The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its policies and climate.
The student group Rebels Against Sexual Assault is committed to “the common goal of educating Ole Miss about sexual misconduct and prevention methods.”
Sexual assault gained new attention on the campus in April 2016 when a member of a sorority at the university wrote a Facebook post that went viral decrying an annual fraternity event she said objectified women. “This event epitomizes the problems we have on this campus regarding the roles of women,” she told the campus newspaper, “but I don’t think this is the sole case of that.”
The university investigated and penalized the fraternity, and the dean of students office asked members of the Interfraternity Council to come up with a set of proposed policies to curb risky behaviors, including sexual misconduct, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
The University of Mississippi's resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, dated December 19, 2011.
This investigation was resolved when the university entered into a resolution agreement. A letter of findings has not yet been made public.
As part of the resolution agreement, the university agreed to revise its policies to bring them into compliance with Title IX. The agreement stated that the university would give students and employees better information about its procedures, would submit to a series of reporting requirements, and would compensate a student for certain education-related expenses, among other things.
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