COVID-19

As the University of Southern California and fraternities and sororities navigate and find a path forward for the academic year, USC Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development offer this consolidated page of information, updates, and resources. Regular updates will occur.

 

PLEASE REPORT COVID CASES TO: COVID-19 Phone Line 213-740-6291 

COVID-19 Email for questions: covid19@usc.edu

Communications

Here you can find messages sent from Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development and some relevant ones from the university.

USC COVID-19 University Messages

USC Fall 2020 Welcome Experience Messages

USC Fall 2020 Guide

STATE- Institutions of Higher Education State Guidance PDF https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-higher-education–en.pdf

[new] Message to Panhellenic & IFC Members

POP Testing Now Operational: https://we-are.usc.edu/2020/07/30/7-30-student-health-announces-pop-testing-for-covid-19/

8/7/2020 Behavioral Expectations of Students: https://we-are.usc.edu/2020/08/07/8-7-behavioral-expectations-for-students/

8/7/2020 Access to University Park Campus: https://we-are.usc.edu/2020/08/07/access-to-university-park-campus/

8/5/2020 Fall Semester Update From Provost Zukoski and David Wright https://we-are.usc.edu/2020/08/05/8-5-fall-semester-update-from-provost-zukoski-and-david-wright/

Fall 2020 Student Experience Webinar Link from 7/27/20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqu1rhF1lQI&feature=youtu.be

Panhellenic & IFC Parent Webinar on 7/16/2020

7/9/20 COVID-19 Health Alert

7/8/2020 Updates to Fall 2020 Memo

7/2: Letter to Academic Year 2020/2021 Returning Residents and Pending Applicants

 

Fraternity & Sorority Housing

Fraternities and sororities with recognized chapter facilities off-campus are governed and managed by private house corporations and owners, independent of the university.

USC does not currently own any fraternity or sorority off-campus facility. USC has offered continuous and regular information and held meetings with private landlords who own fraternity and sorority facilities to support their planning and understanding of local heath guidance.

It is the responsibility of the private house corporations to establish health and safety guidelines for your fraternity and sorority residences. A USC Panhellenic & IFC Housing Message was sent from Mr. Crisp, Vice President of Student Affairs on 7-16-2020 to reiterate support and guidance for fraternity and sorority facilities. 

The fraternity or sorority house corporation alumni/ae leader can be available to share information on their housing plans, cleaning protocols, leases, etc. House corporations communicate directly with residents and members. Students should check their inbox for updates regarding their fraternity or sorority housing and if they have not heard yet, to contact their house corporation president, chapter president, or alumni/ae chapter advisor.

FSLD provides additional information on fraternity and sorority housing here.

 

Non-University Housing

Students and their families may find it helpful to read the USC Off Campus Housing FAQ’s which also shares information on students living in non-university housing.

USC communicated with the major third-party landlords, including University Gateway, Lorenzo, Tuscany, Icon, STUHO, Mosaic Student Communities, West 27thPlace, Currie Hall, Live Terra, 3025 Mansion, ACC, The Mansion 1, USCSpots,/CDI Management Company, Hub on Campus/Core Spaces, Tripalink and Brad Management, encouraging them to defer or delay lease commitment dates to allow students the necessary time to make the important decision about whether or not to return in person this fall. While USC does not have a say over their practices, we are doing our best to influence them to support our USC students and hope we can have an impact on their decisions. USC is also urging landlords and property managers to promote physical distancing on their properties by reducing capacity to single occupancy. USC provided details on the many measures the university is implementing to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19 and have encouraged the landlords to do the same.

 

Membership Experience

Fraternities and sororities provide a sense of belonging and connection to peers and the university. Now more than ever, brotherhood and sisterhood are critical in a virtual world.

Each chapter leadership team is crafting a virtual experience for members, from regular chapter meetings, brotherhood and sisterhood events, educational experiences, leadership development, and ways to continue serving their communities.

Chapter leaders have the USC Virtual Student Life webpage filled with resources, including hosting virtual events and meetings. FSLD also hosts detailed chapter and university resources still accessible in a virtual world. Our FSLD team will be working with each chapter executive board and alumni/ae leaders to provide coaching and support as chapter operations transition online and chapters provide a virtual membership experience.

Chapter leaders are working to be supportive of evolving needs and communicating expectations for membership engagement, including dues. Members should talk with their chapter president and or alumni/ae or graduate advisor about their membership plans for the 2020-2021 year, including any change in USC enrollment, which may impact membership status and voting privileges within the fraternity or sorority.

 

Recruitment & Intake

Each of our five fraternity and sorority student communities facilitates and schedules recruitment and intake processes. Students can find information on eligibility, dates, and required university training.

With the evolving conditions of COVID-19, students and their alumni/ae and graduate advisors are working through details and meaningful experiences for joining a fraternity and sorority. Information on dates and opportunities will be available here.

Please note eligibility for students looking to join a fraternity or sorority at USC for fall 2020 or spring 2021 still remains.

 

Events

The City of Los Angeles issued a Safer L.A. Order on July 16, 2020 that included restrictions on events and gatherings. Specifically, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except for the exempted activities described in the order.

In conjunction with this order, USC has prohibited all university-sponsored on- and off-campus events until we receive further public health guidance. This applies to student organization events, including fraternities and sororities.

Once the county, city and the university allow events and gatherings of a certain size, all events must be reviewed by USC’s events operation committee for risk assessment. Information on university events and guidance are found in the USC COVID-19 Resource Center.

 

University Resources 

LADPH Guidance for Hygiene in Congregate Living facilities (nursing homes, recovery and rehab, halfway houses, any situation with shared congregation areas for dining, bathrooms, etc. for the residents.)

University Cleaning Resources

Residential Education COVID Webpage

USC Virtual Student Life

USC Project Restart section on the COVID-19 Resource Center includes the following:

National Fraternity & Sorority Governing Councils & Resources

Webinar – An Overview of ACHA Recommendations for Fraternities & Sororities

Pennington & Company Webinars on Planning for Fall 

Holmes Murphy Resources 

MJ Insurance Resource Center 

What to Consider Before Re-Opening The Chapter House

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations COVID Updates

National Interfraternity Conference COVID Think Tank Resources

National Pan-Hellenic Council NPHC President Statement: COVID

National Panhellenic Conference COVID Resources

Updated 08-17-2020