COVID-19: Information and Resources

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).  

***Effective Fall Quarter 2020, UC system policy requires that all students (on-campus, off-campus, and international), faculty, and staff working on campus are required to receive a flu shot by November 1, 2020. The requirement will be met only if the flu shot was received after August 1, 2020. A vaccine from an earlier date will not meet the requirement.*** More information about the policy can be found on the Student Health Center website and in the campus-wide announcement from August 7, 2020.

As a condition of accessing UC premises, pursuant to University of California Executive Order issued on July 31, 2020 and revised on September 29, 2020, Employees (Faculty, Staff, and other academic appointees) must complete the Influenza Vaccination Attestation Form link by October 31, 2020.

Research access
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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: 

Research ramp-up forms: planning template and web form

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: 

Engineering COVID Training

Additional Resources:

Instructional access
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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

One-time access
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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. 

General information and resources

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.