The University of Mississippi
Office of the University Attorney

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Hazing
Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

Peer-to-Peer Filesharing
Sexual Assault

Hazing
No individual student or student organization may engage in or plan any activity that may be defined as “hazing.”The University of Mississippi Hazing Policy refers to hazing as “any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in the group) that humiliates, degrades, or risksemotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”

Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • consumption of alcohol, water, food or other substances
  • physical exercise limited to new members• activities involving depriving sleep, food, water, or personal hygiene
  • paddling in any form or smearing the skin with unpleasant substances
  • forcing new members to serve or follow orders of older members outside of the practice or game activity
  • swearing at or insulting members
  • forcing members to wear apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste or perform humiliatingacts in public
  • forced nudity or partial nudity for members
  • forced branding, piercing, tattooing, or head shaving• sexual simulation or sexual assault
  • kidnapping or forcible transport and/or abandonment of members

In addition to sanctions from the University judicial system, students and organizations who
participate in or condone hazing may subject themselves to criminal prosecution and/or civil
liability.

University Hazing Policy

Helpful Third Party Links
National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention
Mississippi Hazing Law
StopHazing.org
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Higher Opportunity Education Act
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that universities make available to current and prospective students important information concerning each institution’s academic programs, retention rates, graduation rates, crime reports, financial aid procedures and much more in an effort to ensure fairness and transparency for all higher education consumers. The University has developed a webpage to serve as the central portal for obtaining necessary information about our institution. Click here to link to the webpage.

For additional information about The University of Mississippi and a comparison to other higher education institutions, please see the College Navigator website maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.

Helpful Third Party Links
A President's Checklist - NAICU
HEA 101: A President's Quick Guide to the New Law - NAICU
Department of Education "Dear Colleague" Letter - PDF
Student Lending-Related Reporting and Disclosure Requirements - PDF
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Peer-to-Peer Filesharing
Using the University of Mississippi’s computer network to download or to share copyrighted materials, including music, games, and videos, is strictly prohibited and illegal. The U.S. Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 prohibit the distribution or sharing of copyrighted works without the copyright owner’s permission. Copyright law provides for “statutory damages” for each infringed work in amounts that typically range from a minimum of $750 for each work to a maximum of $30,000 per work, with a potential increase to $150,000 for each infringed work in cases of willful infringement.

Copying, installing, or using copyrighted work without permission is also against the University of Mississippi’s Appropriate Use Policy. Additionally, the Appropriate Use Policy advises that individuals are entitled only to one person’s fair share of University resources, without written permission to the contrary. The monopolizing of network space is another reason why improper peer-to-peer file sharing violates the University’s policy. The University’s Appropriate policy should be reviewed for the possible disciplinary actions that may be taken against the user.

University Peer-to-Peer Filesharing Policy

Other Related University Policies
Appropriate Use
Privacy in the Electronic Environment

Helpful Third Party Links
RCAA Guide- Piracy and the Law
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Sexual Assault
The University prohibits an individual from subjecting another person to any sexual contact without the consent of the other person. Sexual assault may be committed by acquaintances, dating partners, spouses or strangers.

Consent requires a clearly communicated agreement to engage in sexual activity. The individual consenting must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act involved.

Consent may be withdrawn at any time regardless of the activity preceding the withdrawal of consent.

A person who is unconscious cannot give consent. A person who is cognitively impaired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs may not be able to give consent if, because of the impairment, he or she is unable to understand the situation or its consequences, or is unable to express his or her consent or lack thereof.

Forms of sexual assault may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Rape or attempted rape.
  • Non-consensual, intentional contact with intimate body parts.
  • Non-consensual oral sex.
  • Lewd exposure of one's sexual organs, either in person or electronically, to another without his or her consent.
  • Any sexual contact between two individuals that, because of the age of the parties, is prohibited under Mississippi law.

Related University Policies
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence
Endangering Others and Assault
Harrassment (Including Stalking)

Related University Links
Violence Prevention Office
What to do if you are sexually assaulted (.pdf)
Campus Assault FAQ
National Statistics
Faculty and Staff: Student Disclosure of Sexual Violence

Helpful Third Party Links
Mississippi Sexual Battery Statute
Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
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