The University of Mississippi
Office of the University Attorney

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Consent may be withdrawn at any time regardless of the activity preceding the withdrawal of consent.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