Minors on Campus

  1. The University of Southern Mississippi is dedicated to the welfare and safety of all Minors who visit our campuses to participate in University-related programs or activities or any other event involving minors on the University campuses. To that end, in January of 2015, the University adopted a Minors on Campus policy.  The objective of this policy is to promote a safe environment for minors by fostering a University culture that is committed to preventing, recognizing, reporting, and addressing child abuse and child sexual abuse. 

 The University’s Minors on Campus policy does the following:

  • Prohibits one-on-one contact with minors;
  • Informs all University employees of their duty to report suspected neglect or abuse of a child
  • Outlines a Code of Conduct for individuals who work in camps/programs;
  • Sets forth the duties of University units that sponsor a program/camp and sets staff to participant ratios;
  • Mandates training for program staff annually;
  • Sets Rules of Conduct for programs/camps;
  • Provides additional guidance for residential camps;
  • Requires background checks for individuals who work in programs/camps;
  • Provides guidance to non-university entities that use our facilities for programs/camps.

 

UNIVERSITY POLICY

If you offer, sponsor, or approve programs or activities involving minors, please review the University’s Minors on Campus policy here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Have questions? Access our FAQ by clicking on the FAQ link.

 

DUTY TO REPORT

All University employees have a duty to report any suspected neglect or abuse of a minor.
Read more about on the Duty to Report page.

 

PROGRAMS/CAMPS DIRECTED BY NON-UNIVERSITY ENTITIES

Non-university organizations that wish to operate programs or activities involving minors on Southern Miss campuses must ensure their programs are operated consistent with the guidelines of the Minors on Campus policy. 

To review the specific requirements that must be satisfied, read the Non-University Programs and Camps page.


REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information, please contact:

Subrina L. Cooper                                                                 Paul Walters
Associate General Counsel                                                    Director of Compliance and Ethics
118 College Drive # 5079                                                     118 College Drive # 5079
Hattiesburg, MS  39406                                                        Hattiesburg, MS  39406
Phone:  Email:  Subrina.Cooper@usm.edu                             Email:  Paul.Walters@usm.edu