USC implements new Trojan Check features

The university added extra measures to prevent students from using guest passes to enter campus

A photo of a person holding a phone with the updated Trojan Check QR Code.

Once again, USC’s Trojan Check has a new look, a label reading: “Indoor Dining, Gym and Events.”

“That indicator may be used at various events,” Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman said in an interview with Annenberg Media. “For example, it can be used at the fitness centers and dining, too.”

Last week, the university added the phrase  “LA County Ordinance” above the vaccination status on the QR code page in accordance with the Los Angeles County Ordinance. The LA County order requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken in the last 72 hours for entrance into particular establishments.

Another university change is that if a visitor presents a guest pass upon entering campus, they will be stopped and asked to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within the past 72 hours. Van Orman said this will help to ensure all coming onto campus are compliant with COVID-19 protocols and the LA County ordinance.

“We have heard rumors that some students were using guest [passes]. And so now when students do try to use guest [passes], they’re going to be asked for a photo ID,” Van Orman said. “If they [Trojan Check staff] find out they’re a student, they’re actually going to be turned away with that.”