The Department of Public Safety patrols USC’s campuses as well as a 2.5 mile radius around each campus. Choose safe housing by choosing to live within our patrol zones.
To protect USC’s community at all times, we ensure the university is properly prepared for any emergencies, major hazards or disasters.
We’ve installed access control technology on all USC-owned housing, including fingerprint scanners and 24/7 security officers at entrances.
Throughout campus, you’ll find blue light phones that will connect you to our 24-7 response team. If you ever feel unsafe, an escort will meet you within minutes.
Campus Cruiser and Lyft (USC’s Safe Rides Programs)
You never have to walk home alone at night. Call Campus Cruiser to request a free ride. During peak hours, USC Transportation outsources to Lyft so you’ll never wait more than 15 minutes.
One of the easiest ways to get around USC is by bike. We offer a free registration system to minimize the risk of your bike getting lost or stolen.
Knowing who is on campus is essential to community safety. Fill out our registration form any time you invite guests to visit you after 9pm.
Take control of your own safety. We offer free self-defense classes where you’ll learn lifelong tools and techniques to help protect yourself.
The Engemann Student Health Center provides trained and licensed therapists who can counsel students on life changes, anxiety or depression, and other personal issues.
The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) provides centralized information about sexual assault and violence on campus, in the community and elsewhere. Visit SARC’s website for resources and reporting options, or contact the Center for Women and Men for consultation and resource support.
USC is a renowned research institution so safe labs and work environments are our top priority. The Environmental Health and Safety Department ensures students, faculty, and staff have access to healthy workplaces.
Sergeant Pablo Ayala in the USC Department of Public Safety is available to conduct training for groups on the “Run Hide Fight” protocol that is recommended to follow in the event of an active shooter emergency.
All members of the university community are encouraged to become familiar with emergency protocols established through USC Safety Services units: the Department of Public Safety, Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.