Syllabus Statements

All course syllabi should contain the university’s standardized statement on Title IX and sexual misconduct. The statement is:

MSU is committed to complying with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination, including violence and harassment, based on sex. This means that MSU’s educational programs and activities must be free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct. If you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination, sexual violence and/or harassment by any member of the university community, you are encouraged to report the conduct to MSU’s Director of Civil Rights Compliance at 662-325-5839 or by e-mail to

Additionally, faculty may choose to notify students of their mandatory reporter status via a statement in the course syllabus.  Including this statement is optional. OCI recommends the following language:

As the instructor for this course, I have a mandatory duty to report to the university any information I receive about possible sexual misconduct.  This includes information shared in class discussions or assignments, as well as information shared in conversations outside class. The purpose of reporting is to allow MSU to take steps to ensure a safe learning environment for all.  The university also has confidential resources available, who can provide assistance to those who have experienced sexual misconduct without triggering a mandatory reporting duty.