Campus return updates for April 14

April 14, 2021
University Communications
April 14, 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:

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 occupancy. The decision applies to all lab personnel — faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate/undergraduate students.

Read here for more details.

COVID Management

The vaccines subcommittee is discussing the processes to, if needed, track vaccinations for UCR students and employees. It’s expected that the process to track student vaccinations will resemble the process to track and report other types of vaccinations. Significant repopulation of the campus this fall presumes a large percentage of students and employees to be vaccinated. 
 
UCR Health will soon transition to the State of California’s MyTurn system to schedule vaccination appointments online. The subcommittee is also discussing the long-term status of on-campus clinics once there is widespread availability of vaccines in the community.
 
Student Services

The Student Services working group met on Friday, April 9 for its second meeting. The group discussed the recent announcement from the Governor regarding the lift of statewide restrictions by June 15. This led to a larger discussion of identifying various services on campus (i.e. the HUB, Registrar, etc.) that will reopen in stages. More details to come. In fact, the committee is looking to create subcommittees around communications and services available to students.

Members of the committee are reviewing the current student pledge that was created last year prior to remote instruction in fall. The plan is to update the pledge for all students prior to their return to campus fall 2021. In addition, the committee is discussing the implementation of a student ambassador program that will provide various incentives for students. More details to come. 

Operational Continuity

At its April 9th meeting, the Operational Continuity working group discussed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement to fully reopen the state by June 15 and the UC Office of the President’s draft guidance for the fall. 

The working group is continuing to work on the planning framework document that will guide the fall return to campus efforts.

The committee also discussed possible updates to the Daily Wellness App including whether to add a question on vaccination status.