Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding.  For more information about Title IX, see the Office of Civil Rights website.


USM Sexual Misconduct Policy

As indicated in the USM Sexual Misconduct policy, the University of Southern Mississippi fosters an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community, including students, faculty and staff, etc.  The University is committed to maintaining an educational and work environment free of sexual misconduct: an environment where no member of its community shall engage in sexually harassing or sexually violent behavior toward another.

The term “sexual misconduct” describes a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
  • Non-consensual sexual contact
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Dating/relationship violence; and
  • Stalking



Review the Reporting page for additional information on reporting

To immediately report sexual misconduct, fill out a complaint form.   



Review the Contacts and Resources page for a list of available resources. 



The University prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or witnesses an incident of possible sexual misconduct.  Employees or students who engage in retaliation will face disciplinary action up to and including separation from The University. 


Title IX Reporting Requirements

  • Unless designated as a confidential resource (for example, counseling center therapists), all University employees are required to report incidents of possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.  
  • Additionally, employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report possible sexual misconduct to the University Police.  For additional information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, rebecca.malley@usm.edu

Other Civil Rights Complaints

For all other civil rights complaints, please consult with the Office of Affirmative Action/EEO (www.usm.edu/aa-eeo)