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July 19 - Vaccine exemption update, alum joins Biden team

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Social Sciences building reflection.

Social Sciences building reflection. Photo by Ian Parker


Vaccine exemption update

The guidelines for exemptions and deferrals to UC’s mandatory vaccination policy arrived on campus over the weekend and are being reviewed. Based on the guidelines, the campus will establish a process for filing exemption requests and will update the campus community as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. In related news, 58% of UCI employees have already uploaded their vaccination records, as have nearly 50% of students.


Rams Training Camp information

The Los Angeles Rams Training Camp comes to UCI on July 28, and UCI Transportation has created a website to help fans with directions, navigating campus roadways and purchasing parking in advance.

UCI alum and regent temporarily joins Biden administration

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley ’96, MBA ’99, who also serves as a UC regent, will join the Biden administration in a temporary role advising U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on higher education policy.


UC Advocacy Network seeks student ambassadors

The UCAN program shares student interests and viewpoints with government leaders.


All the World's a Stage, featuring Jos Repertory Theatre, Nigeria, (sponsored by New Swan Shakespeare Festival)
Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m.

Back-Up Family Care™ Program Overview Webinar, (sponsored by HR Wellness)
Tuesday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

Preparing for Back to School Webinar, (sponsored by HR Wellness)
Tuesday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

Coping with Uncertainty in a New Normal, (sponsored by human resources)
Tuesday, July 20 at 11 a.m.

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

UC admits largest, most diverse class ever, but it was harder to get accepted

Los Angeles Times, July 19
UCI made the largest year-to-year gains in diversity.

As COVID Rises Again in OC, Experts Look to Vaccines To Prevent a Winter-Like Spike

Voice of OC, July 17
Cited: Sanghyuk Shin, assistant professor of nursing, Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease physician at UCI Medical Center

Secret Side Effects of Walking Just 30 Minutes Per Day, Says Science

Eat This, Not That!, July 19
Cited: Michael Yassa, director, UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory


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Two new campus cases

One student resident and one on-campus employee tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.