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/
UC Office of the President closes Oakland offices due to ‘shelter-in-place’ orders; now on full telecommute status
Six Bay Area counties announced “shelter-in-place” orders, beginning at midnight Mar. 16 and remaining in effect at least through April 7. The orders direct everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials work to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region. The orders apply to San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Accordingly, UC Office of the President offices in Oakland will close at 10:00 p.m. Mar. 16 and access to Oakland buildings will be restricted to emergency personnel only.
In accordance with an order from San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon, UCSF Health will restrict visitors and UCSF personnel not directly involved with providing patient care and maintaining the UCSF Health infrastructure from its San Francisco hospitals effective March 14. You can learn more about tthe Health Officer Order by going to the patient section of https://www.ucsf.edu/coronavirus.
UC Irvine is making regular updates on its Response Center website. In addition, students, staff, faculty, parents and community partners may call 949-824-9918 or email email@example.com to connect directly for more information. The campus will continue to provide updates through the website and email communications, and take steps to ensure the health and safety of our community.
Effective March 16, the UC Riverside campus will be closed, with only critical operations continuing, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox announced. In accordance with an order from Riverside County Public Health. UC Riverside is minimizing the number of people on campus as much as possible, while maintaining the critical functions of the university. All non-essential domestic and international travel is also suspended, effective March 16 and until further notice.