Fall 2020 Facilities

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. USC has been waiting for permission from state and county health officials to open the campus, but, based on the progression of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, this permission is being delayed for the foreseeable future. Until further notice, the USC campus will remain closed.

Guidelines for Faculty and Staff Visiting Campus

The University has issued guidelines for employees coming to the campus, and these will be in effect for the Fall 2020 semester until further notice. All faculty and staff will be expected to comply with these guidelines and complete the following steps before visiting campus:

Why Trojan Check?
In compliance with LA County Guidelines, the university is required to have health self-assessments on file from all employees for every day they are on campus. Additionally, the university is tracking employee whereabouts as part of its tracing protocol to alert and potentially mandate self-quarantine to those employees they know have been in contact with someone infected with the novel coronavirus.

Accessing Thornton Facilities

No one from Thornton should be coming to campus in an impromptu manner. Faculty and students will need to schedule their time and access with Music Operations and only access approved facilities during pre-arranged, reserved timeframes. Staff should also not be on site without communicating their presence.

In addition to completing the mandatory online training and Trojan Check health assessment outlined above, faculty and staff should communicate plans to visit campus via the following avenues:

Safer At Home Order

When contemplating the need to be on campus, keep in mind that the City’s Safer L.A. Order (which replaced Safer at Home on June 1) is still in effect. While you may come to the campus if it is essential for you to do part or all of your job, the default assumption should be that you will do your work from home. This is designed to keep population density to a minimum as part of the County and City efforts to mitigate Coronavirus transmission. Therefore, the exception to the rule these days is going in to work, not the other way around.

Mindful Planning

In addition to following official campus protocol, faculty and staff of USC Thornton are encouraged to plan their use of Thornton facilities very carefully. Consider the health and safety of yourself and your colleagues as you plan your work, and keep these recommendations in mind:

Project Bundling Mindset

It is helpful to think about any time you may need to come to campus in terms of specific projects. Where possible, collect multiple projects together and then come to campus to do those several projects on a single day rather than coming in multiple times a week for short periods. For those of you in faculty support positions, you may need to be “on call” in case what support is needed requires being on campus, but still attempt to work with your faculty to be able to bundle work rather than coming in multiple days or all days of a week responding to different requests.