General Restart

Read the Fall 2021 Return to Campus Guide.

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 Our response team will help find an answer.


We are currently in Phase 5 with full operations of all academics, research, and athletics without additional restrictions or guidelines. For additional details, please visit the phases and guidelines section, which includes a link to the official guidelines.

Our strategy is guided by the following principles:

  1. 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.
  2. Decisions will advance our mission: Ensure the excellence and continuity of our educational programs, student activities, and research, while promoting access and equity.

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.

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.

Campus Access

Yes, campus is open and accessible to students, faculty and staff, as well as guests and neighbors. As of August 19, 2021, Trojan Check verification will once again be required at perimeter access points, including vehicles entering the University Park Campus.

Everyone accessing campus must complete their Trojan Check symptom checker daily. Guests can choose the ‘guest’ option when accessing Trojan Check. Faculty, Staff and students must log in with their NetIDs.

Yes. As of August 19, 2021, Trojan Check verification will once again be required at perimeter access points, including vehicles entering the University Park Campus. Pedestrians should have their Trojan Check completed and ready to show the Care Crew on their way onto campus verification will once again be required at perimeter access points, including vehicles entering the University Park Campus. All vehicles entering campus must come to a complete stop at screening checkpoints, and be prepared to have their Trojan Check verified by a gate attendant. This step will be required each time a vehicle enters campus, regardless of how many times they pass through in a given day.

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. Information on Rideshare pick up spots is available at this link.

General Questions

Looking ahead to fall, we plan to resume a normal range of campus activities, though with some measures to reduce density where needed. Overall, we expect:

  • Primarily in-person classes.
  • Typical occupancy for USC Housing.
  • Indoor and outdoor dining options for students.
  • Resumption of most student life activities.

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.

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.

If you are able to help with any of the items listed here or are interested in providing other donations, please email