One Safe JSU / Title IX

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

The university’s Title IX Coordinators are:

Thomas Hudson

Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer

Ayer Hall, Suite 315

Jackson MS 39217

Phone: 601-979-6883


LaKesha Varnell

Title IX/Interpersonal Violence Programs and Student Wellness

Ayer Hall, Suite 320

Jackson MS 39217

Phone: 601-979-1561


The Title IX Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the university’s efforts to prevent sexual misconduct, and to respond effectively when it occurs. This includes overseeing training and awareness efforts, investigations, and other matters. If you have questions about university policy or would like to request a training relating to Title IX, please feel free to contact the coordinator’s office.

What is S.M.A.R.T.?

The Sexual Misconduct/Assault Response Team (SMART) is a multidisciplinary victim-centered response team for sexual misconduct/assault, dating violence, and stalking. SMART members meet in a continuous effort to stay up-to-date on policies, trends, and campus cultures regarding interpersonal violence to better serve the JSU community.  S.M.A.R.T. is comprised of staff, faculty, and student representatives of the university to provide resources, including advocacy, counseling, medical attention, judicial services, referrals, and general information regarding sexual misconduct/assault, dating violence, and stalking. We strive to empower victims to make their own decisions by providing on and off campus resources, as well as support as needed.

Will information I convey to the university remain confidential?

The university will strive to keep reported information about sexual misconduct private to the greatest extent possible, but cannot guarantee that all information will be kept confidential. Once a report is submitted to a Responsible Employee, the university has a duty to investigate the matter and ensure the safety of all members of the community. In some instances, this means that certain information must be provided to individuals involved in an investigation.


What if I report sexual misconduct to a university employee other than those listed above?

Whenever possible, the university encourages reporting to the Title IX Coordinator or the other individuals listed above, as their positions and training allow them to respond most directly. If a report is made to an employee of the university other than those listed above, that employee may or may not have a duty to report the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, depending on the employee’s position and job duties. Certain university employees are considered “Responsible Employees” for purposes of Title IX and university policy. When a Responsible Employee receives a report of sexual misconduct in which an alleged victim is a student, he or she has a mandatory duty to report that allegation to the Title IX Coordinator

What should I do if I have experienced sexual assault or other sexual misconduct?

First, you need to ensure your physical safety. Go to a safe place. If you are in danger or need emergency assistance, call 911. The university encourages anyone who experiences sexual assault or other misconduct to report it. Reporting allows us to provide victims with immediate and longer-term assistance. Reporting also helps us ensure the safety of others on campus by investigating and pursuing appropriate disciplinary action. While there are many people who are trained to receive your report, the most direct route is to contact one of the following individuals:

Thomas Hudson, Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer, Ayer Hall Suite 315,, 601-9796883

LaKeisha Varnell, Title IX Coordinator/Interpersonal Violence, Ayer Hall Suite 320,, 601-979-1561

LaQuala Coleman, Dean of Students, Student Center, Suite 3200,, 601-9792329

 Department of Public Safety, 601-979-2580

How does Jackson State University ensure compliance with Title IX?

The university is committed to maintaining an educational environment free from sex discrimination, sexual violence, or sexual misconduct of any type. The Title IX Coordinator oversees JSU’s efforts to prevent discrimination and misconduct, and to respond effectively when they occur. The university strongly encourages reporting all forms of sexual misconduct. JSU’s policy is to investigate reports promptly, thoroughly and fairly, in order to ensure the safety of students, employees, and others who participate in our programs. Retaliation against those who report misconduct is not tolerated.

Does Title IX apply to employees as well as students? Men as well as women?

Yes and yes. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in “any education program or activity.” JSU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy therefore applies to all members of the university community, including students, faculty and staff. It also applies to independent contractors, visitors on campus, and those participating in university programs such as summer camps and conferences. It applies regardless of a person’s sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a law that forbids exclusion or discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This includes conventional forms of discrimination, such as differential treatment in academic programs. It also includes discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, violence, or gender.