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- VP Kass - Requests for Exception to In-Person Teaching for Fall 2021
- Vice Provost Phil Kass has issued a communication to administrators and members of the Academic Senate and Academic Federation regarding requests for exception to in-person teaching for Fall 2021, which outlines the categories of requests for remote teaching and the procedures for submitting requests. Read the full letter here.
- VP Kass - Return to Work - Fall 2021 - July 22, 2021
- Vice Provost Phil Kass has issued a letter to members of the Academic Senate and Academic Federation regarding returning to work in Fall 2021. This letter outlines the directions issued by UCOP President Michael Drake, the Council of Chancellors, and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Brown. Consistent with APM-025, APM-671, and APM-700, academic appointees must maintain a significant presence on campus; hold classes; have consistent office hours; be accessible to students, staff, and colleagues; and fulfill service obligations. Read the full letter here.
- UC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy - July 15, 2021
- The UC policy regarding the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and FAQs can be found here.
- UC Davis COVID-19 Related Efforts to Support Faculty - updated 5-10-2021
- Academic Affairs has outlined a list of current efforts, initiatives, and communications to support faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics range from Work-Life, Faculty Parent Support Groups, impact statements, equity in tenure and advancement, Faculty Leadership Academy, and so on. Please review the list for full details.
- Response from UCOP President Drake and Letter from Chair Gauviain - Mitigating COVID-19 Impacts on Faculty - updated 2-26-2021
- UCOP President Michael Drake publicly responded to UCOP Academic Council Chair Mary Gauvain regarding "mitigating COVID-19 impacts on faculty advancement, morale, work-life balance, and dependent care responsibilities." President Drake asks Provost and Executive Vice President Brown to work on addressing the issues outlined by Academic Council Chair Gauvain by providing a set of recommendations for Immediate Actions and Recommendations for Long-term Impacts and Strengthening UC Values. Both Academic Council Chair Gauvain and President Drake's letters are available here.
- UCOP Academic Personnel and Programs - Academic Personnel Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Related Leaves - updated 5-10-2021 (Second Issuance)
There is currently one COVID-19 related paid leave provision potentially available to academic appointees. 2021 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL). FAQs have also been included in the guidance document. To request the 2021 EPSL please complete the 2021 EPSL Request Form.
- UCOP Academic Personnel and Programs - Temporary Telework Overseas FAQs- 6-2-2021 (Second Issuance)
- A list of FAQs was created by UCOP Academic Personnel and Programs to outline expectations and exceptions to temporarily teleworking overseas. This set of FAQs also includes information regarding impacts on paychecks, legal and tax consequences, minimum security standards of academic appointees working from abroad, and more.
- Mandatory COVID-19 Reporting Protocol - updated 05-20-2020
- In an effort to maintain a healthy working environment for faculty, staff and students, UC Davis has established a mandatory reporting process regarding COVID-19. You must use the reporting process if:
- a COVID-19 test has been administered to you, an immediate family member or a UC Davis colleague, or
- a positive COVID-19 diagnosis has been returned to you, an immediate family member, or UC Davis colleague.
For additional details, including limited exceptions, please go to the Safety Services website on Reporting COVID-19 Tests, Concerns & Confirmed Cases.
- EVCP Hexter and VP Kass - Update on Academic Personnel Issues - updated 03-27-2020
- On March 27, 2020, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Hexter and Vice Provost Kass shared an announcement with Academic Senate regarding Updates on Academic Personnel Issues.
The letter above addresses the following:
1. Paid administrative leave
2. Sabbatical leaves in Spring 2020
3. Faculty searches in Spring 2020
4. Advancement (merit, promotion) actions in 2019-2020
5. Instructional evaluations in Winter and Spring 2020
6. Research/creative activity/scholarship productivity
7. Extension of the promotion “clock”
- Provost/EVC Croughan and Senate Chair Tucker – Update on Academic Personnel Issues – updated 10-21-2020
- A letter was written by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Croughan and Chair of Academic Senate Tucker to all Academic Senate and Academic Federation Members, providing guidance and reassurance regarding advancement actions and instruction-related issues due to COVID-19. It states:
"Our colleagues with children whose preschools and schools remain shuttered, or who are primary caregivers, or who have been prohibited from accessing critical university facilities are among those hit hardest. In their advancement action, whether in this year or in the next two, three, or four years (depending on rank and step), faculty who are new or have been progressing successfully in normative (or greater) time should continue to do so. This does not imply any diminution of academic standards, but rather the acknowledgement that a balanced record inherently requires the judicious weighting of all criteria of evaluation per APM 210-1d.
To help reviewers and review committees negotiate such a holistic evaluation of an academic record, we strongly emphasize that candidates, department chairs, and deans highlight and fully explain the circumstances that have affected the faculty member. Personal details need not be disclosed, but information on causes (e.g., COVID-19, California wildfire events, caring for a sick family member, illness, loss of a home) that contextualize the circumstances will be helpful (e.g., reduced time available for writing manuscripts, limited access to research facilities, emergency conversion to remote learning due to campus closure, etc.). In particular, candidates should provide a comparison to previous records of publication, teaching, and/or service so that reviewing bodies can concretely understand how they have been impacted. Candidates, department chairs, and deans are encouraged to use this comparative information to provide context for reviewers."
The letter also outlines specific topics that will be integral to advancements in 2020-2021, advised from Academic Affairs' Work Life Advisors and Academic Federation Personnel Committees, as well as considerations regarding various situations. Please review this letter for further details.
- Process for Academic Appointees requesting COVID-related Leave - updated 3-31-2021
- An Emergency Paid Administrative Leave Form (EPAL) for Academics or a 2021 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) must be attached to all COVID-19 related leave requests submitted via MyInfoVault for documentation purposes and reporting. Please note: The COVID-related leave form is now available in MIV.
Questions may be directed to the Academic Affairs Academic Personnel team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Interim Director Kimberly DeLaughder at email@example.com.
- UCOP - Charging grants and contracts costs to Federal sponsored awards during COVID-19 - updated 03-24-2020
- On March 24, 2020, from UCOP Interim EVP-CFO Paul Jenny regarding charging grants and contracts costs to Federal sponsored awards during COVID-19. This letter provides the current UC guidance regarding sponsored awards as we wait for federal agencies to issue guidance during this COVID-19 crisis. As stated,
- "OMB has issued two Memos to the federal agencies: First Memo M-20-11 directing
federal agencies to implement flexibilities initially for COVID-related activities; and a
follow up Memo M20-17, directing agencies to provide additional flexibility to
recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the
- "These two OMB Memorandums in general provide short term relief for administrative,
financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform
Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal
Awards, without compromising Federal financial assistance accountability requirements.
It also reminds agencies of their existing flexibility to issue exceptions on a case-by-case
basis in accordance with 2 CFR § 200.102, Exceptions.
NIH and NSF
- "NIH and NSF have issued their guidance implementing the expanded flexibilities in the
area of proposal submissions, travel costs and salary expenses authorized by OMB.
- NIH – https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-086.html
- NSF – https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/covid19/covid19_nsfombimplementation.pdf
"We expect all federal awarding agencies adopt policies and release guidance that are uniform and consistent in providing additional administrative flexibility in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"At this time, campuses should continue to charge salaries, stipends, and benefits to currently active awards consistent with the UC policy of paying salaries from all funding sources, federal and nonfederal. Likewise costs related to the cancellation of events, travel, or other authorized activities due to the COVID-19 crisis, may charge these costs to their award if they would have otherwise been allowable. Please ensure appropriate records and cost documentation are maintained to substantiate the charging of any cancellation or other fees related to interruption of operations or services.
"Recently President Napolitano announced all employees are eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave in recognition of the extraordinary demands staff and their family members are facing as a result of the impacts of the coronavirus on the UC community. This employee benefit is an allowable cost could be charged to federal grants and contracts consistent with other employee benefits."
Please be sure to connect with your sponsor regarding any flexibility afforded in grants and contracts.