Air Quality Update

Beginning last night, we activated our established air quality and wildfire protocols. Campus buildings with reservable space are now closed, and community members who had reserved space in these buildings have been alerted.

Dear USF Community,

Like many members of our community currently studying and working remotely in the Western United States, our campus is experiencing the effects of wildfires and the resulting poor air quality. We pray everyone affected is staying safe, and want to provide an update on campus operations.

Yesterday and today, the air quality index (AQI) in San Francisco reported by AirNow.gov reached 200, or “very unhealthy.” Beginning last night, we activated our established air quality and wildfire protocols. Campus buildings with reservable space are now closed, and community members who had reserved space in these buildings have been alerted. The university is continuing to monitor the air quality and forecasts for next week. Those with reservations over the weekend and next week may also have their reservations canceled. 

Given the uncertainty around air quality, we have also asked community members who make reservations in these buildings going forward to have alternative plans in the event of future closings. 

Students in essential on-campus housing are being supported and educated on the air quality. Student Life staff will continue to encourage students to sign up for AlertSF for up-to-date information.

Modifications to all on-campus work have been made to ensure the safety of our staff. N95 masks have been distributed to staff working outdoors. ITS Help Desk staff have been sent home. Help Desk staff members are still available for remote assistance.

All classes are proceeding as scheduled in the remote environment. No in-person classes are currently being held on campus.

We encourage all of you to stay safe, adhere to directives from your local officials, and take care of your family, friends, and neighbors during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you updated on future operational changes via email and social media posts.

Sincerely yours,

Tyrone H. Cannon
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Julie Orio
Vice President for Student Life

Friday, Sep 11