The University of California is vigilantly monitoring and responding to new information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has been declared a global health emergency.

9:25 am    March 24, 2020

UC Berkeley to postpone commencement due to coronavirus

In a letter to the UC Berkeley community, Chancellor Carol Christ said that the campus would postpone commencement, due to the public health threat posed by COVID-19. "We find ourselves in uncharted waters in having to make a decision about something as special as commencement. We all love commencement, and you all are certainly so very deserving of a meaningful celebration that honors all of your hard work and accomplishments at Berkeley," she wrote. Christ asked students to respond to a survey seeking their ideas for when and how to celebrate at a later date. 

2:37 pm    March 23, 2020

How to donate supplies to UC San Francisco health care workers

The whole UC San Francisco community is working hard to ensure that it can continue to provide the best care to those who need it and the best solutions to this global pandemic. You can help with this effort. UCSF is accepting donations of critical supplies for frontline care providers, including protective equipment and sanitizing items. UCSF has set up donation sites at three locations, opening on Monday, March 23. They will be receiving donations seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit this UCSF page for more details.

11:40 am    March 19, 2020

Statement on UCSF Health’s drive to increase testing capacity for coronavirus

To meet the increased need for COVID-19 testing that is likely to emerge in the Bay Area in the coming weeks, UCSF Health, with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and CZ Biohub, is now working to significantly expand our testing capacity for our patients. The new collaboration will also allow us to offer COVID-19 testing to patient populations served by our partner hospital Zuckerberg San Francisco General and other sites operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

3:17 pm    March 17, 2020

Letter to the UC community from President Janet Napolitano

UC leaders are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and doing everything they can to protect students, faculty, staff, medical center patients and campus visitors, UC President Janet Napolitano writes: "Stay calm and informed. Take care of yourself, your families and your community. Together, we will weather this crisis."

12:51 pm    March 17, 2020

UC Board of Regents’ March meeting will proceed virtually, can be viewed via livestream

The University of California Board of Regents will hold its March 17-19 meeting virtually to protect the safety and well-being of the UC community and the public, given the concerns regarding COVID-19.

There will be no physical location for the meeting, but those interested can watch the livestream here.

The agenda for the Board of Regents’ meeting is posted online here. Public comment will be held via phone and may also be submitted by email; instructions on how to provide comment can be found here.  

11:27 am    March 17, 2020

UC Merced transitions all courses to remote instruction until end of semester

Today UC Merced informed faculty that all instructional activity until the end of the semester is to be offered remotely and to transition all courses to some form of available instruction. UC Merced is doing this in response to guidance from public health authorities to implement social distancing in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Protecting the health and safety of members of the campus community remains our priority.

Any students who went home over the weekend to the California counties that have imposed travel restrictions, and are now under a shelter-in-place order, are exempt from attendance requirements for in-person classes this week. This includes lab, studio and small classes.

As shared in earlier communication, UC Merced is committed to ensuring students have every opportunity to fulfill their academic commitments and continue to progress toward their degrees and their careers. UC Merced is working on solutions to offer alternative modes of instruction to all students in non-lecture courses and settings; that will be complete by the start of spring break. Students should reach out to their faculty members if they have questions about how courses will be delivered.

UC Merced has also developed a resource page for you, as students, on tips and pointers to best engage in this learning environment.