COVID Protocol Reminders

Dear Members of the USF Community,

We hope the first eight weeks of the academic year have been productive and successful as you settle in and connect with classmates and colleagues.

This message is focused on safety reminders that everyone on campus should follow. Our highest priority is your well-being. We want to ensure that we do all we can to keep ourselves — and each other — healthy and safe as we live, work, and learn together.

Face Coverings

The university is aware of the latest update regarding the easing of indoor face covering requirements for vaccinated individuals in San Francisco. USF is reviewing San Francisco's latest Safer Return Together Order, which outlines the full set of requirements to allow for mask removal. Any updates to USF’s face covering policy will be communicated to you.

Currently, face coverings continue to be required in all campus buildings and at all outdoor events. Thank you for abiding by this very important preventive measure.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverages are not allowed at indoor events or meetings. At this time, catered food and beverages will continue to be served outside only. If you wish to provide food and beverages for attendees, we encourage you to arrange for to-go boxes. Options can be reviewed with Events Management.

As a reminder to students, there is a long-standing rule at USF that eating is not permitted in the classroom. Please eat before or after class and limit your beverages in classrooms.

COVID-19 Cases

As expected, even with all of our health and safety measures, there have been positive COVID-19 cases on campus. The university will continue to manage all cases through our contact tracing protocols and through our collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. You can monitor cases on the USF Together Cases Dashboard. Here you will also find information on all on-campus tests that are being conducted.

Contact Tracing

We remind you to report all positive cases to contact tracing. An abridged version of these procedures is available on the testing and tracing page of USF Together, and the full, detailed procedures can be found in the COVID-19 Response Protocol section.

Building Access

All students and employees need their USF OneCard or mobile OneCard (available for iOS and Android) to access campus buildings. We remind you to complete the Dons Health Check daily symptom monitoring and do not come to campus if you are not feeling well. If you do not complete the Dons Health Check survey, you will not be able to access buildings on campus. As of Oct. 14, 2021 individuals will no longer receive confirmation emails after completion of Dons Health Check. This move does not impact building access.

We also recommend everyone carry with them a photo or hard copy of their vaccination record and/or a digital vaccination record in order to participate in indoor events that require proof of vaccination in San Francisco, including some events taking place on campus.

Vaccine Boosters

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has released guidelines on the populations eligible to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine boosters. People who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech over six months ago AND fall into one of the following categories may receive a booster:

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (schools and higher education fall in this category)

Please work through your primary care provider, a local or retail pharmacy (Walgreens, CVS, etc.), or go to the SF.gov vaccine site to secure an appointment. Booster guidance is constantly evolving. If you have received either of the other two vaccines, please continue to monitor if and when those boosters are authorized.

Flu Shots

The flu shot clinics on campus had great turnouts. The CDC and the San Francisco Department of Public Health both continue to recommend everyone get their flu shot this season.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep our community healthy.

Sincerely,

Eric Giardini
Director of Campus Resilience
Diane Nelson
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Julie Orio
Vice President of Student Life