Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Southern California prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, sex, age (40 years and over in the employment context), marital status, national origin, citizenship status, employment status, income status, shared ancestry and ethnic characteristics, partnership status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), pregnancy (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions),  disability, political belief or affiliation, domestic violence victim status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under  federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance  in any of the University’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination Act of 1967; the California Fair Employment and Housing Act; and other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. 

The University prohibits unlawful harassment of students, employees and third parties on the basis of any protected characteristic as identified above.

The University also prohibits retaliation against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by University policy or law, or because the individual makes a good faith report or formal complaint, testifies, assists, participates, or refuses to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.

The university has designated the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX (VP for EEO-TIX) to coordinate the University’s compliance with federal and state civil rights laws regarding protected characteristics, including Title IX and those other laws and regulations referenced above:

Catherine Spear
Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX (EEO-TIX)
USC Credit Union Building
3720 South Flower Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0704

The university complies with all federal and state laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on their disability or perceived disability status. As such, reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities when such modifications and services are necessary to access the institution’s programs and services. The University’s ADA/504 Coordinator is:

Christine Street
Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs – Institutional Accessibility and ADA Compliance
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
3601 Trousdale Parkway, Bldg. #89
Los Angeles, California 90089
(213) 821 4658

Inquiries about Title IX or the University’s prohibitions against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation can be directed to the VP for EEO-TIX, the ADA/504 Coordinator (for disability-related questions) or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at the contact information listed below.

Complaints and inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation involving federal laws may be directed to:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
50 United Nations Plaza 2
Mail Box 1200, Room 1545
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 486-5555
TTY: (800) 877-8339 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Roybal Federal Building
55 East Temple Street, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(800) 669-4000
TTY: (800) 669-6820

Complaints and inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation involving state laws may be directed to:

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
320 West 4th Street, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(800) 884-1684
TTY: (800) 700-2320

Any person who believes that the University as a federal contractor has violated nondiscrimination or affirmative action obligations may contact the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at:

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210
TTY: 1-202-693-1337