University Police Investigating Reported Sexual Assault

The University Police Department (UPD) has a suspect in custody related to a report of sexual assault today in McCarty Hall on the Hattiesburg Campus.

A Southern Miss student reported the incident to a McCarty Hall resident assistant who informed University Police at approximately 4 p.m. today.

UPD reports that there is no current threat to the campus community related to this incident.

Students are reminded that in addition to UPD, the Title IX office can be of assistance with incidents of sexual misconduct or assault.

The Title IX coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Malley, is available to offer support or assistance to students with related concerns. She can be reached at 601.266.6804 or

Mental health professionals at Student Counseling Services (SCS) can also offer support and assistance. SCS has a weekly support group for sexual assault survivors, and the Shafer Center provides first response and advocacy for students. During regular business hours, students can reach a counselor on-call at 601.606.HELP (4357). University Police can also access a counselor on-call as appropriate.

University Police can be reached at 601.266.4986.

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