9:35 p.m., May 26: Plans for ramping up UCLA research activities
Roger Wakimoto, vice chancellor for research and creative activities, emailed the campus community to announce plans for resuming research.
A committee of representatives from north and south campus has been meeting since late April and has developed a comprehensive set of guidelines (PDF) that will enable research to resume as soon as possible while emphasizing the health and safety of faculty, staff and students.
The resulting guidelines outline policies and requirements for ramping up research at UCLA, including:
- An overview of the ramp-up process.
- Health and safety guidelines.
- Appendices describing requirements for different types of research.
- A template for research operational plans (PDF) that must be submitted and approved prior to the resumption of on-campus activities.
In the first phase of reopening, UCLA is prioritizing research that cannot be performed remotely and that allows maintaining the campus’s personnel density at 10% to 25% of its normal figure at any given time.
Wakimoto said that within the next week, he expects to share instructions for the preparation, submission, review and approval of research operational plans on his office’s website. In the meantime, he encouraged anyone to review the guidelines for ramping up research (PDF).
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7 a.m., May 19: Remote work extended through Sept. 11
In a message to UCLA employees, Chancellor Gene Block said that UCLA is extending remote work for those positions that can successfully be performed remotely through Sept. 11, which is the end of Summer Session C.
Block advised people to look to their supervisors in the weeks ahead for confirmation of how this extension applies to their units and schools. Department heads are in the process of developing unit- and school-specific guidelines that they will share once completed.
10 p.m., May 18: President Napolitano announces systemwide salary freeze for policy-covered employees
After much consultation with chancellors, we are instituting the following for the 2020-21 fiscal year:
- a systemwide freeze on salaries for policy-covered staff employees;
- a systemwide freeze on salary scales for policy-covered, non-student academic appointees. To ensure a stable faculty pipeline and to maintain our teaching and research enterprise, we will continue the regular academic peer-review merit advancement program;
- a voluntary pay cut of 10 percent for current chancellors and myself.
As we continue to address the current and anticipated shortfalls in our funding, we are also taking the following actions:
- Developing budget scenarios for locations and UCOP that anticipate budget cuts for the coming 2020-21 fiscal year. Each UC location faces unique circumstances which will require different budgetary strategies and actions, so cuts will not necessarily be uniform across the system;
- Initiating discussions with our union leaders to be sure they understand the current reality of our financial circumstances;
- Continuing to look for ways to reduce expenses such as eliminating non-essential travel and renegotiating service agreements.
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