An exciting and challenging experience awaits you as an
administrator of the University of San Francisco. We have written this
handbook to answer some of the questions you may have concerning the
University and its policies. Please read it thoroughly and keep it
available for future reference. The University reserves the right to
change the policies in this handbook. From time to time you may receive
updated information concerning changes in policy. Please keep your
handbook updated. If you have any questions regarding any of these
policies, please ask your supervisor or a member of the Office of Human
Resources. We wish you the best of luck and success in your position and
hope that your employment relationship with the University of San
Francisco will be a rewarding experience for all involved.
Contents of this Section:
History of the
The University of San Francisco was established as San
Francisco's first institution of higher education by Jesuit priests in
October 1855. The original college, known as St. Ignatius Academy, was
located in a simple frame building 75 feet long by 35 feet wide at 5th
and Market streets, the site of one of San Francisco's largest
department stores today. The Academy opened its doors as a "Jesuit
college for the youth of the city" under the guidance of Father Anthony
Maraschi, S.J., founder and first President.
Four years later, on April 30, 1859, the State of California issued a
charter under the title of "Saint Ignatius College," empowering the
College to confer degrees "with such literary honors as are granted by
any university in the United States." The curriculum included courses in
Greek, Spanish, Latin, English, French, Algebra and Arithmetic.
In 1862, a new building for the College was constructed on the
same site, on Market Street, between Fourth and Fifth. The 1862 catalog
stated the purpose of St. Ignatius College as the "giving of a thorough
classical, mathematical and philosophical education." In June 1863, the
first bachelor of arts degree was conferred.
In 1880, the College moved to new buildings which had been
erected on Van Ness Avenue near the site of the Civic Center, the
current location of the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Twenty-six years
later, the 1906 San Francisco fire and earthquake destroyed the
institution and all its laboratories, libraries, and art treasures. The
College was relocated to temporary quarters at Hayes and Shrader streets
within the year.
In 1909, the Ignatian Heights property was acquired at Fulton
Street and Parker Avenue, the current location of the University campus.
In 1914, the development of the new campus began.
In 1930, on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, and at the
request of civic, professional and industrial leaders of San Francisco,
St. Ignatius College became the University of San Francisco.
Since 1931, the University of San Francisco has grown with the
city whose name it bears. Today, USF, with its 55 acres, is San
Francisco's largest independent university campus. The coeducational
student body represents all geographic sections of the United States and
over 80 countries. Although USF retains its rich Catholic heritage, its
students and faculty are from all religious backgrounds.
The Jesuit traditions of scholarship and dedication to a liberal
education are the foundation for all academic programs at USF.
The Jesuits continue their commitment to the University they
founded and are joined in that commitment by other religious and lay
faculty. The University's humanistic tradition views the individual mind
and spirit as its most valuable resources.
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Mission, and Values
The University of San Francisco will be internationally
recognized as a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban University with a global
perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and
The core mission of the University is to promote learning in
the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The University
offers undergraduate, graduate and professional students the knowledge
and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the
values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.
The University will distinguish itself as a diverse, socially
responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic
rigor sustained by a faith that does justice. The University will draw
from the cultural, intellectual and economic resources of the San
Francisco Bay Area and its location on the Pacific Rim to enrich and
strengthen its educational programs.
The University’s core values include a belief in and a
commitment to advancing:
The Jesuit Catholic tradition that views faith and reason as
complementary resources in the search for truth and authentic human
development, and that welcomes persons of all faiths or no religious
beliefs as fully contributing partners to the University
The freedom and the responsibility to pursue truth and follow
evidence to its conclusion
Learning as a humanizing, social activity rather than a
A common good that transcends the interests of particular
individuals or groups; and reasoned discourse rather than coercion as
the norm for decision making
Diversity of perspectives, experiences and traditions as
essential components of a quality education in our global context
Excellence as the standard for teaching, scholarship,
creative expression and service to the University community
Social responsibility in fulfilling the University’s mission
to create, communicate and apply knowledge to a world shared by all
people and held in trust for future generations
The moral dimension of every significant human choice: taking
seriously how and who we choose to be in the world
The full, integral development of each person and all
persons, with the belief that no individual or group may rightfully
prosper at the expense of others
10. A culture of
service that respects and promotes the dignity of every person.
has been observed that although America is a multicultural society "it
is not yet a pluralistic society -- a place where all racial and
cultural groups share equal access to opportunities for quality lives
and power over their own lives." Education and educational institutions
are one vehicle for mediating the full benefits of a multicultural
Multiculturalism is rapidly becoming a way of life in the city of San
Francisco, our state and our nation. As
such, multiculturalism is viewed as a strength and a resource in our
rapidly changing urban environment. It is obvious that the USF community
is aware of the richness that comes from the multiculturalism evidenced
in our urbanscape and in our student population. And indeed we
celebrate that richness. At the same time, as a campus community, we
must continue to learn how to tap the rich vein of cultural, ethnic,
racial, and gender diversity to improve education for all at USF.
The Mission Statement of USF clearly states that we strive to
"create a campus-wide environment which values each individual,
heightens ethical standards, instills a passion for justice, and
integrates faith with life...To prepare men and women to shape a
multicultural world with creativity, generosity, and compassion."
This sentiment flows directly from the Society of Jesus'
commitment to the "service of faith in the promotion of justice" as well
as the Jesuits' centuries-old commitment to educate amidst cultural
diversity and across all national borders. Inculturation, the
appreciation and appropriation of different cultural patterns, has
always been a part of the Jesuit view of the world.
The University of San Francisco affirms its intentions and
efforts to enhance the minority representation among its faculty, staff,
and student populations.
"Multiculturalism" and "Diversity" are concepts that should become
recognized strengths of this University which is presently recognized as
being "Catholic, Jesuit and Urban." There is a natural affinity and
compatibility in all of these attributes.
It is our intention that our focusing on multiculturalism will
equally address the issues of diversity and at the same time acknowledge
our abundant resources in the city, our international students and the
foreign study programs already in place at USF. Multiculturalism is the
future. We as a university community cannot be complacent, disinterested
or uninformed about the need for enhancing our institutional commitment
to multiculturalism in all facets of university life.
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President: Serving as Chief
Executive Officer, the President has a responsibility for the overall
operation, development and general welfare of the University. Through
six vice presidents, the President exercises supervision of planning,
organization and coordination of policies, programs and administrative
functions. In addition to the Vice Presidents, the following positions
report directly to the President: Chancellor and Chancellor-Emeritus,
University Counsel, Executive Assistant/University Secretary, Executive
Director of University Ministry, and the Ombudsperson.
The Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs: As chief operating and academic officer of
the university, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
seeks to recruit and retain a diverse faculty of outstanding teachers
and scholars; assists the faculty in the creation of a learning
community characterized by high quality scholarship and academic rigor,
and sustained by a faith that does justice; directs the academic
programs of the University through the deans and colleges; oversees
admissions and transfer policies, faculty and curriculum development,
library resources, and student academic services such as advising,
orientation, registration, financial aid, and disabilities services.
Additionally, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
supports the planning and budget initiatives of the University;
initiatives for minority recruitment and international/immersion
programming opportunities; and programming in the area of students
affairs and university life.
Vice President for Business & Finance:
The Vice President for Business & Finance is responsible for
financial reporting, treasury operations, facilities management, risk
management, purchasing services, purchasing card program, endowment
management, athletics, One Card operations and auxiliary services of the
University of San Francisco.
Vice President for Information Technology
Services: The Vice President oversees the mission of the
Information Technology Services division which is to support and
facilitate the use of technology in creating, communicating and applying
knowledge; fostering communication and collaboration; promoting
efficiency and convenience in University services; and ensuring security
and business continuity.
Vice President for Development:
The Vice President has responsibility for all annuity fund-raising, and
oversees departments with functions related to charitable gifts
including: planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, the
annual fund, major gifts, development services, library relations and
Vice President for Communications and Marketing: The Vice President has responsibility for overall University marketing and communications. It includes the departments of Marketing, Media Relations, Publications, Social Media, and Web Communication and Services.
Vice President for Student Life:
The Vice President directs the co-curricular learning environment on
campus. Concerned with the quality of life for all students, the Vice
President shapes opportunities for students to develop into creative,
caring, ethical citizens - socially and personally capable and willing
assume leadership roles in society. The Vice President oversees
residence life, counseling, student leadership and engagement, career
services, student conduct rights & responsibilities, international
student and scholar services, multicultural student services,
recreational sports and intramurals, public safety, student health
services, clubs and student organizations.
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Schools and Colleges of
The College of Arts and
Sciences offers a wide variety of major, minor, certificate, and
graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. In
addition, the College delivers most of the General Education Curriculum
to undergraduates from across the University. It offers co-curricular
and enrichment opportunities through the College's many special
programs. With 30 majors and 50 minors, The College offers a wide
variety of educational options imbued with a mission to provide not only
the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and
professionals, but also the values and sensitivity necessary to be men
and women for others.
The School of Business and Management, located
in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, prepares students for
positions of leadership and responsibility in the business world
throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Accredited by
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) on both
the undergraduate and graduate levels, the School's curriculum is
designed to develop the analytical skills, creativity, and other
qualities of mind necessary for adapting to the increasing complexity
and constant change of organizational life.
The School of Education offers
credential and graduate programs designed to meet aspiring and
practicing educators, counselors and leaders. By valuing the individual,
the School provides a caring, interactive, and academically challenging
climate through: instilling a passion for knowledge, wisdom and
justice, fostering a desire to celebrate a modern, multicultural world,
building a commitment to creativity and compassion heightening ethical
standards, developing the intellect and enhancing professional skills.
The School fosters a community marked by the commitment of the Jesuit,
Catholic urban university to issues of justice and intellectual rigor
and supports faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends in
accomplishing their lifelong learning goals.
The School of Law offers a
wide-ranging program of both full-time and part-time instruction leading
to the Juris Doctor degree. With an emphasis on professional skills and
quality classroom teaching, The School's goal is to educate students to
be effective lawyers with a social conscience, high ethical standards
and a glocbal perspective. The intellectually demanding curriculum
prepares the student to be an effective participant in the legal
profession, whether as a practicing attorney, member of the judiciary,
or other public official. The curriculum is also well suited as
preparation for careers in government, business, and legal education.
The School of Management offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to provide high-quality professional learning experiences in management. Graduates of the program will have the skills necessary to build productive and compassionate organizations in the three sectors of not-for-profit, business, and government, with an emphasis on leadership, social responsibility, and sustainability within a global context.
The School of Nursing and Health Professions has a vibrant
baccalaureate program that is one of the few programs in the West Coast
to admit students as freshmen. Graduates earn their bachelor's of
science in nursing (BSN) and are eligible to sit for licensure (NCLEX)
as a registered nurse (RN). The school offers a master's of science
degree in nursing (MSN) with a Clinical Nurse Lead (CNL) focus and a
master's entry (ME-CNL) option for individuals with a bachelor's degree
in another field who want to become a RN and develop the skills as a
clinical nurseleader. The School also offers a Doctor of Nursing (DNP)
degree program. The DNP at USF is accredited by the Western Association
of Schools andf Colleges and is the first such program in California
preparing graduates for advance practice specialties. The DNP is a
practice focused doctorate. Graduates are prepared as nurse
practicioners (direct adnavced practice) and healthcaresystem leaders
(indirect advanced practice).
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Mission and Goals of
the Office of Human Resources
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to strategically
parrtner with USF colleges and divisions to provide optimal HR services,
aligned with best practices, to support and enhance the USF vision,
mission, and values.
To accomplish its mission, the office has five over-arching goals:
1. Customer Service - The Office of Human Resources will partner
with customers to provide the services and products they need to achieve
their goals in support of USF's vision, mission, and values.
2. Technology Infrastructure Support - The Office of Human Resources
will leverage technology to provide essential services and information
to USF employees and applicants.
3. Recruitment - The Office of Human Resources will develop and
recruit a diverse, qualified pool of candidates using the most effective
and efficient methodologies.
4. Retention - Through its benefits, compensation, serviceS, and
programs, the Office of Human Resources will retain USF's diverse staff
and faculty who support and enhance USF's mission.
5. Professional Development - The Office of Human Resources will
provide accessible, applicable, learning expeiences for faculty and
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This handbook applies to administrators who have
tenure and have previously been covered by a faculty collective
bargaining agreement (i.e. Associate Deans). In these instances,
however, this handbook will not abridge the rights and/or privileges of
the collective bargaining agreement when the administrator returns to
the bargaining unit.
- Administrator - Salaried administrative staff who are exempt from
the provisions of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act to the extent
provided by law and academic administrators holding rank and/or tenure.
This definition does not apply to executive officers or faculty and
staff who are covered by collective bargaining agreements.
- Regular Full-Time Administrator - An administrator who is
normally scheduled to work 37.5 hours per week during a five-day period.
Depending on the nature of the work or employee's responsibilities, the
work week may range from nine to twelve months. An administrator with
an appointment of at least .8 full-time equivalency (FTE) will be
eligible for benefits accorded to full-time, regular administrators.
Examples of job positions that are considered administrative include:
Associate Vice President, Counselor, Director and Administrative
- Regular Part-Time Administrator - An administrator who is
normally scheduled to work halftime or more (.5 FTE) but less than
full-time (.8 FTE). Regular part-time administrators are only eligible
for federal or state mandated benefits.
- Provisional Administrator - A provisional administrator is
normally appointed as full-time (.8 FTE or more) with the same
eligibility for benefits as a regular full-time administrator. The
provisional appointment may be for a specified period of time and
contingent upon the continuing availability of programs and funding.
- Temporary Administrator - A temporary administrator may be
appointed on a part-time or full-time basis for a specified period of
time normally not to exceed nine months. Exceptions to this policy
should be discussed with the Office of Human Resources. Temporary
administrators are generally eligible only for state and federal
- Academic Administrator - Those holding faculty rank and/or
In cases where this manual conflicts with employment related rights
or privileges accorded individuals holding faculty rank and/or tenure,
these individuals shall discuss such conflict with an appropriate Vice
President when, or if, such conflicts become known. A decision on a
case-by-case basis shall then be made.
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In fulfilling their responsibilities, all
administrators are expected to:
- provide excellent service to students, faculty, staff and the
- understand that change is necessary to keep USF vibrant and be
willing to think and act creatively to assure continuous change for the
- maintain relationships with their supervisors and colleagues
which are open, collaborative and characterized by mutual trust, respect
- coordinate and cooperate appropriately with others who need to
be involved or who are affected by their decisions and actions;
- work to understand, interpret and apply University policies,
programs and procedures accurately and constructively and in an ethical
- if they have supervisory responsibilities, create and maintain a
working environment which encourages a commitment to excellence
and respect for differences in personal and professional development.
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