August 21, 2017

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
    titleix@usc.edu (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 Education, DPS, and the Engemann Student Counseling Center.

Individuals have the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to pursue a formal Title IX investigation. An individual may meet with a Title IX Investigator, provide an initial statement, and request that the Title IX Office not investigate the incident until a later date. Under most circumstances, the Title IX Office can honor the request of the Reposting Party.

In limited circumstances, the Title IX Office may be required to investigate an incident of sexual misconduct against the choice of the Reporting Party; for example, when an incident involves a weapon or predatory drug use, when multiple victims are involved, or when there is a danger to the community.

Reporting prohibited conduct to Title IX typically initiates an investigation to determine whether the alleged incident is a violation of this policy. The report also allows the university to provide a wide variety of support and resources to impacted individuals and to prevent the reoccurrence of the conduct.

The Title IX process can run simultaneously to a criminal process. If there are parallel investigations, the Title IX Office coordinates with external law enforcement to ensure that the Title IX process does not hinder legal process or proceedings.

Title IX sanctions are administrative and may include expulsion, suspension, community reparation, or counseling.