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Returning to Campus


UC Merced is a resilient community that will continue to meet the shared goal of keeping our community as healthy as possible. Staying the course requires a commitment from all of us to do our part to keep the community healthy and safe. Together, we will uphold the university’s mission to excel in research, teaching and service while demonstrating the concern and care for one another that are hallmarks of our campus. 

Preparing With Care for a Return to Campus. UC Merced plans to return to primarily in-person instruction starting with this year’s fall semester. Preparations are being made with guidance from Merced County and state health agencies. The goal is to increase in-person activities this fall, along with the number of on-campus resident students. To help facilitate this transition, university staff who have been working remotely can begin transitioning to in-person duties July 1. Details and timelines surrounding these plans will be announced as they become available. 

Meanwhile, spring semester instruction is being held with a predominantly remote model, while some graduate-level research is being performed in person under strict health and safety protocols. All instruction for summer session also will be done remotely. 

Do Your Part

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Wear a Face Covering

In compliance with the California Department of Public Health, all individuals on UC Merced property are required to wear face coverings to reduce possible exposure and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please read UC Merced’s policy for details, which include exceptions to the requirement, such as when an individual is alone in a private office or in their campus residence. Cloth face coverings, non-medical masks and face shields are available at no charge (just show a CatCard) 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Classroom and Office Building (COB1) box office.

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Clean and Disinfect Work Spaces

Individuals must follow all guidance provided by the University regarding cleaning and disinfection of their personal workspace and/or dorm room.


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Physical Space Assessment

As we ready our spaces for certain departments to return to onsite operations, each returning department will need to examine their work environment and create a worksite plan that meets current public health and Merced County guidelines before employees who’ve been working remotely may gradually return to campus. Click here to view the checklist and once you have ensured that all requirements have been satisfied, submit your form digitally via this online form for review/approval and be sure to share the worksite plan with the employees in your group.


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Health Screening

Every day, and before reporting to campus, individuals must conduct a symptom survey. If you have any symptoms, stay home, report your status to the COVID Response Center, and inform your supervisor. If you live on campus, stay in your dorm, report your status to the COVID Response Center, and inform your RA. Go here for further guidance.


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Healthy Behaviors

Physical Distancing: All individuals must maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, except for those with whom they share a primary residence.

Wash Your Hands: Individuals should wash their hands several times a day, especially after being in a public place and touching an item or surface that was likely touched by others. Hand sanitizer is available from vending machines at five locations on campus (Kolligian Library, Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center, The Pavilion, Science and Engineering 2, Administration Building). Use a CatCard to dispense a 4-ounce container.

If You Are Sick, Stay Home: Individuals may not enter University facilities if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or feel unwell, and should immediately contact their supervisor to approve remote work or to approve the use of available leave.


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Visitors and Gatherings

Limits on Campus Visitors: All non-essential meetings, events or visits should be canceled or postponed unless they can be held online.

Limits on Large Gatherings: Individuals should not congregate on University property or in University facilities, including indoor and outdoor common areas and private rooms and offices, except when attending University sponsored and controlled events such as classes and lectures, and must maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. This includes classrooms, dining facilities, offices and conference rooms, and common areas such as kitchens, breakrooms, restrooms, patios and courtyards.


All individuals must follow all facility-specific guidance provided by the University when entering or present in University facilities, in addition to these Universal Requirements. The facility-specific guidance controls if there is a conflict with these Universal Requirements.

Please read the full interim policy on Universal Requirements for Physical Mitigation and Reduction of the Transmission of COVID-19. Individuals who witness violations of this policy may make a report to their supervisor or by email to UC Merced’s Emergency Management group at

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

UC Merced has prepared a COVID-19 Prevention Plan for the Fall 2020 semester.

Readiness Kit

Standardization of university-wide communications will clarify expectations for faculty, staff, students and visitors. As UC Merced ramps up to reopening our physical campus, POPD has developed a comprehensive signage program that responds to state and local requirements. Please do not adjust or modify the building signage that has been posted.

We have additionally developed several digital signs and posters available to print that will provide visual cues in your worksite to help minimize potential exposure to COVID-19. These signs may be printed and posted as needed as a part of your area worksite re-occupancy plan.