2020  Administrative Messagerss

  • April 01, 2020

    Updated guidance on campus operations based on extended Shelter in Place Order issued by the Santa Cruz Health Department

    The UC Santa Cruz community continues to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are being proactive in maximizing physical distancing, while maintaining the critical operations needed to support students and employees who continue to live on campus, to facilitate remote learning, and to ensure the campus infrastructure is maintained and campus facilities are safe.

  • April 01, 2020

    Moving Services to Pack and Ship Belongings

    If you have already left campus and are unable to return to retrieve your belongings personally, you may need to contract with a personal moving service to pack your belongings and ship them to you.

  • April 01, 2020

    Filling out census forms

    An accurate 2020 census will help UC Santa Cruz immensely, and campus needs your help to ensure that happens!

  • March 31, 2020

    Supporting student employees during period of COVID-19

    COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for us. Among those many challenges is the question of whether and how we can continue to employ students. I’m writing with thoughts related to this question.

  • March 31, 2020

    Realignment of campus compliance organizations: Equity and Equal Protection Office

    We are pleased to announce the realignment of existing campus compliance organizations into a single campus Equity and Equal Protection Office.The Office of Equity and Equal Protection will be comprised of the Title IX Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Office, the UCSC ADA Program, and the UCSC Whistleblower Program.

  • March 31, 2020

    SHR announces tentative timeline for Talent Acquisition Management system

    SHR announces tentative timeline for Talent Acquisition Management system.

  • March 31, 2020

    Vice Chancellor Peggy Delaney retiring

  • March 30, 2020

    Need to Complete Move-out of UCSC Residence

    We are writing to urge you to promptly complete your move-out as soon as you are able to do so.

  • March 27, 2020

    Emergency notification: Confirmed case of COVID-19 at UCSC

    We write to share that the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency confirmed today that a student member of the UC Santa Cruz community has tested positive for COVID-19. The student lives off campus and has been self-isolating since being tested. The student was last on campus March 16 and is doing well.

  • March 26, 2020

    UCSC Zoom Service Changes

    In response to COVID-19, ITS has implemented the following changes to the campus Zoom service that make it easier and safer for everyone at UCSC to connect online.

  • March 20, 2020

    A "thank you" to our students

    We write today to acknowledge the challenges you have faced over the past two weeks as we switched to remote learning and final exams, and to express our sincere gratitude for taking the changes head on. These are not easy days, and you have demonstrated resilience and patience. Thank you.

  • March 20, 2020

    A "thank you" to our faculty

    We write today to express our sincere gratitude for all that you have done and will do in the coming months to continue to provide instruction to our students.

  • March 20, 2020

    Campus directive during statewide stay-at-home order

    Our community has pulled together in positive ways in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The current Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County shelter-in-place orders, plus last night’s statewide stay-at-home order, mandate that we be more explicit in how we respond to this growing public health challenge.

  • March 20, 2020

    COVID-19 FAQ Working with Staff Human Resources

    In light of the quantity and speed of changes affecting our campus community, Staff Human Resources has developed a page of FAQs to help all of us navigate SHR services and processes during this evolving situation.

  • March 20, 2020

    Directive regarding remote instruction and research

    We write to provide clarity regarding who should and should not be coming to work at all campus locations to perform duties related to remote instruction and research consistent with the procedures that the campus has now established for providing remote learning and essential research continuity. This directive supersedes all earlier communications.

  • March 20, 2020

    A "thank you" to our staff

    We write today to express our sincere gratitude for all that you have done and will do in the coming months to continue to support our students, our faculty, our research, and the mission of UC Santa Cruz.

  • March 20, 2020

    Candidates for CPEVC to make virtual campus visits

    As you are aware, our campus is conducting a search for a campus provost and executive vice chancellor. At the beginning of April, we plan to have three candidates visit campus "virtually," using remote technology to accommodate the shelter-in-place and social-distancing practices necessitated by COVID-19.

  • March 20, 2020

    Campus-wide - ePerformance Launch

    The UCPath staff performance appraisal management tool, ePerformance, will be rolling out to the campus in April 2020. This module will replace the previous appraisal tool (appraisals.ucsc.edu) with a secure, online evaluation platform through UCPath.

  • March 20, 2020

    Responding to requests for campus assistance

    As UC Santa Cruz continues to manage its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, campus employees may be asked directly to lend assistance and support for our local partners.

  • March 20, 2020

    ACTION REQUIRED TODAY: Undergraduate, Graduate and Family Student Housing Tenants

    In order to dramatically and immediately reduce the density on campus, we strongly urge all students who can leave campus to do so by Sunday, March 29. Travel to return to your permanent residence is encouraged and permissible.

  • March 19, 2020

    Gov. Newsom's executive order

    Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new statewide order this evening requiring residents to stay at home or at their place of residence except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. The order goes into effect tonight; no end date has been set at this time. Anyone who does leave their house should maintain a social distance of at least six feet.

  • March 19, 2020

    Intellectual property and copyright in course materials during COVID-19 remote teaching: information and language for instructors

    As faculty prepare to deliver more instruction remotely, using videoconferencing and related tools, we are providing this brief review of rules on copyright, both for protecting your own copyright, and respecting the rights of others.

  • March 19, 2020

    CANCELLED - Planned Campuswide Electrical Shutdowns (3/21 & 3/28)

    These shutdowns, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, March 28, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. As a result, campus electrical services will not be interrupted as originally planned.

  • March 18, 2020

    Important information on filling out census forms

    The U.S. Constitution requires the country to conduct a census every 10 years. The U.S. Census Bureau aims to have every person who lives in the country, regardless of their citizenship, fill out a census form. The results help determine federal funding for many campus areas including adult education, science education including agriculture and engineering, wellness programs, health and mental health services, and financial aid in the form of Pell Grants.

  • March 18, 2020

    Tools for Remote Instruction

    Here is information about recommended digital tools to use for Remote Instruction.

  • March 18, 2020

    Campus Housing and Operations Update

    The emergence of COVID-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges for communities all across the country. As COVID-19 mitigation actions escalate across the country, our campus is making additional changes to our operations.

  • March 18, 2020

    Administrative leave with pay

    Guidance for employees and supervisors regarding the use of paid administrative leave pursuant to President Napolitano’s Executive Order dated March 16, 2020

  • March 17, 2020

    On-Campus Parking and Transportation Update

    Please be advised that effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, permit requirements for regular, non-reserved parking spaces on the residential campus, Coastal Science Campus and Westside Research Park will be temporarily suspended.

  • March 17, 2020

    Temporary cessation of non-essential on-campus research operations

    As you know, we are in the midst of a dangerous global pandemic and the County of Santa Cruz has issued a Shelter in Place Order for all residents. For the safety of our campus community, we are now in the process of winding down all but essential on-campus operations.

  • March 17, 2020

    Do not use thermal heating packs on campus

    Police and fire officials urge students who remain in campus housing to avoid the use of thermal heating packs to heat food.

  • March 16, 2020

    ALL remote instruction for spring quarter and changes in library hours

    I write today to announce 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.

  • March 16, 2020

    Operational changes to Dining Services - March 16 - 20, 2020

  • March 16, 2020

    At-home Internet Options for UCSC

    In preparation to study and work from home and other remote locations in spring quarter, it is important that we have fast and reliable internet service. Several internet providers are offering free or special offers because of the impacts of COVID-19. Students may want to check their local provider for any student discounts.

  • March 16, 2020

    Campus operations impacted by Shelter in Place Order through April 7

    In light of new actions by the county health officer, UC Santa Cruz is announcing changes that will apply to campus operations at its locations in Santa Cruz County.

  • March 13, 2020

    Spring 2020 Intent to Vacate / Express Checkout Process

    As outlined earlier today by Chancellor Larive, remote instruction for lecture and discussion sections, originally announced through April 3, will extend for the entire spring quarter.

  • March 13, 2020

    COVID-19 operational changes extending into spring quarter

    As outlined earlier today by Chancellor Larive, remote instruction for lecture and discussion sections, originally announced through April 3, will extend for the entire spring quarter.

  • March 13, 2020

    UCSC to adopt remote instruction for duration of the spring quarter

    I write today to announce that the suspension of in-person instruction, lectures and discussion sections is now extended to the full spring quarter. We also will continue with remote final exams at the end of spring quarter, June 8-12.

  • March 13, 2020

    Guidance for Responding to Reports of COVID-19 exposures and/or positive test results

    We write to offer guidance for when you 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.

  • March 12, 2020

    Instructional Computer Labs and Computing Stations Update - COVID-19 Impact

    This morning, ITS closed some of the instructional computer labs because we are taking preventative measures against COVID-19 and asked our student workers to follow guidance from

  • March 11, 2020

    Changes to vision talk format for Vice Chancellor of University Relations candidates

    In order to align with the COVID-19 public event guidance issued yesterday, we are canceling the Vice Chancellor of University Relations candidate in-person vision talks scheduled to take place this month.

  • March 11, 2020

    COVID-19 Guidance for supervisors and managers

    Working during this unusual time in response to the COVID-19 emergency requires flexibility and modifications to our normal practices. This message addresses several temporary changes we are making to our regular human resources policies to ensure we are maximizing the safety of our community members while continuing to deliver on our educational and research mission.

  • March 10, 2020

    Operational changes in response to COVID-19 virus

    As outlined earlier this morning by Chancellor Larive, UC Santa Cruz is making adjustments to the delivery of classes and the administration of final exams in response to the COVID-19 virus. While we do not have a confirmed case on campus, there are confirmed cases in Santa Cruz County, and we are working to be proactive in supporting the health and safety of our campus community.

  • March 10, 2020

    Suspension of in-person classes and final exams

    Earlier today, the Chancellor announced new actions designed to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus. In recent days we have seen the continued spread of COVID-19 around the world and now here in Santa Cruz County.

  • March 10, 2020

    URGENT: UC Santa Cruz suspending in-person classes in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Today we are implementing new campus actions designed to help limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus. Importantly, there are no confirmed cases on our campus at this time; however, we recently learned that a second case has been identified in Santa Cruz County and the number of cases in neighboring Santa Clara County continues to rise.

  • March 09, 2020

    Preparing for possible campus suspension of in-person instruction and examinations

    As outlined in a previous campus communication, UCSC is continuing to take precautionary steps to prepare the campus for scenarios where COVID-19 makes large gatherings unsafe.

  • March 09, 2020

    Systemwide review of revised UC policy on Protection of Human Subjects in Research

    The University of California Office of the President invites comments on proposed revisions to Presidential Policy on Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

  • March 08, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz preparation for coronavirus

    Though there are no confirmed cases of the virus here on our campus, the first confirmed case could very well happen on campus at any time. We want to be as prepared as possible so we can move quickly should we need to.

  • March 06, 2020

    Taking a moment to say thank you

    We want to take a moment to thank you for all you do to support our campus community.

  • March 06, 2020

    Update on grade withholding and spring quarter enrollments

    I want to recognize your continued patience as we work through the effects of the unsanctioned graduate student strike. This has been a difficult year — you endured power outages in the fall, and more recently the withholding of fall quarter grades, and now the winter quarter teaching strike which has impeded your access to classes, sections, and labs. You have faced significant disruption and uncertainty over the past three months.

  • March 06, 2020

    Update on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

    UC Santa Cruz leaders continue to closely monitor the dynamic COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and are in regular communication with local and state health officials. Your health and wellbeing are our number one priority and we are doing all we can to support a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our campus community.

  • March 06, 2020

    Campus power shutdowns on March 21 and 28

    The campus must install and test equipment for the new photovoltaic system. To complete this work, a power shutdown is required. On both March 21 and March 28, campus power will be shut off, allowing contractors to install and test all the equipment required to connect the photovoltaic system to the campus power grid.

  • March 05, 2020

    Interview for VC-UR finalists

    UC Santa Cruz is recruiting for a vice chancellor of University Relations. In the next few weeks, four finalists for the position will participate in interviews on campus.

  • March 05, 2020

    Maintaining educational continuity in the context of COVID-19

    We write to share best practices for instructors and academic units, for the educational benefit of our students. The goal of this preparation and planning is to minimize educational impacts should participation in coursework become difficult for health reasons for academic staff or students. If you encounter challenges, please consult with your department/program chair or college provost. Units should work closely with their dean’s office.

  • March 04, 2020

    Genomics Institute COVID-19 Precautions

    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.

  • February 29, 2020

    Updates and information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

    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.

  • February 28, 2020

    Vote in Tuesday’s election

    Tuesday, March 3, is the Presidential Primary Election in California.

  • February 28, 2020

    Update on grade strike

    As you are likely aware, in an effort to better support our Ph.D. and MFA students and help address the very legitimate financial concerns they have raised, we announced and implemented a number of new campus programs to help alleviate their financial burdens – and we are working together to provide greater levels of support.

  • February 24, 2020

    Clarification of programs offered to graduate students

    Last week, acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Quentin Williams and I met with graduate students, department chairs, and faculty regarding the grading and teaching strike. We came away with a strong sense of our shared commitment to supporting our graduate students. We also heard genuine confusion about the quality and scope of these programs. In an effort to find a way forward together as a community, I would like to clarify the programs and describe new details that resulted from our conversations.

  • February 24, 2020

    CP/EVC recruitment update

  • February 19, 2020

    Chancellor Cynthia Larive's remarks to the UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate

  • February 14, 2020

    An open letter from President Janet Napolitano to faculty, staff and students at UC Santa Cruz

    UC President Janet Napolitano addresses the unsanctioned strike at UC Santa Cruz.

  • February 14, 2020

    Graduate student strike update

    Interim Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer provides an update on the campus's work to bring the unsanctioned strike by some graduate students to an end.

  • February 13, 2020

    Statement on Feb. 12 protest, arrests

    Wednesday, officers arrested 17 participants who ignored dispersal orders that were repeated over approximately 20 minutes--requests to move out of the city intersection of Bay and High streets and onto the university field to continue their demonstration.

  • February 11, 2020

    Both entrances to campus open

    Today’s picketing by some graduate students and their supporters at the entrances of the residential campus is winding down. Both the main and west entrances to campus are open, and traffic is flowing freely.

  • February 11, 2020

    Be ready to vote in March 3 primary election

    Tuesday, March 3 is California’s Primary Election. There are several important matters on the ballot, including primary elections for federal, state and local offices in addition to several local and state initiatives. Voting is a citizen's fundamental right, and UC Santa Cruz urges you to let your voice be heard.

  • February 10, 2020

    Both campus entrances/exits are open

    Today’s unsanctioned labor action by some graduate students and their supporters, with picketing and other activities at the main entrance of the residential campus, has concluded. Both the main and west entrances to campus are open.

  • February 10, 2020

    Picketing near main entrance | campus open

    Some UC Santa Cruz graduate students have started an unsanctioned, open-ended labor strike today with picketing and other activities at the main entrance of the residential campus.

  • February 07, 2020

    Opportunities for dialogue

    On January 27, Chancellor Larive announced two new programs to support our graduate students. Despite these efforts, we were disappointed that some of our TAs—200 of whom continue to withhold grades—last week threatened to escalate their activity to a full teaching strike.

  • February 07, 2020

    Unsanctioned strike by some graduate students

    Some UC Santa Cruz graduate students have announced they will begin an unsanctioned, open-ended labor strike starting on Monday, Feb. 10.

  • February 07, 2020

    2019 Novel Coronavirus

    This letter serves to update everyone with accurate information obtained from the CDC and state communicable disease specialists.

  • February 07, 2020

    Unsanctioned strike by some graduate students

    While campus leaders have recently been in dialogue with leaders of the Graduate Student Association to prevent escalating strike activities, the campus community should be ready in the event of strike activities Monday. 

  • February 07, 2020

    Use of temporary Pass (P) grading

    Having received concurrence from the Academic Senate Committee on Educational Policy (CEP), I have asked University Registrar Sanger to make available the Pass (P) grade as an option for letter-graded undergraduates as an interim measure.

  • February 04, 2020

    Limiting non-essential travel to China

    To protect the health of the university community in the midst of a dynamic situation with the coronavirus, the UC Office of the President has directed that faculty, staff, and students should avoid all non-essential travel to China.

  • January 30, 2020

    Campus health officials closely monitoring coronavirus

    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 30, 2020

    Yesterday’s employee housing survey email

    You all should have received two emails yesterday afternoon about our new housing survey, which provides an opportunity to provide important feedback on your housing experience and preferences.

  • January 27, 2020

    In Memoriam: Jonathan Kahana (1966-2019)

  • January 27, 2020

    New graduate student programs: FAQ

    Additional information is available for the two new programs to support graduate students.

  • January 27, 2020

    Community alert: Seeking assistance with burglaries, fraud, and thefts

    The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the community’s help in investigating a rash of crimes that began Jan. 8, 2020.

  • January 24, 2020

    MyUCSC Planned Outage, Jan. 25

    MyUCSC and affiliated AIS systems will be unavailable Saturday, Jan. 25, from 8 AM to 5 PM for routine system maintenance.

  • January 24, 2020

    Information about the coronavirus

    We know that many of you are concerned about the recent appearance of the coronavirus. Although there have been no confirmed cases on campus, we want to provide you with some information about how to protect your health.

  • January 21, 2020

    Campus reaches new contract with skilled trades employees

    I am pleased to announce that UC Santa Cruz has reached a new four-year contract with its skilled trades employees.

  • January 21, 2020

    Information about potential sick out

    The University has become aware that certain academic student employees (ASEs) may be planning on a sick out on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in order to attend the Regents meeting in San Francisco.

  • January 14, 2020

    Sad news on campus benefactor Jack Baskin

    It saddens me to announce the passing of Jack Baskin, an engineer and entrepreneur whose philanthropy helped shape modern-day UC Santa Cruz.

  • January 13, 2020

    Participate in a campus climate research study

    The purpose of the study is to gather a wide range of data related to campus climate, diversity efforts and inclusive practices, and work-life concerns so that campus leadership is better informed about the quality of living and working environments for students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented communities on campus.

  • January 09, 2020

    ITS Update from VC Williams

    Happy 2020! The start of a new quarter provides an ideal time to reflect and share news about Information Technology Services - what we’ve been up to and where we’re heading.

  • January 09, 2020

    Seeking assistance with campus vandalism incidents

    UC Santa Cruz police are seeking the campus community’s help in the investigation of a series of vandalism incidents that have occurred throughout campus since Friday.

  • January 08, 2020

    Microsoft Windows 7 Support Ends on January 14, 2020

    Microsoft will end support of Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. When a vendor ends support, it can lead to security vulnerabilities, software incompatibility, compliance issues, and poor computer performance and reliability. It's important that your computer is running the latest supported software and operating system.

  • January 07, 2020

    Update on UC’s seismic safety initiative

    The safety of our campus community is our highest priority and reflected in our continuous work to improve seismic resilience on campus.

  • January 06, 2020

    Labor demonstration near main entrance | campus open

    The AFSCME union’s Skilled Trades unit has informed UC Santa Cruz that its members are going out on strike beginning today, and will remain out indefinitely.

  • January 06, 2020

    Information about fall grades and guidance for students and faculty

    Eighty percent of fall quarter grades have been submitted. Grades belong to the students who earned them, and we will continue to work toward full grade submission.

  • January 02, 2020

    UCPath is here!

    We are delighted to report that UCPath is now live at UC Santa Cruz. UCPath is the University of California’s new Human Resources and Payroll Management system.