The University of Southern Mississippi complies with applicable state and federal regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal funding.

The University is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and inclusive living and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from all forms of discrimination and sexual misconduct.

To this end, The University of Southern Mississippi will not tolerate discrimination and sexual misconduct. Through the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and applicable procedures, the University provides a process to address allegations of discrimination, harassment (gender-based or sexual), intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault.

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. 

For more information about Title IX, see the Office of Civil Rights website.


Title IX Office

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Title IX Office has two primary functions. The Office:

  1. Responds to allegations of harassment or discrimination based on a person’s sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy and parenting status.
  2. Implements and oversees the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.

“Sexual Misconduct” describes a broad range of nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force, coercion, intimidation, or that is otherwise unwelcome. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse (rape)
  • Non-consensual sexual contact (sexual assault)
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Intimate partner violence; and
  • Stalking



Allegations of sexual misconduct from any member of the campus community must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University’s compliance with Title IX. The University’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Rebecca Malley, PhD
Harkins Hall (EHH), Office 116
118 College Drive, #5079
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 601-266-6804
Email: rebecca.malley@usm.edu
The University’s Deputy Coordinator is:

Lenore Schaffer, PhD
Harkins Hall (EHH), Office 116
118 College Drive, #5079
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 601-266-4671
Email: lenore.schaffer@usm.edu

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 or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  Additionally, employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report possible sexual misconduct to the University Police. 


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


Other Civil Rights Complaints

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