Safety Services

Patrol Zones

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.

Fire and Emergency Planning

To protect USC’s community at all times, we ensure the university is properly prepared for any emergencies, major hazards or disasters.

Secure Housing

We’ve installed access control technology on all USC-owned housing, including fingerprint scanners and 24/7 security officers at entrances.

Emergency Blue Light Phones

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.

Bike Registration

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.

After Hours Visitor Registration

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.

Self Defense Training

Take control of your own safety. We offer free self-defense classes where you’ll learn lifelong tools and techniques to help protect yourself.

Counseling Services & Crisis Intervention

The Engemann Student Health Center provides trained and licensed therapists who can counsel students on life changes, anxiety or depression, and other personal issues.

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Resources

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.

Lab Safety

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.

Training for Active Shooter Emergency

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.