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.

Preventative measures

Preventative Measures

Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by getting the vaccine when it is available to you and the the following preventative measures.

The most important way you can protect yourself from the virus as well as others is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Students and employees who are not vaccinated must participate in regular COVID-19 testing. A sampling of vaccinated students, faculty and staff will also test weekly.
symptom checker

Completion of daily symptom checks are required for students and employees regardless of vaccination status. 

Required training

All employees are required to view a training video titled “Returning to Campus" training module, available through the UC Learning Center.

masking is required regardless of vaccination status

All individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Upon request, UCI will provide voluntary-use respirators.

*How to request face covering exemptions

no physical distancing required
No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required. If you are unvaccinated, you must maintain 6 feet apart from others while eating or drinking indoors.
Wash hands thoroughly

Practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you are sick, stay home and do not travel. Call ahead before visiting your doctor or the Student Health Center to arrange a time to be seen.

Clean surfaces often

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. View cleaning guidance resources.

Physical distancing

  • Unvaccinated employees eating or drinking indoors must be at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • If unvaccinated individuals cannot wear a face covering, they must continue to stay physically distanced of at least 6 feet from other individuals or be tested once a week for COVID-19 during paid time and at no cost to the employee.
  • No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required, regardless of employees’ vaccination status, unless there is an outbreak (see below).

Face coverings

  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in an enclosed space.
  • UCI will provide voluntary-use respirators to unvaccinated or vaccinated employees. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a face covering when outdoors if 6 feet of physical distance between people cannot be maintained.

Outbreaks and Quarantines

  • If an outbreak of three or more cases occurs in an exposed employee group, UCI must evaluate whether physical distancing or barriers are necessary to control transmission of the virus. If an outbreak of at least 20 cases happens, masks must be worn by all workers indoors and outdoors where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained.