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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

The Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the institution's compliance with Title IX. She oversees and coordinates investigations and resolutions of all complaints involving sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. You can contact her at the information given below about any allegations of 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)