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.


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. 

Contact for questions or technical support.

Health and safety remain our University’s top priorities. We have implemented practical and effective measures, based and supported by public health guidelineswhich 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. 
  • Visit Health and Safety for more detailed information on SF State's campus safety protocols
  • Visit Prepare to Return to review the Administrators Three Steps for Returning to Campus and Appropriate Administrator Considerations

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 along with a door that can be closed.

For now, 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. For more information about serving food/drinks, please contact

Indoor and outdoor events and meetings with SF State students, faculty, and staff do not require campus approvals unless the event or meeting may include more than 100 individuals. Department or divisional/college leadership hosting the event or meeting is responsible for ensuring SF State’s pandemic health and safety protocols are followed at all times – especially wearing face coverings indoors and adhering to safe sharing of food and beverages, if applicable.

Events or meetings with more than 100 people require approval from the Budget & Logistics group. Find more information about how to propose a larger meeting on the Events and Meetings section of Building & Available Spaces page. 

On campus events cannot be mandatory. If the event is held inside, then face coverings are required. When food/drink are involved indoors, attendees must be able to physical distance. Also, food/drink must be single-serve, grab and go. 

For events, as opposed to meetings, a virtual alternative may not be practical or reasonable and department leaders must assume responsibility for the impact on those who cannot attend in person. Department leadership must determine if a virtual alternative should be available for those who cannot attend in person. 

Visitors, including but not limited to guest lecturers 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.

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 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 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. 

To learn more, please visit Human Resources or contact a member of the SF State Leaves Team: 

Martha Paul
Leave Program Manager
(415) 338-1878 

Gauri Durgani
Leave Program Coordinator
(415) 338-7888 

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: 

Buildings and Available Spaces

  • 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.

Diversity and Inclusion

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. 

Housing and Dining

  • 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. 

Support Services

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: 

Parking & Transportation

  • Parking remains available on campus in all lots, pursuant to established parking fees or semester passes.
  • Lots 19/20 and 25 are considered search lots. Parking spaces are on a first come first served basis.
  • Reserved spaces in Lots 1, 6 and 19A have limited parking spaces and permits are sold based on the number of spaces available only.
  • If you had canceled your parking permit payroll deduction, you would need to sign up again with the Department of Parking & Transportation to activate your parking permit.

Beginning August 23, the shuttle bus service to/from Daly City BART and 19th Avenue will return Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 10 pm and Friday 7 am to 7 pm to include the campus loop.

The campus loop shuttle will run Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. For pickup locations and schedule please visit Shuttle services will not run on weekends, observed holidays and during summer.

When the shuttles are not in service, commuters may use Muni route 28 (19th Avenue) to/from campus and Daly City BART station. For more information, please email

If you need to take public transportation, wear a multi-layered face covering while waiting in line and onboard and try to limit touching surfaces. After stepping out of the bus or train — and before touching your eyes or face — wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Below are updates from local public transit agencies:

  • Starting August 14, the SFMTA expects to bring back the following bus routes that serve the campus:
    • M Oceanview
    • 57 Park Merced
    • 58 Lake Merced (new route)
  • 28R remains suspended until further notice. For updates and more information on Muni service restoration, please visit
  • Sam Trans has limited operations. For complete and up-to-date service information, please visit
  • BART continues to offer service throughout the Bay Area and plans to return to near pre-pandemic service levels and hours starting August 2, 2021. For updated information about BART service and safety protocols, please visit

Biking to campus is a great option while transit agencies are in recovery from COVID-19 service changes. Information on campus biking facilities and safe routes to campus can be found at Wheels operates a bike share network throughout the Bay Area and bikes are available near the SF State campus.

The San Francisco State’s 511 RideMatch service is an interactive, on demand system that allows students, faculty, and staff to find carpools or bicycle partners based on where they live. Participants can specify whether they wish to find only SF State affiliates or extend their search to a broader pool. For more information, visit Parking & Transportation’s RideMatch/Carpool page.

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