Priority One: Health and Safety

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The emergence of novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges for higher education. The stressful nature of this rapidly evolving situation affects students, faculty, families, parents, staff and patients. The health and safety of our campus community is priority one. As a parent myself, I especially want to assure our parents that UC San Diego is working closely with federal, state and local partners under the guidance of public health experts to monitor and address the changing situation.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the UC San Diego campus. 

UC San Diego is taking preemptive measures to decrease potential contact with novel coronavirus by cancelling large events and meetings, adjusting class and work schedules, and educating our campus community about preventative measures and healthy practices.

Our approach is guided by three goals: (1) to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff; (2) to help slow the spread of the virus in California and the nation; and (3) to ensure the continuity of our teaching and research. All measures are in line with medical and scientific guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, complex decisions are being made in coordination with other campuses and the University of California Office of the President. All communications about these and other issues will be disseminated through multiple channels as appropriate, including Campus Notice email and the Triton Alert Emergency Notification System. The status of current campus operations and access to archived communications concerning coronavirus are available on our dedicated website.

I encourage you to stay informed during this public health emergency. If you have not done so already, please sign up to receive notifications from the Triton Alert Emergency Notification System. Email and texts from this system will provide you the most up-to-date information and any necessary instructions. 

We understand that members of the campus community are concerned about the virus and may be experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety. Counseling services are resources are available. If you are a student, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs) at (858) 534-3755. If you’re a campus employee, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (858) 534-5523. If you’re a UC San Diego Health employee, please contact your Employee Assistance Program provider aligned with your medical coverage or call (619) 543-3200.

We are all in this together. During this time of uncertainty, we ask that students, faculty and staff remain calm, respect one another, and commit to our overall well-being. Your continued compassion and empathy will make a tangible difference on our campus and set an example for everyone you know.