December 1, 2011

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination

The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity employer and educator, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women of every race, creed and background. The university strives to maintain a community in which each person respects the rights of other people to live, work and learn in peace and dignity, be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. To this end, the university places great emphasis on those values and virtues that bind us together as human beings and members of the Trojan Family. The university enthusiastically supports this policy in its entirety, and expects that every person associated with the university will give continuing support to its implementation.

The university is committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations at every level of government which prohibit discrimination against, or which mandate that special consideration be given to, students and applicants for admission, or faculty, staff and applicants for employment, on the basis of any protected category, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified in such laws and regulations. Gender includes both the actual sex of an individual and that person’s gender identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance or behavior is traditionally associated with that person’s sex at birth. This policy applies to all of the university’s educational programs and activities including admissions, and all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, provision of leaves, training, education, tuition assistance and other programs. In addition, an otherwise qualified individual must not be discriminated against in, or excluded from, admissions, participation in educational programs and activities, or employment solely due to his or her disability. The university seeks compliance with all statutes prohibiting discrimination in education, including Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which respectively prohibit discrimination. This good faith effort to comply is made even when such laws and regulations conflict with each other.

The university will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available from Human Resources Administration at or (213) 821-8100.

The Disabled/Veterans Affirmative Action Plan may be reviewed by employees and applicants upon request. For further information or to make an appointment during regular business hours, contact OED (see above).

Questions regarding the application of the various rules and regulations concerning equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination should also be addressed to OED (see above). The university’s Title IX Coordinator is Gretchen Dahlinger Means; the university’s AgeDA Coordinator is the Director of the OED, University Park Campus, Los Angeles, California 90089.

Reporting procedures

To report protected-class discrimination or harassment to USC, contact the Office of Equity and Diversity/Title IX (the office of the Title IX Coordinator) by:


(213) 740-5086 or (213) 821-8298

Email or

Mail or in person

USC Office of Equity and Diversity/Title IX
USC Credit Union Building
3720 S. Flower St, Ste 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Employees may file complaints regarding protected-class discrimination or harassment outside the university with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) at or as otherwise provided at, or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at (800) 669-4000 (TTY 1 (800) 669-6820) or as otherwise provided at

Students may file complaints regarding protected-class discrimination or harassment to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education at (415) 486-5555, or as otherwise provided at

Responsible Office

Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)

(213) 740-5086

Office of the Title IX Coordinator

Gretchen Dahlinger Means, Director and Title IX Coordinator

Issued by

Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
University of Southern California