Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for the USD community related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The university is proactively working with campus partners, as well as local and state resources, to monitor the situation and to protect the health and wellbeing of the USD community. As the university transitions to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring semester, it remains commfurther updates and resources will be provided.

Important Updates

Stay at Home Order - On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all California residents to stay home until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19. Educational institutions such as USD are subject to these orders but are considered essential businesses. USD had already taken steps in this direction with our remote teaching transition and our remote work plans. This order does not affect our ability to keep our campus operations open and running through remote work and remote teaching. We ask that employees continue to follow their respective work plans that were approved by their supervisors.

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. Click here to view.

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

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