Students: Recent SF Orders, Updated Campus Protocols, Contact Tracing & Testing

Dear USF Students and Families,

In planning for the semester, USF continues to focus on doing everything possible to keep the entire university community as safe as possible. We are grateful for your patience as we adjust safety procedures in response to the evolving public health situation and new guidance from the city and state, including additional restrictions from the City and County of San Francisco.

As of Aug. 20, San Francisco will require businesses — including colleges and universities — that serve food or drink, as well as indoor gyms, to obtain proof of vaccination from their patrons and employees in order to go inside those facilities. This health order is designed to protect against the continued spread of COVID-19, particularly among the unvaccinated, while keeping businesses open and helping to ensure schools remain open. USF’s events, recreational facilities, and dining facilities are affected by this health order.

Koret Center and Dining Halls Access

Beginning tomorrow, Aug. 20, everyone must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after a full vaccination cycle of an authorized vaccine) to utilize the Koret Health and Recreation Center and to eat in the University Center and Lone Mountain dining facilities. For students who are not fully vaccinated or have an exemption, grab and go options will be available and these students are welcome to dine outdoors.

For the students who have uploaded their documentation into Med+Proctor, their vaccination verification will be attached to their OneCard. Then all students need to do is swipe/tap their card at the entrances to Koret and the dining halls and they will be reminded of the expectations. We continue to encourage those students who have not uploaded their vaccination record into Med+Proctor to do so.

We are doing all we can to minimize lines and are exploring other ways to comply with this order. We will keep the community updated on additional grab and go areas.

We also recommend students do one of the following in order to participate in indoor events that require proof of vaccination off-campus in San Francisco:

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required indoors and at all outdoor events, regardless of vaccination status.

Building Access

All students will need their USF OneCard or mobile OneCard (available for iOS and Android) to access buildings. Remember to complete the Dons Health Check daily symptom monitoring and do not come to campus if you are not feeling well.

Events and Food

Food and beverage are not allowed at indoor events and meetings. Additional event information is being shared with student clubs and organizations.


Signage is posted on campus reminding everyone of USF community guidelines and expectations.

Residential Students

Residential students have received additional guidance and expectations.

Contact Tracing and Testing

USF has established detailed procedures for COVID-19 contact tracing and testing. Specific procedures have been established for residential and non-residential students, and for employees. 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.

View contact tracing and testing procedures

It is important to report the results of a positive test, either by emailing or by answering the appropriate question in the Dons Health Check survey. Any close contacts will be notified and guided through next steps. For questions please contact

Information on testing locations is available from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health.

Vaccination Requirement and Vaccination Dashboard

As a reminder, students are required to be vaccinated. Personal exemptions are no longer accepted. Faculty and staff must attest to their vaccination status, and we strongly urge all members of the community to be vaccinated. Students who have approved exemptions will receive additional information regarding requirements. Thank you to everyone who has already met this requirement. You can track the vaccination progress of USF through our vaccination dashboard. Vaccination clinics will be available for students who were not able to receive the vaccine prior to coming to USF. Quarantine procedures, consistent with local and state guidance, are also in place and students who do have approved exemptions will have testing expectations.

I appreciate your understanding as the university continues to adapt to the evolving situation. I am so excited to welcome you back to campus and know that everyone will follow current guidance and expectations to ensure that we are all doing our part to keep our community healthy.


Julie Orio
Vice President of Student Life