There are a variety of heating and cooling systems in buildings, dormitories, and off campus University residences. Based on your location, the protocols for addressing temperature issues will vary.
The temperature in many campus buildings is regulated by a central control system in accordance with USC’s energy conservation measures. Central temperature control allows for temperatures to be regulated remotely when buildings are not occupied, while adhering to the following temperature guidelines:
Classrooms, lecture halls, and other rooms are heated and cooled when they are expected to be in use. Changes in standard room and building operation scheduling should be reported to FMS so heating or cooling adjustments can be made accordingly.
During otherwise unscheduled periods, the air handling systems are permitted to be adjusted only through the approval of Facilities Managers, pre-established individuals in your building. If you are unable to contact your Facilities Manager, please notify your supervisor or call the FMS Customer Resource Center at (213) 740-6833.
Requests must be made to FMS no later than 48 hours in advance and, for weekend or holiday operation, by 4pm the Wednesday prior to the weekend or holiday. These requests are to be submitted by email to BldgSch@fms.usc.edu, or through the FMS Customer Resource Center at (213) 740-6833.
On weekends, holidays, and after normal business hours, FMS provides technical support primarily to address emergencies. During these times, FMS staff may not be available to adjust equipment that could have been previously scheduled.
There is no fee for adjusting room temperatures, or repairing heating and cooling systems, in University buildings.