Briefing Room

Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention

The University of Southern California wants to better prepare for – and try to prevent – any future tragedies, by promoting a more mindful, compassionate, and healthy campus. We believe that organizing these efforts under one office will provide a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to ensuring the health and safety of our entire university community. Read More »

Information regarding Travel Restrictions for International Students and Scholars

The White House Executive Order on immigration and travel, first issued on January 27, 2017, suspended entry into the United States for immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. A revised order, signed on March 6, 2017, exempts existing visa holders from travel limits and removes Iraq from the original list of affected countries.  That order was blocked by a federal judge on March 15; it likely will be appealed by the Trump Administration. Changes also have been announced to premium processing of H-1B visa requests, resuming October 1. Read More »

Safety and Mental Health Programs and Support

The university encourages all members of the community to be fully informed and aware of safety programs and support tools, and be prepared for both emergency and non-emergency situations. Please review the resource page for faculty, and become familiar with important safety and mental health resources on campus.   Read More »

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

From an official communication from Provost Michael Quick: "The challenges of diversity, inclusion and equity traverse our national history and every sector of society, including higher education.  They strike at heart of our sense of justice and equal opportunity, and our sense of who we are – our national and global identity.  Every generation grapples with these challenges in their own social and historical contexts.  The struggle for change and social justice is ongoing.  It predates and will continue beyond our lifetimes.  Recognizing this is not pessimism, it is optimism writ large – a recognition that the future is in our hands. USC will not shy from this calling.  We stand ready to grapple." Among the initiatives created to meet these challenges include new instructional, programmatic, and representative structures to diversify the viewpoints at the decision-making level, and create better opportunities for all throughout our organization. Read More »

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Information for our USC community regarding students in the DACA program: As stated in the official communication from Provost Michael Quick:
  • Searches/seizures: We follow the constitutional mandate against unreasonable searches and seizures and therefore ask that law enforcement acquire the appropriate warrants prior to assisting them in contacting anyone in our community.
  • Enforcement: Our Department of Public Safety follows the lead of the Los Angeles Police Department, which does not initiate law enforcement activities based solely on immigration status.
  • Educational Privacy: We likewise follow the protections afforded to our students by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and this means we do not disseminate student records without student consent or a judicial order.
  • Statement among Higher Education Institutions: Along with more than 300 other colleges and universities, President Nikias is a signatory to the Statement in Support of the DACA Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students, and, as a university, we will continue to advocate on behalf of the DACA program.
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