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 prepares to increase on-campus operations this fall, these principles will continue to guide the campus. 

See video message from Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addressing a return to campus this fall.

A total of 75-80% classes will be delivered in-person, with department chairs determining which courses will be in-person and which will be remote. Campus gathering and student support venues, including libraries, Student Recreation Center, Highlander Union Building, bookstore, dining spaces, and residence halls, are expected to be physically open.

Research has ramped up to 50% maximum occupancy in campus labs and will continue to increase leading up to the fall quarter if conditions continue to improve in the community.

All members of the campus community – including students, staff, and faculty – must adhere to public health and safety guidelines upon their return to the UCR campus. The summer will offer a time of transition as more employees prepare for a deliberate, staged, return to campus.

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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, physical distancing, 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 75-80% of all 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. Importantly, all of this assumes that high vaccination rates and falling infection rates will lead to new public health guidelines that make this possible. If not, the campus will scale back in-person instruction accordingly.
  • 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 recently announced a proposed policy to require vaccinations of all students and employees accessing campus facilities at all UC locations, including UC Riverside. Answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinations are available here
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  • Based on current guidance unvaccinated employees who are asymptomatic will be tested once a week. This recommendation is subject to change pending further public health guidance.
  • COVID-19 testing options are to be a combination of COVID-19 testing provider Curative, UCR Student Health, other health care providers, and mail-at-home kits, which would be provided at no charge.
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  • Anyone on campus must follow all health and safety protocols including daily wellness checks.
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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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  • Gatherings are expanded to resume. The university will release a new campus gatherings policy 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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  • Limited employee travel is expected to resume, and specific guidance will be provided prior to the fall quarter.