University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC) is located just outside downtown Los Angeles on the cusp of what locals still call South Central. It is California's oldest research university and, for a private institution, one might say its campus and population are fairly massive. The university enrolls approximately 16,000 undergraduates and 17,000 graduate students.

Of late, the liberal bias at USC has emanated primarily from its student government, though the administration has shown little inclination to check that body’s liberal ambitions, even when one student senator was threatened with impeachment merely for expressing his conservative views in public.

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Yellow Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - Grade: C; No required courses in Literature, U.S. Government/History, Economics, or Mathematics.

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    Southern Cal student gov may ask for $100 million to help impose racial quotas
  • The University of Southern California student government will soon vote on a resolution calling for a number of eye-popping diversity initiatives, such as requiring first-year students to take a course on diversity issues, instituting a racial quota system for admissions, and creating a $100 million scholarship fund for minority students.

    The resolution, sponsored by student senator...

  • USC diversity resolution dealt setback by student opposition
  • The University of Southern California student government postponed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday night on a resolution calling for a laundry list of diversity initiatives.

    Student senator Jacob Ellenhorn, who strongly opposes the resolution, told Campus Reform that rather than a victory, the delay is actually a capitulation to the resolution’s supporters, who...

  • USC students required to detail sexual history before registering for classes
  • A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying “how far would you be comfortable going?” and “would you like to try this with me?”

    In an email obtained by Campus Reform, students...

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    ‘Serious intellectual & mental problems’: Another USC prof caught on video slamming Bush, berating conservatives
  • A second professor at the University of Southern California (USC) has been caught on video using his political science class as a platform for bashing conservatives. In the video, Political Science Professor Richard Dekmejian claims former President George W. Bush suffered from mental instability and stupidity during his time in office. Bush was bound by “serious intellectual and...

  • ‘Stupid and Racist’: Video captures professor ranting against Republican Party
  • A professor at the University of Southern California (USC) appears to have used a fall semester 2012 political science class to deliver sustained and angered attacks on Republicans, who he characterized as old, white, racist, and “losers.” In a 15 min. video secretly captured by USC student Tyler Talgo, political science Professor Darry Sragow also appears to endorse the illegal...

  • VIDEO: Students say Obama deserves Peace Prize, but can't say why
  • Students at the University of California (USC) said that President Obama definitely still deserves his Nobel Peace Prize  — but had a hard time explaining why.  “I just feel like in general being a good guy, it’s just creating a lot more peace and like, mellow,” said one student, adding, “I love Obama, and I love everything he is doing. I just feel like...

  • LA colleges admit they underreported sex asssaults
  • The University of Southern California (USC) and Occidental College, both under federal investigations for their handling of campus sex assaults, admitted this month they failed to report a number of sex crimes over the past few years. USC did not report 13 sex offenses from 2010 and 2011, according to a a statement by released last week by Department of Public Safety chief John Thomas. ...

  • Kinky sex club rises at USC
  • Students at the University of Southern California (USC) could soon be tied up, but not in their studies. USC students have started a club to raise awareness about a methods of alternative sex, particularly BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism). Support for the Trojans Munch Club, or the Kinky Trojans as they are called on Facebook, picked up soon after the BDSM-inspired film Fifty...

  • USC student warns that impeaching conservative senator would confirm liberal bias
  • A University of Southern California student is urging Student Government not to impeach a conservative colleague, saying it would only confirm the existence of liberal bias on campus. In a letter to the editor of the Daily Trojan Monday, USC senior Luke Phillips argues that impeaching Jacob Ellenhorn would be a mistake not only because the charges against him are “vague, speculative, and...

  • Impeachment threats: a trendy way to silence campus conservatives
  • At universities across the country, student senators have faced threats of impeachment for infractions such as inviting conservative speakers to campus and voting contrary to the wishes of liberal student groups. To keep track of this troubling trend, Campus Reform has created a map of the impeachment efforts that have surfaced thus far, along with a synopsis of the situation at each school. ...

  • USC senator escapes impeachment, but loses stipend for being conservative
  • The University of Southern California student senate has decided to allow one of their colleagues to remain in office, but is confiscating the remainder of his stipend as punishment for expressing his conservative political views in public. “After hearing the truth about the false charges brought up against [me] by Diana Jimenez, my fellow senators decided to vote against my...

  • New York Times editor publicly calls professor 'asshole' after criticism
  • The New York Time’s executive editor Dean Baquet called a University of Southern California professor an “asshole” on social media after the professor questioned the paper’s decision not to publish the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons that resulted in the Parisian terrorist attack earlier this week. “Dear Marc, appreciate the self-righteous second guessing...

  • Southern Cal student gov may ask for $100 million to help impose racial quotas
  • The University of Southern California student government will soon vote on a resolution calling for a number of eye-popping diversity initiatives, such as requiring first-year students to take a course on diversity issues, instituting a racial quota system for admissions, and creating a $100 million scholarship fund for minority students. The resolution, sponsored by student senator Sabrina...

  • USC diversity resolution dealt setback by student opposition
  • The University of Southern California student government postponed a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday night on a resolution calling for a laundry list of diversity initiatives. Student senator Jacob Ellenhorn, who strongly opposes the resolution, told Campus Reform that rather than a victory, the delay is actually a capitulation to the resolution’s supporters, who he claims lack the...

  • Student govt wants USC to take in Syrian refugees
  • A resolution due to be introduced Tuesday in the University of Southern California student Senate would request that the university set aside spaces and scholarships for Syrian refugees. The resolution begins by stating that "the Syrian Civil War is in its fifth year, and there is no indication that a peaceful resolution to the conflict is forthcoming.” It goes on to claim that "millions of...

  • Law prof. who specializes in 'Nigga Theory' says former NFL player is 'coonin'
  • A University of Southern California law professor whose specialty is “Nigga Theory” recently accused a former football player of “coonin” on Twitter. Jody David Armour, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC, tweeted a racial epithet towards two-time Super Bowl champion Dexter Manley, referring to the former Washington Redskins defensive end as a “coon”...

  • USC prof. says Trump supporters are 'least educated segment of the population'
  • Professor Marty Kaplan of the University of Southern California published an op-ed in the Huffington Post called “The 7 Stages of Too Much Trump Media Disorder,” a parody of the five stages of grief that calls Trump an “extremist bully” and a fascist. Kaplan defines his satirical disorder as a “self-fulfilling” cycle of media attention given to Donald Trump...

  • USC students required to detail sexual history before registering for classes
  • A mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying “how far would you be comfortable going?” and “would you like to try this with me?” In an email obtained by Campus Reform, students were told they must...