Bias Assessment Response and Support - USC Student Affairs

“The University of Southern California does not tolerate acts of bias within its community, and members of the Trojan Family are expected to be respectful and inclusive.  All incidents of bias, hate crimes, and hate incidents are considered a serious breach of our community expectations (Principles of Community) and need to be reported allowing for appropriate investigation and response.”

The USC Bias Assessment Response and Support Team receives reports of bias and hate incidents, assesses the incidents and coordinates the response to the incidents for the University community.

Why Report?

“USC embraces its diversity.  That said, we recognize that bias incidents and hate crimes do occur within our community – impeding our ability to achieve a safe and inclusive environment.  It is our shared responsibility to understand what constitutes bias or hate and take an active role in reporting incidents and crime.  We all have a role in fostering a safe an inclusive environment.”

Remember to: Document, document, document.  “Speed and accuracy are critical.”

Who to Contact?

“Anyone who directly witnesses a bias or hate activity, believes they are a victim of bias or hate activity, or becomes aware of an incident of bias or hate may report the incident by directly contacting the Department of Public Safety [DPS; (213) 740-4321], the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs [students – (213) 740-2421], or the Office of Equity and Diversity [faculty and staff – (213) 740-5086].  Reports may be made anonymously.”

-Vanessa Chiu