The Baskin School of Engineering is committed to protecting the safety of all who make up our community of students, staff, researchers, and faculty. In order to begin to resume normal activity on campus as we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that we all do our part to keep ourselves and one another safe. To this end, we have instituted protocols – in addition to the county Shelter in Place ordinance – that we all must follow as we resume teaching, research, and administrative activities. Compliance with the protocols outlined on this page is mandatory for all Baskin School of Engineering students and employees.
Access to buildings: Access to Engineering Buildings must have prior approval. All work that can be done remotely should be done remotely.
Mandatory symptom check for campus access: All personnel coming to campus must complete the online COVID-19 Symptom Check for Employees and have been issued a certificate of clearance to work on-site. Details are provided in this link (COVID-19 Symptom Check for Employees).
If you wish to bring personnel back into a research lab, the lab PI must complete the appropriate planning template and web form on the Office of Research website. Note that access remains limited, and approved ramp-up plans will be based on safety standards for density of occupation. Link to forms:
All lab personnel are required complete Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) training in order to be authorized to return to the lab. Link to EH&S training video:
Instructors (including faculty members, lecturers, GSIs, and TAs) needing access to their offices for remote teaching purposes must request approval from their respective department chairs. Department chairs will register each instructor via a census form, which will allow tracking of overall densities in the engineering buildings.
Some reasons for requesting access for instruction can include the following:
- To broadcast lectures
- To record or prepare lectures
- To hold virtual office hours
When requesting office access from your department chair, please include the following information:
- The building and office number to which you are requesting access
- The course name and number for which you are broadcasting lectures, holding office hours, etc.
- The day(s) of the week and time(s) of day you are requesting to be on site
- Reason for requesting access
At this time, open-ended access to Baskin Engineering buildings will not be granted. However, we understand that faculty, researchers, and staff may need occasional or one-time access to the engineering buildings (e.g., to retrieve printed resources from an office, or for use of specific office equipment that is only available on campus).
For one-time, work-related access, please complete the facilities form. Access requests for all engineering buildings (Jack Baskin Engineering Building, E2, and Westside Research Park) will be reviewed by Assistant Dean Anne Criss.
Requests should be made at least two full business days in advance. Some exceptions may be made, but are not guaranteed.
The links below contain up-to-date COVID information from the City and County of Santa Cruz, and the State of California. The Santa Cruz County shelter-in-place order expired on July 6, and County residents are now subject to the current statewide stay-at-home order.