General Restart

Fall 2021

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 covid19@usc.edu. Our response team will help find an answer.

Phases

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. Trojan Check verification is required at perimeter access points, including vehicles entering the University Park Campus.

Beginning November 8, guests and visitors aged 12 and older should be prepared to show proof of vaccination to enter campus. Either a physical CDC-issued vaccine card, or a digital copy (available from the State of California here) will be accepted. This proof must be accompanied by a photo ID. The mandate requires that individuals are fully vaccinated, which means that two weeks must have passed after the second dose of a two-dose series, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As an alternative, guests or visitors who have a medical or religious objection to obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination may produce a negative COVID-19 test taken in the past 72 hours, together with a photo ID.

If you are inviting guests or visitors to campus, please make sure they are aware of these new city-wide requirements.

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.

In accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s updated guidelines for Outdoor Mega Events, the following protocols will be enacted at designated USC home athletics events:

  • All guests entering campus or the Coliseum on game day will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (defined as having received the final dose in the COVID-19 vaccine series at least two weeks prior to game day) or proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to game time.
  • Guests under 12 are exempt from the vaccine and testing requirements. Guests 18 and over will also need to show a government-issued photo ID card.
  • Those entering campus, either to access a tailgate for which they have registered, or simply to walk through the university grounds to access the Coliseum, will have to complete TrojanCheckin addition to the requirements detailed above.
  • Those entering campus will receive a wristband that will enable them to bypass the vaccination/testing verification process at the Coliseum.
  • All fans will be required to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, at on-campus tailgate activities and at the Coliseum for the game. Facial coverings may be briefly removed while actively eating or drinking.
  • Students, faculty, and staff accessing campus on Saturday for work, study, or classes will have their TrojanCheckverified, but will not be required to show proof of vaccination or testing.

Beginning on November 8, students, faculty, and staff who are unvaccinated because they received an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to test every 72 hours in order to access campus. For this group only, Trojan Check requirements will be updated to reflect the new testing frequency. As before, tests can be scheduled through MySHR. The cost of these tests will continue to be borne by the university.

General Questions

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 DonateProtectiveGear@med.usc.edu.

  • University travel for vaccinated students, faculty and staff is permitted as long as relevant Student Health, EH&S, CDC (domestic and international) and state / local guidelines are followed.
  • Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff are not permitted to travel on USC-sponsored overnight trips but can seek an exemption via the CPMC in the case of extraordinary circumstances. When possible, unvaccinated students should be given alternative assignments and/or the ability to delay travel until risks are reduced.
  • See Travel Guidance for more information