Office of General Counsel
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The University Police Department’s contact information relating to each campus may be found at http://usm.edu/police/whom-call-emergency.
Complaints of discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, Title VII, Title IX, sexual misconduct, including sexual assault or sexual abuse, sexual harassment, other forms of nonconsensual sexual contact, and related retaliation should be reported as follows:
The University encourages prompt reporting of fiscal misconduct, fraud, misuse of University resources, violations of University policies and unethical conduct to appropriate University officers. A report of improper conduct may be made to:Office of Internal Auditor McLemore Hall (MCL) 317 118 College Drive #5212 Hattiesburg, MS 39406 (601) 266-6111 or Paul Walters Office of Compliance International Center (IC) 501 118 College Drive #5079 Hattiesburg, MS 39406 (601) 266-4466 Paul.WaltersFREEMississippi or use The Southern Miss Hotline to report an ethical concern.
Hazing by individuals or organizations is strictly prohibited at The University of Southern Mississippi. The University opposes any situation or conduct created intentionally or unintentionally which produces mental, physical, psychological or emotional discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Under University policy, it is the responsibility of individuals and organizations to ensure that all activities exclude any form of hazing. Definitions and examples of hazing may be found in the University’s Institutional Policy on Hazing which can be accessed on USM's policy management system, PolicyStat at https://usm.policystat.com
Participation in hazing by members of the University community will result in disciplinary action. In addition to being in violation of University policy, hazing, under certain circumstances, may be a violation of the laws of the State of Mississippi, resulting in a criminal prosecution by state and/or local officials. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the hazing activities, responsible parties may be charged with criminal conduct. An individual may be found guilty of hazing in the first degree when an intentional or reckless action creates a substantial risk of physical injury to another person and thereby causes such injury. Hazing in the first degree is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six (6) months, or both. An individual may be found guilty of hazing in the second degree when an intentional or reckless action creates a substantial risk of physical injury to another person. Hazing in the second degree is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).See section 5.1.3 of the Student Code of Conduct See Mississippi Code Ann., Section 97-3-105
LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES
If the issue cannot be resolved directly, then the issue should be reported through:
Location: Bond Hall
Phone: 911 or (Non-emergency number) 601.266.4986
USM Campus Police Services Provided in Title IX Cases:
Location: Cook Library Rm. 129
The Title IX Office addresses questions, concerns and takes reports related to Title IX, sexual misconduct, or sexual discrimination incidents.
To support the academic success of students, the Office of Ombudsman Services and the Office of Student Affairs at Gulf Park assist those involved in Title IX cases who are experiencing disruptions to their academic progress. Documentation is authenticated and a written notice is provided to the instructor and the student to request that the instructor, at their discretion, determine if the student can be allowed to make arrangements to make-up assignments and tests that have not been turned in as a result of their Title IX related absence.
Services provided include:
NOTE: Instructors have the discretion to make a determination of how they will treat the notice received.
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OFFICE LOCATIONS and CONTACT INFORMATION:
Hattiesburg Campus Location: 118 College Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Hattiesburg Contact Information: Delores McNair, Assistant Dean of Students
Office Location: Union Room 221
Gulf Coast Location: Hardy Hall 232 730 East Beach Boulevard Long Beach, MS 39560
Gulf Coast Contact Information: Richard Ladner, Director of Advisement, Gulf Park
Office Location: Hardy Hall Room 231
The University encourages the reporting of unsafe premises conditions, fire safety issues, hazardous waste, or American Disabilities Act accessibility concerns.
University employees who sustain a work-related accident or illness should report the accident or illness as soon as practicable to the Department of Human Resources and file a report of injury or illness. The “First Report of Injury or Illness” form may be accessed at http://www.usm.edu/humanresources. After accessing the site, click on “Forms” on the left side of the home page. After opening, click on “First Report of Injury” and follow the directions on the form.