Phases and Guidelines

Phases and Guidelines

While most Trojans will be learning and working remotely, a portion of our community will be on campus. They will be required to follow stringent guidelines and safety requirements to help keep themselves and other members of our community safe.

Eventually, we will all return. The university has developed a phased approach for that return. Those resources are linked below, and they will help us determine when it is safe for everyone to return to campus.

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

The foundation for the university’s goal of a safe campus reopening

Guiding Principles

Phased Approach and Restart Planning

The university will use defined phases based on public health status to determine the return status

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Returning to Campus

This simple checklist outlines the essential things to do to return to campus


General Restart FAQs

Answers to some of the most common questions about returning to campus

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Trojan Community Guidelines

Every student, faculty and staff member, and visitor coming to campus will be required to follow these health measures

Working groups

Restart Working Groups

There are 11 working groups with more than 100 Trojans working to bring our community back to campus


Restart Webinars

Watch recordings of fall 2020-related webinars for students, faculty and staff

Trojan Commitment

Staying safe is a shared responsibility. Make the commitment to keep yourself and your fellow Trojans healthy and happy.

Latest Updates

  • 2/22 – Campus Vaccine Distribution Update
    February 22, 2021 TO:      University Employees (Non-Keck Medicine) FR:       Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health             Division Chief for College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC RE:      Campus Vaccine Distribution Update As you may know, LA County has announced that on March 1, the Group 1B Tier 1…
  • An important update from President Carol Folt
    February 19, 2021 Dear Trojan students and families, I am writing to update you on Spring and Fall plans, but first let me take a moment to recognize the hardships that so many of you are experiencing due to frigid temperatures blanketing the country. Our thoughts are with our fellow Trojans, and we hope all…
  • 2/18- Build Your Trojan Connections Safely
    To: USC StudentsFrom: Office of Vice President for Student AffairsDate: Feb. 18, 2021 One of the greatest assets of being a Trojan is the community to which you belong. It is well known that Trojan to Trojan support is lifelong and worldwide. Making connections with other Trojans builds your network and can provide you with unique…
  • 2/8 – Appointment of Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer
    Dear Trojan Community, It’s my pleasure to announce the appointment of Christopher Manning as USC’s first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (CIDO), effective March 1. Chris brings far-reaching advocacy experience to our efforts to combat racism and discrimination in all their forms, and to encourage a spirit of respect, understanding, and belonging for everyone who comes to…
  • 2/5: COVID-19 Early Spring Update
    February 5, 2021 USC Students, Faculty and University Staff: Recently, new case rates for COVID-19 and hospitalizations have continued to trend downward, after hitting a post-holidays peak. As we write this, the availability of ICU (intensive care unit) beds has increased to 13% capacity. The number of positive cases among students and employees also is decreasing, after peaking during the…

USC’s campus guidelines for health, hygiene and safety have been developed in conjunction with city, county and state guidelines. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) requires that universities confirm their compliance with established requirements by completing their protocol checklist.