University of California, Riverside
Committed to Academic Excellence and Shared Governance
Zoom Videoconferencing Instructions, and FAQ:
Dear Senate Colleagues:
Please excuse this email if you have already received and read the attached documents. I am forwarding a pair of important communications from UC President Janet Napolitano regarding the UC budget and the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UC system and individual campuses. I encourage you to take some time to read these letters carefully.
I write to announce a revision to my virtual office hours for Spring 2020. I will hold open Zoom sessions for anyone who wishes to drop in on Tuesdays from 9-10 am, through the Spring Quarter. Our conversations will be secure, one-on-one meetings. Just use this link
I am also writing to bring our collective attention to the unwelcome surge in the "zoombombing" of virtual classrooms around the world. Zoombombing—the intrusion on videoconference classes by uninvited and unwanted users—takes the form of racist, anti-Black, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, and xenophobic abusiveness that creates significant distress for students and teachers.
While there are some measures we can take as faculty to prevent or minimize the possibility of such disruptions (see this link), it may be helpful to address this matter in open conversation with our students and each other. I urge you to refuse to “privatize” any such incidents: report them to your department chairs and deans, talk to your colleagues to build awareness about what’s going on, and please feel free to reach out to me as well.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon.
As the local, statewide, and federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changes, i urge you to remain attentive to information coming from your Chairs, Deans and the upper administration. Our access to campus, including our labs and offices, will be determined by the capacity and effectiveness of pandemic control measures for the near future, and our behaviors play a crucial role in those measures. We must exemplify vigilance, calm, and care in navigating this unprecedented crisis.
In the meantime, i offer a few points of information and emphasis:
Take care everyone and i hope i’ll see some of you at my virtual office hours soon!
Dear UCR Senate Colleagues (please spread the word to other faculty, students, and staff, including student staff):
As of yesterday (March 13), Riverside County Public Health has ordered all school, college, and university campuses CLOSED from Monday the 16th through April 3. This means no one other than those designated “critical personnel” are allowed on campus under criminal penalty (!). (https://www.rivcoph.org/Portals/0/Documents/CoronaVirus/schoolorder.pdf
So… if you have anything in your campus offices or labs that you need over the next three weeks (and possibly longer), i suggest you retrieve it this weekend.
In the spirit of supporting all of you through this bizarre time, i will be on campus periodically this weekend to offer (socially distanced) assistance and (socially distanced) “office hours” for anyone who needs it. This includes physical help with retrieving things if you need help. I will generally be in UOB 225 (Senate Chair office), with the door closed. Just email if you need me, i'll be checking frequently: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, calm down, i have plenty of toilet paper if you need any.