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Consent cannot be the product of physical force, threats, or coercion.
Coercion is conduct, including intimidation or express/implied threats of immediate or future physical, emotional, financial or reputational harm to the Reporting Party or another, which would place a reasonable person in fear they will be injured or harmed if they do not submit.
I. Policy Statement
The University of Southern California believes that all members of the university community – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – should pursue their work and education in a safe environment, free from harassment based on protected characteristics, sexual misconduct, and interpersonal violence. The university is committed to stopping prohibited conduct, preventing its recurrence, addressing its effects, and eliminating hostile environments. Our goal is a safe and transparent university community where these behaviors are universally recognized as intolerable, where
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.
The University of Southern California believes that all members of the university community – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – should pursue their work and education in a safe environment, free from harassment based on protected characteristics, sexual misconduct, and interpersonal violence. The university is committed to stopping prohibited conduct, preventing its recurrence, addressing its effects, and eliminating hostile environments. Our goal is a safe and transparent university community where these behaviors are universally recognized as intolerable, where those who
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.
Upon a finding of responsibility, the SAR is forwarded to the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel for sanctioning.
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
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.
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