Encouraging responsible communication on COVID-19

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

We understand there is a lot of information on the news and in social media surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we wanted to ensure you 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. 

We encourage our campus community 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.

For now, the most important thing is for you to do is stay home and seek medical care if you’re feeling sick, especially if you develop a cough or a high temperature. Students should call the Student Health Center at 831–459–2591 for instructions on self-care or to make an appointment.

This is a dynamic situation and we recognize the uncertainty it may generate. No doubt, some of you may be feeling anxious and concerned. Students in need of support can reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services. For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support.

We are closely following the guidance of our state and nation's top health leaders to ensure we continue to support the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. 

For more information about the coronavirus in general, how campus officials are monitoring the situation, tips for prevention and protection, and other public resources, visit campus’ COVID-19 webpage.