8/7: Access to University Park Campus/Health Requirements

To: USC Community

David W. Wright, Senior Vice President, Administration

Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health, Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Date: August 7, 2020

Subject: Access to University Park Campus / Health Requirements

USC is proud to be an open and publicly accessible campus. However, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 public health situation we are currently limiting access. Entry to the University Park Campus (UPC) will remain limited to certain vehicle and pedestrian entrances, but will now require those who enter to have completed a daily symptom check using our TrojanCheck app. At the Health Sciences Campus (HSC), access will continue to be controlled at the building level but will now also require the completion of the daily symptom check via the TrojanCheck app as well. 

As we look toward the start of the fall semester, a small number of students, faculty and staff will be on campus as outlined in a memo sent earlier this week. The following measures are in effect for all individuals wishing to access either campus:

Step 1: Hygiene Health and Safety — All employees (faculty and staff) and all students who will need access to any USC facility must complete “Hygiene Health and Safety,” a one-time required learning module accessible through trojanlearn.usc.edu. This module takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. A paper-based edition is also available upon request, please contact your Human Resources partner if you need this edition.

Step 2: TrojanCheck — In order to access USC facilities, all individuals must complete a daily symptom check prior to arriving on campus or daily for individuals residing in USC Housing. This newly relaunched online screening tool, trojancheck.usc.edu, also accommodates vendors, contractors and visitors. A paper-based edition is also available when needed. This screening tool takes approximately 3 minutes to complete. When your daily check is complete, you will see a color-coded screen, which you must show to safety perimeter ambassadors to gain access to campus for the day.

Step 3: UPC Perimeter Access Points (Begins Monday, August 10) — Safety perimeter ambassadors will be stationed at access points to UPC at the following entrances with dedicated hours of operation to ensure compliance with the symptom check requirements. Please be prepared to show your color-coded screen to access campus for the day. Safety ambassadors will be present on both campuses, UPC and HSC, to reinforce public health requirements. Campus access points for UPC are as follows:

  • Pedestrian – Exposition and Trousdale entrance
  • Pedestrian – Jefferson and Trousdale entrance
  • Pedestrian – Jefferson and McClintock entrance – Mobile pass only
  • Pedestrian – McCarthy Way and Figueroa entrance
  • Pedestrian – Vermont and Downey entrance
  • Vehicular – Jefferson Blvd Structure
  • Vehicular – McCarthy Way Structure 
  • Vehicular – McClintock Ave. entrance
  • Vehicular – On McClintock Ave, near Michelson building

Note on Residence Halls: Individuals living in residence halls will also be required to complete Trojan Check daily, regardless of activity. 

Note on Temperature Screening: Temperature screenings may be required for entry to certain areas, such as the Engemann building. In addition, the Trojan Check app selects individuals entering campus randomly by computer for temperature screening at perimeter access points. Temperature screenings may be instituted at other locations throughout campus.

Individuals who are symptomatic (chills or fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; loss of taste or smell; muscle soreness or headaches; cough or runny nose/congestion or sore throat; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; conjunctivitis (“pinkeye” or inflammation of the eye including redness, itching and tearing) along with feeling feverish; gastrointestinal symptoms (stomach upset, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting) should not enter campus. The appropriate steps are:

  1. Stay home.
  2. Contact your health care provider (for USC Students, the provider is USC Student Health, usc.edu/myshr or 213-740-9355 (WELL).
  3. Arrange for COVID-19 phone screening, and if recommended by the provider, testing.

USC employees who have been working on campus as part of their academic unit/division restart plan should call USC Student Health for screening and testing, 213-740-9355 (WELL).

Compliance with these public health measures is mandatory. To prevent widespread infection and possible campus closure, all students, faculty and staff must play a role and take these measures seriously. Those who put others at risk by violating these expectations will be subject to disciplinary action that may lead to removal from campus. Managers and supervisors are expected to hold their employees accountable for adhering to mandatory health and safety behaviors while in the workplace.

For questions regarding COVID-19, or to report a positive case, contact covid19@usc.edu or call 213-740-6291.

By following the proper health, hygiene and safety procedures, we can protect our community together.

Stay safe and stay well.