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Student Housing Safety Rules

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

Latest Updates

  • Regardless of vaccination status, all students 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 (e.g. halls, elevators, lobbies, etc.).
  • Residential students who receive a positive test result and do not have roommates will need to isolate in place (in their current location). Off-campus isolation rooms in hotels are being reserved for residential students who have roommates.
  • Guests are currently not permitted in residential housing.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Upon initial move-in

Students residing in campus-operated housing are expected to complete a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test no more than 24 hours after they return for a new quarter, as well as again on Day 5, unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

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

UC San Diego has been using area hotel rooms to increase isolation housing for our students. Hotel isolation capacity has become limited due to increased tourism to the region. We have increased isolation housing capacity as much as possible, but we cannot provide hotel isolation housing for all residential students at this time. Therefore, we are prioritizing off-campus isolation in hotels to students who currently have a roommate.

Individuals without roommates will need to isolate in place (in their current location). While isolating, students may briefly leave the bedroom for bathroom needs and to pick up food ordered through the Triton2Go mobile app, maintaining masking at all times. Students in isolation may pick up masks and rapid antigen test kits for use after Day 5 at the Emergency Operations Center on campus (University Center 401, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.).

As a reminder, students who live in on-campus housing are required to comply with mandatory COVID-19 testing, daily symptom screening, and masking guidance; isolate if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result; and follow quarantine guidance if they are exposed to COVID-19. Students can pick up a self-administered COVID-19 test kit at one of numerous vending machines across campus. Please drop off samples by 2 p.m. for results within 24 hours.

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

Regardless of vaccination status, all undergraduate students 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 unit (e.g. halls, elevators, lobbies, etc.). Students and campus employees may pick up a free KN95 mask on campus. Please visit the Masking webpage for location details.

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. 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. Masking is not required in the bedroom or shower.

Visitors

Guests are currently not permitted in residential housing.