Roof Access

This policy seeks to reduce the inherent risks and dangers that building rooftops can present by limiting building rooftop access to Authorized Persons only.

Single-use Plastics Elimination – Beverage Bottles

The purpose of this university-wide policy is to eliminate Single-use Plastic Beverage Bottles from campus and medical enterprise operations. By shifting procurement practices, prioritizing reuse and increasing waste diversion and reduction measures, over the next few years, USC intends to transition away from all Single-Use Plastic Beverage Bottles on campus and reach its zero waste goals.

Gifts and Hospitality Policy

As USC Employees, we are accountable for evaluating the G&H that are given and received in accordance with this policy. USC employees must ensure that giving or receiving G&H does not improperly influence or appear to improperly influence an individual’s decision-making abilities.

Political Site Visit Policy

1. Policy Issued: February 15, 2022Last Reviewed: N/ALast Revised: N/A 2. Policy Purpose The purpose of this policy to ensure that the University of Southern California (“USC”) complies with applicable laws when hosting site visits with Government Officials and candidates. Site visits are an opportunity for the university to build and maintain relationships with Government Officials.…

Policy on Policies

All faculty, staff, students, and contractors involved in the development, approval, implementation, or maintenance of University Policies and related resources are expected to comply with this policy. This policy defines a University Policy, explains the relationship to related resources, and describes the key expectations, requirements, and methodology throughout the policy lifecycle, including development, maintenance, retirement, and archiving.

USC Integrity and Accountability Code

At the University of Southern California, ethical behavior is predicated on two main pillars: a commitment to discharging our obligations to others in a fair and honest manner, and a commitment to respecting the rights and dignity of all persons.

Collections Or Gifts-in-Kind Acquisitions

The USC Acquisitions Policy exists to ensure that all collections acquisitions or gifts-in-kind to the University are transferred to University ownership according to all applicable laws, regulations, University standards, and museum artifact and works-of-art professional organization best practices.

Collections Loans

The USC Collections Loans Policy exists to ensure that all collections, acquisitions artworks, artifacts, or manuscript materials are loaned or temporarily transferred to University ownership according to all applicable laws, regulations, University standards, and museum artifact and works-of-art and library and archives professional organization best practices.

Clery Policy

The requirements in this policy are designed to facilitate USC’s compliance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998,” (the “Clery Act”). The Clery Act requires USC to disclose specified crime report statistics on and near its campuses, to provide other safety and crime information to the campus community in an accurate, complete, and timely manner, and to maintain written policies and procedures implementing the Clery Act.

Event, Gatherings and Tailgate Fencing Policy

The university uses fencing of various heights to create a barrier or barricade to control the flow and capacity at an event. Fencing is also required when serving alcoholic beverages by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the latter of whom signs off on ABC service permits.

Face Covering Policy

THIS POLICY APPLIES TO ALL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF 1. POLICY Issued: August 16, 2021Last Revised: October 6, 2022Last Reviewed: October 6, 2022 2. Policy Purpose The purpose of the Face Covering Policy is to protect and support the health and safety of the University of Southern California (“USC”) community, including the…

Athletics Student – Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Policy

The vision of USC is to have the most student-athlete centered athletics program in the nation. In alignment with that vision, we support the ability of our student-athletes to earn compensation from third parties for the use of their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”), consistent with this Policy and California’s Fair Pay to Play Act.

COVID-19 Testing Policy

To protect and support the health and safety of the USC Community by surveillance
testing faculty, staff and student populations for potential COVID-19 infection, and
to use this information to prevent, reduce, track and contain the transmission of
COVID-19 at USC.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

The purpose of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program is to protect and support the health and safety of the USC Community including the University’s faculty, staff, students, and patients.

Scholarship and Grant Awards

This policy governs the administration of scholarships and grants at the University of Southern California (USC). USC provides scholarships and grants to students consistent with donor specifications on the basis of financial need, merit, or both.

Student Travel Abroad – Destination Restrictions and Crisis Management

As a global university, USC encourages students to gain international experience through a variety of programs, including study abroad, internships abroad, and international service trips.

Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

USC’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation incorporates a University-wide approach to preventing and responding to discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics, retaliation, and specific forms of harassment based on sex: sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and related forms of conduct.

Research and Scholarship Misconduct

This policy applies to research and scholarship carried out at USC involving any faculty (including part-time, adjunct and visiting), staff, trainee or students regardless of funding source, if any.

The USC Student Handbook

The USC Student Handbook outlines the rights, responsibilities, and obligations you have as a student member of this community.

Research Personnel Protection

Safety is a core value at USC. The university is committed to advancement of an institutional safety culture, with strong programs of personal safety, accident and injury prevention, wellness promotion, and compliance with applicable environmental and health and safety laws and regulations.


University community members incur various types of expenses as they perform tasks and duties that support the operations of the university and further its mission.

Acceptable Use

Please view policy to access additional details.

Travel Expenditures

The purpose of the policy is to ensure travel expenditures are reasonable, customary, and necessary to conduct official university business.

USC Drug-Free

The Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and its amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. 1011i) require all federal grant recipients to certify a drug-free environment.

HIPAA PAT-607 Mitigations and Sanctions

It is USC’s policy to monitor compliance with HIPAA policies and to mitigate, to the extent practicable, any harm resulting from inappropriate access to, acquisition of, use of, or disclosure of protected health information.

Protecting Minors

The university is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of students and others who are entrusted to our care or visit our campuses, especially those who are particularly vulnerable, including patients, volunteer subjects of research, and the children in our daycare and community outreach programs.

Student Health Leave of Absence

USC recognizes that health needs may on occasion interfere with a student’s ability to remain in his/her academic program.


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.


Tailgating before a football game is part of the rich heritage that makes Trojan Game Day special. This policy provides guidelines to help ensure a safe, family-friendly game day environment, and applies only to USC’s University Park Campus – not the Coliseum or other facilities. However, both tailgating, and open containers, are strictly prohibited at USC Village.

International Collaborations and Export Controls

USC engages in a variety of activities related to research, instruction, healthcare, student outreach, and other strategic partnerships and affiliations that may create obligations under United States export control regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and economic and trade sanctions regulations.

Smoke Free Policy

The university is committed to promoting a healthy, safe and comfortable environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor facilities on university owned and leased property with no exception, including within vehicles parked on those properties.

HIPAA PAT-608 Breach Notification

USC shall comply with breach notification requirements under federal and state laws, including the HIPAA privacy and security regulations and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) Regulations.