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 to review the “Health and Safety Standards for Students.”

If you have questions that are not answered in our FAQs, please email 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.