COVID-19 Protocols Fall 2022

COVID-19 Testing 

Students who Live in University Housing

Post-arrival testing
Students are required to take a PCR test within a week of arriving on campus. 

Students who Live Off-Campus

Post-arrival testing
Students are required to take a PCR test within a week of arriving on campus. 

Ongoing Testing 

Ongoing (surveillance) testing is no longer required for students, faculty, or staff, regardless of vaccination status, (unless you are a university healthcare worker). However, free asymptomatic testing will continue to be available at the on campus testing site. Rapid antigen tests can be requested at the College Housing Offices and the on campus testing location. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

On Aug. 31, 2022, the Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA) authorized the use of Moderna and Pfizer bivalent vaccines for a single additional booster dose after completion of the primary series. This change means that we can no longer use the original booster dose as we await for the new bivalent doses to come in. In the meantime, you will have a short grace period from the UC Vaccination Policy while this issue gets resolved.  (Updated 9/1/22)

The UC Vaccination Policy for COVID-19 remains in effect for all students, faculty and staff. If you are new to campus, you must enter your vaccination dates and upload your COVID-19 vaccination card. Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccinations page for instructions. If you do not upload proof of vaccination and required boosters, or show proof of filing a request for an exception, you will not be in compliance with the policy. 

Non-compliance with university policy may result in students being referred to student conduct and faculty and staff being referred to Staff Human Resources. 

Campus Masking

Masks will still be required in clinical settings, such as Student Health Services and indoor COVID-19 testing sites. Wearing masks in other indoor spaces, such as classrooms, dining facilities, and on Campus Transit vehicles / METRO buses, is strongly recommended. The university continues to provide free masks to the campus community at select locations.

California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA guidelines both state that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must mask for 10 days following a positive test. Asymptomatic exposed individuals must mask for 10 days following an identified close contact to someone with COVID-19.

Isolation Update


Most of our campus community is up-to-date on their vaccinations, and there are more therapeutics available now to reduce the severity of COVID-19. Students living in university housing who test positive for COVID-19 will need to self-report and isolate in place and follow the COVID-19 Positive Test Result instructions.

For any roommates with underlying medical conditions, we may have temporary accommodations available for the period their roommate is in isolation. For any medically related questions or concerns please contact Student Health via Health e-Messenger:  Messages/New Messages/ COVID-19 Questions

Monkeypox (MPX)

For information about MPX please visit MPX Information.

Page updated 10/3/22.