Reporting Information

Report a Complaint

To report a complaint of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or retaliation against a faculty or staff member, please contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at:

University Park Campus
3720 S. Flower Street 2nd floor
Los Angeles, California 90089-0704
Tel: (213) 740-5086
Fax: (213) 740-5090
oed@usc.edu

Health Sciences Campus
2001 N. Soto Street, Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA 90002-9236
Tel: (323) 442-2020
Fax: (323) 442-2019
oed@usc.edu

 

Prompt Reporting

The university encourages individuals to promptly report complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. Prompt reporting allows OED to begin collecting and preserving evidence, including witness statements, physical evidence, and documentary evidence. OED’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation may be limited by a delay in reporting the prohibited conduct.

 

Duty to Report

Faculty and staff have a duty to promptly report suspected discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and retaliation to OED unless exempted from doing so by law. The report should include all known information about: (1) the alleged conduct; (2) the names of the parties involved; (3) and any additional information that would assist OED in responding to the complaint. The individual who reports the alleged conduct should not attempt to investigate the complaint or to resolve the matter except under the guidance of OED. Failing to promptly report prohibited conduct may constitute a policy violation.

For more information about staff members’ duty to report, please visit the Reporting Wrongdoing policy. For more information about faculty members’ duty to report, please see Chapter 6 of the Faculty Handbook.

 

Anonymous Reports

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or retaliation may make an anonymous complaint to OED; however, depending on the amount of information available about the alleged prohibited conduct and the parties involved, OED’s ability to respond to the complaint may be significantly limited. OED will respond to the complaint as appropriately as possible based on the information provided or otherwise available.

 

Reports to Government Agencies

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or retaliation may file a complaint with the relevant government agency, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, or the Office for Civil Rights.

 

Reports to Law Enforcement

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to criminal conduct may contact the Department of Public Safety or the Los Angeles Police Department, or to call 9-1-1. When an individual reports alleged criminal conduct to the DPS, the DPS typically notifies the LAPD. The individual reporting the alleged criminal conduct can ask the DPS not to share their name with the LAPD. Individuals who believe they have been subjected to criminal conduct have the right to report, or to decline to report, the alleged criminal conduct to law enforcement.