Guidance for UC locations 

The UC Office of the President has prepared information and recommendations to assist academic leaders, managers, and supervisors in addressing concerns related to COVID-19. The guidance applies to all UC locations, including campuses, UC health systems, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

The University will act in accordance with all applicable public health directives, and the University’s guidance, policies, and regulations cannot conflict with public health orders.


COVID-19 leave guidance for academic supervisors  **Updated on March 26, 2020


COVID-19 related leave guidance for CHROs **Updated on March 20, 2020


Equity and inclusion during COVID-19 **Updated on March 18, 2020

Executive order re paid administrative leave **Updated on March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Guidance regarding paid leave and remote work provisions **Updated on March 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. PST

Guidance for UC locations concerning COVID-19 **Updated on March 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. PST

Updates on systemwide operations and services


UC President’s directives on travel


Guidance on travel, meetings, large gatherings and visitor access

UC will follow all local, state, and national guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other official public health organizations with regard to travel guidelines, hosting large meetings and gatherings, and visitor access to UC locations.

Presently, there are no official restrictions on travel beyond those for CDC Level 3 (widespread community transmission) and Level 2 (sustained community transmission) countries.

Decisions about essential travel to meetings, hosting large meetings or gatherings, and general access such as visitor access are left to each location. We encourage limiting non-essential domestic and international travel and leveraging the use of technology in lieu of in-person large meetings or gatherings.

The CDC site also provides guidance on mass gatherings and large events:

Some of this guidance provides for the following:

Consider postponing, canceling, or rescheduling events. Factors to consider:

  • Duration of event
  • Venue type (open air vs. closed space)
  • Demographics of participants
  • Complexity of event operations
  • Types of onsite service and activities available

If event organizers choose not to postpone, cancel, or reschedule, they should be prepared to implement the following prevention strategies:

  • Distribute health messages about COVID-19 to event staff and participants ahead of the event and on event materials distributed during the event
  • Develop flexible refund policies for participants
  • Be prepared to separate those who become sick at your event from those who are well
  • Identify actions to take if you need to postpone


Updates from UC’s health plans

UC’s health plans are closely monitoring and following guidance from the State of California and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure members receive the best possible care.

Learn more about getting the medical advice and care you need from your UC health plan, including cost-sharing waivers for COVID-19 screening and testing, and convenient telemedicine options.


Location updates for students, faculty, staff and parents

[1] COVID-19 (an acronym for coronavirus disease 2019) is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). That virus was assigned the temporary designation of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Because of the large number of publications and guidance documents produced, the virus may still be referred to by its temporary designation in some references.