COVID-19 Community Updates

San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has not yet stated a date by which higher education institutions, including UC Hastings Law, may resume in-person operations. Accordingly, the campus is not open to regular academic programming, though our residence hall, the Tower, is open to residents. Until we are given the green light by SFPDH to resume campus operations, all classes, including those that were scheduled to be in-person, will take place remotely, and student-facing operations are remote. All student services, events, and activities will also be taking place remotely.

UC Hastings Law follows guidance provided by local, state, and federal health officials while working in close collaboration with the emergency management teams of the University of California Office of the President and UC campuses to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and continually identify effective responses.

Our top priority is the safety of all community members. Since mid-March, when we shifted all educational programs to online platforms, the campus has been closed to everyone other than the few employees whose on-site presence is critical to school operations and a small number of others with demonstrated need.

Institutions of higher education are not currently allowed to operate in-person educational activities under San Francisco’s Stay-Safe-at-Home Order. For the Fall 2020 semester, nearly all courses will be delivered online, even if public health authorities decide to allow in-person education. As soon as SFDPH guidelines permit, we will initiate in-person, socially distanced activities on campus, including faculty office hours, study sessions, community events, and the few classes designed for in-person instruction.

Faculty and staff are permitted to come to campus without prior authorization to pick up belongings or perform limited work that cannot be conducted virtually. Anyone planning on being on campus daily needs prior authorization to do so. Additional details for those returning to the workplace can be found here. Check with your department head or HR for authorization.

Specific building hours and access guidelines are here. The gym, fitness center and dining commons will remain closed until their operations are permitted by SFDPH. This document outlines the Law Library’s plan for gradual reopening. It is subject to change as health guidance evolves. The Library’s numerous digital offerings, including e-books, study aids, newspaper and journal databases, and other online databases remain available to current UC Hastings students, faculty and staff 24/7 while the library is closed.  Search for e-books in the library catalog and find the complete list of our online databases at

Everyone entering a campus building must wear a face covering, present their photo identification to the security officer, complete a symptoms questionnaire, review the college’s Health & Safety Plan, and follow the college’s social-distancing protocol.

A complete list of the college’s policies, procedures and protocols are listed here, which include FAQs for students and employees.

Per SFDPH guidelines, we are requiring a 14-day quarantine for any person arriving from outside the San Francisco Bay Area before being admitted to campus.

Any confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection will be reported to local public health officials. College administrators are in the process of determining how best to conduct the widespread testing and contact tracing recommended in the City’s reopening guidelines.

For specific information about campus access and activities, please see below.

  • Nearly all courses are being offered online.
  • The Tower at 100 McAllister, with student apartments, remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for residents and essential support personnel.
  • Other than Tower residents accessing their own apartments, no one who has symptoms associated with COVID-19 or has interacted with a person who has—or is believed to have—COVID-19, is permitted to enter a campus building.
  • All individuals entering campus must complete a “campus entry checklist,” either online or on paper, including a symptoms questionnaire, and adhere to all posted guidelines, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer.
  • Nonessential business travel—domestic and international—is restricted until further notice.
  • UC Hastings leaders update the internal community frequently, via all-inclusive and group-specific emails and informational postings on MyHastings. Links to messages issued to the entire community are posted below.

Learn more about what is permitted in California by reading the state’s most current guidelines here.


Contact Information

Type of Coronavirus-Related Question Point of Contact
COVID-19 Liason Executive Director of Operations Rhiannon Bailard (, (415) 581-8858)
Curriculum, classrooms, exams, or faculty illness Academic Dean Morris Ratner (
Individual students or Academic Regulations Assistant Dean of Students Grace Hum (
Classroom or Distance Education Technology Associate Dean for the UC Hastings Library and Technology Camilla Tubbs (
Media inquiries Chief Communications Officer Sybil Wyatt (

Letter of Gratitude from Chancellor and Dean David Faigman

Archived UC Hastings Community Updates

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Additional Resources
UC Hastings Law Health and Safety Plan
Campus Entry Checklist – Updated July 15, 2020
Guide for Returning to the Workplace
CDC – COVID-19 Website
SFDPH Order of the Health Officer No. C19-07q, current as of December 9, 2020
SFDPH Order of the Health Officer No. 2020-22f, current as of December 6, 2020
Social Distancing COVID-19 Protocol Revised September 2, 2020
Optum COVID-19 Mental health tips during a quarantine
Optum COVID-19 Tips to help children during a quarantine
UC Hastings 2020-2021 Flu Vaccination Policy
FAQS about Flu Vaccination Policy for Employees
UCH Symptom Self Monitoring Form
UCH Pandemic Response Plan

COVID-19 Legal Perspectives & Information from UC Hastings Law Professors
Law and the Pandemic Podcast

More information on MyHastings