Most undergraduate courses will be conducted online, according to an email the Marshal’s office sent to the USC community on Wednesday night.
âWhile not what we hoped for, we now recommend all undergraduates to take their courses online and reconsider their life on or near campus this semester,â wrote provost Chip Zukoski and Senior Vice President David Wright in the email. “We are pursuing limited in-person activity on campus because we believe we can keep students, researchers, staff and faculty safe with our low density plan.”
The letter also stated that a revised class schedule will be available on July 8. Some courses will be offered in a hybrid format, dividing the time between in-person and online courses, and the university expects 10-20% of the courses to be fully taught. – person, on campus. In-person classes will be limited to classes requiring face-to-face interaction (such as labs and performance-based classes) and independent research requiring facilities and equipment that students can only access on campus.
The move comes following a 52% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in California over the past 14 days. Governor Gavin Newsom has already closed indoor activities in 19 counties, including Los Angeles County, this week. The county has yet to approve USC’s plan to return to campus.
Accommodation on campus will be limited to single occupancy, with a number of rooms left vacant to provide emergency quarantine space if needed. The university encourages all students who live in the Los Angeles area or who have classes exclusively online to consider taking their classes at home. The deadline for opting out of USC Housing contracts without losing your deposit is July 15.
Given the reduced availability, priority will be given to applicants for existing accommodation who need in-person classes, those with scholarship or sports programs, those who need special accommodation and to international students.
Students will likely need to make an appointment in order to use campus services such as the student health center, library spaces, and restaurants.
To allow for proper distancing and sanitization, food in dining rooms will be prepackaged and available through multiple pickup options, including outside distribution.
The email announced that the university will offer financial and technical support to domestic and international students with connectivity issues and a new scholarship that can provide up to two free online courses during the summer 2021 session. More details on these actions will be published in the future.