Handbooks/codes and policies

USC is committed to providing policies and resources so that all community members may understand the importance of upholding the integrity and values of the university.

Code of Ethics

Our Integrity and Accountability Code is anchored to USC’s Unifying Values and aligns our everyday decisions with USC’s mission, values, and compliance obligations.


Living Our Unifying Values: The USC Student Handbook

Contains important policies that apply to students.


USC Policies

USC’s official home for all university policy.


Faculty Handbook

Contains key policies and principles for the academic workplace.


Staff Processes and Practices

USC staff are encouraged to report any employment-related concerns through the USC Report & Response website. Employees can also find resources to resolve workplace concerns through the following procedures.

Confidential support

The university offers confidential resources and services that individuals can use regardless of their decision to report.

Counseling and Mental Health

Provides counseling and support through Student Health for student Reporting Parties and Respondents.


213-740-9355 (WELL)

Office of the Ombuds

Available to faculty, staff, and students experiencing university-related concerns, conflicts, or challenging situations.


University Park Campus


Health Sciences Campus

323- 442-0341

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Services (RSVP)

Provides direct support to student Reporting Parties who have experienced gender and power-based harm.


213-740-9355 (WELL)

USC WorkWell Center

Provides confidential counseling, coaching, consulting, and critical incident stress management to all USC benefits-eligible faculty, staff, post-docs, and retirees.


213- 821-0800

Other supportive resources

The USC community has access to resources and services to address any concern(s) or issue(s) they may be facing.

Campus Well-being & Crisis Intervention (CWCI)

CWCI addresses concerns and questions while also providing: support, troubleshooting, threat assessment, advocacy, education, referrals, and crisis response and support. It is the place where people can seek support for themselves and the community. Additionally, it is where individuals can receive answers and options to learn how to resolve a concern, situation, or improve themselves or their teams.



Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX (EEO-TIX)

Resources and resolution options for addressing reports of protected class discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as well as for education, training, and proactive partnerships that promote equity and civil rights.



Office of Culture, Ethics, and Compliance (OCEC)

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 the Office of Professionalism and Ethics for centralized tracking.


Office of Institutional Accessibility (OIA)

Provides strategic leadership to ensure USC programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities.


Office of Professionalism and Ethics (OPE)

The office that governs the Report & Response website and oversees the initial assessment of reports of concerns. OPE works closely with partnering university offices to review matters received from other outlets. Other responsibilities of the office include Athletic Compliance, quality assurance, and management of sensitive investigations at the direction of university leadership.


Office of Student Accessibility Services (OSAS)

Provides support services for individuals with disabilities.


Trojans Care 4 Trojans (TC4T)

A private and anonymous reporting option for students, faculty, and staff that is managed by Campus Support and Intervention (CSI).