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COVID-19: Guidance for Staff

March 11, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are continuing to monitor developments in the global COVID-19 outbreak. As of today, we are aware of no reported cases at UC Merced or in Merced County.

Campus remains open for all business functions. Faculty have been encouraged, where feasible, to offer course material remotely, but classes continue, and our students remain on campus. This of course means services such as dining, cleaning and instruction must continue without interruption. We would like to extend special recognition to all staff who are working long hours to help our campus stay healthy and operational, particularly our food service and custodial and maintenance staffs.

We continue to follow University of California guidance on how COVID-19 may impact staff. Our campus also coordinates closely with UC Health, state and county health officials. We know UC Merced employees may have questions, and Human Resources has posted these frequently asked questions for your reference. The simplest general guidance is to check with your manager or supervisor about expectations.

For those experiencing anxiety about global developments, UC Merced offers a robust Employee Assistance Program through Insight EAP. You may reach out to them directly at 800-422-5322 or email for more information or to set up an appointment.

Please keep our Principles of Community in mind as we move through this period together, and remember to check UC Merced’s COVID-19 page, updated several times daily with the university’s latest communications and credible sources of information.




Nathan Brostrom

Interim Chancellor


Nicole Pollack

Chief Human Resources Officer