Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

Effective immediately, the following buildings have been cleared by Chancellor Larive to reopen. These locations may only resume operations that were in effect on Aug. 20, 2020, prior to the campus emergency declaration, and approved through the COVID-19 resumption process. 

  • Center for Adaptive Optics

  • Digital Arts Research Center

  • Granary

In addition, some housing within Cowell College, Crown College, Merrill College, and Stevenson College have been cleared. More information will be forthcoming from Housing as to assignments and access to these facilities.

The Campus Fire Marshal, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), and our Physical Plant Department continue their work in assessing systems, cleaning facilities, and doing needed safety assessments. Additional facilities will be released in phases.

There are some very important things to remember as we resume operations in these locations:

  • Air quality remains a concern due to wildfires in the area. We continue to track air quality, and will utilize the UC guidance for addressing air quality to inform any subsequent actions we need to take. 

  • When Environmental Health & Safety clears a building, the air quality has been evaluated and is acceptable in accordance with occupational and environmental guidelines. However, smoke odors may still be present and air scrubbers may still be running in the hallways. Should your department need assistance with mitigating the smoke odor, please contact EH&S staff and they will assist you.

  • Please be mindful that due to the wildfire event and campus closure, the wildlife population on campus has increased. It's especially important to go slow on campus roadways and be aware when out on campus trails.  In addition to the turkeys and deer, we have seen an increase in the coyote, fox and other species throughout the campus.

  • Unless you are heading to one of the buildings that has been cleared for resumption, do not attempt to access other facilities on campus. 

For up-to-date information on all of our wildfire response and recovery efforts and a list of open buildings, please continue to visit our wildfire information site.