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Student Housing Safety Rules

The following rules apply to all students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing.

Winter Quarter Update

Although in-person instruction has been delayed, on-campus housing communities will open as previously planned. Campus residents are welcome on campus during the remote-only instruction period, but are encouraged to stagger their arrival.

Please read the following message regarding rapid tests and arrival check-in that was shared with undergraduate residents on Dec. 29, 2021:

Based on monitoring of the current Omicron variant, additional steps are being implemented to increase safety as we return to campus in January. 

As shared in the Chancellor’s message dated December 28, 2021, we strongly recommend testing within 48 hours of arrival on campus. Rapid antigen testing will be made available to those entering campus-owned housing after January 7 for self-administration 24 hours prior to arrival. If you are a student who has traveled off campus over the break to a domestic location and would like a rapid test sent to you for this purpose, please complete this form as soon as possible and no later than January 9th. Tests will be mailed, one per student, beginning on January 5, 2022, and no later than January 10, 2022. If you have any questions regarding the test or process, please e-mail UCSD Triton Health Ambassadors at ucsdtha@ucsd.edu.

Please read and follow the testing instructions carefully! Take a picture of your negative result. See additional information about the Rapid Antigen tests below.

If your test is positive, you will need to isolate in place and delay your arrival until you have completed isolation. Please contact Student Health Services (studenthealth@ucsd.edu or send a message through MyStudentChart) if you have a positive test. SHS will provide you with clinical guidance and offer connection to your College for additional support.

To help with the gradual and incremental increase of students on campus, we strongly recommend that those with undergraduate housing contracts indicate their planned date of arrival to HDH as soon as possible through the Housing Portal.

CHECK-IN PROCESS UPON RETURN TO CAMPUS

To ensure you receive your eligible housing credit and support campus safety efforts, there will be a check-in process.

In addition to rapid testing prior to arrival, all residential students will need to complete a PCR test upon arrival.

New residents should follow previous instructions regarding PCR testing at the Price Center upon arrival.  Returning residents will need to check in at the PCR test vending machine in their residential community. Triton Health Ambassadors (THAs) will confirm you have arrived, completed your PCR test and provide you with a KN95 mask which you should wear until the PCR test results are back, including in your bedroom if you have a roommate. 

THAs will be present from 8am to 5pm.  If you arrive after 5pm, remain masked and complete a PCR test first thing the next morning between 8am and 9am. 

Checking in with the THAs is required if you have signed up for a housing credit due to delayed arrival to campus.

About Rapid Antigen Testing

Like polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory tests – the kind you get from our vending machines – COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are viral tests used to detect SARS-COV-2 infection (COVID-19). They are quick to implement via self-administration and can provide a result within 15 - 30 minutes.

 Access to a no-cost rapid test as we return to Winter Quarter 2022 is a benefit to you as a UC San Diego student, and it is important to utilize it as a supplemental tool in our risk-reduction strategy to keep the campus and community as safe as possible.

Rapid vs. PCR Tests

Although they provide results more quickly and are convenient to use, rapid tests are less sensitive than PCR lab tests. Because of this:

  • Rapid tests DO NOT replace our PCR surveillance testing program.
  • Rapid tests DO NOT count toward student testing compliance protocols, while PCR tests do.

 Though not perfect, the rapid tests are valuable for identifying asymptomatic individuals who would otherwise not know they were infected – and could potentially spread the virus to other people.

Using Rapid Tests

In order to maximize accuracy of rapid tests, it is imperative to follow the accompanying instructions word-for-word. Keep the test flat and monitor the Control and Testing lines during the entire time window noted – typically 15-30 minutes.

--Housing Dining Hospitality

Move-In Testing: Questions and Answers

Q. Where can I get a rapid antigen test and how can I report the results? I'm arriving before the antigen tests are sent out, how should I get tested?

A. Rapid antigen tests will be mailed from Jan 5 to Jan 10. You do not need to report a negative rapid antigen test. If you don’t think that you’ll be able to receive it before arriving on campus, that’s ok. You will be required to take a PCR test once you arrive.

If your rapid antigen test is positive:

  • Isolate where you are
  • Notify Student Health Services (studenthealth.ucsd.edu) as well as HDH with your new arrival dates

Q. I had a negative rapid antigen test in the 48 hours before coming to campus, do I still need to do a PCR test on arrival?

A. Yes, all students regardless of vaccination status or prior rapid antigen tests need to do a PCR test upon arrival through the vending machines AND check in with the Triton Health Ambassador on site to receive your housing credit.

Q. I'm remote, do I need to comply with testing?

A. If you are fully remote, you are not required to test. Please submit a remote form. If you are only remote for the first two weeks, testing is required upon return.

Q. I tested positive for COVID-19 and need to complete my 10 days of isolation. What is the process for students who have COVID-19 and cannot complete the mandatory testing?

A. There is no requirement for testing to end isolation if you remain in isolation for 10 days. If you do not have a fever AND your symptoms have resolved or are significantly improved, AND you have a negative rapid antigen test at least 5 days AFTER the start of symptoms or a positive test, you may leave isolation but need to remain masked at all times for a full 10 days after the start of symptoms or a positive test.

Q. I got tested in late December, do I still need to test?

A. Yes, a PCR test is required upon return to campus regardless of previous tests.

Q. I am a student in isolation due to COVID-19. What is the time frame for isolation?

A. Isolation happens for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, or a positive diagnosis if you do not have symptoms; onset or diagnosis is considered day 0. You may leave isolation (1) IF you are not having a fever and your symptoms are gone or resolving (2) IF you have a NEGATIVE rapid antigen test on day 5 or greater and (3) you agree to remain masked at all times when around others through day 10.

Q. I am a student in isolation. How can I access a rapid antigen test?

A. If you are in University-sponsored isolation room at the Marriott or Residence Inn, a rapid test will be delivered to you. If you are isolating off campus or in graduate housing please follow this link to access a test.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Upon initial move-in

We are working diligently with campus health partners on the implementation of the Return to Learn program to provide you a successful move-in experience at UC San Diego. Part of the process includes signing up for a SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of your arrival on campus and again on day 5, as well as daily symptom and exposure monitoring. The goal is to identify and isolate any asymptomatic individuals who could unintentionally spread the virus. If you share a living space with someone who is not a family member you should also mask inside your apartment except for personal bedroom and shower until 7 days after returning and the day 5 test is negative.

Ongoing surveillance testing

All residential students shall comply with the Campus SARS-CoV-2 Testing Policy.

Wastewater testing

Regardless of vaccination status, residents of a building in which a positive SARS-CoV-2 wastewater signal is detected, must take a SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of receiving notification of the positive SARS-CoV-2 wastewater signal.

Sequestration testing

Unvaccinated students who leave campus for unmasked indoor activity shall undergo COVID-19 testing within 24 hours of their return, as well as day 5.

Positive Test Results and Exposure to COVID-19

Isolation

All students who reside in UC San Diego-provided student housing who receive a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result or a diagnosis of COVID-19 are required to move to and remain in isolation housing until released by Student Health Services. Students who live alone or only with family members may be permitted to isolate in their residence at the discretion of Student Health Services with the concurrence of the Director of Housing, Dining, and Hospitality. 

Quarantine

Unvaccinated students who are notified by San Diego public health officials or their designees, including the UC San Diego contact tracing teams, that they were exposed to an individual who has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 are required to move to quarantine housing until released by Student Health Services.

Students quarantined because of exposure may only leave quarantine housing during the quarantine period with the permission of Student Health Services or to obtain their post-exposure COVID-19 test or other medical care and must continuously wear a face mask while doing so.

Vaccinated students who are notified by San Diego County public health officials or their designees, including the UC San Diego contact tracing teams, that they were exposed to an individual with COVID-19 are required to mask in their residential unit, except for their personal bedroom or while showering, for the period of time defined by the public health official.

Daily Symptom Screening

Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students are required to complete the daily symptom screener and to take a SARS-CoV-2 test if they experience symptoms. Instructions for completing the daily symptom screener are available on the Student Screening and Testing webpage.

Masking in University Housing

Undergraduate Students

Phase 1. Phase 1 begins at the start of each quarter. During Phase 1, all students must wear face masks within their residential unit except for personal bedrooms or in the shower. In Phase 1, masks are required when inside residential buildings and outside of the student’s personal residential unit, for example halls, elevators, lobbies etc. Phase 1 will continue until Phase 2 is announced by the Housing Director.

Phase 2. Phase 2 begins when the Housing Director announces the end of Phase 1 and the beginning of Phase 2. In Phase 2, students are not required to wear face masks when they are in their residential unit. In Phase 2, masks are still required when inside residential buildings and outside of the student’s personal residential unit, for example halls, elevators, lobbies etc.

Graduate Students

Graduate students living with other students who are not members of the graduate student’s family are required to wear face masks in common areas from the date of initial arrival in University housing until 7 days after returning and their day 5 test is negative.

Sequestration

Undergraduate Students

Unvaccinated undergraduate students who leave campus for unmasked indoor activity shall undergo COVID-19 testing upon return and on day 5 as well as mask in the common areas of the residential unit until 7 days after returning and a day 5 negative test. Masking is not required in the bedroom or shower.

Graduate Students

Unvaccinated graduate students living with other students who are not members of the graduate student’s family who leave campus for unmasked indoor activity shall undergo COVID-19 testing upon return and on day 5 as well as mask in the common areas of the residential unit until 7 days after returning and a day 5 negative test. Masking is not required in the bedroom or shower.

Visitors

Visitors, including students and residents from other units, are not allowed in the residential units. The only exception is care providers in graduate and family housing.