Ahead of the second summer session, President and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Charles Zukoski announced in an email to all USC employees that USC would be lifting its mask tenure, effective immediately, to those who are fully vaccinated and have submitted proof to the USC student health portal.
Students and employees visiting campus should always perform a daily self-check for symptoms on TrojanCheck and provide full proof of vaccination.
Those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors – even with TrojanCheck compliance and daily testing – and may not be able to participate in certain activities and events that require fully immunized status.
Masks will still be required on public transportation and at healthcare facilities, including USC shuttles and Keck Medicine of USC facilities.
“Our vaccination and masking policies are aimed at ensuring the safety of the Trojan horse community, enabling the university to fulfill our teaching, research and community engagement missions, and complying with the latest guidelines. in terms of health, ”the email read.
The announcement follows the Los Angeles County and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to continue wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status, due to the Delta variant of COVID-19.
USC will continue to encourage mask wear as an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses and has not released a comment on the new variant.
According to the email, adherence to USC’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is mandatory and students will need to update their vaccination status on their student health portal by July 15. The policy “strongly encourages” students and employees to receive the vaccine when they are eligible. After August 1, exemptions will only be granted for “recognized and approved medical or religious reasons.”
Those who receive the vaccination through USC will automatically meet the requirement and those who receive the vaccination at another institution will be required to submit documents through the Student Health Portal.
Those who do not comply with the policy will not be able to access USC facilities, campus or accommodation.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements for fall 2021, which were announced on June 18, will require students and employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit a medical or religious exemption form by July 15 in order obtain a housing assignment. USC Housing is still evaluating whether quarantine arrangements can be made for international arrivals who have housing contracts with the university.
USC continues to plan for a full return to in-person activities on campus for the fall semester.