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Questions & Answers About the Program

Thank you to the students, parents and families, faculty, staff and community members who have submitted questions about the Return to Learn program via town hall events, our website contact form, surveys and more. We have compiled answers to many of your questions below. 

If you have a question about the program, please take a moment to browse the questions and answers below. If you cannot find the answer, please use our contact form that is linked below the list of questions.

For other questions not related to the Return to Learn program, but relevant to the return to campus, contact Housing Dining Hospitality, Admissions, Student Affairs, Research Affairs or Academic Affairs. Undergraduate students should contact their College Administrators for questions regarding advising-related questions.

Fall 2021 Instruction

Are academics expected to return to campus to work as of Fall 2021?

Yes, the ordinary expectations for academics’ work location to be the UC San Diego campus will apply again, as of Fall 2021.

Are staff expected to return to campus to work as of Fall 2021?

What if I have a health-based or ADA-based need for accommodation?

If an employee requires health and/or ADA accommodation for their work (e.g., to teach remotely for health/ADA reasons), then they should follow the usual accommodation process, including submission of appropriate documentation from a medical provider. The employee initiates this interactive process by reaching out to the Disability Counseling and Consulting division of Human Resources. For more information, see the APS page on Academic Leaves & Accommodations.

What if the nature of my work duties requires that I work from a different location that is not the UC San Diego campus?

Academics are expected to be in residence in Fall 2021; the ordinary policies regarding work location (PPM 230-10 Section II.M) will apply. Any academic who, due to the requirements of their work duties, needs to work from elsewhere will need to request a Change of Work Location through the standard process (referenced in PPM 230-10). A typical example of work duties requiring a “Change of Work Location” might be field work that must be done at an off-campus location.

What if I feel anxious or have other constraints that might prevent me from engaging in in-person instruction during the Fall quarter?

We recognize that faculty and instructional assistants may have a variety of reasons for seeking permission to offer remote instruction in Fall 2021 and that not all of these may fall under the usual health/ADA accommodation process. In these cases, we encourage the individual to speak with their department chair, since course modality will be determined by the academic program and requests to use outdoor classrooms for in-person instruction will be made by the academic program to the Registrar.

Can I require all of my students to wear a mask in class?

No, instructors may not require an entire class to mask. Per CDC and CDPH guidance, all unvaccinated individuals will need to mask indoors. Any other individual may also choose to mask indoors for any reason.

Can I ask students to remove their face covering during class instruction (e.g. so I can understand them better)?

No, masking will be required for unvaccinated students, and may be a significant safeguard (physical or psychological) for others. If the nature of your curriculum requires individuals not to wear masks (e.g., certain kinds of language or musical instruction), this expectation should be clearly communicated to your department chair and students from the beginning. Outdoor classrooms will still be available during 2021-22 and these may be a useful option for certain courses.

How will instructors know if students in their classroom have been vaccinated?

A UCOP-led workgroup is establishing how the vaccine mandate will be implemented, including documentation. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

Can I require students to socially distance in my classroom, lab, etc.?

Classrooms will return to standard occupancy levels.

How will a course’s modality be determined for Fall 2021?

In Fall 2021, most courses will be held only in the in-person modality. In some cases, an academic program may determine that specific remote sections will be offered to support international students whose arrival is delayed by visa or travel restrictions, or accommodate specific faculty needs. However, not every course will be offered remotely or in hybrid form. The UC San Diego advising community has collaboratively identified a list of courses that would have the most impact on the population of affected students and will share this information with academic units as a planning resource.

Will a faculty member teaching in-person in Fall 2021 be expected to also provide complete remote instruction as well?

No. While a subset of courses will have remote or hybrid offerings in order to accommodate international students whose arrival is delayed by visa or travel restrictions; most classes will be in-person only. Decisions about how to best serve affected students are up to the individual academic program. In some cases, the class may be taught as a hybrid, in others it may be split into two separate sections, each using a different modality. Students with exceptional circumstances may seek assistance through the usual processes for accommodation; faculty are familiar with providing specific arrangements for individuals in their classes.

Will there be remote courses or sections for international students who cannot arrive in time for Fall Quarter due to visa or travel restrictions?

Yes. We are carefully monitoring the visa situation and making adjustments to our plans in order to ensure that these students are provided options that will enable them to make academic progress at UC San Diego. In some cases that may require students to make adjustments to their academic plans in consultation with their academic advisor; for instance, they might need to change the sequence in which they take certain courses. We urge all students with potential visa complications to communicate with their advisors and through the International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) about their needs. We will make more specific announcements about which courses are available in remote or hybrid format in July/August 2021.

What does it mean in practice that one may teach up to 50% of a class remotely?

The UC San Diego Policy on Distance Education Courses states: “A course will be considered a Distance Education course if (for some or all students) less than 50% of student-instructor interaction time was designed to occur face-to-face (meaning physically in the same room).” Therefore, in a normal course (non-R-designated) an instructor may opt to provide either synchronous or asynchronous remote content to suit their instructional needs, provided they do not exceed the 50% upper limit on non-face-to-face interaction. From a practical perspective, this means that instructors have flexibility in how they teach and may augment their classes with remote content to suit varied instructional circumstances.

What would a blanket exception for remote instruction mean in the context of primarily in-person Fall instruction?

The Academic Senate manages academic policies such as the distance education policy. For Fall 2021, the Academic Senate has granted a blanket exception enabling any course to be taught remotely without needing to make a special request to the Senate or create an R-course. This blanket exception provides academic programs with the requisite flexibility to accommodate students affected by visa or travel restrictions or particular faculty needs in our first primarily in-person quarter. In order to ensure that everyone has meaningful insight into what Fall conditions and student needs are before making final determinations regarding modality, programs have to wait until July 1 before switching in-person courses to remote or scheduling new remote sections of non-R courses.

Under what circumstance should an instructor create an R-course for Fall 2021? For subsequent quarters?

Applying for an R-course designation implies an intent to design a course to be offered fully online over a longer term. Implementing a proper R-course typically implies a 6-month design and implementation cycle working closely with the Teaching & Learning Commons. Such an investment in time and resources should only be undertaken if an academic unit truly plans for this course to be offered online as part of a long-term vision.

How will the use of outdoor classrooms be prioritized if there is high demand?

Our outdoor classrooms are an asset for the whole UC San Diego community and open up both new opportunities for innovative teaching, as well as safer options for certain types of classes. We will prioritize the use of outdoor classrooms for classes that uniquely benefit from that setting, especially those that are more difficult to conduct safely indoors in the fall. Please work with your department scheduler to request these classrooms if you feel they are the right option for you.

What will happen to the Academic Senate’s blanket exceptions for remote instruction once the County moves to the Green tier?

The Academic Senate manages academic policies such as the distance education policy. At some point, when the County is firmly back in the Green tier, the Senate may consider whether such blanket exceptions should be retired.

Will the library, study spaces, computer labs and other spaces be open?

Yes, the library, study spaces, computer labs and more will be back in person in the fall (though some may also offer some remote services in parallel). These spaces will operate in accordance with County/State/CDC and other campus guidelines and we presently anticipate that they will be open at ordinary occupancy along with classrooms. If you have a need to use these spaces as part of your course, we encourage you to reach out to the appropriate unit so they can plan accordingly.

Will tuition and fees be impacted?

Tuition and fees are set by the Regents for all UC campuses and, under the circumstances, will remain the same. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.

What is the registration timeline for Fall 2021?

  • July 1 – July 9: Departmental request for course modality changes are processed upon being received.
  • July 12 – Aug 5: Continuing students potentially making adjustments, departments monitor enrollment adjustments.
  • Aug 6: Continuing students can no longer access WebReg. Departments adjust enrollment limits to release seats for new students.
  • Aug 7: New students can view the schedule of classes for available seats.
  • Aug 16 – Aug 23: New student enrollment.
  • Aug 24: No Enrollment. Departments adjust enrollment limits as needed. The Auto Waitlist process resumes.
  • Aug 25: Open enrollment for all students, resume processing instructor requests to remote as needed.

COVID-19 Symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 that warrant testing?

Any of the following that are unrelated to a chronic condition: Cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Who needs to conduct the daily symptom screening?

All UC San Diego staff, faculty and student employees who are reporting to campus or any other physical UC San Diego location for work must conduct a daily symptom and exposure screening for COVID-19 and report any symptoms. The symptom and exposure screening tool can be accessed from a computer or mobile device. If you are unable to access the internet, you should call your supervisor/work lead/check-in person in advance of going to work on-site. Your supervisor will be notified daily of your work status. If you have severe symptoms, you should call 911.

Employees who are working remotely in the San Diego region, are also strongly encouraged to conduct the daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and report any symptoms.

All students who are currently on campus or plan to physically come to campus are expected to complete the screening daily. The rest of the student population is highly encouraged to fill out the screening daily in order to carefully self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Learn more on the Testing and Screening page.

I have symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?

Students in the SD region: Call Student Health Services at 858-534-3300 for consultation. Stay at home until you have received guidance, which may include testing for COVID-19. Tests can be completed at no cost to students at Student Health Services or UC San Diego Health locations, regardless of healthcare provider.

Students outside of the SD region: Call your healthcare provider. Stay at home until you have received guidance, which may include testing for COVID-19.

Remote employees: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you report them in the daily symptom and exposure screening tool, you will be contacted by the dedicated COVID Nurses line. You may also contact them directly at 619-543-8260. A healthcare professional will assist you with determining if you should be tested. Tests can be completed at no cost to employees at UC San Diego Health locations. You may also choose to visit your own healthcare provider for testing.

On-site employees: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not report to your worksite. You will be contacted by the dedicated COVID Nurses line. You may contact them directly at 619-543-8260. A healthcare professional will assist you with determining if you should be tested. Tests can be completed at no cost to employees at UC San Diego Health locations. You may also choose to visit your own healthcare provider for testing.

If you are at a UC San Diego worksite and you develop symptoms, you should retake the symptom screening immediately and call the dedicated COVID Nurses line at 619-543-8260 to speak with a healthcare professional who will assist you with determining if you should be tested. You will be sent home by your supervisor. Tests can be completed at no cost to employees at UC San Diego Health locations. You may also choose to visit your own healthcare provider for testing.

Learn more on the Testing and Screening page.

Is the online health screening survey going to become an app that can be downloaded and used daily?

The current plan is for the online health screening survey to remain a web app. However, the web app (website) is mobile friendly so staff can just favorite the website or add the website on their phone home screen.

COVID-19 Testing

What is the CA Notify exposure notification app and who can use it?

CA COVID Notify, published by the State of California, uses the Exposure Notifications System from Google and Apple to alert you when you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. It will quickly notify you if you’ve likely been exposed, allowing you to seek medical attention and reduce risk for your loved ones. Additional information about the program and instructions on how to download the app can be found here.

Is testing mandatory for students and campus employees?

Following the science from our faculty and researchers and under the guidance of federal and state agencies, our weekly asymptomatic testing requirement for those who have been fully vaccinated has been lifted. Students, faculty and staff coming to campus who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to test weekly.

Symptomatic testing will remain available for students, faculty and staff. If you become symptomatic after vaccination, get tested. Our continued vigilance is important to the overall health of our campus community.

I have dependents on my SHIP insurance plan. Are they eligible for testing?

In most cases, the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) covers students and dependents if they meet the medical criteria for COVID-19 testing. To learn more about your individual situation or for more information on SHIP, please contact Student Health Services at 858-534-3300.

How have you used modeling data to shape the UC San Diego's public health strategy?

The goal of the Return to Learn asymptomatic testing program is to enable us to detect outbreaks at their earliest stage so that we can intervene and prevent them from growing. Our simulation models have helped us understand that we have a high likelihood of detecting an outbreak before there are 10 detectable infections if we test at least 75% of the population on campus regularly. 

The program is designed to be adaptive, based on data as it emerges. For example, it may be more effective to test some populations more or less frequently based on their particular likelihood of infection and their potential impact on the campus based on the number and variety of people they come into contact with. 

We've also done other kinds of simulation models tailored to understanding certain campus operations, such as the impact of housing density as well as classroom sizes. For example, our modeling indicated that we would see a very strong reduction in transmission if we put a maximum cap of classroom size at 50 and shifted the majority of our courses online, with in-person courses held in outdoor classrooms. This will substantially help to reduce the risk of transmission if an infection occurs on campus.

How is UC San Diego working with and being guided by county and state recommendations?

We're working closely with the county and state to ensure that all of our activities are in alignment with their recommendations, their orders, and their policies. This is occurring on a number of levels, including the testing that we provide and the symptom screening, as well as the sanitation and other activities on campus to reduce the transmission risk. We're really working hand in hand to ensure that we are following guidelines but also enhancing them with our own understanding of how we can better target and reduce risk on campus and identify outbreaks early.

What happens if I indicate I have symptoms of COVID-19 in the daily symptom and exposure screening?

Do not come to work on-site. Your supervisor will be notified that you received a red thumb for the day. Work with your supervisor to determine next steps. If you are scheduled to work remotely and if you feel well enough to work, you can still engage in work. UC San Diego Health’s Testing Support Line will contact you to determine if a COVID-19 test needs to be scheduled at no cost to you. You may also choose to contact your healthcare provider to schedule a test. For additional information, please go to: https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/services/covid-19/symptom-screening/

I am an on-site employee who received a positive test result, what happens next?

Campus on-site employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by UC San Diego Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours. If you are a campus on-site employee who tests positive at a non-UC San Diego Health location, you must report your results to COEM at COEMexposure@health.ucsd.edu to support contact tracing efforts.

Student employees who test positive will be communicated with and coordinated through UC San Diego Student Health Services (SHS). Student employees who test positive with an outside healthcare provider, must report their results to SHS by calling 858-534-3300.

COEM, in conjunction with the UC San Diego Public Health’s Contact Tracing team, will contact the positive person and conduct case investigation and contact tracing. This process involves reviewing their health, identifying close contacts and where they have been on campus, reviewing campus release from work and return to work requirements, and notifying San Diego County Public Health to ensure proper reporting. Communication with close contacts will be coordinated between San Diego County Public Health and UC San Diego Public Health’s Contact Tracing team. The contact tracing team will only contact UC San Diego community members, such as staff, faculty, students, and vendors. San Diego County Public Health will contact all other close contacts located in San Diego.

COEM will notify the UC San Diego Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of the date, time and location(s) that the positive employee was on-site. The EOC will contact the supervisor by phone or email to collect additional information on the work area to make disinfection, sanitation and deep cleaning determinations and operational pause notifications. To comply with privacy policies and laws and maintain patient confidentiality, the positive employee’s name and any information about the person’s identity should remain confidential and should not be shared over email.

Who should be notified if someone working on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

If an employee working on campus tests positive for COVID-19, a notification to COEM at COEMexposure@health.ucsd.edu and to EOC at eoc@ucsd.edu must be made to support contact tracing and disinfection efforts.

If a student working on campus tests positive for COVID-19, a notification to SHS must be made.

What type of communication should I expect if I test positive?

Employees will receive a phone call from UC San Diego’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) if you were tested at a UC San Diego Health location to notify you of your test results and to conduct a case investigation. Students will receive a call from Student Health Services.

If you reported your positive test results to COEM’s email address, they will call you to follow up after they receive your notification to begin case investigation, typically within 24 hours. You will also receive a call from the contact tracing team to determine all close contacts. All COVID-19 positive cases are reported to San Diego County Public Health Services, who may attempt to call you as well. Please do not be alarmed by the multiple follow-up calls; it is for the health and safety of our county and campus communities. Communication will be done on campus phones so please answer calls from campus phone numbers and/or return calls promptly.

Are the data on campus COVID-19 cases and testing publicly available?

The Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Testing Dashboard provides information about COVID-19 testing and prevalence in the UC San Diego community based on tests conducted by UC San Diego Health and UC San Diego Student Health Services. It is updated each weekday.

 

Vaccines

Why is it important to be vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccinations are an important way to protect yourself and your family. In the short term, you can keep those who are older and who have other underlying conditions from becoming severely ill and potentially hospitalized.

In the longer term, vaccines reduce viral replication in the community. The more people who become infected, the greater the risk of additional variants developing. And variants can weaken the strength of vaccines, resulting in a need for constant updates and refinements. It is critical to prevent the virus from spreading and replicating in the first place.

Are students, instructors and staff required to be fully vaccinated?

Per guidance from UCOP, we expect all students, faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for Fall Quarter, with tailored exceptions for religious and documented medical reasons. A UCOP-led workgroup is establishing how this mandate will be implemented. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

How do the vaccines work?

Two types of vaccines are available: those that use messenger RNA (mRNA) and ones that use a modified adenovirus to present the viral spike protein to the immune system. The goal of vaccination is to familiarize the immune system with the spike protein of the virus so that when someone is exposed, the person’s immune response can evolve much more quickly and gain control of the virus before severe illness develops. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use synthetic mRNA to instruct muscle cells to make the viral spike protein.

Vaccines that use mRNA are remarkably safe; mRNA has been termed the “instruction set for life.” It is used regularly to instruct every cell in our body on which proteins to make. They are produced in the nucleus of the cell by being copied from your DNA. They then go out into the main part of the cell where proteins are made and tell the cell’s protein production machinery what proteins to make. Once the instructions are read, the mRNA decays and its pieces are recycled to the nucleus to make new mRNA. The mRNA vaccines work the same way. The mRNA in these vaccines tell your muscle cells to make the viral spike protein. Once these instructions are delivered, the mRNA is degraded over 12 hours, and the spike protein that is created as a preview for the immune system disappears over 48 hours.

The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine that was reviewed by the FDA on Feb. 27 uses a modified adenovirus that can enter cells but can’t replicate inside them or cause illness. The adenovirus carries instructions to the cell nucleus to make mRNA, encoding the viral spike protein. As in the case of mRNA vaccines in which the mRNA is directly delivered, the adenovirus vaccine-associated mRNA migrates out of the nucleus and tells the cell to make the viral spike protein. The adenovirus used in these vaccines is defective and cannot grow further. It is quickly degraded and disappears.

Can you tell us more about the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine?

This vaccine is slightly less effective than others in preventing mild disease but is very effective in preventing severe disease or death. The studies of this vaccine were carried out in the U.S., Africa and Brazil where the new variant strains are circulating. Although some people became mildly ill, no one was hospitalized and there were no deaths.

The primary goal of vaccinations is to avert hospitalization and any more deaths while we continue to decrease the amount of virus circulating. The Janssen vaccine prevents people from developing severe disease and death. There will eventually be a booster shot available like the other vaccines. For now, because the Janssen vaccine requires only one dose, we can get a large number of people vaccinated very quickly.

Can the mRNA in vaccines alter your DNA?

Rumors have circulated that mRNA vaccines can change your DNA. This is false. Every cell in our body uses mRNA as a way to instruct cells on which proteins to make. While they enter cells to conduct their work, they do not enter the nucleus where DNA is stored. The vaccines that use mRNA to instruct cells to build the coronavirus spike protein help prepare your body to produce antibodies that combat coronavirus if you come in contact with it later. The mRNA is quickly degraded once it is in the body, which is one reason why these vaccines must be carefully preserved at very low temperatures.

Are there any side effects?

Soreness in the arm at the site of the shot is common. After the second vaccination, because your immune system has already seen it once, you may have a more vigorous response. Some people have a low-grade fever or feel tired for about 36 hours, but serious side effects have been extremely rare. Others don’t experience any symptoms at all. Regardless, these are mild side effects that are certainly less concerning than the prospect of becoming infected with COVID-19.

Are the vaccines effective against the new variants?

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 95% effective against the original variants and at least 90% effective against the new variants. Again, they will prevent the development of severe disease and hospitalization, even with new variants. The newly approved vaccines are slightly less effective with the variants, but still protect against severe disease and death.

What happens if I don’t get my second dose within the recommended timeframe?

The two-vaccine sequence is a classic way to develop very high levels of immunity and it is important to get both doses. The first dose gives the immune system a first look at the harmful virus we need protection from. The second dose, or booster shot, causes the immune system to get really irritated when it appears again, resulting in the development of very high levels of antibodies. This is called a memory response, which can happen as soon as three weeks after the first vaccination. In fact, most two-shot vaccines are spaced at longer intervals than three to four weeks. For as long as six months after the first vaccination, a second shot can induce a vigorous booster response. Thus, even if your second dose is delayed for as long as two to three months, the booster response is extremely strong.

The only reason the vaccines were distributed three or four weeks apart in the initial clinical trials was to get as many people vaccinated as fast as possible. However, there is no evidence that you don’t get the same amount of memory response if the vaccines are given up to two to three months late. I recommend people receive both vaccinations because the memory response is the one that really solidifies the immunity that protects you for a long time.

Why is it recommended to continue to mask and distance after vaccination? Is it possible to still be contagious?

We have learned through studies that some people who were infected before they were vaccinated continue to have viral shedding for the first couple of weeks after they are vaccinated. Then as their immunity rises from the vaccination, lower levels of virus are shed. There is good emerging evidence that vaccines decrease the rate of transmission; people aren’t prevented from shedding the virus, they just shed less. Although we recommend that all people continue to wear masks in public, those who have been vaccinated can mingle with others who have been vaccinated in small groups without masks, according to new guidance from the CDC. It is important to realize that full vaccine protection does not develop until two weeks have passed after the final vaccine dose and immunity should not be assumed until that time.

The other reason we recommend that everyone mask is that when you go into a grocery store, you want to see everyone masked. You can’t tell whether they have been vaccinated or not. By keeping everyone masked right now, it protects vulnerable people who have not been vaccinated and reinforces safe behaviors.

Can I still mask even if I am vaccinated?

Vaccinated individuals may voluntarily opt to wear a face covering. There are many valid reasons for individuals to continue masking, for example, because one has a cold or is simply more comfortable wearing a mask around others. University community members should not make assumptions about vaccination status or stigmatize individuals who continue to wear face coverings.

Can a person be vaccinated if they are currently infected or had COVID-19 in the past?

There is no evidence that being vaccinated while you have COVID-19 (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic) is harmful. In fact, this happened in the vaccine trials and these individuals did not experience any side effects that differed from others.

For those who have recovered from COVID-19, it is still recommended that you are vaccinated. The reason is that vaccines induce better immunity than the real disease by two or fourfold. The vaccine may also offer stronger protection for a longer period and to a greater degree. There are also studies now emerging that suggest those who have been recently infected (within the past year) may need only a single vaccination since the illness itself has already familiarized the immune response with the virus. The initial vaccination in these people then essentially becomes the booster shot.

Does the intensity of an individual’s reaction to the vaccine reflect vaccine effectiveness?

While uncomfortable for some people, the “fire” in your arm following the COVID-19 vaccination — more commonly after the second dose of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna — represents the evidence of an immune response. “Germinal centers” are developing in lymph tissue to stimulate pre-existing as well as new B cell clones, which then generate high-affinity, broad, and durable antibodies for considerable immunity. It is a good burn like you might feel after a hard workout in a gym. We do not know whether the intensity of an individual’s symptoms exactly predicts the subsequent levels of antibodies and duration of protection.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine affect women who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding?

Based on all the available data both in animals and in humans, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination impacts female (or male) fertility. For women who anticipate becoming pregnant in the very near future, the risk of actual COVID-19 infection during pregnancy is the major concern, since COVID-19 infection is significantly more dangerous for pregnant women compared to women the same age who are not pregnant, including the risk of preterm birth. These are risks that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine could prevent.

The CDC Control states that any of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines can be offered to people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but vaccination remains a personal choice.

Will UC San Diego require students to be fully vaccinated in Fall 2021?

On April 22, the UC Office of the President announced a proposed Presidential Policy, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program. Under the proposed policy, the University would require students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Those with questions or comments are encouraged to submit them to CovidVaccinePolicyComments@ucop.edu no later than May 31, 2021. After the 30-day comment period, additional information will be announced.

Which vaccines will be accepted to fulfill the vaccine requirement?

UC San Diego will accept WHO-approved vaccines. Additionally, we will make “booster” shots available to any students who may have received vaccines that are not as potent or that do not protect against strains circulating in the fall. There are no known negative health risks to additional vaccinations. We anticipate that, in fact, booster shots will be required for all vaccines as immunity wanes and as the virus evolves.

If students have a choice between getting vaccinations in their home country or delaying until they arrive in the U.S., what is UC San Diego's recommendation?

We encourage students to take advantage of vaccines which are available in their home country rather than delaying until arrival at UC San Diego.

What documentation will UC San Diego accept to fulfill the vaccine requirement?

Students and families should prepare any necessary documentation before arrival in the Fall. We will accept an unofficial English translation accompanied by a copy of the native language vaccination record.

Will international students be eligible to receive a free vaccine in the Fall term at UC San Diego?

Yes, UC San Diego students will have access to free vaccination in the fall term. We will provide vaccinations to students who arrive who are not yet vaccinated.

Can I ask my campus colleagues and/or peers about their vaccination status?

Please do not engage in asking others about their vaccination status. There is currently a vaccine policy undergoing review by the Office of the President, and once that has been determined, there will be information on how the policy will be upheld.

Individuals should each take the safety precautions needed to alleviate their own concerns and best take care of themselves – this includes wearing a mask, taking COVID-19 safety precautions and receiving the vaccine, if you can do so.

SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Monitoring

What is SARS-CoV-2 wastewater monitoring?

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is shed from the gastrointestinal tract and can be detected in feces early in the infection before clinical symptoms. UC San Diego’s wastewater monitoring program tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus in the wastewater outflow from buildings across the campus. Our experience to date has been that our test is extremely sensitive; a sampler covering several buildings housing a hundred or more people is capable of detecting a single individual shedding virus. This enables us to detect viral shedding and encourage COVID-19 testing as early as possible, so that infected individuals can get care, isolate themselves, and avoid infecting others. This is an important component of our multi-layered strategy that has helped UC San Diego avoid large clusters of infection.

How frequently are the buildings monitored?

UC San Diego collects and processes composite samples every day. The autosampler machines collect a sample every hour and the 24-hour composite sample is transported to the lab for processing. Occasionally, a building sample will not be able to be collected for a given day due to issues such as clogging, low flow, or other operational issues.

Is my building being monitored?

You can use the map on the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard to determine if your building is currently being monitored. We will be expanding our wastewater monitoring program to 200 samplers during winter quarter 2021, so if your building is not currently monitored it may be in the future. Unfortunately, we are not able to monitor every building on campus due to limitations in manhole suitability (placement, depth, etc.) and sampler numbers.

Is there a positive wastewater signal associated with my building?

You can use the map on the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard to determine if your building is currently being monitored, and if so, the status of the wastewater signal associated with the building.

What does it mean when it says my building is associated with a positive wastewater signal?

If your building is associated with a positive wastewater signal, it may mean that there are one or more infected individuals in the building.

If my building is associated with a positive wastewater signal, does it mean there is definitely someone infected inside?

Because multiple buildings can feed wastewater into a single sampler, a positive signal in a building does not necessarily mean there is someone infected inside your building. Further, in some cases individuals who have recovered from their SARS-CoV-2 infection can continue to shed virus into the wastewater for several weeks after they have recovered. These individuals who are no longer infectious can, in some circumstances, contribute to a positive wastewater signal.

If there is a positive signal in my building what should I do?

If you used the restroom in a building associated with a positive wastewater signal on that day, out of an abundance of caution, you should get tested promptly. For more information on testing, visit the Testing and Screening page. Additionally, we encourage you to remain vigilant about masking and social distancing. You do not need to quarantine or isolate until you receive your results.

Will you tell us if you find an infected individual in my building?

Information on the location of detected cases at UC San Diego can be found on the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard.

I can see there was a positive signal associated with my building, but I did not receive an email alert. Why?

We are currently adapting our wastewater notification process given epidemiological conditions and development of our data systems. Please check the dashboard regularly for information. 

Contact Tracing

What is contact tracing and why is it important?

Contact tracing is an activity that is commonly done to interrupt transmission of communicable diseases or diseases that are passed from one person to another. It is critically important in interrupting transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Contact tracing involves interviewing individuals who are infected and their close contacts. Close contacts of an infected person are individuals who have been within six feet of the person who has the infection for more than 15 minutes or anyone who has come in contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids.

How does contact tracing happen at UC San Diego?

UC San Diego has safety requirements for everyone who is on campus, including physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and proper hand hygiene and sanitation. Individuals are unlikely to become a close contact of a newly infected person on campus as long as there is widespread adherence to campus safety requirements.

Whether you are in a classroom, a residential hall, or an office on the campus, the key is to stay physically distant, wear a face covering, and to do so for all of the time you are together. Otherwise if an infection appears in the area you're working in, you run the risk of becoming a close contact. If you are identified as a close contact, you will be notified within 24 hours of the infected person receiving their test result.

How do you communicate with contacts?

Close contacts are reached by phone. If someone would like to follow up with our staff by text message, that will also be available. At this time, mobile applications are not being used.

What information is shared with contacts and how do you maintain patient confidentiality?

When a person becomes infected, their name and contact information is documented by their healthcare provider using standard privacy and health protections. They are also interviewed about their close contacts and advised on health and prevention measures. Close contacts receive a phone call to inform them that they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Confidentiality of the infected person is maintained.

Someone I know and interacted with was tested for COVID-19 but their results are not yet known. What should I do?

It will depend on the nature of your interaction and whether the individual you know tests positive for COVID-19. You are considered to be a "close contact" by San Diego County Public Health if you were less than 6 feet away for 15 minutes or more from, or had direct physical contact (such as hugging/kissing) with an individual who is confirmed as COVID-19 positive. If you meet the criteria for being a “close contact,” to be safe it is best that you stay at home and avoid contact with vulnerable individuals (those over 65 years of age, with chronic medical conditions or immunocompromised) until the individual’s COVID-19 test is back. If you need to leave your home, make sure you wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing. If their test result is positive or if you have questions about what to do, contact Student Health Services for additional guidance including testing and recommendations about restricting activity, including a period of quarantine. Staff and faculty can contact the COVID Nurse’s line to get advice through the Symptom Screening Tool.

Someone I know and interacted with was diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?

If you meet the criteria for being a "close contact" (you were less than 6 feet away for 15 minutes or more or had direct physical contact with the person with COVID-19) you will need to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure under the County Health Order on Quarantine for Persons Exposed to COVID-19. You should seek testing through Student Health Services at 858-534-3300, especially if you develop symptoms. If you begin to exhibit symptoms, remain at home and contact Student Health Services for additional guidance including testing and recommendations about restricting activity. Staff and faculty can contact the COVID Nurse’s line to get advice through the Symptom Screening Tool.

I have been told by a health professional that I meet the criteria for exposure to COVID-19 and that I should quarantine and have a COVID-19 test. Why should I have a test for COVID-19?

A test will help determine if you will require isolation housing and additional clinical guidance and support. If your test is positive, you can help others by determining if any other individuals were exposed to the virus. These individuals will need to be contacted and provided with clinical guidance through a process called contact tracing. The University offers contact tracing services in order to reduce the spread of the virus without revealing your identity and to maintain your confidentiality. If your test is negative, you will still need a 14-day quarantine period after exposure because you may still be contagious or develop symptoms after your initial test. If you develop symptoms after your initial test, you may need to be re-tested. Please seek the guidance of your health provider to determine if you will need to be re-tested.

What is the difference between contact tracing and exposure notification?

These two terms are commonly confused. Contact tracing is a very specific method for public health intervention that requires in-depth investigation of potential exposure, risk for severe disease, and risk for transmission of the virus to others. It begins with a phone call with a person who is infected, then a conversation with their close contacts, and two weeks of follow-up with the close contacts.

Alternatively, exposure notification is usually conducted completely digitally on an opt-in basis. This process involves the use of smartphones to create a log of potential close contacts. The individual would enable this feature—via Bluetooth technology—and would only connect to other smartphones that have also enabled the same system. If one person becomes infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a message would be sent to those enabled smartphones that they might have been exposed to someone with the virus in the last two weeks. Learn more and download CA Notify on your smartphone.

Housing and Quarantine

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes. On-campus housing communities and dining facilities will remain open with enhanced precautionary measures. More information on housing and the latest updates can be found here.

What is the protocol if a student living in on-campus housing tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student living in on-campus housing tests positive for COVID-19, they will be moved to isolation housing at any time during the academic year. Basic needs will be met and hot meals delivered to the unit three times a day. They will also receive care from Student Health Services. Additional details are available on the HDH: COVID-19 Updates page.

What does it mean to quarantine and is it different from isolation?

Yes, quarantine and isolation are different. According to San Diego County Health orders, isolation is for individuals with a known diagnosis of COVID-19 or who are likely to have COVID-19. Quarantine is for those who are "close contacts" of an individual with a known diagnosis of COVID-19. Please see the County's guide on the differences between quarantine and isolation.

I have been outside in a large group of people not physically distant. What should I do?

Any unvaccinated student who resides in campus-operated housing and who engages in any off-campus unmasked activity (sharing a meal, recreational activities, gatherings, etc.) is required to be masked and distanced within their residential unit (with the exception of their personal bedroom and the shower), complete the daily screener, and undergo additional COVID-19 testing on days 1, 5 and 10 after returning to campus, resuming weekly testing after the day 10 test.

Students are encouraged to pick up a self-administered test at any COVID test kit vending machine location on campus. Alternatively, if the student has never completed a self-administered test before, they should use the online self-scheduler to select a convenient testing time for a provider-observed, self administered test.

Students may continue to attend in-person classes and are encouraged to visit the Virtual Student Union for daily offerings of remote and virtual engagement opportunities to stay connected.

Campus Safety Protocols

When might campus tours resume and when they do, will the groups be smaller?

There are no current plans to resume campus tours in the near term. We will only begin to offer in-person tours when the County guidelines allow this and only at sizes / compositions the County allows. In the meantime, Enrollment Management has created an amazing suite of digital view books, brochures, and tours that can give prospective students a feel for the essence of our campus life and experience.

What are the triggers that would prompt a reduction or elimination of in person instruction and on campus presence at UC San Diego?

We are monitoring a wide range of data: health, behavior, feedback from those living and working on campus. Daily, based on trends, we adjust the way the campus is operating: new messaging to students, new cleaning methods, etc. There are many small, targeted adjustments that can be used to improve how campus is functioning and how we preserve health and well-being. Thus far, positivity rates are extremely low, and there is no evidence of transmission in teaching or research spaces. A significant reduction or elimination of in-person instruction and/or on-campus presence would happen if there were a big shift away from what we are now seeing, if there were clear public health concerns evident from the data.

See the campus rapid intervention framework for details about how we are actively evaluating COVID- related trends as they emerge to ensure UC San Diego can respond rapidly to the evolving situation.

How is the University monitoring for outbreaks?

Every evening, the COVID Monitoring Team reviews all of the cases that have occurred at the university in the last 24 hours, along with all of the particular circumstances and outcomes, and provides recommendations to the COVID Response Team, which determines what actions might be needed to further promote public health on campus. Response time, student and staff compliance, and overall transmission risks are all being monitored. Several data-points are shared on the Return to Learn Dashboard. 

How will UC San Diego prevent students from gathering or attending large parties and what will be the consequences for those who do?

The campus is deploying several student engagement and support strategies to encourage good decisions and compliance with our Student Code of Conduct which has been revised to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Examples include:

  • Triton Health Ambassadors: embedded and off-campus to advance social norming and compliance campaigns.
  • Student-led marketing and communications, including student “pledge” and community-focused efforts.
  • Social media content, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter and student-created TikTok videos.
  • Town halls.
  • Landlord communication: outreach to share campus processes and protocols.
  • COVID-19 training for employee and student safety awareness.
  • Clear expectations via direct communication to parents and students.
  • Supporting student success with accessible testing
  • COVID-19 residential roommate agreements.
Non-compliance is subject to progressive engagement and discipline, in accordance with appropriate policies and processes for students.

What steps are being taken to ensure classroom safety?

UC San Diego will continue to offer some courses using an in-person or hybrid modality. For the Summer session, these will be conducted outdoors, in our specially prepared outdoor classrooms. As arranged by departments, divisions, and colleges in consultation with their faculty, the in-person and hybrid courses are primarily lower division classes, graduate seminars, and research or studio-based courses, with a maximum size of 50-75 students and most far smaller. Additional outdoor classroom spaces are being developed.

Be sure to review the Return to Learn Campus Safety for details about safety requirements and protocols, including information about facilities management. Visit Return to Learn Academics or read the recent Q&A with Vice Chancellor Gary Matthews on campus safety for additional information specific to classroom logistics.

What is the rule for wearing face coverings when I am on campus?

General guidelines for outdoor settings:

  • Fully vaccinated: face covering not required except in crowded environments (300 people or more) such as sporting events, concerts and fairs.
  • Unvaccinated: face covering required during most outdoors activities when six foot distancing cannot be maintained. (Exceptions include going for walks, jogs or bike rides, or when taking part in small outdoor gatherings where everyone else is fully vaccinated.)

General guidelines for indoor settings:

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone must mask indoors. This includes shopping, dining, public transportation, exercising, studying indoors at a location that is not your primary residence, attending indoor business meetings and indoor events. Laboratory settings require everyone to be masked and distanced.

Learn more on the Campus Safety page.

If you reside on campus, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your apartment or suite. Only remove your face covering if you are eating or drinking and immediately replace your face covering afterward.  Learn more about campus safety requirements here

Can you describe the safety measures being taken in regard to cleaning protocols, PPE and general campus operations?

Throughout the pandemic, Resource Management and Planning (RMP) has continued to safely deliver essential services to the campus. Full information about campus safety operations can be found here.

What is the cleaning process if someone working on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

UC San Diego employees are now receiving a daily email with the subject line, “Required Daily Notification of Potential Workplace Exposure Locations.” When UC San Diego receives notice that an individual infected with COVID‐19 was present at a UC San Diego worksite, the impacted locations are shared on the UC San Diego COVID Daily Dashboard. The university is required to notify employees daily about potential exposures, in accordance with California law.

UC San Diego Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) will coordinate with the supervisor and Facilities Management for cleaning and disinfection of workspaces, equipment, and common surface areas such as elevator buttons, doors, and high contact areas. Work areas where the positive individual spent significant time will be closed or have restricted access until the facility is cleaned/disinfected. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis according to the information provided by the individual who tested positive and the supervisor. Occupants in the affected area will be notified to vacate by department officials until cleaning and disinfection has been completed and is safe to return. Disinfection typically takes less than 24 hours during the work week but could take up to 48 hours.

The workspace cleaning and disinfection protocols follow the CDC guidance framework that includes an operational assessment and scope of cleaning assessment. The cleaning/disinfection process is based on the timeline of occupancy in the space, type of space, utilization of space, symptoms, and mask usage. Responsiveness to Emergency Operations Center communication is the best step to initiate the process to assess the situation and develop the appropriate plan and procedures for cleaning and disinfection.

What protocol should an instructor follow if a student is not wearing a mask?

Please refer to the Face Mask Intervention Support Poster for steps you can take if a student in your class is not wearing a mask. The first step is to simply remind the student of the requirement to wear a face-covering and the last would be to contact Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to send a representative to speak with the student.

Here are a few suggestions for what instructors might do while waiting for an EH&S representative to reach the classroom:

  • Ask the student to step outside the classroom or away from the area and wait for the EH&S representative to arrive.
  • Dismiss the in-person session for the day, thereby putting social pressure on the student who has inconvenienced their classmates.
  • Have the class take a brief break while waiting for the EH&S representative.
If the student leaves before EH&S arrives, please give the student’s name to EH&S for reporting to student conduct. UC San Diego’s student code of conduct (PPM 160) has been revised to take into account the COVID-19 pandemic and recent changes to the Sexual Violence Sexual Harassment policy per the Department of Education. The Interim Student COVID-19 Code of Conduct is available here.

Academic Instruction

If a student who is attending an in-person class fails to meet the requirements of weekly testing and daily self-screening, what will be the consequences?

All UC San Diego students who reside on campus, and students who reside in the San Diego region planning to physically come onto the campus for various activities, such as attending an in-person class, are expected to participate in daily symptom and exposure screening before arrival. The symptom-screening tool can be accessed from a computer or mobile device.

COVID-19 Testing Noncompliance: Under PPM 516-31, mandatory COVID-19 testing every week applies to students who are on campus for educational, research, co-curricular, recreational, or social activities (including all students living in University-owned housing). As such, unless granted a special exemption approved by Student Health Services, students 9 days out of compliance with this policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Office for the progressive discipline process.

Can I ask my students to provide proof that they have done their symptom screening and are compliant with testing requirements?

Yes, any University official (faculty and TAs included) can ask a student to provide evidence of compliance with safety regulations (e.g., using the screening app). However, you are not required to do this; it is your choice. Student Health Services and Student Affairs are monitoring compliance and working to ensure all students comply with campus safety regulations. 

Where can I find information about classroom logistics and teaching technology upgrades?

Please visit the Return to Learn Academics page for detailed information regarding classroom safety plans and precautions and upgrades to classroom technology.

How is the university conducting outdoor instruction?

Outdoor Classrooms

There are six outdoor classrooms available on campus. The Revelle and Warren Mall outdoor classrooms are capped at 60 person occupancy and those at the P416 location are capped at 75 person occupancy. As usual, each instructor may choose the teaching modality that is best for their class.

The fully equipped outdoor classrooms feature:

  • LED lights throughout
  • WiFi access for students and ethernet connectivity for instructors.
  • Speakers, microphones and Zoom/podcast capable cameras
  • Multiple large displays and whiteboards
  • Movable seating that offers flexible use for lectures, labs, performances and more
View a list of outdoor classrooms.

Outdoor Study Spaces

Currently, there are six outdoor study spaces available on campus, conveniently located next to our outdoor classrooms. These facilities are capped at 35 person occupancy and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All campus physical distancing and face covering rules and protocols apply.

Outdoor study spaces are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. View a list of outdoor study space locations here.

  • Revelle 1, Revelle Plaza | Map
  • Revelle 2, Revelle Plaza | Map
  • Warren 1, Warren Mall | Map
  • Warren 2, Warren Mall | Map
  • Warren 3, Warren Mall | Map
  • P416/International Plaza 1, P416 Lot | Map

COVID-19 infections occur through the transmission of virus-containing droplets and aerosols exhaled from infected individuals during breathing, speaking, coughing and sneezing. The risk of becoming infected with the novel coronavirus is lower outside because the concentration of the virus is diluted. Breezes and winds can help transport infectious droplets and aerosols away instead of lingering in the air. They can be further dispersed by attaching to other particles such as dust and pollution. Additionally, the virus can be inactivated by ultraviolet radiation in sunlight and it is likely sensitive to ambient temperature and relative humidity. Our intention is for these classroom tents to offer greater ventilation to help keep our students and faculty safe.

The 80- by 60-foot outdoor classrooms are ADA compliant with the capacity to seat up to 50 students physically distanced. Each space features a comprehensive A/V setup, including boosted Wi-Fi, Zoom and podcasting equipment, weatherproof pendant speakers, microphones and LCD display screens located throughout the space as well as traditional whiteboards. Speakers have been configured near the top of the tent to provide direct sound to the audience, rather than towards neighboring buildings. They also have the same enhanced cleaning services as traditional campus classrooms.

Faculty interested in hosting their course in one of the limited outdoor teaching spaces should speak with their department scheduler to determine whether that request can be accommodated. Please note that, in accordance with state guidelines, instructors can only host in-person classes in their designated spaces. Faculty and TAs are not permitted to provide instruction to students in-person in a personal office, a random spot outdoors, or any other space that has not been specifically approved for instructional purposes.

What are the expectations for using synchronous vs. asynchronous instruction? 

We start from the equity and access premise that we need to structure our courses so that all the students in them can access course materials and participate fully. Some students will have challenges with unstable internet, a computer that breaks down, lack of a private space from which to attend class, a job schedule that changes abruptly, illness, or being in another time zone. Synchronous elements of a course can be very powerful for students’ learning. So when they are used, one needs to make sure there is a way for students who are unable to be present at that moment to have an equivalent experience, not just from the perspective of earning course points but in order to learn about the subject, from the instructor and their peers.

How is the campus supporting international scholars who are unable to return from abroad?

Our International Scholars and Programs Office is in close contact with international scholars to provide assistance as needed. Returning students holding an active SEVIS record, including those who are outside the United States, are eligible to enroll in a fully remote course load for each quarter, maintain their F-1 status, and seek re-entry into the U.S. In addition, they will be permitted to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study in excess of the regulatory limits. Additional information about immigration policy updates is available here.

Is it possible for international graduate students to fulfill their TA responsibilities remotely and receive compensation for doing so?

It is possible, however important procedural issues must be followed. Students should consult with their department graduate program coordinator, who can interface with the Graduate Division on their behalf.

How can faculty teaching remotely ensure appropriate assessment?

Course instructors determine the most appropriate method for assessing student learning in their course and are strongly encouraged to consider pedagogical best practices to support student success in the remote and hybrid learning environment. Please review the recommendations regarding remote course exams, other assessments, and available proctoring services.

The Teaching + Learning Commons offers resources and guidelines to help faculty develop remote assessments that enable students to demonstrate their knowledge, inform future instruction, and improve student success. Review their strategies and resources for remote assessments, which includes instructions for creating exams in Canvas, and be sure to reference the complete guide to assessing student learning in remote instruction.

In addition, the Academic Integrity Office provides guidance for choosing the right assessment for your course, and offers strategies and resources for supporting integrity in the remote learning environment. The Teaching + Learning Commons, Educational Technology Services, and Academic Integrity Office have partnered to offer webinars for faculty related to common questions about remote instruction, including well-designed remote assessments and going remote with integrity.

For personalized support with remote instruction and pedagogical best practices in the remote learning environment, request a confidential teaching consultation with an education specialist or email engagedteaching@ucsd.edu.

How will the university ensure that faculty and students have access to appropriate technology resources to support a remote learning environment?

For information on remote/online teaching resources, please visit KeepTeaching.ucsd.edu.  Additional information may be found at the Educational Continuity site. Information for students regarding resources to support remote learning may be found here.

Will the Media Lab be open and will students be able to check-out sanitized production gear for use in their classes?

Media Lab equipment check out services will be open via curbside pickup. Information about the new curbside pickup procedures is available here.

When will students and faculty have access to the Library buildings and physical collections?

Beginning Monday, June 28, 2021, Geisel Library’s 1st and 2nd Floors West will be open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 300 study seats will be available for individual study, including computers, and reservations will not be required. Building capacity can be viewed in real-time via the Waitz app. Please make note of the following:

  • Be prepared to show your campus ID at the door as well as your campus health screening / “green thumb” report.
  • Staff, faculty, researchers and unvaccinated students must wear a mask at all times while in the building.
  • There will be no access to group study rooms or the collections.
  • The Teaching + Learning Commons will be open to students during Library hours.

Find up to date information on current Library services here.

If an instructor is at high risk due to age or an underlying condition, or prefers not to teach in-person due to safety concerns, will they be excused from being on-site?

Our first concern is the safety of our campus community. Instructors and TAs have the choice to teach remotely if they prefer to do so. Any faculty member with personal health and/or safety concerns should contact their department chair/provost/director to make appropriate plans. Any TA with personal health and/or safety concerns should speak with their instructor of record/department chair/divisional dean to make appropriate plans. Additional information about this topic for faculty is available on the Academic Personnel FAQ page here.

Privacy

What is employee health and who manages it?

UC San Diego Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) delivers comprehensive services for employees, including on-site physicals, consults, tests, and vaccinations, which are all UC San Diego employer-paid services to meet the employer’s health and safety responsibilities under OSHA and labor laws.

Where are the most up-to-date privacy practices described for the Campus Employee Health Management Program?

The most-up-to-date privacy practices can be found at the Employee Health Management Program Privacy Practices webpage.

What is the difference between how my electronic health record will be used for employee health management purposes and my own personal health management?

Your electronic health record will be used for two separate purposes: your personal health care, if you choose to receive care from UC San Diego Health, and for employer-paid health management purposes. A personal patient medical record is created by a health care provider when a person receives medical treatment from a health care provider. An employee health record is used any time an employer has to keep health and safety records that contain health information about employees. Examples of this kind of information would be notes for sick leave, disability limitations for disability accommodations, mandatory vaccinations and health tests, etc.

UC San Diego Health has implemented specific administrative and technical privacy and security safeguards that limit employee health from viewing your full personal health record and information. For example, employee health will not be able to see your personal physician notes because technical safeguard barriers have been put in place to separate employee health information from personal health information.

At UC San Diego, for employees who work in Health Sciences, it has been standard practice for many years for employee health records to be stored in the same electronic system as personal patient records to ensure that those employee health records receive a high level of privacy and security. This benefit has not historically been available to UC San Diego employees who work on the main campus and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, but for COVID-19 related information, campus employees will have their employee health records stored in the same manner so that their records receive the same level of confidentiality and privacy protection as the records of health employees. Campus HR, your department, and supervisor do not and will not have access to Epic, the electronic health recordkeeping system.

Why am I being asked for permission to use my Social Security Number?

One of the biggest challenges for any recordkeeping system is ensuring that records are accurate. With tens of thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of patients at UC San Diego, it is inevitable that many people will share the same name and sometimes even the same date of birth. As a result, it is possible for a recordkeeping system to accidentally associate records with the wrong person. Use of Social Security Numbers helps reduce the risk of this kind of misidentification by providing another data point that is unique to each individual.

Am I required to authorize use of my SSN? What happens if I don’t consent?

You are not required to authorize use of your SSN. This request is made under the authority of the Regents of the University of California under Art. IX, Sec. 9 of the California Constitution. You may opt out of allowing use of your SSN by unchecking on the registration form the “I agree to share my social security number (SSN) with the University of California Health System” checkbox at the bottom of the form. For employees who opt out of sharing their SSN, their SSN will NOT be used. In that case, an employee health record will be created using name, date of birth, address, and gender.

My supervisor told me participation in the Campus Health Management Program is mandatory. Can you specify what parts of the program are required?

If you will be physically on-site, you are required to complete the daily symptom and exposure screening survey. If you will be physically on-site, and you test positive for COVID-19 (at UC San Diego Health or anywhere else), you are required to notify the UC San Diego Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM) at COEMexposure@health.ucsd.edu so that they can coordinate with public health and the contact tracing team for case investigation/contact tracing, monitor symptoms, and provide release from work and return to work documentation if seen at COEM. Use of your SSN is voluntary, and you have the ability to opt-out. For those who opt-out, an employee health record will be created using name, date of birth, address and gender. If you would like to take advantage of UC San Diego’s program of no-cost COVID-19 testing and vaccine, when it is available, you must have an employee health record.

What happens if I don’t complete the Work and Health Management Registration form?

If not completed, employees will receive a short notice upon logging into any application that uses UC San Diego’s Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality. For those who do not register by August 20, 2020 we will assume that they have chosen not to allow use of their SSN for the creation of an employee health record.

I am not a UC San Diego Health patient. Why does an electronic health record need to be created for me?

An employee health record is used to manage employer health and safety compliance requirements, such as tests and vaccines paid for by the employer (as opposed to payments through insurance), as well as documentation of compliance with mandatory health requirements such as vaccinations and medical tests, regardless of where those health services are obtained. As with any employer that has health and safety requirements, these records must be maintained in a secure and protected environment.

I am planning on receiving a COVID-19 test and vaccine, when it’s available, from my own non-UC San Diego healthcare provider. Why does an electronic health record need to be created for me?

An employee health record is used to manage employer health and safety compliance requirements, such as tests and vaccines paid for by the employer (as opposed to payments through insurance), as well as documentation of compliance with mandatory health requirements such as vaccinations and medical tests, regardless of where those health services are obtained. As with any employer that has health and safety requirements, these records must be maintained in a secure and protected environment.

I am working remotely for the foreseeable future. Why does an electronic medical record for me need to be created or my existing electronic health record be flagged as an employee?

An employee health record is used to manage employer health and safety compliance requirements, such as tests and vaccines paid for by the employer (as opposed to payments through insurance), as well as documentation of compliance with mandatory health requirements such as vaccinations and medical tests, regardless of where those health services are obtained. As with any employer that has health and safety requirements, these records must be maintained in a secure and protected environment. The creation of the employee health record will greatly expedite this process when you do return to campus.

I am an existing UC San Diego Health patient. What will my employer see in my personal patient record?

Nothing. However, your employer will be notified whether you are compliant with employee health management requirements, such as vaccinations.

Your personal health care provider (i.e., your PCP) will be able to see your entire medical record in Epic in order to provide you with comprehensive care.

“Blinders” will be on for COEM users. When COEM staff log into Epic and open your chart, we change their view of Epic. We limit where they can go within your chart and change their view so they can only see employee health related info, such as notes from employee health (not from your personal physician), COVID testing, vaccinations and other mandated employee health requirements. We put in technological guardrails so COEM can’t see your full medical record.

Return to Learn facilitators do not have access to your EHR record. However, they will receive aggregated reports and extracts of employees' health info to show things like compliance with mandates and COVID positive rates for campus employees. They will not get any information about your personal health information.

HR and/or supervisors do not have access to your EHR record. However, they may get notifications for clearances to return to work and compliance with employee health mandates. They will not get any information about your personal health information.

I am an existing UC San Diego Health patient. Will my personal healthcare provider at UC San Diego Health see my employee health record?

Yes, your personal UC San Diego Health provider will see your employee health record, such as vaccinations and COVID-19 test results, in order to provide comprehensive care to you.

Your personal health care provider (i.e., your PCP) will be able to see your entire medical record in Epic in order to provide you with comprehensive care.

“Blinders” will be on for COEM users. When COEM staff log into Epic and open your chart, we change their view of Epic. We limit where they can go within your chart and change their view so they can only see employee health related info, such as notes from employee health (not from your personal physician), COVID testing, vaccinations and other mandated employee health requirements. We put in technological guardrails so COEM can’t see your full medical record.

Return to Learn facilitators do not have access to your EHR record. However, they will receive aggregated reports and extracts of employees' health info to show things like compliance with mandates and COVID positive rates for campus employees. They will not get any information about your personal health information.

HR and/or supervisors do not have access to your EHR record. However, they may get notifications for clearances to return to work and compliance with employee health mandates. They will not get any information about your personal health information.

Why will my employee health information be housed in Epic?

UC San Diego values the privacy of its employees and wants to offer a high level of privacy and security for personal information. The Epic electronic health system complies with the very strict privacy and security requirements of HIPAA, is monitored by UC San Diego Information Security, is regularly audited by the UC San Diego Office of Privacy and Compliance, and is the most secure record-keeping system that we have for health information. COEM leverages this secure system to manage employee health. COEM is already involved with the campus employee health management, where the record system that is used is Epic. Epic is the most efficient and secure system to manage employee health information.

What information will be stored in my employee health record?

All employer-paid tests and vaccinations, as well as documentation of such tests and vaccinations received from other health care providers, will be stored in your employee health record.

Is my employee health information disclosed outside of UC San Diego?

Your employee health information may be disclosed to governmental licensing, auditing, and accrediting agencies, as authorized or required by law.

What information in my electronic health record related to employee health will be accessible or visible to HR or my supervisor?

Nothing; HR and your supervisor will NOT have access to your electronic health record. However, Campus HR and your supervisor will receive documentation of whether you are cleared to return to work or on-site and compliance with testing and vaccination requirements.

Will my electronic health record for employee health management purposes be used for research?

Human subjects research is governed by federal law and regulations and subject to review and approval by UC San Diego’s Institutional Review Board. The confidentiality of electronic health records is guaranteed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Electronic health records may only be used for research purposes in accordance with applicable regulations and University policies.

The use of electronic health record data is essential for clinical research. Similarly, pandemic related surveillance is essential in protecting our workforce while we pursue our missions as a University. The electronic health record (EHR) is a key technology for both endeavors, but this creates potential privacy concerns as employees will have EHR records that can be used for clinical research without explicit consent subject to specific controls set forth under federal and state law.

To allay these concerns, we are implementing a mechanism to automatically exclude employee EHR records from data extractions for clinical research that involves a waiver of HIPAA authorization. This exclusion will apply to both to UCSD employees who only have a record on the basis of employee health pandemic surveillance as well as those who routinely receive care at UCSD Health and have a full patient record.

The technical control to be used will be a VIP employee flag to be set in all employee EHR records. This flag will designate that record as excluded from an EHR based “Research Registry”, which will be established as the allowable cohort for clinical research data extractions conducted under waiver of HIPAA authorization. Going forward, the Clinical Research Information Officer will work with the Office of Compliance and Privacy and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences Research to review this process on a regular basis in the event further adjustments are needed to ensure employees who have records in our EHR have the opportunity to participate in research, if they desire, while continuing to preserve the privacy of those who have not assented through a HIPAA authorization.

To whom will employee test results be disclosed outside of UC San Diego?

Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to public health agencies, such as San Diego County public health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as required by law. We may disclose your information to governmental licensing, auditing, regulatory, and accrediting agencies, as authorized or required by law. International students, scholars, and post-docs, please see below.

I’m an international student, scholar, or post-doc. With whom do you share my COVID-19 test result?

As required by the U.S. Department of State, we are required to report any positive cases of a communicable disease to the State Department within 24 hours.

If I test positive for COVID-19, will my contact tracing information be in my electronic health record?

No, this information is kept in a secure database, separate from your electronic health record.

Is my case investigation information used for employment purposes?

No. Your case investigation information does not impact your employment. Case investigation is a public health process to determine if an individual with a communicable or infectious disease has exposed others to that disease.

In the process of case investigation, if we identify other persons exposed, will their information be shared with government agencies?

There is mandatory reporting to the San Diego County Department of Public Health of individuals who are positive-SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and of their close contacts.

In the process of case investigation, if we identify other persons exposed, who has access to my contact list?

UC San Diego Family Medicine and Public Health, COEM, and Student Health Services have access to the contact information. The university will use this information to contact others who may have been exposed without revealing your identity.

What protections are in place for my employee health information?

We maintain technical, physical, and administrative safeguards to protect the security, integrity, and privacy of employee health records in Epic, including the following practices:

  • To ensure even more privacy protection for UC San Diego employees and students, the records of all UC San Diego employees and students stored in Epic will be coded at the “break the glass” level of privacy protection. Records coded as “break the glass” require a specific justification for access;
  • Electronic health records are subject to frequent privacy audits by UC San Diego’s Office of Compliance and Privacy;
  • UC San Diego Health adheres to University of California requirements described in IS-3 UCOP Policy (Electronic Information Security) in order to secure your information;
  • Information is housed on systems stored in controlled facilities with limited access;
  • Encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL), is used to protect the transmission of your information over the Internet;
  • Security technologies and procedures are used to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosures;
  • Data access is limited only to authorized personnel;
  • All authorized personnel are informed of their obligation to maintain the privacy, security, and confidentiality of information;
  • All authorized UC San Diego Health personnel who will have access to your electronic health record are trained in privacy and security obligations.

Your personal health care provider (i.e., your PCP) will be able to see your entire medical record in Epic in order to provide you with comprehensive care.

“Blinders” will be on for COEM users. When COEM staff log into Epic and open your chart, we change their view of Epic. We limit where they can go within your chart and change their view so they can only see employee health related info, such as notes from employee health (not from your personal physician), COVID testing, vaccinations and other mandated employee health requirements. We put in technological guardrails so COEM can’t see your full medical record.

Return to Learn facilitators do not have access to your EHR record. However, they will receive aggregated reports and extracts of employees' health info to show things like compliance with mandates and COVID positive rates for campus employees. They will not get any information about your personal health information.

HR and/or supervisors do not have access to your EHR record. However, they may get notifications for clearances to return to work and compliance with employee health mandates. They will not get any information about your personal health information.

How will you make sure that my personal patient information is not accessible by my employer?

HR and your supervisor will not have access to your electronic health record. However, your supervisor will be notified of your clearance to return to work and compliance with various employee health requirements (i.e., flu vaccine).

Neither Campus HR nor supervisors have access to your EHR record. However, they may get notifications for clearances to return to work, compliance with employee health mandates. They will not get any information about your personal health information. Please see the diagram above for who has access to what information in your electronic health records.

How long will you maintain my employee health information?

Your employee health information will be maintained for 20 years. For more information, please see the Campus Health Management Privacy Practices Page.

How will this impact my insurance plans and premiums?

The employer-paid COVID test and results will not be shared with your insurance carriers.

I understand the benefits of the program and the safeguards provided through Epic. However, I still do not want an electronic health record created for me or my personal patient record associated with my status as an employee. What are the consequences of that?

One of UC San Diego’s signature public-health initiatives and something that we believe will set UC San Diego apart from all other institutions of higher education in the country is our plan to offer a program of broad asymptomatic testing for students, faculty, and staff to detect the presence of the novel coronavirus. Significantly and uniquely, tests provided by UC San Diego Health will be at no cost to participating students, faculty, and staff, and perhaps equally important, we are striving to make test results available in as little as 24 hours, which would be far quicker than most other testing facilities can deliver. Those who do not have an employee health record will not be eligible for the benefits of the program, such as no-cost COVID-19 testing. They will still be required to provide proof of employment-related health requirements (e.g., COVID-19 positive test results, vaccinations) but will not be able to take advantage of the technical protections offered through Epic.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions about:

Will I be automatically notified if someone that works in my facility on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

Current health privacy rules restrict automatic notifications of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 to employees working in the same building. In order to receive a notification, you must be deemed a “close contact” by a healthcare provider or public health official. A close contact is anyone that has been within six feet for more than 15 minutes or had direct physical contact of the confirmed case (this will be determined on a case-by-case basis). A contact tracing team will identify and contact individuals that are considered close contacts. Those identified as close contacts will receive a phone call providing medical guidance including self-isolation instructions and duration, a phone number to contact if they develop symptoms, and guidance on the return-to-work process.

If you are NOT contacted, you are not considered a close contact and should continue to use general precautions to protect yourself and others when at work. Public health officials have determined there is a low risk of exposure to individuals not considered a close contact.

How is informed consent obtained for any research use of the data?

The use of electronic health record data is essential for clinical research. Similarly, pandemic related surveillance is essential in protecting our workforce while we pursue our missions as a University. The electronic health record (EHR) is a key technology for both endeavors, but this creates potential privacy concerns as employees will have EHR records that can be used for clinical research without explicit consent subject to specific controls set forth under federal and state law.

To allay these concerns, we are implementing a mechanism to automatically exclude employee EHR records from data extractions for clinical research that involves a waiver of HIPAA authorization. This exclusion will apply to both to UCSD employees who only have a record on the basis of employee health pandemic surveillance as well as those who routinely receive care at UCSD Health and have a full patient record.

The technical control to be used will be a VIP employee flag to be set in all employee EHR records. This flag will designate that record as excluded from an EHR based “Research Registry”, which will be established as the allowable cohort for clinical research data extractions conducted under waiver of HIPAA authorization. Going forward, the Clinical Research Information Officer will work with the Office of Compliance and Privacy and the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences to review this process on a regular basis in the event further adjustments are needed to ensure employees who have records in our EHR have the opportunity to participate in research, if they desire, while continuing to preserve the privacy of those who have not assented through a HIPAA authorization.

Will individuals have to consent to changes in information gathered or access policies?

Changes will be communicated via the Privacy Statement and denoted with an updated effective date. Individuals will be asked to consent when a change requires consent.

How can individuals view and correct these records?

For all Protected Health Information that is stored within your Electronic Health Record, Your rights to inspect and request a copy, etc. can be found in the UC San Diego Health Notice of Privacy Practices.

What kinds of community input will be solicited to inform this process?

We welcome any questions and suggestions. We use Town Hall virtual meetings, newsletters, Return to Learn and Pulse websites to post information which always includes contact information for the community to pose questions, suggestions and concerns.

If screening information is not maintained in the electronic health records, where will they be kept?

The screening information is stored in the Qualtrics system, which is administered by UC San Diego Health Information Services.

Research

International Students

What resources are available for international students regarding visa and travel issues?

The International Students & Programs Office provides guidance and advising for students who plan to enter the United States in F-1 or J-1 status. Please contact the International Students & Programs Office.

When will we issue immigration documents (Form I-20/DS-2019) with the uncertainty of being able to get a visa appointment or travel?

Students who accept their admission to UC San Diego, are eligible for an F-1/J-1 visa, and successfully submit a complete request for their immigration documents (Form I-20 or DS-2019) will be issued a Form I-20 or DS-2019 so they have them available for future visa appointments or travel. Please contact the International Students & Programs Office for any visa and travel-related questions.

Will there be remote courses or sections for international students who cannot arrive in time for Fall Quarter due to visa or travel restrictions?

Yes. We are carefully monitoring the visa situation and making adjustments to our plans in order to ensure that these students are provided options that will enable them to make academic progress at UC San Diego. In some cases that may require students to make adjustments to their academic plans in consultation with their academic advisor; for instance, they might need to change the sequence in which they take certain courses. We urge all students with potential visa complications to communicate with their advisors and through the International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) about their needs. We will make more specific announcements about which courses are available in remote or hybrid format in July/August 2021.

How is the campus supporting international scholars who are unable to return from abroad?

Our International Scholars and Programs Office is in close contact with international scholars to provide assistance as needed. Returning students holding an active SEVIS record, including those who are outside the United States, are eligible to enroll in a fully remote course load for each quarter, maintain their F-1 status, and seek re-entry into the U.S. In addition, they will be permitted to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study in excess of the regulatory limits. Additional information about immigration policy updates is available here.

Is it possible for international graduate students to fulfill their TA responsibilities remotely and receive compensation for doing so?

It is possible, however important procedural issues must be followed. Students should consult with their department graduate program coordinator, who can interface with the Graduate Division on their behalf.

I'm an international student, scholar or post-doc. With whom do you share my COVID-19 test result?

As required by the U.S. Department of State, we are required to report any positive cases of a communicable disease to the State Department within 24 hours.

Event Planning

Can we have an indoor event if all attendees are masked and physically distanced or even vaccinated?

All individuals must be masked during indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. Physical distancing protocols for the campus have ended. Please refer to the COVID-19 Event Planning and Attendance page for the most updated guidelines. 

Do I need a hold with a venue in order to fill out the Event and Activities Intake form?

Yes, securing a hold on a desired location is recommended and should be your first step in the intake process.

Who can fill out the Event and Activities Intake form?

Information and access to the Event and Activities Intake Form can be found on Blink and should be completed by the organizing faculty, staff, or student representative for the department, college, or student organization hosting the event. Center for Student Involvement Registered Student Organizations are not required to use the Events and Activities Intake form, however, they must start the Triton Activities Planner (TAP) at least 3 weeks prior to the event date.

Is there a limit on the capacity of outdoor events?

Mega events, defined as more than 10,000 people outdoor, are subject to special guidance, as outlined by the State of California. 

Is there a limit on the capacity of indoor events?

Mega events, defined as more than 5,000 people indoor, are subject to special guidance, as outlined by the State of California. 

Can I attend an Athletic event on campus?

Yes! Come out and support our D1 Athletics teams. You may find a schedule of games here.

Are tabling activities allowed?

Information tabling is permitted on Library Walk with a reservation from University Centers. Any tabling activity that is handing out items aside from information flyers must complete the Event & Activities Intake Form.

Will pre-registration be required for all event attendees?

Pre-registration is not required for event or activity attendees at this time, except in the case of mega events. Learn more on the COVID-19 Event Planning and Attendance page.

Will symptom screening be required to participate in events?

Yes, symptom screenings will be required in accordance with current campus screening protocols.

Everyone attending my event has been vaccinated, does my organization need to follow masking, physical distancing, and campus guidelines?

At this time, all events are required to follow all of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn COVID-19 Campus Safety Requirements for their attendees and any staff or vendors supporting the event. Masks are required for everyone at indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional for outdoor events. Physical distancing protocols for campus have ended. 

Can food be consumed at events?

Yes. For events that are catered, food for outdoor campus activities must be arranged through UC San Diego Catering (HDH) to ensure proper handling of food preparation, service and clean-up. Everyone must mask indoors when not eating or drinking.

Can my department or student organization host an event off campus?

Yes. All off-campus private events must follow local and county guidelines.

Can my organization make a reservation and begin the approval process for our Summer or Fall Quarter event?

Yes. For registered student organizations, a Triton Activity Planner (TAP) form is needed for all on-campus events, regardless of size. Please learn more on the COVID-19 Event Planning and Attendance page.

Other Support

What resources are available to support faculty with caregiving responsibilities?

Many in our community are balancing work, childcare and other caregiving responsibilities. Visit Parent and Family Resources to connect to information about programs and services within the UC community and beyond designed to support parents and families during COVID-19.

You can also visit Resources for Families at Home to connect to regional childcare programs, virtual entertainment opportunities, the Early Care & Education virtual classroom, and additional resources to help caregivers during this difficult time. Check out the Community Activities page for information related to K-12 closures, at-home activities for all, and virtual community events.

Faculty are welcome to join the several groups available to connect with and support fellow Triton caregivers, including 0-5 working moms and eldercare. Visit Support for Parents and Caregivers for details about the different support groups or check out the Parents, Guardians & Caregivers Association.

Early Care & Education aims to resume operations as safely and efficiently as possible. Be sure to visit Returning to Childcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic  for details from the Early Childhood and Education Center.

In what ways will disruptions to teaching and research be incorporated into the pre-tenure review process?

To address the potential impacts the global pandemic may have on the teaching, research, and service responsibilities of faculty members, the Chancellor, EVC, and Academic Senate have implemented an automatic "stop the clock" one-year extension for assistant-level appointees during their probationary period. Senior academic appointees may choose to defer their academic review for one year.  Refer to the March 24, 2020 campus notice for more information, and please review the COVID-19 Probationary Period Extension and Academic Deferral Toolkit for additional details.

The administration and Academic Senate are in full concert regarding the need for faculty to document and reviewers to be mindful of the challenges that individuals may have faced during these challenging times. To that end, departments are encouraged to have candidates routinely include brief, self-evaluation statements in their future academic review files so they may express in their own words how the pandemic affected their academic performance and other research and service responsibilities. Departments may also wish to reconsider the evaluation standards used for this period in light of the many challenges as well as opportunities presented by the evolving global pandemic and remote learning environment. Please refer to the May 29, 2020 campus notice for more information about academic file reviews.

What are the Fall quarter faculty residency requirements?

Fall quarter residency requirements will vary by job and function. Visit the Academic Affairs FAQ on Leave and Remote Work Provisions page for information related to COVID-19 for Faculty and Academic Appointees for general information and consult with your department and divisional leadership for guidance on what applies to you.

Is there a plan to increase resources at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for students?

Yes. In Spring 2021, students voted to approve the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) & Student Mental Health Fee Referendum, which will expand and increase the availability of CAPS and mental health services for all students, and increase funding to improve student mental health support and education. This is in addition to campus investments in new CAPS staff resources added in the Winter and Spring quarters, which expanded both in-person and telehealth opportunities. Faculty and staff also play a crucial role in helping to create a culture of care for UC San Diego students. For important resources for faculty and staff, please visit: Creating a Culture of Care: Resources for Faculty and Staff to Support Students in Distress.

Will a student’s financial aid be impacted if they decide to move out of campus housing after a quarter begins?

Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships FAQ page for information regarding COVID-19 impacts on financial aid and scholarships.

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