To help keep the USF community safe this fall, USF has temporarily modified its residential policies to comply with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). Securing the health of our students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community is our top priority. We will follow guidelines to ensure that we can continue learning, working, and living safely. Failure to follow guidelines outlined by USF will result in a referral to the student conduct process for students.
Symptom Reporting is Required
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you must remain in your residence room, limit your traffic outside of the room, and report your condition by using the Dons Health Check health survey or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently, the COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficult breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New gastrointestinal symptoms that you haven’t experienced before
- New loss of taste or smell that you haven’t experienced before
Shelter in Place
In the unlikely event of a residential viral outbreak, USF may have to require residents in one or more residence halls to shelter in place. In this situation, infected students and their close contacts must follow the University’s isolation and quarantine protocols. All other students within the residence hall will be required to remain on their floor for a 14-day quarantine. During this period, the University will deliver meals to students, and students will attend classes remotely. In the event of a campus viral outbreak, USF may also have to prohibit travel on and off campus for a period of two weeks in addition to implementing a shelter in place. In this situation, all students will attend classes and access campus resources remotely.
USF is aligned with state and local guidance as we proceed with our previously announced phased reopening and a return to in-person instruction. As of June 15, there are no capacity limits in campus buildings and no physical distancing requirements.
Face Coverings Requirements
Residents will be expected to wear face coverings when in all public spaces in the residence halls. This includes, but is not limited to, hallways, lobbies, elevators, community kitchens, and lounges. Residents do not need to wear a face covering when in a common area restroom and showering, brushing teeth, or washing their face. You do not have to wear a face covering in your living unit with your roommate – that is your home! Those sharing rooms and units should have conversations around expectations in these spaces. Please see the CDC’s current face covering guidance.
Guest and Visitation Policy
Guests will be permitted in campus residential facilities. Residents must attest that all guests are in compliance with the university’s face covering and symptom reporting requirements.
Residents are allowed to have guests support them during the move-in process. All guests must be in compliance with the university’s face covering and symptom reporting requirements.
Residents are allowed to enter other residents' rooms, but must follow university face covering requirements if unvaccinated. Vaccinated residents may request vaccinated residents and guests visiting their room to wear a face covering if they choose.
Effective August 24th, and until further notice, guests visiting on-campus residential facilities are restricted to only those who are affiliated with USF. This could include students visiting a resident of another building or an off-campus student visiting a friend in on-campus housing. No overnight guests will be approved.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) and Service Animals
As part of the approved animal policy, students must designate a non-student or a student off campus as an emergency contact in case of illness, hospitalization, or other emergencies that would impact a student’s ability to provide care for their approved animal. If a student cannot care for their animal (i.e. a student is placed in isolation and cannot walk the dog or go outside to clean a cat box litter), the emergency contact should be within a 3-hour radius and they will keep the animal until the student is able to regain care of it. The emergency contact is expected to retrieve the animal within 5 hours.
Items Available at the Front Desk
Front desks will provide full services, including: issuing temporary access cards, mail and package service, checking out recreation equipment and kitchen supplies. Desk staff will have a limited supply of face coverings, and personal hand sanitizers.
Room Change Request
The room change process for fall 2021 will be suspended after July 30, 2021 and will resume after fall move-in on Sept. 10, 2021.
Public Lounge Space and Kitchens
All community lounges and kitchens inside the residence halls will be open and available for use.
St. Anne’s kitchens will be temporarily closed during regular cleanings by ABLE staff. Residents must wait until the kitchen is clean and available to enter the space.
Elevators and Stairways
There will be no restrictions on the usage of elevators or stairways. All building entrances will allow for normal entrances and exits.
Public drinking fountains and water supplies will be accessible for 2021-2022. Please be mindful of not placing your water bottle directly on the devices when using the water bottle fillers that are attached to the water fountains.
Please refrain from pouring anything into the machines.
Vending machines will be stocked, based upon supply availability, and available for use for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Laundry facilities will be open and available for usage.
Restrooms will have regular cleaning services provided in compliance with CDC and SFDPH guidelines.
Maintenance Request and Custodial Services
For all non-emergency Facilities work orders, please submit requests online.
For urgent Facilities issues, please call (415) 422-6464 during business hours and Public Safety at (415) 422-4201 after hours. For routine maintenance and repairs, the work may either be deferred until the room is unoccupied (winter or summer break), or it may be done by contacting the occupant and informing them of the available time window for work to be performed.
Facilities personnel will respond as quickly as possible for emergencies and problems requiring rapid response to minimize the potential of injury or damage to buildings and property. In such cases, Facilities personnel will respond wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and may enter rooms (including residences) without scheduling their arrival. Facilities personnel will knock and introduce themselves in these cases. Residents will also be required to wear face coverings when interacting with Facilities personnel both at the door and while work is being conducted in their room or residence.
Restrooms will be temporarily closed during regular cleanings by ABLE staff. Residents must wait until the restroom is clean and available to enter the space.
General Fire Evacuation Procedures
In the event of a fire alarm and need to evacuate the residence hall, all residents will evacuate via the nearest stairwell. Residents shall wear their face coverings during evacuation unless physically unable to do so.