Returning to Campus

To support the public health of our community, the return of our workforce and our students to onsite operations at all UC Santa Cruz locations will be conducted in a phased manner. The guiding principle of all of our decision-making is to prioritize public health and reduce COVID-19 spread, while supporting our academic mission. Resumption activities are being led by the Academic Recovery and the Resiliency Task Force Operations and Employee Recovery and Resiliency Task Force.

The draft UC Santa Cruz resumption plan is considered a living document, and will be updated regularly as planning progresses, conditions change, and our plans adapt. In addition to the full plan, a briefing booklet is available that covers the key elements of the plan and campus mitigations. As with the larger plan, the briefing book will also be adapted as conditions change.

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

Under state orders, higher education is not permitted to fully resume in-person operations except where supporting essential workforce activities including but not limited to providing housing solutions, COVID-19 response, and the training and instruction of essential workers.

The majority of campus operations continue to be remote. The essential functions allowed to take place on site must continue to be done in compliance with existing orders from the state and county. We are closely monitoring and assessing these orders as they are updated.

There are five general phases to campus COVID-19 operating status. The specifics and timing of the campus phases are subject to change as adjustments are made at the county and state level. UC Santa Cruz is currently in Phase 4 of its campus plan for resuming in-person operations. At this point, all activities that can be carried out remotely will continue to be.

Increases in county or regional COVID-19 positive cases may require regional Public Health Departments (Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties) to issue new orders that may result in the campus adjusting plans and reverting to prior phases.