Return to Campus FAQ's

Up-To-Date News:

A:  Please continue to check your email and the What's new or the Communications areas of this website for the latest guidance.

Health and Safety:

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

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

A:  SF State continues to require all members of the campus community to complete the daily health screening if coming to campus.  The screening may be completed in the SF State mobile app or on the web.

A:  The University continues to encourage employee to stay home at any time that they feel sick or ill. Employees should notify their supervisors immediately if they are not feeling well. Employee may use the leave options available to them to cover their absences. If you have questions related to your options, please contact Human Resources.

A:  Employees should contact the Disability Programs and Resource Center if they need accommodation.

Anyone who has tested positive will be required to isolate for 10 days. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators may return to campus and class prior to the 10 days if they test negative at least five days after initial positive test.

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or who think they may be positive should contact their RA or Area Coordinator who will provide them guidance for isolating in the residential community. 

If a student, faculty, staff, or administrator in face-to-face classes or operations tests positive, contact tracers will inform those who have been in close contact with the infected person of their potential exposure (as provided by the infected individual in a timely manner). CDC defines close contacts as anyone who shared the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, classroom, etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person's (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) Infectious period.

Close contacts should test 3-5 days after last exposure and wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days – especially indoors and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease. If symptoms develop, individuals should test and stay home and if the test result is positive, follow isolation protocols.

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.

Training:

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

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

A:  Once employees complete an assigned course, they may re-take the course up to 20 times.

A:  You may access the courses by logging into CSU Learn, find the course, and re-take it. Courses that are housed in a curriculum require the user to re-register for the course to take it again. 

Building Access:

A:  No. All campus buildings are open. Employees must follow SF State's health and safety protocols while they are on campus. 

A: All campus buildings are open. For more information, please visit the Buildings and Available Spaces page of the Campus Plan website.

A:  Visitors, including but not limited to guest lectures and contractors must comply with SF State’s health and safety protocols. SF State strongly recommends masking indoors. Learn more about visitors coming to campus on the Buildings and Available Spaces page of the Campus Plan website.

Face Coverings:

A:  Effective Tuesday, September 6, 2022, SF State strongly recommends masking indoors. The University is moving to masks recommended in alignment with CDC recommendations now that our community has reached the low level of transmission. Read the latest communications. Please note that the following areas will still require indoor masking: the Student Health Center, the Athletics Training room, Physical Therapy Labs, and Nursing Labs.

PPE will continue to 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 PPE coordinators. For more information, please visit PPE section of the campus return website. 

Physical Distancing:

A:  Physical Distancing requirements have been lifted by local and state agencies and Cal/OSHA regulations.  In addition, there are no capacity limits in campus spaces.

A:  Indoor meetings may be required. If food and beverages are served at a meeting or indoor event, or other indoor gathering, a virtual, reasonably comparable alternative must be offered to students and employees who choose not to attend an event where masks are removed for eating and drinking. Eating and drinking in classrooms during instruction is not allowed.

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.

COVID-19 Positive Exposure

A “close contact” is a person who shared the same indoor airspace, e.g., home, clinic waiting room, airplane etc., for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during an infected person's (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) Infectious period.

If you are unvaccinated, or not up to date with your vaccination, and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

  • Complete the COVID-19 exposure form or email covid19@sfsu.edu.
  • Testing is recommended 3-5 days after last exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days especially indoors and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease.
  • If you develop any COVID symptoms, you should get tested for COVID and stay home. If test result is positive, follow isolation protocols.
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or who think they may be positive should contact their RA or Area Coordinator who will provide them guidance for isolating in the residential community. 

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 after day 3.   

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 do not have a fever.
  • Isolation is required  for 10 days. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators may return to campus and class prior to the 10 days if they test negative at least five days after initial positive test.
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or who think they may be positive should contact their RA or Area Coordinator who will provide them guidance for isolating in the residential community. 

As an SF State employee, you may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and university-specific policies and agreements, including but not necessarily limited to, the following

SF State highly encourages its employees to continue to follow the guidance of health experts and to enroll in California’s statewide exposure notification system.

Any student, faculty, staff member or visitor to campus must report to SF State’s CTST suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and close contacts with individuals who have COVID-19. SF State’s CTST will notify SFDPH of such reports and follow their direction in support of contact tracing. The identity of individuals with COVID-19 and their close contacts will not be disclosed publicly.  Access an online form to report potential or confirmed exposure to COVID-19. 

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 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) best practices to further reduce the risk of infection.  

If you believe you are being harassed or retaliated against, please review the CSU Executive Order 1096

Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking against Employees and Third Parties and Systemwide Procedure for Addressing Such Complaints by Employees and Third Parties. (Revised 8/14/2020).

Please contact :

Ingrid C. Williams
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Email: icwilliams@sfsu.edu.

Ventilation/HVAC System:

A: All building HVAC systems on campus are monitored by Facilities Services within our campus building management system. Alarms are sent to Facilities Personnel if monitor points are out of established parameters (running, temp, filter flow etc.).

A: All HVAC systems on campus were upgraded in 2020 to MERV13 filters (as recommended by the CSU Mechanical Review Board).  These filters are capable of catching virus size particles (including COVID19).

A: Filters are changed at a minimum annually (or sooner if the monitoring show excessive pressure).

A: We attempt to use outside air whenever possible but outside air (up to 100%) is supplied based on varying factors like building duct pressure, flow and temperature needs.

Note: ALL air regardless of whether it is outside or return air is always cycled back through the main MERV13 filters before it is supplied to the building.

A: Facilities Services staff never left the campus during the COVID19 pandemic. Building cleaning schedules and protocols remained in place based on CDC and SFDPH guidelines and campus usage.  At this time, many classrooms, bathrooms and public spaces are cleaned a minimum of two times a day.

A: The campus uses several types based on the space being cleaned.  Some examples: Electrostatic Foggers, Kaivac no touch cleaning systems for bathrooms, manual spray bottle and surface disinfectant wipes.

Please refer to the SAFETY MEASURES: Steps SF State is Taking to Keep You Healthy and Safe accordion area on the Health and Safety section on this website.

 

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