Facts to Know

  • The University of Southern Mississippi 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.

  • 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.

     

    Statistics

    • One in 4 college-aged women report experiences that meet the legal definitions of rape or attempted rape.
    • Most survivors of sexual assaults are full-time students.
    • An individual known to the survivor perpetrates 80- 90% of sexual assaults.
    • 85% of rapes are committed by a person the victim knows.
    • In a recent study by the National Institute of Justice, survivors of rape knew their attackers as:
    • Fellow classmates (35.5%)
    • Friends (34.2%)
    • Boyfriends or ex-boyfriends (23.7%)
    • Acquaintance (2.6%)
    • In a survey of students at 171 institutions of higher education, alcohol was involved in 74% of all sexual assaults.
    • Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
    • 54% of survivors do not report sexual assaults to the police.