UC leadership updates California congressional delegation on the university's on-the-ground efforts to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19
UC leadership, in a letter to the California congressional delegation, provided an update on the university’s on-the-ground efforts to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19 and to ask for their continued partnership in addressing this public health and economic crisis.
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.
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."
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.
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.
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources COVID-19 telecommute and limited on-site operations transition plan
Last week, UC ANR offices in Davis, Berkeley and at the Office of the President in Oakland began implementing telecommute and limited on-site operations protocols. A number of our County Extension offices have also been impacted. Starting March 16, all other UC ANR locations and programs will begin moving in phases to telecommuting and limited on-site operations status with the goal of having all functions, events, activities, meetings, etc. either postponed, canceled or moved to Zoom, and all employees working remotely by Friday, March 20, (with the exception of designated essential on-site staff/academics). This directive also includes all volunteer-led youth or adult programming, meetings or gatherings.
Important: The guidelines for your County or for a specific UC Campus must be followed if they are more restrictive than that of UC ANR. Please consult your County Director or Campus Dean for more information.
This guidance will stay in effect through close of business on April 7, 2020, and may be extended. UC ANR academics and staff will continue to operate on their normal business hours unless otherwise specifically stated.
Please read the detailed guidance that is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/safety/files/321853.pdf.
Executive order from President Janet Napolitano increases paid administrative leave for UC employees
Today, President Napolitano issued updated guidance outlining expanded paid administrative leave to address the extraordinary demands placed on UC employees due to impacts related to COVID-19 on themselves and their family members. The executive order makes all employees eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave to be used no later than December 31, 2020, based on certain conditions. Leer en español.
The paid administrative leave hours may be used by UC employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19, including:
- When an employee is unable to work due to the employee’s own COVID-19-related illness or that of a family member;
- When an employee is unable to work because the employee has been directed not to come to the worksite for COVID-19-related reasons and/or the work site has implemented a COVID-19-related remote-work program or is under a shelter in place order and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely;
- When an employee is unable to work because a COVID-19-related school or daycare closure requires the employee to be at home with a child or dependent, and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely or in conjunction with the childcare commitment.
In light of Alameda County’s announcement advising county residents to “shelter-in-place” beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, April 7, UC Berkeley is rapidly moving toward a “maintenance-only” mode of physical operation of the campus. Generally speaking, that means that all in-person instruction should cease. All instruction that can be delivered remotely should continue. UC Berkeley will continue to provide updates on the evolving situation at: https://news.berkeley.edu/coronavirus/