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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
Information shared with campus or community professionals who have legal confidentiality (such as licensed counselors, therapists, and physicians) will only be disclosed with the express written permission of the individual seeking services or as provided by law (where there is a continuing threat of serious harm to the individual or others; where there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor; or where disclosure to a third party is otherwise legally required).
Confidential university resources available to students include Relationship and
Supportive and protective measures (collectively referred to as interim measures) are those accommodations, services, and other assistance the university puts in place after receiving notice of prohibited conduct, but prior to an outcome being determined. The university will implement reasonable interim measures to facilitate an individual’s continued access to educational programs, activities, and/or employment and will keep these measures private to the extent possible.
Supportive measures are available to the Reporting Party, the Respondent, witnesses, or other members of the university
The university distinguishes between seeking assistance from a private or confidential resource and making a report of prohibited conduct to the university or law enforcement (see section V for reporting options). The university also distinguishes between privacy and confidentiality.
Privacy in this context means that information related to a disclosure or report of prohibited conduct will generally be shared only with those university employees who need to know the information in order to review, investigate, or resolve the report.
Confidentiality means that