Campus Security & Access

Facility Access

The University of San Francisco maintains private property status. However, access to the University grounds and administrative buildings (during business hours) is generally not restricted.

Hilltop Campus

The Hilltop Campus sits in the heart of the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco, located near Golden Gate Park as well as the Haight/Ashbury neighborhood. The campus is home to the majority of USF’s schools and administrative offices, as well as classrooms, libraries, and residence halls. The Koret Health and Recreation Center, St. Ignatius Church, and Lone Mountain are also part of the Hilltop Campus.

The academic and administrative buildings are open to the public during normal business hours. Each building has varied levels of access and individual hours, both of which may vary at different times of the year. Access to most of the buildings is controlled by card readers after normal business hours. The University maintains CCTV cameras at critical exterior perimeter doors and various other locations on campus. Public Safety Officers patrol the academic and administrative buildings on a regular basis. For information about the access protocol for a specific building, see the building manager, a department head, or contact Public Safety Dispatch at (415) 422-4201.

Additional Campuses and Additional Locations

The University operates additional campuses and additional locations for degree programs. These centers are located in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton, and Orange County. Law enforcement and public safety responsibility for these sites rests with the agency having jurisdiction over each respective site. However, Public Safety receives reports from these agencies. Efforts are made to pass along safety and crime prevention information to students and staff at additional campuses and additional locations. Access to and schedules for these buildings vary and are available from the main office at each respective campus or location.

Residence Halls

Access to residence halls is restricted to residents, their approved guests, and other approved members of the University community. Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) is responsible for the management of five on-campus residence halls, one on-campus apartment complex, one on-campus residential house, and two non-campus residence halls. Peer advisers (Resident Advisers) and/or professional staff (Assistant Resident Directors and Resident Directors) are available in every building to assist residents in adjusting to student life and to provide a sense of security and community. All residents have a One Card that allows access to the residence halls in which they live. Residence hall room and apartment doors are equipped with peepholes, pin pads, and card readers and entrance areas are equipped with CCTV cameras. Additionally, residents must show their USF ID when entering the building, and guests of residents must be accompanied at all times by the resident they are visiting. Public Safety Officers patrol the residence halls on a regular basis and work with SHaRE to enforce security measures.

Additional information regarding SHaRE staff, services, policies, and programs can be found in the Fogcutter Student Handbook.

University Athletic Events

USF athletic events are open to students free of charge and to the public on a paid admission basis in most cases. Events include basketball and volleyball in the Memorial Gymnasium, soccer at the Negoesco Stadium, and baseball at Ulrich Field. Public Safety Officers are regularly assigned to major athletic events to ensure the safety of guests and participants.

Maintenance of University Grounds

The Facilities Management Department is responsible for the upkeep of University facilities and grounds. Facilities and landscaping are maintained in a manner that minimizes hazardous conditions. Facilities Management conducts regular maintenance of the physical plant, including lighting systems, as well as maintaining landscaping that promotes a safe environment. Public Safety regularly patrols campus and reports malfunctioning lights and other unsafe physical conditions to Facilities Management for repair. Together, Facilities Management, and Public Safety work closely to detect potential hazards so repairs can be made in a timely fashion.