Policy Resolution #SU20-292 Temporary Changes to #F10-257 Syllabus Policy to Enhance COVID-19 Communication

Reference Number: SU20-292
Senate Approval Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Presidential Approval Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2020

Policy # SU20-292

Supersedes: N/A

Senate Approval: 08/11/2020

Presidential Approval: 08/17/2020

Effective: Immediately

Last Review: Summer 2020

Next Review: Spring 2021

Policy Resolution: #SU20-292 Temporary Changes to #F10-257 Syllabus Policy to Enhance

COVID-19 Communication


The health and wellness of the San Francisco State community is of the utmost importance.

Information items to help maintain the safety of the campus community should be distributed in

numerous ways to help support the “Gators helping Gators” campaign. We are calling for a

temporary modification of Syllabus policy (#F10-257) for Fall 2020 and we call for this to be

extended into Spring 2021 if the situation remains the same.

WHEREAS The Fall Planning Committee and partners from around the university have been

working diligently throughout the summer to prepare for remote distance

learning and the small number of classes with face-to-face components, and;

WHEREAS information is critical to the health and well-being of the campus community,


WHEREAS syllabi, iLearn, and other online websites are critical platforms for campus

communication; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the statement in Appendix A be required in the syllabi of all courses with

face-to-face components and considered in all other courses starting in the Fall

2020 semester and continuing as long as COVID-19 continues to impact the SF

State community; and be it further



that the above information should be included in iLearn banner sites and

department webpages; and be it further

we solicit the President’s concurrence with this temporary modification; and be it


RESOLVED that this be communicated to the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching

and Learning (CEETL), Deans, Academic Technology and department chairs

for further dissemination to faculty, staff and/or students.


Appendix A. Syllabi Verbiage

COVID-19 and Our Campus

Your health and safety is our paramount concern at SF State. During the COVD-19 pandemic, every

member of our Gator community is expected to do their part in keeping fellow students, faculty, and staff

safe and well. Feeling well and safe will support you in focusing on your academic success.

For the limited number of classes meeting face-to-face, In-person class attendance is an option, but not a

requirement. Students who do not wish to or are unable to comply with these requirements will be

allowed to take the class virtually or provided with other remote options for course completion

Please consult the campus plan website (https://news.sfsu.edu/campus-plan) for up-to-date information

and explanation of requirements. For all students attending in-person, the following are required:

1. Wear a face covering when around other people outside of those in your household.

2. Stay at least 6 feet physically distant from people outside the members of your household.

3. Stay home if you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (Please check in with the SF DPH

website for the most up-to-date symptoms & testing:


4. If you would like to discuss reasonable accommodations based on disability related to COVID-

19, please contact the Disability Programs & Resource Center: dprc@sfsu.edu

Information is changing rapidly, as our health professionals, scholars, and researchers are learning more

about COVID-19, and as such, we encourage you to frequently check your San Francisco State University

email account and https://news.sfsu.edu/campus-plan/students-families for the most current information.

• You are encouraged to keep your emergency information updated on Campus Solutions in order

to receive campus emergency alerts: https://upd.sfsu.edu/ENSFAQ

• You are also encouraged to provide your contact information to receive city of SF emergency

alerts, including COVID-19 updates and instructions for public safety: https://sfdem.org/get-cityalerts

• If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 or your own health during this time, please reach

out to Student Health Services: https://health.sfsu.edu

• If you are feeling overwhelmed, you are encouraged to connect with our on-campus health

professionals in Counseling & Psychological Services: https://caps.sfsu.edu

• If you are looking for education on how to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, then reach

out to our Health Promotion & Wellness Team: https://wellness.sfsu.edu

Signed Memo: