For immediate concerns related to persons: making threats to harm themselves or others; that pose a threat to the University or its community; or for other emergency issues, please contact the University Police Dispatch at (662) 846-4155 or 9-1-1.

T-BEAR (Behavioral Encouragement, Awareness, Response)

Are you concerned about a DSU student? Have you witnessed a significant change in their behavior? Do you feel helpless with how to get them the help they so desperately seem to need? Click on the T-BEAR button to initiate help in supporting you! Submit the name and contact information of your (Person of Concern). Record what you are aware of and concerned about and T-BEAR will attempt to reach out compassionately to make contact with that individual. If it is during business hours 8:00 – 5:00, you can walk with the person to Campus Counseling (662) 846-4690 in the Student Health Building or call with the person in your presence so they can make a verbal commitment to an appointment for a future time.

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Title IX (Sexual Harassment or Misconduct) Violations

If you’re not in immediate danger and have been sexually harassed or violated, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Deidra Byas at (662) 846-4690. She will advise you of your rights and the support systems and resources available to you, as well as the investigation protocols.

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Student (Code of Conduct) Violations

This form provides an avenue for all faculty, staff, and students to report non-emergency incidents to the Director of Student Development. Incidents may include (but are not limited to): violations of the Student Code of Conduct; violations of local, state, and federal laws; classroom disruptions; general complaints/conflicts/concerns. If you have any questions regarding any incident please contact Michael Lipford, Director of Student Development via phone by calling (662) 846-4666, via email at, or by stopping by Suite #200 of the H.L. Nowell Union.

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University Police (On Campus Assistance)

The University Police Department (UPD) strives to protect life and property, understand and serve the needs of the campus community, and improve the quality of life by building capacities and apprehending offenders in a manner consistent with law and reflective of shared university values. Click on the button to file an anonymous report of criminal activity or if Emergency or you need an Immediate Response call (662) 846-4155 24/7!

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S.O.S. Early Alert (Academic Difficulty)

The Stay Okra Strong (S.O.S.) early alert is a system to identify and assist academically at-risk students through organized outreach. Faculty, staff, and students may refer a student by completing the S.O.S. form. Once the form is submitted, the Student Success team is alerted and follows-up with next steps.

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