About USC Policies

At USC, policies are at the heart of an effective ethics and compliance program. A USC policy is a document that contains overarching, broad-stroke statements intended to influence expected behaviors of faculty, staff, and students and ultimately support the overall culture of the university.

The Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance manages the university’s policies, processes, and procedures throughout all stages of the policy life cycle—including drafting, editing, approving, updating, distributing, and maintaining an auditable database of records. A successful policy management program is built upon a clearly defined program strategy and supported by policy documents and tools.

This site is designed to provide USC students, faculty and staff easy access to the policies that apply to them. On this site you can find:

  • A repository of University-wide policies and their supporting documents (link to policies A-Z)
  • Details regarding the policy development and approval process (link to submit or revise a policy)
  • Useful information to help support policy development and management at the University (link to resources)

The USC Policy on Policies outlines the University’s policy development and approval process. Please feel free to contact us at usc.policy@usc.edu with questions. Questions about individual policies should be directed to the contact listed at the end of each policy.

If you are a faculty or staff employee, or a student, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these policies and adhere to them. Because the university reserves the right to revise policy at any time, check the new and revised policies feed.