Sexual Assault Response

The University of Mississippi

What’s Next?

Questions You Might Have:

Do I have to tell the police?

No. As long as you are over the age of 17, it is your choice whether you want to go to the police. If someone else is concerned about your safety or believes you are in danger, that person may call the police. Generally, it is your option to press charges.

Will the school tell my parents?

In most cases, no. FERPA is a federal law that protects information about you and your access of university services.

Will I get in trouble for reporting personal alcohol or drug use?

No. The university has an amnesty policy that prohibits a student who reports sexual discrimination from getting into trouble for voluntary personal use of drugs or alcohol.

Do I have to discuss what happened with the university?

No. If you get a phone call or email from a university employee and do not want to discuss your experience, please respond and let the employee know you do not want to discuss the incident.

What if I face harassment from other students for coming forward to report?

The university has a strict prohibition against any sort of retaliation (in person, using third parties, social media, etc.) once a person reports. The policy applies to all members of the university community. If you face harassment and want to take action in response, you can contact Title IX, UPD or the Violence Prevention Office.

Will it cost me any money to access services?

The services on campus and at Family Crisis Services are provided free of charge. If you go to Baptist Memorial Hospital for medical services, then there may be costs associated with your visit.

What do I do if …

1. I am concerned about my immediate health or safety, or feel like I or someone else is in danger?

If you are concerned that you or someone else is in danger of imminent physical harm, contact law enforcement immediately. If you are on the Oxford campus, the University Police Department can be reached at 662-915-4911 or 662-915-7234. If you are in the Oxford city limits, you can reach the Oxford Police Department by calling 911 or 662-232-2400. If you are in Lafayette County, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office can be reached by calling 911 or 662-234-6421. The hospital that serves the university, the city of Oxford and Lafayette County is Baptist Memorial Hospital and can be reached by calling 911 or 662-232-8100. The number 911 should only be used for emergencies.

2. I want evidence collected (Rape kit, SANE kit)?

The Student Health Center on the Oxford campus offers Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Baptist Memorial Hospital can do evidence collection 24 hours a day. If possible, take the clothing you were wearing with you, and do not shower or eat before seeking to have evidence collected. You can have evidence collected up to 96 hours (four days) after an incident has occurred. The hospital will notify the police; however, you do not have to discuss what happened with the police unless you choose to do so.

3. I want the police to investigate what happened?

The most common law enforcement agencies that interact with the university community are the University Police Department, the Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office. If you are on the Oxford campus, the University Police Department can be reached at 662-915-4911 or 662-915-7234. If you are in the Oxford city limits, you can reach the Oxford Police Department by calling 911 or 662-232-2400. If you are in Lafayette County, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office can be reached by calling 911 or 662-234-6421. The number 911 should only be used for emergencies.

4. I want the university to investigate what happened?

If you would like the university to investigate what happened, contact the Title IX coordinator. The Title IX office is located in Martindale 270D. It is on the second floor of Martindale Student Services Center directly between the Bursar’s Office and the Financial Aid Office. The Title IX coordinator can be reached at TitleIX@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7045.

5. I want university services and/or accommodations?

Depending on the circumstances, the university can provide numerous services, including academic accommodations, housing accommodations, counseling, health care services, parking services, police escorts, no-contact orders and other options. Either the Title IX coordinator or the violence prevention coordinator can help provide these accommodations. The university also may be able to recommend off-campus services.

6. I want to talk to a counselor?

The university has several options available for counseling services. The University Counseling Center is located on the Oxford campus and is available to university students and employees. The Counseling Center does not charge for its services. The university’s Psychological Services Center is located on the Oxford campus and is available to university students and employees and the general public. The Psychological Services Center charges users for its services. The university has a Student Health Center located on the Oxford campus that offers psychiatric services and general medical care. There is no charge to see a physician or nurse practitioner. Contact information can be found below. Family Crisis Services offers free counseling services off campus.

7. I want to talk to someone about advocacy?

Advocates are people trained to support victims/survivors of sexual assault by evaluating all the options open to you, offering connection to resources and empowering you to decide what steps to take next. The university has a Violence Prevention Office (VPO) located inside the Counseling Center on the Oxford campus. The VPO offers advocacy and referrals to other services. Lindsey Bartlett Mosvick is the violence prevention coordinator and can be reached at 662-915-1059 or bartlett@olemiss.edu. Any information given to the VPO will be kept private, consistent with the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. Off campus, you can work with Family Crisis Services.

8. I want to keep my information private?

The Counseling Center, Student Health Center and Psychological Services are granted privilege by Mississippi law. Privilege means that in most circumstances employees in those offices are prohibited by law from sharing your information without your permission. Privilege applies to all individuals over the age of 18 but does not cover minors. In addition to employees with privilege, university policy allows workers in the Violence Prevention Office to keep information private in most circumstances. Most other employees on campus are required to report all information about sexual discrimination, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking to the Title IX coordinator.

If you choose to seek a medical exam for the sake of evidence collection (SANE exam), the medical provider probably will notify law enforcement so the evidence can be collected and preserved. You do not have to discuss what happened with the police unless you choose to do so. If you are seeking a medical exam for other reasons, the information you provide to the medical staff generally will be protected by law.

Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi is an advocacy service that is not affiliated with the university. Family Crisis Services will not share information with the university and generally will keep your information private unless you provide consent.

9. I want emergency contraception, STI testing, pregnancy testing and/or other nonurgent medical care?

The Student Health Center on campus provides all of these services. You may call for an appointment (662-915-7274) or walk in to be seen. You do not have to disclose to front desk personnel the reason you are seeking health care. The physician, nurse practitioner or nurse you speak with cannot share anything about the incident with anyone else.

10. I do not remember what happened or I am confused about what may have happened and want to ask questions about the process?

If you cannot remember what happened to you or are not sure what happened to you, the university is still here to help. It is OK to be unsure or confused. You can make a free appointment with the Violence Prevention Office or Counseling Center to talk through your questions and options.

Local Resources (Oxford Campus)

University Police Department

Kinard Hall
University, MS 38677
662-915-7234

For an emergency, call 662-915-4911.

Oxford Police Department

715 Molly Barr Road
Oxford, MS 38655
662-232-2400

For an emergency, call 911.

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office

711 Jackson Ave. East
Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-6421

University Counseling Center

554 Fraternity Row
University, MS 38677
662-915-3784

For an emergency, call 662-915-7234.

Title IX Office

Honey Ussery

Title IX Coordinator
TitleIX@olemiss.edu
270D Martindale Student Services Center
University, MS 38677
662-915-7045

Violence Prevention Office

Lindsey Bartlett Mosvick
554 Fraternity Row
University, MS 38677
662-915-1059

Baptist Memorial Hospital

2301 South Lamar Blvd.
Oxford, MS 38655
662-232-8100

For an emergency, call 911.

Student Health Center

Rebel Drive
Open M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for walk-ins
662-915-7274

Psychological Services

382 Kinard Hall
University, MS 38677
662-915-7385

 

Family Crisis Services of NW Mississippi

Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-9929
800-230-9929 (24/7)

Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct

100 Somerville Hall
University, MS 38677
662-915-1387

 

Statewide Resources

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statewide Hotline

800-898-3234

Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault

888-987-9011

Mississippi Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Program

800-829-6766

 

National Hotlines

RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline

800-656-4673
Online: rainn.org

Loveisrespect (Dating Violence) Hotline

866-331-9474
Text “loveis” to 22522 (standard rates apply for texts)
Online: loveisrespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline

800-799-7233
Online:  thehotline.org