Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect
We all have a shared responsibility to protect minors at USC. Therefore, all members of the USC community who observe, have knowledge of, or have reasonable suspicion that a child has been or is in danger of abuse or neglect are to report the matter to the proper external agencies and university officials as described below.
If there is an imminent threat to safety, contact 911.
(available 24 hours, 7 days per week)
Submit notice by completing this online form
Reporting other serious concerns, incidents and violations relating to minors
Other serious concerns, incidents and violations relating to minors that may not seem to rise to the level of known or suspected abuse must also be reported to the Office of Youth Protection and Programing as soon as possible and within no more than 24 hours of learning about the original concern. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Serious injuries, accidents, etc. involving minors
- Medical or mental health emergencies (subject to any medical confidentiality requirements)
- Near misses (e.g., a situation that could have resulted in a serious accident or injury)
- Inappropriate behavior, including grooming behavior or boundary violations
- Misconduct between minors
- Inadequate supervision
- Violations of the Protecting Minors policy or USC’s Guidelines for Interacting with Minors
If the concerning behavior or incident is a potential form of discrimination or harassment based on protected characteristic (including sexual harassment), or related retaliation, the report also will be shared with the Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX (EEO-TIX), as the University’s office that coordinates resources for civil rights education, reporting, and resolution procedures.
How to report other serious concerns, incidents or violations relating to minors
These types of concerns can be reported by submitting a notice of concern or calling the Office Youth Protection and Programming.
Frequently asked questions about reporting child abuse or neglect
Below are the most frequently asked questions about what conduct may be considered child abuse or neglect, when to report to external agencies, and what happens during the reporting process. If you have additional questions about your obligation to report or what you should do in a situation where child abuse, neglect, or other misconduct is suspected, please contact the Office of Youth Protection and Programming.
For additional information about reporting child abuse and neglect, the California Department of Social Services provides a helpful Frequently Asked Questions section.