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    Troy70

    Troy70 Junior Member


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    Oversea students must apply to stay on campus but may be moved to different dorms. Students who have left campus can’t return. Limited staff allowed on campus. No mention of HH.
     
       
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    Same happened with my U of Wisconsin. My daughter finally moved out of her dorm today.
     
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    From USC as of 3/20

    Campus access: The order issued by Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles requires people to remain at home and stay away from others as much as possible. However, it does allow for the continuation of activities related to performing essential functions for the University and supporting on-campus residents and online and remote learning.

    USC always has been proud of being open and accessible to all, but during this pandemic period we must do everything we can to ensure social distancing, adjust to reduced staffing levels, and be consistent with the state orders now in place. This means reducing public access to campus.

    Buildings on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses will remain locked, with access only to authorized faculty and staff with physical keys or key cards. Any special access requests must be made with the relevant building facilities manager.

    For now, the Trader Joe’s and Target at USC Village remain open to the public, as do restaurants that are providing take-out service. Access to the University Park Campus, however, will be through a limited number of entrances open only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and we will not permit any social gatherings.

    Residential housing and student health center access: Students who left university housing during Spring Recess cannot return to campus to retrieve their belongings until we contact you with details for a safe and orderly process.

    If you attempt to return to campus without prior permission, you will be turned away. We are keeping the rooms locked and your belongings safe. If you have an immediate health or safety reason to access the residence hall, please contact USC Housing at [email protected] or call the USC COVID-19 24-hour hotline at (213) 740-6291. We know you want your belongings, and we will find a safe way to arrange this, but for now we need you to wait and be patient.

    For those students who received permission to remain in university housing on a temporary basis, we will continue to provide housing, food, and support while you are on campus. However, please understand that we developed this policy when we were still planning to return to in-person classes in mid-April, and we were trying to reduce financial and other travel burdens for our students.

    As you all know, the health crisis has worsened rapidly, and we have had to change our earlier decisions about returning to campus. At this point, we need to work with each of you to find a long-term solution to reduce significantly the numbers of students still living in university housing. We understand for some of you, particularly given new travel restrictions, remaining here may be the only solution for now. We will work with each of you to develop a plan, and will move quickly. For those who need to stay, please be aware that we may need to move you to a different room.

    We expect you to be responsible and practice social distancing. We have been saying all along that residence halls may only be accessed by residents who have received permission to stay and have remained on campus. We will be enforcing this policy. For health and safety reasons, no guests, or any students seeking to return after having traveled during recess will be granted access to residence halls. We need every resident to take this seriously.

    USC Student Health will continue to remain in operation to serve students, including in-person appointments that have been approved in advance. Hours for in-person visits can be found here, and are available to students living in the area as needed. At this time, medical and mental health services also are available to students who live in California via TeleHealth. Unfortunately, current federal and state laws limit TeleHealth availability to within state lines. We will let you know if this changes.
    If you are in need of care, please contact USC Student Health’s 24/7 line at (213) 740-9355 (WELL).

    USC employees: We appreciate the difficulty of this situation on everyone who works at USC. None of us has ever seen such a dramatic and rapid change in circumstances, and the impacts are hitting hard for people across the nation.
    • We moved as many of our employees as possible to working fully at home, including the faculty, students, and staff who are supporting continuation of our courses online; we will be issuing guidelines for technology assistance for people working from home. Details will follow soon.
    • Other employees are continuing to work on site to provide essential services for our campuses and hospitals. We are grateful to these employees who are helping our university function at this difficult time.All employees are expected to follow social distancing practices – to keep a distance of at least six feet from others, and to use conference calls or video conferencing rather than in-person meetings when possible – and managers are expected to establish flexible work schedules. Increased cleaning regimens are being implemented in areas where essential employees and residential students are working and living.
    We understand that some employees who have work that is designated as essential on-site but not possible from home, may feel uncomfortable coming into work. Please contact your supervisor and Human Resources Partner to discuss your concerns and, if needed, continuation of pay options, including use of accrued vacation (see Employee FAQ for details).
    • Our employees who do not fall into the categories of essential services and do not have work that can be undertaken at home are eligible for 10 days administrative leave at full pay (see Employee FAQ for details).
    • In the coming days, we will provide guidance to all of our employees for accessing additional financial support that can begin at the end of the administrative leave period, including use of accrued vacation. Given the pandemic, no one is sure what date we will be able to welcome all of our employees back to campus. Our employees will not be returning mid-April, but we will let them know when they can return to work safely on campus.
    • We know there are many more questions and will get to them as soon as we have answers.
    https://sites.usc.edu/coronavirus/
     
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    My daughter is a freshman at UGA. We are not flying back at this time so I had to long-distance arrange to have her moved out of her dorm.

    They are doing a pretty good job. Kids who are moving out can leave behind what they don't want and they have said they will refund almost 50% of room and dining costs plus the same amount for all student fees.
     
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    I haven't heard about any room or dining plan refunds yet from UW. I'd be happy with almost 50%, but we'll see. Tomorrow is the start of online instruction.

    My daughter's move-out went pretty well at UW. She didn't return home for spring break because of uncertainty over what would happen later in the spring. Just before spring break, the school said students returning to campus from states that have had community spread, including California, would need to be quarantined. So, she stayed with a friend who lives in a small town elsewhere in WI. Several of her friends arranged for the same move-out time.

    Of course, after her move-out, my daughter and her friends went to a local pizza place for one last social gathering before they all returned home. (doh!)
     
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    Ha, was told by my microbiology prof Tommy’s chili burgers would kill anything
     
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    His name wouldn’t be Sal Manila, would it?
     
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    Good point! I always thought the Tommy's chili sat at the cross section of culinary and disinfectant.
     
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    Does UW still have the insane Halloween parties? Miss the UW-UMinn hockey games. Fun school.
     
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    My freshman daughter hasn’t yet shared any details about parties. :)
     

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