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Student Misconduct

Reporting to governmental authorities

Any individual may file reports and/or complaints about the university’s handling of prohibited conduct to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education at (415) 486-5555 or OCR complaints should be filed within 180 days of the last date of alleged discrimination. OCR may extend this deadline in a variety of circumstances.
Staff employees and faculty may file reports and/or complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) at or, or

Reporting to Title IX

The university also encourages individuals to report prohibited conduct to the Title IX Office. Individuals can report to the university Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Diversity through any of these options:

Contact the Title IX Coordinator in person, by email, or by phone: Gretchen Dahlinger Means
(213) 740-5086 (general Title IX email) USC Credit Union Building
3720 South Flower Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0704

Individuals can receive assistance reporting to Title IX from RSVP, Student Support and Advocacy, Residential

Reporting to law enforcement and DPS

The university encourages anyone who witnesses or experiences prohibited conduct to make a report to university and/or local law enforcement.
To report prohibited conduct, individuals may contact DPS. When prohibited conduct is reported to DPS, DPS immediately notifies:

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The Reporting Party can request that their name not be provided to LAPD, and DPS will honor that reque LAPD (or the appropriate law enforcement agency if outside of the Los Angeles area) has the responsibility for the

Misconduct Sanctioning Panel (Student Misconduct)

Upon a finding of responsibility, the SAR is forwarded to the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel for sanctioning.
A.  Composition
The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel is composed of three individuals. Two are staff or faculty designated by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. One is an undergraduate or graduate student depending on the status of the Respondent. The undergraduate panel member will sanction cases involving undergraduate Respondents, the graduate panel member will sanction cases involving graduate Respondents.
The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel will be

Findings (Student Misconduct)

At the conclusion of the Evidence Review and Hearing, Title IX Office prepares a Summary Administrative Review (SAR). The SAR is a report that presents and analyzes the information collected and makes findings of fact and policy violation.
In preparing the report, the investigator will review all evidence and determine what information is relevant and material to the incident. The investigator will make findings of fact.
In consultation with the Title IX Coordinator and using a preponderance standard, the investigator will determine

Investigation, Evidence Review and Hearing (Student Misconduct)

It is the responsibility of the Title IX Coordinator to oversee prohibited conduct reports and investigations to ensure timely resolution and compliance with Title IX and this policy.
Both parties have the right to have an advisor present at every meeting described in this section.
A. Investigation 


If the university proceeds to a formal investigation, the Reporting Party and the Respondent are notified of the investigation and the charged policy violations.
The Respondent is also provided information about the policy, procedural protections, support resources,

Discrimination by a student organization (Student Misconduct)

No student organization may discriminate against anyone in the university community based on a protected characteristic.
Discrimination is unfair treatment based on a protected characteristic that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to unreasonably (i) interfere with, (ii) limit, or (iii) deprive an individual from participating in or benefitting from the university’s education or employment programs, activities, or living environment.
The totality of known circumstances, including the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context, and duration of the conduct, will be considered.
Discrimination in membership

Violation of an interim measure (Student Misconduct)

Interim measures are actions taken by the university in response to a report of prohibited conduct. Interim protective measures which require compliance by a Respondent are discussed in section IV above.  Measures include no contact orders, modifications of work or academic schedules, residential relocation, restriction of campus activities or access, and interim suspension.
Failure to comply with interim measures is a separate and independent violation. A Respondent may be found in violation for failure to comply with an interim measure without

Malicious dissuasion and retaliation (Student Misconduct)

No student or organization may maliciously prevent or dissuade another from making a good faith report of prohibited conduct or participating in an investigation of prohibited conduct. Malicious means behavior made in bad faith and intended to thwart or interfere with the rights described in this policy. Malicious prevention/dissuasion describes conduct prior to a report of prohibited conduct or during an investigation. It also includes any contact with a member of the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel or Appellate Panel made after