Phased 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.

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. 

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 and Resources Center if they need accommodation.

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. Visitors accessing campus buildings must be hosted by an SF State employee or department. Upon their arrival to  campus, visitors must complete a verbal health screen. If visitors answer “Yes” to any of the screening questions, they are advised to reschedule their on-campus visit. Face coverings are required for indoor settings. Learn more about visitors and vendors coming to campus on the Buildings and Available Spaces page of the Campus Plan website.

Face Coverings:

A:  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) if physical distancing (i.e. six feet of distance) can be maintained.

Employees should contact their supervisor and, if necessary, Human Resources, if they have concerns about others eating / drinking indoors near in the workplace. There must a six feet of physical distancing between employees when eating or drinking indoors. 

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. 

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.

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:  For now, virtual meetings are the preferred method for conducting meetings and in-person meetings cannot be mandatory. A virtual alternative must be available for employees or students who are not attending in-person. Employees and students must comply with SF State health requirements regardless of where the meeting is held, and in-person meetings must be approved by the hosting division’s vice president.

Eating and drinking indoors

Eating and drinking in hallways, classrooms, and other indoor common spaces are not permitted. Breakrooms and individual offices may be used for eating and drinking when 6 feet of physical distancing can be achieved. Outdoor dining is the best option.

Indoor Dining: Cesar Chavez Student Center, Housing (Sodexo) Dining Venues

Indoor dining in the Cesar Chavez Student Center and in Housing’s Sodexo dining venues will return on October 1, 2021. Indoor dining will comply with SFDPH orders including requiring proof of vaccination for venues open to the general public. Indoor eating and drinking will not return to the Library at this time.

Telecommuting:

A:  Fall semester will continue to be a transition for students, faculty, and staff, with both on-line and in person opportunities for students. Some faculty will teach in-person and others will continue to teach via virtual modalities.  Many staff will have the opportunity to work in a hybrid model if the positions allow for telecommuting.

A:  Depending on your position, employees may be allowed to continue to telecommute in a hybrid model. Staff employees must complete a temporary telecommuting agreement located on the website and must be signed by an appropriate administrator. The temporary telecommuting document can be found on the Human Resources forms page.

A:  SF State is drafting a long term Telework/Telecommute plan. During the fall, it will go through the appropriate approval channels.

A:  Employees, without HR’s knowledge, who may have been allowed to work out of the area for a period of time while under strict COVID restrictions, will be required to return to on-site work at the direction of the appropriate administrator and Vice President.  If you fall into this category and have not been notified by your supervisor, please contact the AVP of Human Resources at icwilliams@sfsu.edu for further guidance.

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.

Note: ALL cleaning agents used in 2020/2021 have been listed on the EPA virus kill list.

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.

Student Programming/Activities:

A. GatorFest! will encompass eight weeks of “welcome back” programming for the entire campus community. There are plans to bring back some of the old favorites like this year’s Class Photo, a First-Year Pinning Ceremony, SketchFest!, REC the Night, Glow Indoor Roller Skating, and attending a Giants Game. We also want to help create some new traditions like a Golden Gate Bridge Walk. There will be lots of other activities in between, such as Trivia Tuesdays, Dive-in Movies, Hiking trips, and a return of many, many of our campus’ activities and events put on by various departments and groups all over campus, and over 40+ Greek Organizations, and an additional 150+ Student Organizations. The theme for this year’s GatorFest! will be the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, and we invite the entire campus to participate in supporting this. For more information, contact by email dos@sfsu.edu.

A. Planning for programming in the fall will focus on three primary groups of students

  1. Those living and learning on-campus
  2. Those living and learning nearby who can access campus
  3. Those living and learning outside of the area who can only participate virtually

There is a lot of energy and excitement around a return to face-to-face programs and services, but we haven’t forgotten those who will still be living remotely.

A. Our sophomore students who had to spend their freshman year living and learning virtually will indeed be rewarded with their first physical college experience on our campus. We hope to have a Class Photo and Pinning Ceremony just for this group of students, in addition to our incoming freshmen. There will be some programming targeted especially for this sophomore class, helping them adjust to college life, and to set them up for success at SF State. And we can’t forget about our transfer students – the new ones just arriving, as well as our 2nd year transfer students who also missed their first year on campus. In actuality, we really want to encourage ALL students to connect with others within the campus community through programs and activities particularly during the first 8 weeks, as we know this will help with creating a sense of mattering and belonging, leading to their success. We welcome all staff, faculty, and administrators to be as encouraging as possible in creating positive reintegration to campus for our students. We also welcome you to join in our wellness theme in your support of our students this fall.

 

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