Announcements

Establishment of Health, Well-being, and Safety organization

Dear Campus Community, Following the recommendations of the Campus Safety Task Force, I am writing today to announce the reorganization of several departments into a new division for Health, Well-being, and Safety to be led by Associate Vice Chancellor Denise Woods, who will report to me beginning July 1. With the objective of enhancing overall...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracking Form

Dear Campus Community, The UC Office of the President recently shared the details of a proposed policy on COVID-19 vaccination for employees and students at all University of California campuses. While the policy has not yet taken effect, we are preparing for the likelihood of the policy’s adoption. We know that thousands of UCR employees have...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Return to campus overall guidelines

On March 13, 2020, we received notice that we were to limit all campus activities to personnel supporting essential activities and all other personnel were required to work remotely. In a short period of time, we learned that many jobs could be performed effectively in a remote setting. For some, the flexibility of working from home afforded...

By Human Resources |

Campus return updates for May 12

UC Riverside has created five campus working groups to plan for the fall and the transition to returning to campus. See below for the latest updates from the working groups: Student Services The Student Services working groups campus briefing takes place May 12 at 3 p.m. and is available for view, both live and recorded on YouTube. COVID Management...

By University Communications |

Campus buildings access remains limited

Although UC Riverside is planning for a safe return to campus this fall, access to campus buildings and other facilities remains limited for now and should be arranged in advance. Under approved worksite specific plans, a limited number of employees are working on campus, with a phased ramp-up of on-campus research activities. Remote work remains...

By Operational Continuity Working Group |

2021 Engagement Survey

The University of California (UC) Office of the President is conducting the biennial Staff Engagement survey to learn more about policy-covered (non-represented) staff employee’s impressions of working for UC. Engagement Survey The survey was developed by the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) in collaboration with...

By Human Resources |

Update to in-person Commencement activities

Dear UCR Community, A month ago, I endorsed the Commencement Task Force recommendations of a stage-walk for the graduating classes of 2021 and 2020, consistent with public health guidance. As you know, California’s in-person gathering restrictions are evolving to reflect changes in infection, vaccination, and testing data, although notable...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Intercollegiate Athletics next steps

Dear Campus Community, In November, I announced the establishment of the Athletics Working Group to conduct a thorough assessment of Intercollegiate Athletics on the UC Riverside campus; review challenges and opportunities; and make recommendations on the long-term sustainability of the program. Over the past few months, the working group has...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Campus return updates for May 5

UC Riverside has created five campus working groups to plan for the fall and the transition to returning to campus. See below for the latest updates from the working groups: Research Ramp-up A recording of the Research Ramp-up group's May 3 return to campus briefing is available on the UCR YouTube channel. COVID Management The vaccines subcommittee...

By University Communications |

Return to campus planning

Dear Campus Community, Over the last couple months, while developing return-to-campus guidelines, we have been reviewing remote work options in relation to the needs of our entire community. I recognize that work flexibility and remote work are discussions of significant interest, not only at UC Riverside, but in workplaces nationwide. Our staff...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Welcome message from Provost Elizabeth Watkins

Hello Highlanders, It is with great pleasure that I officially join the UC Riverside family today as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. There are few universities as well-positioned as UCR to take on the complex and intersectional challenges confronting our world today, and even fewer that can take pride in their core values and inclusive...

By Elizabeth Watkins |

Chancellor's Update - April 2021

Dear Campus Community: Over the last few months, news of vaccines and downward shifts in COVID-19 cases across California have offered hope of a return to many of the activities we enjoyed before coronavirus impacted our movements. Unfortunately, too quickly, we were reminded of our pre-pandemic challenges. Anti-Asian hate and violence. Mass...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Employee review and comment: proposed university police policies and administrative procedures

The University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) is proposing changes to the University Police Policies and Administrative Procedures, which are applicable to UC Peace Officers. The proposed changes have been updated in consultation with the UC Chiefs of Police and UC Legal. The policies were also reviewed by the Federated University...

By Human Resources |

Potential cybersecurity exposure for ParkMobile users

UC Riverside was made aware of a data cyber-security incident that may have potentially exposed the data of UCR ParkMobile users, the pay-by-phone parking app. We take this threat seriously and our Information Technology Solutions and Transportation Services teams are closely monitoring the situation. If new information becomes available we will...

By Information Technology Solutions |

Employees asked to report on how they get to work, even if you work from home

As a large employer, UCR is mandated to administer an annual commute survey to its employees as part of South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Rule 2202. All employees (including student employees) are obligated to complete the short questionnaire. The survey collects data on the number of people and vehicles coming to campus the...

By UCR Transportation and Parking Services |

Campus return updates for April 21

Upcoming Briefings Each of the Return to Campus working groups will deliver a briefing for the campus community, which will be available for viewing on the UC Riverside YouTube channel. The campus community will have the opportunity to pre-submit questions to each working group prior to the briefing. The Instructional Continuity Working Group will...

By University Communications |

Statement on Verdict in Chauvin Case

Dear Campus Community, This afternoon, a jury in Minneapolis returned three guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin, acknowledging that his brutal killing of George Floyd was murder. This will not bring George Floyd back to life, nor will it undo centuries of harm against Black Americans. Instead, this is a reminder that we must continue in our...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Campus return updates for April 14

UC Riverside has created five campus working groups to plan for the fall and the transition to returning to campus. See below for the latest updates from the working groups: Research Ramp-up Effective immediately, all laboratories on campus, including dry/computational labs, are permitted to increase their personnel density up to 50% of maximum...

By University Communications |

Labs may increase density up to 50% maximum occupancy

Dear UCR campus community, Effective immediately, the UCR Research Ramp-up Committee has approved all laboratories on campus with an updated Work Site Specific Plan (WSSP) to increase their personnel density up to 50% of maximum occupancy. The decision applies to all labs, including dry/computational labs which may have been closed up to this point...

By Rodolfo H. Torres |

Commencement Follow-up for Graduating Students

Dear UCR Students, Yesterday’s announcement about commencement has prompted questions, so I’d like to offer clarification on a few key points: Students who are unable to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons will not be excluded from participating; Unvaccinated students must have a PCR-based coronavirus test performed no more than 48...

By Brian Haynes |