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Indoor Masking Required

Current campus guidelines require all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. See further details and exceptions on the Campus Safety page. If you experience any unexplained or new symptoms, please stay home until you feel better—even if you are vaccinated. Free testing remains available for all campus members.

On-Campus Checklist

Visit the On-Campus Checklist to review the steps needed prior to arriving on campus for work or study. Return to campus plans are informed by extensive modeling by data experts, who combine multiple layers of protection to promote campus safety. Before coming to campus, please review masking, screening, testing, vaccination and training requirements and find resources to address any additional questions you may have.

See the checklist

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UC San Diego Vaccination

All students and employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 (or have an approved exemption), per University of California policy. All students and employees, including Health, are eligible to receive a free vaccine through UC San Diego’s vaccination clinic at Price Center, offered by appointment. Vaccination helps protect you and those around you from becoming seriously ill. Help us keep our campus community safe.

More vaccination information

Quick Guides


Find key information about screening and symptomatic testing, campus safety, quarantine and isolation housing, student life, dining and more.

Visit the Student Guide


Find key information about screening and symptomatic testing, campus safety, paid leave options, parent resources, remote work support and more.

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COVID-19 Testing Options

Those who are not vaccinated, and those who are vaccinated but have not received a vaccine booster, are required to test for SARS-CoV-2 two times per week, 3-5 days apart. Those fully vaccinated and boosted are encouraged to test voluntarily on a weekly basis. Access to campus COVID-19 testing is available via vending machine kits as well as by appointment at a community drive-thru location and the Price Center Vaccination Clinic.

Full Testing Details


Masking and Operations

Public health is a collective effort. The UC San Diego community is expected to follow campus safety requirements to help prevent infection. Masking is currently required indoors in classrooms/instructional settings, labs and on Triton transportation until Dec. 16, 2022. Masking will remain required in clinical settings until further notice. No one method is invulnerable, but by applying multiple layers of defense –such as vaccination, testing and symptom screening consistently–you can help reduce your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

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Town Halls

In an effort to provide regular updates and answer your questions, UC San Diego hosts monthly town halls about the Return to Learn program and campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are not able to catch the live event, all of the webinars are archived on our Town Hall page.

Tune in to a Town Hall

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Return to Learn: Data and Privacy

Testing Dashboard

Find more information about COVID-19 testing and prevalence in the UC San Diego community. This dashboard is updated each weekday with numbers based on tests conducted by UC San Diego Health and UC San Diego Student Health Services.

View the testing dashboard


Your privacy is important to you, and it is important to us. UC San Diego is committed to treating all medical information generated as a result of the Return to Learn program with a high level of privacy and security protections. Learn more about the information we process, how it is used and how we protect it.

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Questions and Answers

We have conferred with our campus experts to bring you the latest information in response to your most urgent questions.

Find answers about Return to Learn

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Taking on the COVID-19 Pandemic Together

Thanks to community support, UC San Diego’s COVID-19 response has been a success. And as we continue to increase vaccination rates in San Diego County — and make strides toward herd immunity — you can help us ensure equitable vaccine distribution for our neighbors across the region.

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Here's how the Triton community is working together to return to in-person learning and teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.