Policy on Visitors to UCSF Facilities

Updated January 12, 2021

Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of the UCSF community, including patients and visitors. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, this requires the implementation of special precautions and policies affecting visitors to UCSF Health and UCSF Dental Center facilities, as well as campus facilities.

The following guidance is effective until further notice, and will be updated as conditions change.

While enacting this policy, members of the UCSF community are reminded to be courteous and respectful of all people so as not to stigmatize or discriminate against any groups.

UCSF Health and UCSF Dental Center Facilities

UCSF Health and UCSF Dental Center facilities have enacted policies to restrict the number of visitors allowed at all UCSF hospital and clinic facilities, in accordance with San Francisco Department of Public Health orders.

Please visit the UCSF Health visitor restrictions website for a full list of visitation hours and guidelines.

UCSF Campus Facilities

All non-essential visits to UCSF campus facilities are prohibited until further notice.

Those who have authorization to be on campus must comply with UCSF's physical distancing and face covering protocols. Additionally, all visitors must complete the UCSF Vendor & Campus Guest Daily Health Screening and present an Entry Pass when requested to do so. Those who do not pass the health screen are prohibited from accessing any UCSF buildings, vehicles, grounds, or other facilities, and are advised to call their health care provider.

Visitors who are sick or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are asked to stay away from campus and will be turned away upon arrival.

Approval Process for Essential Visits

To be considered essential, visits must not be able to be postponed and must be necessary to:

  • Preserve the safety of a patient or research subject; or
  • Preserve the results of a research activity; or
  • Meet a graduation requirement for students/trainees.

All persons and groups who wish to have their visit to UCSF designated “essential” must obtain advance written approval as follows:

  1. Faculty Requests for Visitor Clearance: Please contact Travis Pentz for assistance with the approval review. This request must first be reviewed and approved by the dean or leader in one of the following offices, depending on the visitor(s)’ host: Chancellor (for staff in the University Development and Alumni Relations, Office of Communications, Office of Community & Government Relations, Diversity and Outreach, Legal Affairs, Science Policy & Strategy, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer offices); Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost; Deans; UCSF Health CEO; or Senior Vice Chancellor Finance & Administration. ​
  2. Vendor Requests for Visitor Clearance: Please contact [email protected] for assistance with the approval review. This request must then be reviewed and approved by the UCSF Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director for campus visits and for all UCSF Health facilities must be approved by the Hospital Command Center (HCC) Director and the EOC Director.