USC plans to return to classroom Daily Trojan

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Editor’s Note – This story will be updated online with announcements from universities and private schools. The following story includes updates beginning August 13th.

When Clinton plans to move to the USC campus for the first time in more than a year, he looks forward to meeting people in person. Instead of attending classes in Hong Kong from 11pm to 5pm and meeting his peers through small magnifying windows that prevent him from growing in meaningful relationships, Wu – like many other USS students – expects limited opportunities on campus. Online setting.

“He’s already been online for a year, and I really want experience [an] On campus, a traditional college lifestyle, ”said Wu, a high school student in business administration. “As an international student, it doesn’t make sense for me to pay so much online [classes]. ”

About 18 months after the USC moved to online education, the USC plans to “return to full academic, research, clinical and service activities.”

In a recent community update on August 2, Chief Health Officer Dr. Sarah van Orman announced that students arriving in Los Angeles will need to be tested for cholera virus within three days or until August 22. Starting Sunday, you will need to complete the Trojan Check, A, a daily Coronavirus sign questionnaire that confirms current testing and immunization requirements and is required to enter campus.

A statue on campus wearing a USC mask.
Allows USC departments to format non-academic subjects such as laboratory and performance. (Daily Trojan file photo)

All students, teachers and staff are required to wear masks at all campus facilities, regardless of immunization status. The decision follows the departure of Delta variables in LA County in early July and a similar mask order issued by the county.

Six schools, including the Gold Law School and the School of Drama, have shared their plans. Media representatives from Leonard Davis School of Geology and Gloria Kauman Dance School responded that each school follows university guidelines. Dorsenf’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences referred the daily Trojan to the USC Central Communications. Six schools – including the Torton School of Music and the Anenburg School of Communication and Journalism – did not respond to telephone or email inquiries.

While all schools are required to adhere to university rules, some make the necessary course adjustments to meet the needs of all students.

In an email on July 20, Dean Janice Jarsus of the University of Viterbi Engineering confirmed that the private school will offer all fall-off 2021 VTB courses “physically and remotely” while awaiting the return of the campus. In an interview with the Daily Trojan on July 26, Christopher said he believes doctorates and special courses will be offered in person.

For more than 20 years, Whiterby has been offering master’s courses online through its DEN @ Viterbi remote education network program, Christ said. The school has decided to extend its online classroom offer to accommodate students who are ill or unable to attend on campus for any other reason.

Some foreign students say they have received some feedback because they are worried about not being able to come to campus due to visa restrictions. That is why we want to treat them like we did last year.

In a letter dated July 28 to Marshall Business Primary School students, Marshall Dean of Marshall Vice Dean confirmed that courses will be held in person, except for students who are abroad or have medical needs. Students with medical needs must contact the USC Student Access Services Office, and students overseas must sign an online application.

Rossier School conducts classes in the Waite Phillips Hall Building because the building’s airflow complies with La County County Department of Public Health guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.

USC Gold Law School students are required to submit a Trojan check before entering the law building on August 16.

While the Dramatic Arts School continues to provide clear masks for students to wear in audio lessons and exercises, LA County Department of Public Health and University is seeking adherence to guidelines, Academic and Administration Vice Dean Lori Ray Fisher Daily Trojan August 11.

In an August 11 letter, Dean Haven Lynn-Kirk of the Rosick School of the Arts and Design informed the students about the school’s plans for in-person events such as picnics, live performances, an “art festival” and “hands-on” workshops. . In the letter, he stressed that students will be able to enter the upgraded Waters Hall with safety improvements such as better ventilation systems and uninterrupted plumbing.

Scott McDonald, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, teaches four physics classes this fall: three in person and one in zombies. McDonald, for his part, says that those who attend physical education are subject to the University’s guidelines.

“I feel comfortable teaching with a mask,” said McDonald. They have microphones on my hand or even on my mask to help keep the volume down. Students are always asked to wear a mask. If you want to drink water or something like that, pull it down for a short drink, but I ask you to hold it for a while. ”

Oscar Iscobar, a graduate of aeronautical engineering school, said he had traveled from Mexico to California but was comfortable returning to class. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, Escobar found it a good idea to attend classes.

“If I can, I will take lessons,” said Iscobar. It is very difficult to focus on your bed or bedroom or home, so it is very easy for me to go physically.

When he registered for the classes, Iscobar did not know whether they were hybrids or not.

Angela Hernandez, a top researcher in the Middle East, plans to come to campus for the first time as a transfer. However, she said it is not difficult to take online classes because of the increased incidence of Delta virus and the fact that there are students who cannot be vaccinated.

“I was really worried because the transition to online was so tedious and weird,” Hernandez said. “To be physically present is simply to get used to the new routine and [entering] New school is very nervous to me. ”

Lucy Warren, the university’s vice president for economics and a graduate student in government, made the university’s mission “more comfortable on campus.”

Warren, who has no immunity, said: “Just exploring the treatment around COVID was incredibly challenging, and I’m sure many more could be related.” But we were very careful at home. I live with two other family members who are not infected, and so we are really locked up [and] I Did Not Go Away in Public ”

Warren has similar plans to return to campus “like any other student,” but she is still worried.

“[Returning to campus is] It will be wonderful when thousands of people come back together, and when we come back there will be electricity, and we will see it all. ” But to be clear, [I’m] Very, very scared አይችሉም You really don’t know [if the] Someone in my class [is] Get vaccinated. ”

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Clinical Professor of Public and Public Health Sciences, said the USC is working to ensure a safe return. He is a former medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and the USCC COVID-19 Epidemiological Research Center and has conducted research on vaccine development to provide information on the University’s best public health practices.

Graphics to read "Administration of COVID-19" And lists "USC COVID-19 Protocols: Covi testing, immunization, Trojan testing studies, masks at home, weekly covine screening, and social distance instruction within 3 days of receipt." The pie charts below show this "As of August 5, 2021, 75% of undergraduate students will be fully immunized and 65% of postgraduate students will be fully immunized."
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We should be concerned about any additional variables that may arise, so we have been working with the university to use our research and other skills to ensure that we have a good monitoring program, and that we can easily identify existing variables and new variables, ”said Klausner. “The good news is that if a person is vaccinated, the vaccine is the most effective of all the differences we have seen so far. Vaccines protect against 95% or more serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Klausner said everyone should abide by the university’s policy and follow the class size limits. “With the Delta virus in our hands, the USC community expects a slight spread if the university community’s immunity is 90% or more,” he said.

Mark Schroeder, a professor of philosophy, received a list of certified students enrolled in the class and decided to adjust the class setting. Schroeder said he understands the different feelings students have about the way they go about their schooling.

“I think every student has different experiences and interests,” he said. I think it is appropriate for students to have very different responses and hopes and expectations, and the problem is that the way things work is always communication between people of different degrees.

Warren believes that the university has taken the right approach in expecting more than 40,000 students. She sees the epidemic constantly changing and affecting university plans.

I think the university is really smart in the way we have been treated in the summer. Unfortunately, we cannot predict this epidemic, and they will do their best to stay on their feet and stay informed and continue to plan. [the] Very good condition ”

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