1/5 update: Medical grade masks required starting Jan. 18

Individuals at USC locations where masks are required must wear medical grade masks beginning Jan. 18. Students, visitors and employees may obtain one when entering campus at the main entry points. Read the full memo. Stay informed on USC’s current plans and programs by visiting our information website.

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. Stay informed on USC’s current plans and programs by visiting our Read more

12/28 update: Spring 2022 COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

As part of USC’s Spring 2022 Health and Safety Protocols, the University is requiring booster doses for all students, faculty, and staff for Spring 2022; Spring testing and information on revised guidance on quarantine are also provided. Read the full memo. Stay informed on USC’s current plans and programs by visiting our information website.

12/24 update: 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. Read the full memo. Stay informed on USC’s current plans Read more

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 the county guidelines for isolation. If you have tested through USC Student Health, you will automatically receive a contact tracing interview form. Read more

12/20 update: 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 Read more

12/17 information (updated): COVID-19 omicron variant

The university is closely monitoring the increased spread of the omicron variant; any changes regarding the spring semester, such as a remote start, will be announced by the end of next week. (We have no intention of having a remote spring semester and are planning to continue in-person instruction for spring 2022.) Everyone is urged Read more

12/13 update: Flu shot compliance, winter break testing

Starting Friday, Dec. 17, a flu shot will be part of the Trojan Check requirements for campus access; additionally, the COVID “pop testing” will have a revised schedule for winter break beginning Saturday, Dec. 18. Read the full memo. Stay informed on USC’s current plans and programs by visiting our informational website.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for campus access

To comply with city COVID rules, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test is be required to access the University Park or Health Sciences campuses. In addition, students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated because of an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to test every 72 hours. Read the full Read more

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 Read more

Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required for guests entering campus or the Coliseum

Following the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health, guests entering campus or the Coliseum on game days will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours before game time – read the latest message. Stay informed on USC’s current plans and programs by visiting our informational website.

Trojan Check required for campus access

At the recommendation of medical experts, USC is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to complete a daily Trojan Check to access university facilities; find out more. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

Updates regarding game day activities

At the recommendation of medical experts, the University Park Campus did not host on-campus tailgating or other game day activities for the USC-San José State game, and decisions regarding other games will be forthcoming; read the full memo regarding the San José State game. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Read more

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, as has the deadline for completing the “Hygiene Health and Safety” learning module in Trojan Learn; read Friday’s memo. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

8/19: Coronavirus testing reminders for students

With classes beginning Monday, Aug. 23, students are reminded that Trojan Check will require that they have completed a COVID-19 test within the past seven days to enter the USC campuses; read the Aug. 19 memo from USC Student Health. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

8/5: Fall semester update from President Carol L. Folt

The president welcomes more than 44,000 students and nearly 12,000 faculty and staff back to USC. She also provides an update of measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, noting that it’s safe and free; read her Aug. 5 memo and watch the video. For the latest Read more

8/2 updates: Mandatory new online training and COVID testing for all students

Students, faculty and staff are required to complete the updated “Hygiene, Health and Safety” training by Aug. 15, masks are mandated indoors and weekly testing of fully vaccinated students will be required; read the memo from USC Student Health. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

Health alert: Indoor masking required

In alignment with the July 15 L.A. County Department of Public Health order, USC is requiring masking indoors for all individuals in university facilities, including vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals; read the announcement from USC Student Health. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

Vaccine documentation for students, faculty and staff

The deadline for USC students, faculty and staff to upload vaccine documentation was July 15, as announced in the university message of June 29. After Aug. 1, the university will only accept vaccination exemptions for recognized and approved medical or religious reasons. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

Masking and compliance with university vaccination policy

Masks are no longer required if you are fully vaccinated and have submitted your vaccination record to the MySHR system; masks are still required on transit, in health care settings and in other select environments. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask indoors at all USC facilities and continue regular COVID-19 testing. Read more

Vaccination requirements for students, faculty and staff

All students (except those in online degree programs), faculty and staff must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit a personal declination form. Proof of vaccination or the declination form must be submitted by July 15. Read the June 17 memo to students or the June 16 faculty and staff update. For the latest on USC’s current Read more

Social distancing and masks required on USC campuses and at university events

People visiting the USC campuses or attending USC events are reminded that the university requires social distancing and face coverings; read the details. Staff and faculty must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or the personal declination form by July 15. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

Social distancing and masks required on USC campuses and at university events

People visiting the USC campuses or attending USC events are reminded that the university requires social distancing and face coverings; read the May 6 memo. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

4/27 update: Testing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated, and other vaccination policies

Beginning May 3, students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to participate in surveillance testing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities; read the full announcement including other vaccination policies. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our informational website.

Out-of-state guests may attend commencement if fully vaccinated

The state 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. Ceremonies will be held May 14-20 for graduates who have registered; learn more on the commencement website. For the latest on USC’s current plans Read more

4/13 update: 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. Learn more on the commencement website. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

4/9 update: 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 who are California residents (graduates must register by April 15 to participate); read Friday’s letter from USC President Carol L. Folt. For the latest on Read more

4/7 update: Travel advisory revised, regular testing continues for campus access

The L.A. County Department of Public Health has updated its advisory regarding travel, though non-essential travel is still discouraged and testing remains mandatory for anyone to access the USC campuses; read Wednesday’s letter from USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

Updates: increasing in-person activities; summer and fall plans

With the local decline in COVID-19 cases, the university is accelerating efforts to return to in-person activities (spring class instruction will remain online); for details as well as summer and fall updates and information on tuition, scholarships, fees and more, read the March 23 letter. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit Read more

3/18 updates: COVID-19 safety and spring travel; commencement details

The university strongly recommends that students, faculty and staff delay travel and stay close to home to protect themselves and others from the virus, even if vaccinated; find out more. USC also announced plans for in-person commencement ceremonies in May to honor the classes of 2020 and 2021; read President Carol L. Folt’s letter. For Read more

Update: County guidelines allow some additional campus activities

Openings — all using reservations systems — include: Cromwell Field and outdoor tennis practice courts; music and dance practice rooms, studios and maker spaces (limited use); and some operations at Doheny and Leavey libraries; read the details. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

3/5 update: County guidelines allow some additional campus activities

Openings — all using reservations systems — include: Cromwell Field and outdoor tennis practice courts; music and dance practice rooms, studios and maker spaces (limited use); and, starting March 15, some operations at Doheny and Leavey libraries; read the details. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

3/1 update: USC employees encouraged to make vaccination appointments

Most USC employees meet the criteria for vaccination at public vaccination centers, and each employee is encouraged to make an appointment at the most expedient location available; read the details. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

Reminder: Continue all COVID-19 safety precautions

As numbers improve, everyone is reminded to continue with all COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing a mask or face covering, continuing social distancing and avoiding all group activities with people outside your household; read the details and FAQs from Sarah Van Orman of USC Student Health. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, Read more

Reminder: Screening requirements for access to campuses

Employees and students are reminded that access to USC campuses is allowed only for those who have completed the required online safety module, received a flu shot and had a weekly COVID-19 test (twice weekly for undergraduates); read the details about the Trojan Check requirements. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit Read more

1/21 update: Campus vaccinations for those 65 and older

USC Student Health will be opening vaccination appointments to faculty, emeriti, students and staff who are 65 and older; read the letter from USC Provost Charles Zukoski. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

1/8 updates: Spring testing program and campus access

The Pop Testing 3.0 program is required for all on-site USC students and employees, and the university strongly recommends that students living in off-campus private residences consider a delayed return to the region until local conditions improve; read the letter from USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman. For the latest on USC’s current plans and Read more

1/5 update: Vaccine availability for the campus communities

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 timetable is still being developed. Read the letter to the USC community from USC Student Health’s Sarah Read more

12/31 update: Travel quarantine and extended ‘Safer at Home’ order

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 L.A. County; read the letter to the USC community from USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Read more

12/14 update: Spring semester screening strategy

In preparation for the spring semester and the eventual return to normal operations, the university announces plans to greatly scale up its COVID-19 community surveillance program; read the letter to the USC community from USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

Safety planning for spring semester

With spring classes set to begin remotely, the university provides a summary of safety planning efforts, including housing advice and health requirements; read the letter to the USC community. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

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. through Dec. 21; read the Nov. 20 letter to the USC community from USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman. For the latest on USC’s Read more

11/16 update: COVID-19 health advisory — widespread transmission in L.A. County

Travel is discouraged and, if you were around groups of people not wearing face coverings or physical distancing, you should self-quarantine for 14 days and consider getting tested (USC students and employees who are working on-site on campus are advised to test through the “pop testing” program); read Monday’s advisory from USC Student Health’s Sarah Read more

11/13 update: Looking forward to spring

The recent rise in COVID-19 cases in L.A. County makes it increasing likely that we will begin the spring semester with the same online instruction that we’ve had during the fall, and no additional students in residence halls; read Provost Charles Zukoski’s Friday’s letter to the USC community. For the latest on USC’s current plans Read more

11/10 update: 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; read Tuesday’s advisory to USC students, faculty and staff. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

11/9 update: Spring semester schedule of Wellness Days announced

To offset the elimination of the traditional spring recess from the spring 2021 calendar, the university has scheduled five days on which there will be no classes and no classwork expected of students; read Monday’s announcement. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

11/6 update: Reminder to avoid all groups and maintain COVID-19 safety behaviors

Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman underscores the importance of avoiding group activities — even small groups — as well as maintaining hand hygiene, face covering and physical distancing practices; read Friday’s letter. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

Support resources for the USC community

Provost Charles Zukoski and Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp offer resources and suggestions for coping with election stress and more; read their letter. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

10/26 update: 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; read Monday’s letter to students and parents. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

10/14 update: Fall grading policy adjustment and updates on spring classes

The university extends the fall Pass/No Pass deadline and provides spring updates, including slight calendar changes as well as limited hybrid and in-person classes with the majority of classes remaining online; read Wednesday’s letter. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our 2020-2021 information website.

10/6 update: Fall Community Health Update

USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman provided updated details about USC’s COVID-19 testing data; read her letter to USC parents and students. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

9/30 update: Flu immunization requirement for on-site faculty and staff

All faculty and staff working on-site — through the end of the spring 2021 semester — are required to obtain a flu shot by Nov. 1; read Wednesday’s announcement. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

9/16 update: Immunization requirement for students

All students living in university-owned residences and those taking in-person classes are required to obtain a flu shot by Nov. 1; read Wednesday’s announcement. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

9/14 update: Online-only instruction to continue through end of fall semester

As state and county guidelines continue to restrict in-person activities, the university announces that we will proceed with online-only instruction through the end of the fall semester; read Monday’s letter. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

Campus and neighborhood COVID-19 safety information

USC updates our neighbors on the steps being taken to create a safe environment on and around our campuses; read the Sept. 2 letter to the community. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

9/3 update: Staying safe from COVID-19 over the holiday weekend

Sarah Van Orman of USC Student Health offers guidance on ways in the local area to enjoy the Labor Day weekend while staying safe from COVID-19; read her Thursday letter to students, faculty and staff. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

8/24 update: COVID-19 cases in off-campus residences

USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman shares the latest statistics and advises students living near USC to be tested weekly; read Monday’s letter to USC students. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

8/21 update: Community health and contact tracing information

USC Student Health’s Sarah Van Orman details COVID-19 testing and contact tracing procedures; read her letter to USC parents and students. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

8/14 update: A message to the Trojan Family from President Carol L. Folt

The USC president shares words of welcome along with academic and activity highlights, health care updates, student and community aid information, initiatives on diversity and inclusion, and much more; read her letter to the USC community and watch the video. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

8/11 update: Athletic competitions postponed through the end of 2020

The Pac-12 Conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to postpone all sports competitions through the end of the calendar year; read President Carol L. Folt’s statement and Athletic Director Mike Bohn’s comments. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

8/5 update: Fall semester to begin with fully remote instruction

The university announces that fall semester classes will begin with fully remote instruction, with limited exceptions for clinical education; read Wednesday’s announcement for details including housing information. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

7/30 update: USC Student Health announces ‘pop. testing’ for COVID-19

Population testing will begin next week to help identify, isolate, contact trace and contain new infections (check your USC email to see if you are recommended to participate in testing); read Thursday’s announcement. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our Fall 2020 information website.

7/28 update: Student fee reduction for Fall 2020

The university announces a reduction in fees for fall semester; read Tuesday’s message. For the latest on USC’s current plans and programs, visit our coronavirus Fall 2020 information website.

7/27 update: Testing strategy and health protocols

The university shares COVID-19 campus public health measures — including daily wellness screening, testing, contact tracing and procedures for isolating individuals who are ill and exposed — which on-campus students will be expected to follow; read Monday’s letter. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19 and the Fall 2020 semester, visit our informational website.

7/16 update: Health advisory

The university shares trends in our on- and near-campus communities and testing numbers from USC Student Health; read Thursday’s letter. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

7/14 update: ICE reverses directive to revoke international student visas

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday agreed to rescind its directive that would have required international students to take in-person classes to maintain their visa status; read President Carol L. Folt’s response. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

7/8 update: University message regarding international students

USC reiterates its support for our international students, while the university’s deans and senior leadership are working tirelessly with the faculty to support their academic progress; read Wednesday’s statement. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

7/1 update: Undergraduate classes for fall, including scheduling and on-campus housing

Given continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, the university is recommending that all undergraduates take their fall courses online, and reconsider living on or close to campus for the fall semester; read Wednesday’s memo. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

NEW | Fall semester on the USC campuses: health, safety and well-being

A June 29 memo from USC Student Health’s Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman and Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp describes how the USC campuses will look when classes resume in August. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

NEW: Update on restart activities

As the university begins a phased approach toward resuming some on-campus activities, progress has been made in a number of areas. For details, read Provost Charles Zukoski’s 6/19 memo. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

Framework for 2020-21 academic year announced

Fall classes will start a week earlier than originally scheduled and wrap up by Thanksgiving, with online alternatives for almost every in-person class, changes to classroom, housing and dining arrangements, and more. For details, read President Carol L. Folt’s 6/2 memo. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

Congratulations to our 2020 Trojan graduates!

Today — Friday, May 15 — we celebrate the graduating Class of 2020. Head on over to the Class of 2020 Celebration website to join the fun and help laud our graduates. #USCGrad #2020Trojan

Suspension of study abroad programs extended through fall semester

The decision ensures the health, safety and well-being of our students and provides them with time to make alternative plans for the fall. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our coronavirus information website.

NEW: Academic updates for current and future Trojans (4/28)

University leadership announces several decisions in key areas, including holding second summer session courses online and planning for fall. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our new coronavirus information website.

Mandatory protections for on-campus faculty, staff and students

The university is requiring numerous protections including face coverings for all on-campus USC faculty, staff and students. For the latest on USC’s response to COVID-19, visit our new coronavirus information website.