Living in USC Housing

 

Resident Expectations During COVID-19

As we grow closer to the start of the fall semester and the process of moving into your USC Housing assignment, we want to be fully transparent about how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact your living experience in USC Housing and on-campus. The following explains how we will work together as a community to ensure everyone’s health, safety and well-being.

Cone of Safety: This term represents your room, apartment, or suite.  This area is further defined as the living area past the threshold/door from the outside/hallway of a USC Housing facility.


Living in a Residence Hall

  • Cone of Safety: You will be your own “cone of safety,” but you will need to utilize common spaces such as bathrooms, residential dining, and laundry rooms. Your actions within the common areas will affect the safety of others within the community.
  • Guests/Visitors: You will not be allowed to have any other residents in your room, including any residents of your building/community, outside guests, family, or friends.
  • Support: Your resident assistant (RA) will conduct virtual check-ins with you. In addition, your residential college/community coordinator (RCC) will be available via email, phone, or Zoom for additional support. Every community also has an RA on-call for any emergencies throughout the night, and the RA can provide support to all residents.

Living in a Suite 

  • Cone of Safety: You and all your suitemates will be in a “cone of safety” together. What each of you does will affect the safety of others within the suites. This includes your use of suite bathrooms.
  • Suitemate Agreements: We will share additional guidance soon about how you all will work together to keep your cone of safety intact. This will include a discussion around how your suitemates will handle the process for re-entering the living space, cleanliness, cleaning schedules, bathroom usage, etc.
  • Social Interactions: We will require suitemates to work with each other to resolve conflicts through conversation and to apply the expectations the group sets forth in the suitemate agreement mentioned above.
  • Guests/Visitors: You will not be allowed to have any other residents in your suite, including any residents of your building/community, outside guests, family, or friends.
  • Support: Your RA will conduct virtual check-ins with you. In addition, your RCC will be available via email, phone, or Zoom for additional support. Every community also has an RA on-call for any emergencies throughout the night, and the RA can provide support to all residents.

Living in an Apartment 

  • Cone of Safety: You and all your roommates will be in a “cone of safety” together. What each of you does will affect the safety of others within the apartment.
  • Apartment Agreements: We will share additional guidance soon about how you all will work together to keep your cone of safety intact. This will include a discussion on how you all will handle the process for re-entering the living space, cleanliness, cleaning schedules, bathroom usage, etc.
  • Social Interactions: We will require you all to work together to resolve differences through conversation and to apply the expectations the group sets forth in the apartment agreement mentioned above.
  • Guests/Visitors: You will not be allowed to have any other residents in your apartment including any residents of your building/community, outside guests, family, or friends.
  • Support: Your RA will conduct virtual check-ins with you. In addition, your RCC will be available via email, phone, or Zoom for additional support. Every community also has an RA on-call for any emergencies throughout the night, and the RA can provide support to all residents.