Health & Hygiene Protocols

As the campus navigates the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, we count on every Trojan to fulfill their responsibilities to keep themselves and the rest of their Trojan family safe and healthy.

Take the Training

Take the TrojanLearn training module for Hygiene, Health and Safety (HHS student edition, which includes information relevant to student employees) and for faculty and staff (HHS employee edition). Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this online module in Trojan Learn.  This training is required for everyone accessing campus, as a prerequisite to completing Trojan Check.

The following printable guides may assist individuals in navigating the modules with translation assistance:

Printable Student Module (English)

Printable Student Module (English/Chinese)

Printable Employee Module (English)

Printable Employee Module (English/Spanish)

Complete Wellness Assessment and Report Exposure

Pay attention to your health and be aware of any symptoms you may have. If you come to campus, you will need to complete a Trojan Check, which includes a symptom check. If you have any new onset of symptoms, even if mild, please stay home.

Download the printable symptom check form in English.

Download the printable symptom check form in Spanish.

Tell us if you are test positive for COVID-19. Let the university know if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and had symptoms within 48 hours of being in contact with other employees or students. Call the USC COVID-19 hotline at 213-740-6291 or (If you have tested with USC Student Health’s Pop Testing program, you do not need to notify the university, as positive results are automatically followed-up with contact-tracing interviews.)

Complete Your Vaccination and Booster Requirements

Vaccines are crucial tools in the fight against deadly infectious diseases; we strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to receive COVID-19 vaccination and boosters when eligible.

Staying Safer

Reopening Guidelines

Wear a face covering when directed by current guidance. During times of higher transmission, public health guidance may include prevention measures such as required masking. This can be a cloth face mask (multiple layers), surgical mask, or full personal protective equipment (PPE) if your role requires it. Medical grade masks (surgical masks, or N95 respirators certified by NIOSH standards, KN95 and KF94 masks) offer a higher level of filtration and protection.

Maintain physical distance from others when possible. During times of higher transmission, physical distancing is one of the best prevention tools we have available — a minimum of 6 feet of open space between you and others. This is especially important in indoor environments where ventilation is more limited, and also when eating or drinking with others, when respiratory droplets can spread more easily.

Follow Public Health and Hygiene Guidance

Wash hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer if a sink is unavailable. Remember, use hot water with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds (sing USC’s fight song or the alphabet song). Do this every 30 minutes or after touching any shared surface (door handles, printers, etc.)

Minimize use of shared spaces and equipment. If you need to share work stations, phones, keyboards, research equipment, and other spaces or equipment with others, be sure to disinfect these surfaces before and after you use them.

Eating with others increases risk. When community transmission rates are high, minimize your risk by avoiding gatherings, especially those involving eating and drinking.