Ole Miss releases statement about Derby Days

Published 2:29 pm Monday, April 18, 2016

The following is a statement from the University of Mississippi regarding reports of what has been termed crude and unacceptable behavior at the weekend’s Derby Days event:

The Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi has been made aware of an incident that reportedly took place on campus Friday evening during a Derby Days event. Derby Days is an annual philanthropic initiative sponsored and hosted by the Sigma Chi fraternity at UM.

Representatives of the Title IX Office at UM are actively investigating the allegations that have been discussed on social media platforms.

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If substantiated, the behavior reported at this event clearly violates campus policy and one of the UM community’s core values, which is for our students to show respect and dignity for all. While the investigation into the incident moves forward, the Sigma Chi fraternity has been directed by university officials to cease any official or unofficial Derby Days activities.

“The university takes the report alleging a hostile environment very seriously,” said Rebecca Bressler, director of Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance at UM. “It is important that members of our community feel safe and supported – actions that undermine that goal will not be tolerated.”

University officials expressed their appreciation to those who have come forward to discuss this incident, and they encourage others who were either there or have information that may be helpful to also assist in the investigation.

Such individuals should contact Honey Ussery, Title IX coordinator at UM, by either calling 662-915-7045 or emailing hbussery@olemiss.edu.