Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding.

For more information about Title IX, see the Office of Civil Rights website.

MGCCC Sexual Misconduct Policy

As indicated in the MGCCC Sexual Misconduct Policy, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College fosters an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the college community, including students, faculty and staff, etc. The College is committed to maintaining an educational and work environment free of sexual misconduct: an environment where no member of its community shall engage in sexually harassing or sexually violent behavior toward another.

The term “sexual misconduct” describes a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
  • Non-consensual sexual contact
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Dating/relationship violence; and
  • Stalking


Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College strongly encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct pursuant to the MGCCC Sexual Misconduct Policy. Reporting provides resources to victims and contributes to keeping the campus safe.

The College provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and College policy.

If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct, you should report the incident(s) to the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Jocelyn Bays, (jocelyn.bays@mgccc.edu) or to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus Police Department. Such incidents may violate the College’s sexual misconduct policy, as well as the law. Therefore, the College encourages individuals to pursue their complaints through the College’s process for sexual misconduct and if they choose, through the criminal justice system.

If an individual makes a report to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus Police Department, Campus Police will notify the Title IX Coordinator of the report. If the individual reports first to the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the person with making a report to the Campus Police Department, if he/she chooses to do so.


Review the Contacts and Resources page for a list of available resources.


The College prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or witnesses an incident of possible sexual misconduct. Employees or students who engage in retaliation will face disciplinary action up to and including separation from The College.

Title IX Reporting Requirements

Unless designated as a confidential resource (for example, LPC), all College employees are required to report incidents of possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Additionally, employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report possible sexual misconduct to the College Police. For additional information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Jocelyn Bays, (jocelyn.bays@mgccc.edu)  or the Dean of Student Services on the campus convenient to you.

Other Civil Rights Complaints

For all other civil rights complaints, please review the EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) PROCEDURES.