Content Tagged with: COVID-19

Students return to campus housing

UC Riverside welcomed about 7,000 students into campus housing this weekend, returning to full capacity for the first time since the pandemic began. Joined by family members, students wheeled blue carts stacked with belongings into their rooms, eager to return to campus life. Ada Unol, a 20-year-old biology major, was only on campus for part of her...

By Imran Ghori |

Staff employees strongly support flexible work options in survey

UC Riverside staff members indicated strong support for continued remote or hybrid work options in a recent survey of work preferences. About 93% of respondents favored remote/hybrid work options while 74% of supervisors believe that staff members can work well in a remote or hybrid option, according to the results. The survey was sent to 2,830...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus dining venues readying for reopening

Getting a bite to eat at UC Riverside will be easier in the coming weeks as dining venues begin opening on campus. The first to reopen will be venues at the HUB starting with the Scotty’s convenience store on Aug. 23. The store’s offerings include pre-made sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages along with other retail grocery items. Others will...

By Imran Ghori |

What to expect when buildings reopen

UC Riverside is beginning to open up its core campus again, returning to daytime weekday access for campus buildings. Starting Aug. 16, Facilities Services will begin unlocking and locking buildings at their normal operating hours as the campus prepares for the return of more in-person work and instruction this fall. Campus buildings had been...

By Imran Ghori |

Coffee socials offer a return to normalcy on campus

Enjoying coffee and conversation outside Hinderaker Hall has long been a morning tradition at UC Riverside. It’s a scene that has been missing for the past 15 months. But in a sign of the return to in-person operations in the fall, a crowd once again gathered on a recent bright Tuesday morning to sip coffee and eat doughnuts. The coffee socials...

By Imran Ghori |

Campus vaccination rates continue to rise

About 46% of UC Riverside employees and 38% of students have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccinations as of early July. The campus is continuing to encourage students and employees to get vaccinated and submit proof with high vaccination rates considered essential to reducing restrictions on campus and ensuring the health and safety of the campus...

By Imran Ghori |

How California’s June 15 reopening will affect UCR

June 23 update: Under the latest state guidelines, most vaccinated employees and students may work indoors without face coverings, physical distancing is no longer required, and all worksites can operate at 100% capacity. Learn more in this announcement. The California economy will reopen June 15 with the state lifting many restrictions on...

By Imran Ghori |

Poor air quality and warehouses linked to Inland Empire Covid-19 inequities

UC Riverside professors call for intersectional approach to Covid-19 exposure interventions

By Holly Ober |

How UCR created a successful COVID-19 testing program

When UC Riverside began discussing the creation of a COVID-19 testing program a year ago, the campus had no lab, no existing system, and no certainty about when students and employees could return safely. Several months after the launch of the program, the campus is planning a fall return and is celebrating a continued drop in positive coronavirus...

By Imran Ghori |

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 |

FAQ on UC's proposed COVID-19 vaccination policy

The University of California last week shared the details of a proposed policy on COVID-19 vaccination as part of its engagement with its community as it joins the California State University in supporting immunizations as part of an expected return of students, faculty, academic appointees and staff to in-person instruction across the state this...

By University Communications |

Return to campus working group briefings begin this week

Each of the Return to Campus working groups will deliver a briefing for the campus community about their planning efforts for the fall. The briefings, which will consist of comments by select working group members followed by answers to pre-submitted questions, will be available for viewing on the UC Riverside YouTube channel. The campus community...

By University Communications |

Campus return updates for April 7

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...

By University Communications |

Campus return updates for March 31

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 Undergraduate students at UC Riverside will again have the opportunity to conduct laboratory research on campus — invaluable educational experience that COVID...

By University Communications |

CNAS lecture series returns with focus on COVID-19 response

An upcoming lecture series will spotlight the role researchers at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, are playing in response to COVID-19, from testing to vaccine development and more. The college’s annual science lecture series is titled "COVID Conversations: How the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside...

By Imran Ghori |

Review paper links air pollution to COVID-19 susceptibility

Coauthors include School of Medicine biomedical scientist Changcheng Zhou

By Iqbal Pittalwala |

UCR creates new COVID cleaning crew

UC Riverside has created a new team of Facilities Services employees specializing in cleaning campus areas that have potentially been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The team, made up of 15 custodial and housekeeping employees who volunteered for the task, attended training sessions starting in January, completing the last one in early...

By Imran Ghori |

New Pandemic Relief for Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) Participants

Please note that the “blackout period” described in the March 8, 2021 scotmemo – New Pandemic Relief for Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) Participants, applies to claims for expenses incurred in the 2020 plan year only. During the transition of data from the Wage Works system to the Discovery Benefits/Wex system occurring from April 16 to no...

By Human Resources |

Looking back at a year of the pandemic

A year has passed since the pandemic changed life at UC Riverside. Here is a look at what’s happened on campus. Photos by Stan Lim, UCR photography manager.

By University Communications |

Keeping the campus safe and clean

New equipment, changing schedules, and enhanced cleaning protocols — these are some of the ways the daily routines of UC Riverside Facilities Services staff members have been altered over the past year. The department, which includes custodial, landscaping, and maintenance services, has had many of its employees continuing to work on campus from...

By Imran Ghori |