Stop the Surge: USD Lifts Student Restrictions, Encourages Continued Vigilance

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On Thursday, Feb. 25, the University of San Diego lifted the student restrictions related to the "Stop the Surge" promotion campaign, as COVID-19 positive cases recorded on campus dropped significantly over the last few weeks. In an announcement to students, the university praised their efforts to follow the guidelines and protocols articulated in the Student Guide for the Spring Semester. They also encouraged continued vigilance in the effort to stop the spread of the virus.

"We want to thank you for your cooperation with our “Stop the Surge” campaign. It worked!" said USD Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Donald Godwin, EdD, in the announcement to students. "COVID-19 positive cases recorded on campus are down significantly. Our Student Health Center staff, in particular, has done an amazing job and was recently recognized with the highest accreditation for health and safety excellence."

Additionally, the university laid out plans and guidelines for the coming weeks:

Student COVID-19 Testing

All students coming to campus, either daily or infrequently, are required to participate in the Rady Children’s Hospital weekly COVID-19 testing on campus. The testing sessions are held Sunday through Tuesday. You must register in advance to be tested. If you are not receiving the weekly emails to register, please contact the COVID-19 Support Team at, with your full name, email address and USD ID number from your Torero card and request to receive the testing emails.

Limited In-Person Instruction

All of the labs, studios, performance-based courses and undergraduate and graduate student on-campus research that were previously in session before the “stop the surge” effort will now transition back to that mode.

All co-curricular student organizations and activities must continue to function only in a virtual or remote setting, consistent with student organization guidelines.

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining on campus will resume on Monday, March 1.

Post Spring Break

As a reminder, even if State recommendations and County orders permit in-person classes, all instruction will be delivered remotely following spring break from Tuesday, April 6, to Friday, April 9. This will enable us to implement our mandatory COVID-19 testing and better manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission following spring break.

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