USC will enforce COVID-19 guidelines for Trojan Family Weekend

Despite a high number of visitors coming to campus, students raise little concern about COVID-19 infections.

A USC Student Ambassador Amy L. engages prospective Trojan families on a tour around campus.

Trojan Family Weekend, the annual four-day celebration full of events meant to give a deeper look at student life starts Oct 7. This year, families visiting USC will have to follow campus guidelines to enjoy the weekend safely.

Attendees will be required to adhere to USC’s COVID-19 guidelines, such as wearing masks indoors. Attendees over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test taken within 72 hours of entrance to an event, and photo ID will also be required for further verification. Visiting family and friends also must fill out Trojan Check daily under the guest option.

Given the increased number of people on campus, some students expect USC’s COVID-19 infection rates to worsen.

“When parents try to get into kids’ dorms, it’s probably going to spread and they’re going to take that home with them and it’ll just get worse,” Aubrey Kim, a freshman majoring in politics, philosophy, and economics, said in an interview with Annenberg Media.

Family members are able to register for Trojan Family Weekend through USC, with current late registration pricing ranging from $90 to $175. The registration fee covers entry to over 300 sessions and classes,but it does not include tickets to the football game against Utah or reservations to tailgates.

While students acknowledge the risks of having visitors to campus, the concern over possible COVID-19 transmission has diminished after more than a year and a half of the pandemic. Kim isn’t actively concerned about the situation either and said she is “used to being scared” with the pandemic.

Tina Garaghonians, a sophomore biological sciences major, doesn’t have plans for Trojan Family Weekend but still isn’t worried about transmission.

“As long as everyone does their part and wears a mask, then I think everything’s fine,” Garaghonians said in an interview.

By mandating vaccines or a negative test and using Trojan Check, USC will hold guests to nearly the same standards as their students. Some students think this level of policies are suitable while others believe it’s necessary to take further precautions.

“I’m going to try to get my family tested before they come and then immediately after they leave,” Jordan Jones, a sophomore vocal arts major, said in an interview.

For game day on Oct. 9, the Trojan Family Weekend Tailgate, held in Alumni Park, will be hosted from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Tailgate reservations can be made while registering for Trojan Family Weekend, adding an extra $50-$55 with current late registration pricing.

Patrick Nowlem, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering, expressed that he is more focused on looking forward to seeing his family coming in from Arizona. Nowlem said in an interview that conditions such as quarantining those coming from out of state “would just be pointless” because families would miss the point of getting to see each other.

“I think [COVID spreading is] unfortunate but unavoidable,” Nowlem said. “Not having parent weekend is worse than having it and some people getting sick.”

USC will host a variety of events after the Trojan Family Weekend Welcome Lounge, including special lectures. Families can also attend more informational events about scholarships, internships and more. Trojan Family Weekend ends on Oct. 10.