To: Faculty and Staff
Over the past several months, we have all had to make enormous adjustments in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The world has indeed become a different place as we have learned entirely new ways of working, teaching and interacting. While UCLA continues to formulate plans for an eventual ramping up of onsite activities, we acknowledge that many of these changes — including remote work — will be in place for the foreseeable future.
The welfare of the Bruin community was our paramount concern when the vast majority of our employees began working from their homes in March, and it remains so today. Because of the continuing health risks associated with COVID-19, we are asking those of you who are currently successfully working from home to continue to do so until January 4, 2021. Allowing faculty and staff to work from home wherever feasible reduces population density on campus, which helps reduce health risks for everyone.
This does not apply to those associated with the ramp-up of UCLA research or to those faculty who will be teaching their courses with an on-campus component in the fall and corresponding support staff. It also does not apply to health care workers, to clinical trainees or to those providing any clinical training. This campus direction also excludes employees and clinical trainees from UCLA hospitals and clinics who are currently working remotely.
Staff and faculty should confirm with their supervisors and department heads whether this extension of remote work applies to their positions.
We understand that this transition has posed and will continue to pose unique and difficult challenges, but your resourcefulness and resilience have been truly inspiring. You have risen to the moment in creative and visionary ways that represent the best of the Bruin spirit. To all of you, we offer our profound thanks and admiration.
Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor