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Consent must be affirmative. “Affirmative consent” means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is positive cooperation in act and attitude made with knowledge and agreement to the nature of the act.
It is the responsibility of each person involved to ensure they have the affirmative consent of the other(s) to engage in sexual activity. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout the sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.
Lack of protest or resistance does not
Sexual assault is penetration, however slight, of the vagina, anus, or mouth by a body part or an object, without consent.
Sexual contact is intentional contact, direct or indirect, without consent (a) of the breasts, genitals, buttocks, or groin of another, (b) of another with any of these body parts; or (c) making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts without their consent.
Acts by strangers, acquaintances, and intimate partners are covered equally under this policy.
No student may commit harassment based on a protected characteristic. Harassment is verbal or physical conduct based on a protected characteristic which:
(a) Creates a hostile environment.
A “hostile environment” exists when such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably (i) interferes with, (ii) limits, or (iii) deprives an individual from participating in or benefitting from the university’s education or employment programs, activities, or living environment.
In evaluating whether a hostile environment exists, the totality of known circumstances, including the
Attempts or threats to commit prohibited conduct are equally covered by this policy.
Faculty, teaching assistants, academic advisors, residential assistants, and staff employees, including student employees who hold supervisory positions, are considered Responsible Employees.
Responsible Employees must immediately report all known information about suspected prohibited conduct to the Title IX Office. This includes the name of the parties and known details of the conduct. This duty applies no matter how the information is learned; whether from direct report from an affected party, from social media, or from a concerned third party.
The university encourages students and organizations to report prohibited conduct and to seek assistance for themselves and others who experience prohibited conduct or who may be at medical risk while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Individuals who report prohibited conduct, participate as witnesses in these investigations, seek medical assistance for themselves or another by contacting a Residential Assistant, the Department of Public Safety, or calling 911, will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for personal consumption of alcohol and/or
The university does not limit the time frame for reporting prohibited conduct. However, to promote timely and effective review, the university strongly encourages individuals to report prohibited conduct as soon possible, as a delay in reporting may impact the ability to collect relevant evidence.
If the Respondent is no longer a student or participant in a university-related program, or the conduct does not fall within the scope of the policy, the university’s ability to respond through its administrative process may be
An individual may anonymously report prohibited conduct to the university by calling the Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Office. Personally identifiable information will not be required for report. Depending on the amount of information available about the incident and/or the individuals involved, the university’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.
The university will attempt to take appropriate steps to protect the safety of the university community based on the information reasonably available.
Anonymous reports to the
Prohibited conduct may be reported to local law enforcement (LAPD), the USC Department of Public Safety (DPS), or the Title IX Office. Any individual may report prohibited conduct. Support and resources are available to a Reporting Party regardless of the chosen reporting option.
The university strongly encourages prompt reporting of prohibited conduct. Prompt reporting allows for the collection and preservation of evidence, including physical evidence, digital media, and witness statements. The ability to effectively investigate and respond may be limited by
Private resources will make every effort to keep information shared as private as possible, but they cannot keep it confidential. With the exception of the confidential resources defined above, all university employees designated as Responsible Employees must notify the Title IX Coordinator when they learn of prohibited conduct (see Section V for more information about Responsible Employees).
Private university resources include the Title IX Coordinator, Student Support and Advocacy (SSA), and the Department of Public Safety.
Student Support and Advocacy provides direct