COVID-19 | 21 - 22 Academic Year



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. 

For up-to-date communications from USC regarding the 2021 fall semester, click here.

For safety updates for in-person activities, read the recent memo here from Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health.

Read President Carol L. Folts Fall 2021 Welcome Back letter here.


One of the ways members of the USC community can stay safe is to be informed about cases on the premises where you frequent, and to test if they may have been exposed. Click here for daily updates:



The Spring 2022 semester will start January 10, 2021 remotely. In-person classes will begin Monday, January 24. 



For the wellbeing of our students and all who visit USC, and until further notice, visitors must have proof of full vaccination, wear a surgical, N95 or KN95 mask when indoors, complete a USC Trojan Check the day of the visit and prior to arriving on campus.

For anyone not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they must attest that they have a medical contraindication or religious objection to vaccination and as an alternative present a negative COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the start of this event.


Previous Updates From Roski Dean Haven Lin-Kirk:

  • August 12, 2021 restart letter here.
  • July 8, 2020 Fall Plans letter here.
  • March 28, 2020 letter here.
  • March 9, 2020 letter here.


USC ROSKI FACILITIES SCHEDULE  |  As of September 7 until further notice

All three Roski campuses are open.  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 is limited to currently enrolled Roski students only

Facility hours for the following spaces: 9 am - 10 pm; Monday - Sunday  
Watt Hall -- 102A, 102B, 118, 107, 108 and the sculpture yard
Harris Hall -- 201, 202, 203, and 117

IFT -- Business hours at IFT are 9am - 6pm. 
Class hours at IFT vary and extend beyond business hours.

Labs will be open for in-person. There are some elements of the ‘service bureau’ operation still offered; check with your instructor. How it works: there will be a drop-off point for students to leave works that require lab technicians to process. The finished work will then be moved to the pick-up station. This minimizes person-to-person contact. Further details to come.

Requirements: all health and safety guidelines such as indoor masking, proper hygiene, and Trojan Check compliance must be observed to use the facilities. Consumption of food and drink is not allowed indoors but may be enjoyed outdoors while following physical distancing of at least 6 feet. For added safety, audio and visual recording is in progress and will be viewed from time to time. Outside guests are not permitted, and violation of guidelines will result in forfeited use of the rooms. 

For emergencies, please contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS), at (213) 740-4321. For non-emergency assistance, please reach them at (213) 740-6000. 



At this time, most Roski events will be in-person with a few offered virtually to ensure Roski connects with alumni, artists, designers, and scholars from around the globe. All attendees will be required to wear masks for indoor events and a Trojan Wellness Check must be completed prior to arriving at the event.  Visit the Roski Events website page for listings.



There will be some courses conducted online. For those, 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: although most courses will be taught in-person, there are some offered remotely. See the Schedule of Courses. 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: Please make sure to login to Zoom via SSO with your USC credentials. You should also download Zoom to your cell phone for use, if necessary.

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. For questions: 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 meeting during office hours or another time as agreed upon with the instructor.
  • Advisors will be meeting with students by appointment for Fall 2021 semester and will get in touch with you about that. Visit staff page here for contact information.
  • Click here for resources for both students and faculty from the USC Libraries
  • 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.


We're Listening

As we reopen the campus, 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 healthy and successful semester at USC Roski.



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.