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Fall 2020 Restart Guide

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester at USC Thornton! As announced on July 15, all Thornton activity for the fall semester will follow an online-only format. Below, you’ll find important information and online resources related to the fall semester and online instruction.

This hub will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back for the latest information.

Messages from Dean Cutietta

Click here to read the latest updates and messages from Dean Cutietta.

August 6: Details about the Fall 2020 Semester

In a memo on August 5 to the university community, Provost Zukoski announced that USC would begin the Fall 2020 semester with fully remote instruction. It is so unfortunate, but I want to clarify a few points in the Provost’s announcement as it relates specifically to the Thornton School.

Read the latest updates from Dean Cutietta >>


Fall Semester FAQ

Find key dates for the Fall semester, information for international students, and answers to common questions here. Check back regularly for the latest information as it becomes available. Click here >>

Student Resources

The following includes updates and resources most pertinent to students of USC Thornton.

Fall 2020 Course Schedule: The University Registrar has issued an updated schedule of classes for the fall 2020 semester with details on delivery methods.

Academic Advising: Information about the academic advising process during the Spring 2020 semester.

Recitals and Juries: The USC Thornton School of Music has published guidelines for conducting recitals and juries during remote instruction. Departments are required to facilitate a recital or an agreed-upon substitute.

Faculty & Staff Resources

The following includes updates and resources most pertinent to USC Thornton faculty and staff.

Thornton Online Teaching Website: USC Thornton has provided a resource for faculty, staff and teaching assistants to help acclimate to new modes of remote teaching. Download step-by-step guides to make the most of digital teaching tools.

Thornton Facilities: Read the latest guidelines and safety protocol for faculty and staff who need to visit campus or access Thornton facilities for their work.

University Resources for Faculty

  • Resource Center for Faculty: The University web page for students with additional information and frequently asked questions.
  • Testing and Examination Tools: Information Technology Services (ITS) has performed an extensive analysis of USC’s remote testing applications and has provided a comparison of tools that can be used to administer, proctor and ensure the overall integrity of final exams at USC.
  • USC Center for Excellence in Teaching: The University’s CET provides targeted modules, videos, and short classes for instructors transitioning to online teaching methods.

University Resources

Here is where you can find more information and resources from the university:

  • We Are SC: This hub for the Fall 2020 semester will connect you with a variety of resources, including a calendar of virtual events, academic FAQs, and health and wellness tools.
  • USC Fall 2020 Restart Plan: Up-to-date information and USC protocol for the Fall 2020 semester will be available here.
  • USC Covid-19 Resource Center: All updated USC information about COVID-19 will be available here.
  • Trojan Check Wellness Assessment: All students, staff and faculty will be required to complete this online assessment each time they plan to enter any campus, and daily for students residing in USC Housing.

This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check back regularly.