Social Distancing & Face Coverings

Social Distancing

USF is aligned with state and local guidance as we proceed with re-opening our campus. Please review the latest distancing guidelines on USF Together.

Face Covering

In line with updated State of California and City and County of San Francisco guidance regarding face coverings, the University of San Francisco has amended its face-covering policy.

  • Definition of a face covering: "Face covering” means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or a single layer of fabric.
  • All members of the USF community, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus, for the foreseeable future. This requirement extends to all campus locations and includes all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and guests, who enter any university building.

Exceptions to the face-covering requirement

There are several exceptions to the face-covering requirement, including:

  • People who cannot wear a face covering for health reasons, including anyone who has been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face-covering*
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, is incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance;
  • Any worker to the extent wearing a face-covering creates a safety hazard at work under established health and safety guidelines;
  • While eating or drinking or alone in a room or a vehicle; or
  • Children 2 years old or younger.

If a student or employee cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical condition or disability, the university will work with those individuals to come up with an acceptable solution.

*Students who require an accommodation should contact Student Disability Services (SDS) at and employees who require an accommodation should contact

Need a face covering?

Disposable face masks are available in Gleeson Library during building hours for those who are approved to be on campus and forgot a face covering. They are located just inside the entrance. Completion of the Dons Health Check survey is required for access to the building.

Upon request, non-vaccinated employees who are required to work indoors or in vehicles with more than one person may request a respirator from the University.  Effective July 19, 2021, eligible employees may request a respirator from Public Safety at the Lone Mountain Visitor Kiosk from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Monday - Friday) and after hours or on weekends by contacting Public Safety dispatch at 415-422-4201 to meet a public safety officer at that location.