SF State campus leadership provides frequent communications and updates related to current events and information about shifts in our COVID-19 planning and response. The most important guiding principle for our campus leadership remains the safety and health of each member of our campus community.
For a list of all communications from President Mahoney and our campus leaders, please visit their respective websites using the curated list:
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As of June 1, 2021, CSU pandemic-related travel restrictions have ended. Authority and responsibility for SF State travel is now at the campus level. The travel ban has been lifted. Reasonable and necessary travel may resume according to the CSU Travel Policy, including the timely submission of travel requests via Concur before making any travel arrangements.
Travelers are responsible for complying with San Francisco Department of Public Health orders and the health orders for their destinations. Travelers should adhere to the latest travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Employees planning to travel to foreign destinations must complete a Travel Request in Concur and get approval from the Provost (President Mahoney has delegated Provost Summit to approve all international travel on her behalf) prior to making any travel arrangements. Travel is allowed to countries categorized as Level 1 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and not as a Level 3 or 4 country by the State Department for reasons other than COVID-19 related.
Campus leadership has developed guidelines specifically designed to allow study abroad programs to resume safely. The guidelines will be posted on the Office of International Programs website: https://oip.sfsu.edu/.
Learn more about travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and other travel considerations by visiting the Travel Services webpage.
Hello Staff and Administrators:
Over the last several weeks, we have received information about fall return-to-campus. I understand that many of you feel that the University has not been communicating enough with staff and administrators about the campus plans. Given the rapidly changing guidance of federal, state and local agencies involving the pandemic, we have been reluctant to send out information that we know would be changing by the day and/or hour. With that being said, we want to communicate timely, effectively, and thoroughly, as we prepare for the transition of our students and employees returning to campus life. In addition, we will re-start the monthly staff forums, much as we did last fall.
While we prepare for our students, faculty and staff to return to campus, we are doing so two-fold: a) with health and safety as a continued priority to keep our students and employees safe and b) with an understanding that COVID-19 has impacted the lives of our community in many different ways and this transition semester is necessary. Thus, we want to provide you with the latest information on the following:
- Phased Return to Campus Work: Under a phased approach, administrators are preparing for a campus return for their staff and for themselves. In doing so, they will be required to undergo a 3-Step process which includes a) completing required trainings, b) preparing the workspace by assessing the work area, and c) communicating with their employees in a timely manner. All steps are required for preparation for summer and fall return to campus. Employees may be contacted by their appropriate administrators as they work through their departmental plans.
- Training: For all employees returning to campus, they are required to complete the Mandatory COVID-19 Training: “SF State: Working Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Administrators will also be required to complete an additional training: “Managing through COVID-19. The required trainings will be accessible through CSU Learn. Appropriate administrators will be able to review the completed trainings for their staff via CSU Learn. Contact email@example.com for questions or technical support.
- On-Site and Hybrid Work: As President Mahoney mentioned in her letter dated April 5th, From the President: Preparing for a Safe Return to Campus, staff and administrators are expected to be on-site 2-3 days/per week based on organizational need and to support our students and employees who will be working on-site. In some cases, staff and administrators may need to be on-site daily, depending on departmental and campus needs. Please understand that this is not a “one size fits all” but a transition approach in the best interests of SF State. If there are reasons that employees are unable to return to work on the days expected due to medical reasons and may need accommodations, please contact Disability Programs & Resource Center(DPRC) for further information.
- Telecommuting: The University is currently working on an updated Telecommuting Policy and Agreement that will eventually go through the meet and confer process with our labor unions. However, as we did last March 2020, many staff and administrators completed temporary telecommuting agreements. Appropriate administrators must ensure that work arrangements are documented with a new temporary telecommuting agreement and work schedule. The Work Plan document is also attached for reference.
- Vaccination Requirement: As Chancellor Castro announced, the CSU system will require students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall semester. The CSU will be meeting with the labor unions over a Vaccination Policy. We will provide updated information on timing of vaccination requirements; how students, faculty, and staff will verify that they have been vaccinated; and the exemptions process once it becomes available. While we wait to provide more information, we strongly encourage everyone who is able to get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. For employees who may be unable to get vaccinated for religious or medical reasons, SF State is reviewing information for mandatory testing requirements or protocols available on campus in the interests of keeping all employees safe.
- Mental Health Support: This past year has been hard on students, employees and their families, and lingering concerns continue to affect many people and contribute to feelings of uncertainty. Everyone should pay attention to how they are impacted and work to actively care for their mental health in addition to physical health. Employees have a number of resources available through the Employee Assistance Program, including emotional support and counseling. The MyLifeMatters service also has a special hub of COVID-19 resource topics including supporting at-home children, financial stress and stability, caring for older adults, working remotely, and more.
- Transportation to Campus: The University is working with SFMTA to provide Muni services to the Campus in the fall term. We are currently discussing alternative shuttle services in the event the M line is not operational for fall. More updates will be available later in the summer. BART continues to offer service throughout the entire BART system.
- Parking: Parking remains available on campus in all lots, pursuant to established parking fees or semester passes.
- Campus Services: Beginning in fall, University services, including most dining venues, the printshop, etc. will be open and available to students and employees.
Additional information will be posted on the main Campus Plan: A Phased Return website.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dear campus community,
In just the few weeks since I last communicated with you, the health news in the Bay Area and across the state has much improved. I write today with the good news that, as a result, we can expect a more robust fall. The ready availability of vaccines for those 12 and older and the CSU commitment to requiring vaccination for Fall 2021 campus access means we will be able to offer more in-person courses and more campus activities, including access to the Mashouf Wellness Center, the Cesar Chavez Student Center and the J. Paul Leonard Library.
We will welcome back more than 3000 residential students, while continuing to serve those students who want to study remotely in fall. Where possible, we are developing hybrid approaches to campus staffing which will provide better services in the post-pandemic world. All students and employees who do not qualify for an exemption will be required to get vaccinated. Given our heightened commitment to health and safety, we are planning to require verification of vaccination.
I am deeply grateful to department chairs, deans’ offices and Academic Affairs for the work done to create a schedule of courses for the fall which will provide students with options to study remotely or enjoy a combination of in-person and remote courses. Our surveys of students, as well as a recent piece in the Golden Gate Express, demonstrate that many want a fall semester that includes a mix of in-person and remote classes. Our new schedule allows for that, particularly for our newest Gators who expressed the greatest interest in being on campus. Please remember that fall is a transitionary semester and our goal will be to offer an in-person spring semester more typical of pre-pandemic semesters.
Associated Students (AS) and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM) teams are hard at work to ensure that those studying on campus or returning to live in San Francisco enjoy as rich a campus life as public health guidelines allow. Current plans include opening the Cesar Chavez Student Center and the Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) on August 23. Use of MWC will be driven by San Francisco Department of Public Health requirements at that time. Associated Students also plan to host modified hours for their centers: Women’s Center, Legal Resource Center, Environmental Resource Center, Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Project Connect, Project Rebound, Queer Trans Resource Center and EROS. Many of our eateries and other retail services around the campus, including the bookstore and snack shops, will open to serve the campus community.
We can also look forward to welcoming one another back in person! GatorFest! will kick off in August, and it will be bigger than ever with eight weeks of activities for new and returning students. There will be more events and programming this year – offered in person, virtually, and through hybrid modalities to support students regardless of where they will be studying this fall. GatorFest! will include opportunities for students to engage with the faculty, staff, each other and the AS family. We will also make use of our beautiful campus to allow students to gather outside safely for activities on the Quad, on West Campus Green, and on other large outdoor spaces.
Academic spaces such as the J. Paul Leonard Library, academic buildings and classroom spaces will all be open. We will continue to work hard to ensure that these spaces are healthy and safe. Hand sanitizing stations will be readily available, and hybrid work and continued remote instruction will ensure a less dense campus. We will continue to work with SFDPH on the most current safety requirements. We will update you via email and the website as the situation evolves and new guidelines are confirmed.
Just as our rapid turn to remote learning and working was challenging, so will be our gradual return to campus. All have suffered some form of trauma this year whether affected personally by COVID-19 or its economic consequences or by the effects of prolonged isolation. Many in our communities have also suffered from the pandemic of white supremacy that we continue to wrestle with as a country and a region. Coming back together will have its challenges but is also necessary—our students’ success requires it and our robustness as a university campus requires it. I ask that you be patient with me, with the University and with one another as we focus on rebuilding and coming back better.
I conclude by urging all who do not qualify for medical or religious exceptions to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Across the state, supplies have opened up and in many places, appointments are no longer needed. Please review California’s COVID-19 site for information.
I look forward to seeing you all!
Best wishes for a safe and healthy spring,
Please note, the planning, guidance and information reflected on this website are subject to change in response to local public health conditions and local, state and federal guidelines concerning COVID-19. Last revised 06/01/21.