FAQ: Events and Activities

The City of Los Angeles issued a revised Safer L.A. Order on Aug. 7, 2020 that included restrictions on events and gatherings. Specifically, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except for the exempted activities described in the order. 

USC has prohibited all university-sponsored on- and off-campus events until we receive further public health guidance.

General Questions

An event/gathering is defined as:

  • Any gathering of two or more people for 15 minutes or more
  • Any situation which involves external vendors (tent set up by rental company, catering, etc.)

Any event that is organized, sponsored or funded by the university, USC students, faculty, staff, schools, departments, units or a university sponsor would qualify.

Currently, all university events are canceled. No event may take place while the university remains in Phase 2. If you believe you have an exception, you must apply for an event permit. Please note, per Phase 2 guidance, any event, gathering or activity must have a pre-approved business purpose. Please seek approval before completing the event permit form.

Yes. The cancellations include on-campus and off-campus indoor and outdoor events.

No. Student organization events and activities including collegiate club sports practices, competitions, rehearsals and events on campus and off campus are canceled.

We encourage organizers to move their meetings to Zoom, which is a video and audio conferencing platform.

Refund requests should be submitted to the department, venue or service provider supporting your event.

Tabling is currently suspended until further notice.

During your USC Welcome Experience from Aug. 6 to Sept. 26, 2020, you’ll have many virtual opportunities to meet new people, discover communities and programs for every interest and identity, and attend a robust array of events and activities – both big and small – designed just for you! View additional details.

On Aug. 17, USC launched a new online student hub to help students maximize their virtual student experience. This portal is the first step in bringing all of the different facets of college life into a single resource to help enhance your experience across academics, community, wellness, arts and culture, service and career.

The initial version includes integrated event calendars, so you can see all of the online events in a single feed. Soon, many of those events will be directly accessible from within the portal to create a virtual hub for events, including interaction with your friends and fellow students.

The portal also provides access to your class schedule and links to key resources to give you a single starting point that serves as a gateway to other sites. In time, many of those resources will be more deeply integrated to provide a seamless experience.

On Aug. 11, the Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year. The decision was made after consultation with athletics directors and with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee that expressed concern with moving forward with contact practice. The conference also announced that when conditions improve, it would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after Jan. 1, 2021.

Student-athletes impacted by the postponement will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed. Additionally, the Pac-12 Conference strongly encourages that the NCAA grant students who opt out of competition this academic year an additional year of eligibility. As part of their guaranteed scholarships, they will continue to have university support, including academic advising and tutoring, among other support services.

View statements from USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn and USC President Carol Folt regarding the decision to postpone all sports through 2020.

For the fall semester, USC will reduce combined central student fees – including health and activities fees – from approximately $500 to $100 for undergraduates, and from approximately $450 to $100 for graduate students. During the fall, Student Health Center providers will offer telehealth and in-person healthcare services to those students living on or near campus; and telehealth services to those throughout California, as well as offer outreach services to all students, regardless of geographic location. Fall university activities will include a variety of live virtual performances, concerts, speaker series and much more.

Given the current challenges we are all facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed all in-person commencement 2020 activities. USC remains committed to having a traditional in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 on campus at a later date, and the plans are well underway.  That ceremony will take place when travel and large group events once again become safe. Visit the commencement 2020 website for more information.

On May 15, 2020, a full day of interactive celebrations honored the Class of 2020 and its extraordinary accomplishments. President Folt and Provost Zukoski hosted a virtual conferring of degrees that featured a Zoombombing from Will Ferrell, and all of the schools hosted their own academic celebrations as well. View the celebrations.

Please email covid19@usc.edu if you have any questions and/or concerns.

USC Hotel

The USC Hotel is not open to the public at this time. It is being used by the university as part of the overall USC response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our reservations and sales teams are currently available to book rooms for future dates. Please call the hotel at 213-748-4141 or 1-833-2-BOOK-USC for reservation inquiries.

There is no set date for reopening to the public at this time. As soon as a reopening date is announced by the university, we will place this information on the hotel website as well as send an email announcement. Please check our website for updates, or contact our front desk anytime at 213-748-4141.

The USC Hotel is not currently hosting special events. This is part of our compliance with the City of Los Angeles and USC Department of Health & Safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also do not currently have a confirmed start date as to when we can begin hosting events. However, our event and catering team is available to assist you with planning for the future and can answer any additional questions about your special event. Please contact our events team at private.events@usc.edu. We look forward to hosting your event in the future.