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How does it work?

USC encourages individuals to report sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact to the Title IX Office. You can report to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Diversity in person, by email, or by phone.

Gretchen Dahlinger Means
(213) 740-5086
[email protected]
USC Credit Union Building
3720 South Flower Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0704

You can receive assistance reporting from RSVP, Student Support and Advocacy, Residential Education, DPS, and the Engemann Student Counseling Center.

If you choose to use Callisto's Reporting feature, the Title IX Coordinator will receive your report and reach out to you to set up an in-person meeting. You can also print out a copy of your Callisto record and take it with you to report in person.

You will have the opportunity to decide whether or not you want to pursue a formal Title IX investigation. You can meet with a Title IX Investigator, provide an initial statement, and request that the Title IX Office not investigate the incident until a later date. Under most circumstances, the Title IX Office can honor your request. In limited circumstances, the Title IX Office may be required to investigate an incident against your wishes. For example, when an incident involves a weapon or predatory drug use, when multiple victims are involved, or when there is a danger to the greater community.

You can also choose to report what happened anonymously by calling the Title IX Office. Identifying information is not required to report. 

Faculty, teaching assistants, academic advisors, residential assistants, and staff employees, including student employees, who hold supervisory positions are considered Responsible Employees. Responsible Employees must immediately report all known information about a sexual assault to the Title IX Office. 

Confidential resources include Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP), Student Counseling Services (SCS) and medical physicians at Engemann Student Health Services, and religious officials acting in that capacity when the disclosure is made.

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What happens after I report?

After receiving a report of sexual assault, the Title IX Office will contact you to explain your rights and reporting options on and off campus; to invite you to an in person meeting; and to provide resources and appropriate referrals. 

Title IX also notifies the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP), a confidential resource, so that they may also conduct outreach.

Intake

The first meeting you have with the Title IX Office is called intake.

At intake, the Title IX Coordinator and/or the investigator will gather information about the incident and assess the need for interim actions. Supportive interim measures may be taken prior to and without an investigation.

At intake, you can ask questions about the policy and the investigative process. You can bring an advisor to intake if you want to.

Request by Reporting Party to not proceed

You can request your name not be shared with the perpetrator, no investigation be pursued, or no disciplinary action be taken. In these instances, the Title IX Coordinator and/or investigator will discuss your concerns and seek to address and remedy barriers to report, like concern about retaliation or lack of clarity about procedural options or potential outcomes.

The Title IX Coordinator will assess appropriate and/or possible action when you request anonymity or when the perpetrator is unknown; specifically, what actions may address the effects of the reported behavior.

The Title IX Coordinator will determine the appropriate manner of resolution consistent with your request while also protecting the health and safety of you and the university community.

In all cases, the final decision on whether, how, and to what extent the university will conduct an investigation, and whether other measures will be taken in connection with a report of prohibited conduct, rests solely with the Title IX Coordinator.

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What is an investigation?

Notification

If the university proceeds to a formal investigation, the Reporting Party (you) and the Respondent (perpetrator) are notified of the investigation and the charged policy violations.

The Respondent is also provided information about the policy, procedural protections, support resources, and appropriate referrals. The Respondent will also be given a date by which they must contact the investigator. Respondents who do not respond to the notification within the designated time frame or who cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts remain subject to an investigation and any sanction imposed as a result of a finding of responsibility.

Fact-gathering

It is the responsibility of the university, not the parties, to gather information and interview witnesses.

The investigator will meet separately with the Reporting Party and Respondent. If not previously provided, each party is given a summary of procedural protections, the investigative process, avenues of appeal, and information about available resources.

The investigator will ask both parties for all information related to the alleged prohibited conduct; including names of witnesses, documents, emails, texts, social media posts, photographs, the existence of video footage, and call logs. Information may be presented by the parties until Evidence Review. During the course of the investigation, the investigator may identify additional witnesses and gather supplemental evidence.

Students and employees have the responsibility to participate fully and truthfully in university investigations.

Evidence Review

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Reporting Party and the Respondent are given an individual and separate opportunity to review the information collected. This is called Evidence Review.

Evidence Review occurs at the Title IX Office. Witness statements, physical and documentary evidence, and audio/visual material is provided for review. Parties are not provided copies or allowed to take photographs. Parties may take notes.

At Evidence Review, both parties are encouraged to submit questions to be asked of the other party by the Title IX Coordinator at the Evidence Hearing.

Information that is excluded from review will not be considered in making findings of fact or determining responsibility. The Title IX Coordinator may exclude evidence from review that violates the privacy rights of third parties.

Evidence Hearing

After each party has reviewed the evidence, the Reporting Party and Respondent are given an individual and separate opportunity to respond. This is called the Evidence Hearing.

The Evidence Hearing occurs at the Title IX Office and is held by the Title IX Coordinator and assigned investigator. It is an opportunity for each party to respond orally or by submission of a written statement to the evidence collected during the investigation and viewed in Evidence Review.

At this time, the Title IX Coordinator will ask each party the questions submitted by the other. The Title IX Coordinator has the responsibility to exclude questions that are inflammatory, argumentative, or relate to character evidence or non-relevant sexual history. Responses provided are considered evidence and may be used in the findings of fact and responsibility.

If new information is shared by a party during the Evidence Hearing, the opposing party will be provided an opportunity to review and respond. New information is relevant, material, and temporally proximate to the conduct at issue, and tends to make a fact or inference more or less likely; it is not responsive commentary or emotion.

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