To be a guest in a class, you must receive prior approval from the instructor or academic department. To audit a course, you must receive prior approval from the registrar, instructor, or academic department, and also pay tuition.

Emeritus/Emerita Status
This honor for faculty is recommended by the academic department chair and conferred by the Provost. You should start the process for obtaining this title by requesting emeritus/a status from the department chair. See the Faculty Handbook and the Essential Guide for Retirement Planning in the USC Faculty Portal.

Faculty Handbook 2012 Emeritus Emerita Status Section 10


USC retirees with a Gold Card may use the on-campus library resources. Please go to the circulation desk at Doheny Memorial Library to obtain a library bar-code strip which will be affixed on the back of your Gold Card. You will need to call the library annually in order to ensure that your borrowing privileges are renewed (phone 213-740-2924 or email

USC retirees with a Gold card and library barcode strip may also obtain on-campus access to online resources.

USC Doheny Memorial Library, University Park Campus:
Obtain privileges at all libraries in the USC Library System; renew library card at circulation desk.
phone: (213) 740- 2924

USC Norris Medical Library, Health Sciences Campus:

Obtain privileges at the medical and pharmacy library; renew library card at circulation desk.
phone: (323) 442-1116

Remote Access to Electronic Library Resources

Off-campus access to electronic content, is available for emertius faculty and those faculty members who are recalled to service.
Click this link for more information on Remote Access to Electronic Library Resources.


USC Office of Benefits Administration

Only children of retirees who meet eligibility requirements, including 15 years of continuous USC employment, receive tuition assistance.
phone: (213) 740-6027