Coronavirus Update Timeline

Here is a timeline of updates provided to the University community.

November 19, 2020

A message explained how California state guidance affects plans for the College of Arts and Sciences spring semester.

November 2, 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences announced plans to welcome students back onto the Redlands campus for the spring semester with reduced density in residence halls and classrooms, as well as safety procedures that include face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, disinfecting of spaces, etc.

October 14, 2020

The University announced it is planning to provide some opportunities for in-person teaching/learning and for residential life in the spring, with a commitment to implement all necessary health and safety precautions.

October 6, 2020

The University alerted the community that a U of R employee reported a positive test for COVID-19; the employee is self-isolating at home and contact tracing and deep cleaning is being conducted.

September 28, 2020

The University alerted the community that graduate student living in Central Avenue Apartments reported a positive COVID-19 test; the employee is self-isolating and contact tracing and deep cleaning is being conducted.

September 14, 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences announced the remainder of the fall semester will be conducted in a virtual modality.

September 10, 2020

Students received a reminder of the support services available to them.

July 29, 2020

The University announced plans for remote-only learning for the beginning of the fall semester; when state and county guidance permits, the University will begin the process of reintroducing in-person and hybrid experiences with all necessary safety protocols.

July 20, 2020

U of R employees were reminded of the mental health resources available to them.

July 14, 2020

In the wake of the California governor's announcement of new Coronavirus restrictions, employees were provided with an update on work expectations

July 10, 2020

Assistant Provost for Internationalization Steven Wuhs wrote to the community, outlining how the University is working to support international students. 

July 2, 2020

The University extended its pay guarantee for current employees until July 15.

June 6, 2020

The University announced safety protocols and Human Resources policies to begin a gradual return to on-site work.

June 5, 2020

President Ralph Kuncl announced several key approaches to welcoming College of Arts and Sciences students back to the Redlands campus in the fall. 

May 30, 2020

The University president and his Cabinet announced they hope to begin reopening the Redlands campus to employees in stages, with multiple safety precautions and flexibility for employees’ individual situations, as early as June 7–15. They are reviewing possible reopenng dates for the Marin and regional campuses as well.

May 22, 2020

The University announced that an essential employee working on the Redlands campus has reported a positive test result for COVID-19.

May 20, 2020

President Ralph Kuncl announced that salary protection for all faculty, staff, and administrators is extended through June 30 and provided an update on the University's financial situation.

May 12, 2020

The University outlined several new developments while reiterating our continued work-from-home policy and asked employees to use face coverings when within six feet of others.

May 1, 2020

An Employee Emergency Fund was launched to help employees with urgent, unexpected financial needs.

April 29, 2020

The University described how it would distribute CARES Act funds to students. A second announcement provided an approach to reopening campuses.

April 23, 2020

President Ralph Kuncl sent a message to the community, "Writing Our Own Story," offering his perspective on the pandemic.

April 22, 2020

Alumni and Community Relations announced online content.

April 10, 2020

The University notified retirement plan participants of the options available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

April 9, 2020

President Ralph Kuncl and his Cabinet announced that salary protection for all faculty, staff, and administrators is extended through Sunday, May 31. The University also required essential employees reporting to work to wear face coverings in counties with orders to do so. In addition, Information Technology Services offered some ideas for enhancing employees' remote work experiences.

April 7, 2020

The University announced a partnership with Loma Linda University to offer walk-in medical services for the homeless during the California “stay at home” period. 

April 1, 2020

The University provided details on Finance and Administration operations: teams are covering all essential business services with limited staffing and social distancing protocols. Finance and Administration functions continue to be operational, as needed, during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period. 

March 26, 2020

The University announced that the Graduate School of Theology (GST) student who was being evaluated for COVID-19 was not deemed a public health risk. The GST Commencement was also postponed.

March 25, 2020

Following the California governor's “stay at home” order, the University announced it will extend its work-from-home policy until this mandate is lifted and will continue to pay all employees through Sunday, April 26, after which time furloughs and partial furloughs will be considered for select employees. 

March 23, 2020

The University of Redlands president and provost sent a video message to the community to connect with the Bulldog community and preserve what the could of being together.

March 20, 2020

In accordance with new state guidelines, the University announced it will continue to focus on transitioning students, faculty, and staff off campus. Also according to federal and state guidance, the University will continue to operate, but with as few staff as possible on-site. An update regarding building maintenance and warehouse deliveries was provided. 

March 19, 2020

The University provided updates to the community on Academic Affairs and Student Counseling Center support, as well as telecommuting and timecard guidance.

March 18, 2020

In accordance with the latest guidance from San Bernardino County, the University accelerated the move to work from home. A variety of facilities and services updates were also provided. Read the full communication.

March 16, 2020

The President of the University announced in a letter to the community that  Redlands campus residences as well as Southern California regional facilities and sites would close as of Friday, March 20 at the latest. Classes will continue in technology-enhanced modalities. In addition, non-essential University personnel were asked to work from home, with pay, beginning on Monday, March 23 or earlier for those in counties mandating closures; the work-at-home policy will be reassessed by Friday, April 3.

March 15, 2020

It was announced that a student in the Graduate School of Theology was evaluated for COVID-19. The student is self-isolating at home and will continue to do so until deemed no longer at risk for having the virus.

March 13, 2020

All U of R students who were still on study abroad programs were asked to return to their hometowns. A COVID-19 FAQ page was added to this website. It was announced that the U of R student being evaluated for COVID-19 was not deemed a public health risk.

March 12, 2020

All students studying abroad in Europe were recalled. The School of Continuing Studies announced it would move all traditional classroom teaching into online and technologically enhanced modules through June 1.

March 11, 2020, 9 p.m.

A variety of new policy updates were provided, including plans to move most classes online, cancel May Term classes involving travel, and limit events to 100 people or less. Read the full communication.

March 11, 2020, 5 p.m.

A student was evaluated at the Redlands campus Student Health Center. Following consultation with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and in accordance with the County’s advice, the student was transported the student to the hospital for evaluation for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution and on the advice of the County, the student’s roommates are self-isolating in their residence. The student who is being evaluated will also self-isolate until deemed no longer at risk for having the virus. The student was later found to be no public health threat to the community.

March 8, 2020

U of R prohibited University-related travel to countries deemed level 4 ("Do Not Travel") and level 3 ("Reconsider Travel") by the U.S. Department of State, including China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. The University also discouraged all international travel and encouraged the reconsideration of domestic trips involving air travel, large gatherings, or visits to areas with recorded outbreaks. Scheduled academic programs involving travel would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Faculty members were urged to prepare contingency plans for a variety of scenarios. A summary of technology resources that could support online learning is available on the Academic Continuity Plan web page; training can be booked through Instructional Support. Resources such as WebEx, Teams, Sharepoint, One Drive, and VPN can also be tapped by staff and administrators. For more information, please contact Read an update sent to the University community on March 9 regarding this information. 

March 6, 2020

Following the state of emergency declared in California in the evening of March 4, the status of San Bernardino County and Marin County—which both report no cases of COVID-19 at this time—was added.

March 2, 2020

The University recalled five study abroad students from Italy, as U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory from level three to four in Lombardi and Veneto. The University will reimburse airline change fees for return flights to the students' hometown. The students will be able to complete International Education of Students (IES) courses online, and the University will work with students to address any shortfall of credits caused by interrupted participation in local university courses, internships, or service learning.

February 29, 2020

In response to the rise in the U.S. State Department's travel alert in Italy from a level two to a level three, the University reached out to its five students studying abroad in Italy to offer them a choice of returning home with University support or continuing their program.

February 28, 2020

Following an email to the community, updates to the Coronavirus Resources page included announcement that:

  • Specific liaisons had been established with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Marin County Health and Human Services Office
  • A Coronavirus Response Team had been created to coordinate a University response
  • Those considering travel should be aware  that, due to the global nature of the epidemic, any country’s public health status is unpredictable, especially over the longer term, and individuals leaving the United States could be subject to quarantine before reentry. 

Reference to the number of cases in California was removed.

February 25, 2020

The Coronavirus Resources page was updated with the name of the coronavirus, "COVID-19," as well as with the new number of confirmed cases in California‚15 at that time.

February 7, 2020

The University created a Coronavirus Resources page to share information with the University community, following an email to faculty, staff, and students on January 23. The page shared CDC best practices for coronavirus prevention, and stated that the University was following the U.S. Department of State travel advisory—at a level four (Do Not Travel) for China and the city of Wuhan. All University-related student and business travel to China had been prohibited, and all study away programs in the areas affected by the travel advisory had been suspended. Any member of the University community who had recently been in Wuhan and were exhibiting fever with respiratory symptoms were advised to call the Student Health Center or their own health care provider to make arrangements to be seen. Additionally, the community was reminded not to single out or stigmatize anyone in our community based on national origin.