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 for Spring and Summer 2021, please refer to the information and resources below. As plans are finalized for Fall 2021, additional guidance will be provided as available.
Steps for Coming to Campus
Staff and faculty who need to access buildings to perform essential work please visit administrators steps for returning to campus to complete protocol procedure check lists.
Health and Safety
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.
- Visit Health and Safety for more detailed information on SF State's campus safety protocols.
- Visit Prepare to Return to review the Administrators Four Steps for Returning to Campus and Appropriate Administrator Considerations.
- Check current building hours on the Buildings and Available Spaces webpage.
Staff 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
- Maintain six feet distancing whenever is possible and wear a multi-layered face covering.
- The use of elevators should be limited where possible to avoid close proximity with others in a confined space. Follow signage regarding elevator capacity. 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.
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:
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.
The shuttle service to/from Daly City Bart and 19th Avenue, including the campus loop shuttle, will resume service starting Fall 2021. Shuttle service will not run during weekends, or campus observed holidays. When the shuttle is not in service, commuters may use Muni route 28.
The updated shuttle service schedules will be posted on the Parking and Transportation website closer to beginning of the fall semester. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- SFMTA has limited operations on many bus lines, as well as on light rail lines. Muni continues to modify its operations and the most up-to-date information about routes and stops. Currently, the M-Line is operating only with bus-bridges (and not via rail service). The University is working with SFMTA to seek the restoration of the M-Line prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester.
- Sam Trans has limited operations. For complete and up-to-date service information, please visit samtrans.com.
- BART continues to offer service throughout the Bay Area and plans to return to near pre-pandemic service levels and hours starting August 30, 2021. For updated information about BART service and safety protocols, please visit bart.gov
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 https://parking.sfsu.edu/biking. Bay 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.
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA)
Supporting research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA) is part of our University’s commitment to academic excellence. Moreover, providing the vital opportunities for our faculty to engage in RSCA support our commitment to equity by promoting the professional development of historically underrepresented faculty. We know that when we support faculty, your successes translate to the academic successes of our students and their educational goals.
Due to public health and safety concerns arising from COVID-19, many RSCA activities were suspended and work on campus, as well as in the field, have been limited. With the help of the University Research Council and the University COVID-19 Budget and Logistics Committee, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has been working to create the necessary application documents in order to restart RSCA activities. SF State administration is cautiously beginning to allow for activities to resume following the guidance provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).
For more information, please visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
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