E.3 Prevention and Support

Both women and men can be the victim of sexual misconduct Acts of sexual misconduct are taken seriously by the university, and are not tolerated. 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 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, dating or intimate partner 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

1. Confidentiality (See also Section E.3. III About Confidentiality)

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. Students 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 under California law to report these situations to the proper legal authorities.)

2. Other university offices have differing obligations, however, with regard to reporting requirements. Residential Education staff, RAs, Student Affairs staff, coaches and athletics staff, faculty, and staff holding supervisory positions are all required to contact the Title IX Coordinator to report information shared with them regarding sexual assaults. 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 may immediately be publicly released.

3. Interim Measures

Upon receipt of a report of a sexual assault or other sexual misconduct, the university will review whether interim measures may be appropriate to eliminate a hostile environment and protect the parties involved. These measures may be imposed whether or not a student seeks formal disciplinary action against the person responsible. Either party may request an avoidance of contact letter or other similar protection. Other potential interim remedial measures may include access to counseling services, 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, changes in work schedules or assignments, housing relocation assistance, voluntary leave of absence, escorts, academic support services, or other such measures as may be appropriate. See also E.4.III.

4. Campus Resources

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

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

5. Off-Campus Resources

USC Violence Intervention Program

Sex Assault Center within the VIP Urgent Care Center at the LAC+USC Medical Center, 2010 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles (Health Sciences Campus). Includes 24-hour care. (323) 226-3961.

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

1. 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. Students 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. Note that in the case of a sexual assault of a minor, and in certain limited cases required by state law, therapists may be required to report these situations to the proper legal authorities outside the university community.

2. 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 state law to report these situations to the proper legal authorities.)

3. Other Offices

A. Other university offices have differing obligations with regard to reporting requirements. Residential Education staff, RAs, Student Affairs staff, coaches and athletics staff, faculty, and staff holding supervisory positions are all required to contact the Title IX Coordinator to report information shared with them regarding sexual assaults.

B. 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.

C. 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.

4. Campus Security Authorities

Students, faculty and staff can contact a Campus Security Authority to report a crime.

Campus Security Authorities who are not employees of the Department of Public Safety complete an online CSA Crime Report form when they receive a report of a Clery defined crime. The CSA online crime report form can be found on the Department of Public Safety’s website. The CSA Crime Report form is not a criminal report or police agency related report and does not need to contain information identifying complainant, perpetrator, or a third party reporter unless the reporting party wants to disclose that information. The intent of the CSA Crime Report form is to assist the University of Southern California in its efforts to gather mandatory statistical data and information required to comply with the Clery Act.

For more information about Campus Security Authorities, please visit Safety section.

Revised August 2014