Return to Campus protocols
UCR falls under Gov. Newsom's stay-at-home order, which is in Phase 2 and remains in place until further notice. Limited numbers of employees are continuing to work on campus. with a phased ramp-up of on-campus research activities taking place. UCR employees who are able to work remotely will continue to do so unless otherwise notified by their organizational leadership. At this time, we so not have a specific schedule to repopulate the campus, and this issue is one being discussed at the UC level, and will be dependent on the fall instructional delivery decision and meeting safety/health are requirements. We will keep you updated as more information is available. If any employee has questions about their individual position the should work through their supervisor.
Working remotely is the default mode of operation and all are requested to continue to do so until further notice. All returns to the workplace must be pre-approved. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please speak with your supervisor. Additionally, with the understanding that spikes or outbreaks of new COVID-19 infections could occur, all operations will be ready to retreat to conservative phases if safety concerns arise. The guidance below applies to all employees who perform duties on campus or UC leased or affiliated properties, unless the facility has expressly provided different instructions.
- Authorization. Provide authorization for each employee to report onsite.
- Worksite specific plan. Must develop own Worksite Specific Plan . In some cases, the Worksite Specific Plan may be routed to campus oversight committees for review and approval prior to return to campus.
- Positive case? Refer to the COVID-19 Symptom monitoring and reporting procedures and Response to suspected COVID-19 cases: Guide for Department Leads, Supervisors, Chairs". Download the quick reference for Supervisors Infographic.
For All Returning Employees
COVID-19 Prevention Plan Campus Guidance
The campus has developed general guidance, which all employees should review.
Prior to your return, your supervisor must share their Worksite Specific Plan with all their employees, and you must review and acknowledge.
Download the When To Return guidance infographic.
All employees who plan to be on-site are required to view a training video, "COVID-19 prevention training" as required by CDPH/CalOSHA before returning to campus. Even if you will continue to work remotely, but may need to come to campus occasionally, you must complete this training. This course is accessible in the UC Learning Center.
UCR COVID-19 DAILY WELLNESS CHECK SURVEY
All employees who work on-site at a UCR property (owner or leased) must complete a survey prior to reporting for work. If you have symptoms or concerns about exposure, contact your primary care physician and the Wellness Hotline (844) 827-6827. For more information, refer to the COVID-19 Symptom monitoring and reporting procedures (SOP).
All faculty and staff will be expected to confirm receipt of the flu vaccination for 2020-21 using the Employee Flu Vaccination Requirement Form.
EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM
The UCR Wellness Program focuses on promoting awareness and education, motivation for positive behavior changes, and influencing campus practices and policy to support a healthy environment.
FACULTY STAFF ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
ComPsych will provide GuidanceResources® services whose benefits will provide UCR faculty, staff and their household family members confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues, free of charge
Faculty Staff Assistance Program
In compliance with the UC order and the California Department of Public Health all individuals on UC property are required to wear face coverings. EH&S is offering face coverings to all campus employees. Submit a request using the button below. Supervisors may request on behalf of their staff using the Face Covering Request form.
Disinfectant and sanitizers
Order a disinfectant kit from Facilities services (includes disinfectant, painter’s tape, shop towels, and other items). Download the Disinfecting Infographic for an at a glace guide.
All employees must practice good hygiene by frequently washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer. When possible, use soap and water instead of hand sanitizer. Watch this short video on proper handwashing.
A summary of COVID-19 Building Ventilation, Lab Sanitation, Disinfecting and Cleaning schedule as of July 10, 2020 (view the schedule in the link below). Learn more at Facilities Services Campus Return Support Information view details on cleaning schedule.
All campus buildings that are open to the public during normal times are safe environments. Some of our buildings are much older and have some limitations. Our buildings are designed to provide sufficient
air changes based on building activities. We are making a special effort to ensure that all buildings have current filter changes. The information below is how HVAC systems are maintained.
- Expanded Timeframe: To help with airflow, Facilities Services is expanding the length of time outside airflow will circulate throughout each building.
- Filtration Maintenance: Building filtration systems are well maintained and have the appropriate level of filters for each building.
Air Flow: To accommodate efficient airflow in each building, the most advanced level of filters
are being used based on the building’s air filtration system capabilities.
Strict adherence to the public health posters and other visual cues throughout campus and in buildings will reduce transmission risks. Ventilation systems will continue to operate as designed even though
building occupancy will be reduced. This will further reduce the risk of potential airborne transmission. While each individual occupant of a campus building will want to make sure these guidelines are
followed, including limited occupancy, it will be very important to ensure that all the other occupants in that building, at least on that same floor, coordinate to ensure the overall density and guidelines are
being followed on a collective basis.
Transmission Reduction Efforts
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the COVID-19 virus appears to spread human-to-human through respiratory droplets coming from an infected person. Based on public health guidance, the key transmission reduction factors include:
- social distancing,
- limiting occupancy,
- practicing good personal hygiene, and
- utilizing face coverings
As part of the public health guidance, Facilities Services will disinfect high-touch areas including elevators, door handles, common areas and restrooms. We have made disinfecting kits available to departments and hand sanitizing stations are located at the entrance of each building. A map locating sanitizing stations can be viewed by clicking here.
Resources and SOPs
The campus has developed standard signage and postings for building entrances, exits, stairs, elevators and more. Download and post signage through your work areas.
The following posters are installed throughout campus:
- Keep yourself healthy
- Face covering required
- Elevator (1 person maximum)
- Wait here (footprints)
- Do not use (this area is closed)
To obtain additional signs complete the COVID-19 signage request.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- General Areas: Office Space
General Area/Office Space Disinfection SOP
Laboratory/Research Space Disinfection SOP
Disinfection response plan SOP
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, avoid sharing UCR vehicles whenever possible. Employees may share vehicles only if approved in advance and in writing by a supervisor. Review this Shared Vehicle Guidance for details.
We recognize that visitors, contractors, vendors and other non-UCR personnel may need to come to campus. Non-UCR affiliated individuals coming to campus for essential work must abide by visitor guidelines.
Employees who have travelled domestically or internationally, whether for personal or business purposes should refer to the following guidelines and restrictions regarding travel.