Exceptions to campus closure 2020-2021

To: UC Santa Cruz Staff and Faculty

From: Jim Kari, Director of Physical Plant Services

As in the past, the UC Santa Cruz campus will close during the holiday season in an effort to conserve energy at a time when the university business is generally slow. This year the campus will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021, re-opening on Monday, January 4, 2021. The campus community is reminded to turn off lights, shut down computers and other office equipment, and close and lock exterior windows before leaving for the break.

During the closure some housing areas and other buildings will remain open. Laboratory buildings will be partially operational due to special needs of researchers and scientists, and some campus units' work schedules may require staffing during all or part of the closure. Fire, police, and environmental health and safety services will be provided to the campus community during this period, along with necessary utilities and other essential services.

If you are required to work all or part of this closure on campus, you must receive approval from your unit head and principal officer. Once unit heads have concurrence from their principal officer, they are asked to notify Physical Plant directly of their plans to remain open or staffed during part or all of the closure on campus. Notifications should be made via email to allysonr@ucsc.edu no later than Friday, December 11, 2020, and should include the specific dates that offices will be occupied, as well as the number of occupants. This will ensure that open areas will receive necessary services during this period when most faculty, staff, and students are gone.

It is important to note, however, that building temperatures in underutilized areas will generally be reduced. Therefore, please advise staff to dress appropriately during this time. Faculty is urged to announce the closure broadly to their graduate students who may plan on working throughout the closures.

If you have facilities-related questions or would like further information on campus closure exceptions, please contact Allyson Raedeke at (831) 515-9483.