2020 and 2021 Commencement News: Message from President Folt

FAQs regarding 2021 Commencement:

FAQs for Fall Return

Health Requirements for New Students Fall Return
Note to Staff Regarding Fall Return
4/27- Vaccination and Testing Update

Dear SCA Community:

During this unprecedented time, please continue to observe all precautionary measures for staying safe and healthy. Please visit the University's COVID-19 website for the most recent information:

USC Housing Update:

USC Student Health:

The University's Student Health Center is open for counseling and a host of health and wellness services. Please click the link for more information:

Student Affairs' Student Basic Needs Office Resource:

We wanted to share resources of the Student Affairs' Student Basic Needs Office. These resources are for students who are food, housing, and financially insecure. Some resources include the Trojan Food Pantry, Housing Insecurity & Financial Resource, and community resources. Please email for resources and support.

Student Internet Access:

If you don't have internet access, Comcast and Spectrum are providing free access to internet for 60 days. You can find more information at the links below:

USC Libraries:

USC Libraries wants to make sure that the University community knows that all of their library digital collections, services, and programs that support remote teaching and learning remain available online.

Although all of the physical library locations are closed, USC Libraries has a COVID-19 update page ( with information about the resources that are still available, including:

  • Expanded hours for Ask-a-Librarian virtual reference service
  • USC Libraries subject specialists
  • Online databases
  • Electronic journals
  • USC Digital Library collections
  • Course reserves
  • Scan and deliver services
  • Information literacy and library virtual instruction

For more information or questions please click:


All SCA screenings & events are cancelled until further notice.


In a continued effort to encourage individuals to work from home and stay healthy during this unprecedented time, all SCA facilities will be closed effective Friday, March 27th. Individuals with card swipe access will have to retrieve any items they may need from their office by end of the day on Thursday, March 26th. If an individual does not have card swipe access and there is an emergency and needs to access a building, arrangements can be made by emailing

Technical & Equipment Support:

Equipment Returns - We understand that some students were not able to return equipment in the Spring because they had left town when the return notices went out. For those students, please arrange to return the equipment in August when you are back on campus, For camera, lighting and grip, please email . For sound equipment, please contact Esther Pak, .

We will have full remote Technical Support during the Fall semester of online learning including Creative Technology and Support, Post Production and Broadcasting, Sound Department and Production & Stage Services. Creative Tech and Support hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-8:30pm and can be contacted through the normal ticketing email If you need support from any of these groups, please contact them through email.

Check SCA Community often for updates on software rollouts as well as other communication from the staff. Remember to check the Free Software document as students have access to various free software packages. SCA Community is the site where all information will be posted.

Student Workers

Student workers, including federal work study employees, are to record their hours as per their normal process in the payroll system(s) to which they are assigned just as they would have pre COVID-19. Student workers should not use the COVID-19 Administrative Leave (Paid Hours) since they are documenting their hours as per their normal timekeeping practices. Time already submitted for student workers using the COVID-19 time off code should be re-classed to regular hours. Please remember the deadline for Workday timesheet changes by the employee is 11:59 p.m. the last day of the pay period (Wednesday). After that time, if they need any changes or additions, they should email their Supervisor/Approver and copy Cookie Clayton, by 3 pm Thursday afternoon.

Undergraduate Student Advising:

Alternate methods of advising appointments are available via email and Zoom. Please regularly check and thoroughly read all emails sent by your academic advisor that will provide detailed information and instructions about the advising process.

Ways to Support

USC has established four funds to support our students, healthcare workers, staff and the surrounding community during this difficult time. Visit for more information.

SCA Student Emergency Fund:

SCA has also established our own SCA Student Emergency Fund. The fund will help directly support Cinematic Arts students who are having financial emergencies and needs such as those listed above. The fund is not intended to cover tuition, but to fill a gap for students struggling to continue their education. More information on how students can apply for this award will be communicated as soon as possible.

Should your company be looking for talented students and alumni, please share job and internship opportunities with the Office of Industry Relations: