Staff Services

USC’s Information Technology Services provides a variety of services to support staff in their professional activities.

For help with network connectivity and software, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center by emailing or calling 213-740-5555. Walk-in support is available in Leavey Library’s Information Commons, on the lower level. See the Contact ITS page for more information.

Some USC schools and departments maintain their own IT help desk. For information about the IT help provided by these schools and departments, visit the Local IT Support page.

Computing Accounts

USC NetID Account Activation

In order to activate your USC email account, visit the USC NetID Account Services website.

Username and Password

ITS assigns all users a unique username based on their name. It is important that you create a secure password for your USC account. Please see the About Your USC Password page for information on creating a secure, or strong, password.

To protect your computing account and the university computer system, ITS recommends that you visit the USC NetID Account Services website to change your password every year.

Network Connections

For information about the different ways of connecting to the USC network from desktop computers, laptop computers, or from mobile devices, visit


Microsoft Office 365

The university has identified Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 product as the replacement for the university’s central email system for faculty and staff. Most USC employees with email accounts on the central email system will be scheduled to move to Office 365 on a departmental basis over the course of the 2014 calendar year. For more information on Office 365, including information on how it will be rolled out to the university, visit the Microsoft Office 365 page.

Departmental Email Accounts

Some schools and departments provide their faculty and staff with email accounts in addition to the central email system. To find out if your school or department has its own email system, contact your school or department’s local IT support.

Google Apps at USC

At this time, Google Apps at USC accounts that include email services are available only to students. USC faculty and staff are eligible for Google Drive accounts that include file storage and collaboration features only.

Additional Resources

Free Antivirus and Other Software

To download free antivirus software for home or office use, visit the Software Download page. Other software is available as well. (A valid USC login is required.)


For access to the university’s portal, visit MyUSC provides centralized access to various online resources, such as Blackboard, university and departmental announcements, national news, and other services.


USCmobile ( provides access to a broad range of USC content from your smartphone or tablet, including campus directories, maps, news, events, tram routes and arrival times, and more.

USC Computing Centers

For information about USC computing centers and instructional labs, or to reserve a lab, go to the USC Computing Centers page.

Getting Help

As a USC employee, you receive access to, an online training provider offering more than 2,380 courses on a broad range of computing and technology topics, including Google Apps, Blackboard, Adobe products, Microsoft Office, web design and development, audio/video production, computer programming, and mobile devices. For access, visit

Computing Documentation, Announcements, and Alerts

For information about network and systems downtimes and scheduled maintenance, see the ITS home page. The ITS website also contains documentation on connecting to the USC network and using supported software programs.