11/11 – New Working Group on Interfraternity Council Culture, Prevention, and Accountability

November 11, 2021 Content warning: This message mentions sexual assault. Dear USC Community, Recent allegations of sexual violence and misconduct have hit our campus hard. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and building a compassionate community. As part of that effort, we are establishing a Working Group on Interfraternity Council Culture,…

10/28- Academic Support During Stressful Times

October 28, 2021 Dear Students, As we have returned to in-person learning and living, you have done an incredible job of supporting each other and our community. We appreciate your cooperation and concern. The first semester back on campus has presented challenges for many of you. The pandemic is still very much with us and…

10/1 – Mandatory Harassment Prevention Training

Dear Colleagues, As part of USC’s ongoing commitments to fostering a positive environment and ensuring the university is in compliance with federal and state legal requirements, all faculty and staff – including in academic- and healthcare-specific roles – are required to take the online course “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination” when they begin employment and then…

8/20- Fall 2021 semester update

 August 20, 2021  Dear USC students,  The start of the 2021 academic year is upon us, and our campuses are bustling. It’s been thrilling to see so many of you reconnecting with each other in person. Yesterday’s convocation ceremony, where we formally welcomed more than 8,000 new Trojans onto campus, was an incredible display of…

8/17 – Provost Fall 2021 Welcome

August 17, 2021 Dear Colleagues, Welcome to Fall 2021. As we begin another semester – one that will pose some unique challenges as we return to in-person teaching and learning – I want to share some initial guidance and resources as we support each other and our students with patience and compassion. Once again, I…

8/9- Welcome back guidance and update

August 9, 2021 Dear Colleagues, On August 14, our students will begin to arrive on campus, move into their housing, and prepare for the start of classes. We are welcoming them back knowing we have worked hard to provide a safe environment for living, working, and studying. We are resuming our in-person academic mission, and…

7/2 – Phase 5 Guidelines

Dear Colleagues, Effective July 1, the university has formally transitioned to Phase 5 of its phased Restart framework. Last week we announced many of the key items outlined in the Phase 5 Guidelines, including the workforce planning process now underway and our updated vaccination and face covering policies. These plans will  ensure we are ready to support an in-person return…

6/29 – Masking Policy Updates

June 29, 2021 We are writing to give you an update on our masking policy. On Wednesday, we will begin teaching some classes in person during our second summer session and are continuing to plan for a full return to in-person activities on our campuses this Fall, with our undergraduates returning in mid-August and most…

6/16 – Restart Planning Update

June 16, 2021 Dear Colleagues, As the state continues to relax pandemic restrictions, many of you have asked if there is a specific date when USC will return to normal operations. While we are ramping up in-person activities throughout the summer and preparing to welcome students back to campus in August, the simple answer is that there…