Quick Takes

Sometimes, shorter is sweeter. Check back often for the latest updates on things big and small, or for the TL;DR version of the long-form memos.

  • 8/2: Safety updates, including mandatory new ‘Hygiene, Health and Safety’ training and COVID testing for all students
    Students, faculty and staff are required to complete the updated “Hygiene, Health and Safety” training (HHS student edition includes information relevant to student employees; HHS employee edition is for faculty and staff). It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Trojan Check — mandatory each day you visit one of the campuses — will require completion of the updated “Hygiene, Health and Safety”…
  • 7/15: Indoor masking required, effective immediately
    USC is now requiring masking indoors for all individuals — including vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals  — at university facilities. The decision aligns with the L.A. County Department of Public Health order released Thursday, July 15.  If you have symptoms of COVID-19, which can be very mild for individuals who have been vaccinated, proceed to “pop testing” and do not go to class,…
  • 7/13: Deadline for students, faculty and staff to upload vaccine documentation is Thursday 7/15
    Remember that Thursday, July 15, is the deadline for USC students, faculty and university staff to upload vaccine documentation, as announced in the university message of June 29. Compliance with the university’s COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory, and you are required to update your vaccination status in MySHR by July 15.   After Aug. 1, we will only accept vaccination…
  • 6/29: Updates regarding mask usage and compliance with university vaccination policy
    In-person activities: On Wednesday, June 30, some in person classes will begin during our second summer session. We continue to plan for a full return to in-person activities in the fall, with undergraduates returning in mid-August and most classes starting Aug. 23.  Some employees will resume some form of in-person work before the fall semester.…
  • 6/18: COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students attending USC in fall 2021
    All students (except those in online degree programs) must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit a personal declination. Submit proof of vaccination or the declaration form by July 15. (Note: declinations forms are no longer accepted, as of revised university policy dated June 29) All students must complete the online module “Health, Hygiene and Safety for Students.”…
  • 6/16: Restart planning update and staff/faculty vaccination requirements
    There is no one date when in-person activities will resume universitywide. Instead, those dates will be set by individual units. Once approved, detailed plans will be communicated by individual schools or departments. Unit leaders have been asked to provide at least two weeks’ notice before are people are asked to start shifting away from remote…
  • 5/26: June 1 deadline for staff and faculty to upload proof of COVID vaccination or personal declination
    Staff and faculty are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a personal declination by June 1. If you received your vaccination at USC Student Health or Keck Medicine of USC, your records will be updated automatically. If you received a vaccination elsewhere, upload a photo of your vaccine card to the Upload Documents…
  • 5/6: Social distancing, masks required on USC campuses and at university events; plus travel reminders
    USC continues to require 6-foot social distancing and masks on its campuses and at university events. On-campus events, activities and in-person work continue to be limited. Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to complete surveillance testing. However, USC faculty, staff and students may access COVID-19 testing at USC Student Health’s “pop testing” sites. Summer travel reminders:…
  • 5/3: Important dates for students who wish to access USC Student Health services during the summer and for graduating students
    The spring Student Health Fee coverage period ends on May 23. Students who would like to continue accessing services (primary care visits, illness/injury visits, immunizations, mental health visits, group therapy, workshops) through USC Student Health over the summer may opt-in for either one or both summer session periods. The cost is $15 per week in…
  • 4/29: University Park Campus access update
    Beginning Monday, May 3, the COVID-related perimeter access controls at the University Park Campus are being removed. Social distancing is still required, and face coverings must be worn. Your Trojan Check will not be verified when you access the perimeter, but students, faculty and staff still must complete Trojan Check daily whenever accessing campus.  Access…
  • 4/27: Vaccination and testing updates
    USC is making a number of changes to ensure we remain on a trajectory toward a safe and successful in-person restart in the fall: Surveillance testing requirements: Beginning May 3, surveillance testing (“pop testing”) is no longer required of students, faculty and staff wishing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities. You are considered…
  • 4/13: Out-of-state guests may attend commencement if fully vaccinated
    The state of California has determined that guests who live out of state may attend commencement ceremonies provided they are fully vaccinated; graduates are limited to two guests due to social distancing requirements (register by April 15 to participate). Learn more on the commencement website.
  • 4/9: Commencement details, plus extension of registration deadline to April 15
    State health officials have opened commencement to participation by the full graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021, with social distancing requirements limiting graduates to no more than two guests. The state also continues to require that those guests be California residents, and they are not making exceptions for those who have been vaccinated. Ceremonies…
  • 4/7: Travel advisory revised, regular testing continues for campus access
    The L.A. County Department of Public Health has updated its advisory regarding travel. Non-essential travel is still discouraged. For those who must travel: Those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks since their second dose for Pfizer or Moderna, or after their single dose of Johnson & Johnson) can travel within the U.S. and are not required to…
  • 3/24: COVID-19 travel requirements
    Several dozen positive cases of COVID-19 in the USC community have been identified and traced back to recent international travel. USC Student Health reminds everyone who has traveled recently: The state requires a 10-day quarantine when entering California from another state or country. Schedule an appointment for Pop Testing within three to five days of returning to Los Angeles.…
  • 3/23: Increasing in-person activities; summer and fall plans; updates on tuition, scholarships, fees and more
    The university is accelerating efforts to return to in-person activities. While spring classes will remain online, changes for the remainder of spring include: Research activity will ramp up, while adhering to physical distancing, PPE and testing guidelines. USC libraries will allow higher density, though at reduced capacity.  Museums will begin to reopen at reduced capacity. Outdoor intramural…
  • 3/19: President Folt releases statement of support for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community
    “We must stand up to bigotry and discrimination, in all their forms,” she writes in the wake of the events in Atlanta that took eight lives, six of them Asian women. “We must stand against misogyny and xenophobia, wherever and whenever they appear.” Read her full letter.
  • 3/18: In-person commencement ceremonies in May to honor classes of 2020, 2021
    USC has received permission from state authorities to host in-person commencement celebrations for the classes of 2020 and 2021. The in-person ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students will take place at the Coliseum twice a day from May 14-25. Every graduate will be invited to one ceremony with their specific school or degree program cohort.…
  • 3/18: COVID-19 safety and spring travel
    The university strongly recommends that students, faculty and staff delay travel and stay close to home, even if vaccinated. If you must travel, follow the Domestic Travel Safety Guide: Get tested through the Pop Testing program before and after your trip, do not travel if your test is positive or if you have any symptoms, and plan…
  • 3/9: COVID-19 vaccine and campus planning update
    COVID-19 trends in L.A. County have been favorable, and we are optimistic that additional reopenings may be authorized in coming days and weeks. Updates: VACCINES: All USC employees are encouraged to schedule a vaccine appointment through myturn.ca.gov. Appointments are also available through the city of Los Angeles website. Appointment slots are added regularly as vaccine…
  • 3/5: County guidelines allow some additional campus activities
    Openings will be phased in over the coming weeks. Activities — all using reservations systems and requiring Trojan Checks, COVID-19 testing, a flu shot and a daily wellness assessment — include: • Cromwell Field and outdoor tennis practice courts. • School-operated outdoor canopies for small, socially distanced groups to support instruction. • Music and dance…
  • 3/1: Employees encouraged to make vaccination appointments
    Most USC employees meet the criteria for vaccination at public vaccination centers. Each employee is encouraged to make an appointment at the most expedient location: through pharmacies, retailers, large-scale public vaccination sites or through your current health care provider. USC Student Health continues to work through groups of on-site employees based on occupational risk prioritization.…
  • 2/10: President Folt names three senior administrators
    President Carol L. Folt this week named three senior administrators who will join her leadership team: Christopher Manning has been named USC’s first chief inclusion and diversity officer. He will reinforce the university’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging. Read the announcement. Kyle Henley will join USC as senior vice president of communications. He…
  • 2/5: COVID-19 early spring updates, including reminder to avoid in-person sports watch parties
    As numbers improve, everyone is reminded to continue with all safety measures — including avoiding any in-person Super Bowl or basketball watch parties. Other updates from Sarah Van Orman of USC Student Health: LATEST NUMBERS: The availability of ICU beds has increased to 13% capacity. The number of positive cases among students and employees also is decreasing,…
  • 1/21: Update on campus vaccinations for those 65 and older
    After focusing on vaccinating health care workers, the county has announced moving to the first group in Phase 1B — people 65 and older. USC Student Health will be opening vaccination appointments to faculty, emeriti, students and staff who are 65 and older; people in that group will receive information on how to schedule an…