Your Rights

In connection with reporting sexual harassment, including sex assault, you have these rights:

  • If the alleged assailant is a USC student, the right to request an investigation through the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards (SJACS) at (213) 821-7373.
  • If the alleged assailant is a USC employee, or otherwise connected with the university community (but not a student), the right to request an investigation through the Office of Equity and Diversity at (213) 740-5086.
  • The right to be informed of reporting options with regard to notifying law enforcement authorities, and to be assisted in notifying such authorities if they so choose. These reports can be made to DPS and the Los Angeles Police Department, or other appropriate local law enforcement.
  • The right to request that sexual misconduct incidents, including sexual assaults, be investigated by the proper criminal authorities, and to have the full and prompt assistance and cooperation of campus personnel in this regard (in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings as outlined above).
  • The right to full and prompt cooperation from campus personnel in obtaining and securing evidence (including medical evidence) necessary for any potential criminal proceedings.
  • The right not to be discouraged by university officials from reporting an assault to both on-campus and off-campus authorities.
  • The right to be free from pressure to report assaults as lesser offenses than the reporting student perceives them to be.
  • The right to be free from any suggestion that a reporting student or employee somehow contributed to or had a shared responsibility in the assault.
  • A reporting student has the option of participation within the university’s judicial proceeding. Should the reporting student choose not to participate, the university still retains the right to proceed with disciplinary action, but will notify the student, in advance, of any such decision.
  • For students, the right to the same level of support at any proceeding of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards as is permitted to both the reporting student and the named student(s); and the right to be notified in a timely manner of the outcome of such proceeding.
  • For employees, the right to the same level of support during any investigation by the Office of Equity and Diversity as is permitted to both the reporting student or employee and the named employee(s); and the right to be notified in a timely manner of the outcome of such proceeding.
  • The right to have access to existing campus counseling and medical professionals, victim support services, and to be given referrals to off-campus counseling and support services if desired.
  • The university will change a reporting student’s academic and/or living situation after an alleged sex offense if those changes are requested by either the reporting student or the named student, and the requested changes are reasonably available. Options for possible changes include, but are not limited to: termination of an existing housing contract, assistance in locating alternative housing and/or withdrawal from classes.
  • The university will change a reporting employee’s work situation after an alleged sex offense if that change is requested by either the reporting employee or the named employee, and the requested changes are reasonably available. Options for possible changes include, but are not limited to: changing work schedules, or changing work locations.
  • The university will not tolerate retaliation against any person for exercising the right to make a formal or informal sexual misconduct complaint, to use any of the informal processes provided by the university or to testify or offer evidence connected with a complaint. Retaliation is a violation of this policy whether or not the underlying claim of sexual assault is proven. The reporting student has the option of participation within the university’s judicial proceeding. Should the reporting student choose not to participate, the university still retains the right to proceed with disciplinary action.
  • The right to be treated with respect and dignity by university officials.