COVID-19 Information for Employees

The University is proactively working with campus partners, as well as local and state resources, to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to protect the health and wellbeing of the USD community. A robust website, including campus communications, health and wellness information, and FAQs can be accessed here:

This page is specifically dedicated to information, resources, and support for our employees. Acknowledging that this situation is rapidly evolving, this page will be updated regularly, so please be sure to check back frequently. For any questions not answered by the information below, please contact our Employee Relations team at (619) 260-4594 or

Employee FAQs

USD values your work, dedication and talent during this unprecedented time, and we are making every effort to provide stability for our Torero family. Volatility related to the health emergency complicates our ability to accurately make predictions about our campus operations and staffing levels with the level of certainty our employees would like. What we can say at this point is that the university is committed to current pay continuity for “regular” (non-temporary) employees through the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2020.  As we approach June 30, we will continually reassess our financial situation and keep you and your supervisor informed about any developments.

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially grateful for the ways in which our faculty, staff and administrators have responded to our need to work in new ways to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of our positions. All employees should be in frequent communication with their supervisor regarding their regular work and/or new work that may be needed across the university.  We all contribute to the mission of the university--we are USD!

Below are answers to some questions you may have regarding how to track your work time and log your hours for pay continuity during this time. (Please click here to access these FAQs in Spanish.) If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Employee Relations team in Human Resources at or 619-260-4594. 

  • As a non-exempt staff employee, how should I complete my timecard during this time?
  • As an exempt administrator, how should I track my work hours or time away during this COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What if I am a temporary employee?
  • What if I am willing and able to work, but some or all of the duties outlined in my job description cannot be performed remotely and I am unable to work all of my regularly scheduled hours?
  • What if I am unable to report to work because my child's school has closed?
  • How am I paid if I cannot work because I do not feel well?
  • What if my job duties are deemed as an essential operation and I am unable to report to work because I am self-quarantined?
  • What if I am unable to report to work because I am caring for an ill family member?
  • Why is the pay code category named COVID-19?

Health and Wellness Information

  • Health Guidance
  • Benefits Information
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • How to Stay Active
  • Mindfulness Resources

Employee Resources

  • Temporary and Seasonal Employees
  • Student Employees
  • Financial Resources
  • Learning Resources
  • Spiritual Resources

Remote Work Information

  • Interim Remote Work Guidelines
  • Interim Remote Work Information for Supervisors
  • How to Set up a Remote Workstation
  • Computer and Desk Stretches