Health and Safety

Take proactive steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect one another to ensure a healthy and safe campus experience. Encourage those around you to embrace the following practical and effective measures. SF State follows public health guidance put forth by Cal/OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

SF State COVID-19 Injury-Illness Prevention Program

SF State is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the campus community. 

SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Steps You Can Take to Keep Our Campus Community Healthy and Safe

SF State has created a health screening process available to all campus community members.

Complete the daily health screening: 

If you fail the health screening, please do not visit campus and stay home. 

Learn more about how daily screening is a useful strategy for preventing and reducing the transmission of COVID-19. 

 

Stay home if you are sick. 

If you develop any COVID symptoms, stay home and follow SFDPH guidelines on testing and monitoring of symptoms before returning to work.

The Chancellor Office has developed safety training modules for all faculty, staff and student assistants prior to returning to campus for in-person work in accordance with Cal/OSHA regulations. 

  • Employees and student assistants must complete "COVID-19 Workplace Safety Refresher" by logging into CSU Learn. This training module consists of two courses: Safety in the Workplace During COVID-19 and SFSU-specific COVID-19 Information. 

Contact sfehs@sfsu.edu for questions or technical support.

Utilize resources available on Testing and Contact Tracing.

More vaccination information can be found on the Vaccination section of this website.

Our campus will continue embracing a culture of hand hygiene:

  • Bathrooms will be supplied with adequate handwashing soap and water with consistent monitoring by custodial staff.
  • Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol will be made available for faculty, staff and students within their departments to use in the event that soap and water are not available.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in building hallways
  • Classrooms are provided with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. 
  • Signage will be posted throughout the campus and buildings in highly visible areas to encourage handwashing. 

Please refer to CDC’s Hand washing: Clean Hands Save Lives.

SF State is committed to keeping our campus community informed of campus COVID-19 case counts, which can be viewed on our COVID-19 dashboard. SF State does not publicly disclose individual positive tests to protect the privacy of our community members. 

Tracking COVID-19 cases on campus will remain a critical aspect of ensuring and promoting the health and safety of our campus community. If you would like to report a COVID-19 case, please use one of the following methods:

The following are recommended options for responding to observed non-compliance:

  1. Social/casual intervention: This is a respectful reminder between campus community members and is the preferred method to address non-compliance with health and safety measures.
    • If an individual refuses to comply with health and safety standards, including wearing a face covering, employees should safely address the situation by: 1) courteously deferring the service or interaction; 2) not escalating the situation; and 3) asking for guidance from others, including their supervisor and/or HR, and referring the situation to their supervisor for handling.
  2. Reporting via online portal: This option allows the campus community to report observed non-compliance anonymously via the Campus Comeback: Report an Issue tool. The feedback will be checked daily by a Budget & Logistics committee member. All feedback will be sent to the appropriate office for review. The more information that is provided, the better we will be able to address the concerns reported.
  3. Immediate intervention: If a situation requires immediate attention due to a health or safety threat and/or emergency that cannot be addressed by the other reporting options above, the University Police Department should be contacted at (415) 338-2222. Please note that an individual not wearing a mask does not constitute a health or safety threat and/or emergency.

A multi-layered face covering means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar or single layer of fabric.

  • ​​​​​Multi-layered face coverings are required for all individuals in indoor settings, regardless of vaccinations status. Exemptions may apply to individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. These individuals should contact Disability Programs & Resource Center (DPRC) to discuss reasonable accommodations.
  • Face coverings may be temporarily removed when: 
    • Individuals are alone in a room, office, or vehicle with a door that is closed, or
    • Individuals are eating or drinking indoors (e.g. office spaces, breakroom).
  • Face coverings are not required outdoors. 
  • PPE will be distributed by designated individuals in each building during normal business hours, and will be supplied on an ongoing basis. This is a list of building PPE coordinators. For more information, please visit PPE section of the campus return website. 

Please refer to CDC to learn how masks slow the spread of COVID-19, including Delta and other variants

We are strictly following SFDPH’s requirements for students, faculty, staff, and administrators who test positive or who are in close contact with an infected person. 

If you are fully vaccinated with no COVID symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19: 

  • If you have no COVID symptoms and are fully vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine and are able to come to campus. 
  • You must practice strict masking, hand washing and physically distancing when around others for 10 days from last exposure to COVID-19 positive person.
  • If you have any COVID symptoms you should stay home and get tested for COVID right away. If you have no symptoms, testing is recommended on or after day 5.   

 If you are fully vaccinated and have COVID symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19: 

  • Complete the COVID-19 exposure form or email covid19@sfsu.edu.
  • If you have any COVID symptoms you should get tested for COVID right away. Testing is also recommended at least 5 days after your COVID exposure. 
  • You should stay at home, away from others, and not come to campus until you have a negative test, your symptoms have resolved, and you have been without a fever for at least 48 hours.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and healthy hygiene and cleaning standards remain in place. SF State maintains an ample supply of general-use and specialty-use masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Facilities Services continues to clean common spaces with upmost care and consistency with CDC guidelines.

SAFETY MEASURES: Steps SF State is Taking to Keep You Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a layered approach to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This approach includes using multiple mitigation strategies, including improvements to building ventilation, to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure. In addition to ventilation improvements, the layered approach includes physical distancing, wearing face masks, hand hygiene, and vaccination. (from CDC website)

In addition to following physical distancing, face mask, hand hygiene and vaccination recommendations, SF State has responded to the CDC’s ventilation recommendation by assessing ventilation systems at the building, and when appropriate, room level. When concerns were raised about specific buildings and rooms, Facilities Services and Academic Resources/Space Manage assessed these spaces. Considerations for ventilation in buildings and rooms were subjected to the following decision tree developed by Environmental Health & Safety:

This decision tree allowed Facilities Services and Academic Resources/Space Management to assess buildings and rooms with HVAC systems and without HVAC systems. Facilities Service and Academic Resources/Space Management completed a recent assessment of buildings and rooms. Here are the results of that assessment:

  • HVAC systems in buildings with HVAC systems have been upgraded to MERV 13 filters (highest grade compatible with the system); recirculated air passes through the building’s air filters before reentering the system.
  • Known and previously communicated issues with windows have been inspected and repaired to increase airflow in all buildings and rooms, including buildings with HVAC systems; outstanding issues will be addressed as they are reported. 
  • Facilities Services and Academic Resources/Space Management has distributed HEPA air purifiers for rooms where ventilation and airflow conditions warranted based on the reassessment performed by Facilities Services and Academic Space Management; additional units will be distributed when warranted.

If you have questions or concerns about a specific space please contact the appropriate building coordinator, Academic Resources/Space Management, or Facilities Services (facilities@sfsu.edu).

More information can be found on the Return to Campus FAQ's, Ventilation/HVAC System section.

 

Disclaimer: The document on this accordion has been identified as having barriers to accessibility. Quality Assurance is working to remediate these accessibility barriers by 11/15/2021. If you experience difficulty in using this document, please contact sfehs@sfsu.edu

Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission by touching a contaminated surface is low, SF State has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols in accordance with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), CDC and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) best practices to further reduce the risk of infection.  

Within 24-hours of a newly reported case, a “Notification of Potential Workplace Exposure to COVID-19" email, stripped of all personal information, is distributed to all faculty and staff members.

As we continue to finalize plans for a safe return to campus for fall 2021, notifications for updated safety protocols for the entire campus community will become available and updated on this website.

SF State takes seriously all reports of possible violations of the campus’ health and safety requirements, and all students, faculty and staff are subject to appropriate reminders, warnings and disciplinary actions for failure to comply with these requirements. The preferred method to correct non-compliance with health and safety measures is a respectful reminder between campus community members. The preferred method to correct non-compliance with health and safety measures is a respectful reminder between campus community members.

SF State is committed to working toward racial equality and to preventing profiling of underrepresented populations. We will not investigate reports that identify individuals solely or primarily by race, ethnicity, religion or (presumed) language.

Escalated intervention for repeated non-compliance: If excessive non-compliance with the campus’ COVID-19 health and safety protocols is observed, cases will be referred to the appropriate authority, as detailed below:

  • Students: Incidents involving students will be directed to the Dean of Students.
  • Faculty: Incidents involving faculty members will be directed to the Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.
  • Staff and Administrators: Incidents involving staff or administrators will be directed to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources.
  • External Parties: External parties may include visitors, contractors, or vendors. All external parties must have a host, or sponsoring department. Sponsoring departments are responsible for ensuring external parties are in compliance with SF State health and safety protocols. Incidents involving external parties will be directed to the sponsoring department.

When worn properly, personal protective equipment (PPE) is helpful  in minimizing exposure to physical, chemical or biological hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. PPE includes items such as multi-layered face covering, gloves, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and much more. To learn more, please refer to "FDA Insight: Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19".

PPE Key Principles

  • Arrive to campus with your facemask.
  • May use re-usable, washable cloth facemask.
  • Available PPE is intended for use on campus.
  • Protect the environment and take only what you need.
  • Be respectful of our need to maintain a continuous supply for everyone.

How do I get PPE on campus?

PPE will be distributed bydesignated individuals in each building during normal business hours, and will be supplied on an ongoing basis. For any PPE-related questions, please contact a Building PPE Coordinator. Michael Scott will be the main point of contact for PPE Coordinators in Academic Buildings. Buildings who have Cintas Safety Centers will be managed and maintained directly by Cintas.

Building PPE Coordinator Phone Email
Administration Building Office of Emergency Services (415) 405-2654 oes@sfsu.edu
Burk Hall  Cathy Tong (415) 405-4179 cathylai@sfsu.edu
Business Building  Janet Remolona (415) 338-2670 jlremolo@sfsu.edu
C. Chavez Student Center Mark Jaramilla  (415) 338-2416 markj@asi.sfsu.edu
Children Campus Building Allison Guerra (415) 406-3611 guerra@sfsu.edu 
Creative Arts Steve Lahey  (415) 338-7773 slahey@sfsu.edu
Downtown Campus  Husam Erciyes (415) 817-4412 herciyes@sfsu.edu 
Early Childhood Education Center Shirley Nhan (415) 338-3003 shirleyn@sfsu.edu
Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building Chris Johansson (415) 338-2259 cjohanss@sfsu.edu
Facilities/Corp Yard Facilities Service Center   facilities@sfsu.edu
Fine Arts Chris Morring  (415) 338-7393 cmorring@sfsu.edu
Gymnasium Christine Hintermann (415) 338-1164 hinterma@sfsu.edu 
Hensill Hall Justin Chan (415) 338-1092 uchan@sfsu.edu
Housing, Dining, Conference, & Services Ryan Chio (415) 406-4104 rchio@sfsu.edu 
HSS Building Samantha Ward  (415) 338-3330 skward@sfsu.edu
Humanities John Cleary (415) 338-1066 jcleary@sfsu.edu
Library Matt Blevin  (415) 338-1639 mblevin@sfsu.edu
Mashouf Wellness Center Camree May (415) 405-2873 camreemay@sfsu.edu 
Romberg Tiburon Campus Brita Larsson (415) 338-3540 larsson@sfsu.edu
Science Building Chris Johansson (415) 338-2259 cjohanss@sfsu.edu
Student Health Center Tuan Mai (415) 338-7823 tuan@sfsu.edu
Student Housing Buildings1 Jess Robinson (415) 338-2729 jrobinson@sfsu.edu 
Student Services Building Mirel Tikkanen  (415) 405-3566 mtikkane@sfsu.edu
Thornton Hall Chris Johansson (415) 338-2259 cjohanss@sfsu.edu
University Police Department Mervyn Reyes (415) 338-2226 mpreyes@sfsu.edu 

1 Student Housing Buildings include Student Housing Office, University Park North, Manzanita Square, Towers at Centennial Square, Mary Ward Hall, and Village at Centennial Square.

Guidance: Indoor Activities that Take Place at Campus Facilities

Starting on March 28, 2022, all active Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) members will be permitted to enter the MWC, including students with an approved medical or religious exemption.

Fully Vaccinated Members

Students and other active members may provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status through the currently accepted documents that they are fully vaccinated. This is shown once, and vaccination approved status is noted in their membership for future entry:

  • original copy or picture of your CDC issued vaccination record
  • documentation from a healthcare provider
  • personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California
  • similar documentation issued by another state local or foreign government

Vaccine-Exempt Members (with approved medical or religious exemption)

Students and other active members who have an approved medical or religious exemption can also access the MWC by providing their current verification that they have completed their weekly testing. One of the following must be shown each time they enter the MWC:

  • Show Weekly On-Campus Testing with negative test result from past week; or
  • Have attestation on file through Qualtrics link from past week

Exempt members will also have the option for filling out the attestation at the point of entry.

Face Coverings

Multi-layered face coverings are required for all individuals inside the MWC, regardless of vaccinations status. Exemptions may apply to individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. These individuals should contact Disability Programs & Resource Center (DPRC) to discuss reasonable accommodations.

A multi-layered face covering means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric.

Outdoor and virtual programs offered by the Campus Recreation Department may not be subject to the COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirement.

For performers (musicians, singers, dancers, and actors), masks may be removed during active performances when performing individually and physically distanced from masked spectators, instructors, technicians, and other performers who are not actively performing. For groups of performers (more than one performer) masks may only be removed when a coordinating official (i.e. faculty instructor) has verified all performers have been fully vaccinated; groups of performers who are allowed to remove theirs masks must remain physically-distanced from masked spectators, instructors, technicians, and other performers who are not actively performing. Spectators, instructors, technicians, and performers not in active performance must remained masked while indoors. 

* Performances include rehearsals and instruction led by an SF State faculty instructor.

Eating and drinking indoors

Eating and drinking is not permitted in instructional settings including classrooms, academic building hallways, and academic building common spaces. Conference rooms, meetings spaces, breakrooms, and individual offices (in faculty, staff, and administrator settings) may be used for eating and drinking.

Indoor Dining: Library's tables near Peet's, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Housing (Sodexo) Dining Venues

Indoor dining in the Library's tables near Peet's, Cesar Chavez Student Center, and in Housing’s Sodexo dining venues are open to the general public. These dining locations are considered commercial spaces. Individual and shared meals are permitted in these specific locations. SF State Community members should make sure our colleagues feel safe (don’t assume) when eating and drinking in indoor spaces.

SF State has opened its 1600 Holloway Avenue campus indoor spaces for conferences, events, and meetings. This includes conferences, events, meetings and celebratory events hosted by external organizations and internal divisions, departments, and organizations.

Conferences, events, and meetings held outdoors remain the best alternative: There are no physical distancing and face coverings requirements outdoors. If refreshments are served outdoors, If refreshments are served, care should be taken by leadership to ensure safe provision of food and beverages.

For the updated health & safety requirements and guidance, please visit the Building & Available Spaces page

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