E. Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking and Child Abuse

This policy applies to discrimination and harassment committed by a student based on any protected characteristic, and to retaliation for bringing a complaint under this policy. The protected characteristics under this policy include race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, 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 which may be specified in applicable laws and governmental regulations. This policy also applies to all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, and to dating violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and child abuse.

Student conduct covered by this Part E is referred to as “Part E Misconduct” and student conduct investigations covered by this Part E are referred to as “Part E Misconduct Investigations.”

This Part E applies to complaints against students, whether raised by students, faculty, staff, or others. For complaints against faculty, see chapter 6 of the University of Southern California Faculty Handbook, available online at http://policy.usc.edu/. 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/.

This Part E was last revised in [March 2015]. Part E Misconduct Investigations will be conducted according to the procedures described in the most current version of this part as of the date of the notification letter to the respondent. However, the applicable provisions regarding behavior violating university standards and appropriate sanctions (as described in Sections E.6 and E.7) shall be those that were in effect at the time the behavior occurred.

Any reference to “days” in this part refers to calendar days, unless otherwise noted.