Dear USF Community,
Following new guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), the University of San Francisco is canceling all in-person, non-essential on-campus events at the Hilltop and Downtown (101 Howard) campuses through March 29. At that time, SFDPH will reevaluate its guidance and the university will follow any new recommendations. The university remains open.
For student-sponsored events during this two-week window, Student Leadership and Engagement and Student Housing and Residential Education staff will reach out to event leads to coordinate and assist students with these guidelines.
Event Exceptions and Guidance
If, in consultation with your unit leader, you deem your event to be essential, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for guidance and possible exceptions. Exception requests must be received at least 72 hours prior to the start of the event. Guidance may include moving events online.
Please consider events you have planned or scheduled for the remainder of the semester in case this guidance is extended or adapted.
Large On- and Off-Campus USF Meetings
This guidance also pertains to large meetings. Please consider utilizing technology to minimize large in-person meetings. Contact USF’s Department of Information Technology Services for assistance with technology solutions.
As a reminder, USF has an established telecommuting policy.
At this time, Athletics is operating and scheduling events as directed by NCAA guidelines.
Koret Health and Recreation Center
Koret will remain open, but some activities may be canceled during this two-week period.
We know these are challenging times, and that we are asking a great deal of you in terms of flexibility, creativity, and goodwill. We deeply appreciate everything you are doing to ensure that our educational, research, and service missions continue as we lead our community through this unprecedented public health challenge.
We will continue to monitor and update as needed.
COVID-19 Management Team
As a reminder, the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal colds or the flu also applies to COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
- If you have recently returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.