Confidential reports on practices or conduct that does not meet the ethical and professional standard of the university may be reported online using the secure form. You may also report compliance concerns by calling the USC Help and Hotline at 213-740-2500. This number is staffed by live operators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Monitoring/Investigative Offices at USC
- Title IX | Office of Equity and Diversity is responsible for overseeing the university’s compliance with state and federal laws relating to—as well as investigating and responding to—complaints by faculty, staff, students, and applicants who believe themselves to be harmed by harassment or discrimination related to a protected characteristic. These protected characteristics include race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic specified in state and federal law or regulation. Harassment includes sexual assault and misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking. OED investigators handle reports of protected class misconduct in which the alleged offender is staff or faculty. OED also handles reports of retaliation related to reporting this misconduct.
- Title IX investigators are responsible for responding to reports of protected class misconduct in which the alleged offender is a student. This office also investigates retaliation related to reporting this type of misconduct.
Office of Conduct, Accountability and Professionalism (Reports to Office of Professionalism and Ethics)
- The Office of Conduct, Accountability and Professionalism (OCAP) was announced in October 2017, and has been tasked with investigating concerns about workplace misconduct, including violence in the workplace, that fall outside the strict purview of existing investigative offices.
- In practice, OCAP investigates complaints involving staff and faculty unrelated to a protected characteristic, such as conduct that violates our policies against bullying and intimidation.
Office of Athletic Compliance (Reports to Office of Professionalism and Ethics)
- The Office of Athletic Compliance is dedicated to assisting all coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff members, USC faculty and staff, former and future Trojans, and all supporters of Trojan Athletics as they strive to comply with rules applicable to intercollegiate athletics.
- In addition to educating these groups about applicable rules, Athletic Compliance is responsible for monitoring, addressing, and investigating all potential violations of NCAA, Pac-12 Conference, and university rules and regulations governing athletics.
- When necessary, Athletic Compliance reports infractions to the NCAA and oversees the imposition of any remedial action.
Office of Compliance (Reports to the Office of Legal Affairs and Professionalism)
- The Office of Compliance is responsible for overseeing the university’s compliance program, which includes investigating possible regulatory and university policy violations such as: conflicts of interest; misconduct related to research grants; violations of healthcare billing guidelines; data privacy breaches in, for example, medical, student, or financial records; and violations of U.S. export control regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or economic and trade sanctions regulations.
- In addition to performing investigations and ensuring appropriate enforcement and corrective action, the Office of Compliance is responsible for: conducting periodic risk assessments; implementing policies and programs in response to new laws, regulations, and industry trends that present significant legal, financial, and/or reputational risk for the university; providing training and education to the university community; and conducting internal monitoring and auditing.
While the Office of Compliance continues to investigate these matters, it now coordinates and reports investigation results to the Office of Professionalism and Ethics (OPE) for oversight, direction and monitoring.
Audit Services (Reports to Office of Legal Affairs and Professionalism)
- The Office of Audit Services is responsible for assisting university management with risk mitigation strategies with the objective of improving business processes and internal controls, as well as facilitating strong stewardship and management accountability at all levels.
- In addition to carrying out the university’s annual internal audit plan together with the university’s outside audit service provider (EY), the Office of Audit Services investigates complaints concerning accounting misappropriation and internal controls issues.
Audit Services continues to investigate these matters, but now coordinates and reports investigation results to the Office of Professionalism and Ethics (OPE) for oversight, direction and monitoring.
Student Judicial and Community Standards (Reports to the Division of Student Affairs)
- The Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards (SJACS) is responsible for investigating and responding to complaints from the university community related to violations of the university’s Student Code of Conduct.
- Following the investigation of a complaint, SJACS enters into a Voluntary Administrative Review with the student and may dismiss the case against the student or make findings against the student. If the student denies the allegations, SJACS conducts a Summary Administrative Review.
- SJACS is also responsible for assessing any sanctions deemed warranted against a student, which may include, without limitation, educational classes, warning, disciplinary probation, service, restitution, removal from university housing, grade sanctions and/or removal from a department, revocation of degree or revocation of admission, suspension, and/or expulsion.
SJACS continues to investigate these matters, but for high-risk matters, SJACS will now coordinate and report investigation results to the Office of Professionalism and Ethics (OPE) for oversight, direction and monitoring.