1/18- Working Group on IFC Culture, Prevention, and Accountability Update

Dear USC Community,  I am writing to provide an update on actions needed to resume Interfraternity Council (IFC) social activities. In the Fall, the Working Group on IFC Culture, Prevention, and Accountability was established and charged with: Looking at long-term strategies for improving the culture, enhancing accountability, and addressing systemic challenges within IFC chapters.  Developing short-term guidelines…

1/18- Important Title IX and OCR Resolution Agreement Updates

Dear USC Community, I write to update you on several important matters related to Title IX and the University’s commitment to maintaining an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Below, please find updates in the following areas:  Notice of Non-DiscriminationPolicy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and RetaliationCentralized Reporting DirectiveUpcoming Supervisor File ReviewNext Steps Notice of Non-Discrimination…

1/12 – Interim DPS Organizational Leadership

To:                  USC Community From:             Erroll G. Southers Associate Senior Vice President, Safety and Risk Assurance Date:               January 12, 2022 Subject:          Interim DPS Organizational Leadership As the spring semester begins, I am pleased to announce the following interim Department of Public Safety (DPS) organizational changes, effective on Thursday, January 13. As previously announced, John…

1/3- Appointment of Erroll Southers as Associate Senior Vice President of Safety & Risk Assurance

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Erroll Southers to the newly created position of Associate Senior Vice President of Safety & Risk Assurance, effective January 3, 2022. Dr. Southers will report to me and be responsible for overseeing the Administration Division’s safety departments – the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S),…

1/2- Reminders—Testing for Spring 2022

As Winter Break comes to a close, we expect many individuals are preparing to return to campus for work and other scheduled activities on Monday, January 3. While USC Housing will open as scheduled, please remember that the first week of classes will be conducted remotely and in-person instruction will resume Tuesday, January 18. Students who are returning…

12/24- Spring Semester Update

Dear Trojan Community, We hope you are recharging and savoring time with family and friends during this winter recess. Given the current spread of the Omicron variant of COVID, many of you have questions about USC’s plans for return in January and we wanted to provide specifics as soon as possible.  For students, our residence…

12/23- COVID-19 Surge Operations Update

Los Angeles County is experiencing a growing surge of COVID-19 cases, which we are also seeing in the USC population. Current USC test positivity rates are at 10%.  To adjust to the expected volume of positive cases over the next weeks during this surge, contact tracing is now largely automated through a MySHR secure message…

12/20- Clarification to 12/17 Health Advisory.

We are providing a clarification to Friday’s (12/17) health advisory on the Omicron variant. (https://we-are.usc.edu). We are closely monitoring changing conditions and preparing to adapt as needed. We have no plans to go online at this moment or having a remote Spring semester. We are planning to continue in-person instruction for Spring 2022. As part of these plans, like many…

12/17- Health Advisory: Omicron Variant

As we wrap up our Fall semester, we are sharing an update about the university’s plans for the Spring, in light of the increased spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. We are closely monitoring rising cases on campus and in the community, as well as at institutions of higher education nationally. This Fall,…