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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

Students and Campus Employees

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 campus-operated housing, you must complete a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 24 hours after returning for spring quarter as well as on Day 5

Required twice weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 PCR testing (every 3-5 days):

  • If you have received the initial vaccination doses and you received your booster less than 7 days ago
  • If you have received the initial vaccination doses and you are eligible for a booster but you have not yet received a booster
  • If you have not received the initial vaccination doses or you are unvaccinated

Routine asymptomatic testing is not required for students and campus employees who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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

Vaccination Requirements

Students and Campus Employees

COVID-19

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 for campus employees and students. 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.

Influenza

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

Symptom and Exposure Screening Requirement

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

Students and Campus Employees

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

In addition, all students (regardless of vaccination status) must wear face masks within their residential unit except for their personal bedrooms or in the shower. Masks are also required when inside residential buildings and outside of students’ personal residential units in halls, elevators, lobbies, etc.

Learn more about masking requirements and exceptions.

Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Students

Students who test positive should remain in their residence or suite and wait to receive a MyStudentChart message from Student Health Services with additional guidance on medical care. If you test positive at a clinic outside UC San Diego, contact Student Health Services at shsmr@ucsd.edu. Learn more about what to do after receiving a positive result.

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 COEMexposure@health.ucsd.edu.Your 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 at UC San Diego Health, 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

Students and campus employees who have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 will be contacted by the UC San Diego COVID Response Team and guided on next steps within 24 hours. If you have not been contacted, it is very likely you were not deemed a close contact. Learn more about exposure and contact tracing.

Students

Students who received their initial vaccination doses and either received a booster OR are not yet eligible to receive one: you must conduct a COVID-19 PCR test upon notification of exposure and on Day 5 after exposure and remain masked at all times for 10 days. Learn more about exposure guidelines for vaccinated students.

Students who are either unvaccinated OR received their initial vaccination doses and are eligible to receive a booster but have not yet received one: you must conduct a COVID-19 PCR test upon notification of exposure and on Day 5 after exposure. You must also remain masked at all times for 10 days and may be moved into quarantine for 10 days after exposure. Learn more about exposure guidelines for unvaccinated students.

Campus Employees

Boosted and fully vaccinated, but not booster eligible, employees who have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they meet certain guidelines and remain without symptoms. They must conduct a COVID-19 PCR test upon notification of exposure and on Day 5 after exposure and remain masked at all times for 10 days. Learn more about exposure guidelines for vaccinated campus employees.

Unvaccinated employees or vaccinated and booster eligible but not yet vaccinated, who have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 10 days after their exposure prior to returning to work, unless they are without symptoms and have a negative COVID 19 test 5 days after exposure, in which case they may return to work. Masking at all times for a full 10 days is required. Learn more about exposure guidelines for unvaccinated campus employees.

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Undergraduate Students

All undergraduate students who receive a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result or a diagnosis of COVID-19 and who reside in UC San Diego-provided student housing are required to isolate and remain until released by Student Health Services. Individuals without roommates will need to isolate in place (in their current location). Students with roommates will move to an off-campus isolation room at an area hotel. Learn more about isolation housing.

Vaccinated residential students who have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 and have a roommate may be required to quarantine in no-cost campus housing for 10 days. Learn more about exposure guidelines for vaccinated students.

Unvaccinated residential students who have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 may be moved to quarantine housing for 10 days. Learn more about exposure guidelines for unvaccinated students.

Graduate Students

Graduate students living on campus who have a positive test result who live in a unit with individuals who are not family members or domestic partners will be required to move to isolation housing. Positive students may choose to isolate in their apartment with their family in consultation with Student Health Services. If they are confirmed exposures they may be moved to quarantine housing. Learn more about isolation and quarantine housing.

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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