Face Covering Policy

THIS POLICY APPLIES TO ALL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF

1. POLICY

Issued: August 16, 2021

Last Revised: August 16, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 16, 2021

2. Policy Purpose

The purpose of the Face Covering Policy is to protect and support the health and safety of the USC community, including the University’s faculty, staff, students, visitors, and patients, and to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

3. Scope and Application

This policy applies to faculty, staff, and students while they are physically present on-campus at the University.

To the extent this policy or any part thereof conflicts with a provision of an applicable collective bargaining agreement the latter shall supersede and control.

4. Definitions

Face CoveringA face covering means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers Face covering” means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric.
On-CampusFor purposes of this policy, a location is considered on-campus if it takes place within USC’s Clery geography, as defined in the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report issued by the USC Department of Public Safety. This includes, but is not limited to, UPC, HSC, USC Village, USC Housing, and the Coliseum. For purposes of this policy, “on-campus” does not include Keck Medicine of USC (including but not limited to Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital).

5. Policy Details

All faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings while physically present on campus when required by the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or any other relevant government entity. In addition, all faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings while physically present on-campus in accordance with the following rules.

INDOOR SETTINGS

All faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings while indoors, irrespective of COVID-19 vaccination status. Transit vehicles (e.g., USC buses, USC Safe Ride services) are considered indoor settings. However, faculty, staff, and students may remove their face coverings while alone in a private office, room or vehicle, while actively eating or drinking provided six-foot social distancing is maintained, or if otherwise excused from wearing a face covering pursuant to a current Order of the Health Officer issued by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health or other applicable law or regulation.

OUTDOOR SETTINGS

All faculty, staff, and students are permitted and encouraged to wear face coverings in on-campus outdoor settings when feasible. Faculty, staff, and students who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are highly encouraged to wear masks in on-campus outdoor settings anytime that six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.

More restrictive face covering requirements may be imposed in certain on-campus settings. In these circumstances, faculty, staff, and students are required to comply with the more restrictive requirements. When present at Keck Medicine of USC locations (including but not limited to Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital), faculty, staff, and students must comply with any rules related to face coverings applicable to those specific locations.

6. Procedures

None

7. Forms

None

8. Responsibilities

All Students, Faculty, Staff are required to comply with this policy. Violations of this policy may be reported to the COVID-19 hotline.

9. Related Information

  • This policy is subject to change as circumstances change, and in response to relevant regulations and guidance issued by government entities.
  • USC will make face coverings available to faculty, staff, and students. A respirator for voluntary use will be provided upon submission of a completed request form.
  • The best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination. If you have not been vaccinated and would like to do so, please visit MySHR to schedule an on-campus appointment or visit MyTurn, the California Department of Public Health’s website for finding or making appointments.
  • As the transmission of Covid-19 is an evolving situation, it is strongly recommended that the USC community regularly follow updates on the COVID-19 Resource Center and WeAreSC online sites and direct general questions to the COVID-19 hotline, (213) 740-6291, or covid19@usc.edu.

10. Contacts

Direct any questions regarding this policy to USC Environmental Health & Safety or the USC COVID-19 hotline at (213) 740-6291 or covid19@usc.edu.

11. Policy URL

This policy will be listed at policy.usc.edu and the link to this policy may be shared in USC community messages and on the COVID-19 Resource Center and WeAreSC online sites.