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. 

Guidance on Workplace Scenarios

When 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.).

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. 

For indoor in-person meetings, a virtual alternative such as Zoom and Teams must be available for those who cannot attend in person. If food or drink are involved, attendees may remove masks when actively eating and drinking such as taking a sip of water from a water bottle or eating an individual portion of a food item. When shared meals are offered, care should be taken by leadership to ensure safe provision of food and beverages. Administrators and meeting organizers should ensure that employees who have approved accommodations are not excluded from meetings where meals are offered. Contact 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.


Breakrooms across campus may be used. There are no capacity limitations, and you may temporarily remove your mask while actively eating or drinking. The following are additional guidelines for using breakrooms:

  • Sanitize your hands after touching common surfaces.
  • Wipe down common surfaces after use.
  • Contact for questions about food services procedures.

Support for Staff and Faculty

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. All in-person support services and resources will be reevaluated as new public health guidelines and protocols are shared.

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 

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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