Instruction

The health and safety of our faculty, students and staff remain at the forefront of decision-making as we continue our phased return to campus. We will continue to uphold the University’s commitment to social justice and academic excellence by aligning our plans and actions for instructional continuity with evidence-based public health guidance from the CDC and Cal/OSHA.

Health and Safety

SF State’s cautious and robust approach to the pandemic has resulted in very few reported campus infectionsTo 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.   

SF State has moved back to a primarily in-person campus. We have resumed all in-person activities including service learning and internships. The guidelines below follow the Chancellor’s Office CSU Experiential Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic policy.

While experiential learning programs are integral to student success, our university prioritizes the health and safety of our students and community members. Guidelines will be updated to match the changing information landscape and public health guidance. Thank you for collaborating to promote safe and positive learning experiences for students and community.

  • In-person placements for experiential learning, e.g., academic internships, service learning, and community engagement will continue.
  • Students enrolled in experiential learning programs may be given a virtual learning option—to the extent allowed by accrediting and credentialing bodies—in order to complete their course work. This may include allied health clinical experiences and education programs (student teaching) if and when possible.
  • If an on-site experiential experience is a course requirement, course instructors and departments should provide clear expectations to students, so that a student can choose whether to enroll in that course.
  • Students who participate in experiential placements (excluding allied health clinical and student teaching programs) are required to review and complete a student informed consent packet prior to participation. Please contact the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE) for more information.
  • Please be advised that regardless of if the service/project is completed remotely and students are never ‘on site’, all community organizations are required to have an MOU (Agreement) in place with the university, if students are receiving academic credit. The MOU helps establish a safe, respectful, and transparent partnership for all stakeholders (university, faculty, students, and community organizations). SF State’s online community engagement website, ULink hosts a searchable database of partner organizations with active MOUs with available opportunities.

Guidelines will be updated to match the changing information landscape and public health guidance. For more information, please visit the ICCE website.

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).

International Travel 

  • 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. 

Study Abroad

  • 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.
  • Learn more about travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and other travel considerations by visiting the Travel Services webpage.

This For Faculty section provides information and resources to support a safe, healthy and inclusive return to in-person teaching. Have more question, please review the FAQ's for faculty section on this website.

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 resume on-campus operations  and staff are present to support Colleges and Academic unitys with their IT needs. 

  • For more information on available campus services, please visit For Students.
  • For more information on health and safety protocols for the workplace, please visit Workplace.

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 For Students to explore resources that support a welcoming return to robust campus life:

Campus Planning