Update: New Face Covering Guidance

Dear USF Community,

As you know from our July 20 communication, we continue to actively monitor COVID-19 developments in the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally, including the rising cases of COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Delta variant. We write today with the following updates and reminders.

Face Coverings 

Based on new information and recommendations by the City and County of San Francisco, the State of California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USF now requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings indoors for the foreseeable future. This requirement extends to all campus locations and includes all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and guests who enter any university building. Campus signage is currently being updated to reflect this change in policy

Vaccination Reminder and Website

As you know, students are required to be vaccinated (unless they have a documented medical, religious, or personal exemption). Faculty and staff must attest to their vaccination status, and we strongly urge all members of the community to be vaccinated. Thank you to those students who have already submitted their documentation, and to those faculty and staff who have already completed their attestation. Members of our community can track the vaccination progress of USF through the new vaccination dashboard »

Daily Dons Health Check and Monitoring of Cases

All faculty and staff are required to complete the Dons Health Check each day they plan to be on any USF campus. Review the USF COVID Response Protocol for complete details on reporting exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19. 

We continue to work with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to monitor any and all cases that may occur on campus. There are clear protocols in place. Any close contacts will be notified and guided through next steps »

It is important to report the results of a positive test to covidtracing@usfca.edu or by answering the appropriate question in the Dons Health Check survey.

We know these are still challenging times, and we thank you all for continuing to adapt to ensure the safety of all members of our community. Please be sure to continue to reference the resources on USF Together. Updates are made daily. We look forward to seeing many of you on campus in the coming weeks.


Julie Orio, Vice President of Student Life
Diane Lynn Nelson, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources