USC Statement on Title IX Investigation

USC statement from Jody Shipper, Title IX coordinator and executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity:

"The university is strongly committed to upholding all aspects of Title IX. We have received a letter from the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education notifying us of a complaint by two USC students alleging Title IX violations. The opening of an investigation is an expected step in the process, and the OCR states that 'opening the allegations for investigation in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to their merits.'

"We look forward to working with OCR to address any concerns and review our protocols as needed. The university, working with the Women Students Assembly and other groups, updated our sexual assault reporting guidelines in 2011-12. More recently, and prior to the filing of this complaint, USC began an ongoing review of policies and procedures in light of updated federal guidelines. The university remains vigilant in addressing any issues promptly and fully as they arise.

"The university offers confidential resources for students including the Student Counseling Center and the Center for Women and Men. Information on sexual assault, the university's procedures, and reporting guidelines also is available on the web at: