University of Southern California

USC Policy

Administrative and Business Practices

Date issued: June 22, 2012

Reporting Wrongdoing

USC requires faculty, staff, students, volunteers and others affiliated with the university to report suspicion of wrongdoing promptly to the proper authorities for investigation.

It is not your responsibility to determine if a situation indeed constitutes wrongdoing, but it is your personal responsibility to report those concerns. By refusing to turn a blind eye, we stay true to the requirements of the law, our ethical commitments, and the highest values of USC.

Crime

If you witness a crime in progress on or near campus, or if a member of our community is in immediate danger, call the Department of Public Service (DPS) emergency line, from all locations, at (213) 740-4321.

You may also report suspicious or criminal activity anonymously through the Trojans Care for Trojans program by text to 274637 (start the message with TC4T followed by a space) or the TC4T website; or you may report anonymously through the smartphone app TipSubmit, or online through USC's Silent Witness program.

Crimes Involving Minors

All USC employees, students, contractors and volunteers have a personal responsibility to report any instances of known or suspected abuse or neglect of children. Two reports must be made:

First report

DPS must be immediately notified at (213) 740-4321 (emergencies; immediate threat of danger) or (213) 740-6000. Use this number from all locations.

Second report

The second report must be placed to the Department of Children and Family Services Child Protection Hotline at (800) 540-4000, or to the LAPD (or your local law enforcement agency if you are outside the city of Los Angeles).

Failure by any member of the university community to make these reports as soon as possible may result in discipline up to and including termination or dismissal. See the university's Protecting Minors policy for more information.

Those members of the university community covered by California's Mandated Reporter laws should also review the university's Mandated Reporters policy.

Crimes Involving Elder Abuse

Those members of the university community covered by California's Mandated Reporter laws are obligated to report; how to do so depends on where the abuse occurred. See the university's Mandated Reporters policy for comprehensive instructions.

Crimes Involving Domestic Violence or Injury by Firearm

Those members of the university community covered by California's Mandated Reporter laws are obligated to report to local law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the injury occurred. See the university's Mandated Reporters policy for comprehensive instructions.

Crimes Involving Sexual Assault

For incidents or allegations of sexual assault involving USC faculty or staff, the Office of Equity and Diversity must be notified at (213) 740-5086. For incidents or allegations of sexual assault involving student-on-student, the Center for Women and Men must be notified at (213) 740-4900. See the university's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault policy.

Violence in the Workplace

Imminent threats must be reported immediately to DPS at (213) 740-4321 from all locations. Non-immediate threats must be reported to the Office of Equity and Diversity at (213) 740-5086.

Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Report to the Office of Equity and Diversity at (213) 740-5086. See the university's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault policy.

Title IX and Age Discrimination

Report to the Office of Equity and Diversity at (213) 740-5086.

Danger to Self or Others

If you are concerned that a student may be a danger to self or others, call the Student Counseling Service at (213) 740-7711, or use the TC4T website.

If you are concerned that an employee is a danger to self or others, call the Center for Work and Family Life at (213) 821-0800.

Misappropriation of University Assets, Accounting and Auditing Matters

Reports may be submitted on a confidential and anonymous basis if desired to the Office of Compliance Help and Hotline at (213) 740-2500. Reports may also be made directly to the Associate Senior Vice President, Audit Services, at (213) 740-8258. See the university's Accounting and Auditing Complaint Reporting policy.

Regulatory Violations

Reports may be submitted on a confidential and anonymous basis if desired to the Office of Compliance Help and Hotline at (213) 740-2500.

NCAA Violations

Reports must be submitted to the Office of Athletic Compliance at (213) 740-4577. More information is available at www.usctrojans.com/genrel/usc-recruiting-compliance.html.

Staff Complaints

Report to Employee Relations at (213) 740-7734.

Faculty Complaints

Report to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at (213) 740-6715.

Student Complaints

Report to Student Affairs at (213) 740-2421.

Unsure Who to Call?

The Office of Compliance Help and Hotline can help you determine the appropriate office to contact. Call (213) 740-2500.

Issued by

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