SF State Campus Plan

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What you need to know

San Francisco State University is committed to its mission of equity and social justice while providing world-class education during the COVID-19 health crisis. The safety and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and surrounding Bay Area communities have been the University's top priority in the 2020-2021 academic year. To date, SF State’s cautious approach to the pandemic has resulted in no widespread campus infections.

What we have done so far:

  • For the 2020-21 academic year, San Francisco State University courses have been predominantly offered virtually, with extremely limited exceptions for courses which require some measure of in-person instruction or activities. 
  • Classrooms and other public spaces have been reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing requirements.
  • University housing has been limited to a small  number of residents, accommodating only those students who require housing to continue their education.
  • Campus events and ceremonies have been canceled or redesigned as virtual events or to allow for physical distancing. 

Preparing for a Safe Return to Campus — Fall 2021 Semester: 

The California State University (CSU), together with the University of California (UC), announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for faculty, staff and students returning to campus. According to the CSU, this requirement will be conditioned upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. This requirement will become effective at the beginning of the fall 2021 term, or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later.   

The CSU will be engaging in discussions with the California State Student Association, the CSU Academic Senate and labor unions before implementing changes to existing immunization requirements; the requirement will allow students and employees to apply for exemptions for medical or religious reasons.


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