Health Advisory — Omicron Variant

As we wrap up our Fall semester, we are sharing an update about the university’s plans for the Spring, in light of the increased spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. We are closely monitoring rising cases on campus and in the community, as well as at institutions of higher education nationally.

This Fall, our protocols were successful in preventing outbreaks of COVID-19 and spread within our classrooms and workplaces. We are committed to keeping our campus likewise safe in the Spring. We are evaluating a number of options for the spring semester and will announce any changes, such as a remote start, by the end of next week. Any decisions we make will be based on evidence-based practices and public health guidance. 

In the meantime, we know that booster shots are critical to protecting members of our community from serious illness. The university is likely to require them in the spring semester, and an announcement on this requirement is forthcoming.  At this time, we urge everyone to get their booster as soon as possible, and upload the record to mySHR.

Over the holiday season, please protect yourself and your loved ones by masking indoors, testing regularly and staying home when sick. For those remaining on or near campus, USC COVID-19 testing is available on a modified winter break schedule during the next two weeks.

Please stay tuned for a further update next week.

In the meantime, information about COVID-19 may be found at; questions may be directed to the COVID response team at or by phone at 213-740-6291.

Stay safe and stay well.