Re: Research Ramp Up
To: Faculty and Graduate Students
July 16, 2020
Research teams with approved operational plans for SE1 and/or Castle must complete the UC Merced Health Check app every day, whether they are coming to campus that day or not. If you are not coming to campus, you simply indicate so on the app.
Failure to report daily will impact not only your ability to conduct research on campus — the university will remove card-swipe access to your building for noncompliance — but also the ability of others on campus. Please communicate to your research teams that they must take this seriously.
The campus is working hard to ramp up research. In addition to the need for higher compliance with health screening, we are experiencing delays in establishing the university’s testing and contact tracing resources that are required before we increase the density of people on campus. No new buildings will be opened until we have robust testing and tracing programs in place.
We do not have target opening dates for other buildings at this time. We understand that this is an extremely challenging situation. Please know that UC Merced is working as quickly as possible, in consultation with state and county public health officials, to ramp up research, teaching and essential services.
For questions or more information, please contact Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Marjorie Zatz .
Resources and communications for our preparation for fall semester can be found at the Campus Ready site.