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UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Sept. 29 - Anteater Values, symptom check procedure

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Our excitement shows: A sign near the Student Center welcomes back Anteaters who had been away for 18 months because of the pandemic. Photo by Ian Parker

Our excitement shows: A sign near the Student Center welcomes back Anteaters who had been away for 18 months because of the pandemic. Photo by Ian Parker

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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 David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team:

What happens if I report positive symptoms of COVID-19 in the daily symptom check?

If you report symptoms on the daily symptom check, stay home. Students will be referred for evaluation to the UCI Student Health Center. Employee referrals will go to the UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. If needed, a COVID-19 test will be scheduled for you through UCI at no cost.  


The diverse faces of Latino America

On the latest UCI PodcastHéctor Tobar, associate professor of journalism and Chicano/Latino studies, discusses the many Latino cultures of America he visited during a 9,000-mile road trip.

New Office of Information Technology drop-in lab at Science Library

The OIT and UCI Libraries have opened a new drop-in computer lab on the sixth floor of the Science Library. A Wepa print kiosk and 44 computers are available for UCI affiliates. The computers run software for writing, drawing, graphics, network communications, database management, spreadsheet and data analysis and more. For more information, view the Computer Lab Software List.

Dining locations will reopen soon and the team is hiring

Visit the dining team’s website to see up-to-date hours on what is open and whether your favorite spot has reopened. Pickup and delivery options are available via GrubHub or Starship Robot Delivery. To join the dining team, fill out an application.

Center for Educational Partnerships: 25 years of impact

In 1996, UCI established the Center for Educational Partnerships, a home to programs, partnerships and initiatives targeted at: K-12 students, K-12 teachers, community college students looking to transfer, and UCI undergraduates. Housed in the UCI School of Education, CFEP is launching "CFEP: 25 Years of Impact" in honor of its silver anniversary.

The Anteater Virtues put into action

In the latest installment of #Dennininsights, Vice Provost Michael Dennin takes a deep dive into the Anteater Virtues. Curiosity, integrity, intellectual tenacity and intellectual humility “form a foundation for students, faculty and staff to build upon in the best traditions of the university,” Dennin writes. Find out how the Anteater Virtues are deployed and continually evolving.


YouTube is blocking all anti-vaccine content

The social media platform is also banning prominent anti-vaxxers.

LeBron James no longer evades the vaccine question

The L.A. Lakers superstar says he had gotten vaccinated after feeling skeptical.

Meet the new dose, same as the old dose

Side effect rates from a third COVID-19 vaccine dose are similar to those after the second shot, early data indicate.


The Great Park could be ‘presented by UCI Health’ under sponsorship deal

Orange County Register, Sept. 28
Cited: UCI Health

There are a lot more COVID testing options available than there used to be—here's how to find the right one for your situation

Parade Magazine, Sept. 28
Cited: Philip Felgner director of the UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center and professor of physiology and biophysics

The 'big lie,' loyalty to Trump – and the defense of democracy

Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 28
Cited: Fair Elections and Free Speech Center, UCI School of Law


Student Dennis William Melka

What do you do if you’re in front of the Student Center at 4 a.m.? You snap a selfie to enter the UCI Landmark photo contest, as Dennis William Melka (’25) did when he posted this image with the #UCIPride hashtag on his Instagram page.

Through Oct. 5, Anteater students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to enter the UCI Landmark photo contest for a chance to win a gift card to @thehillatuci and a spot on the UCI Instagram feed. To enter, post your pics on social media from any of the Top 10 campus landmarks listed below with #UCIPride or submit via email. The landmark sites are:

  • Water Tower (BC Anteater/UCI Athletics)
  • Student Center
  • Infinity Fountain
  • Bronze Anteater (Bren Center)
  • Esports Arena
  • Aldrich Park
  • Maya Lin Water Table
  • Langson Library
  • Science Library
  • Jao Sculpture garden

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


7 new campus cases

Seven students tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Remember to upload 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.