Fogcutter Student Handbook

COVID-19 Update: In order to facilitate a safer turn to campus, we as a USF community must all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both University Policies and Residential Policies have been updated to comply with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and modification will be in place until further notice. Failure to follow guidelines put in place will result in a referral to the student conduct process for students. 

Please review the USF Together page for more information.

Mission, Core Values and Student Honor Pledge


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.

Important Updates

Announcement on Community and Public Health Policy (COVid-19) - August 2020

In order to facilitate a safer return to campus, we as a USF community must all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please review the Community and Public Health policy and COVID-19 On Campus information prior to returning to campus.

Announcement on Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy - June 2017

Effective August 1, 2017, USF will join more than 1,800 colleges nationwide that have smoke and tobacco free campuses. Please read the President's Letter that was sent out on June 21, 2017 as we transition forward to a smoke and tobacco free campus.

Announcement on California's Proposition 64 - January 2017

With the passage of Proposition 64, recreational marijuana is legal in California, however, it remains prohibited at the University of San Francisco. Please refer to the Dean of Student Office Letter that was sent to USF community members in January 2017.

Announcement on Student Parking

USF has very limited parking and, as such, is unable to provide ample parking spaces for the majority of the USF community. Therefore, in accordance with San Francisco city planning, sustainability efforts, limited campus parking, and in order to reduce the amount of traffic in the residential neighborhood that surrounds the university, all students who live in any University Housing Facility* are prohibited from bringing vehicles to campus and are ineligible to receive semester or annual parking permits.

During the fall and spring semesters, full time and 3-day part time permits are awarded through a lottery system to students living outside a 3-mile radius from campus. During the summer, however, students may purchase any type of parking permit.

* Students living in Loyola Village are eligible for entering the parking lottery for spaces in the Loyola Village parking garage only.

For more information please visit the Parking and Transportation webpage.

Previous Updates

  • Preferred Name Option (March 2015)
  • 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)

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 Millennium 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.

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