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Message from Vice Chancellor Banks – Spring Quarter is Around the Corner

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March 4, 2021

Dear UCI Students,

We have learned a great deal during this pandemic, not only of the value of science and public health but also about ourselves. Over the past year, we learned of the importance of a supportive campus environment that affirms our spirits in the face of challenges like the loss of a family member or loved one to COVID-19.

Like many of you, my hope is that Spring brings with it continued progress with the vaccine rollout and a renewed outlook for the future. Even though the rates of infection continue to drop regionally, we must continue to be vigilant with mask wearing, physical distancing, and following the gatherings executive directive.

I want to take this opportunity to remind you to continue participating in the Daily Symptom Check and for all eligible students to continue asymptomatic testing. Our success in keeping our infection rates low is due to the effectiveness of our contact tracing program and our isolation/quarantine protocols combined with your outstanding efforts to help slow the spread. So if you receive a call from our contact tracing program, be sure to follow their instructions closely so that we can break the chain of transmission and continue to keep our community safe.

In preparing for the 2021-2022 academic year, we anticipate increasing the size of the on-campus housing population but will likely still be below pre-pandemic levels. This may mean that the off-campus housing inventory will be impacted due to increased demand. If you are looking to live off campus, make sure you take into consideration your transportation needs and, if you have not done so already, I encourage you to begin your planning process by visiting the Anteater Housing Network.

Stay safe, Anteaters, and stay well.

Sincerely,

VC Willie Banks signature
Willie L. Banks Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
University of California, Irvine