Frequently Asked Questions

The following are questions and answers pertaining to the reporting process for issues related to diversity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).

These guidelines do not replace complaints related to harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment or Title IX as outlined by the USC Office of Equity and Diversity here:  https://equity.usc.edu/filing-a-complaint/.

Diversity and Inclusion are foundational to the SCA community.  If students are concerned about these matters in the classroom setting, they are encouraged to discuss incidents with any faculty or staff member.  If any student would like to file a complaint, it is the responsibility of the faculty or staff member to alert the student’s Diversity and Inclusion Liaison who will address the complaint.

For a list of members of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and Diversity and Inclusion Liaisons (DIL) please see http://cinema.usc.edu/about/diversity.cfm

The reporting and review process explained here are for concerns related to pedagogical issues and the educational experience at SCA.

Student FAQs:

Who do I report a concern/complaint to?
You are encouraged to report your concerns to the DIL for your division.  However, you may address your concerns with any SCA faculty or staff member.

Will my complaint be confidential?
The Council cannot promise confidentiality.  However, your name will not be revealed to the person whom you file a complaint about. If you make a complaint with a SCA faculty/staff member who is not a DIL, the faculty/staff member will report your complaint and contact information to your DIL. The DIL is the communication point-person between you and the CDI and will report developments to you directly.

Who will get back to me and how long will it take?
The DIL will communicate with you and update you on developments and actions.  The process should take no more than two weeks.

What happens to my claim after I report it?
The DIL must report the incident to his or her Division Chair and to the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council as soon as possible. If the complaint is regarding another SCA division, this SCA Division Chair will also be contacted. Within two weeks the Chairs will design a plan of action to address the issue. The DIL should contact you with updates within two weeks.

What if the problem persists?
If the problem persists, it is important that you let the DIL know. The complaint will be brought back to the Division Chair, the Chair of the CDI and will be reviewed by the Diversity and Inclusion Review Board, which is composed of the SCA Chair of the CDI, all SCA DILs, the SCA Vice Dean of Faculty, a SCA staff representative, and a representative for the SCA graduate student body. The Diversity and Inclusion Review Board will discuss the case and make a recommendation for further action to the SCA Dean.

When do I report to the USC Office of Equity and Diversity?
If you experience harassment or discrimination based on a race, gender, religion, national origin, age, or any of the protected categories listed on the USC Office of Equity and Diversity website, you should report this immediately and directly to the USC Office of Equity and Diversity.  The process for reporting complaints can be found here:  https://equity.usc.edu/filing-a-complaint/.

Faculty/Staff FAQs

It is imperative that SCA faculty, staff and students uphold and promote diversity and inclusion as core values of the SCA community.  Please remember that the goal of the CDI is educational not punitive and seeks to enhance the experiences of faculty, staff and students.

A student has reported a concern/complaint, what do I do?
Discuss the concern with the student.  If the student wants to file a complaint send written notification of the incident to the SCA student’s DIL.  Complaints from non-SCA students can go to any SCA DIL.

What do I do about a student concern/complaint  in my division or department?
You should discuss your concerns with the division DIL.  The Liaison will address your concerns with the Division Chair and the Chair of the CDI.

What do I do about a concern/complaint in another SCA division/department?
You should report this complaint to the DIL in the SCA student’s home division. If the student is not a SCA major, minor or graduate student, report the complaint to any DIL.

What do I do about a student concern/complaint if I work in a SCA non-academic division?
You should report this complaint to the DIL in the SCA student’s home division. If the student is not a SCA major, minor or graduate student, report the complaint to any DIL.

What happens if a concern is reported about me?
Your Division Chair will contact you and work with you to resolve the concern.

Are there SCA resources available to learn about diversity and inclusion in the classroom and SCA community?
The CDI is a great place to start. Please contact anyone on the CDI for information and suggestions.

When does a concern go to the Diversity and Inclusion Review Board?
If a reported issue cannot be resolved at the Chair’s level or if there is a repeated complaint, a more formal complaint will be brought to the SCA Diversity and Inclusion Review Board.  

Who is on the Diversity and Inclusion Review Board? Can I participate?
The Diversity and Inclusion Review Board consists of the liaison from each academic division, the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Vice Dean of Faculty, a SCA Diversity and Inclusion Council staff person and a SCA graduate student representative.  The Diversity and Inclusion Review Board will discuss the case and make a recommendation for further action to the SCA Dean.
While you may not be able to participate on the Diversity and Inclusion Review Board, you can inquire about how to participate in the CDI. Please email <diversity@cinema.usc.edu>

How can I become a SCA Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Liaison?
If you would like to be considered for a SCA DIL position, please inform your Divisional Chair of your interest. At this time, Division Chairs are asked to designate a faculty member as a SCA DIL.