LOS ANGELES – USC, which previously announced it would start the spring semester with a week of remote classes due to rising COVID-19 cases locally, extended the distance learning period for a second week on Friday, January 7 .
Distance classes will begin January 10, and were originally scheduled to return to individual instruction on Tuesday, January 18, following Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday. But USC Provost Charles F. Zukowski and Chief Health Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman wrote in a campuswide message on Friday that in-person instruction would not begin until January 24.
“This allows students – particularly those who may need extra time to coordinate travel – to take advantage of the upcoming three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend,” he wrote. “While university housing remains open to those who need it, students are encouraged to consider delaying their return to campus, during the two-week period of distance learning.
“Graduate and professional students will hear directly from individual schools about program-specific impacts. Our plan – similar to other universities in Southern California – is based on both available resources and the unique challenges in Los Angeles. We believe that other institutions will have a better understanding of what they are doing.” The strategy to start with can vary depending on the conditions of their campuses and their respective communities.
All faculty, students and staff who are eligible will be required to receive COVID booster shots. When in-person instruction resumes, everyone on campus will be required to wear an advanced medical-grade face covering instead of a cloth mask.
Information about the University’s COVID-19 measures can be found at corenvirus.usc.edu and questions can be directed to covid[email protected] or by phone at 213-740-6291.