Reporting Resources

For Reporting Concerns of Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation Related to a Protected Characteristic

  • Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX (EEO-TIX) is responsible for responding to all reports of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation relating to a protected characteristic, such as sex, race, color, national origin, etc. For the full list of protected characteristics, see the University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. The EEO-TIX Office also facilitates reasonably available supportive measures to faculty, staff, and students regardless of whether they elect to file a Formal Complaint.

Non-Protected Class Complaints

  • Faculty Affairs: For complaints that do not meet the threshold of other investigative units and the respondent is a faculty member. Every academic school has Faculty Affairs deans who often works closely with Human Resources and the Provost’s Office. Faculty Affairs reports investigation results to OPE for centralized tracking.
  • Human Resources: For complaints that do not meet the threshold of other investigative units and the respondent is a staff member. University Human Resources and local human resources offices throughout the university respond to such matters and report investigation results to OPE for centralized tracking.
  • Office of Conduct, Accountability, and Professionalism (reports to OPE): For complaints of egregious and/or pervasive conduct, to include bullying, belittling, intimidation or retaliation, or violence in the workplace, beyond the investigative scope of Faculty Affairs or Human Resources.
  • Audit Services: For complaints related to internal misappropriation of assets or internal controls. 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. Audit Services continues to investigate these matters and reports investigation results to OPE for centralized tracking.
  • Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance: For complaints related to conflicts of interest, privacy and security laws, health care at USC, youth protection and misconduct related to research grants, and Code of Ethics violations not within another office’s jurisdiction. The Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance reports investigation results to OPE for centralized tracking.
  • Office of Athletic Compliance (reports to OPE): For complaints related to athletic policies and procedures, such as NCAA, PAC-12, and USC rules. 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.
  • Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards (SJACS) (reports to the division of Student Affairs): For complaints related to violations of the university’s Student Code of Conduct. SJACS continues to investigate these matters, and where escalation is required, SJACS will coordinate and report investigation results to OPE for centralized tracking.
  • Keck Hospitals/USC Care Integrated Executive Peer Review Committee: For complaints related to the clinical healthcare of patients.