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Title IX



Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding. 

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


USM Sexual Misconduct Policy

As indicated in the USM Sexual Misconduct policy, the University of Southern Mississippi fosters an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community, including students, faculty and staff, etc.  The University is committed to maintaining an educational and work environment free of sexual misconduct: an environment where no member of its community shall engage in sexually harassing or sexually violent behavior toward another.

The term “sexual misconduct” describes a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
  • Non-consensual sexual contact
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Dating/relationship violence; and
  • Stalking



The University of Southern Mississippi strongly encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct pursuant to the USM Sexual Misconduct policy.  Reporting provides resources to victims and contributes to keeping the campus safe. To further this aim, the University established the Title IX Office and the position of Title IX coordinator. The University's Title IX Office partners with several University entities to create and maintain a learning and working environment free from sex or gender-based discrimination

The University provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and University policy.

If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct, you should report the incident(s) to the University Title IX Coordinator, Rebecca Malley, (rebecca.malley@usm.edu) or to the University Police Department. 

Such incidents may violate the University’s sexual misconduct policy, as well as the law.  Therefore,  the University encourages individuals to pursue their complaints through the University’s process for sexual misconduct and if they choose, through the criminal justice system.  

If an individual makes a report to the University Police Department, the University Police will notify the Title IX Coordinator of the report.  If the individual reports first to the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the person  with making a report to the University Police Department, if he/she chooses  to do so. 




Review the Contacts and Resources page for a list of available resources.



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.


Title IX Reporting Requirements

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.  Additionally, employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report possible sexual misconduct to the University Police.  For additional information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, rebecca.malley@usm.edu.


Other Civil Rights Complaints

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