What to Expect - Employees


A Safe Return to Campus

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Riverside has been guided by three principles – personal health, community health, and incremental decision making. As the university increases on-campus operations, these principles will continue to guide the campus. 

UCR is committed to delivering in-person instruction, research opportunities, and student support services wherever possible. As a nationally-ranked residential public research university, an on-campus presence is essential to successfully advance our mission of instruction, research, and public service. 

Most classes will be delivered in-person. Campus gathering and student support venues, including libraries, Student Recreation Center, Highlander Union Building, bookstore, dining spaces, and residence halls, are open.

All members of the campus community – including students, staff, and faculty – must adhere to public health and safety guidelines. 

Campus guidelines will continue to evolve as guidance from local, state, and national health authorities are updated. Please continue to visit the COVID-19 site for updated information with specifics about operations on campus.


I am a new UCR employee where do I go to submit my COVID19 vaccine records to meet with campus policy? 

Please navigate to Point and Click using the link and access your Employee Health Record. Add your immunization information under COVID Vaccine found in “View My Medical Clearances and Vaccine Records.”

More detailed instructions can be found here: Employee Vaccine Guide.

*Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
•    COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO), which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date doses administered
•    A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document
•    A photo of a vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device
•    Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider 
•    Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader name, date of birth, vaccination dates, and vaccine type.  

How do I a request an exemption or deferral to the vaccine mandate? Click here for information and exemption and deferral forms.

Can I get a COVID test on campus?
Yes, antigen test kits are available to  faculty, staff and students using  the antigen kit request form . The antigen test kits can be picked up from EH&S Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm, (3:50pm being the last window for pick up).

Where can employees obtain additional free face coverings/masks?
Employees can request free face coverings from Environmental Health & Safety.

Can I host an event on campus? 
Yes. Events and gatherings guidance can be found here

Are resources available for instructors to assist with remote instruction?
Yes. The Teaching@UCR site provides resources on revising your course for remote instruction, including key details on technologies and teaching strategies.

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  • Strict adherence to health and safety standards. Personal and institutional health and safety standards for on-campus activities will be in place, consistent with applicable public health guidelines. This likely will include correct use of face coverings, testing, and vaccinations. All on-campus activities, and anyone participating in these activities, will be required to strictly adhere to these standards. 
  • Planning to offer most courses in-person. Smaller classes would be offered with normal classroom seating, larger courses would have reduced seating density, and our largest courses would remain remote. Graduate students would have almost all of their courses in-person. 
  • A commitment not to switch remote classes to in-person on short notice. Classes initially scheduled for remote instruction in fall will not be shifted to in-person if public health conditions improve more than expected. However, if conditions do not improve as expected, classes initially scheduled for in-person instruction may be shifted to remote.
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  • The University of California has finalized a policy to require vaccinations of all students and employees accessing campus facilities at all UC locations, including UC Riverside. More information about vaccinations can be found here
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  • UC Riverside will require routine COVID-19 testing for select groups of students and employees on campus – including everyone who is unvaccinated (with approved exemptions), symptomatic, or with a confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19. Optional testing will also be available. Testing requirements and locations can be found here
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  • Anyone on campus must follow all health and safety protocols. 
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  • We continue to expect more workplace flexibility than existed pre-pandemic. Specific decisions about on-campus and remote work will happen at the organizational level. Updated parking permit options will be available. Details available here
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  • Events and gatherings have resumed. The university released events and gatherings guidance to provide specific direction on which types of indoor and outdoor gatherings will be permitted on campus.
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  • In compliance with California Department Public Health (CDPH) and Cal/OSHA requirements all employees are required to complete an online COVID-19 prevention training through the UC Learning Center.
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  • Employee travel may resume.