Harassment or discrimination
The Office of Equity and Diversity investigates complaints by faculty, staff, students and applicants (for both employment and student admissions) who believe themselves to be harmed by harassment or discrimination related to issues that have protected class status (see protected categories). The office represents the university to government agencies on those same matters.
Should a complaint of harassment or discrimination be brought to your attention, contact our office immediately. In order to assure that all complaints are addressed quickly and appropriately, departments may not proceed in any way to investigate allegations of this sort on their own.
The university is firmly committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations at the federal, state and local levels which prohibit discrimination, or which mandate that special consideration be given, on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, Vietnam veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic which may from time to time be specified in such laws and regulations.
Special protections for employees are also available concerning family care leave or its denial, pregnancy disability or its denial, or retaliation for complaints related to any protected class.
It is a violation of university policy to retaliate against anyone for exercising the right to make a complaint. This includes attempts or threats of retaliation, or efforts to impede an investigation. Retaliation is a violation of this policy whether or not the underlying claim of harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault is proven. Anyone who perceives retaliation should immediately notify our office.
- Filing a complaint
- USC’s Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination policy
- USC’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault policy
- National origin
- Marital status
- Medical condition
- Veteran status
- Sexual orientation
- Any other characteristic which may from time to time be specified in laws and regulations