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Sept. 21 - Convocation photos, new Student Excellence Center

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Students learn to zot at convocation Monday on Crawford Athletics Field.

Students learn to zot at convocation Monday on the Crawford Athletic Field. Photo by Steve Zylius

One of the dance crews performs at the flagpoles on Monday.

One of the dance crews performs at the flagpoles on Monday. Photo by Steve Zylius

Students explore the Anteater Involvement Fair.

Students explore the Anteater Involvement Fair. Photo by Steve Zylius

Q&A Ask the Expert header

Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is answered by Student Affairs:

What is a ZotPass and how does it work? Is it an app?

The ZotPass verifies student compliance with three important requirements to be physically present on campus: 1) the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program, 2) the Daily Symptom Check, and 3) regular asymptomatic testing. The ZotPass program starts with the Daily Symptom Check. A student can respond to the Daily Symptom Check email or use the ServiceNow mobile app (iOS | Android) to submit their response.

Each day, when students have submitted their symptom check, they will receive their ZotPass as an email or through the ServiceNow app. If they are in compliance, they will receive a green ZotPass. If they are non-compliant, they will get a red ZotPass. Students who receive a yellow ZotPass are required to wear a mask. However, with the current universal masking requirement, all students are required to wear masks in indoor locations.

Visit the ZotPass site for more information, including an FAQ for faculty and staff.


Questions about COVID-19 testing on campus?

This webpage outlines who should test, how to sign up, testing locations, what to bring and additional information. Regular, weekly asymptomatic testing is required for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff, according to the UCI Executive Directive on Student and Employee Testing. This requirement also applies to those who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral.

Grand opening of the new Student Excellence Center

The Student Excellence Center, located on the Science Library’s fifth floor, represents a collaboration between UCI Libraries and the Office for the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. The idea behind the SEC is to unite important student programs and library services in one easy-access location. With this goal in mind, the SEC is the new home for such essential units as the Campuswide Honors Collegium, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Scholarship Opportunities Program. Students are encouraged to stop by and check it out.

Black Thriving Initiative one year later

In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Doug Haynes reflects on the accomplishments made over the last year and shares plans for year two and beyond.


UC earns national award for diversity and inclusion efforts

The University of California was honored with a 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living
Thursday, noon (sponsored by UCI HR Wellness)

Integrative Insider: Connecting thoughts and physiology with Biofeedback
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

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.


Commentary: Why bother to get vaccinated?

Daily Pilot, Sept. 20, (OpEd)
Author: Dr. Michael J. Stamos, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine

How to beat the next pandemic? Start educating kids now.

Mashable, Sept. 21
Cited: Doron Zinger, director, UCI CalTeach program

Self-defense classes help Asian senior citizens fight racist attacks

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21
Cited: Linda Vo, professor of Asian American studies, and Judy Wu, Chancellor’s Fellow, director of the Humanities Center and professor of Asian American Studies


Three new campus cases

Two on-campus employees and one on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Remember to upload your vaccine record

Vaccination is a critical step toward our campus's fall return. Help our community by uploading your vaccine record.

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

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.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.