Student Conduct Code & Sanctions
1. A written report regarding an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code is received by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards from the USC Department of Public Safety, a faculty member or a staff member of the university community.
2. The director will evaluate reports to determine whether there is sufficient information to proceed with the student conduct process.
3. The Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards sends written notification of the complaint to the student.
4. The student must meet with a designated review officer from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards to review the complaint and allegation.
A. The student may accept a Voluntary Administrative Review by not disputing the allegation, waiving the right to a further review and accepting the sanctions assessed. The Administrative Review is completed through a written form signed by both the student and an Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards staff member.
B. The student may deny the allegation. A Summary Administrative Review may be conducted by a designated review officer or the matter may be referred to a review panel, as appropriate. If the student is referred to a review panel, a review officer will arrange the date, time and place for the review, send a letter of notice to the student and convene a panel review according to the written notice provided to the student.
C. The case may be dismissed by the review officer.
5. Sanctions which may be assessed include but are not limited to: educational classes, warning, disciplinary probation, service, restitution, removal from university housing, suspension and/or expulsion.
6. The decision from the review may be appealed within 10 business days of receipt of the written decision.
7. When it is determined that a student is responsible for a violation of university standards by any of the above processes, a conduct record of the matter will be maintained in a confidential student file by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for a minimum of seven years. Expulsion, suspension, revocation of admission or degree will result in permanent student conduct files.*