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Campus Guidance and Protocols

Section 1

Whether you are new to UCI, returning or visiting, UCI is committed to the health and well-being of our Anteater community. UCI’s healthy campus protocols are here to provide information to all who come on campus on what to expect. We ask students, faculty, staff and visitors to follow these campus safety requirements to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We are guided by federal, state and county public health authorities and are prepared to adjust our plans if necessary. Please see the links below to learn more about what is coming up on campus.

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The UC Office of the President has issued an updated UC Vaccine Policy covering COVID-19 and flu vaccine requirements. All students, faculty and staff must receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) and booster and upload records to be policy compliant. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus. 

For more information, visit our vaccines and boosters page.


At-home COVID-19 antigen tests is available free of charge to students, staff, and faculty. View the testing page for pick-up locations and details.

PCR testing may be available to you through your primary care provider or from local clinics and pharmacies.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status consistent with current California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. Individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire.

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

Face Coverings FAQs Face Coverings and Voluntary Use Respirators (N95s)

Executive Directives

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