The university said in a statement Friday it was increasing security staffing in and around the campus, upgrading camera systems and enhancing public safety training for students.
The move comes after engineering student Xinran Ji was assaulted with a baseball bat at 12:45 a.m. on July 24 near the corner of 29th Street and Orchard Avenue, a few blocks from campus.
USC said its "safety ambassadors" will now work year-round, including the summer. Security cameras will be placed in locations off-campus, and more USC security and
USC has poured considerable resources into improving campus safety after a string of shootings put current and prospective students on edge.
In April 2012, two 23-year-old Chinese graduate students in the electrical engineering program, Ying Wu and Ming Qu, were shot to death about 1 a.m. while sitting in a parked BMW just west of campus.
The students' parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university, saying the school misled them when it said it ranked among the safest in the nation.
Six months after Wu and Qu were slain, a gunman opened fire in a crowd outside a Halloween party near the center of USC. Four people were wounded, and the campus was placed on lockdown.
After the incidents, school officials put multiple new security measures in place. The university limited public access to the campus in the evening, the Department of Public Safety installed additional security cameras and license plate readers, and dorms introduced fingerprint scanners for entry.
About 1,500 feet of fencing also went up along the school's 2-mile perimeter, and security guards began checking identification cards of everyone coming inside after 9 p.m.
As a result, university officials reported a drop in property crimes in 2013 compared with the previous year.