COVID-19 Update

Summer Programs: COVID Policy Requirements Prior to Arrival

Updated 6/7/2022

We look forward to welcoming you soon in our USC Summer Programs. We are working diligently to provide you with a safe, healthy, and engaging summer. As we prepare for your upcoming summer experience, we have included pertinent information within this letter regarding our Covid-19 policy prior to your arrival. These updates are ongoing from the university to our community, subject to change based on county and state requirements.


Students will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or a Documentation of Recovery before arrival on campus. The viral test, with negative results, must be dated between June 14 and June 16, 2022.  For the Documentation of Recovery, must include a positive test result taken between March 16 and June 16, 2022.  Please submit by Friday, June 17, 2022.

  1. Email a pdf copy of the negative viral test or Documentation of Recovery (with positive test result) to by June 17, 2022
  2. Negative viral tests results must include the students’ legal first and last name. (Please note: at home, over the counter (OTC), self-administered tests will not be accepted)
    1. Laboratory (PCR) and Rapid Point-of-Care tests are performed at certified facilities to ensure quality of testing and includes the student name on the test results
  3. Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 (if a student has recently recovered from COVID-19 between the dates of March 16 – June 16, 2022 and test positive)
    1. Documentation must include:
      1. Type of test: must be a viral test
        • Please note: at home, over the counter (OTC), self-administered tests will not be accepted
      2. Location where the test was performed
        • Name and contact information of the lab or health care provider who performed the test
      3. Test must show a specimen collection date within the last 90 days
        • Between March 16 – June 16, 2022
      4. Student’s legal first/last name and date of birth
      5. Positive COVID-19 test result
      6. Signed letter
        • Must be signed on official letterhead showing the name, address, and phone number of the licensed healthcare provider or public health official

Please note students who do not submit a negative test result or Documentation of Recovery by Friday, June 17, 2022 should not plan to arrive on campus.  Residential students will not be given access to their room assignment in the residential hall. Commuter students will not be permitted to attend class on June 20, 2022. 

Arrival to Campus:

At check-in, students will be required to show a screenshot of their COVID vaccination records or the submitted exemption to the Engemann Student Health Center.

After arriving on campus, students must test within 3-5 days of arrival through the Pop Testing program.*  On-campus testing appointments are scheduled through MySHR and we will assist students to secure an appointment. Students who are not boosted or have an approved exemption will be required to test weekly.

*If you are an international traveler, you must test within 24 hours after arrival to the U.S. through the Pop Testing program. Appointments should be scheduled through MySHR.


If a student tests positive, they are required to isolate for between 5-10 days. Students will be quarantined in Parkside Apartments on the USC campus, with supervision and alternative assignments to complete their coursework remotely. To-go breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be delivered to students.


All students are expected to move out of the residence hall on July 16, 2022. In the case of an extenuating circumstance or illness that prevents students from traveling back home on the day of move out, there will be a $200/day charge to reside in the Parkside Apartments. Please note that this accommodation is only available in the case of an emergency and must be approved by the Senior Director of Pre-College Programs.

Summer Programs: COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Updated 3/29/2022

We hope you are enjoying your school year. As we prepare for the summer programs, we are sharing some specific details regarding health and safety campus protocols around COVID-19 following the guidance of USC’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), USC Student Health, and USC Facilities Planning and Management. Please note that these requirements and restrictions are subject to change as conditions related to COVID-19 evolve.

COVID-19 Vaccinations & Health Screenings

The University is requiring vaccinations (including a booster dose, if eligible) for all students, faculty, and staff. Strict enforcement of vaccine policies has proven highly effective at preventing serious symptoms. Students may request medical or religious exemptions. Unvaccinated individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to complete a COVID-19 test every 72 hours.

Students will be required to provide proof of vaccinations via the Medical History form.  Accepted students will be emailed in May with information on how to submit the Medical History form and proof of vaccination or exemption form(s).


Posted 11/1/2022

USC is carefully monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 virus with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff being our top priority.

We will continue to follow the guidance of USC’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), USC Student Health, and USC Facilities Planning and Management to update our health and safety guidelines and program policies. As we get closer to the program, more details will be provided outlining in-person policies via email to accepted students, as well as, posted on our website.

We are preparing to run USC Summer Programs courses this coming summer on campus as planned, occurring June 19 – July 16, 2022. We are committed to providing our students with a dynamic academic experience, on campus. USC faculty will provide an interactive and academically rigorous college course.

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