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Resources for Graduate Students on COVID-19 Impacts

The Graduate Division office is closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still available remotely.

For information on our campus's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Emergency Preparedness website.

Campus Communications For Graduate Students:

For campuswide communications, please visit the Emergency Preparedness website.

Residency Policy

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UC Residency Policy and Guidelines have been amended in the following ways.

The initial Temp Amendment effective March 9, 2020 through the Fall RDD:

  • Applies to all students who were in the process of qualifying for a Resident Classification for the Fall RDD and whose ability to qualify was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 9, 2020 through the Aug. 26, 2020 Fall RDD.

  • The review period is Aug. 25, 2019 to Aug. 26, 220, and assuming the student fulfilled the applicable requirements during 8/25/19 to 3/8/20, the remainder of the eval period is waived if the deficiency is due to COVID-19. (Effectively, they should request the accommodation, it should not be assumed, use your discretion.)

The second, updated Temp Amendment effective June 12, 2020:

  • Applies to all Independent Students and (Dependent) Condit Students who are trying to qualify for a Resident Classification during the Aug. 26, 2020 through Aug. 21, 2021 evaluation period for the Fall RDD.

  • This applies primarily to graduate students who are enrolled in remote-learning courses and they obtain their legal intent by the May 7, 2021 end of spring term. (The basis is housing, employment, immigration issues, no prior residence to shelter to.)

Health Services

  • If you are experiencing an emergency — call 911, if you are using a campus phone call 9-911.

  • If you are ill, but it isn’t an emergency, contact Health Services at 209-228-4192, between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays or campus closure dates.

  • Not sure what to do? The advice nurse will help you figure it out. If your call goes to voicemail, please don’t hang up — leave a message. The advice nurse will get back to you promptly. You can also use our secured messaging system for non-emergent matters through myHealth.

  • To speak to an advice nurse after clinic hours contact 209-228-2273 and follow the prompts to speak to an after-hours nurse.

  • Students covered by UC SHIP can call the 24/7 nurse line 24-hours a day, seven days a week and speak confidentially to a registered nurse. These nurses are trained to help you make more informed decisions about your health situation. This number is also on the back of your member ID card. A nurse is just a phone call away!

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

What's NOT Changing:

  • Intake, crisis, and individual therapy appointments

  • Groups sessions: Anxiety, Toolbox and DBT (resuming after spring break)

  • Psychiatry

  • Drop-in (Call-in) hours

  • Available to students 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (except for 12-1 p.m. for lunch)

  • After hours support

What's Adjusting:

  • All services will be provided over Zoom or the phone

  • Students will call in (not drop in) for all services

Call into CAPS :No matter where you are in California, you can utilize CAPS services, 209-228-4266

Live Health:

Therapy Assistance Online or TAO:

International Graduate Support Group - Facilitated by Dr. Shao Li

  • Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m.
  • This group will provide information on cultural adjustment as it relates to your experiences, explore the nature of taking care of yourself with others, pursuing academic success, sharing resources, forming your own relationships and community, and coping with stress, sadness, loneliness and other challenges.
  • *Please RSVP to by 3:00pm on Wednesday and a Zoom link will be sent just prior to the session.

Graduate Student Support Group - Facilitated by Dr. Shao Li

  • Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

  • This group is open to graduate students and provides a free, confidential space. It is not a therapy group but a safe place assist in improving your graduate student experience

  • *Please RSVP to by 3 p.m. on Thursday and a Zoom link will be sent just prior to the session.


  • Livehealth online allows you to have a video visit with a counselor using your smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam.
  • If you need to see a counselor, simply go to:
  • Sign-up for free, create an account, schedule an online visit with a provider, and get support.
  • Online: is available to students 24/7, every day. Co-pays, if applicable, will be waived if related to a COVID-19 illness.
  • UC SHIP students pay $15 copay for counseling services, Non-UC SHIP students pay $95.
  • For assistance, call 1-888-LiveHealth (1-888-548-3432), or contact the Academic Counselor Maria Nishanian and she will assist you navigating the system.


Educational Contiunity

The Office of Information Technology outlines methods to help students prepare to attend classes and do schoolwork remotely. These strategies and tools can be used to help prepare for unexpected emergencies such as a campus closure that directly affects instruction.

Technology Resources

UC Merced is committed to the success of our students and instructors during this time of remote instruction and campus operations. We are working to ensure the success of campus community members by providing on loan technology resources that support teaching and learning away from campus.


Research Relaunch Town Hall (June 16, 2020):

Protecting the health and safety of members of the campus community remains our priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students and postdoctoral scholars cannot be compelled to work in the lab if they think their safety is at risk. Please contact Graduate Academic Counselor Maria Nishanian with any concerns.

Maintaining Productivity

NIXLA Tips for Building Inclusive Digital Teams and Organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic can serve as a catalyst for us to understand the full power of technology to build strong teams and support diversity and inclusion. Technology has allowed us to connect teams to some extent already, but now is the time to innovate, create and strengthen. Some organizations and teams are very comfortable doing business virtually, yet for others, this is a completely new experience. Let’s bring everyone along with us. Here are key tips for fostering inclusive digital teams and organizations in a crisis.

NIXLA GRIT Planning Tool

This was developed to provide students, faculty, and staff with a simple tool to help them become more gritty, tenacious, and persistent when working through and experiencing crises, such as managing and planning against the unforeseen implications of the COVID-19 DEI crisis.


Student Refunds

Because of the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately, student refund checks are being mailed to the address you have on file with UC Merced until further notice. You will not be able to pick up checks in Campus Cashiering. Please be sure your MAILING address is up to date or you have a U.S. MAILING address on file. Log into your student portal to confirm, revise and edit your address at My UCM


Effective immediately, nonresidents with a GLACIER record can submit their GLACIER forms and supporting documents to us by opening a case.

Our team is working remotely, therefore it is important that all forms be submitted by opening a case rather than through regular mail or by fax.

Please note the following:

Childcare Reimbursements

  • TAs — Under the current ASE contract, childcare reimbursement has been extended to qualified dependents who are age 12 or under on July 1, 2015.

  • GSRs — Childcare reimbursements are provided equivalent to childcare reimbursements received by Teaching Assistants.

  • Full-Fellows — Childcare grants are provided equivalent to childcare reimbursements received by Teaching Assistants.

Graduate Resource Center

Graduate Tutoring by Appointment

  • Statistics provided by Akshay Paropkari

  • Writing provided by Christopher Caskey

       Please email and puts “stats” or writing” in the header

Grad Slam Competition

Summer Dissertation Boot Camp – May 26-29, 2020:



TAPS has suspended on-campus paid parking policies and payroll deductions effective April 1, 2020. Customers will see payroll deductions on their April paychecks for March parking services.

Graduate students who have prepaid with cash, check or charge have been refunded the prorated amount paid for April and May.

Faculty, staff and graduate students who elect to reinstate existing parking permissions prior to July 1 should contact TAPS to reactivate parking and reinstate payroll deductions.

Please contact TAPS at or 209-228-8277 with questions regarding Transportation and Parking Services.