COVID-19 information And Updates


  • Information For Students
  • Information For Faculty & Staff
  • Announcements

Official messages and status updates from the University of Southern California are updated online: https://sites.usc.edu/coronavirus/

Information for School of Architecture Students

Please review the FAQ to see if your question is answered below. If you have an issue or question that this FAQ does not cover, please email archcomm@usc.edu.

ARCHITECTURE FACILITIES
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    Q: Can I access Watt and Harris Hall and my studio?

    A: Buildings on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses are locked, with access only to authorized faculty and staff with physical keys or key-cards. Under the guidance of USC Environmental Health and Safety, we have scheduled days and times to allow students to retrieve materials from studios if they wish to do so. To observe social distancing protocols, our Facilities staff will be monitoring the number of students who enter into each space. Please check your emails for the schedule.

     
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    Q: I am not able to come to campus to retrieve my studio items. What will happen to my things?

    A: Students are not required to retrieve their materials at this time. This opportunity to pick up IS NOT a studio clean out. Any materials that remain after the scheduled pick-up dates will be secured in the studios indefinitely.

     
ACADEMICS
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    Q: How are courses being conducted for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester?

    A: Students will be attending classes remotely. Learn more about it online: https://keepteaching.usc.edu/

     
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    Q: How does the move to online classes impact international students whose instruction must occur in person?

    A: USC adheres to the guidance from the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is a unit within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees the F-1 international student visa program. Due to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, SEVP recently issued guidance to universities that allows for increased flexibility to ensure international students can continue their academic progress. Universities can implement temporary adjustments such as moving to online instruction without negatively impacting the immigration status of enrolled international students. For more information, please contact the USC Office of International Services: https://ois.usc.edu/

     
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    Q: How will I be graded in my spring 2020 courses?

    A: Under the new terms, undergraduate students will have the freedom to opt for a letter grade, a Pass or a No Record up to a week after official class grades are posted. The deadline is May 27 to select these options. All other communicated dates no longer apply. The No Record option will work like a withdrawal except that there will be no transcript notation that the student took the course. Every student’s transcript will note that the semester was disrupted due to COVID-19.

    

    For any classes for which a graduate student has selected the Pass/No Pass option, a final grade of B or above will be reflected on your record as a Pass. Please refer to the Academic FAQs online for further information: https://sites.usc.edu/coronavirus/faqs-academics/

     
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    Q: Are the USC Libraries accessible at this time?

    A: Yes! Although the physical library locations are currently closed, the USC Libraries resources to support remote teaching and learning include:

    • Expanded hours for Ask-a-Librarian virtual reference service
    • USC Libraries subject specialists
    • Online databases
    • Electronic journals 
    • USC Digital Library collections
    • Course reserves 
    • Scan and deliver services 
    • Information literacy and library virtual instruction


    For more information, please visit the USC Libraries’ COVID-19 updates page: https://libraries.usc.edu/covid-19-updates-support-online-teaching-and-research

     
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    Q: I have questions or concerns about my current courses, Fall 2020 registration, etc. Who should I speak with?

    A: If there are concerns about a specific ARCH course, please confer with the faculty directly. Undergraduates may email your academic advisor to arrange a meeting time (Zoom, phone, email, etc.)

    Daphne Areta (advises students last names A-Le): dareta@usc.edu

    Lisa Shimabukuro (advises students last names Li-Z): lshimabu@usc.edu


    Graduate students may contact their Program Director and/or Faculty advisor directly:

    Architecture: Wes Jones wesleyjo@usc.edu or Selwyn Ting sting@usc.edu

    Building Science: Doug Noble dnoble@usc.edu

    Heritage Conservation: Ken Breisch breisch@usc.edu or Trudi Sandmeier sandmei@usc.edu

    Landscape Architecture: Alison Hirsch alisonh@usc.edu or Esther Margulies emarguli@usc.edu

     
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    Q: Who can I speak with about a leave of absence?

    A: To learn more about the process, please read through the detailed information online to learn if a leave is right for you: https://loa.usc.edu/

     
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    Q: I have questions about how this semester’s P/NP grading policy affects my GE courses. Who can I speak with?

    A: Please refer to the General Education Program policies during COVID-19: https://dornsife.usc.edu/2015ge/ge-policies-during-covid-19/

     
TECHNOLOGY
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    Q: I don’t have good access to internet/wi-fi. What do I do?

    A: We have learned that SPECTRUM Internet is offering free Wi-Fi to college students beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and for the following 60 days:

    • Offers secure public wifi hotspots
    • Offers to continue their Spectrum Internet Assist program: high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households
    • Offers two free months of internet and WiFi services for K-12 and college students affected by the current school closures, in households not already subscribed to Spectrum Internet
    • (For more information, click here!)
     
EVENTS
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    Q: What is the status of the spring USC Architecture lectures and events?

    A: Check the School’s website calendar for updates on events that will now be held virtually, cancelled or postponed. https://arch.usc.edu/events

     
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    Q: Is the Architecture Career Fair still taking place?

    A: Yes, we will be conducting a Virtual Firm Fair this year. Please monitor https://arch.usc.edu/events/firm-fair-2020 for updates and instructions on how to sign up.

     
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
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    Q: Who can I contact with my COVID-19 question?

    A: For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, call the 24/7 Helpline at (213) 740-6291 or email covid19@usc.edu.

     
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    Q: I am experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to COVID-19, what should I do?

    A: Getting in touch with a Campus Support and Intervention staff member may be right for you. Please contact uscsupport@usc.edu and someone will get back to you within one business day. For medical appointments involving respiratory symptoms or any other healthcare services, please make your appointment on MySHR or call the USC Student Health Line at (213) 740-9355 (WELL). For more information about services, visit: https://campussupport.usc.edu/

     
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    Q: I am not feeling very well, who should I contact?

    A: USC students who are experiencing cold and flu symptoms and would like medical advice should use the student health record portal MySHR or call the USC Student Health Line at (213)740-9355 (WELL) to schedule a phone consultation with a health care provider. USC Student Health will continue to provide care—even expanding access through TeleHealth—during this time. https://studenthealth.usc.edu/

     
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    Q: I am experiencing a food emergency; is the Trojan Food Pantry available?

    A: Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the Trojan Food Pantry is temporarily closed until April 14, 2020. For students experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 transition period, you can visit Everybody’s Kitchen (EVK) Dining Hall to access 2 meals per day. You will complete an intake form upon arrival. Check The Trojan Food Pantry (TFP) website for up to date information: https://seip.usc.edu/tfp/

     
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    Q: I am experiencing housing insecurity. Who can I contact?

    A: The staff at the USC Student Affairs’ Student Basic Needs Office is assisting students on a case-by-case basis. Please email basicneeds@usc.edu for resources and support.

     
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    Q: What campus services are currently available?

    A: Check online for up-to-date information: https://employees.usc.edu/service-updates-covid/

     
Information for Faculty & Staff
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    Q: Where can I download Zoom?
     
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    Q: Where can I get help for using Zoom?
     
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    Q: Where can I get help with Blackboard?
     
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    Q: I want to plan an event using Zoom. Where can I get help?

    A: Contact ITS at: consult@usc.edu or (213) 740-5555

     
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    Q: I ordered something to be delivered to me at USC. Where will I find it?

    A: Regular mail will be picked up on Friday, March 27 and every Friday after until the staff is back on campus. It will be distributed to your mailbox on Mondays. If you are expecting orders via UPS, FedEx or other carriers you can have them rerouted to your home, office or to Mailing Services:


    Mailing and Material Services

    3434 South Hope Street

    Los Angeles, CA 90089-7777


    If you elect to deliver to MMS, and cannot wait until our regular Friday mail pickup, please send an email to mmsorder@usc.edu with the carrier, tracking number, and information needed to schedule final delivery, pickup, or hold of the package.

     
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    Q: Where can I find information about what’s open on campus?
     
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    Q: Are the USC Libraries accessible at this time?

    A: Yes! Although the physical library locations are currently closed, the USC Libraries resources to support remote teaching and learning include:

    • Expanded hours for Ask-a-Librarian virtual reference service
    • USC Libraries subject specialists
    • Online databases
    • Electronic journals 
    • USC Digital Library collections
    • Course reserves 
    • Scan and deliver services 
    • Information literacy and library virtual instruction


    For more information, please visit the USC Libraries’ COVID-19 updates page: https://libraries.usc.edu/covid-19-updates-support-online-teaching-and-research

     
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    Q: Can I still access my office or research lab?

    A: USC is focused on ensuring as many employees work from home as possible while maintaining critical services, such as health care, for our community. Given our concern for your health and the health of all in our community, the only employees who should be working on site at this time are those who have express clearance from their managers to be on site to perform critical functions.

     
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    Q: Can I access my mailbox, copier, printers?

    A: While urgent, exceptional access to the Faculty Lounge and Workroom may be available on a case-by-case basis, we emphasize the need to exercise social distancing during this statewide “safer-at-home” order. Please email Ben White benjamcw@usc.edu if you need emergency access to the facilities. Requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

     
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    Q: Where can I find Zoom Virtual Backgrounds?

    A: The virtual background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. USC Architecture backgrounds can be downloaded here.

     
Announcements from the School of Architecture
03/24/20
  • A Message to the USC Architecture Community

    Friends of USC Architecture,

     

    I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy, and observing your local protocols on social distancing and stay-at-home measures.

     

    As we all try to find our rhythm in this new normal, I am thankful for our dedicated staff and faculty, who are simultaneously working hard to maintain the educational mission of our school and university and dealing with the disruptions in their own lives and households. Our students are showing their immense creativity and patience as they and their faculty navigate the movement of all courses to online platforms.

     

    We are all navigating through an unprecedented time as our common humanity is challenged. In spite of our remote contacts, we can still find ways to connect socially through digital and telephonic communication, and I encourage all of you to do so—particularly with friends and family.

     

    The mission and purpose of our school hasn’t changed. We are collectively responsible for elevating creative work and research on the world’s most pressing challenges, even when those challenges threaten to impede our normal working methodologies. We will continue to look for ways to improve our remote courses and research opportunities to accomplish these collective goals, and view this as an opportunity to create successful new methods of instruction to help compensate for in-person experiences. While we don’t yet know how long the current disruption will last, what we learn in this moment and how we respond—in our own way and in our own creative work and scholarship—may shape our future thinking in ways not yet imagined. Be experimental now more than ever!

     

    Remain courageous, committed and connected—values that symbolize the Citizen Architect ethos of our school. Despite our physical distance, let us now, more than ever, work to foster a supportive and caring community. We are making every effort to continue to provide guidance and assistance to our students, many of whom are facing incredibly unique challenges caused by these sudden changes. 

      

    We have moved several of our upcoming events online in lieu of canceling them, and we hope you can join us virtually for our Generation NEXT webinar on March 25 and our final Technology Conversation of the semester on April 1, both of which are free and open to the public.

     

    We invite you to monitor our website for school-specific updates, as well as the university’s website dedicated to updates regarding COVID-19. If there is anything we can do for you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.

     

    Very best regards,


    Milton S. F. Curry

    Dean / Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture, USC School of Architecture

     
03/13/20
  • An Update on USC School of Architecture's Spring 2020 Public Programs & Events

    Due to the evolving global health concerns related to COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for the wellbeing of our community, the USC School of Architecture regretfully has canceled or virtualized the remainder of our spring 2020 public programming. The following events will be affected:


    Wed., March 25 – Generation NEXT

    This event will now be held virtually. The scheduled reception following the lecture has been canceled.


    Wed., April 1 – Technology Conversation: “Technology is the answer…but what was the question?”

    This event will now be held virtually.


    Wed., April 8 – Lecture: Paola Antonelli

    This event has been canceled.


    Fri., April 17 – Conversation: “Reconstructions” (in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art)

    This event has been canceled.


    Please continue to check our website calendar for updates on events that will now be held virtually as well as any future events. We will continue to update this page with information as it becomes available.


    Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we navigate this difficult and evolving situation.