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We understand that guidelines are changing quickly in response to shifting pandemic conditions. Thank you for your patience as we communicate updates as soon as possible. We’ve collected all of the key information that students and campus employees need to know before returning to in-person learning, teaching and working. Please refer to this page often for the latest information.

On-Campus Checklist

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Students and Campus Employees

Routine asymptomatic testing is no longer required for University campus community members regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Please note:  The following testing requirements do not apply to you if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Required Return to Campus COVID-19 PCR testing:

  • If you are a student residing in undergraduate campus-operated housing for the Fall you must complete a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and PCR test again five days later. When returning for the winter, spring, and summer quarters complete a PCR test within 24 hours of returning and again 5 days later.
  • If you are a student residing in graduate campus-operated housing, you must complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of returning for any quarter, and PCR test again five days after returning to UC San Diego.

Also test if:

  • You develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • You have used the restroom facilities in a facility with a positive wastewater signal, regardless of vaccination status.

Learn more on the Student Screening and Testing page and on the Employee Screening and Testing page.

Vaccination Requirements for Students and Campus Employees


Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or have an approved exception, per UC policy. This includes completing initial vaccination doses as well as receiving a booster within 30 days of becoming eligible. Learn about eligibility and make an appointment.

    • If you are eligible for a booster but recently were positive for COVID-19, you will have up to 90 days after being infected to receive your booster. Your date for boosting has been extended by up to 90 days to remain compliant with the UC mandate.
    • Currently approved religious and permanent medical exemptions extend to boosters. There is no need to submit an additional exemption request.

Learn more about exceptions and deferrals.


Must submit attestation or declination of the flu vaccine. Learn about the flu vaccine mandate.

Symptom and Exposure Screening Requirement for Students and Campus Employees

All students and campus employees living, working, or coming on campus must conduct a daily symptom and exposure screening, regardless of vaccination status.

See more on the Student Symptom and Exposure Screener and Employee Symptom and Exposure Screener.

Masking Guidelines for Students and Campus Employees

N-95 and KN-95 masks recommended

As part of Phase II, students are no longer required to wear face coverings in their own residential unit (apartments or suites). Please continue to respect the decision of others if they choose to mask. Learn more on the Student Housing Safety page.

Masking will be required indoors in all classroom/instructional settings, laboratories and on Triton transportation until Dec. 16, 2022. Masking indoors in clinical settings will remain required until further notice. N-95 and KN-95 masks are recommended.

Masking is currently required in all indoor classroom/instructional settings, clinical areas, and on Triton/university transportation until further notice (N-95 and KN-95 masks recommended).

Masking is not currently required in outdoor locations, but encouraged in crowded situations.

Learn more about masking requirements and exceptions.

Positive COVID-19 Test Results: Students

Students who test positive should remain masked in their residence or suite. If tested through the vending machines, Student Health or UCSD Health, you will receive a MyStudentChart message from Student Health Services with additional guidance on medical care.

If you test positive with a rapid antigen test or outside of UC San Diego, notify SHS through MyStudentChart. Go to MyStudentChart, click on Messages, then choose “COVID Request.” Be sure to include the date and the type of test you received your positive results with.

All student cases will receive an email from the UCSD Public Health COVID Response Team with instructions for the completion of a 5 minute investigative questionnaire along with individualized isolation instructions. Limited isolation housing will be available and prioritized by clinical and living situations.

.Learn more about what to do after receiving a positive result.

Positive COVID-19 Test Results: Campus Employees

Campus employees who test positive should not report to work.

  • If you test positive at a non-UC San Diego Health location, you must report your results to UC San Diego Health’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at healthcare provider should provide you with a Release from Work note initially, and later a Cleared for Work note to provide to your supervisor/HR contact in order for you to return to work.
  • If you were tested positive via UC San Diego vending machine or provider administered walk-up or drive-up locations, you will be provided a Cleared for Work note by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (PPM 516-31)

Learn more about what to do after receiving a positive result.

Confirmed Exposures

UC San Diego is no longer conducting universal contact tracing. Individuals who have tested positive are encouraged to reach out to their close contacts with quarantine information.
Learn more about exposure and isolation.

Students and Campus Employees: If you have been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, you should mask around others for 10 days and test on notification and day 5 after exposure or whenever symptoms develop.

Campus Employee Return to Work Guidelines

  • Campus employees should complete COVID-19 prevention training. For those who completed the 2020 course, an updated 10-minute supplement is required.
  • Update your information in the Work Location Status tool to demonstrate your new work arrangement and provide your onsite location.
  • If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, ensure you have been provided a Cleared for Work note by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine before returning to work.

Learn more on the Returning to On-Site Work webpage.

Have questions?

Resources specific to campus faculty and staff: Human Resources

Resources specific to students: Student Affairs

Resources specific to faculty: Academic Affairs

Resources specific to researchers: Research Ramp Up Guidance

Information about parking options: Commuting to Campus page

Information about current safety guidelines: Campus Safety

Information about event planning: Event Planning and Attendance

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