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COVID-19 Updates from USC Thornton

Official messages and status updates from the USC Thornton School of Music.

Messages from Dean Cutietta

An Update from Dean Cutietta on the Fall 2020 Semester

Dear Thornton Students:

I write to you today with an update on the Thornton School’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Many details have yet to be fully confirmed, but progress is being made. I want to keep you as informed as possible.

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Messages from President Folt

Dear Members of the Trojan Community,

USC’s vibrant international community is vital to our University and has been since our founding in 1880. We are deeply troubled by the updated guidance that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released Monday requiring international students to take at least one in-person class to maintain their visa status.

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President Folt announces planning for an in-person fall semester for students beginning on August 17, 2020, a week earlier than originally scheduled. All classes, including final exams, will end by Thanksgiving.

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Student Resources

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

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

Fall 2020 Semester on USC Campuses: Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health Sarah Van Orman and Vice President for Student Affairs Winston B. Crisp update students on what they know now about how the campus will look when classes resume in August.

USC Thornton Academic Policies: USC Thornton has provided important updates to academic policies, such as Pass/No Pass and Withdrawal deadline policies, available here. Please read carefully as these may contain deviations from USC policy.

Recitals and Juries: The USC Thornton School of Music has published guidelines for conducting Spring 2020 recitals and juries. Departments are required to facilitate a recital or an agreed-upon substitute as a capstone experience by May 15, 2020.

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

Student Health

The USC Health Center now provides physical and emotional wellness services through TeleHealth. To call for care questions 24/7, dial 213-740-9355 (WELL).

For excellent sources of wellness-related information visit Mindful USC and the Thornton Health & Wellness page. You can also download the Mindful USC app from iTunes or Google Play.

Visit the USC Student Health website for more information about the services available to you.

University Resources for Students

  • Resource Center for Students: The University web page for students with additional information and frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Grade Options for Spring 2020: The University Registrar details the process for electing grade options for spring 2020 classes.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund: Students in need of financial assistance for COVID-19 related expenses (e.g., food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care) can apply for these emergency grants of up to $3,000. Applications are available in the Document Library of the USC FAST page, accessible through the USC Financial Aid website. Answers to common questions about this funding opportunity are available at the FAQs: Support Funds webpage.
  • USC Housing: The move out period has now been extended through Friday, June 12th. Additional move out appointments are now available from Tuesday, May 26th through Friday, June 12th.
  • USC Academic FAQs: Visit USC’s academic FAQ page for changes to the academic calendar and answers to common questions.
  • USC Libraries: Library locations are currently closed. For the latest updates on the libraries’ policies and available services, visit the Library’s update page.
  • Student Basic Needs: Students interested in applying for funds from USC Student Basic Needs should email Ally Hong, the manager of Student Basic Needs, at basicneeds@usc.edu.
  • Virtual Engagement: Lots of opportunities to connect and stay engaged (live workouts, discussion groups, cultural center activities, cooking classes, and much more) are available through the USC Student Affairs Virtual Engagement.

Contact

If you have particular needs and you’re not sure who to reach out to, please contact your Thornton academic advisor or the USC Campus Support & Intervention office at 213-740-0411 or uscsupport@usc.edu.

Faculty Resources

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

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

Academic Policies for Faculty: USC Thornton has provided important updates to academic policies, such as Pass/No Pass and Withdrawal policies, available on the Thornton Online Teaching Website. Please read carefully as these may contain deviations from USC policy.

Recitals and Juries: The USC Thornton School of Music has published guidelines for conducting Spring 2020 recitals and juries. Departments are required to facilitate a recital or an agreed-upon substitute as a capstone experience by May 15, 2020.

University Resources for Faculty

  • USC Employee FAQ: Visit USC’s employee FAQ page for updates to policies regarding Health and Well-being, Benefits, Retirement Plans, Travel, Working from Home, Paid Administrative Leave, and many other employment related topics.
  • USC Libraries: Library locations are currently closed. For the latest updates on the libraries’ policies and available services, visit the Library’s update page.

Staff Resources

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

USC Thornton Administrative Policies: USC Thornton has provided important administrative operations and policy updates to USC Thornton staff members. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information

USC Thornton Academic Policies: USC Thornton has provided important updates to academic policies, such as Pass/No Pass and Withdrawal deadline policies. Please read carefully as these may contain deviations from USC policy.

University Resources for Staff

  • Resource Center for Staff: The University web page for students with additional information and frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • USC Employee FAQ: Visit USC’s employee FAQ page for updates to policies regarding Health and Well-being, Benefits, Retirement Plans, Travel, Working from Home, Paid Administrative Leave, and many other employment related topics. 
  • Mental Health Resources for Faculty and Staff: The University has many mental health resources for faculty and staff including the Employee Assistance Program at the Center for Work and Family Life.
  • USC Academic FAQs: Visit USC’s academic FAQ page for changes to the academic calendar and answers to common questions.
  • USC Libraries: Library locations are currently closed. For the latest updates on the libraries’ policies and available services, visit the Library’s update page.

Events and Commencement

In accordance with the Provost’s March 10 announcement, all university-sponsored in-person events, on-campus and off-campus, are canceled for the Spring 2020 semester.

2020 Commencement: The University held a full day of interactive celebrations in honor of the Class of 2020 and their extraordinary accomplishments.

USC Thornton Virtual Graduation Celebration: Thornton held a virtual celebration on May 15, 2020 of the USC Thornton graduating class.

Facilities and Operations

  • Retrieve Belongings from Thornton Lockers and Secured Spaces. (updated May 20th)  The Thornton School Operations division has reached out to students about making appointments to retrieve personal items from lockers or secured spaces. The deadline to pickup belongings on-campus has been extended to June 12th.
  • USC Thornton Building Closures. In accordance with University decisions to limit access to the University Park Campus to only essential activities, USC Thornton facilities, including venues and practice rooms, are closed until further notice.  
  • Key Check-Outs: At the present moment, please hold on to your Thornton keys. We will be in touch with returning procedures soon.  If you have immediate questions please contact music.operations@usc.edu. Daily key check-out services have been suspended until further notice. No new keys will be issued to students, faculty or staff.    
  • Instrument Check-Outs: Students with semester-long instrument check-outs for use in applied lessons may keep those instruments until the Wednesday, May 13th return deadline.
  • A/V Equipment Check-Outs: Checkout of audio-visual and technology equipment has been suspended until further notice.

Updates From the University

Visit the USC COVID-19 Resource Center for the latest updates on the university-wide response to the novel coronavirus.