Fall Recess to Begin in 2019

Message to the USC Community

From: Michael W. Quick, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 2, 2018

I am pleased to announce that we will institute a two-day recess in the Fall academic calendar, as part of our ongoing efforts to support wellness and to promote an environment that provides the best opportunities for success at USC.

Beginning in 2019, we will suspend classes for two days each October, around the eighth week of the semester. This will be similar to Spring Recess in that the university will remain open.

I am grateful to the groups of students, faculty, and staff who came together to review this proposal. I especially want to thank the Undergraduate Student Government, including this year’s president Austin Dunn and vice president Morgan Monahan, for their advocacy on behalf of current and future students. I also want to acknowledge the Academic Calendar Committee for their work.

While this calendar shift is an opportunity to recharge midway through the semester, it also could be a time for students to participate in a community service project, work on graduate school or scholarship applications, prepare for internship or job opportunities, do some research, or simply read for pleasure. I hope it leaves our students refreshed and refocused.


Cc: C. L. Max Nikias
Academic Senate
Academic Deans
President’s Cabinet
Provost’s Cabinet