COVID-19 Updates for March 16

With the City of San Francisco’s order for residents to shelter in place beginning at midnight, we know you have many questions about how USF is proceeding. 

Dear USF Community,

With the City of San Francisco’s order for residents to shelter in place beginning at midnight, we know you have many questions about how USF is proceeding.

We understand that this is a stressful time for all members of our community. We are committed to continuing in accordance with our Jesuit values and principles in providing the best educational experience for our students. Along with teaching, service, and research, the safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority, and this extends beyond our physical campus. 

The City of San Francisco’s order is in place through April 7, but Mayor London Breed stated that it could end earlier or be extended. We recognize the uncertainty that this presents as we all work together to proceed in ways that will limit the spread of the virus. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work out details and communicate with you.

A few important points:

  • Colleges and universities are considered essential businesses during this time. Cabinet is defining essential personnel and working through continuity of services.
  • The campus is operating in accordance with the shelter in place order: USF is housing students, offering services, and providing meals. Most services (including but not limited to CASA, CAPS, SDS, HPS, Learning, Writing, Speaking Centers, and Career Services) will be moving online. More information will follow.
  • Online classes begin Wednesday, March 18. We know this is a completely new learning environment for many of our students and faculty members. We are committed to maintaining the excellent quality of the education USF offers. We do not expect perfection as we begin this new instructional format, but we will do everything possible to support student and faculty requests for accommodations as we launch this program, including expanded technology support.
  • Public Safety will continue to operate 24/7.
  • Custodial services will continue throughout this time.

For students:
Residential students have been sent detailed information about moving out by March 21, and what to do with their belongings if they cannot remove them or need an exemption or extension. Information on room and board refunds have been sent to all residential students. Please contact SHaRE with any questions.

Take out food is available in the Market Cafe located on the second floor of University Center.

Many students work on campus and in the community. Updated information on student employment will be sent to the community this week.

Tuition questions:
We are excited to begin our online courses on Wednesday, March 18. This is not the way any of us expected the spring semester to proceed, but faculty members have embraced teaching in this way, and we are committed to creating a meaningful learning environment for each and every one of our students. Many of you have asked about tuition reimbursement due to this change. Because the academic calendar is proceeding — albeit in a new way — and students will receive academic credits for completed courses, the university will not be issuing refunds for tuition charges.

For faculty and staff:
If a faculty or staff member needs to retrieve material from their office in order to teach classes or work remotely, they may come to campus to collect that material by 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21. After that time, access to buildings will be limited. Please communicate with your supervisor or dean for access.

If you have a desktop computer or monitor in your office and wish to bring it to your remote location, you must have prior approval from ITS to remove it from your office.

Please also be sure to refer to the policy for working remotely during COVID-19.

Additional campuses:
Our additional campus locations, including 101 Howard, will be closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely and will be available as resources for students via email, Zoom, and other technologies.

Closures:
Gleeson Library is closed, but in keeping with our move to online instruction and learning, all databases and electronic reference services are still available. The bookstore is closed, but will remain open for online orders. Koret is also closed

In conclusion:
We will continue to update members of the community with information during this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation. Please keep safe and follow recommendations from the CDC regarding social distancing and precautions. Our COVID-19 resource pages are regularly updated, and we encourage you to check back frequently.

The COVID-19 Management Team

Monday, Mar 16