Health & Safety FAQs

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions regarding health and safety. For specific information about personal protective equipment (PPE) use and guidelines as well as other health-specific workplace requirements, please visit the USC Environmental Health & Safety COVID-19 Resource Center.

For information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page.

For employee-specific information regarding remote work and returning to work please visit the COVID-19 Employee Resources page on the USC Employee Gateway.

Please visit policy.usc.edu/student to review the “Health and Safety Standards for Students.”

If you have questions that are not answered in our FAQs, please email covid19@usc.edu. Our response team will help find an answer.

General Questions

USC Student Health offers a campus program conducting population testing (“Pop. Testing”) of COVID-19. The ongoing testing is part of the university’s overall testing strategy to identify, isolate, contact trace and contain new infections. See the FAQs for additional details. Take-home kits are available, and scheduling appointments for testing, or kit drop-off, is available through MySHR.

Yes. For students who test positive and require isolation accommodations, they should complete the contact tracing form in MySHR, which contains a section for requesting isolation accommodations.

Please visit our testing data section to view the latest numbers, positivity rates and more.

As of 10/1/22, the masking policy at USC is in alignment with current county requirements and recommendations.

Masking is required for:

  1. health care settings
  2. Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 (for 10 days after exposure)
  3. During a workplace, classroom, or residence hall outbreak

Masking is strongly recommended in public transit and transit hubs, and for individuals with high-risk health conditions in crowded indoor settings.

In all other indoor settings individuals may decide to wear a mask based on their individual preferences.