REQUIRED TESTING: Faculty, Staff and Students (Weekly/Semi-weekly Testing)

Surveillance Testing (Pop Testing 3.0):Undergraduate students who reside in USC Housing or come onto our campuses will be required to test twice weekly for COVID-19. Graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff who come onto our campuses will be required to test once weekly. These required tests will be provided by the University at no cost to our current students, faculty and staff. Tests are PCR (polymerase chain reaction); Keck Medicine of USC Clinical Laboratories is providing the laboratory services for this program which will replace the COLOR program for most individuals.

    • The specimen collection for Spring testing involves saliva collection: see the Quick Guide to Pop Testing for additional information on Spring locations and preparing for saliva collection. Anterior nasal swab collection, the same collection type as the Fall surveillance program, will be added in the next few weeks.
    • Scheduling COVID-19 testing is through the secure health record portal, MySHR ( Log in by using your USC NetID and password. For users new to the portal, please see the Quick Guide for MySHR.
    • For USC populations on the unmonitored testing program (kit distribution and sample drop-off) this program will continue until further notice; your program manager will be contacted if there are changes to this system for your group.
    • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not test within 90 days of their positive test, and are automatically exempted from the testing requirement if their testing is through USC Student Health. If you have results that are from outside of USC Student Health, please upload them to MySHR (
    • Please note: the USC COVID-19 Pop Testing 3.0 program is for eligible USC students, faculty, staff, authorized contractors and USC Housing residents only. Results are associated with your medical record; positive case information is required to be reported to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Do not use this program to let others screen/test using your identity, as this constitutes identity fraud, delays contact tracing, and may lead to University disciplinary action and civil/criminal charges.

For the University Park Campus (UPC), perimeter access is granted to individuals who have completed compliance on Trojan Check.

For the Health Sciences Campus (HSC), access points are by building; academic and research buildings require Trojan Check. Please see the HSC building list for additional details.

For questions regarding flu compliance for faculty and staff, see the earlier Fall 2020 employee flu instructions.

Read the full message from Chief Health Officer, Dr. Sarah Van Orman

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