Transparency is one of the Department of Public Safety’s top priorities. We believe citizens are best able to ensure their safety when they’re informed. We gather and disseminate information on reported crimes in the following ways:
When a serious crime occurs on campus or the surrounding community, DPS gathers information and sends out an email report to the campus community. We also post the most recent reports on online. We use crime alerts to warn you of potential threats but also as a way of seeking your support. If you have any information regarding a crime reported in our alert, please contact DPS.
Because of federal requirements, DPS also divides its alerts into two categories:
The Clery Act requires that we notify the public of certain crimes which occur within Clery-designated geography. These reports are called timely warnings. Clery geography covers campus and campus-owned properties but not the surrounding neighborhoods.
Any time a serious crime is reported within USC’s patrol boundaries (approximately 2-mile radius around campus) but not within Clery geography, DPS files it as a crime alert.
The daily incident log includes all crimes reported on campus or in the surrounding community, including serious and non-serious crimes. Non-serious crimes vary widely, but may include: petty theft, drunk and disorderly arrests, or calls regarding a medical issue or injury.
TrojansAlert is an emergency notification system that allows university officials to contact you during an emergency by sending messages via text message and email.
When an emergency occurs, authorized USC senders will instantly notify you with real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do (or what not to do), whom to contact and other important information.
The Clery Act requires that all colleges and universities disclose crimes that have occurred on their campus to the federal government.
Note: Clery reporting is based on geography, and the reporting boundaries vary from DPS’s actual patrol boundaries. For additional details on the disctinction between our patrolled and Clery-protected zones, please read our section on Clery geography.
Each year, we produce a report from the Clery data produced and maintained over the last year. View the full report.