Policy PRES-AA-005

Responsible University Administrator:President
Responsible Officer:Director of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity
Origination Date:N/A
Current Revision Date:02/16/17
Next Review Date:02/16/21
End of Policy Date:N/A
Policy Number:PRES-AA-005
Status:Effective

 

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

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Policy Statement


The University of Southern Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, religion, race, color, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law, in its admission, treatment, or access to its educational programs and activities or in its employment practices.  The University of Southern Mississippi prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault and misconduct, and other forms of interpersonal violence. 


Reason for Policy/Purpose


The University of Southern Mississippi complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual misconduct) in the University’s educational programs and activities. Consistent with our commitment to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and to provide those who feel that they are victims of discrimination with mechanisms for seeking redress. 


Who Needs to Know This Policy


All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community. 

 


Website Address for this Policy


www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-pres-aa-005

 


Definitions


  

Policy/Procedures


The University of Southern Mississippi is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment in compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990/Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Violence Against Women Act, and other federal or state laws.

The University of Southern Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, religion, race, color, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law, in its admission, treatment, or access to its educational programs and activities or in its employment practices.  The University of Southern Mississippi prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault and misconduct, and other forms of interpersonal violence.

The University of Southern Mississippi will investigate formal complaints of discrimination or harassment in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures. The University will take steps to prevent discrimination and harassment, to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and harassment, to prevent retaliation for bringing a claim or assisting in an investigation, and will take appropriate action to remedy the effects of discrimination and harassment.

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the University’s Title IX compliance efforts and for coordinating the University’s response to all complaints involving possible discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, student pregnancy, and gender identity, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and other sexual misconduct.  For more information or for inquiries concerning any such complaints or the application of Title IX, contact the University’s designated Title IX Coordinator listed below:

 

Dr. Rebecca Malley

Title IX Coordinator

505 International Center, Hattiesburg Campus

118 College Drive # 5079

Hattiesburg, MS  39406

Telephone:  601.266.6804

Rebecca.malley@usm.edu

 

The Director of the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and related statutes and regulations.  For more information or for inquiries concerning discrimination, such as age, disability, religion, race, color, national origin, genetic information, pregnancy, and veteran status, contact the University’s designated Director of the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity listed below:

 

Dr. Latonya Guillory

Director of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity

McLemore Hall 310, Hattiesburg Campus

118 College Dr. #5168

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Telephone:  601.266.6618

Latonya.guillory@usm.edu

 

You may also file a complaint with:

 

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620

Dallas, TX 75201-6810

Telephone: 214.661.9600

Fax: 214.661.9587;

TDD: 800.877.8339

Email: OCR.Dallas@ed.gov

 

Or

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building

100 West Capitol Street, Suite 338

Jackson, MS 39269

Telephone: 800.669.4000

Fax: 601.948.8401

TTY: 800.669.6820

 


Review


The Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity is responsible for the review of this policy every four years or whenever circumstances require immediate review.


Forms/Instructions


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Appendices



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Related Information


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History


Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

02/19/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing of punctuation and word usage throughout.

05/06/14: Revision of the statement to include pregnancy, gender identity and genetic information.

02/06/17: Revision of the statement to comply with notice requirements of Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other federal laws. Included statement that sexual discrimination includes sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and other forms of interpersonal violence. Added contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.  Added contact information for the Office of Civil Rights as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.