DECO is actively working to elevate existing resources as well as create new resources for all members of the campus community. Below is a list of various resources provided by the university. Many of the resources linked below are for all campus community members (student, staff, and faculty) unless otherwise noted.
Land Recognition Statement
The USF Land Recognition Statement was written by a USF alumna and included as a part of an ASUSF Resolution in 2019 (pending formal approval). It’s intended for use at major campus events and includes pronunciations.
DECO has brought together anti-racism resources available to all campus community members based on existing campus resources and additional external resources.
Launched in the Spring of 2019, USF’s diverse faculty hiring policy, developed by DECO,
outlines best practices for inclusive faculty hiring, from recruitment to on-boarding. This policy
aims to recruit from identity groups which continue to be underrepresented in higher education.
The following toolkit to support the efforts of this policy.
View the Diverse Hiring Guide
Reporting Bias and Sexual Harassment/Assault
The Bias Education and Resource Team (BERT) is a University-wide team that works to gather information about bias incidents and to support those individuals who have witnessed, or themselves become a target of, an act of bias. The BERT reporting system is available to all students, staff, and faculty members. Learn more about BERT »
Sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct is prohibited by federal and state law and by University policy. These behaviors are also contradictory to the University’s mission and values and will not be tolerated in our community.
To report potential Title IX violations, contact the Title IX Coordinator at:
Email: Jess Varga, email@example.com
Phone: (415) 422-4563
Supporting Undocumented Persons
The resources listed below are for UndocuAlly campus members. For resources for self-identified undocumented students (financial, academic, and legal support), visit our Undocumented Students page.
The following protocol is intended to be a guide for assisting members of the USF community in responding to inquiries or visits from officials representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or another police or government agency.
If an ICE agent (or anyone) asks a university employee for access to the campus or student information:
- Inform the ICE agent that all agency inquiries – including ICE requests for directory information – are processed through the Department of Public Safety and Office of General Counsel. Public Safety is located on UC fifth floor. The phone numbers are (415) 422-4201 (non-emergency), (415) 422-2911 (emergency). No employee under any circumstances should share information about a student.
- The director of Public Safety (or highest-ranking member on site) will take the inquiring agent’s name, badge number, phone number, the name and phone number of the agent’s supervisor, and copies of the warrants and/or subpoena. This information is then forwarded to the university’s general counsel.
- The director will not share any student information unless compelled to by a signed court order or a verified claim of imminent danger to public safety, and this will be done in consultation with legal counsel.
- The director will personally escort the agent off campus and notify the Office of General Counsel. Staff in public safety and the general counsel’s office are all fully trained in protocols and procedures, and are committed to the protection and safety of our students and staff.
If you have any questions at any time, please call the Dean of Students Office at (415) 422-5330.
Download and display the undocually sign to let others know you are able to provide or refer undocumented students to the appropriate resources.
The Working Group to Support Undocumented Students is composed of faculty, staff, and students from different areas of the university to develop areas of growth where undocumented students can better be served. Learn more about the Working Group »
Supporting Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, and Gender Non-Binary Persons
All Gender Restrooms and Gender-Inclusive Locker Room
All gender restroom locations and gender-inclusive locker room are available for viewing below on the USF Campus Map. These locations can also be viewed on the USF Campus Map under the Campus Safety & Health category. Click on a location marker for specific room numbers in each building.
All employees have the ability to designate gender pronouns and gender identity within the USFWorks platform. Providing gender pronouns and gender identity information is optional and entirely voluntary. If designated, preferred pronouns will be displayed publicly in USFWorks, along with an employee’s preferred name and job title. For more information, review the USF Gender, Pronoun, and Preferred Name Policy.
Beginning Fall 2021, students (including student employees) will also be able to designate their gender identity and gender pronouns in Student Self-Service Banner via myUSF.
Recognizing that many students use preferred first names other than their legal ones to identify themselves, the University of San Francisco offers the option of the use of a preferred first name. Read and learn more about this policy »
Note: The preferred first name is not a legal name change. Students who are legally changing their name should follow the instructions listed at SSN and Name Changes.
Pronouns on Business Cards
Faculty and staff are able to include their pronouns on their USF business cards. To learn more about adding pronouns on USF business cards, see page 57 of the USF Brand Standards.
The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is supportive of our gender non-conforming, transgender, and genderqueer students, and potential new students. The GSC has developed a resource guide for gender non-conforming students that includes university-based resources. View the gender non-conforming student resources »
Accessibility and Universal Access
USF is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding individuals with disabilities.
Service and Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Policies
Planning an Accessible Event at USF
Making Canvas Accessible
Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system used throughout the university. Learn more about creating accessible Canvas pages »
Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, this group aims to create a culture of universal access by sharing best practices, educating the campus community, and connecting ongoing community efforts towards universal access through a central hub. Learn more about the Working Group to Universal Access »
Basic Needs for Students
The Office of Dean of Students offers students essential resources such as food, housing, and health.
Affinity Community Groups
Faculty and Staff
- Asian and Asian American Staff/Faculty Council
- Black Community Council
- LGBTQ Caucus
- La Colectiva of Latinx Staff and Faculty
- Staff Community Group
- USF Parents Group
- Women of USF
- Faculty & Staff Spirituality - University Ministry
- Cultural Centers
- Culturally Focused Clubs Council
- Student Spirituality - University Ministry
- Living and Learning Communities
- Muscat Scholars Program
- PACT Program
- Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE)
- Critical Diversity Studies, Major
This page was last updated on June 2, 2021. Issues with a link? Contact the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.