May 22, 2020


SUBJECT:    Research Town Hall Webinar May 28th, Research Ramp Up

Guided by public health indicators, and in compliance with State and County Public Health Orders, UC San Diego is preparing to begin ramping up research using the multi-phase strategy developed by the Continuity of Research Task Force. That strategy and specific requirements for resuming modest on-site activity are available at We know that faculty and staff are eager to resume on-site work, and have set the goal of initiating the ramp up of activity as soon as June 1st.

The initial phase will be gradual with limited resumption of research, scholarship and creative activity on campus. Working from home will continue with low-density, on site activity of no more than 25% of personnel that characterized our campus before the COVID-19 pandemic. The process of planning, approving the plans, and preparing labs and facilities for activity will certainly mean that work will resume over a period of time, rather than all at once when the Orange Phase begins. As important as it is to return to working on-site, it is more important to ramp up our on-site work in full compliance with CDC guidelines, state and local requirements, and campus directives intended to protect the health of all members of the UC San Diego community.

In order to explain the Research Ramp Up strategy and process, and to answer your questions, I will be hosting a Research Town Hall Webinar on May 28th from 12:30 – 2:00pm. We’ll have representatives from the Continuity of Research Task Force and the many units involved in making the safe ramp up of activity possible, including Environment Health & Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and others on hand to answer questions and hear from you.

Find out more and register for the Research Town Hall Webinar at We look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you as you consider the initial step in on-site work.

Sandra A. Brown
Vice Chancellor for Research