March 13, 2020


SUBJECT:    Coronavirus: IMPORTANT Information

We continue to closely monitor the ongoing Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. The health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty remains our number one priority.

The University remains open and operational, with the understanding that we are making some adjustments to normal activities in order to increase social distancing in the workplace, in keeping with current public health directives and guidance.

• As appropriate for the type of work performed and pending supervisor approval, employees may have the option to work remotely for a temporary period as we continue to assess guidance regarding the COVID-19 situation.

• As a reminder, our employees have different jobs and responsibilities and the modifications we can make to their work will vary based on those differences. There will not be one solution that works for or is right for everyone, and some individuals, due to the nature of their work, will be expected to report to work at their usual work location.

Use of Accrued Leave and Paid Administrative Leave

For specific guidance on use of accrued leave and paid administrative leave please refer to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Staff at UC San Diego Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Staff at UC San Diego webpage ( or for Academic Personnel ( For assistance in applying the guidance to specific situations, please consult with Human Resources (, your VC HR contacts or Unit HR personnel.

Respect and Compassion

UC San Diego is a proud community of diverse scholars, staff and students. We should not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms (a cough or fever is not uniquely associated with COVID-19) or any characteristics of their identity (the virus is now impacting nations and populations around the world). We thrive when we respect one another and stay committed to each other’s well-being. Your continuing compassion and empathy make a positive difference on our campus.

Moving Forward

We appreciate the challenges arising from these significant operational changes and thank you in advance for your cooperation. Your flexibility and support are indispensable as we move forward together as a community.

Pradeep K. Khosla