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COVID-19 Information for Staff at UC San Diego

Campus Human Resources is here to support staff through the COVID-19 crisis.

Please note: the information on this page pertains to UC San Diego campus staff employees. Health Sciences and Health System employees should contact Health Human Resources for guidance and information.

If you are a campus employee and you have questions, contact the Human Resources Employee Relations team at employeerelations@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-4115.


Considerations for Employees and Visitors Entering the Workplace 

In accordance with the San Diego County Health Order (which is also available in Spanish), all employees must be screened and all visitors should be screened for itemized symptoms prior to entering the workplace. Learn more about symptom screening and access the symptom screening tool »

Please also review the following resources and visit this page often for updates: 

Updated: May 29, 2020

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Mental Wellbeing Resources

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program 

We understand that members of the campus community are worried about the virus and may be experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety. If you are a campus staff employee and would like access to counseling services, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at (858) 543-5523 or via the links below.

*UC San Diego Heath employees: Please contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider aligned with your medical coverage. For additional information and questions about UC San Diego Health, please contact the Health Sciences Human Resources Services team at the protected employee portal or call (619) 543-3200.


Online Workshops for Faculty and Staff


Hard Times, Soft Tactics: Mind-Body Skills for Busy Professionals

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 9 - 10 a.m.
Register via the UC Learning Center, use keyword FSAPmindbody
Facilitator: Crystal Green, Ph.D., LMFT; Director, Faculty Staff Assistance Program 

All staff and faculty are invited to participate in this 1-hour online workshop in which participants will sample several mindful approaches to managing stress during this difficult time of social distancing, political uncertainty and economic turbulence. Simple skills will be demonstrated which can help to prevent illness and burn out, increase sleep quality and concentration, and provide us with tools to guard ourselves against the negative effects of anxiety, worry and tension. The course includes:

  • Soft belly breathing
  • Mindful presence
  • Guided imagery
  • Color and collage
  • Building a self-care practice

Please note: After registration, participants will receive an email from the presenter with information regarding protected entry into the HIPAA-compliant Zoom meeting.

Mindful Worklife: Emotional Integration and Relationships

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register via the UC Learning Center, use keyword FSAPmindful
Facilitator: Bryan McNutt, Ph.D., LMFT; FSAP counselor

How can we bring a more holistic perspective in our approach to work? How well do we nurture an integration of our emotional self and our working self?

This workshop will explore various approaches for learning how to be more emotionally attuned with ourselves and others in the workplace, to help promote empathic relationships and meaningful communication with each other. Strategies for cultivating a thoughtful and conscious presence will be explored through experiential exercises guided by mindfulness practices.

Participants will also learn skills for promoting deeper emotional self-awareness, which will lead to more balance in their work life and relationships. Discussion and experiential exercises will be informed by psychological insights gained from mindfulness meditation, interpersonal neurobiology, and affective neuroscience.


Tritons Flourish

This monthly program is open to any UC San Diego campus employee interested in connecting with others who are committed to flourishing in their personal and professional lives. The goal of Tritons Flourish is to develop a common language around wellbeing among faculty, staff and students, and to build a network of support and resilience.

Learn more about the topics discussed in Tritons Flourish »

The Tritons Flourish group meets the third Friday of each month. Email William Youngblood, LMFT, FSAP Counselor, for more information »


Articles and Resources

Contributing to a Supportive and Inclusive Campus Community

UC San Diego is a proud community of international scholars, staff and students. We should not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms (a cough or fever is not uniquely associated with COVID-19) or any characteristics of their identity (the virus is now impacting diverse nations and populations around the world). We thrive when we respect one another and stay committed to each other’s well-being. Your continuing compassion and empathy make a tangible difference on our campus.

View guidance from the UC Council of Chief Diversity Officers on fostering a supportive, positive and inclusive campus climate during the COVID-19 crisis »

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