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News and Announcements from Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Watkins

“Compassionate clause” concluding at the end of this quarter
Dear Colleagues: This fall the UC Riverside campus has successfully returned to our most expansive in-person operations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.   With the wide availability of vaccines and boosters to Californians of all ages, high vaccination rates among employees and students, more COVID-19 treatment options, and continued availability of testing on campus, UCR will continue to pivot from an emergency response mode to more standard campus operations. 
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Provost's Fall Campus Update
Dear Campus Community,   Each September, campus leadership kicks off the academic year with a day-long on-site retreat. The group consists of the chancellor’s cabinet and the provost’s cabinet, plus leaders from the Academic Senate and Staff Assembly.   
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Provost's fall campus update
Dear Campus Community,   Each September, campus leadership kicks off the academic year with a day-long on-site retreat. The group consists of the chancellor’s cabinet and the provost’s cabinet, plus leaders from the Academic Senate and Staff Assembly.  
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Compassionate clause to continue fall quarter
Dear Colleagues:  As we look forward to the start of the fall quarter, we would like to confirm that the compassionate clause will remain in effect.  The compassionate clause, which was in place last academic year, allowed for exceptions to normal course delivery modes through an approval process starting in the home department that is offering the course. These course modality changes (from in-person to remote) applies to instructors who either: 
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New School of Education dean appointed
Dear campus community, I am excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Joi Spencer as Dean of the School of Education. Her first day will be January 1, 2023.
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New dean of the UCR School of Public Policy named
Dear campus community, I am excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Long as Dean of the School of Public Policy. His first day will be January 1, 2023.
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Spring update on FY22 Budget
Dear UCR Colleagues, While we await news on the final State budget and our allocation from the UC Office of the President for 2022-23, I thought I’d write to inform you about a number of financial decisions recommended by the Campus Finance Committee (CFC) and approved by the Chancellor and me since I last wrote in November about UCR’s 2021-22 operating budget.
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Reinstating indoor masking for two weeks
Dear Campus Community,  In consultation with UC Riverside’s Public Health Advisory Committee, campus leadership, the Academic Senate, and other UC campuses, we have elected to temporarily reinstate UC Riverside’s indoor mask mandate, starting Monday, May 30. From May 30 through June 13, face coverings will be required in indoor spaces on campus and in university owned or operated venues.  
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Provost’s Spring Campus Update
Dear Campus Community, The topic of this spring campus update is strategic planning. 
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New face covering guidelines take effect April 11
Dear Campus Community, As previously communicated, updated guidelines for the use of face coverings indoors will go into effect next Monday, April 11.  While other UC campuses relaxed their requirements in March, UC Riverside’s Public Health Advisory Group recommended two additional weeks of required indoor masking after our return from Spring Break. The Public Health Advisory Group is composed of Senate faculty with relevant experience and the medical director of Student Health Services.
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Provost Past Letters

April 6, 2022: Emily Engelschall AVCES 

March 28, 2022: Shaun Bowler Grad Division 

March 17, 2022: MarkoPrincevac_VPIA.pdf

March 9, 2022: DeanSOE_ Search.pdf

March 2, 2022: KenBaerenklau_IVP_EducationDean.pdf

February 15, 2022: DeborahDeas_DeanSOM.pdf

January 28, 2022: CompassionateClause.pdf

January 27, 2022: Matthew Gunkel_AVCCIO.pdf

January 25, 2022: JenniferBrown EducationDean.pdf

January 24,  2022: Remote to In Person.pdf

January 24,  2022: InPersonReturn.pdf

January 14,  2022:  WinterCampusUpdate.pdf

November 22, 2021: AnilDeolalikar_PublicPolicy.pdf

November 15, 2021:  Operating Budget

Provost Liz Watkins Headshot on Campus

OFFICE HOURS

Provost Elizabeth Watkins holds weekly office hours to get to know and hear from faculty, staff, and students at UCR. Instead of gathering in a large forum, office hours are opportunities to chat one-on-one or in small groups. Campus members can bring any questions or concerns to the meeting or use the meeting time to share perspectives and ideas. 

The office hours are offered by campus affiliation on a rotating basis, one week for faculty, the next for staff, the following for students, and so on. You can sign up for a 15-minute time slot below. 

For your first time registering for office hours, follow the link to the time slot you'd like below and then simply click "Login/Create Account" and register for your time slot once you are logged in. 

 

FACULTY

Thursday, September 8th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 4th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 2nd, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

STAFF

Friday, September 16th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday, October 14th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Thursday, November 10th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

STUDENTS

Thursday, September 22nd, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, October 19th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Thursday, November 17th, 11:00 - 12:00 pm