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.

Our Welcome Experience programs and activities begin the second week of January and will be conducted online for all new incoming and returning students. If conditions allow, we will add some smaller, in-person events. Our signature event each January is Spring Into SC, which welcomes all new Spring Admit first-year and transfer students. This event, along with Spring Convocation, marks the start of our six-week welcome programming. Full details will be published by December 1, 2020.

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 Sept. 24, the Pac-12 CEO Group announced that based upon updated Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee recommendations that take into account material changes to testing capabilities, the prevalence of COVID-19 and cardiac issues, along with updated state and local health official guidance, the Conference will resume its football, basketball and winter sport seasons.  The football season may now commence for those teams that have the necessary state and local health approvals on November 6, men’s and women’s basketball on November 25 consistent with the NCAA’s official start date for these sports, and other winter sports consistent with the NCAA season dates for those sports.

When contact practices and competitions were postponed on Aug. 11, the Pac-12's medical experts outlined conditions that had to be met in order to revisit that decision. Specifically, there needed to be:

  1. reductions in community prevalence in many of our communities
  2. advances in testing speed and capacity across the entire conference, and
  3. additional time to further study and understand the health impacts of the virus.

Guided by the Pac-12's breakthrough daily testing partnership with Quidel, the Pac-12's COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee determined that these criteria have been met, and USC can now resume contact practices and competitions. USC's own medical experts thoroughly reviewed and fully endorsed the recommendations of the conference's Medical Advisory Committee.

USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn's statement regarding the return of fall and winter sports can be found here, and the full announcement from the Pac-12 on the resumption of competitions, including the complete medical recommendation from the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee, can be found here.

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

USC Hotel now has some of its rooms available to the public, and it also is being used by the university as part of the overall USC response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our reservations and sales teams are currently available to book rooms. Please call the hotel at 213-748-4141 or 1-833-2-BOOK-USC for reservation inquiries or general questions.

The hotel is committed to supporting the university as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic while providing a limited amount of rooms for its clients and university guests. Please contact the front desk anytime at 213-748-4141 with questions or concerns.

The hotel has implemented rigorous health & safety protocols in accordance with USC Environmental Health & Safety, LA County guidelines, and the CDC. Additionally, the hotel is Clean + Safe certified by the California Hotel & Lodging Association. For more information on our extensive safety and sanitation protocols, please visit https://uschotel.usc.edu/health-and-safety.

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 support your virtual events and to assist you with planning for the future. Please contact our events team at private.events@usc.edu. We look forward to hosting your event in the future.