COVID-19 Prevention Plan

USF is required to establish and implement an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) pursuant to an Emergency Temporary Standard in place for COVID-19 (California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3205(c)).

Full details of the USF COVID 19 Prevention Plan


The University of San Francisco requires all undergraduate and graduate students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and to have boosters when eligible. The vaccination requirement went into effect at the start of the fall 2021 semester, and the booster requirement is effective Jan. 21, 2022. All faculty and staff, except those who have an exemption approved by Human Resources, are encouraged to be fully vaccinated (including boosters) as soon as they are eligible.

Contact Tracing, Isolation, Self-Quarantine

Despite the many reasonable steps USF is taking to prevent the transmission of the virus, the presence and transmission of COVID-19 on campus is likely, if not inevitable, during this ongoing pandemic. Therefore, the university has developed protocols for contact tracing, isolating people who contract COVID-19, and helping people who become exposed to COVID-19 to self-quarantine if their situation dictates.

  • Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to isolate. Residential students will isolate in a space designated by USF and students residing off campus will isolate off campus.
  • Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be asked to provide information about other people with whom they have been in close contact during the time when they may have been infectious and able to transmit the virus. A university contact tracer will contact students who have been identified as having an exposure and provide them with information and resources on self-quarantining and symptom-monitoring. Students are required to cooperate fully with all the university’s contact tracing efforts.
  • Campus isolation or quarantine procedures will likely require students to move to a different residence for the isolation or quarantine period. USF will provide food meal drop off and health monitoring for students isolating or quarantining.
  • Campus isolation and quarantine spaces are finite. Approaching capacity in these spaces may necessitate the University returning to full remote learning and may require a campus-wide shelter in place or require all students leave campus and return home for the remainder of the semester.

Face Coverings

As of July 29, based on new information and recommendations by the City and County of San Francisco, the State of California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USF now requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings indoors, 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. Face coverings are not required to be worn outdoors. Students found in violation of the face covering policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities (OSCRR). Employees found in violation of the face covering policy will be referred to Human Resources (HR). Please see the CDC’s current face covering guidance

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COVID Care Team

Student Housing and the Office of Community Living (OCL) have developed a COVID Care Team to handle the “care” management of all students — both on-campus residential students and those living off-campus — who are in quarantine or isolation. This team consists of individuals who will be assigned a resident and conduct daily check-ins with those students to help ensure that students in quarantine/isolation are getting the support they need. The COVID Care Team will work with other campus partners as needed to provide holistic support for students.

Dons Helping Dons

Dons Helping Dons ambassadors will work in alliance with campus partners to facilitate a shift in campus life culture to nurture a sound body, mind, and spirit through Cura personalis — care of the whole person. As we navigate through the changing environment Dons Helping Dons strives to strengthen our USF community through a process of continual support, encouragement, and education.

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