USC Statement on Free Speech

USC has long had established policies protecting the free speech rights and academic freedom of faculty and students. In both policy and practice, when USC faculty speak or write as citizens, they are free of institutional censorship or discipline. And academic freedom at USC protects all faculty. We vigorously defend these principles for faculty of every status and type of appointment.

Interim Dean Announcement for Keck School of Medicine

On behalf of President Nikias, I am writing to inform you that Dr. Laura Mosqueda, chair of the Department of Family Medicine and associate dean of primary care, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, while continuing to perform her other academic and administrative roles.

Information regarding Travel Restrictions for International Students and Scholars

A new federal travel ban was put into place on September 24 that restricts almost all travel to the United States from seven countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and North Korea — effective on October 18. Venezuela was added to that list but the ban was less restrictive: it affects certain government officials and their families.

Amicus Brief in support of scholars of all national origins

USC joined 30 other colleges and universities to encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal travel ban affecting international students, faculty and staff from six countries. The institutions argued that the international populations are vital to the culture and community on campuses across the United States. From the amicus brief:

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.