Sexual Assault Response

The University of Mississippi

Title IX Adjudication Process

The Title IX coordinator contacts students who are filing a complaint or responding to an allegation of sexual misconduct. The Title IX coordinator is responsible for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct involving a student. Once the Title IX coordinator completes the investigation, all evidence, including testimony from witnesses, will be compiled into a report. The Title IX coordinator does not determine the outcome of a complaint; however, if there is sufficient evidence to support that sexual misconduct could have occurred, the Title IX coordinator forwards the case to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.

The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct facilitates the conduct process by notifying students of charges, informing students of their rights during and after the proceeding, identifying a hearing date and time, soliciting trained community members to serve on the hearing board and informing students of the outcome of the proceeding.

After the hearing has concluded, students have a right to appeal the outcome and/or sanctions under certain conditions within five business days of receipt of the outcome.

A timeline of the process

Title IX Investigation

Upon notice of potential sexual misconduct, the Title IX coordinator initiates an investigation. At any time during the investigation, the Title IX coordinator can put into place interim measures to protect the integrity of the investigation and the students involved. Interim measures include, but are not limited to, the following: interim suspension, university housing removal or relocation, no-contact orders, a restriction of student privileges or access to certain facilities, etc. Once the Title IX coordinator has completed the investigation, a report will be compiled, and the case will be forwarded to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.

Intake Meeting

When a case is forwarded to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct, both students individually are notified in writing of charges, and an intake meeting is scheduled with each student based on the student’s class schedule. During the intake meeting, students are informed of their rights during the process, important deadlines, hearing logistics, and potential outcomes and sanctions based on precedent. If possible, the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct informs students of a tentative hearing date, time and location.

Hearing

Students receive notice of the date, time, place and location of the hearing, in writing via their Ole Miss email address. Prior to and during the hearing, students have the opportunity to challenge a hearing board member’s participation based on an actual or potential bias. The Hearing Board consists of a three-member panel, and a faculty or staff member of the university chairs the board. Based on the preponderance of the information, the Hearing Board issues a finding of “responsible” or “not responsible.” The university attempts to inform students of the outcome within 24 hours of the decision.

Appeal

Both students can appeal the outcome and/or the sanctions under certain conditions. Generally, appeals must be submitted, in writing, within five business days of receipt of the outcome. Appeals are reviewed by the Appellate Consideration Board, and both students are notified of the outcome of the appeal in writing.

At any time during the investigation or hearing, students may have an adviser accompany them to meetings and/or the hearing. Students who need support identifying an adviser or additional information regarding the role of an adviser should contact the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.