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.

  • 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…
  • 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…