Sexual Assault Response

The University of Mississippi

Faculty & Staff Resources/Support

What does “sexual misconduct” include?

Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any sexual behavior that is committed without effective consent. Examples of sexual misconduct include sexual penetration, sexual touching, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and stalking. See the University of Mississippi’s complete sexual misconduct policy for more information.

Please note that retaliation — or any adverse action (including intimidation) taken against an individual who has participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing — is prohibited under the sexual misconduct policy.

What do I say if a student tells me about an incident of sexual misconduct?

If a student tells you about an incident of sexual misconduct, it is important to remember your role. You are not a counselor or an investigator; listen, but do not question. Keep the student’s needs and feelings in the forefront. Let the student know you care. Let the student know you must report this information to the Title IX coordinator and help connect the student to other forms of support that may be helpful (University Counseling Center or violence prevention coordinator). See the Guide for Title IX Mandatory Reporters of Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking for additional details about how a faculty or staff member might structure a conversation with a student who is reporting an incident of sexual misconduct.

What should I say will happen next if a student reports an incident of sexual misconduct to me?

Ideally, a faculty or staff member will make a student aware of his or her responsibility to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator before a student discloses this information. However, if this is not possible, the faculty or staff member should let the student know that the information the student has shared related to the sexual misconduct will be shared with the Title IX coordinator and that this individual will more than likely contact the student in the next few days. Please do not make any promises as to next steps, as the process depends on several factors, including the student’s participation and what the student wants to do.

What do I do if a student shares that she or he has been sexually assaulted?

If a student discloses that she or he has been sexually assaulted, all faculty and staff members are expected to immediately report this information to the Title IX coordinator. Please contact the Title IX coordinator at TitleIX@olemiss.edu or Lindsey Bartlett Mosvick, violence prevention coordinator, at bartlett@olemiss.edu.

The only exceptions to the reporting requirement of university employees are staff members of the University Counseling Center, University Health Center and Psychological Services Center. They are able to maintain a student’s confidentiality when acting in the scope of their professional roles.

Can my conversation with a student be confidential?

Typically, no. Unless a faculty or staff member is considered a confidential resource, conversations with students related to sexual misconduct are not confidential. Faculty and staff members must share with the Title IX coordinator all information they have about an incident of sexual misconduct. The only confidential resources at the University of Mississippi are employees of the University Counseling Center, University Health Center and Psychological Services Center.

Who is considered a mandatory reporter?

All university employees are considered mandatory reporters and must share reports of sexual misconduct that have been disclosed to them with the university’s Title IX coordinator. The only exceptions to this requirement at the University of Mississippi are employees of the University Counseling Center, University Health Center and Psychological Services Center.

Who is considered a confidential resource?

The only confidential resources at the University of Mississippi are employees of the University Counseling Center, University Health Center and Psychological Services Center.

What is a Title IX coordinator and how do I get in touch with that person at UM?

A Title IX coordinator helps the university comply with all regulations outlined in Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which essentially protects against sex discrimination at educational institutions. You may contact the Title IX coordinator in person in 270D Martindale, by phone at 662-915-7045 and by email at TitleIX@olemiss.edu.

What resources are available to students who have been involved in sexual misconduct?

See complainant resources and respondent resources.

What should I do if the student seems suicidal or a danger to her/himself?

If a student seems suicidal or a danger to her/himself, immediately call or walk with the student to the University Counseling Center to help the student obtain additional help and support.

Besides the Title IX coordinator, are there other individuals I should inform when a student reports to me that she or he has been involved in sexual misconduct?

Although faculty and staff members are not required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to anyone other than the Title IX coordinator, it is often appropriate to make the student aware of other campus resources available to her or him, including the University Counseling Center, the violence prevention coordinator (for complainants) and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Am I required to provide accommodations in my class to students (complainants and respondents) involved in Title IX cases?

Faculty members are expected to provide reasonable accommodations in class to students who are involved in Title IX cases. Students who are involved in Title IX cases are often under extreme stress, may have a difficult time focusing on course material both in and outside of class, and may even be reluctant to leave their residences. In these situations, faculty members are asked to exercise some flexibility with regard to class attendance, assignments and/or exams. Generally, faculty members will be contacted directly by the Title IX coordinator or the violence prevention coordinator to facilitate these accommodations.

When do I have to call the police?

If anyone is in imminent danger, call the police immediately. For all other situations, the Jeanne Clery Act mandates that crimes that happen on or near campus be reported to the University Police Department. In reporting incidents of sexual misconduct (sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, etc.), faculty and staff may provide “Jane/John Doe” reports, and do not have to include identifying information such as names and student identification numbers, about the student(s) involved. If you need training on the Clery Act, please contact the University Police Department at 662-915-7234.

Do I have to report sexual misconduct that would be considered a crime to the police?

It depends. The Jeanne Clery Act mandates campus security authorities to report crimes that happen on or near campus to the University Police Department. Faculty and staff are considered campus security authorities if they have substantial contact with students. In reporting incidents of sexual misconduct, faculty and staff may provide “Jane Doe” reports and do not have to include identifying information about the student involved. If you are a campus security authority, you should have received training about your obligations. If you need training, please contact the University Police Department at 662-915-7234 to arrange training.

How can I get more education on how to respond to sexual misconduct and how to prevent misconduct on our campus?

Please contact Lindsey Bartlett Mosvick at bartlett@olemiss.edu to become added to any interest list for upcoming faculty and staff advanced trainings.