Campus return updates for May 5

May 5, 2021
University Communications
May 5, 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

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 is continuing discussions of tracking vaccination rates for students and employees to ensure the university complies with the new proposed UC vaccination policy. More specific information on how to report vaccination status is expected this month.

Discussions also are underway to determine how COVID-19 testing requirements will change for individuals working on campus and have been fully vaccinated. 

The weekly UCR Health vaccine clinics located at the UCR School of Medicine are now open to the public. The clinics take place Fridays through June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be made online on the UCR vaccines page. The clinics after May 7 will only be administering second doses. 

UCR’s COVID-19 lab conducted 1,251 tests in the past two weeks with no positive cases.  

Student Services

Student Services created a survey/assessment subcommittee who will present a draft survey for review during the next meeting on May 11. The survey will be distributed to the student body with the intent to gather feedback regarding a fall reopening. Staff from The Well will attend a Student Services meeting at the end of May to discuss the formal plan regarding the student ambassador program. Additionally, the committee is working with Student Health Services to draft a communication regarding the student upload process for vaccination information. More information to come. 

Operational Continuity

At its April 22nd meeting the Operational Continuity workgroup heard a presentation from Kelley Barsanti, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering. She has specific expertise in aerosol transmission and has been applying her research teams’ model to assess potential COVID-19 risk in indoor settings under various conditions. She has offered to use her model, basing it on campus’s fall planning assumptions and Facilities Services ventilation data to assist the campus in determining if any additional measures need to be implemented.  

Instructional Continuity

A recording of the Instructional Continuity working group's April 30 return to campus briefing is available on the UCR YouTube channel

Future briefings

Student Services
Wednesday, May 12, 3 p.m.
Send pre-submitted questions to: genesis.gonzalez@ucr.edu
Direct link to live briefing: https://youtu.be/a-gvZxVrZE8

Operational Continuity
Friday, May 21, 12 p.m.
Send pre-submitted questions to: sharyl.murdock@ucr.edu
Direct link to live briefing: https://youtu.be/PPAGF_5pVsE

COVID Management
Thursday, May 27, 11 a.m.
Send pre-submitted questions to: johnny.cruz@ucr.edu
Direct link to live briefing: https://youtu.be/PPAGF_5pVsE

Anyone unable to watch the briefing in real time can view the video anytime on the UCR YouTube channel.

More information about return to campus planning is available on the UCR Campus Return website