The Office of Youth Protection and Programming, which is part of the Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance, serves as a centralized resource for those at USC who engage with people under the age of 18. 

Our office promotes the protection of minors at USC by: 

  • Developing and promoting compliance with relevant, effective safety policies and practices that help safeguard minors engaging with USC 
  • Providing support and guidance to youth programs so that they can operate safe, compliant activities and meet their responsibility to protect youth participants  
  • Communicating requirements for reporting known or suspected child abuse or neglect 
  • Offering the USC community resources, education, and training on child abuse prevention and awareness  
  • Identifying and improving mechanisms for preventing child abuse and protecting minors across the university 

Contact Us

Office of Youth Protection and Programming
3720 S Flower Street 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Email: minors@usc.edu

Our Staff

Gabe Gates

Associate Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection
Email: ggates@usc.edu

Carissa Coons

Director | Youth Protection Program
Email: ccoons@usc.edu | Tel: (213) 740-2656

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USC Youth Protection Advisory & Working Groups 

Representatives serving on the USC Youth Protection Advisory and Working Groups provide high-level strategic guidance to the Office of Youth Protection and Programming to help strengthen USC’s youth protection efforts, and ensure the well-being and safety of minors remains a top priority across the university.

The USC Youth Protection Advisory and Working Groups include individuals representing the following areas:

  • Athletics 
  • Audit Services
  • Department of Public Safety 
  • Keck School of Medicine 
  • Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance 
  • Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX 
  • Office of Professionalism and Ethics
  • Office of the Senior Vice President, Administration 
  • School for Early Childhood Education 
  • Strategic and Global Initiatives  
  • Risk Management 
  • University Counsel for Student Affairs
  • USC Joint Educational Project