October 10, 2017: Title IX Update
The recent announcement from the Department of Education (DOE) related to Title IX and college campuses has prompted many questions. The DOE letter, distributed last month, said that the Department:
- had withdrawn its guidance, issued in 2011 and 2014, related to Title IX and campus sexual violence;
- would develop a new policy to address sexual misconduct on college campuses that aligns with Title IX and “provides fair access to education benefits”; and
- would use a rulemaking process that allows for public comments in developing this new policy.
Upholding Title IX and addressing sexual misconduct on our campus are priorities at the University of Mississippi regardless of the outcome of DOE’s policy rulemaking process. We are committed to taking care of our students and doing everything we can to provide a safe and welcoming community for all.
We want you to know that the University of Mississippi has not made any policy or procedural changes related to Title IX cases. The University plans to participate in the DOE rulemaking process and will work with organizations such as APLU and ASCA to advocate for university authority and fair student rights.
Simply put, Title IX is not going away; its enforcement is critical to the safety and well-being of Ole Miss students. Future guidance from the federal government is unknown—the interpretation of Title IX may become more or less prescriptive; we pledge to advocate for the best outcome for our community and respond to any change with a focus on what is best for our students.
— Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
— University Counseling Center and Office of Violence Prevention
— Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct
— University Police Department
September 29, 2017
Open Letter from Student Affairs: UM has zero tolerance for sexual violence.
Encourage community to be vigilant to ensure campus safety for all. Click headline for letter.
- Students First
- Everyone Speaks
- Embrace Differences
- Lead with Learning
Welcome to the Division of Student Affairs! We are a team of highly competent and professional educators that are committed to enhancing the out-of-class experience for students at The University of Mississippi. From your first campus tour to graduation day, you will find Student Affairs partnering with you to become better acclimated to campus, to find a safe place to live, to keep you healthy while attending classes, and to build leadership and career-specific skills. We work hard to support the co-curricular, emotional, physical and financial needs of our students.
While students attend college to pursue an academic major and attain a degree, a great deal of learning occurs beyond the classroom walls. Those of us in Student Affairs are here to assist students with this important educational aspect of their college career. We invite students and families to get involved because the more invested you become with the Ole Miss culture; the more successful you are likely to be academically.
This website intends to introduce you to the ways you can connect and become involved with Student Affairs. Please review our materials closely and let us know how we can facilitate your engagement or assist you with any questions or issues. We look forward to working with you!
Brandi Hephner LaBanc, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs