11/22 – Winter Recess Update

November 22, 2021 

Dear Trojans, 

As we prepare to enter the final month of 2021, we want to thank you for the hard work you put in to help us continue to move forward in accomplishing our mission through teaching, research, artistic creation, professional practice, health care, and public service. 

Your efforts throughout this second year of the pandemic have been nothing short of extraordinary. Together, we successfully welcomed 44,000 students back onto our campuses, returning to in-person teaching, working, and living. We did this with a singular focus on the health and safety of each other and our community. And our health care workers continued to care for our community as the effects of COVID persisted. 

We recognize everyone needs some serious downtime once again this year. To ensure you have time for a real respite, we are adding an additional week to our Winter Recess. It will now begin on Monday, December 20 and end on Sunday, January 2. 

For those divisions or units that cannot close down completely during the Winter Recess, please know you will be able to take off the equivalent number of Winter Recess hours either before December 20 or no later than June 30, 2022. More detailed information will follow from individual managers and is included in this FAQ

On behalf of the entire USC leadership team, we wish you the happiest of holidays and hope you enjoy this extra time to relax, reenergize, and reconnect with yourselves and your loved ones. 

With gratitude, 

Carol L. Folt, President

Felicia A. Washington, Senior Vice President of Human Resources