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.

  • 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…
  • 8/30: President Folt celebrates Trojans being together again
    President Carol L. Folt notes the Trojan Family’s triumphant return to the USC campuses in her latest message. She also shares breathtaking performances of Trojan athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, highlights of campus activity this past summer, new leadership and USC’s continued partnership with its surrounding community. Read her full message.
  • 8/25: No game day activities on the University Park Campus before football opener
    At the recommendation of medical experts, the University Park Campus will not host on-campus tailgating or other game day activities for the USC-San Jose State football game on Sept. 4. No changes in pre-game activities at the Coliseum are anticipated at this time. This change has been made only for the first game. We will…
  • 8/20: Deadline for students’ COVID-19 test extended to Friday 8/27
    The deadline for students’ COVID-19 test (“pop testing”) has been extended to Friday, Aug. 27. It is recommended that students complete their test by Wednesday, Aug. 25. The deadline for completing the “Hygiene Health and Safety” learning module in Trojan Learn also has been extended to Friday, Aug. 27. See Friday’s memo. 
  • 8/19: COVID-19 testing reminders for students
    With classes beginning Monday, Aug. 23, students are reminded that Trojan Check will require they have completed a COVID-19 test within the past seven days to enter campus.  Learn more about availability on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses and scheduling on the main “pop testing” web page.  Read Thursday’s note from USC Student Heatlh. 
  • 8/13: Trojan Check required of drivers at campus checkpoints starting Aug. 19
    Beginning Thursday, Aug. 19, all vehicles entering the USC campuses must come to a complete stop at screening checkpoints. Drivers should be prepared to have their daily Trojan Check passes scanned by a gate attendant.  This step will be required each time a vehicle enters campus, regardless of how many times it passes through on…
  • 8/5: Fall semester update from President Folt
    President Carol L. Folt welcomes more than 44,000 students and nearly 12,000 faculty and staff back to USC.  She provides an update of measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. The president also encourages everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19, noting that it’s safe, free and available at the University Park Campus, the…
  • 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.