University of Southern California


Computing & Data Science Research Guidance

As of March 23, 2021 from Office of the Provost: We are currently in Phase 3, while continuing to adhere to physical distancing, PPE, and testing guidelines. For more information, please see our table on Phases of Research Under COVID-19 (USC Single Sign On required for access).


This section applies to research involving computers and occurring in single occupancy office space or shared (open‐plan) office space and research occurring in computational laboratories. Such research occurs across many schools and units at the University.

Space Use Practices

Workplace coordinator(s) will use the building floor plan schematic to determine a density-based occupancy model for the building that ensures the required 6’ physical distance. The plan may include:

Scheduling the Use of Space

  • Decisions on who to allow back are made by the workplace coordinator consistent with the PI’s plan
  • Scheduling can be done by building, floor, and office/lab, ensuring that space constraints and social distancing are met.
  • Schedules are created and shared with the relevant users of the space and oversight authorities
  • Schedules account for reducing occupant density and congestion during peak periods.