Return to Work Task Force


Guiding Principles

As announced by President Harris in his message on May 7, 2020, we intend to reopen our campus in mid-August, using a six-point plan and relying upon the medical and public health expertise of federal, state and county guidance. The University of San Diego six-point plan commits to collectively:

  1. Put health and safety first;
  2. Deliver a high-impact learning experience grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition;
  3. Ensure access to testing and monitoring for the virus;
  4. Convert our campus into a low-density model;
  5. Install technology into our classrooms to meet the changing times; and
  6. Adjust the academic calendar to mitigate risk.

The University of San Diego’s plan to return to campus will align with, and be consistent with, guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of California and the County of San Diego. We expect these guidelines to evolve over the coming months and so we will adjust accordingly.

Our Catholic mission and core values call us to make the health and well-being of each member of our community our first priority. The principle of solidarity reminds us that we are in this together, we have responsibility for one another, and we must address this challenge as a community. Thus, all employees are expected to exercise both personal and communal responsibility, promoting their own safety as well as the safety of the entire community.

The “Employee Guide to Return to Work on Campus” is intended for our faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees. We have a shared responsibility for the health and safety of everyone in our USD community. The university is taking extraordinary steps to ensure a safe campus for all. Each one of us must do our part as well. All employees are expected to comply with the procedures and protocols in this document. Those who are unwilling or unable to do so may be subject to corrective action.

USD will employ a phased return to work on campus for our employees that is coordinated at a department level. The phases take into consideration the mission-critical roles based on the operations on campus at the time, the ability to provide appropriate physical distancing in the workplace, proper PPE (personal protective equipment) and the county/state testing capabilities for COVID-19. As these phases evolve, some employees will continue to work remotely, others may alternate days on campus or staggered hours on campus, and others will be on campus full-time.

More detailed procedures and protocols will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Task Force Team

  • Andrew Allen, Vice President Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives
  • Nicole Schuessler Veloz, Director of Title IX, EEO and Employee Relations
  • Ky Snyder, Vice President and COO
  • Vlad Bolsakov, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
  • Karen Briggs, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Jacqueline Corey, Director Manchester Family Child Development Center
  • Meredith D'Angelo, Assistant Dean, Law Student Affairs
  • Philip Garland, Assistant Vice President Advancement Operations
  • Donald Godwin, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Melissa Halter, PhD, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Student Wellness
  • Andre Hutchinson, Assistant Vice President Facilities Management
  • Frances Kuhn, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Josh Lawrence, Associate Director of Athletics, Facilities and Operations
  • Michael Lovette-Colyer, Assistant Vice President University Ministry
  • Andre Mallie, Assistant Vice President Auxiliary Services
  • Kathyann Marsh, Associate Dean of Master’s and International Programs and Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
  • Megan Mazza, Associate General Counsel
  • James Miyashiro, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Public Safety
  • Kristin Moran, Associate Dean and Professor, Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Truc Ngo, Chair and Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
  • Theresa Robinson Harris, Director Procurement Services
  • Wajma Shams Lyons, Director, University Scheduling and Parking Administration
  • Thomas Skinner, General Counsel and Advisor to the President