As we begin a phased approach toward resuming some on-campus activities, Provost Charles Zukoski shares the progress we have made in a number of areas.
USC has a potential budget gap of $300 to $500 million in FY 2021. The gap arises from lost revenues and increased costs associated with COVID-19. We are preparing for a prolonged economic recovery that could impact our finances for several years. We remain confident that we can close this gap for FY 2021, and over the next year, develop plans to emerge stronger from the pandemic.
President Folt shares some of the key Project Restart decisions that the university has made so far. While we still have many details to work out, we are planning for an in-person fall semester for students beginning on Aug. 17, 2020. This is a week earlier than originally scheduled.
President Carol Folt thanks faculty and staff for protecting our university, our students and our patients during this challenging time.
Zoom recently released Zoom 5.0, which includes stronger data encryption, centralized security controls and other meeting safeguards. Beginning on May 30, all Zoom software must be upgraded to Zoom 5.0 in order to join meetings.
We will salute our class of 2020 on Friday, May 15 with a 12-hour virtual celebration filled with videos, photos, social streams, inspiring personal messages, performances and special celebrations from our individual schools. We hope you will join in the festivities and drop in and out during the day, or even get comfortable and stay with us for the duration.
We established Project Restart, which is comprised of working groups involving over 100 faculty, staff, and students. These teams are charged with envisioning how we can return each specific element of university life to on-campus operations. The teams are planning in great detail, considering contingencies, and preparing us to be both nimble and thorough in our approach.
USC Student Health is conducting a study to estimate the percentage of USC students who have developed antibodies (a marker of exposure) to the virus that causes COVID-19. This study may help us learn more about infection rates of COVID-19 on the USC campus and among USC students and help the university prepare for the physical re-opening of the University Park Campus.
USC Provost Charles Zukoski shares several decisions in key areas concerning the upcoming summer sessions and planning for fall 2020.
USC Village dining hall will reopen for the remainder of the spring semester on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Everybody’s Kitchen (EVK) will close following dinner service on Friday, April 17, 2020.