Black at USC: A message to our students

Thank you to all who have tagged us in the @black_at_usc post. DSP takes these reports very seriously and is committed to full compliance with laws protecting individuals with disabilities. We would like to share both formal and informal interventions for students who wish to escalate concerns regarding their accommodations. If you have concerns or difficulties using your accommodations due to the action or inaction of any member of the University, please contact your DSP Specialist directly.

If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment, you have the right to initiate a formal investigation or complaint through USC’s Office of Equity and Diversity (OED). OED is the only investigatory body at USC that is charged with addressing concerns of discrimination. Students may contact OED at ANY time.

If you do not wish to initiate a formal investigation, you may submit a request for intervention through our website. A request for intervention is an interactive process between students, DSP, and other appropriate individuals (such as staff, faculty, faculty leadership, or USC’s Associate Vice Provost of Institutional Accessibility and ADA Compliance). This process is NOT investigatory and does not result in a finding of discrimination—rather, this process is intended to assist students in communicating and clarifying expectations with academic and other professionals regarding the provisions of accommodations.

Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention.