Evening classes canceled today; University closed Oct. 13-15

Due to the devastating fires in the North Bay, the city of San Francisco, including San Francisco State University, is experiencing severe and unhealthy air quality conditions due to the smoke. The health and safety of all students, faculty and staff is the University’s top priority. As such, the University is cancelling Thursday evening classes, effective at 5 p.m. today.
Additionally, the main campus, the downtown campus and the Romberg Tiburon campus will close effective 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 and will remain closed through Sunday, Oct. 15, with the exception of the Mashouf Wellness Center, residential life, dining services and essential personnel. The Mashouf Wellness Center will remain open to provide activities for students and University residents.
Faculty and staff will not be required to take personal time on Friday due to the campus closure. Responsible administrative units will provide specific resources and information for campus residents and personnel deemed essential by their managers. Decisions about University operations on Monday and beyond will be made and communicated this weekend.
Employees and student employees who are scheduled to receive paychecks on Oct. 13 and do not have direct deposit, will receive additional information directly from Human Resources later today about picking up their checks.
For information about physical and psychological resources, along with ongoing updates regarding University status, please visit news.sfsu.edu.
“As the devastating fires continue to affect communities in Northern California, we are keeping them in our thoughts, and we stand ready to support and assist in any way that we can,” said SF State President Les Wong.

updated Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Due to the devastating fires in the North Bay, the SF State campus is experiencing severe and unhealthy air quality conditions due to the smoke.

Effective immediately, all University activities taking place outdoors are canceled. This includes outdoor classes, athletic events and practices, the Farmer’s Market and activities on the Quad. Children are especially sensitive and should remain indoors. We are closely monitoring the Romberg Tiburon Center site for the health and safety of those employees given their proximity to the fires.


Student Health Services has a limited supply of single use disposable dust masks for student use. Stop by Student Health Services, or call (415) 338-1251 for more information.

Faculty and staff

Environmental Health Safety has a limited supply of single use disposable dust respirators/dust masks that we can issue for “voluntary use.” Please contact: Jon Farhat in Environment, Health & Safety at [email protected] to arrange for a mask.

If you or any of your staff, faculty or student colleagues have been affected by the fires, please inform the President’s Office at your earliest convenience, as they work to assess the full impact of the fires and the needs of our SF State Community. Also, please be patient with your fellow students, faculty and staff as they navigate the negative health and safety impacts of this disaster.

While we do not anticipate a campus closure for Friday at this time, we will continue to provide updates before the close of business today to confirm our operational status for tomorrow.

Missing class

Students who need to be away from campus in order to take care of their homes or loved ones, or who are facing evacuation orders, may need to miss class. We recommend that students communicate directly with faculty to alert them of their absences. Discuss arrangements to make up missed class content or assignments. For students who are unable to reach faculty directly, call the Dean of Students Office at (415) 338-2032 or email them at [email protected] to request assistance.

Cancelling class

Faculty who need to be away from campus due to the North Bay fires should communicate with their department chair and their college dean’s office and arrange for coverage of duties so that they can take care of their homes and families.

We will continue to update news.sfsu.edu with information on the fires and their impacts on the San Francisco State sites throughout the Bay Area. Click here, for information regarding resources.