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COVID-19 Response

February 25, 2022 Update

The University of Saint Francis will adopt the Indiana Department of Health updated K-12 guidance. Close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals will no longer need to quarantine if asymptomatic. USF will also discontinue contact tracing.

Important Note Regarding Testing

The university does not accept any results from an at-home COVID test kit unless it is a digitally-read test. This includes rapid antigen tests like BinaxNow. Please refer to the FAQs for additional information.


August 9, 2021 Update

USF announces COVID-19 vaccination incentive

The University of Saint Francis will offer a $100 incentive for students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

USF continues to follow local health department and government directives concerning the pandemic. The university will maintain its health guidelines from the spring and summer semesters at the main campus, USF Downtown and USF Crown Point. Under those guidelines, masks and social distancing are not required. USF supports those who choose to wear a mask and maintain social distancing or are required to do so because of health reasons.

While not requiring vaccinations, USF strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. As an extra incentive, the university will pay $100 to students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated by September 15, 2021. Students will receive a $100 Visa gift card and employees will receive their incentive through payroll. To be eligible for this incentive, everyone will need to fill out a vaccine incentive form.

Students, faculty, and staff must provide their vaccination card as proof of full vaccination to receive the incentive, which will be distributed sometime after September 15. Further information on where to pick up the Visa cards will be made available soon.

“We encourage everyone to take advantage of the readily available vaccine,” USF President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer said. “Through widespread vaccination, the campus community will be able to proceed with confidence as we enter another school year. Our students, faculty and staff showed firm commitment to health last year and we expect that to continue in 2021-22.”

More details will be announced soon.

August 6, 2021 Update

Vaccination Requirements for Students in Experiential Learning

The University of Saint Francis is recommending but not requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, a decision not to be vaccinated may restrict access to clinical, internship, teaching practicum or other sites and result in the student’s inability to complete course outcomes, thereby impacting academic progression and degree completion. The university is unable to guarantee placement or alternate opportunities for all required activities to students who are not vaccinated. Academic programs may require documentation of vaccination status prior to assigning placements.

April 8, 2021 Precautions Update

USF President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer shared this update on Thursday, April 8:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are thankful for the widespread availability of vaccines in Indiana and the progress made in the fight against COVID-19. In light of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Allen County Department of Health, we have established updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions on campus.

Until May 1, 2021, USF will continue with the current requirements in place on campus through the spring semester and Commencement.

Beginning May 3, USF discontinues the mandates for wearing face masks and for maintaining six feet of social distancing on campus. However, we recommend, when in close contact with others who might retain health concerns, the use of face masks.

Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer

The University of Saint Francis is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our employees, students and visitors. To ensure that, we have developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 through the the cooperative efforts of employees, students and visitors.

View the Safety Plan

Implementation Policies and Procedures for Students, Staff and Faculty


Students have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess student’s health status prior to arriving on campus and to report to the Office of Student Affairs when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.

Student Guidance


The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess employees’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.

Employee Guidance

COVID-19 Health and Educational Training Resources

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our employees, students, and visitors. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our workplaces. Visit the Health and Educational Training Resources to view the recommended educational and training materials in order to prepare yourself to be back on campus.


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Face Coverings

Beginning, May 3, 2021, the use of face coverings is not required on campus but encouraged, especially in classrooms, other academic areas, and in confined areas. Good judgement and respect for others during this transition is key as we transition to a post‐COVID campus.

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Franciscans Care Agreement

We have new opportunities to express our care, concern, and compassion for each other in a workplace influenced by COVID-19. Let us re-commit to our Franciscan Values in the following ways to express our “Franciscans Care.”

Read the Agreement