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Resources for Faculty and Research

Resources for Faculty and Research

The following information provides guidance on instruction, remote teaching, research, leave options and preparing for a return to campus.

Browse our FAQ to get answers to your questions about campus operations and COVID-19.

Resources for Faculty and Research


Spring courses should be offered in the approved modality listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning, has posted an insightful blog post for both instructors and students around flexibility in classrooms and policies.

In addition to the guidance above, there are many resources available to instructors; here are some of the most critical ones for reference:

Additional Resources

Flexible Work Arrangements COVID-19 FAQs for Academics

Transition to Post-Pandemic Teaching

Online Learning Research Center

Keep Teaching

UCI Zoom Help Center Zoom Backgrounds

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Research Continuity

UCI is in Research Phase 4 as of June 22, 2021. UCI’s research phases align with UCI Executive DirectivesCalifornia Department of Public Health guidance, and the recently-revised Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standard.

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Policy

In addition to getting vaccinated, a booster is an effective strategy for reducing the severity of COVID-19 — and is required by UC’s vaccination policy (PDF).

This policy requires all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus.

Employee FAQs Employee Record Upload

UC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Information such as how to get vaccinated, how to request a medical exemption, and how to upload records is available on the vaccinations and boosters page.

UCI COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Flu Vaccine Requirement

The University of California requires all students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated against influenza or submit a declination form.

Executive Order on Flu Vaccination FAQ for Employees

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Testing, Screening and Reporting

Daily Symptom Check

Reporting on the Daily Symptom Check will only be required when a yes response is indicated on the symptom checker.

The check-in is available via email and mobile app. If an employee is unable to use either of these methods, he or she should call the UCI Employee Experience Center (EEC) each workday at 949-824-9918 to complete the assessment by phone with an EEC customer service representative.

All employees returning to on-site work must be activated in the app the week before they are scheduled to return to campus. To make this happen, managers/supervisors should send a list with the names and UCInetIDs of all employees returning to on-site work to Stephen Whelan at swhelan2@uci.edu at least three business days before the return date. Please allow 72 hours for activation. Once an employee is activated, he or she will receive an email directly from the EEC explaining how to access the symptom check app.

Daily Symptom Check Application Instructions Working Well™ Program Overview


Regular, weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

Students, faculty and staff may schedule a test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center.

Individuals who indicate symptoms on the Daily Symptom Check should follow the guidance on how to isolate or quarantine.

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab or saliva test that takes about 7-10 minutes, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 - 48 hours. 


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Face Coverings / Masks

Face coverings are strongly recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional outdoors.

Student Health Center, Counseling Center and UCI Health properties will continue to adhere to face covering guidance for healthcare settings. Face coverings continue to be required on the Anteater Express and other forms of public transportation.

Face coverings may also be required consistent with public health guidance for a limited duration for those who are COVID-19 positive and returning from isolation, and for those recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.


Faculty/lecturers should contact their school or unit’s buildings facilities manager to obtain a supply of face coverings for their own use or for their class. In addition, face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) are available at face covering distribution locations. To request face coverings with clear panels used for lecturing purposes, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at safety@uci.edu or at 949-824-6200. 


Staff including student employees should contact their building facility manager to obtain a face covering supply for their unit or for themselves. Face coverings (KN95s and surgical masks) are available at face covering distribution locations. In addition, staff that would like a voluntary-use N95 respirator can go to these locations:

  • Environmental Health & Safety - front desk
  • Med Sci C Stack
  • Parking Structure Kiosk across from Student Center
  • Physical Sciences stores (Monday through Friday, 10 - 11 a.m.)
  • University Research Park - 100 Theory, Suite 110

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

Executive Directive: Face Coverings Face Coverings and Voluntary Use Respirators (N95s)

If campus executive directives are updated and no longer require face coverings, you’re allowed to request that students wear a face covering in your classroom, but it is not okay to exclude, retaliate or penalize those who choose not to.

Required training

All employees are required to view a training video titled “COVID-19 Employee Training,” which explains what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted, the steps we’re taking to reduce potential exposure, and how you can protect yourself and others. This training is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. Even if you will continue to work remotely, but may need to come to campus occasionally, you must complete this training. Additionally, completing the training is only one step of the process to being approved to return to on-site work. The training module is available through the UC Learning Center and can be searched by title using the Find a Course function.

COVID-19 Employee Training View Executive Directives