Campus return updates for April 7

April 7, 2021
University Communications
April 7, 2021

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:

COVID Management 

Students Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

All UC Riverside students are now eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine under eligibility criteria announced by Riverside County. On Monday, April 5, the county announced that all individuals 16 years old and older who live, work, or study in Riverside County are eligible to be vaccinated at a county site – more than a week ahead of the statewide eligibility date of April 15. 

To find a vaccination clinic in Riverside County, please visit the Riverside County Public Health vaccine information page

UCR Health On-Campus Vaccination Clinic 

Starting next Friday, April 16, the hours of the UCR Health vaccination clinic located at the UCR School Medicine will change. The revised hours will be Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments are still required.

Walk-in COVID Testing for Students

Those living in UCR housing have been participating in testing protocols since the start of the fall quarter.

Students who do not live on campus but participate in on-campus instruction or research are now also eligible for voluntary COVID testing once per month on the UCR campus. To receive a COVID test, students may visit the Bear Cave on a walk-in basis on any Friday between 9 a.m.-noon, or from 1-3 p.m. 

Ongoing Discussions

The testing subcommittee continues to discuss testing protocols when the campus is more populated in the fall 2021. 

Student Services

Ongoing discussions

The Student Services working group will meet for its second meeting on Friday, April 9. The committee will meet on a bi-weekly schedule. The project manager and communications lead are working closely with staff from The Well to initiate a student ambassador program to be implemented in the fall. More details on the program and how students can apply will be provided at a later date. A key area of focus for this group will be on the services available and open to students come fall (i.e. the HUB, SRC, etc.). 

Operational Continuity

Town hall discussion

UCR Staff Assembly hosted a town hall March 19 to discuss ideas about the post-COVID return to work. The meeting featured Gerry Bomotti, vice chancellor for Planning, Budget and Administration, and Tammy Few, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer. The video is available for replay at here.

Written questions and responses from the town hall are available at this link. Please note you must log in using your UCR credentials to view the document in Google Drive.

Bomotti has agreed to hold a second town hall during the spring quarter once more information becomes available.