UCI Forward

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.

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.

Resources for Faculty and Research


There are many resources available to instructors; here are some of the most critical ones for reference:

Resources for Faculty and Research

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.

Resources for Faculty and Research

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Policy

IThe UC Office of the President has issued an updated UC Vaccine Policy covering COVID-19 and flu vaccine requirements. All students, faculty and staff must receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) and booster and upload records to be policy compliant. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus. 

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.

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Face Coverings / Masks

Face coverings are recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status consistent with current California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. Individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire.


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

Face Coverings FAQs 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