Sexual Assault Response

The University of Mississippi

If You Choose to File a Formal Report: What Can You Expect?

Options

Will my information be confidential?

Can I request a forensic medical exam?

Will there be an investigation?

Will there be disciplinary action for the accused?

Formal report with campus, such as with Title IX officer, Honey Ussery hbussery@olemiss.edu. Your privacy will be protected to the greatest legal extent possible. Some personnel involved in your case will have access to your information, and your name may be shared with the accused if there is an investigation. Yes. It is up to you. In some cases, physical evidence may assist an investigation. Yes Possibly, depending on
the facts of your situation.
Police report Your name will not be disclosed if you request that it remains confidential. However, be aware that if the case advances to a court trial, your name would be included in court records, which are public documents. Yes. It is up to you. In some cases, physical evidence may assist an investigation. Yes Possibly, depending on the facts of your situation.

What happens if I tell a professor, work colleague, supervisor or friend?

Depending on their relationship to the university, they may be obligated to report to the Title IX coordinator, Honey Ussery. The Title IX coordinator will reach out to you to offer you services and talk to you about potentially starting an investigation. You have the right not to speak to the Title IX coordinator, though the coordinator may have to investigate without your participation.

If you choose not to report

If you decide not to file a formal report, all campus resources remain available to support you.

Reporting options

UPD — To file a criminal complaint or request a protective order, contact UPD.

File an anonymous Clery report: Under the Jeanne Clery Act, the university has to report annual statistics including the number of sexual assaults that happen on campus property. If you would like to report an incident so it will be included in the annual report, you can report the incident to the Violence Prevention Office, the Title IX coordinator or to UPD.

Title IX Office – The Title IX Office provides information and consultation about campus policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment. Consultations also are available for faculty, supervisors, administrators and others who need information about their responsibilities to address sexual harassment of which they become aware. This office investigates Title IX complaints and assists in making campus accommodations and services for complainants. Honey Ussery, hbussery@olemiss.edu.

Office of the Dean of Students The Office of the Dean of Students assists students, both complainants and respondents (accused), and will work with students’ faculty members to minimize disruption of academic progress. The UM student case manager is located in this office.

Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct can assist a student who wishes to file a Title IX complaint and explain the campus conduct process. This office can issue “no-contact” letters, which are different from a court-issued restraining order.

University Counseling Center The University Counseling Center assists students, both complainants and respondents (accused), with emotional support and therapeutic services through one-on-one sessions and groups.

Violence Prevention Office The Violence Prevention Office assists complainants with any support and referrals they need, from accommodations to consultation about all of the different campus options.

Community Resources

Call the organizations below for additional information about shelters, legal issues, medical care and other concerns related to your safety:

Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi
662-234-9929
800-230-9929 (24/7)

Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi assists complainants with advocacy and resources in the local community, and will not report to anyone on campus.

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Statewide Hotline: 800-898-3234

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence connects complainants affected by relationship violence to the appropriate in-state resources.

Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
888-987-9011

The Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault connects complainants affected by sexual assault to the appropriate in-state resources.

Mississippi Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Program
800-829-6799

This state agency connects complainants to in-state resources and crime victims compensation but requires complainants to report the incident to access some resources.

RAINN
(Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
1-800-656-HOPE (4673) – 24-hour hotline

National Center for Victims of Crime