Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for the USD community related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our world in unprecedented ways. As the situation evolves, the University of San Diego remains focused on addressing two imperatives: ensuring that we take prudent precautions to protect our community and communities beyond our campus, and continuing to deliver a values-based, liberal arts education that prepares our students to address society’s most urgent challenges. This website provides up-to-date information and news about the university's response to the pandemic.

Latest Updates

Opening Fall Semester with Remote Instruction Only - Learn more about the University of San Diego's plan for Fall 2020.


Summer 2020 Remote Teaching - After careful consideration, the university has made the decision to extend remote teaching to include Summer 2020. All summer sessions will be conducted remotely. The safety of our community is our top priority and we believe that extending remote teaching to support social distancing efforts is the best decision at this time.


Commencement 2020 Rescheduled - Due to the ongoing stay-at-home orders and restrictions on gatherings issued by the State of California Governor’s Office, the University of San Diego has postponed our May commencement ceremonies until October 16-18, 2020. Should there be similar restrictions on gatherings at that time, we will decide how and when to later hold commencement.


Remote Learning/Teaching - Campus-wide remote teaching is in effect through the end of the Spring semester. Please visit the ITS website for a comprehensive list of resources for transitioning to online instruction. These include webinars, strategy guides, consultations and more.


Special Resources - To help support the USD community during these challenging times, Auxiliary Services has developed a list of resources, including: airline and storage discount information, local lodging, campus dining hours of operation and more. View these resources on the Auxiliary Services website.


FAQs for Students - The latest answers to questions from students related to our COVID-19 response.


FAQs for Employees - The latest answers to questions from employees related to our COVID-19 response.


USD COVID-19 Action Team

Academic Continuity Provost Gail Baker
Vice Provost Tom Herrinton
Health and Well-Being Vice President Carmen Vazquez 
Assistant Vice President Melissa Halter
Operations and Services Vice President Ky Snyder
Vice President Carmen Vazquez
Communications Vice President Rick Virgin 
General Counsel and Advisor to the President Tom Skinner
Advisor Dean Jane Georges

The COVID-19 Action Team will oversee the ongoing work of the Critical Incident Reponse Team (CIRT) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) teams, and will report to the President's Administrative Team and President Harris. Key subject matter experts will be consulted, and stakeholders and partners will be identified to join these groups.


If you have additional questions not addressed above, please email universitycommunications@sandiego.edu.