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We have updated the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures. Please see the updated Policy and Procedures.

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 Title IX


  Overview of Title IX

USM complies with applicable state and federal regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal funding. USM will not tolerate discrimination and sexual misconduct and has provided a way to report these incidents through the 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 non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force, coercion, intimidation, or that is otherwise unwelcome. This includes (but not limited to):

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

Sexual misconduct is inconsistent with the standards and ideals of our community and will not be tolerated. The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to fostering an academic, work, and living environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and sexual misconduct.

The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all students, employees, and to others, as appropriate, with respect to activities occurring on any University property and University-related activities occurring off-campus, including University programs outside the United States. The policy also applies to the activities of recognized student organizations including, but not limited to, fraternities, sororities, clubs, and cooperatives. It also applies to persons conducting business with or visiting the University, even though such persons are not directly affiliated with the University.

 The Title IX Coordinator


The Title IX coordinator oversees the College's response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination in order to:

  • monitor outcomes
  • identify and address any patterns and
  • assess effects on the campus climate

    Through the Title IX Coordinator's efforts, the University can more effectively address issues that affect the wider University community.


    A student should contact the Title IX Coordinator in order to:
  • seek information or training about student's rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination including sexual misconduct;
  • file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
  • notify the University of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns;
  • get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
  • and ask questions about the University's policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

    The University’s Title IX Coordinator is:


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    Rebecca Malley, PhD
    Cook Library (LIB) Rm. 129
    118 College Drive, #5079
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406
    Phone: 601-266-6804
    Email:  rebecca.malley@usm.edu 




    The University’s Deputy Coordinator is:


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    Lenore Schaffer, PhD
    Cook Library (LIB) Rm. 129
    118 College Drive, #5079
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406
    Phone: 601-266-4671
    Email: lenore.schaffer@usm.edu 



  •  The Gulf Park Campus

    The Coordinators are at the Hattiesburg location most of the time; they come to the Gulf Park campus weekly or by appointment. Please call the Hattiesburg campus first if you would like to find out more about when they will be at the Gulf Park campus or to set up a meeting with them at that location. If they are at the Gulf Park campus, please call 228-214-3363, and their office is in Hardy Hall 332.

     Mandatory Reporting

    Unless designated as a confidential resource (for example, counseling center therapists), all University employees must 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)