims in obtaining medical attention and in reporting offenses. The University Police Department and the University Counseling Center are also available to assist victims and answer questions about the criminal justice process.  

Students and employees of the university who engage in sexual misconduct may be disciplined or discharged, notwithstanding the judicial remedies offered by criminal authorities.

When the university determines that the presence of a student or employee would reasonably constitute a clear and present danger to the university community, the university may take immediate action to suspend the student or employee on an interim basis, pending the final outcome of disciplinary or legal proceedings. 

When requested by a victim, the university will assist in changing academic and living arrangements whenever possible.

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The CSCPA provides requirements relating to registration and community notification for sex offenders who are enrolled in or work at institutions of higher education.  Effective October 2003, the law required institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. This information can be obtained by accessing the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry at state.sor.dps.ms.gov.