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Move FAQs

Do I need to pack my desk?

No need to pack. The Moves will pack for you. If you have a shared office space, please ensure your area is identified from your neighbors.  Place a sign in your area with your last name and new office number.

If the Movers are packing for me, do I need to do anything to prepare?

Movers do not pack personal items. This includes framed photos and art, mini fridges, etc. Personal items are identified as anything not University owned. In the event that something is damaged in transport, insurance will not cover personal items. A white box has been provided for you to self-pack these items and transport home with you.

Can I take my chair?

New task chairs are provided at all workstations and offices in the new Administration Building. Unless there is a documented accommodation, with Human Resources, existing task chairs will not be moved. Please email furniture@ucmerced.edu if you need your task chair relocated. Notification must be received by Thursday, July 23rd, to accommodate this request.

I have a monitor I no longer need. What do I do with it?

Any office supplies and/or equipment, that is no longer needed, needs to follow the Surplus Property Process. For more information, please visit the Surplus Property Overview and/or contact Lori Callaway. Upon completion of packing, any surplus items not picked up, should be staged in a single location with surplus tags attached, so they are not mistakenly transported as part of the move.

Do I pack my trash cans?

You can pack your trash cans, if you like; however, trash in the new Health and Athletic is all centralized. This means there will be no individual desk trash pick-up. Recycle/Trash/Compost bins will be available at designated locations throughout the building. If you do elect to pack your trash can, put a label on it, and know you will be responsible for emptying it at one of the various locations.

I have a mini fridge, will that be moved for me?

Mini fridges and microwaves will not be relocated. Workstations, offices, and work rooms are not designed to accommodate the added load of power to accommodate these appliances. There is one break room in the building, located on the first floor.. The break room is outfitted with two fridges and two microwaves.

Do I pack my phone?

If your phone is a VoIP handset, then yes, please pack. If it is an older version Analog phone, please leave behind.

How do I pack my keyboard tray?

Keyboard trays will not be moved, as all new staff desks are sit-to-stands. This means you can lower the desk surface to a comfortable height without the addition of a keyboard tray.

My monitors are mounted to my desk, how do I pack that?

Just place your move label on the monitor(s) and the arms will be removed and transported.

What happens to furniture the department bought? Can I move that?

Workstations, chairs, file cabinets, and bookcases will remain, as all new furniture has been provided for you (information on this policy is available here). Note, some bookcases and/or supply cabinets are being relocated; however, these have already been prearranged. If these have already been confirmed, please place a moving label on them with the room number destination. If these cabinets lock, ensure the key is taped to the side of the cabinet.

What do I do with my desk keys?

Leave desk keys behind, with the keys in the cores.

What do I do with my office keys? How do I get new keys?

Key return and pick-up will be at the Lock Shop. Lock Shop hours are 11:00am -12:00pm and then again 2:00pm-3:00pm. These hours apply to campus working days only (not weekends and/or holidays). If these times do not work for you, please call the Lock Shop to schedule a time that accommodates your schedule. Lock Shop: (209) 228-LOCK

Do I need to utilize the UC Merced Health Check App prior to arriving on site to self-pack personal items?

The Campus EOC has indicated that the app is for on-going campus visitors (you may not actually have full access to the app yet). If you are coming to just pack up your desk and are taking the necessary precautions outlined in the Social Distancing and Safe Packing Process, then you are fine.

After the move is over, does this mean I can return to work?

While your contents are being moved, this DOES NOT mean you can return to work. Departments who have been working remotely are required to submit a Covid Operations Plan and until that is approved by the Chancellor and Provost, staff cannot return to their work space. If your department operations never went remote, then you continue as you have been on site.

Still have a question? Just email moves@ucmerced.edu and additional clarification will be provided.