Announcements

Export Control Awareness & Training

U.S. export control regulations and sanctions laws continue to change dynamically, most notably in response to the invasion of Ukraine and the United States’ efforts to compete with China in semiconductor manufacturing. Indeed, these regulatory changes are more frequently popping up as front page news across the country. University activities...

By Roberto Galvan Ramos, Jr |

FAQ about key issues in UC-UAW negotiations

Student employees say UC doesn’t pay them enough to live on — what’s UC’s response? At UC, academic student employment is strictly part-time in order to support students while they are pursuing their graduate or doctoral degree. In fact, UC policy prohibits them from working more than 20 hours per week to ensure they have the time and energy they...

By UC Office of the President |

Bus service on campus detoured due to strike

Riverside Transit Agency is detouring bus services to UC Riverside due to the strike on campus. As of Nov. 15, the UCR at Bannockburn bus stop along with other stops on Campus Drive and Canyon Crest Drive will not be served. A temporary layover zone and transfer point for Routes 1, 16, 51 and 204 has been established on Iowa Avenue at a bus stop...

By UCR Transportation and Parking Services |

Updates on UAW strike

Below are resources and information for the UC Riverside community regarding the University of California’s contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers, and the union’s strike. Faculty and staff who have questions not answered below should first contact their department chair or supervisor, and then escalate to their dean or unit head as...

By University Communications |

UAW strike update

Dear Campus Community, Academic appointees represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) are holding peaceful demonstrations on the UC Riverside campus today related to union negotiations between the UAW and the University of California. Bargaining took place throughout the weekend and continues today. We are hopeful that progress is being made...

By Elizabeth Watkins |

Potential instructional disruption

Dear UCR students, We are writing to inform you that the union representing graduate student workers (the UAW) has voted to go on strike starting Monday, November 14, at every campus in the University of California system. These workers include Teaching Assistants (TAs), postdocs, Graduate Student Researchers, and undergraduate academic employees...

By Brian Haynes and Ken Baerenklau |

UAW strike planning: research and other updates

Dear Colleagues, Negotiations between UC and the UAW continue. We do not have new information to offer regarding the progress they may have made or the likelihood that a last-minute agreement might be reached, but we are sharing this communication from UCOP that was distributed to campus labor offices for distribution to all individuals in the four...

By Elizabeth Watkins, Rodolfo Torres, Shaun Bowler, and Ken Baerenklau |

Giving Tuesday to be held Nov. 29

The Office of Annual Giving is excited to partner with you once again this Giving Tuesday — beginning now through November 29, 2022! As a precursor to an even larger UC Riverside Giving Day being planned for March 2023, Giving Tuesday gives us a wonderful opportunity to build on the success of past years and enliven both passion and enthusiasm for...

By Office of Annual Giving |

UCR budget update for fiscal year 2022-23

Dear UCR Colleagues, We are writing to give you an update on the final outcome of the fiscal year 2022-23 UC Riverside operating budget. As we noted in last year’s letter, we once again have a lot of information to share, which makes this email a lengthy read. A RELATIVELY GOOD YEAR FOR REVENUES The University received a 5% increase to our state...

By Elizabeth Watkins and Gerry Bomotti |

Instructional Continuity during UAW Strike

Dear UCR Faculty and Staff, This memo and the attached FAQs include important information for deans, chairs, directors, faculty members, and certain staff who are currently supervising academic student employees, postdoctoral scholars, academic researchers, or graduate student researchers. The United Auto Workers (UAW) represents four bargaining...

By Elizabeth Watkins, Shaun Bowler, and Ken Baerenklau |

Frequently asked questions: UAW strike planning

Which workers may strike? Workers represented by the four bargaining units comprised of academic appointees represented by the United Auto Workers union (“UAW”): (1) Academic Student Employees (TAs/Readers/Tutors); (2) Postdoctoral Scholars; (3) Academic Researchers (Specialists/Project Scientists/Professional Researchers/Coordinators of Public...

By University Communications |

New Chief Campus Counsel appointed

Dear Campus Community, I am pleased to announce that University of California President Drake has approved the appointment of Lorena Peñaloza as UC Riverside’s next Chief Campus Counsel. Her first day at UCR will be January 3, 2023. Peñaloza is currently the Chief Campus Counsel at UC Santa Cruz, where she provides advice to the university on a...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Commencement 2023 announcement

Dear Students, Staff, & Faculty, In response to feedback regarding the overall Commencement experience for graduates, family members, and loved ones, UC Riverside is enhancing the graduation experience. We are excited to announce that the 2023 Commencement ceremonies will take place at Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA. As a result, graduates and their...

By Brian Haynes |

It’s Time for Benefits Open Enrollment

Benefits Open Enrollment began Thursday, Oct. 27 and ends Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. Satisfied with your current benefits elections? Not making any changes? Then, no action is required and all existing benefits will roll over to the new plan year effective January 1, 2023. • If you are enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account Plans (DepCare FSA and Health...

By Human Resources |

Tragedy in South Korea

Provost Elizabeth Watkins, CHASS Dean Daryle Williams, and I have just returned from a six-day goodwill delegation to South Korea to learn of the fatal tragedy in central Seoul. We are deeply saddened by the news of the many fatalities, and mourn with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or suffered injuries. The reports that...

By Marko Princevac |

Chancellor Update—October 2022

Dear Campus Community, One of the advantages of working at UC Riverside is the opportunity to be part of the Highlander community. Though we all bring our unique personalities, skills, and opinions to our roles, we align around a mission rooted in higher learning. UCR typically attracts people who are curious and seek to make the world better. Our...

By Kim A. Wilcox |

Donations for citations blood drive Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

Transportation Services is once again partnering with LifeStream Blood Bank to host the annual Donations for Citations Blood Drive on October 31st and November 1st. The program provides an opportunity to donate blood as an alternative to paying a citation fee. Donors will receive full credit towards a single parking violation with a fine up to $79...

By UCR Transportation and Parking Services |

“Compassionate clause” concluding at the end of this quarter

Dear Colleagues: This fall the UC Riverside campus has successfully returned to our most expansive in-person operations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the wide availability of vaccines and boosters to Californians of all ages, high vaccination rates among employees and students, more COVID-19 treatment options, and continued...

By Elizabeth Watkins and Gerry Bomotti |

Policy Review -- Absence from Work

Dear Colleagues, The University of California is proposing revisions to PPSM-2.210 (Absence from Work), which applies to staff employees in the Professional & Support Staff, Managers & Senior Professionals, and Senior Management Group personnel groups. This draft of PPSM-2.210 has been updated to increase the pay calculation for Pay for Family Care...

By Human Resources |

Statement on shooting of University of Arizona Professor Thomas Meixner

Dear Colleagues, I join the higher education community in expressing my shock and sorrow at the campus shooting that took the life of Dr. Thomas Meixner, professor and department head of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona. Professor Meixner had deep ties to UC Riverside, as he began his academic career here as an...

By Elizabeth Watkins |