Together We are Slug Strong

As we navigate the year ahead, we all face unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. The Slug community may be physically apart, but we are all in this together. In this time of a global pandemic, as members of the UCSC Banana Slug community, we must rise to the occasion and embrace our responsibility for the health and wellbeing of each other.   

As many of you return to the greater Santa Cruz area, we encourage you to diligently engage in the practices that mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. It is critical that we continuously educate one another about the importance of prevention practices and do the following: maintain physical distancing, wear a mask in public, and practice good hygiene and cleaning routines.

We urge all students to be tested for COVID-19. The testing is available to all students at the Student Health Center free of charge. We highly encourage our off-campus students who are asymptomatic to also be tested at the Student Health Center or in the Santa Cruz County area. 

UC Santa Cruz has implemented a new Public Health Policy which all members of the community are expected to follow. Students who are living on campus or in the Santa Cruz community will be expected to follow the health precautions ordered by the governor of California and supported by the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department. Any intentional spread of the virus may be dealt with as a student or student organization disciplinary issue.

One of the UC Santa Cruz Principles of Community is Caring, which is promoting mutual respect, trust, and support to foster bonds that strengthen the community. As members of the UCSC Banana Slug community, in this time of a global pandemic, we must rise to the occasion to actively promote the principle of Caring by embracing our responsibility for the health and wellbeing of each other.