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.

  • 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…
  • 1/16: Letter to students from Provost Charles Zukoski and Vice President Winston Crisp
    As spring classes get underway, students are reminded that they may not host or attend any in-person gatherings. Those who do face potential disciplinary action that could include being barred from accessing university facilities for the rest of the semester, probation, suspension or expulsion, and student organizations may lose their recognition. Students whose actions violate…
  • 1/15: COVID-19 Pop Testing 3.0 update, Trojan Check details and student flu-shot clinics
    USC Student Health shares updates regarding COVID-19 testing and Trojan Check clearance for students, faculty and staff needing to access university facilities: The deadline for flu shot compliance, COVID-19 testing and “Hygiene Health and Safety” requirements necessary for valid Trojan Check has been extended until Jan. 22. For COVID-19 testing, if you do not see…
  • 1/8: Important spring testing program and campus access updates
    USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman provides important updates regarding the COVID-19 situation and spring semester procedures: Students living in off-campus private residences should consider a delayed return to the region until conditions improve. For student or employee access to USC campus facilities including housing, the following are required: The Pop Testing 3.0 program. A…
  • 1/7: Message to the USC community from President Carol L. Folt
    As the university prepares for spring new student convocation on Friday, the president addresses Wednesday’s events in Washington, D.C., and the COVID-19 pandemic. She notes there are many support resources available to students, faculty and staff. Read her full message.
  • 1/5: COVID-19 vaccine availability for the USC community
    In accordance with government guidelines, USC’s initial vaccines are going to health care workers. The next phase will include essential workers (on-site employees) and faculty, staff and students over age 75 who are permitted to work or study on-site at campus facilities. The time frame and pace of vaccine distribution is not yet known, and…
  • 1/1: President Carol L. Folt stresses importance of adhering to COVID-19 safety measures
    The president sends New Year’s greetings to the Trojan Family — especially front-line workers caring for COVID-19 patients and keeping our essential operations open. She also stresses the importance of following all required safety protocols: Students who are returning to off-campus housing should delay their return for several weeks. Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19…
  • 12/31: Travel quarantine and extended ‘Safer at Home’
    The “Safer at Home” order affecting Southern California has been extended, and anyone who has traveled outside of the region must quarantine for 10 days upon returning to Los Angeles County. (The region is defined as Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.)…
  • 12/18: USC hospitals’ front-line COVID-19 staff vaccinated
    Vaccinations began Thursday at the Health Sciences Campus and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. The university is finalizing its overall vaccination policy and prioritization principles based on governments guidelines, and expects to release them in January. Students, faculty and staff will be strongly urged to get vaccinated as soon as doses become available for their specific…
  • 12/17: Spring semester update to students and parents
    USC President Carol L. Folt writes to students and parents with updates on spring semester planning: As previously announced, spring classes will begin remotely on Jan. 15. The university is ready to pivot to hybrid classes once we get the county’s OK. Students planning to return to off-campus residences near USC are urged to delay…
  • 12/14: Spring semester COVID-19 screening strategy, and other reminders
    In preparation for the spring semester and the eventual return to normal operations, the university has announced plans to greatly scale up its COVID-19 community surveillance program. Testing capacity for fall 2020 was 5,000 tests per week; for spring 2021, capacity will be expanded to 100,000 per week. Students, faculty and staff — especially those planning to…
  • 12/3: COVID-19 vaccine update
    A working group is developing a strategy for vaccinating USC staff, faculty, students and patients, and supporting efforts for the vaccination of the community at large. Issues being tackled include: Determining the most equitable allocation and prioritization of vaccines for the USC community. Evaluating the most effective and secure distribution of vaccines. Working with local…
  • 11/20: Mandatory curfew for Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles County is one of 41 counties included in a California Department of Public Health order prohibiting most nonessential activity outside of the home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Nov. 21-Dec. 21. Read Friday’s letter to the USC community from USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman.
  • 11/18: Spring semester COVID-19 safety planning
    Wednesday’s update on COVID-19 safety and operational measures for the spring semester includes: Spring classes will begin remotely, as announced last week. We continue to prepare for in-person instruction and activities if and when conditions improve. The reduction of student fees to a combined central student fee of $100 has been extended into the spring…
  • 11/16: COVID-19 health advisory — widespread transmission in L.A. County
    The risk of COVID-19 exposure is high amid an alarming increase in cases in the county; cases among USC students and on-site employees are also increasing, USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman notes. Follow all face covering, hand hygiene and physical distancing guidelines, and limit contact with others outside of your household for the next 14…
  • 11/13: Spring semester likely to begin with the same online instruction we’ve had during the fall
    The recent rise in COVID-19 cases in L.A. County makes it likely that we begin the spring semester with the same remote instruction we’ve had during the fall and no additional students in residence halls, Provost Charles Zukoswki writes in a memo to the USC community. The university remains hopeful that at some point during…
  • 11/10: Thanksgiving/winter break travel and safety guidelines
    With the end of the semester and Thanksgiving approaching, the university recommends travel only for those who plan to remain at their destination for the entire winter break, which extends into January. Other travel and safety guidelines: A pre-travel COVID-19 test is recommended for everyone who will be traveling. Sharing meals is unfortunately one of…
  • 11/9: Spring 2021 Wellness Days and grading options announced
    To offset the elimination of the traditional spring recess, the university has scheduled five Wellness Days — March 12, March 23, April 7, April 22 and April 30 — on which there will be no classes and no classwork is expected of students. April 30 had been scheduled to be the last day of classes for…
  • 11/6: Reminder to avoid groups and continue COVID-19 safety behaviors
    USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman underscores the importance of avoiding groups — even small groups — as well as maintaining hand hygiene, face covering and physical distancing behaviors. The past week has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among students and employees: There are now 29 active cases, up from a low…
  • 10/30: Election resources for the USC community
    Provost Charles Zukoski and Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp offer resources and suggestions as Election Day approaches: Everyone is encouraged to vote. A county voting center is available on each campus: Galen Center at the University Park Campus and the Soto 1 building on the Health Sciences Campus. Both are open 10 a.m.-…
  • 10/26: Late fall community health information
    With key events approaching including Halloween, Election Day and USC football, USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman offers an update and reminders to help Trojans stay safe. USC is seeing low numbers of cases among students, faculty and staff.  Parties and large gatherings remain prohibited by public health order and university policy, guidance that is in…
  • 10/19: USC joins lawsuit opposing H-1B visa changes
    Two proposed rules would restrict career opportunities for H-1B visa holders and make it more difficult for them to retain critical jobs they already hold. The changes would have serious consequences for international scholars. Read Monday’s letter from President Carol L. Folt.
  • 10/14: Fall grading policy adjustment and new information on spring classes
    The university today issued several updates regarding fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters: The fall semester Pass/No Pass grading option deadline is extended through Nov. 13, as is the deadline for dropping a class. Spring classes for undergraduates will begin Jan. 15, with classes ending April 30 and exams concluding May 12. To minimize the…
  • 10/6: Fall community health update
    The community update provides details about COVID-19 testing data, as well as a reminder for the USC community to get their flu shots before November 1. Read the full announcement.
  • 9/30: Flu shots required for all faculty and staff working on-site
    All faculty and staff working on-site are required to obtain a flu shot by Nov. 1. The requirement will extend through the end of spring semester. Read the full announcement.