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Spring 2022: Follow-up to the Provost’s Message

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March 10, 2022

Dear UCI Students,

I am writing to follow-up on the Provost’s message regarding the update on Face Coverings & COVID-19 Testing Guidance, effective Saturday, March 19, 2022. I encourage you to review the guidance and instructions.

As a reminder, face coverings will be strongly recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire. Keep in mind, face coverings are optional outdoors and there are some locations that will still require face coverings such as healthcare settings and public transportation like the Anteater Express.

KN95 masks available

KN95 and surgical masks are available to all students. You can pick up both KN95s and surgical masks at the following locations:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
  • FRESH Hub
  • Med C Stack loading dock
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
  • Student Center Information Desk
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
  • Student Housing Communities, including American Campus Communities (ACC) main housing office front desk

Spring Quarter return

All students returning from spring break, regardless of vaccination status, should test 48 hours in advance of return by antigen or PCR test. Students who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines will also need to take two PCR tests through campus testing sites, five days apart, with the first test within 48 hours after returning to campus. Sequestration is not required.

Please refer to the Provost’s message on the testing protocol for your return to the campus after Spring Break. For students living in campus housing, be on the lookout for additional guidance from your student housing community.

Healthy habits

Also remember, healthy habits help to protect the campus community: 

  • Wash your hands well and often. Carry hand sanitizer and surface wipes.
  • Participate in the Daily Symptom Checker and stay home when ill. The daily symptom checker is being modified to only present a “yes” response, if you do not have any symptoms, no action will be required. Remember to contact your primary care provider if it is other than SHC.
  • Participate in regular testing for community members with vaccination exemptions.
  • Get your booster and upload it to the UCI Student Health Center patient portal.

If you have any questions regarding our winter quarter plans, please visit UCI Forward for information on testing, contact the UCI Coronavirus Hotline at 949-824-9918, or email covid19@uci.edu.


Willie L. Banks Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs