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"?

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

  • Asian-Americans
  • African-Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Females
  • Vietnam-era veterans
  • Hispanics
  • People with disabilities

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

  • Visit with the Southern Miss Affirmative Action officer at 310 McLemore Hall, or call 601.266.6618.
  • Contact EEOC (employees) or OCR (students)