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Latest COVID-19 Policies & Information

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For the latest COVID-19 information, please visit the UCI Forward website.

COVID-19 Policy Updates (starting 3/19/2022)

Face Masks

Indoors, face masks will be recommended, but are no longer required (regardless of vaccination status). Face masks are optional outdoors.

Random Testing

UCI will stop doing COVID-19 testing for randomly selected people who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and who do not have COVID symptoms.

Daily Symptom Checker

A response will only be required if you answer “yes” to one of the questions.

COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits

These are widely available at pharmacies and online sellers and you can get free antigen tests from the federal government. UCI also plans to make kits available directly to students and employees at no cost before spring break. We will share this information as soon as it becomes available.

Students

If you leave campus for spring break, UC Irvine recommends taking an antigen or PCR test 48 hours before returning to campus. Students who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines are required to take two PCR tests through campus testing sites. The test must be five days apart and the first test must be taken 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.

Students, Instructors and Staff

If you have exemptions, deferrals or aren’t in compliance with the COVID-19 policy, continue your weekly COVID-19 tests. Drop-in testing will still be available six days a week. Spring quarter PCR tests will be at the Student Center and Plaza Verde.

On-campus DCE Courses with 1-5 meetings

The UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy requires all DCE students, staff and instructors to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before your earliest on-campus course start date. Advance registration is strongly recommended to allow time for documentation to be reviewed. Students will receive a separate email with instructions to upload their COVID-19 vaccination documentation 3-5 business days after receiving their enrollment confirmation. Students who are not compliant before the start date of their course will be asked to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination series (including the booster, if eligible) at the door. Requests for exceptions, exemptions or deferrals must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the start date of the course and will not be accepted at the door. Please contact the Student Affairs & Student Services Office at dce-services@uci.edu with any questions and visit UCI Forward for the latest updates and important information.

On-campus DCE Courses with 6 or more meetings

The UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy requires all DCE students, staff and instructors to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before your earliest on-campus course start date. Advance registration is strongly recommended to allow time for documentation to be reviewed. Students will receive a separate email with instructions to upload their COVID-19 vaccination documentation 3-5 business days after receiving their enrollment confirmation. Please contact the Student Affairs & Student Services Office at dce-services@uci.edu with any questions and visit UCI Forward for the latest updates and important information.

COVID-19 Resources & Information

Vaccines

Exemption, Exceptions & Deferrals

  • Instructions to request a medical, religious, disability or pregnancy exemption, exception or deferral, and the applicable request forms can be found on the UCI Student Health Center (SHC) website. The review of your request may take up to seven (7) business days. Students will receive notification of approval or denial of the request via secure message on the portal. For questions regarding the exemption process, please send a secure message on the portal to: “Immunization Exemption/Deferral Request Inquiry” and a SHC nurse will respond within 3-5 business days.