USC Latinx Heritage Month Begins Sept. 15

Latinx Heritage Month at USC kicks off on September 15 at 12 p.m. with a virtual welcome event hosted by USC President Carol L. Folt and featuring students, staff, faculty and alumni. The event is just one of multiple events that will be taking place throughout the month. Check out the calendar of events for…

EEO-TIX Office Open for Visitors

The Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX is once again open to the public during regular business hours. The EEO-TIX Office is located on the Second Floor of CUB and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Walk-ins and visitors are welcome. Please ensure you are wearing a mask. Additionally, for the safety of…

Gender Identity Accommodations Available to Students and Staff

USC is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all community members.  As part of the Trojan Check process that we are using to return to campus, individuals may be asked to confirm their identity. If you are a student who needs gender-identity accommodations, you can request them through the jotform on the LGBTQ+SC website, which…

NASEM Summit to Prevent Harassment Open to Public

The Third Annual Public Summit on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is open to the public for the first time ever this year as a virtual event. NASEM’s Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education creates an active space for leaders from academic and research and training institutions. USC…

Changes recommended for Department of Public Safety

The University’s Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board (CAB) recently published a report that recommends an array of changes for the Department of Public Safety that are geared toward making safety more equitable for the entire USC community and visitors.  The recommendations include changing protocols about how nonviolent incidents are handled and establishing an independent review…

Federal Agencies Step Up Response to Harassment Violations

EEO-TIX applauds the recent news that 75 principal investigators have been removed from grants due to sexual harassment and other hostile workplace violations in the last three years by the National Institutes of Health. The National Academy of Sciences also reported that it removed two members due to sexual misconduct during the same timeframe. Both agencies had not…

USC Policy Website Updates

The USC Policy website, which lists all university policies that apply to students, staff, and faculty, has been updated to be more user friendly and ADA compliant. The new website makes it easier to search for policies using key words, topics, and target audiences. It also provides a variety of resources for drafting policies, procedures, guidelines,…

Office for Civil Rights clarifies position on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

The University of Southern California includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as protected characteristics in its Notice of Non-Discrimination statement and Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation. We highly value our LGBTQIA+ community members. We are gratified that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education has issued a new ruling…

USC Celebrates Pride Month

Gay Pride rainbow banners line Trousdale Parkway on USC's campus, June 1s, 2019. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

President Folt will usher in Pride Month on June 1 with a special Zoom event featuring faculty, staff, students and community members. The kickoff event is hosted by the Office of Cultural Relations and University Events on June 1 at 12 pm and is the first of several Pride Month events being hosted by various…

USC Community Reflects on Lessons Learned One Year After Floyd Murder

USC’s Student Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent anti-racism movement it galvanized with a program for students, faculty, and staff that was designed to provide resources and motivate participants to engage in or continue anti-racism work.  The program commemorated the life of Floyd, who was killed while in police…