Mission, Core Values and Student Honor Pledge

Mission - The core mission of the University is to promote learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others. The University will distinguish itself as a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor sustained by a faith that does justice. The University will draw from the cultural, intellectual and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area and its location on the Pacific Rim to enrich and strengthen its educational programs.

Core Values - The University’s core values include a belief in and a commitment to advancing:

  • the Jesuit Catholic tradition that views faith and reason as complementary resources in the search for truth and authentic human development, and that welcomes persons of all faiths or no religious beliefs as fully contributing partners to the University;
  • the freedom and the responsibility to pursue truth and follow evidence to its conclusion;
  • learning as a humanizing, social activity rather than a competitive exercise;
  • a common good that transcends the interests of particular individuals or groups; and reasoned discourse rather than coercion as the norm for decision making;
  • diversity of perspectives, experiences and traditions as essential components of a quality education in our global context;
  • excellence as the standard for teaching, scholarship, creative expression and service to the University community;
  • social responsibility in fulfilling the University’s mission to create, communicate and apply knowledge to a world shared by all people and held in trust for future generations;
  • the moral dimension of every significant human choice: taking seriously how and who we choose to be in the world;
  • the full, integral development of each person and all persons, with the belief that no individual or group may rightfully prosper at the expense of others;
  • a culture of service that respects and promotes the dignity of every person.

USF Student Honor Pledge
As a University of San Francisco student, I pledge to honor the Jesuit values of the University by upholding the highest standards of honesty and integrity in my academic work and respect in my personal interactions with members of the USF community. I also intend to use the knowledge and skills I gain through my education for the common good.

Chief Administrative and Academic Officers

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University Deans
The academic deans are responsible for the administration of all programs within their designated school or college. This includes the selection and evaluation of faculty and staff as well as maintaining the quality of curriculum and services. The deans’ offices of the various schools and colleges are where students can get valuable information and assistance on a variety of topics, including majors, Core Curriculum, adding and dropping of courses, college requirements, and academic advising from faculty.

The library dean is responsible for the administration of library resources, programs and services.

The academic services dean is responsible for admission, academic support services, financial aid, student disability services, student records and registration, and commencement.

The Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Services serves as an advocate for undergraduate and graduate students and promotes participation in campus life. The Associate Vice Provost and members of her staff are available to assist students in a variety of ways, including working with various schools and colleges to handle medical leaves of absence, meeting with students regarding policy clarification, providing support for personal and emotional challenges, and making appropriate referrals for academic progress. The Associate Vice Provost also serves as a resource and contact point for parents and other family members.

Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Services
Julie Orio
University Center 5th Floor
(415) 422-5330

College of Arts and Sciences
Marcelo Camperi, PhD
Harney 240
(415) 422-6373

School of Management
Elizabeth B. Davis, PhD
Malloy Hall 421
(415) 422-2508

School of Education
Kevin K. Kumashiro, PhD
School of Education 107
(415) 422-6525

School of Law
John Trasvina, Esq.
Kendrick 208
(415) 422-6307

School of Nursing
Judith Karshmer, PhD
Cowell 102
(415) 422-6681

Gleeson Library | Geschke Center
Tyrone H. Cannon, MLS, EdD
Gleeson Library 307
(415) 422-6167

Higher Education Opportunity Act Updates

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Changes in the Higher Education Opportunity Act require Institutions to disseminate an annual disclosure to students that (1) states that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, such as through peer-to-peer networks, may subject students to civil and criminal penalties, (2) describes the penalties for such violations, and (3) includes the institution's policies on peer-to-peer file sharing.

The University warns against the illegal distribution of copyrighted material using University resources in its Technology Resources Appropriate Use Policy (TRAUP). Students who violate the TRAUP in any fashion including peer-to-peer file sharing will be subject to University disciplinary action as well as potential civil and criminal action for violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Significant monetary fines and potential jail sentences may result from civil and/or criminal action taken.

Please refer to the Technology Resources Appropriate Use Policy and other relevant and useful information regarding copyright and file sharing information by visiting the copyright policy page.

The Fogcutter Student Handbook is published online. If you need access to the handbook in any other format please contact the Office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities at (415) 422-5330 or

Important Updates:

Announcement on Preferred First Name Option - 3/23/15

The University of San Francisco, recognizing that many students use preferred first names other than their legal ones to identify themselves, offers the option of the use of a preferred first name. Effective Spring 2015, the University extends the preferred first name option in order to foster a more welcoming, supportive, and respectful campus climate for all of its students. The preferred first name will be maintained by the Office of the Registrar in the University's Banner Student System and will appear in many internal locations, including class lists, grade rosters, and the internal (unofficial) transcript.

Note: The preferred first name is not a legal name change. Students who are legally changing their name should follow the instructions on the Name Change website (

For more information on the preferred first name option, including how to add your preferred first name, please visit the Preferred First Name website (

Please note: All freshman students are prohibited from bringing vehicles to campus, and all on-campus residential students are ineligible to receive parking permits from Public Safety. In accordance with San Francisco city planning, sustainability efforts, and in order to reduce the amount of traffic in the residential neighborhood that surrounds the university, USF provides all undergraduate students with MUNI passes each semester, and encourages the use of alternative transportation. For more information please visit the Parking and Transportation webpage.

Previous Updates:

  • Community Relations Policy - Transportation and Parking (June 2013)
  • Student Conduct, University Standards, Policies and Procedures (August 1, 2012)
  • Student Organization Regulations (Feb 18, 2011)
  • Office of Residence Life - Guest and Visitation Policy (Oct 8, 2010)