Why a USC student would pay for fall classes became a good question Wednesday night when the university recommended students take all classes online and not live on-campus or close to campus.
“While not what we hoped, we are now recommending all undergraduates take their courses online, and reconsider living on or close to campus this semester,” Provost Charles Zukoski and Senior Vice President David Wright wrote in an email. “We are continuing with limited in-person, on-campus activity because we believe we can keep students, researchers, staff, and faculty safe with our low-density plan.”
Only around 10-to-20 percent of classes will be in-person, including labs, performance classes and studios conducted in person.
Athletes will be among those given housing priority. Housing will be less than 50 percent normal capacity because of single-occupancy limits.
For normal students, the issue is whether you would want to pay tuition, plus rent, for mostly online courses. It is expected students will need to make an appointment to use the library and food will probably be pre-packaged at dining halls.
The university is being diligent but what a horrible experience for incoming freshmen, who already missed out on high school proms and graduation. Waiting a semester (or year) to start definitely makes sense financially.
What does it mean for football? If the COVID-19 numbers do not decrease, we could be headed toward no fans and maybe even no football.
“The fall semester will be a completely new and different experience,” the email said. “We will overcome the challenges by drawing on the creativity of our faculty, staff and students, and create a semester that delivers on our commitment to supporting outstanding education, research and service.
“Whether students are here on campus or pursuing their studies and activities online, we want everyone to feel safe and supported. We are in this together and together we will make this fall a rich and rewarding experience.”