In a June 23 letter released to all employees and staff, Travel Services Director Belinda Borden announced that anyone using the “ridesharing” services for business travel would not be reimbursed by the university due to safety concerns. Specifically, Borden stated that these services “are not fully regulated and do not protect users to the same extent as a commercially regulated business.”
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom subsequently sent a letter of complaint to UC president Janet Napolitano and three days letter, the UC-system president released a statement announcing that to the contrary—the system would not be banning the use of “ridesharing” services right now, but would investigate the issue further to determine the next steps.
Should the enormous university system decide to go forward with the ban, it would be the first system to do so. It will be interesting to watch the continued discussion following Napolitano’s latest statement.