Sexual Assault Response

The University of Mississippi

What is Title IX? Why do we have a Title IX coordinator?

“No person in the United States, shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).”

The University of Mississippi does not discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, and, as a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, is required by Title IX to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate in such a manner. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX.

The university’s Title IX coordinator is responsible for overseeing the development of sexual misconduct policies, ensuring compliance with Title IX and relevant federal and state regulations, and investigating Title IX complaints alleging student sexual misconduct. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns about and complaints of noncompliance (including complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct), should be directed to the Title IX coordinator.

The Title IX coordinator at the University of Mississippi is Honey Ussery and can be reached at TitleIX@olemiss.edu, 662-915-7045 or in Martindale 270D.

To learn more about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the University of Mississippi’s obligations, visit the Office for Civil Rights.