A.4 Equal Opportunity

I. Policy

The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding women and men of every race, creed and background. The university strives to maintain a community in which each person respects the rights of other people to live, work and learn in peace and dignity, be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. To this end, the university places great emphasis on those values and virtues that bind us together as human beings and members of the Trojan Family. The university enthusiastically supports this principle in its entirety, and expects that every person associated with the university will give continuing support to its implementation.

II. Non-discrimination and Affirmative Action

The university is committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations at every level of government which prohibit discrimination against, or which mandate that special consideration be given to, students and applicants for admission, and faculty, staff and applicants for employment, on the basis of any protected characteristic, as defined below.

This commitment applies to all of the university’s educational programs and activities including admissions, and all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, provision of leaves, training, education, tuition assistance and other programs. In addition, an otherwise qualified individual must not be discriminated against in, or excluded from, admissions, participation in educational programs and activities, or employment solely due to his or her disability. The university seeks compliance with all statutes prohibiting discrimination in education, including Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, which respectively prohibit discrimination. This good faith effort to comply is made even when such laws and regulations conflict with each other. University policies and procedures will ensure that students and student applicants with a disability will not, on the basis of a disability, be denied full and equal access to and enjoyment of academic and co-curricular programs or activities or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under programs or activities offered by the university.  For more information on accommodations for any student, or student applicant, with a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services and Programs at (213) 740-0776.

III. Sources of Information

Questions regarding the application of the various rules and regulations concerning equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and non-discrimination should be addressed to the Office of Equity and Diversity. The Disabled/Veterans Affirmative Action Plan may be reviewed by students upon request; for further information or to make an appointment during regular business hours, contact the Office of Equity and Diversity. The university’s Title IX Coordinator and Age Discrimination in Employment Act Coordinator is Jody Shipper, executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, University Park Campus, Los Angeles, California 90089.

IV. Protected Characteristics

The protected characteristics under this policy include sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic that may be specified in applicable laws and governmental regulations.

Revised July 2014