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This FAQs page is regularly updated to reflect campus operations as well as the latest advice and information from county, state and federal authorities. You can access specific information by using the search option above, clicking on each bucket below or scrolling down to all the FAQs.

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Spring 2022

Spring quarter COVID-19 protocols

Effective Saturday, March 19, 2022:

  • Face coverings will be recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire. Face coverings are optional outdoors.
  • Randomly selected asymptomatic testing for those who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be discontinued.
  • Reporting on the daily symptom checker will only be required when a yes response is indicated on the symptom checker.

You may read the provost's message that details the reasoning behind these changes.

Testing requirements for returning from spring break

Students who leave campus for spring break, regardless of vaccination status, should test 48 hours in advance of return by antigen or PCR test.

Students who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines are required to take two PCR tests through campus testing sites, five days apart, with the first test within 48 hours after returning to campus.

Students who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines are recommended to test at least once by home antigen or PCR test within 48 hours after returning to campus. 

Where can I pick up a testing kit?

Students living in on-campus housing will be able to pick up antigen test kits beginning the week of March 14 in their communities to use for return to campus testing. 

Free COVID-19 antigen test kits are available for students and employees to pick up Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. 

Tests can be picked up at the kiosk located just off West Peltason Drive between Campus Drive and Pereira Drive, adjacent to the Mesa Court housing parking lot.

Kits will also be available at campus testing locations - Student Center and Plaza Verde during regular test site hours.

COVID-19 antigen test kits are also widely available at pharmacies and for ordering from online retailers, including additional free kits which can be ordered from the federal government.

In what situations will I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings may also be required consistent with public health guidance for a limited duration for those who are COVID-19 positive and returning from isolation, and for those recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. Face coverings continue to be available on campus for students and employees.

Student Health Center, Counseling Center and UCI Health properties will continue to adhere to face covering guidance for healthcare settings. Face coverings continue to be required on the Anteater Express and other forms of public transportation.

Who will be required to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing?

Those who have an exception, exemption, or deferral to the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, as well as those who are not in compliance with the policy, must continue to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Will drop-in COVID-19 testing remain available in spring quarter?

Drop-in testing will remain available six days per week. Spring quarter PCR testing will occur in two locations: Student Center and Plaza Verde.

Campuswide Policies and Protocols

UC COVID-19 vaccination policy

The UC COVID-19 vaccine policy requires all UCI students, faculty and staff, with few exceptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus. 

For information on the UC vaccination policy, exemptions and accommodations, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see:

For more information on the where and how to get vaccinated, visit our vaccine information page.

Vaccine Info

Booster

COVID-19 boosters will be required of all eligible individuals – students and employees – by January 31, 2022. 

The approved mix-and-match policy means that any of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. can be taken as a booster shot, regardless of which vaccine a person had for their primary vaccination. 

More information is available in the Booster FAQ.

Testing

Regular, weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

In accordance with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are entering or physically present on UCI-controlled property must undergo weekly testing. This requirement also applies those who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral.

Testing is for students and employees with or without symptoms. An individual who is symptomatic on their scheduled weekly test day should still report to the testing site to keep the appointment (at least during the surge period).

Students, faculty and staff may receive a test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or by dropping by the test site.

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab or saliva test that takes about 7-10 minutes, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 to 48 hours.

Testing

Executive Directive: Testing

Executive directives

A number of Executive Directives and policies have been enacted that allow the university to authorize certain community practices.

Executive Directives

Daily Symptom Check

Reporting on the Daily Symptom Check will only be required when a yes response is indicated on the symptom checker.

At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Fever (99F+)
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough (new)
  • Shortness of breath (new)
  • Unexpected fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or nausea
  • Other cold symptoms

Required safety training

All employees (faculty and staff) who plan to be on-site are required to view a training video titled “Returning to Campus,” which explains what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted, the steps we’re taking to reduce potential exposure, and how you can protect yourself and others. This training is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. Even if you will continue to work remotely, but may need to come to campus occasionally, you must complete this training. Additionally, completing the training is only one step of the process to being approved to return to on-site work. The training video is available through the UC Learning Center and can be searched by title using the Find a Course function.

Face coverings

Face coverings will be recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire. Face coverings are optional outdoors.

Student Health Center, Counseling Center, ASUCI Shuttle/Anteater Express and UCI Health properties will continue to adhere to face covering guidance for healthcare settings.

Per state guidelines, face coverings are still required on public transportation such as the Anteater Express. Face coverings may also be required consistent with public health guidance for a limited duration for those who are COVID-19 positive and returning from isolation, and for those recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Executive Directive: Face Coverings Face Coverings and Voluntary Use Respirators (N95s)

How do I obtain a face covering?

All Students

Students living in student housing, including at ACC housing, can obtain face covering (KN95 and surgical mask) from the front desk of the main office at each student housing complex. Students not living in student housing or any other students can obtain face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) from face covering distribution locations.

Faculty/Lecturers

Faculty/lecturers should contact their school or unit’s buildings facilities manager to obtain a supply of face coverings for their own use or for their class. In addition, face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) are available at face covering distribution locations. To request face coverings with clear panels used for lecturing purposes, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at safety@uci.edu or at 949-824-6200. 

Staff

Staff including student employees should contact their building facility manager to obtain a face covering supply for their unit or for themselves. Face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) are available at face covering distribution locations. In addition, staff that would like a voluntary-use N95 respirator can go to these locations:

  • Environmental Health & Safety - front desk
  • Med Sci C Stack
  • Parking Structure Kiosk across from Student Center
  • Physical Sciences stores (Monday through Friday, 10 - 11 a.m.)
  • University Research Park - 100 Theory, Suite 110

Building Facility Managers

For bulk supplies BFMIs should contact the logistical support team at logisticalsupportteam@uci.edu and request face coverings (KN95, surgical masks and voluntary-use N95 respirators) or cleaning supplies. 

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

Are visitors allowed at the university?

We recognize that visitors, contractors, vendors and other non-UCI personnel may need to come to campus. Non-UCI-affiliated individuals coming to campus for essential work must abide by these visitor guidelines.

Campus Requirements

UCI Self-Attestation

  • UCI will deem visitors/non-affiliates who enter a campus building without wearing a face covering to have self-attested to meeting the face covering exemption.

UCI COVID-19 Visitor Guidance UCI Contractor/Vendor Guidance Executive Directives

CDPH Guidance Face Coverings FAQ UCOP UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Reporting COVID-19 cases

What is the criteria for reporting?

  • A pending symptomatic test result.
  • A lab-confirmed symptomatic positive test result.
  • Experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
  • Close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual (within six feet and ≥ 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period).

Report the case

Students & Student Workers

Visit the Student Patient Portal and complete the "COVID-19 Yes Responder Screening Request," or contact UCI’s Student Health Center (SHC) at 949-824-3870 to report a case.

Employees

Staff and faculty may report a case using the COVID-19 Case Reporting website.

Remote workers do not need to report a case. Visit COVID Reporting Resources for guidance.

Need help? Contact the UCI COVID-19 Response Center (CRC) at covid19@uci.edu or call 949-824-9918 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After-hours instructions are provided to callers.

If you are a confirmed or suspected case, experiencing symptoms or a close contact:

A. Review and respond to Daily Symptom Check (If experiencing symptoms, respond YES).

B. Do not go to work, class or anywhere else on campus. If you are a student on-site, stay in your living unit.

C. Immediately inform your supervisor, department chair or most accessible university official (e.g., Resident Advisor, PI).

D. Seek medical advice through your primary care provider, COEH or SHC.

E. Take the Call. If you are a confirmed case, or a close-contact, UCI COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program (CT) will be calling you to interview you and provide guidance on isolation or quarantine. When you see 949-824-2300 on your caller ID, take the call.

If you are a supervisor, department chair or other university official informed of a confirmed, suspected or exposure case:

A. Contact EH&S at 949-824-6200 or safety@uci.edu for a decontamination strategy and post-decontamination occupancy approval.

B. Unless directed by EH&S as part of their decontamination strategy, do not close the workspace or send other people home. UCI's Contact Tracing team will call the confirmed case and their close contacts and provide them with isolation/quarantine instructions if applicable.

C. Contact your departmental/unit HR or a responsible university official to inform them of the current circumstances. Do not share the COVID-positive individual’s name with anyone other than Human Resources, CTVNS, SHC, or COEH. The individual’s illness is individually identifiable health information.

D. For case guidance involving a student/student worker, please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5304.

E. For guidance involving staff and faculty/academics, please contact the Center for Occupational & Environmental Health (COEH) at 949-824-8685 or coeh-clinic@hs.uci.edu. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Report COVID-19 Case

For assistance and questions regarding COVID-19, processes and reporting steps, contact the UCI Coronavirus Response Center (CRC) at covid19@uci.edu or call 949-824-9918 from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After-hours instructions are provided to callers.

Reporting COVID-19 safety concerns

Injuries, safety concerns and/or COVID-19 concerns or near-misses occurring on campus or while participating in University business should be reported within 24 hours.

Report COVID-19 Safety Concern

Non-Compliance Guidelines and Response Procedures

COVID-19 related campus procedures and executive directives are intended to keep the UCI community healthy by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Members of the UCI community are expected to behave in ways that respect the health of others.

While it is expected that each individual will assume personal responsibility to help protect the UCI community, it is also understood that mistakes and lapses in compliance or intentional non-compliance may occur. Generally, issues with compliance should be addressed with care and understanding. The overarching goal when addressing non-compliance is to de-escalate rather than intensify a situation.

Non-compliance Response Procedures

For assistance and questions regarding COVID-19, processes, reporting steps, contact the UCI Coronavirus Response Center (CRC) at covid19@uci.edu or call 949-824-9918 from Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After-hours instructions are provided to callers.

Booster

Is the booster required at UCI?

Yes, as shared in President Drake’s letter, University of California policy requires students, faculty and staff to keep their COVID-19 vaccination status up-to-date. This includes COVID-19 boosters for those who are eligible.

Who is eligible to get a booster?

Everyone age 12 and older is eligible for a booster shot. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on booster recommendations. To be eligible for the booster, recipients must be five months past the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months past the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

What booster should I get?

UCI Health recommends the Pfizer and Moderna boosters. If you received Johnson & Johnson as your first vaccine, it is recommended that you select either Pfizer or Moderna as your booster.

Can I get a booster shot on campus?

UCI is pleased to offer COVID booster vaccination clinics on campus during February for the convenience of students, faculty and staff who are eligible to receive a booster shot. The clinics are in partnership with Ralphs and Albertsons pharmacies and will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays. All clinics will be held in the lower-level lobby of Continuing Education-1 (building 8 on the campus map). More info on scheduling and testing is available on the vaccines and boosters page.

Students may also schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center - appointments are limited and fill up quickly. 

COVID booster vaccinations can be obtained from medical offices, pharmacies and community-sponsored venues. Check California’s MyTurn website to find vaccination sites.

Once I have a booster, then what?

  • Obtain verification of your booster on the CDC card you received for your initial vaccinations (or on its foreign equivalent in the case of covered individuals who received their vaccinations abroad); official documentation issued by a state vaccine registry; or an official medical record. If you were vaccinated in California, you may request a digital COVID-19 vaccine record.

  • Take a photo of the verification document and upload the photo to the appropriate portal along with the required data from the record. Use Occupational Health for faculty and staff or Student Health for students. (Students who are also employees should upload to the student site.)

I was vaccinated less than five months ago. I will not be able to fulfill the requirement to get a booster by Jan. 31. What should I do to avoid being considered non-compliant?

To be eligible for a COVID-19 booster, recipients must be five months past the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna or two months past the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who become eligible after Jan. 31 must be boosted and upload their documentation no more than 15 days after they are eligible.

Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on booster recommendations.

Does the booster shot mandate apply for international students who have received WHO-approved vaccines that are not available in the U.S.?

YES, the booster policy applies to all students.

View the FAQ for International Students below.

Can I apply for an exemption to the booster if I am vaccinated?

Anyone may apply for an exception, exemption or deferral. Each application will be considered on an individualized basis.

You may view the message the details all possible booster exception scenarios or in a table format by visiting the COVID-19 Booster Exception page.

Can I self-attest that I have received the booster?

No. Everyone is required to upload documentation of their booster shot to the appropriate portal - Occupational Health for employees and Student Health for students.

If someone catches COVID-19 before receiving a booster shot, how long should they wait to get boosted after their symptoms end?

Wait until you have recovered from COVID-19 and have met the criteria for ending isolation before getting your booster shot. If you have concerns about the timing of your booster shot after having COVID-19, consult with your healthcare provider.

Does UC SHIP cover booster shots?

Yes, UC SHIP covers COVID booster vaccines if received at an “in-network” (Anthem) pharmacy, clinic or other provider. Additionally, vaccinations are covered if received at SHC, Gottschalk Plaza or any other UCI Health-affiliated clinic. UC SHIP students have no out-of-pocket costs for vaccinations. In an effort to encourage COVID (and flu) vaccinations, COVID boosters and testing, SHC is not charging fees to non-SHIP students.

Students

Are students required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The UC COVID-19 vaccine policy requires all UCI students, faculty and staff, with few exceptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus.

For information on the UC vaccination policy, exemptions and accommodations, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see:

For more information on the where and how to get vaccinated, visit our vaccine information page.

 

What happens if I do not comply with the UC COVID-19 vaccine policy?

Students who fail to upload vaccination verification or exception or deferral request are subject to:

  • Loss of access to UCI’s Wi-Fi system, UCI Mobile Access
  • Registration hold that restricts their ability to register for classes for the Winter 2022 quarter
  • Noncompliance notifications that will result in a referral to the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct for disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, probation, suspension or dismissal

Reports of students or student organizations who allegedly violate campus policy can be made to the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct for follow up. If the student or student organization is found responsible, they can face consequences including, but not limited to:

  • suspension or dismissal for students, or
  • loss of privileges and revocation of registration status for registered campus organizations.

To report an incident involving a student or student organization, submit the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct incident reporting form: uci-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php

Do I have to complete the Daily Symptom Check?

Reporting on the Daily Symptom Check will only be required when a yes response is indicated on the symptom checker.

What happens if I report symptoms of COVID-19 in the Daily Symptom Check?

If you report symptoms on the Daily Symptom Check, please stay home. Students will be referred to the Student Health Center. If a COVID-19 test is needed, one will be scheduled for you at no cost through UCI. 

What do I do if I get COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your primary healthcare provider for medical evaluation and treatment recommendations. If you did not test through the Student Health Center, report your case to the UCI COVID-19 Response Center by calling 949-824-9918 or using online options for students and employees found by clicking here

Individuals should follow the guidance on how to isolate.

For questions, please contact UCI’s Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services at 949-824-2300 or contacttracing@uci.edu.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.

You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

How do I know if I need to isolate or quarantine?

UCI Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services team members call all UCI COVID-19 cases and close contacts and will provide isolation and quarantine instructions. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 on a laboratory test or home test, and those that are close contacts to cases should follow the isolation and quarantine instructions.

If you believe you are a case or a close contact to a UCI case or community case, you may report your case to the UCI COVID-19 Response Center by calling 949-824-9918 or using online options for students and employees.

I am a student who lives in campus housing and I tested positive for COVID, do I still need to do the weekly testing?

If you have recently tested positive for COVID, you should NOT be participating in weekly testing for three months, as the test result may continue to be positive.

If you took an at-home test that was positive, please upload it or notify our team through your Student Health Portal.

I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. What should I do?

If you believe you are a case or a close contact to a UCI case or community case, report your status to the UCI COVID-19 Response Center by calling 949-824-9918 or using online options for students and employees.

UCI Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services team members call all UCI COVID-19 cases and close contacts and will provide isolation and quarantine instructions. Individuals that are close contacts to cases should follow the isolation and quarantine instructions.

Can I have family or friends visit or stay overnight?

Yes, if certain rules are followed. Guests must wear a face covering inside student housing. Overnight guests in undergraduate housing are limited to one person at a time for no more than three days within a two-week period. The host must make an agreement with their roommate(s) before inviting guests. Graduate housing residents may have overnight guests in their apartments for no longer than seven consecutive days with approval from their roommate.

Do I have to wear a face covering while on campus?

Face coverings will be recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire. Face coverings are optional outdoors.

Student Health Center, Counseling Center and UCI Health properties will continue to adhere to face covering guidance for healthcare settings. Face coverings continue to be required on the Anteater Express and other forms of public transportation.

Face coverings may also be required consistent with public health guidance for a limited duration for those who are COVID-19 positive and returning from isolation, and for those recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

How do I obtain face coverings?

All Students

Students living in student housing, including at ACC housing, can obtain a face covering (KN95 and surgical mask) from the front desk of the main office at each student housing complex. Students not living in student housing or any other students can obtain face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) from face covering distribution locations.

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

Will testing be required?

Yes. Weekly testing is mandatory for all students who are not fully vaccinated; who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral; who have not received an approved exemption, exception, deferral; or who are “covered individuals” as defined by the policy. A covered individual is defined as any student who will be on campus or access any university facility at any time.

For testing information, such as scheduling, location and frequency, visit the testing webpage.

Testing Inforrmation

Where can I get a COVID-19 test if I want one?

Free testing is available to all students either by scheduling an appointment. “Walk-in” testing is subject to availability, so the preferred option is to schedule an appointment. Check the testing schedule for locations, hours of operation and closures.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines are now available at the Student Health Center. Call 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment.

What is the ZotPass?

This year’s ZotPass features integration with the following:

  • Compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
  • Student requirements to follow non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as face coverings. *Note: Due to the universal face coverings requirement, all students are required to wear face coverings.
  • Compliance with asymptomatic testing (if needed).
  • Compliance with the Daily Symptom Check.
  • The ZotPass will not:
    • Reveal medical information.
    • Tell you the student’s vaccination status.

How does ZotPass work?

Students submit their Daily Symptom Check via email or using the ServiceNow app.

Students will receive their ZotPass via email or by accessing the ServiceNow app.

GREEN ZotPass - Student is compliant; no additional NPI's needed; student is current with COVID policies / protocols; student must comply with general campus guidance / requirements; student is current with asymptomatic testing protocols (if needed). *Note: Due to the universal face coverings requirement, all students are required to wear face coverings.

YELLOW ZotPass - Student is required to follow NPI’s such as wearing a face covering indoors and eating while distanced as required. *Note: Due to the universal face coverings requirement, all students are required to wear face coverings.

RED ZotPass - Student is non-compliant with one or more COVID-related policy, directive and/or protocol. Students with a RED ZotPass may be asked to leave the campus.

What should I do if I have problems with the ZotPass?

If a student forgets to complete their Daily Symptom Check, they can use the ServiceNow app to respond. If they also are compliant with the other requirements, they should receive a Green ZotPass. If the student believes that the ZotPass is incorrect, they can call the UCI COVID-19 Response Center at 949-824-9918.

How do I report a COVID-19 case?

Students may report a case through the Student Patient Portal and complete the "COVID-19 Yes Responder Screening Request," or contact UCI’s Student Health Center (SHC) at 949-824-3870 to report a case.

What if someone isn’t complying with the protocols?

COVID-19 related campus procedures and executive directives are intended to keep the UCI community healthy by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Members of the UCI community are expected to behave in ways that respect the health of others.

While it is expected that each individual will assume personal responsibility to help protect the UCI community, it is also understood that mistakes and lapses in compliance or intentional non-compliance may occur. Generally, issues with compliance should be addressed with care and understanding. The overarching goal when addressing non-compliance is to de-escalate rather than intensify a situation.

Non-compliance Response Procedures

For assistance and questions regarding COVID-19, processes and reporting steps, contact the UCI Coronavirus Response Center (CRC) at covid19@uci.edu or call 949-824-9918 from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After-hours instructions are provided to callers.

International Students

Will the university accept internationally approved vaccines even if they are not authorized or approved in the United States?

Yes, as long as the vaccine is authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a process for assessing and listing unlicensed vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics during public health emergencies. Through that process, a number of vaccines not available in the United States have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL). A document summarizing the status of a wide range of international vaccines can be found online on the WHO’s website (click on link to “Status of COVID-19 Vaccines” in the EUL/PQ evaluation process). The university will, consistent with CDC and CDPH guidance, accept proof of full vaccination with any international vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by WHO through the EUL process. People who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with one of these vaccines do not need additional doses with an FDA-licensed or -authorized COVID-19 vaccine, at least initially (but may be subject to subsequent booster requirements).

Please remember to upload your vaccination record to the Student Health Patient Portal. Your vaccination record should be translated into English prior to uploading.

I was vaccinated in a country, where the government increased the time between first and second doses longer than U.S. labeling. Do I have to be revaccinated?

No. If you have proof of completing a series of any FDA-licensed or FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine consistent with your country’s implementation, you will be considered to have complied with the vaccine mandate.

I do not have a social security number. Can I still schedule an appointment and receive the vaccine in the U.S.?

Yes. A social security number is not required in order to receive the vaccine. However, some providers may require that you enter a full nine-digit social security number or only the last four digits when completing your registration prior to scheduling the appointment.  If you are unable to complete registration and schedule an appointment, then please contact the vaccine provider directly for guidance and advise them that you do not have a social security number.

Does the booster shot mandate apply for international students who have received WHO-approved vaccines that are not available in the U.S.?

YES, the booster policy applies to all students.

What is the booster eligibility criteria or timeline requirement for different WHO-approved vaccines?

Five months after the final dose of a WHO-approved vaccine.

I received an international vaccine series and am considered compliant with the current vaccine policy. What vaccine should I get for my booster if I can’t get a third dose of my original series?

You can get a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

My first two doses are not listed on MyTurn because they were not given in the United States. What should I do?

Call Vaccine Finder at 800-232-0233.

Some of the local vaccine sites are not allowing individuals with international vaccines to get boosted. Where can I get my booster?

Call 714-834-2000. They can help you.

Faculty / Academics

For a comprehensive list of facutly resources and instruction FAQs, please refer to the following:

UCI Teach Anywhere Academic Personnel FAQs

Academic Personnel policies related to COVID-19

For a compendium of Academic Personnel policies related to COVID-19, visit https://ap.uci.edu/wp-content/uploads/Compendium-Measures-of-Support-for-Faculty.pdf.

Below is an overview of the topics discussed:

AP Review

  • Stop the Clock option (STC-COVID) and Retroactive Pay for Assistant Rank Faculty
  • One-year Academic Review Deferral for Associate and Professor Rank Faculty
  • Teaching Evaluations Exemption
  • CAP and AP Amendments and Recommendation about Review Files
  • Guidance About Documenting COVID-19 Impacts in Merit/Promotion Reviews
  • COVID-19 External Letter Solicitation Guidance 

Leaves for Faculty

  • Announcements
  • EFML - Emergency Family Medical Leave
  • Sick/Paid Medical Leave Option

Interim COVID Modified Duties (ICMD) 

  • Announcements
  • Form
  • Program Details

Other topics

  • Support related to Childcare and Other Dependent Care Issues
  • Guidance to Chairs about Workplace Adjustment/Accommodation
  • Additional Guidance to Chairs about AP Review due to COVID-19 Impact
  • Support with Faculty Internet Connectivity Issues
  • Communication with Faculty

Are instructors required to wear face coverings if they are required by the University?

Face coverings will be recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire. Face coverings are optional outdoors.

Will instructors be able to check out microphones to amplify their voices if they are required to wear face coverings while teaching?

Microphones and other equipment will be available for instructors to check out per quarter. Instructors teaching in general assignment classrooms equipped with a wireless microphone system can check out a lapel mic for the quarter to be used with the bodypack provided in the classroom. To request this option, please email: smartclassrooms@uci.edu.

If I am out sick for a period of time, can I conduct my classes remotely during that period?

Instructors and TAs are expected to have a contingency plan for being out sick or other potential disruptions that would prevent the instructor from teaching their class in-person. Conducting the course remotely is one option. Ideally, instructors and TAs should provide information on contingency plans in their syllabus, so students are prepared for possible changes.

What if I do not feel comfortable teaching in person?

It is hard for anyone to feel fully comfortable during a pandemic. That said, if a medical condition or other disability prompts you to want to request a disability accommodation, you can reach out to Disability Management Services to determine next steps.

How will I know if the students in my course are not vaccinated?

Instructors will generally not be able to confirm that all of their students are vaccinated. Some students will be studying on campus with an approved exception or deferral from the requirement to be vaccinated. Instructors are not responsible for enforcing the vaccination policy.

Student Affairs is responsible for enforcing student compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. Students who do not comply with UC vaccination requirements, including the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, may be subject to disciplinary action or loss of campus privileges, including but not limited to loss of WiFi privileges, restriction from campus resources, restriction of access to campus, and an academic registration hold restricting students from registering for classes. Disciplinary action can include probation, suspension, or dismissal from the university.

Instructors will not be obligated to provide remote learning options for these students, even if that results in the students failing their courses.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is one strategy to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. The campus has adopted a number of additional public health measures for students, including: an indoor face covering requirement regardless of vaccination status; COVID-19 testing of those not fully vaccinated; daily symptom checking for all regardless of vaccination status; contact tracing; and isolation and quarantine support. While it is not possible to make the campus a “bubble” in which everyone is vaccinated, these layers of public health protection, developed consistent with current public health, UC Office of the President and CalOSHA guidance and regulations, allow us to return to in-person instruction and reduce the costs of isolating individuals.

Will I be directed to conduct my class remotely if a student in my class tests positive for COVID-19?

Most likely not, based upon current public health guidance. Vaccinated individuals who are close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases are not recommended to quarantine unless they have symptoms. Classroom interactions are typically limited, and with such a high vaccination rate in our community, it is unlikely that the number of people required to quarantine would necessitate a class being conducted remotely during a quarantine period.

It is, of course, possible that other issues such as poor air quality or power outages could necessitate conducting class remotely.

 

How do I obtain face coverings for my class/department?

Faculty/Lecturers

Faculty/lecturers should contact their school or unit’s buildings facilities manager to obtain a supply of face coverings for their own use or for their class. In addition, face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) are available at face covering distribution locations. To request face coverings with clear panels used for lecturing purposes, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at safety@uci.edu or at 949-824-6200. 

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

Where can I get a COVID test if I want one?

Free testing is available to all students either by scheduling an appointment. “Walk-in” testing is subject to availability, so the preferred option is to schedule an appointment. Check the testing schedule for locations, hours of operation and closures.

How do I report a COVID-19 safety concern?

Report an injury, safety concern or COVID-19 safety concern by completing the questionnaire at https://www.ehs.uci.edu/forms/report-injury/

Staff

For a comprehensive list of resources and staff FAQs, please refer to the following:

Coronavirus Information for Staff

Are faculty and staff required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The UC COVID-19 vaccine policy requires all UCI students, faculty and staff, with few exceptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus.

For information on the UC vaccination policy, exemptions and accommodations, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see:

For more information on the where and how to get vaccinated, visit our vaccine information page.

What happens if I report symptoms of COVID-19 in the Daily Symptom Check?

If you report symptoms on the Daily Symptom Check, please stay home. Do not wait to be contacted by Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services, the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, or Student Health to contact you to begin isolation or quarantine.

What do I do if I test positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your primary healthcare provider for medical evaluation and treatment recommendations. If you did not test through the Student Health Center, report your case to the UCI COVID-19 Response Center by calling 949-824-9918 or using online options for students and employees found by clicking here

Individuals should follow the guidance on how to isolate.

For questions, please contact UCI’s Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services at 949-824-2300 or contacttracing@uci.edu.

I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. What should I do?

If you believe you are a close contact to a case, you may report your status by calling the UCI COVID-19 Response Center at 949-824-9918 or using online reporting options for students and employees. Once your close contact status is reported, a UCI Contact Tracing and Navigation Services team member will call and interview you and provide quarantine and testing instruction if necessary.

How do I obtain a face covering?

Staff including student employees should contact their building facility manager to obtain a face covering supply for their unit or for themselves. Face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) are available at face covering distribution locations. In addition, staff that would like a voluntary-use N95 respirator can go to these locations:

  • Environmental Health & Safety - front desk
  • Med Sci C Stack
  • Parking Structure Kiosk across from Student Center
  • Physical Sciences stores (Monday through Friday, 10 - 11 a.m.)
  • University Research Park - 100 Theory, Suite 110

Building Facility Managers

For bulk supplies BFMIs should contact the logistical support team at logisticalsupportteam@uci.edu and request face coverings (KN95, surgical masks and voluntary-use N95 respirators) or cleaning supplies. 

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

Will testing be required?

Yes. Weekly testing is mandatory for all staff and faculty who are not fully vaccinated; who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral; who have not received an approved exemption, exception, deferral; or who are “covered individuals” as defined by the policy. A covered individual is defined as any student who will be on campus or access any university facility at any time.

Executive Directive: Testing

Where can I get a COVID-19 test if I want one?

Free testing is available to all students either by scheduling an appointment. “Walk-in” testing is subject to availability, so the preferred option is to schedule an appointment. Check the testing schedule for locations, hours of operation and closures.

Does Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) or Contact Tracing and Vaccination Referral Services (CTVNS) notify the supervisor if an employee tests positive for COVID?

COEH or CTVNS will not notify the supervisor. If the case is positive, employees should follow the guidance on how to isolate or quarantine. The employee is to work with the supervisor based off the information COEH or CTVNS provides the employee.

Will COVID-19 paid leave be extended? With a rise in breakthrough COVID cases and children under 12 not yet vaccinated, UCI employees might still need leave time to care for themselves or a family member who has it.

The Office of the President announced a 2022 COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave program. The program is effective from February 19, 2022, through September 30, 2022, although the hours can be used retroactively to January 1, 2022 for qualifying events.

The program provides up to 80 hours of 2022 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) for full-time employees and a pro-rated amount for part-time employees. Additionally, employees who did not utilize the entirety of the 80 hours of available EPSL in 2021 may use any remaining 2021 hours through September 30, 2022.

Information regarding the program, including FAQs, a chart detailing qualifying situations, and the EPSL request form, can be found on:

For Staff: UCI’s COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Web Page

For Faculty and Other Academic Appointees: https://ap.uci.edu/2022-emergency-paid-sick-leave-epsl/

What if someone isn’t complying with the protocols?

COVID-19 related campus procedures and executive directives are intended to keep the UCI community healthy by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Members of the UCI community are expected to behave in ways that respect the health of others.

While it is expected that each individual will assume personal responsibility to help protect the UCI community, it is also understood that mistakes and lapses in compliance or intentional non-compliance may occur. Generally, issues with compliance should be addressed with care and understanding. The overarching goal when addressing non-compliance is to de-escalate rather than intensify a situation.

Non-compliance Response Procedures

For assistance and questions regarding COVID-19, processes and reporting steps, contact the UCI Coronavirus Response Center (CRC) at covid19@uci.edu or call 949-824-9918 from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After-hours instructions are provided to callers.

How do I report a COVID-19 safety concern?

Report an injury, safety concern or COVID-19 safety concern by completing the questionnaire at https://www.ehs.uci.edu/forms/report-injury/

HVAC FAQs

Air Quality Related to COVID-19 Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Additional FAQs are available on EH&S's Building Ventilation and Filtration webpage.

Is recirculating air a concern, since little is known about the possibility of transmission through AC systems? Are there places where people can work that have outside air?

Aerosol transmission through the HVAC system has been suggested, but the available information to back up this claim has been speculative at best. Almost all buildings that you enter, such as grocery stores, restaurants, and medical offices will have a combination of outside and recirculated air. 

A number of online conversations refer to the installation of MERV-12 filters for the AC systems. The air handlers at UCI typically use MERV-15 filters, which are hospital grade air filtration media that are highly effective at capturing many contaminants. A few smaller buildings, or buildings with package type HVAC units are not designed to accommodate MERV 14+ filters. In such cases, UCI uses the most efficient available filters for these areas, which are serviced and changed more frequently.

Aerosol transmission based on the air dynamics in a room depends on the airflow pattern of the room, the point of release, and the point of reception. Initial understanding showed that other mechanisms for spreading the virus are likely to be more significant. These mechanisms include:

  • Direct person-to-person contact
  • Indirect contact through inanimate objects like doorknobs
  • Through the hands to mucous membranes such as those in the nose, mouth and eyes
  • Droplets and possibly particles spread between people in close proximity

Most recent evidence suggest airborne spread is possible. The campus is taking steps to ensure ventilation systems are using the most outside air possible, running extended hours to provide a building flush, and filtration levels are upgraded to the highest level possible for the system design.

EH&S FAQ

When meeting with faculty/grad students/others in person, does it make sense to have designated "open air" meeting spaces where people can stay socially distant, but have the advantage of natural air circulation?

If you are able to find and “open air” meeting space, you are welcome to convene your meeting there. However, keep in mind that “open air” does not mean contaminant-free air. Anyone in the path of the air currents (wind) will be exposed to anyone upstream. There will be more particles in the air outside than there are particles inside a building with filtration.

EH&S FAQ

How does air circulation work? And how has it been changed at UCI as a result of the pandemic?

First and foremost, facilities management has had continuous operation of heating ventilation and air conditioning systems throughout campus. Since COVID began, we did not shut down buildings, even though there was a curtailment of classes and work on campus. That also means that we didn't curtail or shut down our maintenance program. We continued all maintenance on campus throughout the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which puts us in a much better position coming back to campus as those systems had no stagnation and were maintained throughout the entire time.

HVAC filters are rated in MERV ratings from 1 to 20, and 17 through 20 are what are referred to as HEPA filters. HEPA filters have the highest efficiency and remove the smallest particles from the air. Unfortunately, those filters are not compatible with the air handling units and air conditioning systems that we have on campus.

Industry standard for places like grocery stores, restaurants, and other common buildings that you might travel to is a MERV-8 rated filter. A home furnace might have a MERV-8 rated filter. These filters are utilized in some campus trailer and temporary buildings. UCI buildings with small air handlers were MERV-10 and are being upgraded to a MERV-13 rated filter. The MERV-13 level of filtration is the ASHRAE recommended filter in response to COVID-19. UCI buildings with larger handlers such as Aldrich Hall, Biological Sciences 3 and Engineering Hall all have MERV 15 filters. MERV 15 filters are used exclusively throughout the campus in our large air handlers and are several steps above the ASHRAE recommendation.

For more information on how UCI is handling indoor air quality as people return to campus, watch Anteater Insider Live: Episode 2 | The Health of Indoor Air.

How many people can be in an elevator at the same time?

With the elimination of physical distancing requirements, elevators will no longer have any capacity limits and capacity signs will be removed. Many regulatory health agencies continue to emphasize the continuous use of face coverings for unvaccinated individuals, good hand hygiene, and conscientious housekeeping strategies.

How often are our HVAC systems checked and maintained?

The HVAC systems are continuously monitored utilizing building management systems and a network of sensors.

As part of Facilities Management’s comprehensive preventative maintenance program, our skilled technicians inspect, clean and maintain building air-handling systems biannually. Preventive maintenance includes:

  • Vacuuming and cleaning air intakes and catch basins and air-handling rooms
  • Washing air handler fins and coils
  • Checking and replacing all pre-filters and filters at least once a year, more often on smaller buildings
  • Cleaning and treating the water in all closed-loop systems

For more information on how UCI is handling indoor air quality as people return to campus, watch Anteater Insider Live: Episode 2 | The Health of Indoor Air.

What level of filtration does UCI use?

UCI traiiers use filters with a MERV 8 rating that are effective in filtering particles such as mold spores, cooking dusts, hair spray and furniture polish. MERV 8 is the industry standard

UCI buildings with small AHU's use filters with a MERV 10 rating that are effective in filtering particles such as lead dust, flour, auto fumes and welding fumes. Faciiltes Management recommends these filters be upgraded to acheive a MERV 13 rating and the ability to filter particles such as bacteria, smoke and sneezes.

UCI buildings with large AHU's use filters with a MERV 15 rating that can filter particles similar to those as MERV 13 filters, but with greater efficacy.

Learn more about MERV ratings on the EPA website.