FAQs: Organized Events and Activities

The City of Los Angeles issued a revised Safer L.A. Order on July 13, 2020 that included restrictions on events and gatherings. Specifically, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except for the exempted activities described in the order.

As USC continues to plan for the fall 2020 semester and beyond, we do not yet know the rules and requirements necessary to operate in-person events like concerts, performances, large lectures and other activities. These decisions will conform to university and legislative policy and health guidelines. In the meantime, USC has prohibited all university-sponsored on- and off-campus events until we receive further public health guidance. 

General Questions

Any event that is organized, sponsored or funded by the university, USC students, faculty, staff, schools, departments, units or a university sponsor would qualify.

Yes. The cancellations include on-campus and off-campus indoor and outdoor events.

No. Student organization events and activities including collegiate club sports practices, competitions, rehearsals and events on campus and off campus are canceled.

We encourage organizers to move their meetings to Zoom, which is a video and audio conferencing platform.

Refund requests should be submitted to the department, venue or service provider supporting your event.

Tabling is currently suspended until further notice.

Our Welcome Experience programs and activities will begin the week of Aug. 10 and will take place online for all of our new and returning students. If possible, the Welcome Experience will include some smaller, in-person events.

We are developing a unique Welcome Experience for new and returning students that will enable them to establish a connection to their peers and the broader university, create opportunities to build strong relationships in their new environment, and will feature virtual campus introductions and orientations as a window into life on campus.

Given the current challenges we are all facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed all in-person commencement 2020 activities. USC remains committed to having a traditional in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 on campus at a later date, and the plans are well underway.  That ceremony will take place when travel and large group events once again become safe. Visit the commencement 2020 website for more information.

On May 15, 2020, a full day of interactive celebrations honored the Class of 2020 and its extraordinary accomplishments. President Folt and Provost Zukoski hosted a virtual conferring of degrees that featured a Zoombombing from Will Ferrell, and all of the schools hosted their own academic celebrations as well. View the celebrations.

Please email covid19@usc.edu if you have any questions and/or concerns.

USC Athletics

USC student-athletes began a phased return to campus for voluntary workouts starting on June 24.

In partnership with USC's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman and Director of Sports Medicine Dr. John Broadhead, USC developed a comprehensive health and safety plan that is compliant with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and approved by university administration. The plan follows NCAA and Pac-12 Conference recommendations and guidelines.

Student-athletes in the following sports were included in the initial phases of the return to campus for voluntary workouts: football, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's water polo, men's basketball, and women's basketball. As the workouts are voluntary, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn informed all student-athletes that if they decide not to return for workouts, they will not face reductions in financial aid.

Return to campus dates for student-athletes in the remaining sports have yet to be determined.

Phase one began on June 24 and was limited to returning local (currently within approximately an hour commute of USC) student-athletes in those six sports who will begin the pre-participation process. No on-campus housing will be available to these student-athletes during phase one.

Only upon the successful completion of phase one, returning student-athletes in those six sports who are not local will be permitted to start the pre-participation process. Phase two student-athletes will have the opportunity to reside in USC's on-campus housing facilities. The target goal for phase two to begin is July 6.

Only upon the successful completion of phase two, new and incoming student-athletes in those six sports will be permitted to start the pre-participation process. Phase three student-athletes will also have the opportunity to reside in USC's on-campus housing facilities. The target goal for phase three to begin is July 13.

All student-athletes will be required to complete a pre-participation checklist. USC’s athletic medicine staff will make the final determination on a student-athlete’s clearance to participate in voluntary workouts.

As part of the pre-participation process, all student-athletes must participate in a COVID-19 health and safety protocol information session, complete the university’s TrojanLearn training module, sign a risk and shared responsibility acknowledgement form, pass their annual pre-participation physical, and undergo COVID-19 testing.

Following their initial COVID-19 test, student-athletes will be tested weekly.

In addition to student-athletes, only essential staff (strength coaches, athletic trainers, equipment managers, facilities/operations staff) will be allowed access to facilities during voluntary workouts. Those essential staff members will also undergo COVID-19 testing.

Prior to departing for an athletic facility, individuals must pass a daily symptom questionnaire. Upon arrival at the facility, they will have their temperature checked at a designated checkpoint based on their scheduled appointment time. Individuals will be required to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, sanitize their hands regularly, wear a daily wristband indicating their approved entry and remain in their assigned areas. There will be no access to the locker rooms, showers or players’ lounges, or to off limit floors in the McKay Center, Galen Center and Heritage Hall.

Upon their arrival to the facility, student-athletes will place any mode of transportation (scooter, skateboard, bike) in a designated area, toss their laundry from the previous day in a laundry bin, place their personal belongings in an individually assigned basket and retrieve their personal water bottle and towel for that day.

Upon exiting the facility, student-athletes will sanitize their hands and equipment, drop off their personal baskets, towels and water bottles, retrieve a clean laundry loop for their next voluntary workout, remove their daily wristband and pick up their grab-and-go meals and nutritional supplements.

The McKay Center weight room will be divided into two areas, with a limit of eight players in any area at one time (plus a strength coach and an athletic trainer). Equipment will not be shared and will be cleaned and sanitized after each group. The athletic training room will be accessible for rehab by appointment only.

Field workouts for football players will be allowed on Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Fields, with proper distancing.

All meetings with coaches will be virtual through the end of June.

All COVID-19 testing will be done in partnership with USC Student Health. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will receive medical treatment and isolate consistent with L.A. County Department of Public Health guidelines. Quarantine housing will be provided through USC Student Health.

They cannot return to any athletic facilities until medically cleared. USC will conduct contact tracing, and those who have come in contact with positive individuals will be quarantined.

Outside of athletics facilities, student-athletes will be expected to practice physical distancing at all times, wear a face covering at all times (unless alone in a private space), avoid group gatherings both on and off campus, limit interactions with individuals outside of USC, practice clean hygiene, rigorously clean frequently touched surfaces, complete their wellness checks honestly and immediately report any symptoms.

In March, the Pac-12 (as well as other Power 5 conferences) announced the cancellation of all athletics competitions for the 2019-2020 season. On July 10, the Pac-12 CEO Group announced that the fall 2020 season for several Pac-12 sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, would include conference-only games, and that it is delaying the start of mandatory athletic activities until a series of health and safety indicators, which have recently trended in a negative direction, provided sufficient positive data to enable a move to a second phase of return-to-play activities.

USC Hotel

The USC Hotel is not open to the public at this time. It is being used by the university as part of the overall USC response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our reservations and sales teams are currently available to book rooms for future dates. Please call the hotel at 213-748-4141 or 1-833-2-BOOK-USC for reservation inquiries.

There is no set date for reopening to the public at this time. As soon as a reopening date is announced by the university, we will place this information on the hotel website as well as send an email announcement. Please check our website for updates, or contact our front desk anytime at 213-748-4141.

The USC Hotel is not currently hosting special events. This is part of our compliance with the City of Los Angeles and USC Department of Health & Safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also do not currently have a confirmed start date as to when we can begin hosting events. However, our event and catering team is available to assist you with planning for the future and can answer any additional questions about your special event. Please contact our events team at private.events@usc.edu. We look forward to hosting your event in the future.