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: In-person learning resumes Monday 1/24
    USC will resume in-person learning as planned on Monday, Jan. 24.  Omicron cases have started to decline, but some members of our community are testing positive, in quarantine or dealing with illnesses or exposures within their households. As a result, some classes may temporarily move online and some campus services may be slower than normal.…
  • 1/12: Interim DPS leadership
    David Carlisle, assistant chief at USC’s Department of Public Safety, has been named interim chief.  Carlisle replaces John Thomas, whose retirement was announced in September. He will remain with the university as a special adviser. Also on Wednesday, Robin Tilley was appointed interim DPS executive officer.  Read the full announcement.
  • 1/11: Spring welcome from President Folt
    In a letter of welcome and thanks to the USC community, President Carol L. Folt notes that thousands of staff and faculty members are working to bring students back safely while dealing with COVID-19 in their own families.  She reminds everyone that mental health resources are available to students and faculty and staff, and COVID-19 questions are answered by…
  • 1/7: Remote learning extended, in-person classes now set to begin Jan. 24
    USC now plans to resume in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 24 (spring classes begin remotely on Monday, Jan. 10). Boosters are now required for all eligible students, faculty and staff. If you have completed your booster outside of USC, upload this documentation in MySHR. We anticipate some impacts to operations in the coming weeks. Local…
  • 1/5: Medical grade masks required at USC locations starting Jan. 18
    Individuals at USC locations where masks are required must now wear medical grade masks. These include surgical masks and may also include higher grade respirator masks (N95, KN95 or KF94).  Faculty and staff should contact their administrative unit to obtain surgical masks. Students and visitors who do not have medical grade masks may obtain one when entering…
  • 1/2 update: Reminders regarding testing for spring 2022
    As USC prepares to reopen after the winter break, the university issues reminders regarding testing requirements and availability. Remember that the first week of classes, starting Monday, Jan. 10, will be conducted remotely, with in-person instruction resuming Tuesday, Jan. 18.  Read the full memo.
  • 12/24: First week of spring classes to be held remotely
    Spring semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 10, and will be held remotely for one week; in-person instruction will resume Tuesday, Jan. 18. Graduate and professional students will hear directly from individual schools about program-specific exceptions.  University housing will open as scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 6.  All students will be required to show proof of a…
  • 12/23: COVID-19 surge operations update
    Amid the growing surge of COVID-19 cases in L.A. County and the USC population, USC contact tracing is now largely automated through an online form.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should follow county Department of Public Health guidelines for isolation. If you have tested through USC Student Health, you will automatically receive a contact tracing interview form…
  • 12/20: Updated health advisory regarding COVID-19 omicron variant
    The university is closely monitoring changing conditions and preparing to adapt as needed. We have no plans to go online at this moment or have a remote spring semester; we are planning to continue in-person instruction for spring 2022. Like many universities, we are considering the possibility of delaying our in-person return with a temporary…
  • 12/17 (updated): Health advisory — COVID-19 omicron variant
    The university is closely monitoring the increased spread of the omicron variant on our campuses, in the community and at institutions of higher education nationally. We are committed to keeping our campuses safe in the spring. We are evaluating a number of options for the spring semester and will announce any changes, such as a remote…
  • 12/13: Flu shot compliance, winter break COVID testing and other updates
    Starting Friday, Dec. 17, a flu shot will be part of the Trojan Check requirements for campus access. The COVID-19 “pop testing” will have a revised schedule for winter break beginning Saturday, Dec. 18.  Due to equipment maintenance, lab resulting times for COVID saliva sample testing is delayed; results are expected to return within 48-72 hours this…
  • 12/7: DPS Community Advisory Board implementation update
    The USC Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board shares an update on the status of recommendations shared with the community during the summer.  Significant implementation work is underway and plans are now in place for a new, permanent Community Advisory Board to be established next year. Read the full update from Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro and Erroll…
  • 12/7: Health advisory and the close of the fall semester
    The “pop testing” surveillance program continues to be an effective tool in capturing and containing spread of COVID-19. Holiday hours will be in effect after Dec. 17. Self-monitoring for symptoms is also essential, as is self-isolation when you are feeling sick. Get a COVID-19 booster shot. USC Pharmacies offer campus vaccination; MyTurn provides appointments at retailers across California. Get a flu shot. Test before travel,…
  • 12/6: Update regarding report of omicron variant in college student
    An L.A. County Department of Public Health announcement identified the omicron variant in a college student returning from recent domestic air travel. USC confirms the individual is a USC student who is currently isolating and doing well. The individual did not attend classes or organized activities on campus during their infectious period.  Read the full update from…
  • 12/2: New Integrity and Accountability Code released
    The university’s new Integrity and Accountability Code, which updates the USC Code of Ethics, has been released. The code was developed in extensive community input and is guided by the university’s six unifying values: integrity; excellence; well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion; open communication; and accountability.  Read Thursday’s full memo and review the new code.
  • 11/24: Drug Takeback Day returns Wednesday, Dec. 1
    This is an opportunity to safely dispose of any drugs that are expired, no longer needed, or that you no longer want in your home; no questions asked. Drop-off locations are: USC Pharmacy: Student Union, University Park Campus USC Health Center Pharmacy: Jefferson Parking Structure, University Park Campus USC Medical Plaza Pharmacy: HC1 First Floor,…
  • 11/18: Staying COVID-safe over the Thanksgiving holiday
    USC health leadership advises getting a COVID-19 booster shot in preparation for Thanksgiving gatherings. Other things to consider: Get tested before you travel and after you return. Do not travel if you have symptoms. Complete your flu vaccine. Read the full memo from Sarah Van Orman, USC Student Health’s chief health officer, and Deona Willes,…
  • 11/18: Renaming of the Center for International and Public Affairs
    The Center for International and Public Affairs be renamed in honor of Joseph Medicine Crow, the noted historian and Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation chief who earned his master’s at USC. The Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow Center for International and Public Affairs will be dedicated at a formal ceremony in the spring. Read the full memo from President Carol. L.…
  • 11/17: Leadership transition at USC Student Affairs
    Winston Crisp is resigning from his position as vice president for student affairs for health reasons.  Monique Allard, senior associate vice provost for student affairs, will serve as interim vice president for student affairs. Allard has more than 20 years of experience in student support programs and services, with a focus on equity and inclusion,…
  • 11/8: New Working Group on Interfraternity Council Culture, Prevention and Accountability
    The provost announces establishment of a Working Group on Interfraternity Council Culture, Prevention and Accountability. Its mission will include: making recommendations on the suspension of IFC social activities and conditions to be met before they can resume; reviewing IFC recognition, education and prevention strategies and ensuring they align with USC’s core values and safety expectations; and tackling the…
  • 11/8: Message from President Folt — ‘Commitment to candor’
    The president says it is USC’s responsibility to communicate accurate information broadly, and to listen to and answer questions so that opinions and actions can be grounded in truth.  It is also the university’s responsibility to correct important misinformation and inaccuracies, such as those in recent news reports and commentary about USC’s candor, progress and…
  • 11/3: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for campus access starting Nov. 8
    To comply with new city COVID rules, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required to access the University Park or Health Sciences campuses beginning Nov. 8.  In addition, students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated because of an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to test every 72…
  • 10/29: Letter to the community from President Carol L. Folt regarding sexual assault issues
    Sexual assault is a serious problem at university campuses across the country, the president writes, and it is a problem at USC. When it happens, the entire university is impacted.  A Q&A on the university’s Commitment to Change website answers what we know about recent events. If there are questions that have not been addressed,…
  • 9/28: Flu shots required of all students, faculty and staff
    The university has renewed the decision to require influenza vaccines for all USC students, faculty and staff. The deadline for completion is Nov. 1. Free shots are available at USC Pharmacies locations. Faculty and university staff who receive vaccinations through other providers should save a copy of their record showing their name, date of birth…
  • 9/8: USC-Stanford game day update
    For the USC-Stanford football game on Sept. 11, tailgating will return to the University Park Campus on a significantly limited scale — about 25% of a typical game day.  All tailgates must be permitted through our tailgating reservation system. There will be no walk-up tailgating on campus. The campus will open for permitted tailgating at 1:30…