All university signs, both permanent and temporary (i.e. banners), for interior and/or exterior installation, are subject to administrative review and approval by representatives from the Office of the Provost, University Communications and Capital Construction. Representatives of these entities coordinate closely and collaboratively to provide guidance to sign proposers and ensure conformance with campus signage standards and criteria.

The review criteria are based on intent to use signage appropriately, sparingly and consistently in accordance with the standards of the USC graphic identity. Signs also must be appropriate to the environmental setting and existing visual character, while maintaining the visual quality displayed throughout both campuses. Depending on the sign type, location and material, it may require additional review and/or approval, including in some cases review by senior administration. Off campus and public-facing signage may also involve city, state, or location-mandated regulatory reviews.

As needed, sign proposers are responsible for engaging professional consultants (vendors, suppliers, designers and/or fabricators) on their behalf to prepare all information and exhibits necessary for reviewers’ action. Before final approval, proposers and their consultants are required to make any modifications deemed necessary during the review process.

To request review and approval of signage, the appointed representative of a department or unit must submit a proposal via email to one of the following individuals:

USC Capital Construction, Attention: Jon Soffa:
Office of the Provost, Attention: Mandeep Bhari:
University Communications, Attention: Jane Frey:

The proposal must include the following information about the proposed signage:

  1. Purpose
  2. Duration (permanent or temporary; if temporary, include dates of install and removal)
  3. Size
  4. Material
  5. Design/Artwork
  6. Content/Text
  7. Location
  8. Name of professional consultant/contractor or company producing the sign

The reviewers will confirm receipt of all inquiries and proposals, and all reviews will be conducted in a timely manner.

Responsible Office

Capital Construction Development
(213) 740-1638

Issued by

Michael Quick, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
University of Southern California