Below are the answers to general questions related to the campus restart. For health-related information, view the Health and Safety FAQs. See our Events and Activities FAQs for events-related information.
If you have questions that are not answered in our FAQs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our response team will help find an answer.
Our strategy is guided by the following principles:
- Health and safety come first: Protect the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and patients – and be there for our neighbors and local community.
- Decisions will advance our mission: Ensure the excellence and continuity of our educational programs, student activities, and research, while promoting access and equity.
As a community that supports and respects one another, we must all join the fight against COVID-19. United and committed, we will prevent the virus from spreading. Commit to protect yourself, your peers, your neighbors and the entire Trojan community. When we all thrive, we all succeed. View the commitment.
We are currently in Phase 2. This involves the first steps of reopening the campus with strict physical distancing protocols in place. We will move to Phase 3 when both public health officials and university officials believe conditions support a further expansion of on-campus activity with more moderate distancing. For additional details, please visit the phases and guidelines section, which includes a link to the official guidelines.
For the latest information on Phase 2 and Phase 3 guidance, please see the Phase 3 Guidelines (USC Single Sign On required for access).
Are you consulting with local public health authorities during the phased approach to the campus restart?
We are taking a carefully planned phased approach, which we designed in consultation with local health authorities, our own health care experts, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. We are now in Phase 2 of our plan.
In addition, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a set of protocols for higher education that covers policies and practices to protect employee health, maintain physical distancing, control the spread of infection, communicate with employees and the public, and ensure equitable access to critical services. We are working closely with L.A. County officials and will ensure that the university is fully compliant.
Our progress from one phase to another will not follow a calendar schedule. Instead, these decisions will be made based on conditions on and around campuses, the continued spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles, and the need to adhere to federal, state, and local guidance.
USC is proud to be an open and publicly accessible campus. However, due to the unprecedented COVID-19 public health situation, we are currently limiting access. Entry to the University Park Campus will remain limited to certain vehicle and pedestrian entrances, but it will now require those who enter to have completed a daily symptom check using our Trojan Check app. At the Health Sciences Campus, access will continue to be controlled at the building level but will now also require the completion of the daily symptom check via the Trojan Check app as well. See additional details.
I live in the neighborhood near USC's University Park Campus. Can I go to campus for exercise, a picnic or to walk my dog?
Community members are welcome to enjoy the campus, but they will be required to complete a wellness attestation via Trojan Check prior to entering campus. You will be required to wear an appropriate face covering and must maintain proper physical distancing during your time on campus.
I’m a USC student living in the neighborhood near USC's University Park Campus. Can I go for a run on campus?
Students can still come to campus for exercise, but they will be required to complete a wellness attestation via Trojan Check prior to entering campus. Face coverings are required during exercise. Prior to entering campus, students should check the availability of preferred athletic facilities to see if they are open or closed.
You are welcome to come to campus, but you will be required to complete a wellness attestation via Trojan Check prior to entering campus. You will be required to wear an appropriate face covering and must maintain proper physical distancing during your time on campus.
No. You will need to make arrangements to meet the recipient at the nearest entrance.
Food delivery services are not considered visitors due to the limited time and interaction with the campus community. They do not need to complete Trojan Check.
Ride hailing services are not considered visitors due to the limited time and interaction with the campus community, and they do not need to complete Trojan Check. It is important to note that these drivers will have limited access to campus after 8 p.m.
USC is currently in Phase 2 of its 'Roadmap to Return.' During this phase, student work that can be conducted remotely should continue to be done remotely. On-campus employment is limited, approved on a case-by-case basis, and is dependent on public health guidelines. These types of positions include resident advisors and approved research support.
In Phase 3, student work that can be conducted remotely should continue to be done remotely. On-campus student employment will be expanded to permit hiring to support the level and density of campus operations.
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 email@example.com. We look forward to hosting your event in the future.
All non-essential USC business travel remains suspended until further notice. See additional travel guidance.
To support members of the Trojan family affected by COVID-19, the university established funds for students, employees, the community and Keck Medicine. For more information on how to donate to or apply for support from these funds, please visit our support funds page.
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:
- reductions in community prevalence in many of our communities
- advances in testing speed and capacity across the entire conference, and
- 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.
To see a few examples of how our fellow Trojans are coming together during these challenging times, meet some of our USC heroes.
Right now, health care workers at Keck Medicine of USC’s hospitals and clinics have the gear they need to protect themselves and others as they care for patients with COVID-19.
But with the number of COVID-19 patients rising daily, leaders at Keck Medicine are asking for the community’s help in donating supplies now. That way, supplies will be ready if needed in the coming days and weeks to protect staff and patients at Keck’s academic medical center and outpatient clinics.