University of Southern California


March 20, 2020 – Guidelines Under the Stay-at-Home Rule

The city of Los Angeles and the state of California are under stay-at-home rules at this time. To help the community and minimize the spread fo the virus, USC research should be limited to remote work; only approved essential personnel can be on campus / USC facilities. Researchers should work with their schools to determine who qualifies for the essential status, using the Research Continuity Plan form.

Students (any level) and postdocs cannot serve as essential personnel; the only exceptions involve critical clinical COVID-19 research or very minimal and occasional maintenance necessary to avoid significant loss of research function; approval must be obtained through the updated Research Continuity Plan process that includes student/postdoc agreement to participate, and approval by the school.