USC announced Friday that teaching will take place externally in the first week of next semester, and that students and staff must demonstrate evidence of COVID-19 booster shots as soon as they are eligible.
The announcement comes a week after USC officials said they were considering a remote start when classes begin on January 10. Earlier this week, seven of California’s nine universities announced they would begin the next term at a distance after UC President Michael V. Drake asked Chancellors for each location to implement plans for a safe return amid a serious spread of Omicron variants. The variant feeds on increases in cases across the state and around the world.
USC residences will remain open on January 6, but all students must test negative for COVID before moving into campus housing and before resuming personal tuition.
The university said it would announce deadlines next week for requiring COVID boosters for students, faculty and staff. UC students will also be required to get boosters, although it is up to each location to carry out the mandate. California State University also issued a COVID booster mandate to students.
USC is also postponing its spring call for new students for about two weeks. It was originally scheduled for January 7th.
“The fall was a success at USC, and we remain committed to keeping our campuses safe and continuing personal instruction this spring,” USC Provost Charles F. Zukoski and USC Health Officer Sarah Van Orman said in a statement to the campus community.