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

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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. 

About 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, will be open.

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 circumstances around COVID-19 are rapidly changing, and campus guidelines will continue to evolve as guidance from local, state, and national health authorities are updated. Please continue to visit the Campus Return site for updated information with specifics about fall quarter operations on 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 about 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. 
  • 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 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 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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  • Events and gatherings will resume on a limited basis. The university release new 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.