OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR HEALTH SCIENCES
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR MARINE SCIENCES
May 30, 2020
On Monday, June 1, UC San Diego will enter into the first phase of increased on-site research activity, called the Orange Phase. The decision to enter the Orange Phase has been made under the guidance of Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, in conjunction with the Research Continuity Task Force and leaders and health experts across campus. This Orange Phase involves a designated set of research staff only. It requires those employees who are able to work remotely to continue to do so, while certain low-density research, scholarly and creative endeavors resume on-site. All on-site research, scholarly and creative endeavors must meet health and safety protocols as outlined in the UC San Diego Research Ramp Up Guidelines (https://go.ucsd.edu/3dj83m6) and be in full compliance with county public health order and CDC guidelines.
UC San Diego’s Orange Phase is designed to gradually increase on-site research activity up to 25%, while managing health risks associated with SARS-CoV-2. We know many are eager to resume on-site activity, but it is important to understand that our first priority is ensuring the health and safety of our UC San Diego community.
Only those whose Research and On-Site Activity plan (https://go.ucsd.edu/3cfBMuU) has been approved by their department chairs and deans will be notified and allowed to begin on-site activity on or after June 1.
Research unit leaders (PIs, faculty, etc.) must prepare their research workspace prior to resuming any on-site activity by acquiring required PPE, arranging space and schedules to allow for necessary social distancing, and training their staff in the new requirements for on-site activity. Resources to aid in this process include: PPE and Sanitation supplies (https://go.ucsd.edu/3eAg2LS); required signage (https://go.ucsd.edu/3eAg9qM); EH&S Safety Check (https://go.ucsd.edu/2TT938N). Only those identified in the approved plans as permitted to work on-site during the Orange Phase are allowed in research spaces at this time.
Additionally, all those working on-site on or after June 1 must complete a daily health screening. This online self-screening tool must be completed at home before each workday, and is available at https://blink.ucsd.edu/go/screening. Those working remotely will not be expected to complete the daily health screening at this time.
These procedures, designed in concert with current science and community requirements, allow us this modest return to on-site research, scholarship and creative activity in a fashion that will best protect the health and safety of all members of the UC San Diego community.
Should the campus be required to scale back on this effort, or be afforded the opportunity to further increase on-site activity, we will inform the UC San Diego community as soon as possible.
If you have questions about any of the above, see https://blink.ucsd.edu/research/covid-19/research-ramp-up.html. For questions about the Research & On-Site Activity approval process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.