Updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

April 2, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

Vice Provost Jaye Padgett encouraged faculty and staff to continue employing students to the fullest extent possible during this period of COVID-19.

March 29, 2020

March 27, 2020

Chancellor Cynthia Larive announced that a student living off campus tested positive for COVID-19

March 22, 2020

The Financial Aid Office shared an update with students about potential financial aid adjustments.

March 20, 2020

Chancellor Cynthia Larive and Interim Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer thanked faculty, staff, and students for their work and patience during this unprecedented time.

UC Santa Cruz issued directives related to the statewide stay-at-home order and about remote instruction and research.

Student Housing Services sent a message to residential students reminding them to let the campus known if they plan to leave or remain in campus housing.

March 18, 2020

In order to dramatically reduce the density on campus, UC Santa Cruz strongly urges students who can safely leave to do so by Sunday, March 29. This will allow the remaining students who are not able to leave campus the recommended space for effective social distancing. By March 20, undergraduate, graduate, and residents of Family Student Housing need to either complete an Intent to Vacate form or a Remain in Residence form.

Staff Human Resources and the Academic Personnel Office provides guidance about how the campus implement the executive order on administrative leave for academic, staff and student employees at UC Santa Cruz.

March 17, 2020

Transportation and Parking Services updated the campus community on parking, the sales office, campus transit, and Metro service.

For the safety of our campus community, UC Santa Cruz is now in the process of winding down all but essential on-campus operations. Late last week, campus leaders sent out an email to all researchers about our Research Continuity with COVID-19 webpage, in which we recommended that faculty and researchers take certain steps to prepare for a possible campus shutdown. Campus leaders are requiring that all labs follow that guidance and obtain approval for any research projects and key research personnel they believe must remain active on campus during this time.

March 16, 2020

Following a Shelter in Place Order from the county health officer, UC Santa Cruz announced changes to campus operations to further limit the spread of COVID-19.

Interim Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer announced that the suspension of in-person instruction, lectures and discussion sections, extended to the full spring quarter, will include all labs, studios, field research, and field study courses. The suspension of in-person instructional meetings includes doctoral and masters thesis defenses and oral examinations and all meetings of lab research groups. There will be no exemptions for in-person instructional activities.

Vice Chancellor Van Williams shared options for establishing network connectivity from off campus.

March 15, 2020

Given today’s declaration by Gov. Gavin Newsom regarding limitations of restaurant seating and expansion of social distancing, Dining Servces has made shifts to its operation delivery plan for the week of March 16–20, 2020 in an effort to keep its patrons safely fed.

March 13, 2020

Chancellor Cynthia Larive announced that the suspension of in-person instruction, lectures and discussion sections is now extended to the full spring quarter. UC Santa Cruz also will continue with remote final exams at the end of spring quarter, June 8-12. This does not mean campus is closing for spring quarter. Campus will remain open. Most support services for students, including counseling, advising, and tutoring, will be delivered via Zoom.

In addition to the extension of remote instruction through spring quarter, UC Santa Cruz is making additional adjustments and recommendations regarding campus operations. Many of the operational changes outlined March 10 are now being expanded.

Campus leaders offered guidance for when managers and supervisors hear from staff who are concerned about exposure to COVID-19, who are being tested for COVID-19, and/or who may have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their close community of relatives and friends.

Housing Services sent a message to residential students with more information about the process to vacate university housing space and cancel their housing contract for spring quarter.

March 11, 2020

A message to managers and supervisors addresses several temporary changes UC Santa Cruz is making to its regular human resources policies to ensure the campus is maximizing the safety of community members while continuing to deliver on the educational and research mission.

March 10, 2020

In a message to campus, Chancellor Cynthia Larive announced new campus actions designed to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus, including that beginning Wednesday (March 11) lecture courses (including discussion sections) and seminars will be offered through alternative modalities (e.g., Zoom) to reduce face-to-face interactions as much as possible. There are no confirmed cases on campus at this time.

A message to instructors provides more guidance on delivering instruction and finals, following the chancellor's announcement to suspending in-person classes in response to COVID-19. The message was sent by Interim Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer; Lindsay Hinck, Chair, Academic Senate Committee on Courses and Instruction; Onuttom Narayan, Chair, Academic Senate Committee on Educational Policy; and Don Smith, Chair, Academic Senate Graduate Council.

In addition to the adjustments in instruction and final-exam administration, and consistent with consultation with our campus emergency management experts, UC Santa Cruz is making a number of adjustments and recommendations related to campus operations.

March 9, 2020

There is a lot of information on the news and in social media surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus), and the campus wants ensure people know that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. Any social media speculation about confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus is incorrect. To that end, please be advised that the university will email the campus community if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Our campus community is encouraged to be thoughtful and responsible in how we communicate around COVID-19 as we all work together to make our campus as safe as possible. Please refrain from any speculative posts on social media and utilize the university’s resources for official updates. Read more. 

Interim Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer is advising instructors to prepare for the possible suspension of winter quarter in-person instruction and in-person finals. Many instructors have already been using tools such as webcasting, Zoom, and Canvas to deliver instruction, and Kletzer asks those instructors who have not been doing so to consider how you might modify instruction in the event that classes can no longer meet in person.

March 8, 2020

In a message to campus, Chancellor Cynthia Larive calls on all members of the UC Santa Cruz community to take steps now to prepare for the possibility that the campus will need to shift to working, teaching, and learning remotely and virtually in the near future. Santa Cruz County learned of its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 7; this person is not affiliated with the UCSC campus.

March 6, 2020

As you are aware, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute staff continue to telecommute this week, and to avoid the university's Westside Research Park facility at 2300 Delaware Ave.

Two Genomics Institute affiliates visited the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Bay Area facility last week. It has now been confirmed that the CZI contractor under investigation for COVID-19 has tested positive and was present at the facility around the same time as the UCSC affiliates. However, the UCSC affiliates did not have direct contact with this person, are not considered close contacts by the local health department, and remain at low risk for potential exposure.

Continuing with our cautious approach, the two UCSC affiliates will remain in self-quarantine for 14 days or until they are able to be tested and receive a negative result. Other than these two affiliates, Genomics Institute staff can return to work at the Delaware Avenue facility.

There is currently no recommendation to extend self-quarantine to additional occupants of the Delaware Avenue facility who were not present at the CZI facility last week. Therefore, the remaining Genomics Institute staff can return to work at the Delaware Avenue facility.

An email from Chancellor Larive to the campus community with updates on preparedness activities, recent changes to travel restrictions and guidance for travel during spring break.

March 5, 2020

An email to faculty from academic leaders provides information about preparation and planning to minimize educational impacts should participation in coursework become difficult for health reasons for academic staff or students.

March 4, 2020

In an abundance of caution, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute staff have been advised to telecommute this week, and to avoid the university's Westside Research Park facility at 2300 Delaware Ave.

This recommendation was made for the following reason: Two Genomics Institute affiliates visited the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Bay Area facility last week. It was learned after their visit that a family member of a contract worker who also was working at the CZI facility Monday through Thursday of last week has tested positive for COVID–19. The contract worker is currently being tested for the virus and is in quarantine until results are received. Test results are expected at the end of this week.

Coronavirus and Airline Cancellations/Waivers

The situation surrounding the coronavirus and travel is continuously changing. The UCOP Central Travel Office and Risk Services will host a one-hour Q&A webinar on Wednesday, March 18th at 2PM to share options available to UC travelers, especially if the ticket was booked within UC contract at any one of UC’s preferred agencies.

UC's Official Central Travel Program response and updates can be found online, and on Twitter.

March 2, 2020

UC Office of the President has published Guidance for UC locations concerning COVID-19 to provide standardized systemwide guidance concerning COVID-19 and to assist UC locations in issuing local procedures, should they wish to do so. The guidance applies to all UC locations, including campuses, UC health systems, Agriculture & Natural Resources and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

This guidance document provides information and recommendations to assist academic leaders, managers and supervisors in addressing concerns related to COVID-19. The virus2 causing this illness is different from common coronaviruses that circulate among humans and cause mild illness, similar to the common cold. The recommendations will help prevent its spread. UC will act in accordance with all applicable public health directives and UC’s guidance, policies and regulations cannot conflict with public health orders. For the latest information on travel warnings and UC-related updates, go to ucal.us/coronavirus.

February 29, 2020

A message to faculty, staff, and students provides an update on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and offers information about how the campus is preparing to manage any outbreaks in our community. To date, there have not been any reported cases at UC Santa Cruz or in Santa Cruz County.

February 28, 2020

The CDC elevated its Travel Advisory for Italy and Iran to Level 3 - Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission due to the widespread, ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by SARS-CoV-2.

The CDC is also advising returning travelers (during the past 14 days) from South Korea and who feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing to:

  • Seek medical advice:
    1. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
    2. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

February 25, 2020

The CDC elevated its travel advisory for South Korea to Level 3 - Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Community Transmission due to the widespread, ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by SARS-CoV-2. UC President Janet Napolitano is directing the university community to temporarily avoid all non-essential, university-related travel to countries that are designated with a CDC Warning – Level 3 Travel Notice. This currently includes South Korea as well as China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong).

February 24, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an FAQ on the coronavirus and stigma.

February 19, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to Hong Kong. Travelers to Hong Kong should practice the usual precautions. The CDC also issued an FAQ on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy.

February 11, 2020

Seven confirmed coronavirus cases (including one from a repatriation flight) have been identified in California and there are approximately 130 persons who have been tested, according to the California Department of Public Health. Additionally:

February 10, 2020

Campus community members can learn more about surgical masks, dust masks, and N95 respirators, and the different kinds of protection each one offers.

February 7, 2020

The UC Santa Cruz Student Health Center shared an update with the campus community, including additional guidance for anyone who recently returned from China. The center will be offering more flu shot clinics on Feb. 12-13 to support the community's health.Read more.

February 5, 2020

UCSF is hosting a town hall today on the novel coronavirus that's open to the UC community. A panel of speakers from UCSF Health and UCSF will provide an update on the science of the virus, UCSF’s response to the evolving and dynamic outbreak, and address questions about prevention, traveling abroad, occupational and student health, and more.

February 4, 2020

The UC Office of the President has directed that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China. The directive is in line with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department. The UC Santa Cruz process to determine and approve essential university-related travel by members of the UC Santa Cruz community. Read more.

Campus community members who have recently returned from China and have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or local health department and be ready to share their travel history. The Santa Cruz County Communicable Disease Program can be reached at 831-454-4114 and after hours at 831-471-1170.

January 31, 2020

Due to the dynamic situation with the coronavirus and to protect the health of the university community, the UC Office of the President has said that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China. The directive is in line with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department. UC Santa Cruz is developing a protocol to review any campus-related travel to China. Additionally, American, Delta and United have annouced that they will halt flights to China.

In order to ensure the well-being and safety of those who must travel during this time, it is of utmost importance that all faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad for university-related purposes register their international travel with the UC International Travel Registry before their expected departure and update this information as changes occur before and during travel. Registration is an important step in reducing the risks of traveling abroad and helps keep the university community safe, especially in environments with heightened health risks, such as the coronavirus.

January 30, 2020

UC Santa Cruz health officials are closely monitoring the coronavirus and, in coordination with county officials, preparing to manage any outbreaks in our campus community.

January 24, 2020

The UC Santa Cruz Student Health Center offers information for members of the campus community to protect their health.