2020  Administrative Messagerss

  • October 25, 2020

    Planned power outage announced for Santa Cruz County

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced late Friday that it will likely preemptively cut power tonight to a large swath of Central and Northern California, including parts of Santa Cruz County, to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during dry and extremely windy weather forecast for later this week. Thirty-eight counties may be affected by the planned outage.

  • October 23, 2020

    Campus conducting post-CZU Fire community experience survey

  • October 22, 2020

    Reminder: COVID-19 information forum tomorrow

    The next UC Santa Cruz COVID-19 Information Forum will be on Friday, October 23 from 9:30–11 a.m.

  • October 22, 2020

    Rolling out new telecommuting tools

    While in many cases, remote work is situational and will eventually return to working on-site, there are other cases in which working remotely, part-time or full-time, can be a long-term model for our employees.

  • October 20, 2020

    UCSC Winter Break Curtailment

    Like many of you, we were discouraged to learn we would no longer be allowed to use our available COVID-19 UC Expanded Paid Admin Leave to cover campus-based winter break curtailment days for this year.

  • October 19, 2020

    Provide feedback on UC’s proposed systemwide curtailment/salary reduction plan

    President Michael Drake and the UC Office of the President seek feedback from all campuses on a proposed systemwide combined curtailment and salary reduction plan that would apply to both staff and faculty to help mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19.

  • October 19, 2020

    Voter registration deadline is today

    Today is the deadline to register for the first time or to update your registration if you have moved since last casting a ballot.

  • October 19, 2020

    Provide feedback on UC’s proposed systemwide curtailment/salary reduction plan

    President Michael Drake and the UC Office of the President seek feedback from all campuses on a proposed systemwide combined curtailment and salary reduction plan that would apply to both staff and faculty to help mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19.

  • October 16, 2020

    Curtailment — Revision/correction to Oct. 12 announcement

    This memo corrects one important error in the Oct. 12 message pertaining to what types of leave can be used to cover the six curtailment days.

  • October 15, 2020

    Updated information on flu vaccine requirements for faculty and staff

    To support the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the University of California is strongly encouraging everyone in the campus community to receive a flu vaccine by Oct. 31.

  • October 15, 2020

    Oct. 22 Town Hall to focus on budget present, future

    After much conversation, we understand that there are many issues occurring all at once, but foremost on many of our minds is what is happening with our campus budget. We will be partnering with the Chancellor's office to host a Town Hall centered around our budget present and future.

  • October 15, 2020

    Sad news regarding founding administrator Harold A. (Hal) Hyde

    It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of UC Santa Cruz Vice Chancellor Emeritus Hal Hyde. Hal, who helped transform our campus from a working ranch to a globally known teaching and research institution, died peacefully of natural causes on Monday, Oct. 12, at his home in Corralitos. He was 97.

  • October 13, 2020

    Planned power outage announced for Santa Cruz County

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced late Monday that it will likely preemptively cut power Wednesday to a large swath of Central and Northern California, including parts of Santa Cruz County, to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during dry and extremely windy weather forecast for later this week.

  • October 13, 2020

    Joint statement from chancellor and mayor on water access

    The chancellor and mayor agree that a court ruling is the best route to settle the long-standing dispute the university and the city of Santa Cruz have regarding access to water service throughout the UC Santa Cruz campus. 

  • October 13, 2020

    Fall 2020 Transportation Programs

    As our UCSC community begins the fall quarter, we compiled some information regarding campus transportation options.

  • October 12, 2020

    Expanded Winter Curtailment 2020/2021

    Our 2020-2021 winter curtailment will be expanded this year to run from Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1, 2021. Work is scheduled to resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

  • October 12, 2020

    Interim Conflict of Interest Related to Consensual Relationships (Policy EEP–0001)

    The Office of Equity and Equal Protection has issued a new Interim Policy on Conflict of Interest Related to Consensual Relationships. The Interim Conflict of Interest Related to Consensual Relationships Policy (EEP-0001) applies to everyone in our UC Santa Cruz community including anyone who works, lives, visits, or otherwise engages in university activities.

  • October 08, 2020

    Temporary Employee Redeployment Program

    As another academic year begins, the campus moves forward during times of continued uncertainty. We know that campus operations have adjusted to fewer students, no in-person events, reduced travel, and a host of other changes in response to COVID-19, and as a result, many units are facing service level impacts and reduction in workload.

  • October 07, 2020

    Simulated Phishing Awareness Campaign

    UCSC is launching a simulated phishing campaign to educate the campus on up-to-date phishing email tactics. Think of these simulated phishing emails as an exercise - we want you to react as you normally would if you received a real phish.

  • October 07, 2020

    Support for undocumented members of our campus community

    The Supreme Court decision in June to not rescind protections for nearly 700,000 people under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was a sigh of relief.

  • October 06, 2020

    Winter 2021 Instruction and Housing Planning

    We are so pleased about the start of the fall quarter and could not be more grateful as we begin another academic year together. So many people have worked hard to welcome students, propel our research mission, and support high-quality instruction during this unique time.

  • October 06, 2020

    Campus implementing temporary redeployment program

    As campus operations have adjusted to fewer students, no in-person events, reduced travel, and a host of other changes in response to COVID-19, many units are facing service level impacts and reduction in workload.

  • October 05, 2020

    Kresge College provost search

    In 2020-21, the Division of Undergraduate Education is undertaking a search for the next Kresge College Provost.

  • October 02, 2020

    Campus Air Quality

    Smoke from multiple northern California fires is impacting our local air quality. The Air Quality Index (AQI) generated by the EPA’s AirNow and the UCSC Clarity systems provides general air quality ranges along with corresponding health messages

  • October 01, 2020

    Update on COVID-19 planning and testing

    Whether you are physically on campus or working, teaching and learning remotely, we want to ensure you are updated on the latest campus COVID-19 planning efforts.

  • October 01, 2020

    Celebrating the start of the academic year

    Hello colleagues, and welcome to the start of a unique academic year. Our UC Santa Cruz community is more spread out this quarter than years past, but do not let that temper your excitement for the start of this new chapter for our university and for our students.

  • October 01, 2020

    Kicking Off National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national effort to help everyone stay protected whenever and however you connect. This year’s theme is ‘Do Your Part, Be Cyber Smart,’ and UCSC is proud to be a champion and support this safety and education initiative in October.

  • September 30, 2020

    Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

    The University of California, Santa Cruz, is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their safety and security. In compliance with a federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Act, the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for 2019 (PDF) is online and also included as an attachment. More information can be found online.

  • September 30, 2020

    Adobe Creative Cloud Available to UCSC

    Exciting News! Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps software will soon become available free of charge to all UCSC active faculty, staff, and campus enrolled students. This productivity suite includes Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, and much more.

  • September 29, 2020

    Joint Statement on Pan-African Research Fellowships

    On June 2, the Black Student Union at UC Santa Cruz wrote an open letter entitled “The Unrelenting Anti-Blackness of 2020” to advocate for transformational change that addresses anti-Blackness and inequity on the UCSC campus. Too often, our campus has responded to student advocacy with deflection, making meaningful change difficult to achieve.

  • September 29, 2020

    What fall will look like at the UCSC campus

    Our campus is taking an extremely conservative tack, among the most conservative in the country. Of the roughly 1,500 courses we will offer this quarter, only six will be held on campus, comprising just 54 students. The rest will be offered remotely, with students logging in to classes from wherever they are located.

  • September 27, 2020

    All clear—fire in Wilder Ranch controlled

    Fire crews have the fire in Wilder Ranch under control.

  • September 27, 2020

    Wildfire in Wilder Ranch

    CalFire and Santa Cruz fire agencies are fighting a wildfire that is about a mile north of campus in Wilder Ranch. There is no threat to campus at this time. However, people should be prepared in the event that changes.

  • September 25, 2020

    2021 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development: Call for Nominations

    The 2020 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) Program is now accepting nominations. UC WI is a unique professional development program designed to help women identified professionals advance in their UC careers.

  • September 23, 2020

    Legal assistance for employees impacted by wildfires

    The aftermath of the wildfire continues to impact so many in our community. We are pleased to share that resources are available for those faced with legal and financial issues resulting from the fires.

  • September 18, 2020

    Facing the new academic year with hope and community

    This new academic year will not have the same in-person events we have enjoyed in the past, but it remains a new beginning for many of our students and for our campus.

  • September 17, 2020

    Constitution Day and exercising the right to vote

    Citizens exercising the right to vote is a bedrock of our constitutional democracy, and we encourage you to participate in this most fundamental aspect of civic engagement. With the general election about six weeks away, now is the time to make sure you're prepared to cast a ballot.

  • September 10, 2020

    SHS Closures

    Student Health Center will be closed for mandatory staff trainings during these dates and times.

  • September 08, 2020

    Post-fire building assessment now complete

    Effective immediately all facilities on the residential campus can resume their pre-evacuation status. The only activities that may resume are those that had been approved prior to the Aug. 20 evacuation through the COVID-19 resumption approval process.

  • September 08, 2020

    Interim Public Health Policy (Policy BAS-0011)

    The campus community’s response to the CZU Lightning Fire demonstrated how our individual actions collectively enable us to accomplish a monumental task to support the health and safety of the Banana Slug community.

  • September 04, 2020

    Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

    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.

  • September 04, 2020

    Additional support for employees impacted by wildfire - launch Wildfire Relief Fund grant applications

    In our continued efforts to support our employees who have been impacted by the wildfire, we have launched a new grant program to assist affected faculty and staff with unexpected financial expenses.

  • September 03, 2020

    Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

    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.

  • September 03, 2020

    Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

    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.

  • September 02, 2020

    Zoom Meeting Change - Sept. 9

    Zoom is making a global change to all Zoom accounts that requires all meetings to have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled. ITS is implementing this change on Wednesday morning, Sept. 9 to all UCSC staff and functional accounts.

  • September 02, 2020

    Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

    Effective immediately, the following buildings have been cleared 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.

  • September 01, 2020

    Upcoming Change to Zoom Meetings

    To further improve the security of Zoom meetings, Zoom will be making a change on Sept. 27 that requires all meetings to have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled.

  • August 31, 2020

    Phased campus reopening underway, emergency order lifted

    The UC Santa Cruz emergency order is lifted and the campus is in the midst of a phased effort to recover from the CZU Wildfire.

  • August 31, 2020

    Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

    Though the wildfire continues to burn in our county, it is now at 39% containment due to the heroic efforts of firefighters from across our region and state. Based on the latest status, I am lifting my Emergency Declaration that was issued on August 20th.

  • August 29, 2020

    Next phase of building resumption - additional buildings cleared to open

    I am pleased to report that another phase of buildings has been cleared to resume operations, and I am modifying further the campus emergency declaration.

  • August 28, 2020

    New vacation payout program for those impacted by the wildfires

    In addition to the support services already outlined in prior communications, we are launching a new program. The UC Santa Cruz Employee Emergency Accrued Vacation Payout Program is a temporary program for eligible UCSC employees who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the summer 2020 wildfires in California.

  • August 28, 2020

    Adapting our fall housing plans

    Chancellor Cynthia Larive update

  • August 27, 2020

    Resumption of Operations at Coastal Science Campus, Westside Research Park; emergency declaration modified

    Based on the latest conditions, I am modifying further the campus emergency declaration. Effective immediately, the Coastal Science Campus and Westside Research Park can resume operations that were in effect on Aug. 20, 2020, prior to campus declaration.

  • August 26, 2020

    Unauthorized survey regarding UC’s flu vaccination policy

    An outside market research firm recently sent a survey about UC’s flu vaccination policy to a number of UC faculty and staff (including UCSC) with the subject line “Share your opinion on the UC Flu Vaccine requirement.”

  • August 26, 2020

    Re-opening employee housing, rest of campus remains closed

    Chancellor Cynthia Larive has amended the Aug. 20 emergency declaration so that employees who live at Laureate Court, Hagar Court, Ranch View Terrace, Hagar Meadow, and Cardiff Terrace can return to their homes tonight. The rest of the residential campus remains closed, as do the Coastal Science Campus and Westside Research Park.

  • August 25, 2020

    SHR Employee Hotline and Resources

    As our community continues to grapple with the ongoing wildfire threat to our campus, homes, and physical safety, we are providing additional resources to staff for the weeks ahead. Through displacement and emergency, it is critical for our staff community to have resources by phone or computer at their fingertips.

  • August 25, 2020

    CZU Lightning Complex fire: How to give help, how to get help

    This past week has seen many incredible displays of kindness, perseverance and resilience. We both spent time on campus with our teams as they managed the emergency evacuation.

  • August 24, 2020

    Annual campus asbestos notice

    Many facilities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, contain asbestos in the building materials used in construction. The Campus Asbestos Notice contains general information about asbestos found on campus and is required by law to be provided to all employees.

  • August 23, 2020

    Servicios de apoyo para empleados impactados por los incendios forestales y evacuaciones

    Todo miembro de la facultad y del personal que lea esto ha sido impactado de distintas maneras por los incendios forestales actualmente activos en nuestra región. Algunos de Uds. han sido evacuados, otros de Uds. están albergando a individuos que han sido desplazados, y lamentablemente otros han perdido sus hogares en los incendios.

  • August 23, 2020

    Support services for employees impacted by the wildfires and evacuations

    Every faculty and staff member reading this has been impacted in different ways by the wildfires that are active in our region. Some of you have evacuated, some of you are hosting individuals who have been displaced, and sadly some of you have lost your homes in the fires.

  • August 23, 2020

    Santa Cruz County wildfires 8% contained, potential bad weather approaching the region

    The wildfire impacting Santa Cruz County is now 8% contained thanks to the valiant efforts of first responders from CAL FIRE and across the country. The fire remains approximately one mile north of campus and has not traveled further south at this point.

  • August 22, 2020

    Weekend UCSC Fire Update

    Through the tireless work of CAL FIRE and first responders, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire that threatens our campus is now 5% contained. CAL FIRE created fire breaks from Highway 1 to Highway 9 to help decrease the threat of fire to additional areas, including UC Santa Cruz and the city of Santa Cruz.

  • August 21, 2020

    Update on campus response to wildfire

    The wildfires continue to impact Santa Cruz County. There are approximately 57,000 acres involved, but we are now at 2% containment thanks to the amazing efforts of fire crews.

  • August 21, 2020

    UCSC Fire Update

    As of this morning, the fire is about a mile north of upper campus. There is no fire activity on campus or in the City of Santa Cruz, and we hope that all our activities have been taken in an abundance of caution.

  • August 21, 2020

    You are not alone - we are with you

    Whether you have been evacuated from your residence on campus, are living near campus, or are watching or hearing about the fires in the Santa Cruz area from some distance away, I know that many of you are scared right now. You have concerns and might not be sure where to turn or what to do next. You are not alone.

  • August 20, 2020

    Support for employee needs emerging from the current wildfires

    As the members of our Slug community continue to deal with the wildfires and evacuations, we want to outline some of the resources available to you.

  • August 20, 2020

    EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION: Evacuation order--Emergency Declaration

    Based on the chancellor’s emergency declaration, ALL employees and students living in campus housing must evacuate. Everyone must immediately leave the UC Santa Cruz residential campus and be prepared to not return for at least two weeks. UC Santa Cruz Police Officers will be going door to door to evacuate those remaining on campus.

  • August 20, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz Declaration of Emergency

    UC Santa Cruz is impacted by the wildfires burning in Santa Cruz County and elsewhere in Northern California. Residents of the mountain communities surrounding UC Santa Cruz have been forced to evacuate their homes in the face of the fast-moving Lightning Complex Fire ignited a few days ago by a dry lightning storm.

  • August 20, 2020

    Evacuation Warning

    This is not an evacuation order, but rather a warning to be prepared to evacuate.

  • August 20, 2020

    Initiating the next steps in our fire response - beginning next stages of voluntary evacuations

    As the conditions around Santa Cruz county worsen and the fires impacting our region continue to grow, we are now initiating several critical steps in our fire response.

  • August 20, 2020

    Mandatory research cessation and information about securing research materials

    I am now directing that all non-essential research operations at all Santa Cruz locations cease immediately. Please shut down all equipment as you would normally do for winter curtailment, secure chemicals in fire-safe storage, and secure lab notebooks and other irreplaceable items if possible.

  • August 20, 2020

    Support during difficult times

    We understand the stress that many of you may be experiencing; the addition of the fires on top of an already difficult year has been a challenge. Please know that we want to support you as you navigate these difficult times.

  • August 20, 2020

    The Impact of Fires on our Community

    Today my heart is with all the members of our community for the challenges we face together. At this moment I am especially concerned for those impacted by the wildfires burning in Santa Cruz County and elsewhere in Northern California.

  • August 20, 2020

    Impact of Fires on Instruction

    While instruction in summer classes continues, we understand the fear and disturbance that sudden evacuations can cause. We encourage everyone to be flexible as you consider how to continue instruction in these challenging times

  • August 20, 2020

    Critical update on wildfires in Santa Cruz—preparation for potential evacuation

    We continue to closely track the wildfires impacting the county of Santa Cruz and the region. At this point, there are no active fires on campus properties in Santa Cruz County. However, conditions can change rapidly and we are being vigilant in our preparations. Air quality also remains a concern throughout the area.

  • August 20, 2020

    Temporary cessation of non-essential on-campus research activities recommended due to poor air quality and possible fire threat

    Based on the poor air quality and the potential of a campus evacuation, we recommend that all non-essential on-campus research activities cease until the air quality improves and there is more clarity on the fire threat to the campus.

  • August 20, 2020

    Critical update on wildfires in Santa Cruz—preparation for potential evacuation

    We continue to closely track the wildfires impacting the county of Santa Cruz and the region. At this point, there are no active fires on campus properties in Santa Cruz County. However, conditions can change rapidly and we are being vigilant in our preparations. Air quality also remains a concern throughout the area.

  • August 20, 2020

    UC Santa Cruz Declaration of Emergency

    Chancellor Cynthia Larive declared a state of emergency, ordering closed the residential campus, the Coastal Science Campus, and the Westside Research Park.

  • August 19, 2020

    Power outage possible tonight at UCSC locations

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has informed UC Santa Cruz leaders that our main residential campus, Coastal Science Campus, and Westside Research Park may experience a power outage for an hour or two around 8 p.m. tonight as part of the series of rotating outages being utilized statewide to ease demand on the power grid caused by the heat wave gripping California.

  • August 19, 2020

    Campus Air Quality

    Smoke from multiple northern California fires, including the Lightning Complex Fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is impacting our local air quality.

  • August 19, 2020

    Update on fires impacting our region

    UC Santa Cruz continues to closely track the fires in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and neighboring counties. This event has resulted in multiple evacuations and air quality concerns.

  • August 19, 2020

    Additional support for employees impacted by wildfire evacuations

    As fire threats continue to impact our region and Santa Cruz county, we know that many employees have been forced to evacuate from your homes. This adds stress to an already challenging time for you and your families.

  • August 19, 2020

    Be prepared for possible evacuation

    As fire threats continue to impact our region and Santa Cruz county, we write to advise you to be prepared, should the need arise, to evacuate from the campus or be relocated elsewhere on campus as conditions change. At this point we have not been ordered to evacuate. Rather, we are asking that you take precautions and prepare should an evacuation be required. The better prepared you are the more effective a potential evacuation will be. There is nothing more important than your safety.

  • August 18, 2020

    Supporting campus community members impacted by evacuation orders

    As many of you are aware, there are wildfires burning in the Santa Cruz County mountains. These fires have now forced Boulder Creek and neighboring residents to evacuate, and people living in other areas have been put on alert for potential evacuation in the hours ahead.

  • August 17, 2020

    Interim changes to systemwide Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

    Our students, faculty, and staff have a right to learn and work in an environment that’s free from sexual misconduct. We must do all we can to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence, and also be ready to respond swiftly and effectively when we receive reports from our community.

  • August 17, 2020

    Possible rotating power outage from PG&E

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced earlier today that it may be asked to turn off power to its customers for one to two hours today through Thursday to ease demand on the state’s power grid because of the heat wave in California.

  • August 14, 2020

    Annual Disclosure of Systemwide Employee Compensation

    As part of the university’s commitment to transparency and public accountability, including the way it compensates faculty and staff, UC is conducting its annual disclosure of systemwide employee compensation for calendar year 2019.

  • August 11, 2020

    Restoring graduate student employment eligibility

    Last week, representatives from University of California Office of the President, UC Santa Cruz, and UAW 2865 worked with a mediator to negotiate an agreement to allow for eligibility for re-employment of academic student employees who were dismissed for their failure to submit grades during the 2019-20 academic year.

  • August 11, 2020

    Issuance of state higher education guidance

    Friday afternoon, the California Department of Public Health released its guidance for institutions of higher education. This information provides clarity on some of the critical mitigations that California campuses must have in place as they work to resume additional on-site operations.

  • August 07, 2020

    New flu vaccination requirement for UC students, faculty and staff

    To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020.

  • August 04, 2020

    COVID-19 Planning Update

    I write to share the latest information on the campus COVID-19 planning efforts. I continue to be grateful to every member of our Slug community as you persist through these challenging times. You continue to support our students and the many facets of our mission and operations, while also navigating personal and family challenges and obligations.

  • July 28, 2020

    Campus to host information forum on COVID-19 recovery, resiliency

    UC Santa Cruz will hold an information forum on COVID-19 recovery and resiliency planning efforts from 9:30–11 a.m. on Aug. 7.

  • July 24, 2020

    Quentin Williams to serve as interim graduate studies dean

    I am pleased to announce that Quentin Williams has agreed to serve as UC Santa Cruz’s interim vice provost and dean of graduate studies.

  • July 23, 2020

    UCSC Extension offering 10 percent discount for fall courses

    Enroll in any UCSC Extension fall courses before Aug. 16 and receive 10% off with its limited-time, early-enrollment discount!

  • July 23, 2020

    Take extra precautions with aggressive coyotes on campus

    The UC Santa Cruz Police Department encourages people on campus or visiting campus to be extra aware of their surroundings after receiving several reports of coyotes acting aggressively or coming in proximity to people.

  • July 14, 2020

    New federal guidance regarding international students

    I am pleased to report that the Trump administration has reversed course on a sudden policy change that threatened to strip international students of their U.S. visas if their fall-quarter coursework was entirely online.

  • July 10, 2020

    COVID-19 Planning Update

    Over the past four months, every member of our Banana Slug community has been impacted by COVID-19. In spite of the personal impacts of the pandemic, we have seen countless faculty and staff, whether remote or in-person, demonstrate their passion and commitment to our campus mission and to our students.

  • July 09, 2020

    Campus, union reach agreement for majority of TA wildcat strike actions

    Following several months of discussions, UC Santa Cruz and the union that represents teaching assistants and other academic student employees (United Auto Workers 2865) have reached an agreement related to one of the charges filed by UAW 2865 and to other elements of the wildcat strike of this past year.

  • July 07, 2020

    Welcoming new UC President Michael Drake

    I am delighted that Michael Drake has been named president of the University of California.

  • July 07, 2020

    Increased benefits for employees and household members

    The SAB is happy to highlight the message that Staff Human Resources (SHR) sent to the campus, which announced the enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits.

  • July 07, 2020

    Troubling events impacting our Santa Cruz Community

    Troubling actions and toxic rhetoric are on display across the nation. Here in Santa Cruz, recent acts of apparent intimidation seek to divide our community and make people feel unsafe. We affirm that the diversity of community is our strength and refuse to succumb to actions or statements that seek to invalidate some members of our community.

  • July 07, 2020

    New federal guidance regarding international students

    On July 6, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced changes that will affect international students during the fall 2020 quarter.

  • July 01, 2020

    Updates on community safety services and ongoing engagement

    I write to announce that effective July 1, the UC Santa Cruz Campus Safety Community Advisory Board will report directly to the chancellor and will operate with a new, more expansive charge.

  • June 30, 2020

    Campus budget update

    As we near the end of the fiscal year, I want to update you on what we know at this time about the University of California system and the UC Santa Cruz campus budget outlooks and what that means for our faculty and staff.

  • June 29, 2020

    UCSC / METRO Update

    We are pleased to announce that an extension of the service agreement between UCSC and METRO has been reached.

  • June 29, 2020

    Wildfire near Wilder Ranch

    Campus officials are monitoring a grassfire near Wilder Ranch.

  • June 24, 2020

    Announcing the newest members of the Staff Advisory Board

    The Staff Advisory Board is delighted to report a record-setting election! Not only did we have the largest pool of nominees in recent history, but we had more than 450 people cast votes, more than doubling last year's election participation.

  • June 23, 2020

    California Whistleblower Protection Act, Annual Notice

    The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient-care mission.

  • June 23, 2020

    Racist messages sent to campus email accounts

    Campus leaders denounce the racist, hateful emails sent to some UC Santa Cruz email accounts this past weekend.

  • June 19, 2020

    On-site Employees Required to Participate in COVID-19 Daily Symptom Check

    As part of our continued campus COVID-19 operational in-person resumption activities and in alignment with University of California Consensus Standards for Operation and other state and county guidance, UC Santa Cruz will provide a mechanism for daily COVID-19 symptom screening for all employees who will be working on-site at a UCSC owned or leased property.

  • June 18, 2020

    DACA Decision and Our Ongoing Commitment to Our Undocumented Community

    Today, the Supreme Court ruled not to rescind protections for nearly 700,000 people under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This decision reflects the hard work and dedication of so many people, and we are proud that the University of California led the fight to preserve this crucial policy.

  • June 18, 2020

    Parking Permit Requirement and Renewal/Application Update

    Beginning July 1, 2020, all parking on campus will require the display of an appropriate, valid permit or placard, or a virtual permit payment.

  • June 17, 2020

    New Dean of Humanities, best wishes to Tyler Stovall, interim dean named

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jasmine Alinder as dean of our Humanities Division. Alinder will begin Aug. 15.

  • June 17, 2020

    Planning for Academic Year 2020–2021

    I write to update you about our plans to welcome students back to the campus for fall, as county and state public health guidelines permit. Through all of our planning efforts, our goals are to strengthen our community connections, prioritize public health and wellbeing, promote equitable access to education, and commit to high quality instruction and student support.

  • June 15, 2020

    SAB Elections Open

    We are pleased to announce the elections for next year's Staff Advisory Board. There are currently 4 openings for next year, and we have an excellent slate of candidates to pick from.

  • June 12, 2020

    Announcing the appointment of Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Kletzer as Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. She has served UC Santa Cruz as the interim Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor since July 2019.

  • June 11, 2020

    Announcing the appointment of Vice Chancellor University Relations

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Delos Reyes Davis as Vice Chancellor for University Relations, effective July 13.

  • June 11, 2020

    Campus Utility Power Service Interruption Announcement

    In an effort to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint, a two-megawatt solar parking canopy will be built at the East Remote Parking Lot.

  • June 10, 2020

    Anti-Racism and Equity in Academia

    Today, many in academia will be taking time to stop and reflect on the structural inequities in our country and within academia led by #Strike4BlackLives, #ShutDownSTEM, and #ShutDownAcademia. In particular, this is a call for the academic community as knowledge producers and as educators to take seriously our ethical obligation to eradicate anti-Black racism and discrimination.

  • June 10, 2020

    Small fire in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

    Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire that is burning in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, just south of Felton.

  • June 05, 2020

    COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Planning Update

    The following serves as an update on the planning approach for the resumption of in-person operations at the residential campus, Westside Research Park, Coastal Science Campus, and the Scotts Valley Center.

  • June 05, 2020

    Reminder: Nominations for UC Santa Cruz’s Outstanding Staff Award

    The submission deadline is Monday, June 8, 2020.

  • June 04, 2020

    Tomorrow—Chancellor and Senior Leadership Forum

    The SAB wanted to send a quick reminder about tomorrow's Chancellor and Senior Leadership Forum.

  • June 02, 2020

    Results from COVID-19 employee experiences survey

    UC Santa Cruz has received the results of the COVID-19 experiences survey that was administered in April.

  • June 01, 2020

    UCSC campus directory now supports pronoun options

  • June 01, 2020

    SAB Solidarity; Black Lives Matter

    The SAB is saddened and angered by the murder of George Floyd and the unfolding violence against people demanding justice; with disproportionate harm targeting folks of color. We stand in support of all the community members of color at UCSC, and particularly our ABC identifying staff, students, and faculty.

  • May 29, 2020

    Statement on George Floyd

    I write today to share our pain, sadness, and anger for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the midst of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the all too common violence and threat of violence perpetrated against Black people and other communities of color in our country escalates.

  • May 29, 2020

    On-Campus Permit Requirement Update

    Effective June 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, permit requirements for regular, non-reserved parking spaces on campus, including the Coastal Sciences Campus and the Westside Research Park facility (2300 Delaware), will continue to be temporarily suspended.

  • May 27, 2020

    SAB elections, leadership town hall update, news about Thumbs Up Awards

    We have a lot of updates for our campus community in this announcement. More details for all of them may be found on our webpage.

  • May 27, 2020

    Zoom Update - Please Review

    Beginning May 30, Zoom meetings will require version Zoom 5.0 or newer. This latest version provides valuable security enhancements.

  • May 22, 2020

    Nominations for UC Santa Cruz’s Outstanding Staff Award

    Do you know a UC Santa Cruz staff member who: goes “above and beyond” to provide distinguished service to students, staff, and/or faculty colleagues, works to grow and improve programs on campus, contributes to UC Santa Cruz’s unique intellectual and physical environment?

  • May 22, 2020

    Time management in challenging circumstances

    Working from home, working with distractions, and working with greater demands for productivity are all the norm right now. Consciously prioritizing and planning your work can relieve stress, free up more time and help you prioritize and realize your goals. Join us in conversation, and share what you’ve learned about remote work.

  • May 22, 2020

    UCSC Extension offering 25 percent off summer courses

    Investing in the future takes courage. We're making it easier. Enroll today and receive 25% off all courses scheduled June 1 through August 31.

  • May 20, 2020

    Beware of scam involving messages from professors, colleagues

    Campus police ask members of the campus community to beware of a phishing scam that involves text messages or emails that appear to come from a professor or a university colleague. The emailer asks you to purchase a gift card for them as a favor, stating that they will later reimburse you.

  • May 20, 2020

    Beware of scam involving messages from professors

    Campus police ask members of the campus community to beware of a phishing scam that involves text messages or emails that appear to come from a professor or a university colleague.

  • May 18, 2020

    Letter from President Napolitano

    I am writing to update you on several key decisions the Chancellors and I have agreed to which are difficult, but necessary in order to respond to the significant financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on UC and the ongoing budgetary uncertainties we face.

  • May 18, 2020

    Systemwide review of revised UC Sustainable Practices Policy

    The University of California Office of the President invites comments on the proposed revisions to the UC Sustainable Practices policy.

  • May 18, 2020

    Answers to Forum Questions

    During the Chancellor and Leadership Forum on 4/23, we recorded all questions asked and shared them with the senior leaders of campus. We have gotten them back with answers today, and we wanted to share them widely.

  • May 12, 2020

    A network of support for preventing and responding to sexual and relationship violence

    I write today to raise awareness of resources available during the COVID-19 crisis to prevent and respond to sexual and relationship violence and to support survivors. Experiencing violence or harassment is always a complex and painful experience and there is assistance and support both on campus and in your individual communities.

  • May 11, 2020

    Planning for the Ramp-up of UCSC Research

    With the release of Governor Newsom’s four-stage plan for reopening businesses and schools and even more recent statement about moving to early stage 2 of reopening on May 8, it is time to discuss UCSC’s gradual ramp-up of research operations.

  • May 11, 2020

    Division of Student Success Transition

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Vice Chancellor Jennifer Baszile, Ph.D., as the interim vice chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs and Success, effective July 1, 2020

  • May 11, 2020

    Forum Follow-up

    In the lead-up to the Chancellor and Leadership Forum a few weeks ago, we sent a survey asking folks what they were most concerned about. Those concerns were also echoed in the questions that got asked during the forum.

  • May 11, 2020

    Call for Online Course Proposals for Fall 2020

    In order to best prepare our instructional capacity and quality for some continuation of remote instruction in the fall, the campus seeks proposals from faculty to develop fully online courses to be offered in Fall 2020.

  • May 11, 2020

    Community Conversations: A Principles of Community Discussion Series on “Purposeful”

    From frontline to faculty, from staff to student, dining to donors--customer service is ever-present in higher education. Let’s talk about customer service as the matrix in which we live, and how we can serve and support our own team, our larger organization and our students.

  • May 07, 2020

    Response to new federal Title IX regulations

    The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday issued long-anticipated Title IX rules mandating how schools nationwide respond to complaints of sexual harassment. Schools, including UC Santa Cruz, have been given until Aug.14 to comply with these new regulations.

  • May 07, 2020

    Updated Santa Cruz County order allows more businesses to open

    Santa Cruz County issued on May 6 an updated Shelter-in-Place Order allowing local businesses to conduct limited reopenings as Gov. Gavin Newsom launches Stage 2 of his Reopening Roadmap.

  • May 06, 2020

    Commencement Updates

    The class of 2020 deserves a celebration. Our graduating seniors are demonstrating such resilience in the face of an unprecedented final year of college and have set an example for our campus of success and camaraderie.

  • May 06, 2020

    COVID-19 Impacts on Graduate Education

    Graduate Council is concerned about the impacts ofCOVID-19 on your welfare and academics. As communicated in our April 29, 2020 letter to graduate program directors, coordinators, and cc’d to the GSA leadership, we have implemented several temporary changes to policies within the authority of Graduate Council to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and better support graduate students and their academic progress.

  • May 05, 2020

    2020 Campus Elections Announcement

    The sample ballot for the Spring 2020 Campus Elections is now available for your review at elections.ucsc.edu. Please take a moment to review this year's undergraduate and graduate student ballots.

  • May 04, 2020

    Supporting our students with CARES funding

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in early April provides UC Santa Cruz with $19.3 million to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic on the university and its students. At least half of the institution’s allocation will go directly to students via the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO) to help with expenses related to COVID-19, including costs for housing, food, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

  • May 04, 2020

    Recovery planning

    I am so grateful to our staff and faculty for your dedication to our campus, our students, and our mission. You have continually modeled innovation and hard work as we face unprecedented challenges as our campus continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 04, 2020

    New provosts announced for Stevenson, Porter colleges

    Undergraduate Education has announced that Professor Matt O’Hara has been named provost of Adlai E. Stevenson College and Associate Professor Gerald Casel has been named provost of Benjamin F. Porter College.

  • May 04, 2020

    Nominate students to be honored at the 2020 Service Recognition Ceremony

    Students, faculty, and staff — have you or someone you know contributed to our Santa Cruz community through service work? See if you qualify to be honored at the Student Volunteer Center's Service Recognition Ceremony.

  • May 04, 2020

    Remaining inclusive, even while apart

    We want to start this message by acknowledging the camaraderie, compassion, and generosity of spirit that the UC Santa Cruz community has largely shown over the past several weeks

  • May 01, 2020

    Santa Cruz County updates shelter-in-place order

    UC Santa Cruz continues to address the challenges created by COVID-19. I want to thank everyone in our campus community for their patience during this difficult time. Public health continues to be our top priority.

  • May 01, 2020

    On-Campus Permit Requirement Update

    Effective May 4, 2020 through May 31, 2020, permit requirements for regular, non-reserved parking spaces on campus, including the Coastal Sciences Campus and the Westside Research Park facility (2300 Delaware), will continue to be temporarily suspended.

  • April 30, 2020

    Deer fawning season alert

    Please be aware that spring is the prime birthing season for a wide variety of campus wildlife, including deer.

  • April 29, 2020

    Information about fall quarter 2020

    We understand that many students have questions about campus plans for the fall 2020 quarter, and we want to share as much information with you as possible while we observe the progress of the current pandemic.

  • April 27, 2020

    Follow-up on Chancellor and Leadership Forum

    Thank you so much for your engagement with our Chancellor and Leadership Forum last week. We had over 800 unique viewers which is easily a record for a forum on our campus.

  • April 24, 2020

    New county order on face coverings

    Santa Cruz County issued a new order today that requires staff and patrons at essential businesses to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 24, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the county health officer.

  • April 22, 2020

    Upcoming COVID-19 experiences survey

    Starting Friday, April 24, invitations to complete a COVID-19 experiences survey will go out to faculty and staff on behalf of Chancellor Cynthia Larive.

  • April 21, 2020

    Leadership forum viewing details

    We are looking forward to the Chancellor and Senior Leadership Forum this Thursday, and we hope you will be able to join us!

  • April 17, 2020

    Radical Resilience small grants program

    In this time of global crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, immense uncertainty, and stress, we are launching the Radical Resilience small grants program.

  • April 17, 2020

    Campus directive - restrictions on select trails and recreational spaces

    Be advised that the campus is lifting some access and location restrictions while still maintaining closures of some locations.

  • April 16, 2020

    Delaying annual performance appraisals

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty about the future. It has also posed challenges and altered the work priorities of some staff members. This in turn has impacts on many of the annual goals that were identified by staff members at the outset of this year’s performance review cycle

  • April 15, 2020

    Chancellor forum date announced

    The date of the forum is Thursday, April 23 from 9:30–11 a.m. Chancellor Cynthia Larive will be joined by a number of folks from Staff Human Resources and the leadership team to address your concerns and questions.

  • April 14, 2020

    Law enforcement efforts for public health order and “4-20"

    On March 31, 2020, the Santa Cruz County Health Officer extended the previously issued Public Health Order (PHO), which is at least in effect through May 3, 2020. This order applies to UC Santa Cruz as well.

  • April 14, 2020

    Sad news about our campus employee

    It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that the campus shuttle driver who we had reported had tested positive for COVID-19 died earlier today of complications related to the virus at a local hospital.

  • April 12, 2020

    UCSC transit driver tests positive for COVID-19

    UC Santa Cruz was notified late Saturday that an employee who works in Transportation and Parking Services as a campus shuttle driver tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts are with this employee and their family. We wish them a quick recovery.

  • April 10, 2020

    Commencement updates

    Commencement is one of the best events of the year and recognizes the incredible accomplishments of our students as well as the communities that support our students’ success including staff and faculty members, families and friends. Because our campus will continue remote instruction through summer, we will not be able to come together as we traditionally do in June for in-person celebrations.

  • April 10, 2020

    Humanities Dean candidate visits

    I am happy to announce that starting April 13, four finalists for the Dean of Humanities position will be virtually visiting our campus.

  • April 10, 2020

    Clarification of UCSC policy and expectations on funding researchers during the temporary cessation of non-essential on-campus research due to COVID-19

    Over the past several weeks you have received a number of memos regarding employee pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are writing to further clarify UC policy and expectations with respect to pay for researchers during the temporary cessation of non-essential on-campus research due to COVID-19.

  • April 10, 2020

    Summer Session — Remote Instruction for 2020

    UC Santa Cruz will continue remote delivery of instruction through Summer Session 2020. Given what we know now, remote instruction is our best choice for the summer ahead.

  • April 10, 2020

    Campus emergency directive closes trails and recreational spaces through April 15

    Effective immediately, all UCSC campus trails and recreational spaces are closed and prohibited for use through April 15, 2020.

  • April 09, 2020

    Leadership forum for staff - please share your feedback

    It is hard to know how to begin addressing the difficulties we have lived through this year. Numerous disruptions of varying nature have interrupted the learning, research, and work of our campus, to say nothing of cherished traditions and events we look forward to every year

  • April 09, 2020

    County temporarily closes parks, trails, beaches; CDC & California Department of Public Health recommend face coverings

    Santa Cruz County has announced the temporary closure of all public parks, trails, trailheads and beaches from 11:59 p.m. April 8 to April 15. This new order is a supplement to the county’s existing shelter-in-place order.

  • April 09, 2020

    Campus emergency directive closes trails and recreational spaces through April 15

    Effective immediately, all UCSC campus trails and recreational spaces are closed and prohibited for use through April 15, 2020. Closure signs (in English and Spanish) are currently being posted at trailheads and recreational spaces (an initial list of locations is below and additional areas may receive signage). This directive follows the county's order to fight the spread of COVID-19 by sheltering in place. Please do your part, shelter in place, and only leave home to conduct essential activities.

  • April 07, 2020

    On-campus parking refunds update

    As you may have already seen from an earlier communication, parking permit requirements for regular, non-reserved parking spaces on campus, including the Coastal Sciences Campus and the Westside Research Park facility (2300 Delaware), will be temporarily suspended until May 3rd.

  • April 07, 2020

    Joint Senate-Administration working group on graduate education

    At the February 2020 Academic Senate meeting Chancellor Cynthia Larive announced the establishment of a working group to develop a comprehensive, realistic and actionable plan for strengthening graduate education.

  • April 06, 2020

    Important information regarding residential relocation

    On Sunday, March 29th, you received a notification that you may be required to move from your current campus residence to another space on campus for the remainder of the spring quarter. While the exact date of relocation and details related to your specific assignment have not yet been determined, we want to share more with you about why these moves are necessary.

  • April 04, 2020

    On-campus permit requirement update

    Effective April 8, 2020 through May 3, 2020, permit requirements for regular, non-reserved parking spaces on campus, including the Coastal Sciences Campus and the Westside Research Park facility (2300 Delaware), will continue to be temporarily suspended.

  • April 03, 2020

    Spring quarter updates

    The focused effort and flexibility our community has displayed in the transition to remote teaching, learning, and research for the final weeks of winter quarter, and now spring quarter, has been remarkable. Your instructors and the many staff members who support students and research at UC Santa Cruz have worked incredibly hard to ensure we can continue to carry out our mission.

  • April 03, 2020

    Condemning online prejudice

    We are deeply saddened and disappointed to hear about multiple instances of racist and offensive disruptions to class sessions held via Zoom. This behavior causes real harm and is not tolerated on our campus.

  • April 02, 2020

    A message to the UC community

    We write today to acknowledge a new reality and to announce our decision to do all we can to support our UC family during this unprecedented time.

  • 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 29, 2020

    Notice of Mandatory Housing Relocation

    In response to COVID-19, UC Santa Cruz has taken steps to dramatically and immediately reduce the number of people living on campus.

  • 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 25, 2020

    UC Issues new Presidential Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations

    The new policy was developed in response to a March 2016 request from the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee (SLASIAC)

  • 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.