Your rights

In connection with reporting sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, a student has these rights:

  • If the alleged assailant is a USC student or employee, the right to request an investigation through the Office of the Title IX Coordinator 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 s/he so chooses. 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 was responsible for being assaulted.
  • 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 the same level of support at any Title IX investigation 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.
  • 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, living, or transportation conditions after an alleged sex offense if those changes are requested by either the reporting student or the named student, and the requested changes are reasonable. Options for possible changes include, but are not limited to: termination of an existing housing contract, assistance in locating alternative housing, withdrawal from classes, changing course schedules, or other interim remedial steps as may be appropriate, depending upon the availability of housing or certain course scheduling options.
  • The university will not permit 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 right to be treated with respect and dignity by university officials.
  • The right to decline to speak with local law enforcement,, should they be notified.