Southern Miss protects its students' and employees' civil rights.

The Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity protects the Civil Rights of all Southern Miss students and employees.

What are my basic civil rights?

You have the right to be treated equally, as an employee or as a student, regardless of:

  • age
  • race
  • color
  • national origin
  • disability status
  • gender identity
  • genetic information
  • pregnancy
  • religious beliefs
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • veteran status

What are "Protected Classes"?

Protected classes are groups shielded from employment discrimination by law. 

Who are considered members of the "Protected Classes" in the employment process?

  • Members of all racial categories
  • Members of all ethnic categories
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Females
  • Individuals over age 40
  • Disabled, recently separated, active duty wartime or campaign badge, or armed forces service medal veterans
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual individuals

What are my options if I think my rights have been violated?

If you think you have been discriminated against, you may file a discrimination complaint against the person or persons you think violated your rights.
  • Employees and students may visit with the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity at 310 McLemore Hall, or call 601.266.6618.
  • Employees may contact the EEOC or OFCCP to file an external complaint.
  • Students may contact OCR to contact an external complaint.