University Police and Campus Safety

University of Mississippi

 

2013 Annual Security Report and
Annual Fire Safety Report

 

JEANNE CLERY DISCLOSURE OF CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS REPORT

 On November 8, 1990, President Bush signed the “Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990.” The Act applies to every institution of higher education that receives federal financial aid. Title II of the Act was called the “Campus Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” It requires institutions of higher education to distribute to all current students and employees, and applicants for enrollment or employment, two types of information: (1)Descriptions of policies related to campus security, and (2) Statistics concerning specific types of crimes. Amendments enacted in 1998 renamed Title II, and it is now known as the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.” The amendments require the disclosure of crimes that are reported to police and campus officials other than police, along with a breakdown of locations of criminal activity to be specified as on-campus, non-campus, residence hall or public property.

Prior to the passage of this Act, approximately 350 institutions of higher education voluntarily reported crime statistics to the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The University of Mississippi Police Department has voluntarily reported to the UCR since the early 1970’s.

While you pursue your academic goals here on this campus, The University of Mississippi is your home and we want to make it as comfortable and crime free as possible. The Department of University Police and Campus Safety (UPD) and the other departments within the Division of Student Affairs are prepared to provide the kind of safe environment that promotes interaction and goodwill among the University community. There is genuine concern today about personal safety in a college setting. The University of Mississippi strives to offer a myriad of services and prevention programs to continuously improve the safety of the University community. Ultimately, each individual is responsible for his/her own personal safety, but the learning and practicing of preventive measures can serve to substantially reduce the probability of someone becoming a victim. During your stay on campus, the police department will offer workshops and presentations on crime prevention. You should take the opportunity to attend those events, and it is always a good idea to simply be aware and be careful.

Campus Police Authority and Operation

The safety and security of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are of great concern to the University of Mississippi. UPD, a full service law enforcement agency operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, is responsible for campus police and security related matters. UPD officers, who have arrest powers and are armed, routinely conduct vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle and foot patrols on campus and enforce state laws as well as University policies and regulations. UPD works closely with other community law enforcement agencies such as the Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department in investigations of shared concern. UPD has formal agreements with the Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department to receive reports of criminal activity at off-campus student organization events whose participants are university students. The Off-campus student organizations are those recognized by the university, including student organizations with off-campus housing facilities.

Campus and Community Notification of Emergencies

 As part of The University of Mississippi’s efforts to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff, the university has implemented a new component to its campus emergency notification system. Students, faculty and staff are able to receive time sensitive emergency messages via text and voice messages to cell phones, in addition to the existing avenues of e-mail, the Web page and news media.

This new system enables the University to better inform the campus community of imminent dangerous situations and is not used for any other purpose than emergencies.

Anyone who has a University of Mississippi  e-mail address receives emergency alerts to their campus e-mail address. To receive text and voice message alerts students, faculty and staff must provide phone contact information to the University  Participation in this system is not mandatory, but enrollment is strongly encouraged.

Campus and Community Notification of Criminal Activity 

If there are crimes occurring on The University of Mississippi campus or surrounding area that will endanger or affect the campus community, public safety bulletins (crime alerts) will be published and posted on bulletin boards across the campus. The bulletins allow members of the campus community to know what is currently happening so they can better protect themselves.  Public safety bulletins are also available on the web page maintained by UPD. Information about the department, services provided, and related resources concerning safety and security can be found there. The web page address is http://upd.olemiss.edu/.

The University Police Department maintains a daily log of all department activity that is available for viewing at the Police Department in Kinard Hall – Wing C. Summaries of campus crime incidents may be published in University newspapers and/or newsletters, and in local, state or national newspapers at the discretion of the news organizations. Other media such as radio and television may broadcast summaries of incidents at their discretion.

Mississippi Sex Offender Registry

In connection with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, effective October 28, 2002, the University of Mississippi Department of Police and Campus Safety announces to the University community that law enforcement information provided by the State of Mississippi related to registered convicted sex offenders in the state may be obtained through the MS Department of Public Safety, Sex Offender Registry, Post Office Box 958, Jackson, Mississippi 39205, [601] 368-1740, e-mail at msor@mdps.state.ms.us,or Web site http://www.sor.mdps.state.ms.us.

The essence of this Act requires that convicted sex offenders, who are required to register under Mississippi state law, provide notice of enrollment or employment at any institution of higher education in Mississippi where the offender resides, along with notice of any change of enrollment or employment status at an institution of higher education in the state. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Sex Offender Registry, maintains and regulates this information in Mississippi. The Registry in turn will notify the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the institution of higher education is located. In our case, this means the Registry will contact the Lafayette County Sheriff and UPD in the event a registered offender notifies the Registry of enroll mentor employment, or any change in such status, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. The format for the Mississippi Sex Offender Registries is set up on a “county” search basis whereby individual registered offenders are listed. To request information regarding registered sex offenders, including those whom UPD has been notified by the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry are enrolled and/or employed at the University of Mississippi’s Oxford Campus, call UPD at (662)915-7234; write UPD, Kinard Hall Wing-C, University, MS 38677; or e-mail UPD at upd@olemiss.edu.

Procedures for Reporting Crime and Emergency Situations

 The University community is encouraged to report all criminal activity occurring on campus to UPD for investigation. To report on-campus emergency situations from on-campus telephones:

Phone System University Phone System,  915   prefix. Non-University Phone System
Police, Emergency 4-911 915-4911
Police, Non-Emergency 7234 915-7234
Fire 9-911 911
Ambulance 9-911 911

If a crime occurs off-campus, it should be reported to the law enforcement agency having legal jurisdiction of that area.

Oxford Police (if in the city)
Emergency 911
Non-Emergency 232-2400
Lafayette County Sheriff (if in   the county)
Emergency 911
Non-Emergency 234-6421

If you are unsure which department has legal jurisdiction, please call UPD for assistance.

Crime Prevention Program/Other Educational Programming and Timely Reports

 UPD has an active crime prevention program that strives to minimize or eliminate criminal opportunities when possible, and encourage faculty, staff and students to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Crime prevention presentations are routinely scheduled for campus residents, as well as, faculty and staff groups. Topics generally involve basic safety and security tips to prevent crime against person and property, sexual assault prevention, DUI and other alcohol violations, drug abuse prevention, fire safety issues. For more information or to schedule programs, please call UPD at 915-7234 during regular business hours.

Other educational programs to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sexual offenses are routinely provided by other University departments such as the University Counseling Center, Department of Student Housing, Dean of Students Office, and Health Promotion, as well as, the off-campus Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. at 234-9929.

The Crime Prevention Program of UPD coordinates the Rebel Patrol Student Escort Service. Rebel Patrol escorts offer on-campus walk-along escorts for anyone concerned about walking alone on campus. UPD officers are available to provide on-campus escorts when Rebel Patrol escorts are not on duty. For an escort, call UPD at 915-7234.

The University has an emergency telephone system known as ‘Code Blue’ that provides strategically located emergency telephones on campus. By depressing the button on the emergency telephone unit pole, you will immediately be in contact with UPD for assistance. The locations of the Code Blue phone units are shown on the campus parking map.

A daily police activity report is provided to the Oxford newspaper (The Oxford Eagle). When a particular crime trend is noted or a significant criminal matter occurs, a crime prevention alert sheet is posted in a timely manner and is provided to campus media and posted on UPD’s Web page and sent to faculty/staff/students via e-mail list serves.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Summary/Purpose: In furtherance of the University’s interest to maintain a drug-free workplace, the University reserves the right to test any university employee for alcohol and/or controlled substances using these guidelines.

In furtherance of the University’s interest to maintain a drug-free workplace, the University reserves the right to test any university employee for alcohol and/or controlled substances when (1) there is a reasonable suspicion that the employee may be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances while at work, (2) the employee has been offered a position within a department or unit that is required by federal or state regulations to conduct a pre-employment drug screening prior to active employment, or (3) the employee is involved in a vehicle accident while operating a university owned, assigned, or leased vehicle. This policy applies regardless of whether or not the university employee was at fault in the accident.

Supervisors are responsible for arranging for the employee to be escorted to the location where the testing is to be conducted. Individuals who test positive, or who refuse to submit to testing when required, will be prohibited from driving a university vehicle and will be subject to other disciplinary action, up to and including, termination of employment. Retesting is required when results reveal that the specimen is diluted.

Employees who test positive, or refuse to submit to testing, will not be permitted to return to driving university vehicles until negative test results have occurred. In addition, those employees may be subject to follow-up tests. Supervisors should consult with Human Resources regarding options for disciplinary action.

No centralized funding is provided for expenses related to substance testing. The Department of Human Resources initially will pay the provider for related charges. However, accounts of the affected departments will be directly charged by the Department of Human Resources to reimburse these expenses. The Department of Human Resources serves as liaison between University departments and the testing provider.

Reasonable Suspicion

Prior to any drug or alcohol testing for reasonable suspicion, the department must coordinate with the Department of Human Resources. Supervisors should notify Human Resources of the need for the testing. When reasonable suspicion exists, the individual who made the observations should submit a written record to the Department of Human Resources documenting the basis for the suspicion. A Reasonable Suspicion Record Form can be found on the Human Resources website. If the observed behavior occurs during a shift when the Department of Human Resources is closed, the individual is to be taken for testing at that time. The Department of Human Resources is to be notified as soon as the office reopens. The Director of Human Resources, or a designated representative, will review the individual circumstances with the employee’s unit head and recommend appropriate action.

Pre-employment

Prior to beginning work in positions within designated departments or units, employees will be tested for controlled substance use. New employee offers are contingent upon completion of drug tests with results revealing the absence of drug use. Hiring departments will coordinate with the Department of Human Resources to schedule required tests. Any employee who tests positive for drugs will not be allowed to begin work. The offer of employment will be withdrawn unless documentation is provided by the employee to the University’s Medical Review Officer justifying the presence of the drug.

Vehicular Accident

As time is of the essence, employees should notify their supervisors of the accident as soon as possible, and supervisors should notify Human Resources immediately when an employee in their department has been involved in a vehicle accident. Post-accident alcohol tests should be conducted within two hours following the vehicle accident. Drug tests should be conducted within 32 hours following the vehicle accident. Failure to report vehicular accidents in a timely manner may result in disciplinary action.

Security and Access to University Buildings

The Physical Plant Department and Landscaping Services Department maintain the University buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. UPD routinely makes reports to the Physical Plant Department and Landscaping Services of potential safety and security hazards noted on our campus. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to make such reports as well.

Residents of on-campus housing should always keep the doors and windows of their residence locked to ensure a greater degree of safety for person and property. In addition to regular police patrols, UPD provides extra coverage to all residence halls from 10:00p.m. – 6:00 a.m. by the assignment of campus safety officers.

The residence halls have 24 hour security of perimeter doors by way of a card access system (except Minor Hall), which houses the administrative offices of the Department of Student Housing and is open from 8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. weekdays. Residents gain access to their hall by use of their assigned magnetic card, while visitors must use a telephone posted on the outside of the building to contact the hall resident with whom they wish to visit. A visitor’s sign-in policy is enforced. Both on-campus and off-campus visitors to all female and male residence halls must be escorted through the residence halls by a resident.

Personal Responsibility

All students, faculty, and staff members must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and security of their personal property by practicing caution and common sense. The cooperation and involvement of the University community in a campus safety program is essential to its success.

Counseling Services

Crisis intervention services are provided by a team of professionals from the Division of Student Affairs. Professionals are on call 24 hours a day and respond to student crises. Lines of communication are maintained between local law enforcement officials and hospitals. Information on crisis intervention services and other counseling services may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students (located in Union Room 422), 915-7247. To speak with counselors, call the University Counseling Center (located on Fraternity Row) at 915-3784.Counseling-related services also are available on a 24 hour basis through the off- campus Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc., in Oxford, at 234-9929. If you cannot reach help, please call UPD for assistance.

 Missing Student Notification

Summary/Purpose: To establish a set of procedures for the University of Mississippi regarding the reporting, investigating, and required emergency notification when a student is reported missing.

Definitions

A. Student: For purposes of this policy, a student is any person currently enrolled on the Oxford campus.

B. Residential Student: a student who resides in on-campus housing under a housing contract/lease and is currently enrolled at the University.

C. Greek Residential Student: a student who resides in an on-campus Greek house.

D. Missing: A student may be considered missing if she or he is overdue in reaching home, campus or another specific location past the expected arrival, additional factors lead University staff to believe she or he is missing, and a check of the student’s residence supports that determination.

Notification to Students

Students will be given an opportunity during the fall term matriculation process to designate an individual to be contacted by the University if the student is determined to be missing. Returning and transfer students will be given an opportunity to provide this information during the fall term. The designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student.

The form provided for designation will state the circumstances in which the designated individual will be contacted and will include a statement that the University is required by law to also notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian if the student is under 18 and not an emancipated individual, at the time he or she is discovered to be missing. If a student is 18 years of age or older and has not designated an individual to be contacted in the event the student is missing, the University will contact the individual that the student listed as an “emergency contact” at the time of enrollment. When a student is missing and the student failed to designate an individual to be contacted under those circumstances, university officials, in their sole discretion, may contact any person who they believe may have information about the student’s whereabouts.

Procedures for Reporting and for Investigating Missing Students

A. Confirmed as a Student: Any University employee or student who receives information that a student is missing, and believes she or he is a student, must immediately report the information or evidence to the University of Mississippi Police Department (UPD).

B. If the person is a student: UPD will conduct a preliminary investigation to verify the situation and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing student. If UPD determines that the student should be considered missing, an officer will contact the Office of the Dean of Students, the appropriate outside law enforcement agencies, and, if necessary, the Department of Student Housing to provide the relevant information. The Office of the Dean of Students will relay pertinent information to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

All pertinent law enforcement agencies, including, if known, those operating in the student’s normal routes of travel or hometown, will be notified and requested to render assistance; all law enforcement agencies involved will receive routine investigation status reports during the course of the investigation. If UPD determines that the student should be considered missing, the person making the initial report will be encouraged to make an official missing person report to local police.

C. If the student is a “residential student” or a “Greek residential student,” the Department of Student Housing or the Office of the Dean of Students (Greek residential student) will conduct a preliminary investigation to verify the situation and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to the reported missing student.

1. A staff member will attempt to contact the student via her or his telephone by using the number(s) provided.

2. If the student cannot be reached by telephone, a staff member will attempt to visit the on-campus room of the student in question to verify the student’s whereabouts and/or wellness, and, in some cases, deliver a message to contact a parent or family member who is searching for the student.

3. If the student is not at the room, but the room is occupied, an attempt will be made to gain information on the student’s whereabouts and/or wellness from the occupants.

4. If there is no response to a knock on the door of the residence hall room or there are occupants who do not know of the student’s whereabouts, a staff member will enter into the room in question, by key if necessary, to perform a health and safety inspection. The staff member will take note of the condition of the room and look for visible personal property (wallet, keys, cell phone, clothing, etc.) which might provide clues as to whether the student has taken an extended trip or leave from the residence hall.

5. If the student is not found in the residence hall room or Greek house, an attempt will be made to gain information on the student’s whereabouts from roommates, other members of the residential community, or other friends.

6. Staff members, at any step in the process, will report immediately any suspicious findings to UPD.

7. If these steps provide an opportunity to speak with the missing student, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to campus should be made. A referral, if needed, may be made to the University Counseling Center or other medical agency. Once the student is found, UPD will be contacted to apprise them of the student’s state of health and well-being.

If all of these steps do not provide an opportunity to speak with the missing student or to learn her or his whereabouts, UPD will contact, within 24 hours of the student being reported missing, the designated contact person as outlined above.

Sexual Misconduct

 Summary/Purpose: To provide students notice about their obligation to refrain from acts that may be considered sexual misconduct.

Introduction

The University of Mississippi strives to create a respectful, safe, and non-threatening environment for its students. This policy describes prohibited conduct and establishes procedures for responding to sexual misconduct incidents, where the accused is a student. These incidents include sexual assault, sexual harassment and other unwelcome behaviors as explained below. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities; the University’s Title IX Coordinator oversees policies and procedures that apply to complaints alleging sex discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence) by employees, students or third parties. The Title IX Coordinator investigates sexual misconduct by students. Responsibilities performed in this policy by “the Title IX Coordinator” may be performed by the Title IX Coordinator, or by, another University employee trained by, and acting under the supervision of, the Title IX Coordinator. The investigation and resolution of complaints involving a student(s) accused of sexual misconduct are governed by this policy, while complaints of sexual misconduct by University employees are governed by Policy Number ACA.EO.100.010. Students who believe they have been a victim of sexual misconduct may submit a complaint against the accused in writing or in person to the Title IX Coordinator, 270 D Martindale Hall (915-7045). Any University faculty or staff member, except those providing counseling or health care services through the University Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and/or Psychological Services Center, who is notified by a student of an incident of sexual misconduct by another student is to report the incident immediately (but not later than three calendar days) to the Title IX Coordinator. Students also are encouraged to immediately contact the University Police Department (662-915-4911) if they have been sexually assaulted and to seek immediate medical attention. Students should seek medical attention even if they do not wish to pursue criminal charges or otherwise pursue a complaint against their attacker.

Relationship Between Student Conduct Adjudication And The University’s Title IX Responsibilities

The adjudication of complaints of sexual misconduct is only a part of the University’s responsibilities under Title IX when a student has experienced sexual harassment by another student. While the University Judicial Council may have a hearing and pronounce sanctions for a student who violates the sexual misconduct policy, the University has a broader responsibility to respond to the needs of student victims. Therefore, regardless of whether a charge is brought against a student through the student conduct process, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate each case to determine whether the overall response of the University (including resources provided or offered to the victim and interim steps taken to protect the victim and others) satisfies the requirements of Title IX. Additionally, the Title IX Coordinator does not look only at individual cases of discrimination, but also at the University environment as a whole to evaluate the campus climate for gender equality.

 Victim Confidentiality  

When a student is the victim of sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator first will request that the victim give consent for an investigation to begin. If a victim requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the Title IX Coordinator will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the victim’s request; however, the Title IX Coordinator may determine that the circumstances of the sexual misconduct incident are so severe or that the circumstances otherwise indicate there is an on-going danger to the victim and/or members of the University community such that action must be taken on the part of the University beyond the action requested by the victim. Consistent with Title IX, the University prohibits retaliation against any individual who makes a report of sexual misconduct or who cooperates with an investigation into sexual misconduct.

Retaliation against such an individual is a violation of this policy and is subject to discipline.

Policy Statement

The University prohibits sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual assault or sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other forms of nonconsensual sexual conduct. Students should be able to live, study, and work in an environment free from sexual misconduct. It is the position of the University that sexual misconduct in any form will not be excused or tolerated. Criminal, civil and University disciplinary processes are available to a student with a complaint. The University is committed to prompt, effective and fair procedures to investigate and adjudicate reports of sexual misconduct and to the education of the University community about the importance of responding to all forms of sexual misconduct. Special emphasis is placed on the rights, needs, and privacy of the student with the complaint, as well as the rights of the accused. At the same time, the University adheres to all federal, state, and local requirements for intervention and crime reporting related to sexual misconduct.

 Interim Steps

The investigation into an incident of sexual misconduct is only one part of the University’s prompt and effective response on behalf of the victim. For a listing of the resources available to sexual assault and sexual misconduct victims, please visit the Violence Prevention Office website http://violenceprevention.olemiss.edu.

The Title IX Coordinator may recommend the immediate implementation of additional steps to provide for the safety of the victim or others, to avoid possible retaliation, or to prevent further occurrence of any discrimination or discriminatory effects. These steps may include, but are not limited to, mutual “no contact” letters, changes in course schedules and changes in housing assignments. Any such interim step taken by the Title IX Coordinator is not appealable, but such steps may be modified by the Title IX Coordinator upon final resolution of a complaint of sexual misconduct.

 Effective Consent Is

Effective consent is the basis of this policy because effective consent maintains the value that all persons have the right to feel respected, acknowledged, and safe during sexual activity.

Sexual intimacy requires that all participants consent to the activity. Consent between two or more people is defined as an affirmative agreement – through clear actions or words – to engage in sexual activity. The person giving the consent must act freely, voluntarily, and with an understanding of his or her actions when giving the consent.  Lack of protest or resistance does not constitute consent, nor does silence mean consent has been given. Relying solely on non-verbal communication can lead to misunderstanding. Persons who want to engage in sexual activity are responsible for obtaining consent – it should never be assumed.

A prior relationship or prior sexual activity is not sufficient to demonstrate consent.  Consent must be present throughout the sexual activity – at any time, a participant can communicate that he or she no longer consents to continuing the activity. If there is confusion as to whether anyone has consented or continues to consent to sexual activity, it is essential that the participants stop the activity until the confusion can be clearly resolved.

 Effective Consent Is Not

Effective consent cannot result from force, or threat of force, coercion, fraud or intimidation. In addition, an incapacitated person is not able to give consent. The use of force to obtain sexual access or to induce consent violates this policy whether the force is physical in nature, violent, or involves threats, intimidation or coercion.

-Physical force includes but is not limited to: hitting, kicking, and restraining. Physical force means someone is physically exerting control of another person through violence.

-Threatening someone to obtain consent for a sexual act is a violation of this policy.

Threats exist where a reasonable person would have been compelled by the words or actions of another to give permission to sexual activity to which he or she otherwise would not have consented.

-Intimidation is an implied threat. Intimidation exists when a reasonable person would feel threatened or coerced even though there may not be any threat made explicitly. Intimidation is evaluated based on the intensity, frequency, or duration of the comments or actions.

-Incapacitation: It is a violation of this policy if the initiator has sex with someone the initiator knows, or reasonably should know, to be incapacitated by alcohol, drugs, sleep or illness. A person who is unconscious, unaware, or otherwise physically helpless cannot give effective consent to sexual activity. Someone is incapacitated when he or she cannot understand who, what, when, where, why, or how, with respect to the sexual interaction.

-Age of Consent: According to Mississippi Code §97-3-65, effective consent can never be given by persons under the age of 14. Students who are at least 17 years old cannot receive effective consent from anyone between the ages of 14 and 16, if they are younger by more than 36 months.

 Prohibited Conduct

Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any sexual behavior that was committed without effective consent. Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity and consists of a range of behaviors. The requirements of this policy apply regardless of the sexual orientation, sexual identity, or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity. The use of alcohol or other drugs never excuses behavior that violates this policy. The following descriptions represent sexual behaviors that violate The University of Mississippi’s community standards and values of respect, civility, and personal integrity. These behaviors are serious violations and represent a threat to the safety of the University community.

1. Sexual Penetration

Sexual intercourse, or sexual penetration, however slight, with any object or body part without effective consent. This includes penetration by a person of any gender upon another person of any gender.

2. Sexual Touching

Any intentional touching of intimate body parts without effective consent. Sexual touching includes bodily contact or contact made with an object.

3. Sexual Harassment

Harassment of a sexual nature that is so objectively offensive, pervasive, or severe that it effectively denies the victim access to the University’s resources and opportunities, unreasonably interferes with the victim’s work or living environment, or deprives the victim of some other protected right.

4. Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes non–‐consensual, unfair, or abusive advantage of another sexually for his or her own advantage or benefit, even though that behavior does not constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples include, but are not limited to:

-Non-consensual video audio taping, or photographing of sexual activity even if the sexual act is consensual.

-Non-consensual posting, publishing, sharing, or displaying photo, audio, or video of sexual activity even if the activity was originally recorded with effective consent.

-Voyeurism is a form of sexual exploitation in which one individual engages in secretive observation or non-consensual video or audio taping of another for personal sexual pleasure.

-Any disrobing of another or exposure to another without effective consent.

5. Stalking

Stalking is sexual misconduct when the content of the messages or the nature of the physical stalking is of a sexual nature.

6. Attempted Act/Accomplice to Sexual Misconduct

Attempts to commit sexual misconduct also are prohibited under this policy, as is aiding in the commission of sexual misconduct as an accomplice.

7. Use of Drugs and/or Alcohol to Induce Incapacity 

This policy also prohibits sexual activity or attempted sexual activity with someone whose incapacity results from the taking of a drug or alcohol. Possession, use, and/or distribution of any “date-rape” drugs or substances, including but not limited to Rohypnol, Ketamine, and GHB, are prohibited, and administering or attempting to administer any of these drugs or substances, including alcohol, to someone else for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy. A student may be charged with a violation of this policy even if no sexual activity took place.

8. Retaliation

Pursuant to Title IX, retaliation against an individual who initiates a sexual misconduct complaint, participates in an investigation, or pursues legal action, is prohibited. Independent action may be taken against anyone engaging in retaliation including individuals who are acting on behalf of the accused, with or without the knowledge of the accused. Retaliation may occur in person or electronically.  In an effort to avoid retaliation, prevent recurrence of any discrimination or discriminatory effects, and provide for the safety of the victim(s) and others, the University will implement all necessary remedies during an investigation period and/or at the conclusion of an investigation. These remedies may include, but are not limited to: mutual “no contact” letters, changes in course schedules, and changes in housing assignments.

 Sanctions

A wide range of sexual misconduct is prohibited by this policy. As such, dependent upon the facts unique to each case, sanctions may range from a verbal reprimand to expulsion from the University. For a non exhaustive list of sanctions and their definitions please reference University of Mississippi policy DSA.SC.300.020, Disciplinary Sanctions.

Victim Amnesty

The use of alcohol or drugs by either party in conjunction with a sexual assault does not alleviate responsibility on the part of the accused or diminish the serious nature of the offense. When alcohol or drugs are involved, a victim will not be found responsible for alcohol or drug violation and should not let his or her use of alcohol or drugs be a deterrent to reporting the incident. For a listing of resources available to students, please visit the Violence Prevention Office website http://violenceprevention.olemiss.edu/

Sexual Misconduct Student Conduct Adjudication Process

Complaints of sexual misconduct by a student against another student are governed by Title IX and are, therefore, investigated by the Title IX Coordinator. The adjudication of sexual misconduct cases shall follow the process outlined in DSA.SC.300.001 through DSA.SC.300.015, Student Conduct Process, unless otherwise outlined below. The standard of proof for all cases involving sexual misconduct will be based upon the University’s established standard of preponderance of the evidence.  The time frames indicated below are maximums. All days are “business” days, unless otherwise noted. Especially in cases of sexual assault, the University will make every effort to move the case promptly through the process so long as such speed does not interfere with the quality of the investigation or the hearing.

1. In the Student Conduct process, cases of sexual misconduct will be adjudicated within 60 days of the date that the Title IX Coordinator is notified of the complaint, unless there are extenuating circumstances (i.e. uncooperative witnesses, break periods and periods when the University is closed). The Title IX Coordinator will comply with law enforcement requests for cooperation and such cooperation may require the Title IX Coordinator to temporarily suspend the fact-finding aspect of the investigation while law enforcement is in the process of gathering evidence. The University promptly will resume its investigation as soon as notified by the law enforcement agency that it has completed the evidence gathering process, which typically takes three to ten calendar days, although the delay in the University’s investigation will be longer in certain instances.

a. Information Gathering and Determination of Charge/s: The Title IX Coordinator  will investigate a complaint of sexual misconduct within 40 days of receiving the  complaint. The degree to which a victim of sexual misconduct participates in the  investigation and subsequent hearing will be up to the victim to decide; however,  when a victim does not wish to be a part of the investigation, wishes to remain  anonymous, or refuses to provide information to the Title IX Coordinator, the  Title IX Coordinator may be prevented from doing a full investigation. The Title  IX Coordinator will compile all evidence, including the testimony of various
witnesses, into a report. The report will not contain findings of fact as to whether a violation of the sexual misconduct policy actually occurred; however, the Title  IX Coordinator will decide whether there is sufficient evidence of sexual  misconduct such that the complaint needs to go forward for a hearing by the  University Judicial Council. If the Title IX Coordinator does not find there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the hearing, the victim may still request a  hearing before the University Judicial Council.

b. Pre-hearings: Within 45 days, the University will conduct individual pre-hearings for the victim and the accused student(s). Sanctions may be given to the accused during the prehearing phase, but only if the Title IX Coordinator, the victim and the accused all agree on appropriate sanctions. If all three parties agree on appropriate sanctions, this decision is not appealable.

c. Hearing Decision: Within 60 days, the University will render a hearing decision to include findings of “in-violation” or “not in violation” of each charge and any appropriate sanctions. The University will attempt to notify, simultaneously, both the victim and accused, in writing, within 24 hours of this decision. d. Appeal: The victim and/or the accused may appeal the findings and/or the sanctions of the University Judicial Council. The process for appeal is outlined within University of Mississippi policy DSA.SC.300.010, Student Conduct Process. For cases involving sexual misconduct, both the victim and accused will be notified in writing of the appellate decision within 12 days of receiving the appeal.

2. During the investigation phase, but no later than 30 days after learning of the  complaint, the Title IX Coordinator may decide that the case is suitable for informal  resolution, or mediation, between the parties; however, mediation will not be used  in cases where sexual assault or other violence is alleged, or in cases where the  Title IX Coordinator believes there to be an inequity of power between the parties.  The Title IX Coordinator, the victim and the accused must all agree to engage in  mediation. The Title IX Coordinator will appoint a mediator, and the mediation will  be conducted within 10 days of the parties’ agreement to mediate. If the parties
reach an agreement during mediation, that agreement will be put in writing and will  be binding upon the parties. Violation of the written agreement will result in the  student being charged with Disregard for University Authority, DSA.SC.200.010 and  may result in a reinstatement of the charge for sexual misconduct. If the parties are  unable to reach an agreement, the case will be turned back over to the Title IX  Coordinator to complete the investigation.

3.  The victim and the accused have the right to have an advisor of their choice present  at any point of the student conduct process.

4.  The victim and the accused will have individual pre-hearing meetings to discuss  their rights, the student conduct charges and the hearing process. The accused will  not have the opportunity to agree to sanctions during the pre-hearing (and thus  avoid a hearing before the Judicial Council) unless both the Title IX Coordinator  and the victim have already agreed that the suggested sanctions are appropriate. If  the sanctions are then agreed to by the accused, then neither party may appeal.

5.  A five member board will be selected by the University Judicial Council Chair and  the Student Conduct administrator after both the victim and accused have the  opportunity to see a full list of Council Members and request recusal of any they  have reason to believe are biased.

6.  The victim may choose to be present throughout the entire hearing.

7.   The victim may choose to participate in the hearing through the means of  technology from an off-site location or at the hearing location separated from the  accused by a  barrier.

8.   The victim’s refusal to be present or participate in the hearing will not prevent the  hearing from proceeding as long as there is other evidence of the sexual  misconduct.

9.   The Title IX Coordinator may be called as a witness and may present evidence  found during the course of the investigation, including the testimony of individuals  interviewed during the investigation. Because the University Judicial Council is the  finder of fact, the Title IX Coordinator will not be asked whether the accused acted in  violation of this policy, but the Title IX Coordinator may comment on inconsistencies
found during the investigation and on the credibility of witnesses interviewed.

10.  All questions and answers will be directed to the University Judicial Council Chair.

11.  The victim and accused may give closing statements.

12.  The victim may submit an impact statement that will be taken into consideration only  if there is a finding of “responsible” for any sexual misconduct charge.

13.  The decision of the council and sanctions will be determined within 48 hours of the  hearing completion.

14.  The victim and accused will be notified of the council’s finding concurrently.  Additionally, the victim and accused will receive formal notification of the outcome in  writing. The same notification process will be followed for all cases under appeal.  The victim and the accused both have the right to appeal the decision of the  University Judicial Council as outlined in part six of University of Mississippi policy,  DSA.SC.300.010, Student Conduct Process, as modified by this policy.

Timely reports of criminal victimization and preservation of the crime scene are critical to successful investigation and eventual prosecution. In particular, victims of any sexual assault are strongly encouraged to immediately report the offense to UPD. Victims should attempt to preserve all physical evidence carefully – do not change clothes, shower, wash hands, drink or eat anything, or touch any object handled by the violator. Victims are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention at:
 On-Campus- Student Health Services, located in the V.B. Harrison Health Center.  Hours of operation 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday- Friday (when the University is open), 915-7274.
Off-Campus - Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, located on South Lamar at Belk Blvd. in Oxford, 236-1124.

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The University of Mississippi Police Department has been designated as the compliance office for ensuring the requirements of the Clery/Minger Acts are met and prepares the Combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

This report is prepared in cooperation with the Oxford Police Department the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Student Housing, the office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Human Resources, the Office  of Admissions, University Health Services, University Counseling Center, the Department of Fire Safety, and other University departments. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act. Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the University Police, designated campus security authorities, and local law enforcement agencies.

All students, staff and faculty are notified annually via email of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report on the University website. All prospective employees and students also are advised of the availability and location of this report via the Office of Human Resources or the Office of Admissions (through application processes). Copies of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report also may be obtained at the University Police Department located in Kinard Hall Wing –C.

Campus Security Authorities

 Campus Security Authorities include the following:

1.  A campus police department or campus security department of the university

2.  Any individual who has responsibility for campus security but who is not a member of  the campus police department or the campus security department

3.  Any individual specified in the university’s statement of campus security policy as an  individual to which students and employees should report criminal offenses

4.  Any individual of the university who has significant responsibility for student and  campus activities

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Division of Student Affairs Directors
Director of Admissions
Director of Campus Programming
Director of Campus Recreation
Director of Career Center
Director of University Counseling Center
Dean of Students
Director of Financial Aid
Director of the Office of International Programs
Director of Lucky day Scholarship Program
Director of Enrollment Services
Director of Student Housing
Director of Student Health Services
Director of University Health Services
Director of Police and Campus Safety

Office of Dean of Students
Associate Dean for Student Conduct
Assistant Dean for Geek Life and Student Organizations
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteer Services

Student Organizations Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance

Title IX Coordinator

Coordinator of Violence Prevention

Department of Athletics
Director of Athletic Programs
Associate Directors of Athletic Programs
Head Coaches for Athletic Teams
Assistant Coaches for Athletic Teams
Assistant Directors of Athletic Programs

Department of Student Housing
Associate Directors
Area Coordinators
Assistant Directors
Hall Directors
Residence Assistants

Physical Plant
Fire Safety
Custodial Services

Office of the Provost
Academic Advisors

 Commanding Officers of Military Studies

 Director of Student Disability Services

 Crime Statistics Location Definitions

The crime statistics reported are broken down geographically according to the following categories: On Campus, Residential Facility; Non-campus Property; and Public Property.

The following definitions apply to these geographic categories:

On-Campus: Includes all academic, administrative and athletic buildings on the main campus and all outdoor common areas on University of Mississippi property.

Residential Facilities: Buildings on campus where people live. These numbers are reflected in the On-Campus totals.

Non-Campus Buildings and Properties: Includes all University of Mississippi buildings and properties which are not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the main campus. (This includes the Golf Course, Airport, Biological Field Station, and Rowan Oak).

Public Properties: All public property such as thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities within campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus.

Definitions of Crimes

Pursuant to the Clery Act, crimes must be classified based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR).

 Criminal Offenses

Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. Deaths caused by negligence, attempts to kill, assaults to kill, suicides, and accidental deaths are excluded.

Forcible Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that persons will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent (i.e., forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, or forcible fondling).

Non-Forcible Sex Offenses: Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse (i.e., incest or statutory rape).

Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Simple assaults are excluded.

Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. Attempted forcible entry is included.

Motor Vehicle Theft: -The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is self-propelled and runs on the surface and not on rails. Motorboats, construction equipment, airplanes, and farming equipment are specifically excluded from this category.

Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Hate Crimes

Any criminal offense (as listed above) committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin.

The Clery Act Categories of Bias

 Race: A preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics (e.g., color of skin, eyes, and/or hair; facial features, etc.) genetically transmitted by descent and heredity which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind (e.g., Asians, blacks, whites).

Gender: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons because those persons are male or female.

Religion: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being (e.g., Catholics, Jews, Protestants, atheists).

Sexual orientation: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their sexual attraction toward, and responsiveness to, members of their own sex or members of the opposite sex (e.g., gays, lesbians, heterosexuals).

Ethnicity/national origin: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons of the same race or national origin who share common or similar traits, languages, customs and traditions (e.g., Arabs, Hispanics).

Disability: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairments/challenges, whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury, advanced age or illness.

In conjunction with the Clery Act, hate crimes include any of the offenses listed above and the offenses motivated by bias below

Larceny-Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Larceny and theft mean the same thing in the UCR.) Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.

Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Destruction/damage/Vandalism of Property: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

 Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Actions

The Clery Act requires reporting of arrests and referrals for disciplinary actions for the following violations:

Liquor Law Violations: State and/or local liquor law violations except drunkenness and driving under the influence. Federal violations are excluded.

Drug Law Violations: State and/or local offenses relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, and manufacturing of narcotic drugs. The following drug categories are specified: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics – manufactured narcotics that can cause true addiction.

On-Campus: Includes all academic, administrative and athletic buildings on the main campus and all outdoor common areas on University of Mississippi property.

Residential Facilities: Buildings on campus where people live. These numbers are reflected in the On-Campus totals.

Non-Campus Buildings and Properties: Includes all University of Mississippi buildings and properties which are not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the main campus. (This includes the Golf Course, Airport, Biological Field Station, and Rowan Oak).

Public Properties: All public property such as thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities within campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus.

Weapons Violations: All violations of regulations or statutes controlling the carrying, using, possessing, furnishing, and manufacturing of deadly weapons or silencers. Attempts are included.

 

Crimes Reported to the University Police Department, Three-Year Comparison

 

Offense   Type

Year

On-Campus

Residential   Facilities

(Included   in On-Campus Column)

Non-Campus   Buildings & Properties

Public   Property

Total

Murder & Non-negligent   Manslaughter 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 2010 3 2 1 0 4
2011 4 4 1 0 5
2012 1 0 0 0 1
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 2010 0 0 1 0 1
2011 1 0 0 0 1
2012 1 0 1 0 2
Aggravated Assault 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 1 1 0 0 1
2012 1 0 1 0 2
Burglary 2010 47 37 2 0 49
2011 44 36 2 0 46
2012 31 28 1 0 32
Motor Vehicle Theft 2010 2 0 0 0 2
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 1 0 0 0 1
Arson 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 137 108 10 0 147

 

Number of Arrests by the University Police Department for Selected Offenses, Three-Year Comparison

Offense   Type

Year

On-Campus

Residential   Facilities

(Included   in On-Campus Column)

Non-Campus   Buildings & Properties

Public   Properties

Totals

Liquor Law Violations* 2010 9 2 24 0 33
2011 19 14 43 0 62
2012 16 6 14 0 30
Drug Violations 2010 68 49 15 0 83
2011 82 55 26 0 108
2012 72 44 11 0 83
Weapons Violations 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 1 1 2 0 3
2012 2 1 0 0 2

* Does not include DUI and Public Drunk.

Number of Referrals by the University Police Department for Selected Offenses, Three-Year Comparison

Does not include incidents which involved arrest.

Offense   Type

Year

On-Campus

Residential   Facilities

(Included   in On-Campus Column)

Non-Campus   Buildings & Properties

Public   Properties

Totals

Liquor Law Violations * 2010 1 1 1 0 2
2011 1 1 0 0 1
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Violations 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 1 1 0 0 1
2012 1 1 1 0 2
Weapons Violations 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0

* Does not include DUI and Public Drunk.

Hate Crimes on Campus

None of the criminal offenses from the above chart manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability; nor were there any other reported criminal incidents involving bodily injury which manifested similar prejudice.

Crimes Reported to Other University Officials
(Not officially reported to or investigated by UPD)

Offense   Type

Year

On-Campus

Residential   Facilities

(Included   in On-Campus Column)

Non-Campus   Buildings & Properties

Public   Property

Total

Murder & Non-negligent   Manslaughter 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Negligent Manslaughter 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 2010 1 0 0 0 1
2011 3 0 3 0 3
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0

 

Number of Referrals by Other University Officials for Selected Offenses

Offense   Type

Year

On-Campus

Residential   Facilities

(Included   in On-Campus Column)

Non-Campus   Buildings & Properties

Public   Property

Totals

Liquor Law Violations * 2010 55 55 0 0 55
2011 81 81 0 0 81
2012 166 166 1 0 167
Drug Violations 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Violations 2010 0 0 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0

* Does not include DUI and Public Drunk.

Other Agencies

Crimes Reported to the Oxford Police Department, Three-Year Comparison

Offense Type Year Total Reported
Murder & Non-negligent   Manslaughter 2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
Negligent Manslaughter 2010 0
2011 0
2012 1
Forcible Sex Offenses 2010 2
2011 13
2012 1
Robbery 2010 10
2011 7
2012 3
Aggravated Assault 2010 1
2011 8
2012 4
Burglary 2010 389
2011 279
2012 50
Motor Vehicle Theft 2010 10
2011 10
2012 13
Arson 2010 0
2011 2
2012 0

 Hate Crimes Reported to the Oxford Police Department

None of the criminal offenses from the above chart manifested evidence of prejudice based on  race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability; nor were there any other reported criminal incidents involving bodily injury which manifested similar prejudice.

Number of Arrests by the Oxford Police Department for Selected Offenses, Three-Year Comparison

Offense   Type

Year

Number   of Arrests

Liquor Law Violations* 2010 123
2011 183
201 136
Drug Violations 2010 258
2011 238
2012 101
Weapons Violations 2010 2
2011 4
2012 0

* Does not include DUI and Public Drunk.

Crimes Reported to the Lafayette County Sheriff Department,-Three-Year Comparison

Offense Type Year Total Reported
Murder & Non-negligent   Manslaughter 2010 3
2011 1
2012 0
Negligent Manslaughter 2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 2010 5
2011 6
2012 8
Robbery 2010 4
2011 6
2012 1
Aggravated Assault 2010 13
2011 33
2012 1
Burglary 2010 193
2011 58
2012 82
Motor Vehicle Theft 2010 3
2011 2
2012 49
Arson 2010 2
2011 1
2012 10

 Hate Crimes Reported to the Lafayette County Sheriff Department

None of the criminal offenses from the above chart manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability; nor were there any other reported criminal incidents involving bodily injury which manifested similar prejudice.

Number of Arrests by the Lafayette County Sheriff Department for Selected Offenses, Three-Year Comparison

Offense   Type

Year

Number   of Arrest

Liquor Law Violations* 2010 17
2011 14
2012 0
Drug Violations 2010 452
2011 123
2012 17
Weapons Violations 2010 12
2011 9
2012 2

* Does not include DUI and Public Drunk.

Campus Fire Safety Annual Compliance Report

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) became law in August 2008. This act requires the University to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related on campus statistics. The University of Mississippi produces an annual report (The Michael Minger Act) that addresses these issues and statistics.

Electrical Appliances

Residence Halls: The electrical systems in the residence halls are not designed to carry heavy loads of electrical equipment. Appliances that are permitted include: microwaves (less than 1000 watts), refrigerators (no more than 4 cubic feet), coffee makers, air popcorn poppers, hair dryers, electric shavers, radios, TVs and stereos. Microwaves are the only cooking appliance permitted for use in student rooms. No homemade electrical appliance will be permitted. Additionally, residents must be present when using any cooking appliance in student rooms or in hall kitchens.

Items that are NOT allowed include but are not limited to: electric heaters, oil popcorn poppers, toaster ovens, George Foreman, or similar type grills, open coiled or open flame appliances, halogen lamps, crock pots, and convection ovens.

Apartments: Appliances with open coils, flames, or those that pose an electrical overload are prohibited for safety reasons. Dishwashers, washers, and dryers are not allowed. If one of these appliances is found, the resident has 72 hours to permanently remove it from the complex. If not properly taken care of within 72 hours, judicial action will be pursued. It is possible that the resident may be charged an additional electrical service usage fee. In addition, the resident’s lease may be terminated due to noncompliance.

 Smoke-Free Campus Environment

Summary/Purpose: To provide notice of and guidelines about the smoke-free environment at The University of Mississippi.*

Smoking is prohibited at all times, and at all locations of The University of Mississippi Oxford campus, including University-owned facilities, properties, and grounds.  This includes but is not limited to the following:

The interior of all University-owned buildings;
•   All outside property or grounds of the Oxford campus, including sidewalks, parking lots, recreational areas and partially enclosed areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, porches, gazebos, tents and bus shelters;

•   Within any University of Mississippi-owned vehicles, including buses, vans, shuttles, golf carts and all other University vehicles;

•   All indoor and outdoor athletics venues and facilities.

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors.

For purposes of this policy, “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and any other lit tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes that emit smoke.

The University also prohibits littering the campus with remains of any tobacco products. Additionally, the University-controlled advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products is prohibited on campus, regardless of the vendor.

Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, and athletic events using University-owned facilities, grounds, and properties are required to abide by University of Mississippi policy. Therefore, organizers of such events are responsible for communicating to attendees the policies of the University and for enforcing this policy.

Communication: Persons will be informed of this policy through:

•   Signs posted in appropriate areas throughout the University

  • Various University web sites including Human Resources, Alumni Affairs, Athletics, Health Center, Counseling Center, and others

•   UM Smoke-Free Campus web-site (www.olemiss.edu/smokefree)

•   E-mail communication to all employees and students

•   The M Book

•   Other University publications and communications.

Respect and Responsibility: The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. All members of the University community share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy.  Any complaints should be brought to the attention of the appropriate University authorities, and anyone who complains shall be protected against retaliation.

 Enforcement: The responsibility for the enforcement and communication of this policy rests with all members of the University community and the University Police Department.

Visitors, contractors, and other individuals on campus who are in violation of the policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply with our smoke-free campus policy.

All faculty, staff, and students who are in violation of this policy should be reminded of the policy and asked to comply.  Refusal to comply with this policy could result in citations and fines.  For complete information about policy enforcement, go to www.olemiss.edu/smokefree.

Smoking Cessation Programs:  The Health Center and Counseling Center offer a range of smoking cessation and support programs for any member of the University community who desires to quit smoking.  The University’s employee health insurance plan covers the full cost for three months of cessation medications.  To learn more about smoking cessation programs available to students and employees, please go to www.olemiss.edu/smokefree.

Arson, Explosive Devices, and Emergency Equipment

Summary/Purpose: To protect property and persons from harm as the result of fire and inherently dangerous activities.

The unauthorized setting of fires, use of explosive devices, and misuse of emergency equipment are prohibited at The University of Mississippi. Below is a nonexclusive list of prohibited actions under this policy.

1. The University prohibits the attempt to set, the setting of, or the adding to unauthorized fires on University property.

2. Any student found willfully to have tampered with, damaged, or misused any fire protection equipment, initiated a false alarm, negligently discharged a fire extinguisher, or set fire in a residence hall or any other facility on the University campus may be expelled from the University and held responsible for the cost of all damages. In addition to disciplinary action through the University conduct system, students and/or their non-student guests who engage in such activity may be subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability.

3. Occupants of all University facilities have a responsibility to follow the directions and directives of the chief of the Oxford Fire Department, or a designated representative, and University personnel during fire emergencies as well as unannounced fire drills and practice evacuations. The failure or refusal to cooperate will constitute a breach of regulations and is subject to disciplinary action.

4. The University prohibits the possession, use, or threatened use of explosive devices, materials, or chemicals, including, but not limited to, firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, and dynamite.

5. Any student found willfully to have tampered with, damaged, or misused any campus emergency protection equipment or initiated a false alarm may be expelled from the University and held responsible for the cost of all damages. In addition to disciplinary action through the University conduct system, students and/or their nonstudent guests who engage in such activity may be subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability.

Fire Alarms

Fire alarms have been installed throughout the residence halls for student safety. In the event that a fire alarm should sound, students must leave the building immediately through the nearest exit. Residents should become familiar with the evacuation diagram located on each hallway. Residents are instructed to remain outside of the building until the Fire Department gives the order that the building is safe and residents may return to their rooms. Residents who remain in the residence halls after an alarm has sounded are subject to arrest and University judicial action. Intentionally causing a false fire alarm is considered a serious infraction and will be dealt with accordingly. The Fire Department responds to all fire alarms regardless of their origin, and the cost is charged to the Housing Department. Please be aware that smoking, cooking and aerosols sprayed near smoke detectors or sprinklers may result in an accidental false fire alarm. An intentional false fire alarm may result in arrest, University disciplinary action, and loss of housing. A $500 fine will be assessed to anyone responsible for setting off a fire alarm. If no one person or persons are found responsible, the cost will be assessed to the entire floor or building as common area damage. Each semester, one planned fire drill will be scheduled. This will provide an opportunity for residents to practice evacuating the building. All alarms that sound should be treated as a potentially life-threatening situation.

When a fire alarm sounds residents should:

1. Leave the room immediately, as required by state law.

2. Leave the wall or overhead light on.

3. Close the room door and lock it.

4. Walk quietly and quickly to the nearest exit. Do not use the elevators.

5. Once outside, go to the designated waiting area.

6. Remain outside until the signal is given by building staff to return to rooms.

Students must obey all fire regulations. Failure to evacuate a hall when an alarm sounds represents grounds for disciplinary action. Housing staff and the University Police reserve the right to enter student rooms to locate the source of the problem and to ensure that everyone has evacuated the building.

Fire and Safety Equipment

City Fire Code prohibits anyone from tampering with fire and safety equipment in the residence halls or in any campus building. Tampering includes pulling false fire alarms, discharging fire extinguishers, removing exit signs, and interfering with smoke detectors and sprinklers. Students responsible will be assessed for all damages that occur as a result of their actions and for the hourly rate of the repair person’s labor. All violators are subject to judicial action and possible criminal prosecution. The civil penalty for malicious use of fire and safety equipment is up to a $500 fine/and or 90 days in jail. Students damaging or tampering with life safety equipment will be assessed for all damages related to replacement, or repair including any labor costs.

Fire Safety

Candles, incense, oil lamps, etc. are not permitted in the residence halls or apartments. These items produce an open flame that may inadvertently set off the smoke alarm system causing a false alarm. They may start a fire. Because of the potential hazard that all candles pose, whether they are burned or unburned, ordinary or decorative, they are not permitted on-campus. Candles found in student rooms will be confiscated and the resident(s) of the room will be charged $25 per candle and will be subject to disciplinary action. All confiscated items will be removed from students’ rooms and disposed of appropriately by Housing staff. Students are required to bring appliances and hair equipment (curling irons) that have an automatic turn-off feature. In addition, the following items are not allowed due to risk of fire:

*Live Christmas trees
*Fireworks
*Grills
*Motorized vehicles
*Hazardous flammable materials (gas, propane, gas grill, chemicals)
*Paper/fabric covering more than 50% of the wall
*Halogen lamps

Fire Drills

Fire Drills will be conducted once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester for all residence halls and Greek houses.

 Fire Inspections

Fire Services conducts Building and Facilities Inspections once a year, concentrating on building evacuation plans, emergency exit lighting, and clear passageways. Additionally, room occupancy and fire safety issues are included in this scope of work. Fire inspection reports are addressed to the vice chancellors associated with the buildings housing their respective academic deans, department chairs and building mayors. Any discrepancies will be re-inspected.

Fire safety inspections are carried out and reports are maintained in accordance with the current International Fire Code and the NFPA Codes. Copies of these reports are sent to the State Fire Marshal.

Fire drills and fire safety inspections are conducted once per semester for each residence hall in coordination with the Director of Housing or his or her representative. Fire drills and fire safety inspections are conducted once per semester for each  on-campus Greek house.

Event inspections in University auditoriums and athletics facilities are conducted per event or by a scheduled facility inspection.

The following types of fire drills and safety programs are offered in the fire safety area:

  • Live evacuation fire drills for residence halls
  • Live evacuation fire drills for Greek houses
  • Fire and severe weather evacuation rules and procedures for the campus community
  • Fire safety training for freshman chemistry classes
  • Fire safety training for commercial cooking classes
  • Fire safety training by UM Fire Services and the Oxford Fire Department for Housing’s CAs
  • Fire safety training by UM Fire Services and the Oxford Fire Department for the leadership of Greek organizations

Fire Safety Training

Annually, University Fire Services conducts fire safety training to all first year Chemistry students (more than 500 students). The training consists of a slide presentation and a “hands-on” demonstration of how to use a fire extinguisher. Before the start of the Fall Semester, University Fire Services also conducts a Resident Advisor Fire Safety Class. This training includes a power point presentation and hands-on demonstration of how to use a fire extinguisher. In addition, Fire Services creates a low visibility environment in a residence hall and instructs students how to escape a building filled with smoke. The hallway is filled with fire training fog and obstacles are placed in the hallway. The students must find their way to the opposite end of the hallway to the stairwell exit where they can leave the building.

Policy on Open Flames in Greek Houses

Candles and incense are prohibited from use in individual’s rooms. Candles or incense only may be used in ceremonies, rituals, initiations and special events such as alumni dinners, memorial services, etc., and only when all of the following criteria are met:

* Notification of event shall be made in writing to University Fire Services 700 Hathorn Road, University, MS 38677.
* At least one individual shall be designated as the Safety Monitor when candles are being used. The Safety Monitor shall observe candle use and ensure that proper precautions have taken place. The Safety Monitor shall have the proper knowledge on how to use a fire extinguisher and know where the fire extinguishers are located. Should a fire occur and no one is in immediate danger, the Safety Monitor shall attempt to extinguish the fire by using a fire extinguisher. (University Fire Services may be contacted for training on how to use a fire extinguisher properly 662-915-7051).
* If at any point the fire becomes too large or people are in immediate danger, evacuate the building immediately and then call 911.
* Lit candles shall not be left unattended.
* Proper candle placement is imperative to ensure that a fire is not started by placing candles near, above or below flammable materials such as curtains, towels, tablecloths, etc. Care also should be taken to ensure that dripping wax will not cause any burns to persons or property.
* Care should be taken to extinguish candles in a well ventilated area so as to not accidentally activate the building’s fire alarm system.

Fire Statistics

Residential Housing Fire Alarm Systems

 

Location/Building Number of Beds Number of Fires Number of Injuries Number of Deaths Fire Drills Per Semester Sprinkled Fire Alarm System
Brown 241 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Campus Walk 432 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Crosby 742 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Deaton 96 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Hefley 137 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Kincannon 549 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Martin 510 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Northgate 109 0 0 0 1 No No
Residential College South 466 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Luckyday Residential College 332 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Ridge North 340 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Ridge West 272 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Minor Hall 250 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Stewart 330 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Stockard 210 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes
Village 80 0 0 0 1 Yes Yes

 

Fire Alarm System Residential Area

 

Location/Building Number of Panels Number of Pull Stations Number of Other Initiation Devices Number of Strobes Location of Supervising Stations
Brown 1 14 164 24 University of Mississippi
Campus Walk N/A N/A N/A N/A University of Mississippi
Crosby 2 57 179 0 University of Mississippi
Deaton 1 15 123 29 University of Mississippi
Hefley 1 12 169 19 University of Mississippi
Kincannon 2 29 63 30 University of Mississippi
Martin 1 28 426 98 University of Mississippi
Northgate N/A N/A N/A N/A University of Mississippi
Residential College South 1 32 543 204 University of Mississippi
Luckyday Residential College 1 32 543 204 University of Mississippi
Ridge North 1 N/A N/A N/A University of Mississippi
Ridge West 1 N/A N/A N/A University of Mississippi
Minor Hall 1 N/A N/A N/A University of Mississippi
Stewart 1 32 342 71 University of Mississippi
Stockard 1 28 436 115 University of Mississippi
Village N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

Fire Alarm System Residential Area (Cont.)

 

Sprinkler System Fire Pumps Standpipe
Location/
Building
Type Floors Protected Square Footage Manufactured Brand Maximum Rate
of Discharge
Backup Power
Supplied
Type No. Floors No. Risers
Brown  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 1000 gpm  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
Campus Walk  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
Crosby Wet/
Dry
11 1679900 2007 ITT  N/A Generator Wet 11 3
Deaton Wet 5 30192 Unknown Peerless 1000 gpm No Backup Wet 5 2
Hefley Wet/
Dry
5 40657 Unknown Peerless 1000 gpm Generator Wet 5 2
Kincannon Wet/
Dry
8 105948  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A Wet 8 3
Martin Wet/
Dry
11 223500 2007 Aurora 1000 gpm Generator Wet 11 2
Northgate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Residential
College
South
Wet/
Dry
5 150905 2008 Aurora 750 gpm Generator Wet 5 2
Luckyday Residential
College
Wet/
Dry
5  N/A 2008  N/A  N/A Generator Wet 5 2
Ridge North Wet  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A N/A  N/A N/A
Ridge West Wet  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A N/A
Minor Hall Wet  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A N/A
Stewart Wet 7  N/A  N/A Peerless 1000 gpm Generator Wet 7 3
Stockard Wet/
Dry
11 223500 2007 Aurora 1000 gpm Generator Wet 11 2
Village N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

Greek Houses Sprinkler Systems

 

Building Type of System Number of Floors Protected Square Footage
Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Wet 2 ~ 20,000
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Wet 3 ~25,000
Delta Gamma Sorority Wet/Dry 3 ~30,000
Delta Delta Delta Sorority Dry 4 ~30,000
Delta Psi Fraternity Wet 2 ~10,000
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Wet 2 ~25,000
Kappa Delta Sorority Wet 3 ~30,000
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority Wet 3 ~30,000
Pi Beta Phi Sorority Wet 3 ~30,000
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Wet 3 ~20,000
Sigma Nu Fraternity Wet 2 ~30,000
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Wet 2 ~30,000
Phi Mu Sorority Wet 2 ~25,000
Chi Omega Sorority Wet 3 ~30,000

 

Greek Houses Fire Alarm Systems

 

Building Number of Panels Number of Pull Stations Number of Other Initiantion Devices Number of Strobes
Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority 1 11 33 17
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity 2 9 33 11
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity 2 8 28 5
Delta Gamma Sorority 1 12 77 38
Delta Delta Delta Sorority 2 10 42 20
Delta Psi Fraternity 1 6 44 11
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority 1 12 22 11
Kappa Delta Sorority 1 12 36 17
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority 2 10 60 46
Pi Beta Phi Sorority 2 10 41 24
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity 1 8 31 11
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity 1 5 40 14
Sigma Nu Fraternity 2 10 62 14
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity 1 10 0 10
Sigma Chi Fraternity 1 10 24 15
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity 1 9 8 13
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity 1 8 27 5
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity 1 12 28 15
Phi Mu Sorority 1 10 38 17
Chi Omega Sorority 2 10 30 22