University of Southern California

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E.3 Prevention and Support

E.3 Prevention and Support

National studies indicate that one in five women are victims of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are in college. A report prepared by the National Institute of Justice found that 6.1 percent of males were also victims of attempted or completed sexual assaults while in college. Acts of sexual violence are taken very seriously by the university. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status. The university is committed to providing a consistent, timely and caring response to anyone within the campus community who is sexually violated or assaulted.

I. Education

All incoming students are required to participate in mandatory educational programs about preventing sexual harassment and assault and promoting a culture of caring for and respecting one another. USC provides sexual violence prevention education to its campus community each year. To this end, Welcome Week, in partnership with the Center for Women and Men, provides mandatory sexual violence prevention education for all new students who attend orientation. Residential Education, in partnership with the Center for Women and Men, provides additional mandatory educational programs. Additionally, the Center for Women and Men provides programming throughout the year for the reduction and prevention of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment. The Department of Public Safety offers self-defense training by request for the purposes of risk reduction.

II. Assistance for Students

Students are entitled to receive confidential assistance from the Center for Women and Men or the Sexual Assault Resource Center within the Center for Women and Men. Counselors are available for emotional support and advocacy. You can speak with a counselor on campus confidentially 24 hours a day at the Center for Women and Men, (213) 740-4900.

The nature of sexual misconduct or assault, particularly by an acquaintance, date or partner, makes it difficult for many students to report their experience. For this reason, the Center for Women and Men is designated as a place where individuals may seek confidential assistance. Staff at the Engemann Student Health Center and Student Counseling Center also assure confidentiality to students seeking their services. (Please note that, in the cases in which there is a physical wound or injury due to a rape, or in the case of a sexual assault of a minor, physicians may be required to report these situations to the proper legal authorities.)

Other university offices have differing obligations, however, with regard to reporting requirements. While the university recognizes that one who has been assaulted may wish to preserve her or his privacy after a traumatic experience, it should also be understood that the university has a responsibility to maintain the integrity and safety of the campus as a whole and that certain information may therefore be made public. Where circumstances exist that are deemed a danger to the university community at large, pertinent details about a sexual assault will immediately be publicly released. Further, the The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) of 1990 mandates the annual disclosure of statistics of sexual assaults known to have occurred within the university’s jurisdiction. Incidents reported to the Engemann Student Health Center are included in these statistics, along with statistics from the Department of Public Safety and Campus Security Authorities. No identifying information is disclosed about reporting persons or victims in this statistical reporting.

Campus Resources

Center for Women and Men

Sexual Assault Resource Center can be contacted through the Center for Women and Men

USC Department of Public Safety

  • University Park Campus emergency: (213) 740-4321
  • Health Sciences Campus emergency: (213) 442-1000
  • capsnet.usc.edu/DPS

Off-Campus Resources

Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center

  • (310) 319-4000

Peace Over Violence

Stalking Resource Center

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • (800) 799-SAFE
  • (866) 331-8453 (TTY)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Washington, DC)

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (San Diego, CA)

III. About Confidentiality

Center for Women and Men

Students are entitled to receive confidential assistance from the Center for Women and Men (or the Sexual Assault Resource Center within that center). Counselors are available for emotional support and advocacy. You can speak with a counselor on campus confidentially 24 hours a day at the Center for Women and Men, (213) 740-4900. The nature of sexual misconduct or assault, particularly by an acquaintance, date or partner, makes it difficult for many students to report their experience. For this reason, the Center for Women and Men is designated as a place where individuals may seek confidential assistance.

Student Health and Student Counseling

Staff at the Engemann Student Health Center and the Student Counseling Center also assure confidentiality to students seeking their services. (Please note that, in the cases in which there is a physical wound or injury due to a rape or in the case of a sexual assault of a minor, physicians may be required by California law to report these situations to the proper legal authorities.)

Campus Security Authorities

The Department of Public Safety and some other university personnel are “campus security authorities” (CSAs) under the law. A representative list of types of personnel who are considered to be campus security authorities can be found in the university’s annual security report. If CSAs receive a report of sexual assault, they are required to complete and submit an Incident Report Form to the Department of Public Safety. (The reporting form for CSAs is available on the USC Center for Women and Men’s Website and the DPS Website.)

The CSA Incident Report Form is not a criminal report. It does not contain information that identifies the victim or survivor and is used only to compile statistical information that helps the university comply with the The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act mandates the annual disclosure of statistics of sexual assaults (without any identifying information) reported to a campus security authority that are known to have occurred within the university’s Clery geography. (A detailed description of Clery geography is contained in the annual security report.)

Resident Advisers

Resident Advisers (RAs), as well as their supervisors, are CSAs. Residential Education is required to file an Incident Report Form with DPS when a sexual assault is reported to a member of the Residential Education staff. As with other CSA reports, these reports are for statistical purposes only and do not disclose personally identifiable information unless such disclosure is requested by the reporting party. These reports do not affect the confidentiality of any interaction with the Center for Women and Men or its Sexual Assault Resource Center, or any interaction with Engemann Student Health Center or the Student Counseling Center.

Other offices

Other university offices have differing obligations with regard to reporting requirements. While the university recognizes that one who has been assaulted may wish to preserve her or his privacy after a traumatic experience, it should also be understood that the university has a responsibility to maintain the integrity and safety of the campus as a whole and that certain limited information may therefore be made public. Where circumstances exist that are deemed a danger to the university community at large, pertinent details about a sexual assault (but not the name of the student making the report) may be publicly released. Additionally, in the case of a rape, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct, certain university employees are required to inform the university’s Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator will attempt to reach the student bringing forward the allegation to provide information about resources, reporting options, and the investigative process.

Revised September 2013.


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