Since last March, we have learned a great deal about transforming to a mostly virtual campus and continue to refine our policies and best practices based on feedback from you, students, and staff. This semester we will continue to follow the policies and recommendations pertaining to online and asynchronous learning we adopted in the Fall; I include here some revisions and reminders.
As a way of empowering our university community toward well-being and resilience, we are pleased to offer Mindful USC – a university-wide mindfulness initiative focused on positive health outcomes and learning experiences, especially in terms of stress reduction, workplace happiness, emotional intelligence, and artistic expression.
Campus vaccination operations under USC Student Health will be opening vaccination appointments to faculty, emeriti, students, and staff ages 65 and older. If you are in this group, you will receive information on how to schedule an appointment via USC email in the next several days.
We are happy to welcome you back to USC’s virtual campus for the beginning of the Spring semester. As classes resume, we want to remind those of you currently living in the surrounding neighborhoods of your collective responsibility to stay home and stay safe.
As we begin Spring semester, I want to offer some guidance and resources to assist in potential discussions with students.
We are proud to announce the Fifth Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awareness Week (DEI Week), scheduled for March 8-12, 2021. Our theme this year is Diversity United: Race, Social Justice and the Future of American Equality.
We aspire that our highest honors should be reflective of our mission and our community, and we urge you to help us identify the professors we should celebrate.
Message on protocol for COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing from Dr. Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer for USC Student Health.
Accomplishing our mission requires that we build a culture that reinforces the ethical framework within which we make decisions. Key to establishing that culture is embracing values that guide our actions.
In two weeks, the Fall semester will come to a close. I know all of you – faculty, staff, and students – have worked to make the best of challenging circumstances. As classes end today, we want to recognize your fortitude and your resilience.