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The information included on this page is for Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence incidents that do NOT include Mississippi College faculty or staff members. To report an incident involving a Mississippi College faculty or staff member(s), fill out the form here, or contact the Office of the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Debbie Norris, at 601.925.3260.

In compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, reports of conduct involving alleged violations of Mississippi College's Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy are subject to specialized and/or additional processes and procedures similarly to those of the University's student conduct process. These processes and procedures are designed to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for both the complainant and respondent.

The Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy can be found in its entirety at the link below.

Consent

The following definition of "Consent" is taken from the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy, Article III: Definitions:

Effective consent is informed, freely and actively given, in mutually understandable words or actions, by each participant, which indicates a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.

In the absence of mutually understandable words or actions (a meeting of the minds on what is to be done, where, with whom, and in what way), it is the responsibility of the initiator, that is, the person who wants to engage in the specific sexual activity, to make sure that they have consent from their partner. Relying solely upon non-verbal communication can lead to miscommunication. It is important not to make assumptions. If confusion or ambiguity on the issue of consent arises anytime during the sexual interaction, the initiator should stop and verbally clarify the other individual’s willingness to continue.

Consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties to have manifested a mutually understandable agreement between them to do the same act, in the same way, at the same time, with each other. Consent which is obtained through the use of fraud or force, whether that force is physical force, threats, intimidation, or coercion, is ineffective consent. Intimidation or coercion is determined by reference to the reasonable perception of a person found in the same or similar circumstances.

Consent may not be inferred from silence, passivity or lack or active resistance alone. Consent may never be given minors, mentally disabled persons, or physically incapacitated persons.

Silence, previous sexual relationships, and/or current relationship with the respondent (or anyone else) may not, themselves, be taken to imply consent. Consent cannot be implied by attire, or inferred from the buying of dinner, the giving of or exchange of any gifts, or the spending of money on a date.

Consent to one type of sexual act may not, in itself, be taken to imply consent to another type of sexual act. Consent has an expiration date. Consent lasts for a reasonable time, depending on the circumstances. Consent to sexual activity may be withdrawn at any Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy 6 time, as long as the withdrawal is communicated clearly; upon clear communication, all sexual activity must cease.

Privacy & Confidentiality

Mississippi College is committed to facilitating an environment that encourages members of the campus community to come forward if they have experienced any form of sexual misconduct. The university will endeavor to protect the identities and privacy of those who seek help or who report sexual misconduct. However, it is important to understand the limits on confidentiality of individuals who may be contacted for such assistance. Different people, depending on their positions, have different obligations with regard to confidentiality. Members of the campus community can expect confidentiality from Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, and campus ministers. See the Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy above for more information regarding confidential communication and responsible parties.

Amnesty Policy

It is assumed that every student enrolling at Mississippi College agrees to conduct himself or herself in a manner conducive to the highest sort of mental and moral development in keeping with the ideals and traditions of the College as outlined in the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct. Mississippi College has a primary objective to promote the reporting of instances of sexual misconduct so those affected can receive the support and resources needed. Reports of sexual misconduct, made in good faith by complainants who may have violated the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct at the time of the sexual misconduct incident, are Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy 4 granted amnesty from disciplinary actions under the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct

Report an Incident

If you know of any instance of sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or any other prohibited conduct from the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy, report it below. Incidents or behavior involving only students, students and faculty/staff or only faculty/staff can all be reported from this form.

*Note, all Mississippi College employees, excluding counselors and pastoral counselors, are considered "Responsible Employees" under Title IX guidance, and are therefore obligated to report instances of Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence.