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New, revised and rescinded UC Presidential Policies announced

Changes to several UC Presidential Policies regarding relocation, travel, financial deficit management, probationary periods and payroll pertain to ANR members. The new, revised and rescinded UC Presidential Policies can be viewed at Below is an outline of the changes.

BFB-G-13 Policy and Regulations Governing Moving and Relocation

The core changes that went into effect on Oct. 15, 2017, include the following:

  • removed policy on relocation allowance;
  • added provision allowing the reimbursement of reasonable expenses associated with the sale of former primary residence or unexpired lease expenses associated with new appointment;
  • added repayment provisions requiring new appointees to reimburse moving and relocation expenses if the appointees voluntarily separate from the position prior to completing one year of service;
  • clarified the reimbursement of meals while in temporary living quarters; and
  • revised to require submission of nontaxable expenses reimbursement requests within a reasonable amount of time not to exceed 60 days.

BFB-G-28 Travel Regulation Policy

The core changes that are effective immediately, relate to travel within the continental U.S. under 30 days and include the following:

  • reduction in the lower maximum daily meals and incidentals reimbursement from $7 4 to $62; and
  • establishment of a maximum lodging reimbursement rate of $275 per night, before taxes and mandatory hotel fees.

Exceptions are allowed if a hotel rate at $275 is not available. Traveler must submit additional documentation, such as price comparisons within the proximity of the meeting location, that supports the higher lodging rate incurred. Price comparisons should be performed at the time of booking. Pre-arranged conference lodging rates in excess of $275 per night do not require an exceptional approval.

NEW ANR Deficit Management Policy Section 293 ( )

Revised PPSM-22: Probationary Period has undergone a technical review

To comply with the policy review requirement, as well as the Working Smarter Initiative directive to incorporate policies where appropriate.

Revisions to the policy include the following:

  • incorporation of the probationary language from PPSM-61: Release During the Probationary Period or from Limited, Casual I Restricted, and Floater Appointments; and
  • updating definitions with PPSM-3: Types of Appointment updates and remove any common term definitions and including a reference to PPSM-2: Definitions.

Rescinded Policies

PPSM-61: Release During the Probationary Period or from Limited, Casual/Restricted, and Floater Positions.

The majority of the policy language and content has been incorporated into the recently approved revised PPSM-3: Types of Appointment, and the remaining probationary language has been incorporated into the attached revised PPSM-22: Probationary Period Policy. 

AM-P-196-30 Payroll: OASDI and Medicare Contributions

This Accounting Manual Chapter was determined to be more a procedural/guideline and not a Presidential policy. This procedure will be moved into the Accounting Manual SharePoint site.


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Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:44 PM
Tags: Policies (3), policy (14)

A new is coming – sneak preview on Nov. 28!


Sometime early in 2018, UC ANR's Strategic Communications and Information Technology groups will unveil a new, much-needed redesign of We're inviting you to learn about – and see for yourselves – the new design during a Zoom video presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 1:30 p.m.

The new design will feature several characteristics and elements that we think will excite our stakeholders and those visiting the site:

  • More aesthetically pleasing use of photography, color and visuals
  • A more modern, inviting and intuitive look and structure
  • A more dynamic focus on UC ANR news and information and the great work you all do!

It's important to stress the goals of the web refresh project and to understand what it is – and is not – meant to accomplish. The primary improvements we hope to achieve are:

  • Better navigation, discoverability of content and organizational structure
  • Improved aesthetics and use of imagery (note: the more than 700 UC ANR websites that currently use SiteBuilder will have the option to “opt-in” and realize some of the new design features)
  • More effective content workflows, curation strategy for the Strategic Communications group, and emphasis on news and information

What the website refresh is not is a complete overhaul of the division's web presence. The scope of this project only includes the top-level pages of; we hope, with a future project, to eventually tackle the tens of thousands of pages of ANR-related websites and content.

Please join us, via Zoom, for our Nov. 28 presentation. We're confident you're going to like what you see!

Mike Janes, Strategic Communications Director

Dave Krause, Manager, Web Development and Applications Programming


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Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:29 AM
Tags: David Krause (2), Mike Janes (2), website (1)

Nov. 6 deadline to apply for SI leader positions

Nov. 6 is the last day for ANR academics to apply for one of the open Strategic Initiative leader positions.

Three SI leader positions are scheduled to rotate off, opening up opportunities for other ANR academics to take the lead for Endemic and Invasive Pests and DiseasesSustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Natural Resources.

The SI leaders play key roles in advocating, convening and communicating to strengthen UC ANR's research and outreach agenda. Given the evolving role of the UC ANR Strategic Initiatives (SI), the current SI leaders have agreed that it would be beneficial to conduct an open search for the next set of SI leaders from across the breadth of expertise of the division.

Strategic Initiative leader positions are appointed by the vice president on a rotating basis for three years, with a possibility of extension. The positions are open to all ANR academics, including Agricultural Experiment Station faculty and Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists.

Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases is currently led by Cheryl WilenDavid Doll leads Sustainable Food Systems, and John Harper leads Sustainable Natural Resources. Doug Parker, who leads Water Quality, Quantity and Security, and Keith Nathaniel, who leads Healthy Families and Communities will continue to serve in those SI leader positions.

To apply for one of the SI leader positions, complete the form at Applications will be accepted until Nov. 6.

Applicants will be contacted for interviews in late November or early December. The new leaders are anticipated to start on Jan. 2, 2018.

For information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Strategic Initiative leader position, see the Terms of Reference for Strategic Initiative Leaders. If you have questions, contact Mark Bell, vice provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Comments sought on proposed policy for Crime Awareness and Campus Security

UC Office of the President invites comments on a proposed new policy for Crime Awareness and Campus Security (Clery Act). The proposed policy can be viewed at

The Clery Act (otherwise officially known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, section 485 of the Higher Education Act, codified at 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f)) is a federal law requiring colleges and universities across the United States that receive Title IV funding to disclose information about particular crimes on and around their campuses and related policies. It is the policy of the University to comply with its obligations under the Clery Act and California law.

In accordance with statutory requirements, the University strives to ensure students, faculty and other academic appointees, and staff employees (the “University Community”), have access to accurate information about crimes committed on and around the campus; as well as, access to University wide security policies and related local campus procedures and a confidential reporting process for victims and witnesses. This policy describes roles and responsibilities for the University Community related to compliance with legal requirements regarding crime reporting, awareness and prevention. 

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at, no later than Nov. 10, 2017. Please indicate “Clery Act Policy” in the subject line.


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Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:09 AM
Tags: policy (14), Robin Sanchez (3)

Nominate a colleague for UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development

The call for nominations for the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development has started. This program aims to cultivate a vibrant, professional network of women across the UC system, and is designed for mid-career women, including academics and staff, who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers within UC.

Again this year, ANR will be sponsoring women (academics and staff) to participate in the 2018 program. The program schedule has been modified for 2018 to reduce the time commitment and to provide more timing options, with regional sessions offered in the winter, spring and fall. 

Six regional cohorts (three in the north and three in the south) will be offered.

Each cohort program is comprised of four sessions:

  • First session of each cohort is 1.5 days, remaining sessions will be 1 day each
  • Final session of each cohort program will be a combined north & south capstone event that allows participants to make systemwide connections

The experiential program requires full, active participation; only UC ANR employees who can commit to this will be selected. More details about the expectations and logistics are included on the nomination form.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please talk to your supervisor. Supervisors are asked to send in nominations by close of business October 31. Late or incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Nominations should include name, a brief description of how this program will support the nominee's career development and benefit ANR, and supervisor consent. The program is a collaboration between the UC Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women and UC Human Resources, and is delivered by CORO, a nonprofit leadership-development organization that has worked with UC for the past decade. UC President Napolitano supports and partially funds the program. ANR will cover registration fees and reimburse travel expenses for those selected.

Last year's program was very successful. Katherine Soule, Valerie Borel, Jan Gonzales, Margaret Lloyd, and Robin Sanchez completed the 2017 program, and shared the benefit of developing leadership skills and a network across the UC system.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Jodi Azulai, the staff representative on the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.


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Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 9:05 AM

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