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. Students have the right to report the crime to law enforcement, and also the right to decline to report to law enforcement. If student wishes to report crime to law enforcement, s/he has the right to help in doing so. Contact DPS at (213) 740-4321 or the Center for Women and Men for assistance.
- The right to report the crime or incident to DPS at (213) 740-4321 or local law enforcement by calling 911. This action will begin a criminal investigation. DPS is not permitted to investigate allegations of sexual assault, so all such reports filed with DPS are forwarded to the LAPD, which can be reached at (213) 485-2582 or 911.
- 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 right to help from Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP), which can help students obtain an avoidance of contact letter, or file in court for an order of protection (commonly called a restraining order), which can be particularly important in cases of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or stalking, regardless of whether the student chooses to report the crime to law enforcement. RSVP can also accompany a student to make a police report or report with DPS or the Title IX office, as well as help in learning about options for changing a student’s academic, living or transportation conditions when appropriate. Contact the Title IX Coordinator for help.
- 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.
- Employees may wish to speak to a counselor confidentially in the Center for Work and Family Life at (213) 821-0800. The Center for Work and Family Life can help connect the employee with resources for the filing in court of an order of protection (commonly called a restraining order), which can be particularly important in cases of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or stalking, regardless of whether or not you choose to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.
- The university will honor all orders or protection, no contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issued by a criminal, civil or tribal court.
- 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 university will respect and safeguard the privacy interests of individuals involved in reports under this policy to the extent possible. Privacy in this context means that information related to a report made under this policy will generally be shared only with those university employees who need to know the information in order to assist in the review, investigation, or resolution of the report. These individuals will keep as private as possible information related to the report. If an investigation is pursued against an accused person, however, information will need to be shared with the accused person and, as appropriate, with relevant witnesses. To the extent a victim wishes to keep his/her name private, this may limit the university’s ability to investigate or discipline the responsible student.
- 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.
Interim remedial measures
Interim remedial measures are those support measures put in place during the course of an investigation. USC will change a reporting party’s academic, living, working or transportation conditions after an alleged sex offense if those changes are requested by the student and or employee who was the victim of an act of gender-based violence, and the requested changes are reasonable and feasible. Options for possible changes include, but are not limited to: counseling services, medical care, rescheduling of exams (in conjunction with appropriate faculty), changes in class schedule when feasible, the ability to take an incomplete or drop a course without penalty, changes in on-campus housing when feasible, changes in work schedules or assignments, housing relocation assistance, voluntary leave of absence, escorts, academic support services, tutoring, course rescheduling or course load reduction assistance, or other such measures as may be appropriate.
A student seeking information about Interim Remedial Measures should speak with a Title IX investigator, the Title IX Coordinator, or Student Support and Advocacy within Student Affairs. For information for staff and faculty on changing work conditions, contact the Office of Equity and Diversity (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Institutional disciplinary action
The university will conduct a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution when investigating allegations of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking. Investigations are conducted by officials who receive annual training on these issues and how to conduct an investigation in a manner that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
Students or employees who file a complaint alleging gender-based misconduct may be accompanied to any meetings with the Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Investigator by an advisor of choice, who may be a parent, therapist, friend, counselor from Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services, or an attorney, as long as the advisor is not also a witness.
The university’s procedures for investigating complaints against students may be viewed at:
For the university’s procedures for investigating complaints against faculty, see chapter 6 of the USC Faculty Handbook, available online at www.usc.edu/facultyhandbook. For complaints against non-faculty employees of the university, see the university’s policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault, available online at http://policy.usc.edu/discrimination/. Additional information is available on the website of the Office of Equity and Diversity, at http://equity.usc.edu/.
Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy. Those who report sexual misconduct or participate as witnesses in sexual misconduct investigations, or who seek medical assistance for themselves or another, by contacting a RA, calling a DPS officer, or calling 911, will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for their consumption of alcohol and/or other substances. Instead, these students will be directed to the appropriate services, and amnesty for alcohol or substance consumption in violation of university policies will be granted to both the reporting students and the intoxicated student in need of assistance.