Campus Resources for Return to In-Person Instruction
January 27, 2022
Dear UCI Students,
As we return to in-person instruction on January 31, we want to ensure that you have the information you need to successfully transition back. Every course will be different, so the first thing you should do is check with your instructors to find out about the course policies on your return to in-person instruction and the flexibility they are offering for some courses.
We know the transition back to campus can be difficult since we’ve been in a remote learning environment for much of the past two years. Additionally, we know that the pandemic is impacting students in many different ways. Campus resources continue to be available to you so that you can access the support that you need:
- The UCI Counseling Center is operating remotely and will continue to offer teletherapy services through January 28. Crisis Care services remain available 24/7. For information on supporting your psychological, emotional and mental health, please visit counseling.uci.edu. If you have any questions, please call 949-824-6457.
- The UCI Disability Services Center will be operating remotely through January 28. Services and meetings will be offered virtually with exceptions addressed as needed. Onsite services will occur as necessary to ensure business continuity. Virtual office hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon-Fri. The DSC website is a great source for keeping up to date, and staff will be taking calls at 949-824-7494. Onsite testing and Ring Road Rides will resume when UCI returns to in-person instruction. More information on accommodation requests is detailed below.
- The International Center will re-open for in-person services on January 31. Visit their website for information on how to contact them.
- The DREAM Center continues to provide its services remotely until further notice. Students seeking assistance can complete this online form.
- LGBT Resource Center staff continue to provide support and are accessible remotely during business hours. You can contact the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The SOAR (Student Outreach and Retention) Center has virtual office hours Mon - Thurs, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Visit the SOAR website to learn more about how to connect with them.
- FRESH Basic Needs: Visit their website and chat live with a staff member to learn more about FRESH programs and services and how to access them.
- Visit the Student Success Initiatives website for updates or email them at email@example.com.
- Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs: Visit the CampusGroups database to explore and connect with UCI clubs and organizations.
- Student Health Center: If you have a specific medical or disability concern with your return to campus, you can contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301.
- UCI Campus Social Workers are offering services remotely and by appointment only. Referral by faculty or staff member is required.
You may be eligible for accommodations if you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from participating in person. Please contact the Disability Services Center if you are a student and want to discuss accommodation. For any other situations, accommodations are limited to those offered within the course policies, but you are encouraged to connect with your instructors for individual circumstances.
We have been consulting with other campuses that have been holding in-person classes and they continue to find that there is no classroom transmission among highly vaccinated populations with everyone wearing a facial covering. Additionally, with campus positivity rates currently at 3% (down from 17% at the beginning of the Winter quarter), we can manage individuals testing positive and interrupt the chain of infection.
If you still have concerns or questions, please reach out to your academic advising office for assistance for undergraduate students or the Graduate Division for graduate students. They can help identify support resources beyond academic accommodations that are available to students.
We can all take a number of steps as we return to in-person instruction to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
- Complete the daily symptom check and stay home when you are ill.
- Participate in any required COVID-19 testing and access testing on a drop-in or appointment basis for any reason at our campus testing sites.
- Upgrade your mask from cloth to a higher-quality mask and wear it in indoor public spaces both on and off campus. KN95 masks are available free to students at a variety of locations on campus.
- Get your COVID-19 booster dose as soon as you are eligible to stay in compliance with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. Those eligible now must upload their booster documentation by January 31 to the Student Health Patient Portal. Those eligible for their booster dose after January 31 must upload proof of booster within 15 days after they are eligible.
We thank you for your cooperation and willingness to comply with all of the requirements, documentation and policies that are needed for us to return to in-person instruction. You exemplify what it means to come together as a UCI community in the midst of a global pandemic.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willie L. Banks Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
University of California, Irvine