The health and safety of our faculty, students and staff remains at the forefront of decision-making as we prepare for a phased return to campus for Fall 2021. We will uphold the University’s commitment to social justice and academic excellence by aligning our plans and actions for instructional continuity with evidence-based local public health guidance.
The instructional guidelines below are relevant for Spring and Summer '21 sessions. Fall '21 will likely have fewer restrictions, as the San Francisco Public Health Department responds to more optimistic health and safety data due to high rates of vaccinations and declining COVID-19 case counts.
Health and Safety: Spring and Summer '21
SF State’s cautious and robust approach to the pandemic has resulted in no reported campus infections. To continue this trend and provide the safest learning and teaching environments for our students, faculty and instructional support staff, please refer to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of this website for all instructional settings.
Research and Clinical Laboratories
According to new updates from the SFDPH, in-person classes, which include research laboratories, will:
- Require face coverings for all students and faculty. If allowed, one person at a time may remove their face covering.
- Maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.
- Are not subject to the 50% capacity limitation.
Academic Internships and Service Learning Placements
While experiential learning programs are integral to student success, our University prioritizes the health and safety of our students and community members. Although the University will be offer more in-person and hybrid class sections, students will still be given flexibility with remote options.
- Students should not be compelled to participate in an on-site (physical) internship and should work with their course instruction and site supervisor to consider alternative remote options.
- Students enrolled in an academic internship (AI) and/or community service learning (CSL) course must be given a virtual learning option if the student wishes.
- Faculty/departments are to work with students to provide as much flexibility and accommodation as allowed to support you without penalty by providing alternative experiences and assignments.
International Travel and Study Abroad Programs
As of June 1, 2021, CSU pandemic-related travel restrictions. 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 SF 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 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.
Support for Faculty Teaching
The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) offers faculty development programming that supports inclusive pedagogies in all teaching modalities, including face-to-face, hybrid and fully online. CEETL provides support services in many forms, including resources, teaching and learning initiatives, faculty development courses and programs, and individual consultations with instructional designers and the CEETL faculty director.
The Instructional Continuity website provides a collection of resources on many topics that support teaching and learning during times of disruption and unforeseen events, including instructor planning guides on resilient teaching, teaching modalities, equity and inclusion, academic integrity, technology, and well-being.
Academic Technology supports Academic Affairs units, colleges, departments, instructors and students wherever teaching, learning and research happens, and serves as the central information technology (IT) unit for Academic Affairs at SF State. Academic Technology will continue on-campus operations through summer 2021 and staff are present to support Colleges and Academic unitys with their IT needs and will be preparing campus for fall 2021 instruction.
- For more information on available campus services, please visit Student Life.
- For more information on health and safety protocols for the workplace, please visit Workplace.
Support for Student Learning
The Instructional Continuity website provides a collection of resources to ensure students keep learning in times of disruption. The student technology quick guide will help students prepare to work remotely and interact with their course content, classmates and instructors, using remote modalities. In addition, available internet access resources can help students, as well as all campus community members, secure internet connection.
Please visit Student Life to explore resources that support a welcoming return to robust campus life:
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.