Complaints, Grievances and Suggestions

Complaints and Suggestions

As Southern Miss continually strives to improve access for persons with disabilities, we encourage feedback on the accessibility of programs, courses, and the University’s facilities. If you would like to share a complaint or offer suggestions, please call ODA Director or Assistant Director at 601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232.


Southern Miss is committed to providing prompt and effective resolution of alleged incidents of discrimination and harassment. The University encourages informal resolution of discrimination complaints as close to the source as possible. Students who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment may file formal grievances in accordance with the policies and procedures of Southern Miss.

When a student’s request for disability accommodations or auxiliary aids is denied, students should first express their concerns to the ODA Director. If a student wishes to file a formal complaint against a university employee for discrimination or harassment, they should contact Linda Rasmussen in the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity at 601.266.6618 or visit McLemore Hall, Room 310 . University procedures for the Resolution of Discrimination Complaints can be found on pages 42 to 45 of Appendix A in the ODA Manual. Students have the right to file complaints with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). However, OCR will not investigate a complaint until the university’s internal grievance procedure is complete. OCR’s contact information is:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, TX 75201
Voice Phone: 214.661.9600
FAX: 214.661.9587
TTY Relay: 1.800.676.3777