UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.


New building etiquette

New building etiquette

Your health and safety are at the forefront of every decision we make. Here are some of the changes you should expect when you come back to campus.

Elevator capacity

Elevators will have signs noting capacity maximums of one, two, three or four people at a time. There are capacity signs at campus elevator banks and coordinating floor graphics so riders know where to stand. Priority should be given to those with disabilities. People who can use stairs are encouraged to do so when possible to alleviate lines at elevators.

One-way stairwells

In general, stairwells will allow two-way travel – unless there is a high-traffic problem. For crowded stairways, optional signs have been developed for building managers to create one-way stairwells. In an emergency evacuation, all stairs may be used to exit.

Physical distancing in workspaces

Physical distancing guidelines (also referred to as social distancing) to stay at least 6 feet from other people remain in place on campus. Physical distance signs, decals and floor graphics will be installed in stages around campus in lobbies and high-traffic areas (stage 1 includes 40 research buildings). Building and department managers can print additional signs as needed from the EH&S website.

Air quality (HVAC)

Indoor air quality and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) influence on the spread of COVID-19 is a major concern for the campus. Facilities Management continuously monitors the recommendations and guidance from the WHO, CDC, and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Based on the recommendations, Facilities is maximizing outside air, operating additional hours to flush pre and post occupancy, and utilizing filtration beyond industry standard where possible. Facilities reminds you that the highest probability of spread continues to be close contact, with physical distancing, the use of a mask, and hand-washing the best defense against the spread of COVID-19. For common questions regarding air quality in UCI facilities related to COVID-19, please visit the HVAC FAQs.

Bathrooms and Plumbing Systems

UCI is enhancing custodial services with the hiring of additional workers and more frequent cleaning schedules. In addition, supplies including hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, paper towels and disposable gloves will be provided centrally to returning groups.

Campus restroom facilities and other plumbing systems are not designed to handle disinfectant wipes. Cleaning wipes do not break down or dissolve and should not be flushed down toilets. Doing so can lead to significant building floods and could ultimately require closure of buildings and interruption of operations. This type of material should be discarded in the trash only.

Bottled Water Dispenser and Drinking Water System Units

There are safety concerns with drinking bottled water from a unit that has not been used or flushed out for extended periods of time.

Based on information provided by the CDC , there is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted through drinking water, recreational water, or wastewater. The risk of COVID-19 transmission through water is expected to be low. The standards for bottled water are set by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA bases its standards on the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards for tap water.

FAQs on Water Drinking System Units

Cleaning and disinfecting supplies

As UCI continues to prepare for the gradual phase-in return to campus, the COVID-19 Logistical Support Team has been established to coordinate inventory and supply-chain processes for items needed to support the work being done by various departments to ensure local requirements are met as we return to campus.

To avoid competing with ourselves in procuring common commodities, the following supplies will be purchased centrally and redistributed to the areas returning to campus:

  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Sanitizing Wipes (limited supply for areas with shared computers)
  • Washable Face Coverings

The transition to phase 2 for research activities is underway. Point-persons from each department/unit that have received authorization to return to campus will need to complete the following form to help coordinate logistics for the above items: Supplies Needed to Return to Campus.

Wall-mounted and free-standing hand sanitizer dispensers are being ordered with the goal of being placed at building entrances, common areas, and classroom spaces. As there is considerable lead time on procuring and installing these dispensers, some groups will receive bottles of alcohol-based sanitizers while dispensers are being installed.

We understand that some workplaces may require physical barriers such as plexiglass or other impermeable dividers or partitions to help physically separate people. Please email your request to LogisticalSupportTeam@uci.edu so an evaluation of the workspace can be conducted.

In addition, custodial services is cleaning and disinfecting common areas more frequently. All high-traffic areas are cleaned twice daily, Monday through Friday. Employees are responsible for routinely cleaning their workspace such as keyboards, mouse, desktops, chair arms, telephones, etc. Visit Facilities Management’s website for more information.

Campus restroom facilities and other plumbing systems are not designed to handle disinfectant wipes. Cleaning wipes do not break down or dissolve and should not be flushed down toilets. Doing so can lead to significant building floods and could ultimately require closure of buildings and interruption of operations. This type of material should be discarded in the trash only.

If you need any guidance or have questions, please email LogisticalSupportTeam@uci.edu.

Classroom planning

August 6, 2020 update

General assignment classrooms

  • Central Space Plan developed by consultant architect, with density and physical distancing parameters in mind. Layouts will be finalized by end of week.
  • Registrar is responsible for scheduling rooms.
  • Facilities Management will install “do not sit” signs per plan.
Cleaning
  • Facilities Management will clean classroom 2 times per day, plus nightly electrostatic spraying.
  • FM will supply classrooms with paper towels, gloves
    and disinfectant spray for individuals to use in between classes as needed.

Unit-controlled classrooms

  • Units to include use of these classrooms in their
    return-to-campus plans and submit to CRIT. Building Facilities Managers use Environmental Health and Safety/ Facilities Management guidelines for planning
  • Units responsible for scheduling rooms.
  • Units will install “do not sit” signs provided by Facilities Management, per approved plan.
Cleaning
  • Facilities Management will clean classroom 2 times per day, plus nightly electrostatic spraying.
  • Facilities Management will supply classrooms with paper towels, gloves and disinfectant spray for individuals to use in between classes as needed.
  • Units should contact Facilities Management to request supplies for these rooms.

Resources for questions and support

For additional coronavirus information for staff, visit the Human Resources website.

For details related to UCI Health, visit UCI Health's COVID-19 page.

For comprehensive COVID-19 news, visit our OC COVID-19 website.