The health and safety of our faculty and staff are at the forefront of our planning decisions as we collectively prepare to return to in-person work and instruction. To protect the health of our campus community, the University will prepare and revise plans and actions in response to new and emerging Cal/OSHA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
SF State is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the campus community. Read the campus’ COVID-19 Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
There are reasons to remain optimistic that we can safely return to campus together: Across California, millions of people have been vaccinated. California is also moving Beyond the Blueprint to safely and full reopen the economy.
During this phased return to campus, we ask for your continued flexibility and patience as we respond to evidence-based health and safety guidelines, and we thank you for the work you do every day as dedicated members of our Gator community. For the latest workplace health and safety guidelines, please refer to the information and resources below.
Steps for Coming to Campus
Health and Safety
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.
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Health and safety remain our University’s top priorities. We have implemented practical and effective measures, based and supported by public health guidelines, which we will continually optimize and re-evaluate.
- Wash hands often.
- Avoid touching surfaces that are frequently touched by others, and sharing food, drinks and other materials.
- Complete COVID-19 health screening (available on the SF State mobile app or using a web browser) each day prior to coming to campus.
- Watch for COVID-19 symptoms and know what to do if you have suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19:
- Stay home (or leave immediately from work) and notify your appropriate administrator.
- Report to the campus by completing an online form.
- Call your primary care provider if you feel sick.
Guidance on Workplace Scenarios
While you are on campus, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, instant message, telephone or other available University collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, Teams, etc.) rather than face-to-face.
SF State continues to require face coverings to be worn indoors unless an individual is in an office alone with a door that can be closed.
Virtual meetings are the preferred method for conducting meetings. In-person meetings cannot be mandatory, whether conducted indoors or outdoors. If food or drink are served, it must be single-serve, grab and go.
For indoor in-person meetings, a virtual alternative such as Zoom must be available for those who cannot attend in person. Face coverings are required while indoors. If food or drink are involved, attendees must be able to remain 6 feet apart at all times. Contact email@example.com for more information about serving food/drinks.
To learn more about how to propose a large meeting on campus, visit the Conferences, Events, and Meetings section of the Building & Available Spaces page.
Support for Staff and Faculty
CampusMemo is an SF State newsletter for faculty and staff. It is produced weekly during the fall and spring semesters and monthly during the summer. CampusMemo is distributed via email to faculty and staff on Monday and is also available on the CampusMemo website.
To suggest an item for publication, use the Submit an Item form by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding publication.
For earlier editions of CampusMemo not available in the Web archive or for more information, contact Strategic Marketing and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org OR (415) 338-1665.
In an effort to help you and your family bridge life’s transitions from recruitment to retirement, the SF State Human Resources Department is pleased to offer the Employee Assistance Program as part of your robust benefits program. When and/or if you or your family need helpful guidance, counseling, local resources or reliable professional care, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) presented by LifeMatters is available 24/7 via phone or internet.
The LifeMatters website offers an abundance of educational information, self-service options and interactive tools. Simply go to mylifematters.com and enter “sfsu” as your company password. All services provided in person, over the phone or via the internet by LifeMatters are free to you, your eligible dependents (whether or not they live at home) and other family members who live with you. If you are referred to outside resources, you will be advised about any potential costs. Your privacy is respected, so keep in mind that the use of this service is totally confidential (except in rare instances when your safety or the safety of another individual may be at risk).
To learn more, visit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
SF State values enabling its eligible employees the opportunity to achieve a work-life harmony through various Leave of Absence Programs, including paid leaves of absence, unpaid leaves of absence and benefits eligibility during unpaid leaves of absence.
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To provide a welcoming and safe campus experience for all campus community members, we have curated a collection of resources that represent the dedication and hard work of SF State staff. We remain grateful for our staff, who, amid the pandemic, have continued to advance the growth, safety and well-being of all campus community members.
We hope to continually expand in-person support services and resources during the fall 2021 semester for our campus community by diligently adhering to public health guidelines for a safe return to campus. All in-person support services and resources will be reevaluated constantly as new public health guidelines and protocols are shared. As more plans are finalized, modified operations will shift for available life-on-campus resources and support services.
For more information, please visit:
- Stairways for up or down traffic
- Pay attention to any signage designating specific stairways for up or down traffic.
- The use of elevators should be limited where possible to avoid close proximity with others in a confined space. Those using elevators are required to wear a multi-layered face covering regardless of traveling alone or with others. You should wash your hands or use hand sanitizers after touching the elevator buttons and before touching eyes or face.
Get the latest information on building access, health protocols and schedules in addition to accessing SF State’s virtual tour with a self-guided campus tour map.
Breakrooms across campus may be used. There are no capacity limitations, however, please make sure to remain 6 feet apart from others while removing your mask to eat or drink. The following are additional guidelines for using breakrooms:
- Avoid sharing items such as serving utensils, multi-serving beverage containers, condiment bottles, etc. with others outside your household.
- Sanitize your hands after touching common surfaces.
- Wipe down common surfaces after use.
View a curated list of multicultural services and identity-based resources that advance the growth of all community members, helping you achieve your academic, professional and personal goals.
- Campus food and dining services will be available. In-person dining and dining locations may change according to the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control in response to the pandemic.
- Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
- If dining on campus, you should wear your multi-layered face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Eating establishments must meet six feet distancing requirement, which also includes lines and seating arrangements. Individuals should not sit facing one another.
- You are encouraged to take food back to your office area or eat outside if this is reasonable for your situation. If you are eating in your work environment, maintain six feet distance between you and others and avoid sitting across from one another.
Learn more about how Housing and Dining have shifted services and health protocols to ensure the continued safety of our campus community, as well as our support staff.
The majority of SF State services have successfully continued at full operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic due to the dedication of our staff and faculty. View a curated list of all available services.
SF State’s campus services are dedicated to supporting your mental, emotional and physical well-being. View a curated list of resources featuring optimized operations to meet the needs of our campus community.
SF State is dedicated to supporting the campus community and being a strategic partner in encouraging faculty and staff development. We aspire to cultivate a co-creative environment for employees to grow in self-awareness and regard every interaction as a learning opportunity. We commit to helping employees express their full creativity and work in their own place of wisdom.
To learn more about professional development opportunities, please visit:
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