In response to the campus closure, the EH&S office is open with limited services. Critical functions related to hazardous waste, public health, and research safety are operational.
Radioactive material and controlled substances collection and delivery continue, with limited delays. For emergencies call UCPD (951) 827-5222 or dial 911 from a mobile phone.

Face Coverings are required while on campus. Staff/Faculty may request a face covering from EH&S. Students may request a face covering from The Well.

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Latest updates from campus on COVID-19


October 1, 2020: UCR Employee 2020-21 Flu Vaccine Requirement
Introduction to the Employee Flu Vaccination Requirement Form to confirm receipt of the flu vaccination for 2020-21.
 
September 25, 2020: COVID-19 Testing on Campus
Summary of groups on campus who are required to undergo COVID-19 testing through our on-campus lab.
 
September 16, 2020: Safety plans in place for Student Housing
Reduced numbers, regular coronavirus testing, and smaller groups are key parts of the plan for fall student housing.
 
September 16, 2020: COVID-19 lab begins testing
Campus began testing students, staff, and faculty members for the coronavirus with the opening of a new diagnostic lab on campus.
 
September 14, 2020: Employee Flu shot clinic available
UCR Health and Kaiser Permanente is offering fee flu shots to employees.
 
September 8, 2020: Student Flu Shot Clinic from Student Health Services
All UCR current registered students are required to have their flu shot for the 2020-2021 school year. SHS is offering flu shots with an appointment.
 
September 4, 2020: Update on Fall Quarter Campus Plans
Chancellor Wilcox shares an update to the campus fall quarter instructional guidelines.
 
September 1, 2020: Facilities Services offering free hand sanitizer to on campus employees
In an effort to help UCR staff remain safe and healthy, Facilities Services is providing hand
sanitizer for use in campus facilities.

 
September 1, 2020: Campus Update on Fall Quarter Instruction
Interim Provost And Executive Vice Chancellor Thomas Smith provides the campus update for fall quarter instruction.
 
August 27, 2020: Chancellor's Budget Update
Chancellor Wilcox shares an update to the campus on the budget. 
 
August 21, 2020: Daily COVID Wellness Survey / Version 2.0
A new and improved version of the survey is being released for all employees, students, contractors, and vendors.
 
August  20, 2020: Chancellor Update - August 2020
Important information on construction progress, fall quarter update, testing lab, budget update, staff organizations, and summertime.
 
August 7, 2020: New flu vaccination requirement for UC students, faculty and staff.
To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020.
 
August 6, 2020: Provost Update
Important information on Fall Quarter Instructional Planning.
 
August 5, 2020:  New campus signs and posters help navigate COVID-19 safety rules
A new signage program at UC Riverside will provide an easier way to navigate health and safety rules on campus due to COVID-19.
 
August 4, 2020:  Face coverings available for UCR employees coming to campus to work
To support face covering requirements, Environmental Health & Safety continues to provide face coverings for UCR employees at no charge. 
 
August 3, 2020: New campus signs and posters help navigate COVID-19 safety rules
A new signage program at UC Riverside will provide an easier way to navigate health and safety rules on campus due to COVID-19.
 
July 29, 2020: Relocating equipment to remote sites
Guidance on university-owned equipment and assets permitted to be used in remote locations. 
 
July 24, 2020: University Budget Update
View the video update from Chancellor Kim Wilcox and Vice Chancellor and CFO Gerry Bomotti. 
 
July 17, 2020: Scheduling and remote flexibility
Chancellor and Provost message on scheduling and remote flexibility.
 
July 16, 2020: Campus Symptom Tracking
New procedure for all UCR employees (defined as faculty, staff, student interns and student workers) who are coming to work in UCR campus facilities will be required to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus and will be required to receive a clearance certificate daily.
 
July 1, 2020: Transportation and Parking Services/Fleet Services COVID-19 Information
Changes to TAPS operations to increase online services and facilitate social distancing.
 
June 29, 2020: Return to Work Guide
University releases a guide that highlights personal and shared responsibilities for returning to work on campus.
 
June 23, 2020: Chancellor's Update -- June 2020
Updates on fall planning, remote work, state budget, budget town halls, protecting our campus community, and new brand identity.
 
June 22, 2020: Online Training
California Department Public Health (CDPH) and Cal/OSHA recently issued requirements for all employees to receive training on COVID-19 and methods to prevent illness.
 
June 17, 2020: UCR Announces Fall Quarter Instruction Plans
All classes will be available remotely, with a limited number of in-person courses expected.
 
May 29, 2020: Research Ramp Up
Finalized requirements for ramping up on-campus research.
 
May 27, 2020: Chancellor's Update -- May 2020
Updates on fall planning, virtual graduation ceremony, and virtual office hours.
 
May 18, 2020: President Napolitano announces systemwide pay freeze for policy-covered employees
President issues announcement to all UC campuses.
 
May 18, 2020: Governor's Revised Budget Proposal
Chancellor Wilcox summarizes Governor's proposed 2020-21 budget and how it affects UCR. 

May 15, 2020: Update to Graduate Students

May 11, 2020: Fall Working Groups and Leadership Office Hours
Chancellor Wilcox provides details on the working groups planning for the fall quarter and resumed campus operations. 

May 9, 2020: Updated Riverside County Public Health Order
The action will not result in any immediate changes to UCR's campus operations. 

May 4, 2020: Talent Match Program
A new program designed to pair staff and students with diminished workloads with temporary job assignments. 

April 29, 2020: Clarification of local health officer orders
This amended health order continues to require face coverings and a six-foot social distance
through June 19. 


April 21, 2020: COVID-19 Related Leaves and Job Protections Guidance for PolicyCovered and Represented Staff Employees
An update to the original issuance.

April 21, 2020: Commencement 2020 Update
Message from the Chancellor with an update about Commencement 2020. 

April 16, 2020: Job Protection & COVID-19 Related Paid Leaves
A follow on to the April 2, 2020, job protection letter from President Napolitano and the ten Chancellors, this is to provide additional job protection details and information on the three COVID-19 related leave options.

April 15, 2020: Highlander Orientation to be done remotely
This year, with the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have made the decision to move to a remote orientation program for our incoming first-year and transfer students. 

April 14, 2020: Facilities Services Limited Services During the Campus Closure 
In an ongoing effort to adhere to the Riverside County request for social distancing with essential workers on-campus, Facilities Services (FS) continues to have limited staff on-campus. Below is an overview of current maintenance-focused services during the campus closure. 

April 7, 2020: Guidance to UC Health Care Personnel
UC Health provides guidance for health care personnel who test positive for COVID-19. The UCR Health hotline for faculty and staff is 844-827-6827.

April 6, 2020: Guidance for Asymptomatic On-Site UCR Personnel with Non-Healthcare Duties Overview of guidance for  UCR essential personnel performing non-healthcare duties , including how to self monitor.

April 6, 2020: Expanded digital access to UCR Library content during the COVID-19 crisis

April 4, 2020: Face Covering Guidance
EH&S had created guidance for Face Covering in line with Riverside County health officials recommendation issued March 31, 2020 for residents to cover their nose and mount in public places. Information on distribution and use is included for all essential personnel working on campus. 
 
April 3, 2020: Addressing "Zoombombing"
XCITE is working to update teaching and student resources on the keepteaching.ucr.edu and keeplearning.ucr.edu sites as well as provide faculty, instructors, and TAs with tools to keep unwanted users out of the virtual classroom environment. 
 
April 3, 2020: Commencement 2020 update to campus
The Chancellor has asked the working group to discuss how we might honor and celebrate our graduates while complying with the amended County closure order.
 
April 2, 2020: Campus Closure Extended to June 19
The Riverside County Public Health Officer has issued a revised public health order, extending the current physical closure of the UC Riverside campus for all but essential personnel supporting critical university functions through June 19, 2020.

April 1, 2020: Update to Graduate Students

March 31, 2020: Remote instruction continuing for UCR Summer Sessions
After consulting with campus leadership, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, and checking in with colleagues at other UC campuses, we have decided to continue remote instruction through summer 2020.
 
March 26, 2020: Changes to Spring 2020 Late Fees and Course Material Fees
 
March 25, 2020: Message to Students re. Spring Quarter
Update on tuition and fees, faculty and teaching assistants, laboratories, instructional quality, housing, and financial aid.


March 24, 2020: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Loaner Device Program Available for Students in Need
Students, If you do not have off-campus access to a device and/or internet that supports remote teaching and learning – such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet – we request that you take time now to fill out this survey.
 
March 20, 2020: Message to Graduate Students

March 20, 2020: Interim Guidance: Delivery Location of University Goods
Information about campus procedures for requesting delivery of University goods to a non-University location.
 
March 19, 2020: Governor's Stay at Home Order
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order that is consistent with the measures UCR has recently taken. 
 
March 19, 2020: IT Clarification on Remote Work Options
Additional detail on setting up a remote desktop connection from home.
 
March 18, 2020: Campus Closure Extended to April 30
The Riverside County Public Health Officer has issued a revised public health order, extending the physical closure of the UC Riverside campus for all but the most critical university functions. The closure was originally scheduled to end on April 3, and has now been extended to April 30.
 
March 18, 2020: Update -- Paid Administrative Leave Guidance and Tracking
The university has modified paid administrative leave policies.
 
March 17, 2020: Research curtailed
Provost and Vice Chancellor of Research directed that we will strictly curtail on-campus research activities to those that cannot be postponed or restarted; and prepare for a possible complete shutdown of research on campus.
 
March 16, 2020: Employee paid leave modified
President Napolitano issues Executive Order modifying guidance issued 03/09/20. All employees receive allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave.
 
March 16, 2020Instructional Technology update
Instructional Technology Taskforce described availability of computer labs, laptop kiosks, internet service, and iLearn for final exams and remote learning.
 
March 15, 2020Campus closure - Building access 
All in-person, non-essential gatherings on campus are suspended, until further notice. Essential personnel to be identified.
 
March 15, 2020: Student support 
Student Affairs confirms student housing and meal plans will continue, identifies services that will remain available to support students, urges refrain from personal non-essential travel. R'Pantry offers limited gift cards. Families advised not to make arrangements for commencement. 
 
March 14, 2020: Campus closure 
Chancellor announced campus is closed, except for critical operations. Students to receive all instruction remotely for entirety of Spring 2020.  Staff to work remotely. All non-essential domestic and international travel is suspended. 
 
March 14, 2020: Campus closure effective March 16, 2020 
Provost and CFO announced all offices, units, or departments will not have staff on campus unless they are essential personnel, and many staff may be working remotely.

March 13, 2020: Riverside County Public Health Order 
Riverside County issues public health order to close all schools, including universities. Housing remains open, remote work staffing and instruction to commence.
 
March 13, 2020: A message from Chancellor Wilcox 
Chancellor sends video reiterating hygiene and safety, thanks community.

March 12, 2020: Employee guidelines 
Chancellor and Provost announce remote work effective immediately, prior approval required before closing departments, and UCR guidance related to telecommuting and 14 day paid administrative leave.
 
March 12, 2020: Student resources 
Student Affairs answers questions about key student services.
 
March 12, 2020: School of Medicine  
remains open and provides updates to academic continuity, UCR Health, SOM operations, events. No cases at UCR.
 
March 11, 2020: Athletics official statement 
Athletics announces precautionary measures taken. Only essential personnel permitted. No fans to attend events.

March 11, 2020Researcher Guidance 
Office of Research reiterates we are not suspending research activities, outlines immediate measures to be taken by laboratory and research facilities. Longer term planning considerations shared.
 
March 11, 2020: Campus remains open but classes and finals switch to online 
Information shared about student housing and quarantines, faculty and staff working, research to continue, travel discouraged, large events discouraged, cleaning protocols, ombuds office, and zoom use.
 
March 11, 2020: Hotline for faculty and staff 
UCR Health creates health hotline for faculty and staff.
 
March 10, 2020: Academic continuity plan and campus operations changes
Chancellor and Provost issue academic continuity and campus operations changes. Winter finals online, Spring courses fully online through 04/03/20. Gatherings restricted. Social distancing and hygiene encouraged. No cases at UCR. 
 
March 9, 2020: Employee paid leave granted  
UCOP enacts temporary emergency actions regarding paid leave and remote work. Employees were granted 14 days of paid administrative leave if they are unable to work due to Coronavirus related reasons.
 
March 8, 2020: Campus remains open but shifts towards remote work and learning  
Chancellor and Provost announce campus to remain open and operational, requested we take steps to shift to working, teaching, and learning remotely in near future. Travel considerations and emphasis on health and wellness placed. Riverside County confirms one case. No cases at UCR.
 
March 6, 2020: Travel interim policy
Chancellor and Provost institute interim policy and provide guidance for all international and domestic travel.
 
March 5, 2020: Continuity planning for instructors
Chancellor, Provost, VP Academic Personnel asks instructors to develop continuity plans for Winter and Spring 2020. Requires deans, department chairs, and directors to take action ensuring instructional continuity for students
 
March 5, 2020: Travel to Level 2 and 3 countries (updated) 
President Napolitano limits non-essential travel to CDC Level 2 countries in addition to Level 3.. Grants emergency powers to Management Response Team.
 
March 3, 2020: UCR response to Coronavirus (update) 
Chancellor and Provost share UCR response, recommended precautions, resources available to community. No cases at UCR. 
 
February 28, 2020: CDC Issues Level 3 travel warning 
Avoid non-essential travel to Iran, Italy, South Korea
 
February 27, 2020: Employee guidance  
UCOP provides guidance for all UC locations
 
February 26, 2020: Travel to Level 3 countries
President Napolitano limits non-essential travel to CDC Level 3 countries, urges travel registration. 
 
February 4, 2020: UCR response to Coronavirus
Chancellor and Provost share UCR response, urges travel registration, requests respectful and appropriate treatment. No cases at UCR.
 
February 3, 2020: Guidance for travel to China 
Provost and CFO issue review and approval process for travel to China.
 
January 30, 2020: Travel to China 
President Napolitano limits non-essential travel to China.
 
January 29, 2020: Travel restrictions for UCR Personnel 
Guidance for travel in response to CDC travel advisories.
 
January 28, 2020: Campus remains open 
Student Health Center says UCR is monitoring situation. Normal operations. No cases at UCR. Refer to information on EH&S website.
 
January 22, 2020: Coronavirus advisory 
Student Health Center provides advisory about Coronavirus.

 

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