The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities with over 40,000 students from all 50 states, and more international students than any other university in the United States. As primarily an academic community, the university believes that all students should be able to pursue their education in a safe environment, and seeks to create, maintain, and protect an optimal educational environment by its codes of conduct and conduct processes.
The Academic Integrity Coordinator is responsible for Investigating, processing and resolving reported incidents of conduct of an academic nature by students in violation of university policy. Promotes and ensures accountability to and understanding of university practices and policies through intervention and disciplinary action and serves as a primary point of contact for student, faculty, staff, and external parties and witnesses.
Job accountabilities include:
Meets with students through informal and formal processes to discuss reported incidents of alleged academic misconduct. Conducts investigations, when necessary, as outlined in the university’s student handbook and other university policies. Determines and processes investigative plan and timeline. Identifies and interviews faculty, respondents, and witnesses, and serves as the primary case processor and point of contact for all interested parties. Gathers, reviews, and analyzes information/ evidence as outlined in the student handbook and other university policies
For formal resolutions, convenes and conducts hearings with student respondents and advisors to inspect and review all information/evidence and allegations brought against respondents. Conducts further investigation as appropriate. Weighs information/evidence from various sources, determines credibility, makes a determination of responsibility when supported by the information/evidence, and proactively identifies conduct or academic work violating the student handbook, the course syllabus and other university policies
Prepares and maintains necessary reports based on investigative determinations, documenting the chronology and content of the investigation and information/evidentiary review process. Resolves cases, renders findings of responsibility when supported by the information/evidence and determines violations of policy. Determines outcomes as appropriate that support the mission, values, health, safety and wellbeing of the university community and the mission of the office. Ensures students complete assigned outcomes. Provides information as needed to the appeals coordinator
Communicates and provides information about the disciplinary review process. Provides guidance and support resources to students involved in the investigation and disciplinary review process. Tracks case developments, completion and follow-up including outcome compliance. Identifies trends in student academic integrity incidents in various campus communities for education and outreach
Provides consultation when appropriate to faculty and other members of the USC community regarding academic integrity expectations and the conduct review process.
Provides training to individuals or groups relevant to policies governing academic integrity and other university guidelines as appropriate. Develops, plans, and presents student, parent, and faculty/staff educational programs. Assists in preparation or updates of publications. Provides training and guidance to graduate and undergraduate workers
Collaborates and coordinates with campus partners, faculty, and staff as appropriate to mitigate threat and increase student support. Addresses and responds to student behavioral problems and mental health concerns. Guide students in examining their decision-making process within the context of their health, safety and wellbeing, and adjustment to campus life. Educates students about community expectations related to academic integrity standards at USC. Guides students in identifying problems, resources, and developing strategies to best address issues that pose challenges to students’ personal and educational success; helps students refining conflict resolution and decision-making skills; refers students to appropriate resources to address issues of concern
Maintains compliance with federal and state laws regarding privacy. Maintains compliance with university policy and legal mandates regarding fair process and student procedural rights. Maintains statistical data, department and student records, documentation of procedural compliance, communication, and case management
Assists with hearing panel recruitment and training and website updates and communications; works with various student populations on the campus, as assigned
Engages proactively in the USC community in outreach, prevention and education efforts related to academic integrity expectations
Participates in campus activities, events, and celebrations to enhance office visibility (e.g., new student orientation, move-in, Homecoming, Commencement, etc.)
Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) and mandatory reporter under the Clery Act based on university responsibilities. Has responsibility and is required to receive reports of crimes or criminal incidents from victims of crimes and/or third parties; notifies Department of Public Safety immediately of any reported serious crime or criminal incidents that indicates the presence of an ongoing threat to the university community; and notifies the Clery Compliance Coordinator in the Department of Public Safety
Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Minimum Education: Master's degree/Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
Minimum experience: 3 years
Minimum field of expertise: Directly related experience in advising, investigating, and/or adjudicating misconduct cases and handling grievance processes. Demonstrated ability to make thoughtful and effective recommendations in conduct related matters. Demonstrated critical thinking, communication, and writing skills
Minimum Education: Master's degreeAddtional Education RequirementsCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Skills: Directly related experience in student support services.Demonstrated interpersonal, critical thinking and communication skills.Demonstrated analytical and/or problem solving capabilities.Ability to deal objectively and tactfully with sensitive, confidential information.Ability to conduct interviews and investigations.Ability to present ideas clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.Preferred Education: Master's degree