The Fall 2020 semester will start August 17, 2020, a week earlier than originally scheduled. All classes, including final exams, will end by Thanksgiving. Read President Folt's full memo and other updates here.



USC’s official page on COVID-19 has all the latest messages and status updates. Check it frequently. For questions, please use the COVID-19 hotline: 213-740-6291 or email:

USC also has FAQs available via that website. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have concerns about your health please call USC Student Health for medical care, 213-740-9355 (WELL). Counseling is available at the same number, for students experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19. 

Based on direction of the Mayor of Los Angeles, the use of face masks and/or cloth face coverings is now required in public settings on the USC campuses, effective April 10, 2020 . Read the memo here.


A message from Roski Dean Haven Lin-Kirk

March 28, 2020

On behalf of everyone at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, I hope you and your families are safe during this time. It is your wellbeing that is foremost in our minds. These are certainly challenging times and I am grateful that our school is made up of caring students and families, along with dedicated educators and staff. I want to thank you for being a part of this truly special community. 

The most important aspect of our mission — and the most inspiring part of our work — is to witness the students of the USC Roski School rising to new levels as artists and designers, with both caring and thought-provoking artistic practices. This gives me optimism, especially in times like these.

Although we have employed digital elements in our teaching practices prior to this, we are now utilizing new techniques from educators from around the world. As an art school within a world-class research university — both of which aim to improve society through innovation and creativity — we are in a position to come through this pandemic with greater insight; not just through technological growth, but also with a greater sense of community. 

These temporary changes we are experiencing will give us all a chance to explore our creativity and I am certain amazing work will come out of this challenge. We are in this together. As a creative community we are resourceful and will use this creativity to adapt and grow.

Haven Lin-Kirk, Dean
USC Roski School of Art and Design

Previous memos from Dean Haven Lin-Kirk:
March 9 letter here.



A Presentation by Keck Schol of Medicine Dean Laura Mosqueda, MD.

The USC Roski communicty was honored to have a presentation by Keck Schol of Medicine Dean Laura Mosqueda, MD, who provided attendees an overview on the issues related to the pandemic and took additional time to answer questions from attendees. This very informative presentation is available to view here.



USC has launched four funds to help our students, health care workers, community members and employees who are most affected by Covid-19. Click here for more information.


Roski Events Updates

All spring 2020 events at USC Roski have been put on hold. Updates will be forthcoming; please check back for updates.


USC Roski Facilities Schedule

March 16 - End of Spring 2020 semester

All three Roski campuses are closed.  This includes facilities in Watt and Harris halls, the Roski Studios Building (IFT) on 30th and Flower, and the Graduate Building in the Los Angeles Arts District. Access requests with advanced notice will be reviewed on a case by case basis by Ray Marquez, Roski Facilities Manager, at”


Roski Student Requirements

Roski students (undergraduate and graduate) are advised: you are required to attend all classes at the scheduled times via Zoom and/or Blackboard as directed by your instructor. Attendance will be taken as per usual.

Students that may have technology challenges should contact ITS as soon as possible. Devices with cameras such as cellphones, tablets, and laptops can all support the Zoom app. or you can phone or email ITS: and (213) 740-5555

In Zoom, instructors will generally MUTE AUDIO for all participants except themselves to avoid lots of clatter and feedback; use the blue raised hand function to ask questions and they will unmute you, or there is a “chat” function for written questions; unless the instructor otherwise notes, students should keep video UNMUTED for the duration of classes, which will be held as if “live” to the best of the software’s capacity: we need to see you!

You can use your smartphone for Zoom, but for any classes involving visuals, a laptop with built-in camera (so you can be visible throughout each class to the instructor and fellow students) is strongly recommended; please let your instructor and ITS know if you have any issues accessing a laptop with built-in camera; the university is in discussion about this issue.

Faculty will be fully available for academic advice and support; just email your instructor to set up a Zoom meeting during office hours or another time as agreed with instructor.

In the coming days, Roski leadership would like to hear from you regarding your experiences throughout this process, and therefore have created a special form for you to share your thoughts by clicking here.  Together, we can take this opportunity to create a more exciting school.


Required (and free) Technology for Remote Classes

Instructors will be emailing their students with an invitation to join the class remotely. Instructions will be included in the email. Techs will be on hand next week in preparation for the remote classes. 

Instructions for using Blackboard or Zoom:

Blackboard Most of you are likely familiar with Blackboard. We are asking instructors to explore this and Zoom as a teaching platform.

Zoom is a videoconference and audioconference software hosted in the cloud that enables communication across many mobile devices, desktop computers and video-enabled classrooms. For example, it is possible for a faculty member to host a class discussion using only a cell phone equipped with a camera. For guidance, please see: You should also download Zoom to your cell phone for use, if necessary.



Click here for resources for both students and faculty from the USC Libraries

Student Support

  • Faculty will be fully available for academic advice and support; just email your instructor to set up a Zoom meeting during office hours or another time as agreed with instructor.
  • Advisors will be advising students via Zoom for Fall 2020 semester and will get in touch with you about that.
  • Student advisors will be working normal business hours remotely with all appointments taking place by phone or Zoom.
  • The Dean’s office and other Roski School personnel will be available via email during normal business hours. Monday - Fridays 9 am to 5 pm
  • For a complete list of Roski School staff, click here.
  • USC health services are currently open and available if you have any support or healthcare needs: ; see also the medical school webpage on USC healthcare facilities policies:
  • “Let’s Talk” Drop-in Schedule for Students
    Counseling and Mental Health Services invites students for virtual “Let’s Talk” sessions. Students can log in to to sign up and get the Zoom link. Students can drop in and share what they are going through with the current disruption from COVID-19 and social distancing, in a discussion facilitated by a clinician. (Schedule subject to change, check “workshops” tab in MySHR for most up to date schedule.). Updates to schedules will be posted at the link here.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 
    12 – 1 pm:  Let’s Talk About Coping and Connecting

    This is a drop-in mental health outreach via zoom. Students can drop in and discuss how to cope, connect, and “fight on” during this time.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 
    12 – 1 pm:  A workshop—Thriving During COVID 

    This outreach will provide skills and strategies about how to focus on your goals, maintain a problem solving mindset, be optimistic, hopeful, and thrive during our current situation dealing with COVID.

  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Online Classes
    Mindful USC is offering online classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at noon via zoom.