USD's COVID-19 Campus Response and Action Plan

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Campus Protocols: December 2020 – January 2021

(UPDATED: NOV. 12, 2020)

On Nov. 10, San Diego County announced a move to the most-restrictive level of California’s COVID-19 risk-ranking system, meaning that restaurants, houses of worship, movie theaters and other organizations must cease or significantly reduce their indoor operations by 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The change in tier level is experienced by many as challenging, and it is our hope that all community members will prioritize their health, self-care and wellbeing. Please be sure to reach out to our Student Health Center or our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services if you have questions or concerns about your health or well-being.  This news comes near the end of the undergraduate semester and the start of final exams, and we recognize that these additional restrictions can cause stress and anxiety. Nevertheless, we are prepared and have plans in place to support our community through this transition while also doing our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As a result of moving into this more restrictive tier, California guidance for institutions of higher education calls on us to implement the following health and safety actions:

  • In-person classes will not be held until further notice. Labs can continue under our existing health and safety protocols. Final exams for undergraduates will be delivered remotely.
  • All on-campus dining services (Tu Mercado and Student Life Pavilion) have moved to outdoor services as of Wednesday, Nov. 11.
  • University Ministry will no longer be able to welcome people to attend Mass in person in The Immaculata. However, Mass will continue to be available via livestream each weekday at 12:15 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. The link to the livestream can be found here.
  • For Campus Recreation, the Bosley Fitness Center will be closing on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., as it is an indoor fitness center. Also, the JCP McNamara Fitness Center will be closing on Friday at 1 p.m. The Sports Center will remain open, as it is all outdoor recreation.

As the semester concludes, we anticipate members of our community may be traveling for the holidays. While we have completed our final round of COVID-19 surveillance testing for the fall semester, the San Diego County testing site is located just west of the USD West Entrance and remains open and available to students and employees, offering walk-up testing at no cost. San Diego County results are currently being returned within 72 hours.

Those returning to on-campus activities will also be asked to engage in our spring COVID-19 surveillance testing program. We will share spring testing details in January.

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the university requires each person affiliated with the campus to inform us if they plan to be on campus or not, every day. If they plan to be on campus, they will then complete a brief daily health screening survey.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators who are not receiving the daily screening email should contact the COVID Support Team at and request to be added to the list. Please include your name, email address and 9-digit ID number from your Torero ID Card. Until you begin to receive the daily screening email, you may do the symptom screen in person at one of our campus temperature screening locations.



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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I learn more about the state and county guidelines that restrict USD from implementing hybrid and in-person learning formats?
  • Why is USD charging the same tuition for the fall semester? Doesn’t it cost less to shift to virtual learning?
  • Given the current situation, can I defer attending USD until the spring or fall of 2021? Will I lose my scholarship?
  • What if my circumstances have changed because of COVID-19 and I can no longer afford to attend USD?
  • What if I am considering a Leave of Absence for Fall 2020 or withdrawing from USD?
  • How does the pivot to remote learning impact on-campus living and residency guidelines?
  • Why would USD send out housing assignments if we were not sure students could be on campus?
  • I have additional questions about campus housing. Who can I speak with?
  • As a student, do I have the option to come to campus to study?
  • Are students able to use the libraries and computer labs?
  • Will student orientation programs such as University Ministry and Outdoor Adventures still be available virtually?
  • Is food service going to be available during the fall semester?
  • In the event that we are able to have students on campus and there there is an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, will we send students home as we did last spring?
  • When will we receive more detailed information?