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Approval for Instruction, Research

Academic Planning: Approval Required for Returns to the Workplace

UC Merced plans to return to primarily in-person instruction starting with Fall semester. Preparations are being made with guidance from Merced County and state health agencies. The goal is to increase in-person activities, along with the number of on-campus resident students. To help facilitate this transition, UC Merced has developed procedures for Academics (Faculty, Post-Docs, Grad Students, Lecturers, and other academic personnel) to return to campus. Please see the options listed below.


Tier 1 and Tier 2

Academics wanting to return to campus for research relaunch may request permission by submitting their operational plans via:

Tier 2

Academics wanting to return to campus for instructional and scholarly activity may request permission by submitting a request via:



General office use is allowed in Tier 3.