USC Has Utterly Failed Its Students

USC Has Utterly Failed Its Students

They care more about the money than the actual students.
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The #MeToo movement, Times Up, and many more actions have penetrated every sphere of life.

Whether you are on Twitter, watching a TV show, on Facebook, on Instagram, getting extra training from your work, everything comes down to the fact that sexual assault is still a problem. A while ago, I wrote about how appalling it was to see that sexual assault is still a rampant problem, even though, we have infinitely more knowledge and understanding that it's wrong.

Most women I know have been sexually assaulted, harassed, or had other inappropriate, uncalled for instances happen to them. I realized I am one of them when the #MeToo movement happened.

What saddens me most lately, is that my own university didn't protect it's students, like Michigan State didn't protect theirs. They took the word of a man over a woman. They cared more about the money and image of what running a "business" like USC is like instead of protecting what it was actually established for "a place of learning."

The LA Times has been covering the story constantly for the past five days. Dr. Tynell was a gynecologist at USC for more than 30 years. It's standard protocol for a male gynecologist to bring a female nurse or witness into the room to make sure the women there feel and are safe. For years, there were complaints by the nurses in the rooms and the women on the table but guess what: NOTHING WAS DONE.

All of the complaints were handled independently by the last director of our health center. The last director blatantly ignored the comments and let more and more be in danger. Since the opening of hotlines to gain tips about what happened with Tynell, 200 people have called. That's over 200 people who might have been victims or know a victim.

How are students supposed to trust USC to handle these problems?

How are students supposed to feel safe at USC?

This is just one of many scandals that have happened within the past year, but this one hits close to come. Many of my friends and peers have gone to the health center, trusting that they would receive the best care. We should be able to trust in the health professionals and professors vetted by USC to work with its students.

Title IX did a five-year investigation into how USC handles sexual assault and we passed the inspection within this past year. Turns out, USC shouldn't have.

I don't trust USC to handle these problems anymore.

The professors of USC don't either. A petition has been circling since this happened and over 200 professors have signed. They want President C.L. Max Nikias to resign immediately because he should have protected students far better than he did. Nikias is great about finding money for the school but not much more. The professors are more willing to see the need and how it should be fixed than the trustees, who only care about the money Nikias provides.

Students should be able to trust in their school to help them when things go wrong and we know of at least 6 women from this situation that weren't helped. How many more are there?

How is the university going to fix this?

I have no idea. Is the first step to fire President Nikias, maybe. But this is for USC to figure out, not it's students. They have wronged us, not the other way around.

Can USC even figure it out because their lack of competency to take immediate actions is part of what got them into this mess?

Ultimately, USC has failed their students.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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7 Pieces Of Advice To Help You Survive Your Very First Week of College

You got to college! Now what?

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It's your first week of school and, though you've been getting advice from everyone, you still have no clue about some the most important tips to get you through your first week. This is some advice from a bunch of people who were probably just as lost as you.

1. Don't be afraid to ask for help

"Ask for help. Even if the help you need is just a phone call from home telling you everything is going to be okay, don't be afraid to ask for it. Trying to muscle through and do it all by yourself doesn't make you stronger, tougher, or more grown up; it just makes life harder. Parents, friends, and professors will all be willing to help you if you just ask."-Female, Junior

2. Get to know campus

"The faster that you explore the campus and truly see what the university has to offer, the more you will feel at home."-Female, Sophomore

"Get to know campus. It's big, it's confusing, and it's easy to get lost in if you don't know where you're going. Since you'll already have your class schedule, look up the buildings where your classes are and try walking to them. This helps you find the location and gauge how much time you need to walk."- Male, Sophomore

"Familiarize yourself with major landmarks on campus." -Female, Sophomore

"Make sure that you know where your classes are before the day of, so you aren't terribly late. Most professors are understanding, but some aren't and you want to make a good first impression."-Female, Sophomore

3. Make an effort to meet people

"Meet as many people as possible. In the first week on campus, everyone else is new and everyone else is looking for new friends. If you put yourself out there trying to make a good impression on people in your dorms or even just around campus, others will remember you. It's a great way to start friendships early."-Male, Sophomore

"When you first move in, don't be afraid to prop your door open while you unpack! If you see someone walk past your door, say hello and introduce yourself! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and invite someone for coffee and the opportunity to explore the university together. You won't regret it!"-Female, Sophomore

"Talk to literally everyone you meet."-Female, Sophomore

"Make an effort to try and get to know people on your floor."-Female, Sophomore

4. Stay in touch with family, but don't over do it

"Feel free to text your family, but don't overdo it on calling them. Live in the moment and try to adjust to living on your own. Fill them all in at the end of the week :)"-Female, Sophomore

5. Find your routine (but don't forget about big tests or events)

"Use a planner. I promise it'll help."-Female, Junior

"Get into a consistent routine (classes, eating, sleeping, etc.)"-Female, Sophomore

6. Go to the involvement fair

"Go to the Involvement Fair and be ready for free stuff!!!"-Female, Junior

"Involvement Fair is a must. Also, just meeting as many different people in as many different groups as possible!"-Male, Sophomore

"Go to at least one meeting for a club or group you'd like to join."-Female, Sophomore

"Go to the involvement fair!!! it's a nightmare, but it's how you find orgs that could change your life."-Female, Sophomore

7. Take advantage of every opportunity

"Have fun being in this amazing new place for the first time. There are incredible experiences and events happening in the first week that could inspire and educate you for the future. Take hold of every opportunity and remember, GO BUCKS!!"-Male, Sophomore

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