Update as of July 19, 2017

This university is a great institution and it is great in part because of its core values. I assure you that we strive to live up to those values every day.

Memo: Travel Restriction Update

Memorandum to USC Faculty, Staff, and Students June 26, 2017 I write to update you on Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court opinion based on the Administration’s… Read more »

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.

White House Travel Ban

As a result of the White House executive order of January 27, 2017, members of the USC community may be directly effected and concerned about the repercussions of this order, both in terms of ability to travel for scholarly and academic collaboration, and its larger impact on the community climate.

Supporting Our International Community

On behalf of President Nikias and the entire USC administration, I write to express our concern about the recent executive order (Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States) limiting immigration and entry into the United States, and how it could impact hundreds of our international students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Support for Faculty and Staff

The tragic and untimely death of our esteemed colleague and friend, Professor Bosco Tjan, has touched all of us at USC. While I know you are all sending your thoughts, and best wishes to his family, I also want us to remember to take care of each other.

Memo to the USC Community Regarding DACA

There has been significant deliberation and debate recently about potential changes to federal policies that might impact higher education.  One specific area of heightened concern, both nationally and on our campus, involves the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the status of college and university students who are protected by it.