University of Southern California
USC Student Affairs

Parents, We want to share a letter we recently sent to your student regarding safety:

April 19, 2012

Dear student,

Last night, the USC community came together to remember Ying Wu and Ming Qu, and to pay tribute to their lives and accomplishments.  This was a very emotional gathering, as it was also an opportunity to mourn their passing as a community, and to find solace in the bonds of the Trojan Family. 

As we continue the healing process, I want to reach out to each of you personally and emphasize that your safety remains a top priority for President Nikias and the entire USC administration.  We sincerely care about each and every one of you.  Even before you arrive on our campuses, we begin educating you about safety, and in recent years, we have taken a number of significant steps to increase security.  These include increasing security cameras on and around our campuses, as well as the heightened presence of the Department of Public Safety and security ambassadors wearing yellow jackets.  We also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Los Angeles Police Department, which strengthened our partnership in addressing crime.  As a direct result of these measures, we have seen a dramatic reduction in crime, and we will continue to look for ways to increase your safety at USC.

However, I want to emphasize that safety is a shared responsibility.  In his annual address to new students, President Nikias stresses four safety rules, and we remind you of these principles as often as possible.  We strongly encourage you to avoid walking alone or in small groups at night off campus, and to make use of the Campus Cruisers, campus bus or tram.  We also remind you never to invite strangers into your residence hall or apartment, and to avoid being under the influence of alcohol, especially in a situation in which you may be vulnerable.  In addition, if someone approaches you with a weapon and attempts to steal your property, do not put up a struggle for the property.  Being mindful of these principles will help ensure your personal safety, and recent incidents act as reminders of their tremendous importance.


Michael L. Jackson
Vice President for Student Affairs